Growing up in South LA and Boyle Heights, Victor Mejia participated in TELACU Education Foundation Programs since middle school. “I began in the Talent Search Program,” recalls Victor, “and continued until I graduated from high school. TELACU instilled in me the knowledge that regardless of socio-economic status or the neighborhoods that I lived in, I could go to college and do something important in life.”
Graduating from high school in 2005, Victor also progressed into TELACU’s College Success Program. Victor recalls that “the financial support provided to me as a Scholar helped me excel in school. I was able to better focus on my academics, which helped me land four summer internships at NASA.”
Victor’s work at NASA also helped him decide on a career path in the sciences. After receiving his undergraduate degree from UCLA, Victor was accepted into the graduate program at California State University, Los Angeles, where he received his Master’s degree in Computer Science. While pursuing his advanced degree, Victor had the opportunity to focus on his academics through a Fellowship from the National Science Foundation, which covered his full tuition and provided stipend money for him to do Master’s-level research.
“Through my experiences at TELACU, I learned how valuable these programs are, and they have inspired me to help out my community,” concludes Victor.