By Heather Fitzmorris
Integrated University Communications
Xicotencatl Loza, a junior at the University of Colorado Denver, was chosen among the 2010 Obama Scholars. Through the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Loza will receive a scholarship that is designed to motivate students to further their education. He is the first in his household to earn a high school diploma and attend college.
Loza, shown here with daughter Sarai Loza, is majoring in political science and math at UC Denver. He enjoys math so much, in fact, he practices it even during summer when school is out. Among Loza’s goals is to teach math with the same heart, passion and inspiration that was shown to him.
“We are fighters. I used to be a real fighter and amateur boxer but today that’s not what I mean by fighting. I am fighting to keep my heritage and culture striving and alive. This is what has been passed down and influenced me being Chicano in America,” he says.
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund has awarded close to $300 million in scholarships to more than 50,000 students the past 35 years. After recognizing the need for more college graduates, “Generation 1st Degree” was launched.