From a very young age, Madeline Salazar knew she would one day graduate from a university and be an engineer. After seven years as a participant in the TELACU Education Foundation’s College Readiness Program (CRP), where she attended workshops and received one-on-one guidance, Madeline’s vision became a reality: she was accepted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), one of the nation’s most prestigious and top-ranked universities.
CRP staff not only empowered her by providing weekly seminars and advisement, but also by encouraging her to seek other educational opportunities, such as the MIT Women’s Technology Program, a four-week summer residential and academic experience for selected high school students.
This experience gave her the confidence to successfully apply to MIT.
“The College Readiness Program not only equipped me to submit the best college application I could possibly prepare, but also provided me with the invaluable support and encouragement I needed to become the student I am today. TELACU guided me every step of the way toward achieving my ultimate dream,” said Madeline.
During her collegiate years, Madeline held internships at NASA, Boeing and the U.S. Navy. She also traveled to China to help lead an outreach program similar to those that inspired her when she was younger. Madeline graduated from MIT in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. She is currently an Integration Manager at The Boeing Company.