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TLF 2020 Graduate Scholarship Recipient Natalie Torres
My name is Natalie Torres and I am a first-generation college graduate from Denver, Colorado. I have a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and a minor in Ethnic Studies from CU Boulder. Currently, I am the Social Media and Communications Coordinator of a web-based registry. This role led me to recognize I am passionate about communicating and learning about consumers. Therefore, I want to study a discipline that allows me to create positive messages that appeal to marginalized groups. 

I made the decision to pursue a master’s degree in marketing as I believe this will help me further refine my skills and open the doors to new professional endeavors. While I am excited about pursuing a graduate degree, I’m nervous about how I will pay for my education. My search for scholarship opportunities led me to find The LAGRANT Foundation scholarship. I feel fortunate that I found TLF as they not only provide financial assistance for graduate students, but they grant exceptional mentoring, internship, and professional development opportunities. As the first in my family to graduate from college and pursue a master’s degree, navigating this new chapter can feel challenging and overwhelming. Underrepresented, minority college graduates like myself greatly need the professional, emotional support and guidance that is offered by TLF

I feel blessed to be a recipient of this scholarship and beyond receiving the award, I look forward to staying involved with TLF as I want to mentor other minority college students. I am fortunate to have a solid support system; therefore, I will always try to give back and help other underrepresented students.

The journey of pursuing my graduate degree has not been the easiest, but none of this would be possible without the support of my family, friends and TLF who believe in me and my dreams. 

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