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Posted July 8, 2013

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Albuquerque High Graduate Receives $100,000 Scholarship from Ronald McDonald House

Jessica Belmares-Ortega is one of four recipients in the country.

A 2013 Albuquerque High School graduate was named one of four recipients in the country of the $100,000 RMHC/HACER National Scholarship and presented with a check at the Ronald McDonald House in Albuquerque.

Jessica Belmares-Ortega and three other students were selected by Ronald McDonald House Charities for their academic achievement, commitment to community service projects, leadership and financial need. She plans to begin her freshman year at the University of New Mexico this fall as a first-generation college student.

Belmares-Ortega plans to study biomedical engineering and eventually work in a rural area where health discrepancies are found in public hospitals and small clinics. She also plans to improve her Spanish-speaking skills in order to help patients who may not understand the health system or the treatments and procedures they need.

“By the time I receive my bachelor's degree, I will have the necessary experience to work in a medical laboratory as a research technician while translating medical terms for individuals who struggle to understand their health condition,” Belmares-Ortega said.

She is interested in the research and testing aspects of health care. She already has experience working in the community with Presbyterian Child-Life Services.

The RMHC/HACER Scholarship was established in 1985 to help Hispanic high school students finance their college education. To date, more than $23 million in scholarships has been given to Latino students making it one of the country’s largest college scholarships.

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