Luz MercadoCTY Scholar Luz Mercado first set her sights on college in sixth grade, when she and her parents went on a class field trip to Pomona College. 
 
Her parents are from Guadalajara, Mexico, and speak little English. No one in her family had ever gone to college, but the campus tour suddenly made it seem possible. 
 
“That was a turning point, when my family said, ‘Yes, we think you could do this,’” Luz said. 
 
She’s been working to prove them right ever since. ...Read more about this Awesome CTYer.