Jose David Chanchavac
Jose David Chanchavac, a current Senior at Bishop Mora Salesian High School and CEF scholar, was recently accepted to Dartmouth College with a full four-year QuestBridge scholarship.
QuestBridge College Prep Scholars Program gives outstanding low-income high school students an early advantage during the college admissions process. Chanchavac applied to ten colleges, eight of which were Ivy league colleges, and was selected to attend Dartmouth College for the fall semester of 2018. Chanchavac has received this merit scholarship which will cover all of his tuition and fees for four years.
However, the road leading up to this great accomplishment was not a walk in the park. Chanchavac was born in Guatemala. At the age of six, his family decided to move to Los Angeles. Throughout his childhood, the Chanchavac family moved from place to place due to financial hardships. During that time, Chanchavac attended St. Matthias Elementary School in Huntington Park and went on to attend Bishop Mora Salesian High School in Boyle Heights.
“From my time at Salesian, I have learned how to be resourceful,” said Chanchavac. “I was always the shy kid and would not often talk to people, but here I was able to open up and begin to communicate with others and teachers.”
While at Salesian, Chanchavac has been part of the National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, and Humanitarian Club. He also runs for the schools’ cross country and track team. This year he was elected Associated Student Body President, all while taking five AP classes and maintaining a 4.37 grade point average.
Chanchavac will be graduating in May of this year and said, “Every teacher has had an impact on me in various ways and every moment at Salesian has been worth it.” Chanchavac looks forward to starting a new chapter and plans to study computer science at Dartmouth.
“If it wasn’t for CEF donors, I don’t know if I would be where I am now,” said Chanchavac. “Thank you.”
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