Scholar Spotlight – Dayanara Preciado

Scholar Spotlight – Dayanara Preciado

Finding Her Voice

Dayanara Preciado received three scholarships from the CFMC in 2023: the Ipson Tully Memorial Scholarship, Steve and Marti Diamond Scholarship and a College Futures Scholarship. She attends the University of California, Berkeley, with a double major in Political Science and Legal Studies.

Naturally shy and grappling with the challenges of learning a new language, Dayanara, a first-generation Mexican-American, spent eight years in English Literacy Development classes. Like many students from immigrant families who speak only their native language at home, she faced significant difficulties learning English. It wasn’t until she participated in Mock Trials and Ethics Bowls through her AP Literature class at Salinas High School that she discovered the power of her voice. This experience ignited her confidence and passion for the courtroom.

I want to become an attorney to use my voice toward advocacy and change.”

Acknowledging that pursuing higher education and professional aspirations involved pushing past cultural norms and expectations for women and girls, she credits her mentor, English Teacher Andrew Rodriguez, for the support and encouragement. It is important to her to do something she loves in life and be a source of inspiration to those coming after her. She is grateful for the scholarships she has received through the CFMC.

Dayanara has a firm belief that access to all levels of education is critically important and shouldn’t be limited by one’s financial status or cultural background. Her ultimate aspiration is to advocate for marginalized voices who cannot defend themselves due to language and financial barriers. Knowing there are individuals willing to invest in her dreams will continue to inspire her as she uses her voice, talents and education to be a changemaker for others.

CFMC is proud to work with students like Dayanara and our generous scholarship fund holders to invest in future leaders and create healthy, safe, vibrant communities for generations to come.

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