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The 2016 True Potential Scholarship winners gather before the annual dinner at Metro Community College’s Culinary Institute. They are, from front row, left to right: Ross Pesek (True Potential’s founder); Francelli Beltran (CCC); Alfredo Cano (MCC); Jackie Lopez (CCC); Maria Ortiz (MCC); Karina Martinez (MCC) and Karen Pesek (True Potential’s student liaison). Back row, left to right: Erick Ozuna (MCC), Jose Gonzalez (SCC); Juan Rodriguez (MCC); Adolfo Diaz (CCC), Liliana Martinez (SCC); Mayra Hernandez (ICC);  Margaret Mazariego (MCC); and Marbella Avalos (IWCC).
Not pictured are Jose Lopez (CCC); Salvador Morales (IWCC); Diana Hernandez (WNCC); Lorena Salas (NWICC) and Jesus Rosas (MCC).

Finding Their True Potential
Inching Closer to the Fruits of Their Labors

By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record
“We are working with the following community colleges: Central Community College (CCC), Columbus and Grand Island campuses; Metropolitan Community College (MCC) in Omaha, Neb.; Southeast CC in Lincoln, Neb.; Western Nebraska CC (WNCC) in Scottsbluff, NE; Central CC in Fort Dodge, Iowa; Iowa Western CC (IWCC) in Council Bluffs, Iowa; and Northwest Iowa CC (NWICC) in Sheldon, Iowa,” True Potential Student Liaison Karen Pesek said. In the program’s third year, the number of scholarships more than doubled last year’s total, topping out at 18 scholarships for young immigrants who have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) immigration status. The students plan to study everything from engineering and criminal justice to medical interpretation, education and the law. Some have chosen paths to accounting, nursing and construction, Omaha attorney Ross Pesek said. The scholarships are funded by donations and are matched by the participating community colleges. Nebraska State Senator Heath Mello was the evening’s speaker.
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