First there were 3,000. Then 3,000 became 12. Earlier this week, University of La Verne junior Mirrella Bautista flew to New York with 11 other finalists to Katie Couric’s show, “Katie,” for the live announcement of the Scholarship America Dream Award.
Bautista, a double major in education and political science, was stunned to learn that out of the 12 finalists standing with her on stage, she had been selected.
“It is a great honor and privilege to be on among the inaugural recipients of the Scholarship America Dream Award! I am a step closer to achieving my dream of becoming a special education teacher,” Bautista said.
She won a $15,000 scholarship, a national multi-year performance-based scholarship fund targeted toward incentivizing and helping students complete their education.
Selected from a national pool of applicants, Bautista applied in October, and recently learned that she was a finalist out of 3,000 other applicants.
Bautista, 20, plans to graduate from La Verne in Spring 2015.