Ex-homeless student at UNR wins $30K scholarship

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Updated: 4/16 8:20 am

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A University of Nevada, Reno student who was homeless during part of her time attending high school in North Las Vegas has been named the winner of a prestigious national scholarship worth $30,000.

Ivon Padilla-Rodriguez is one of only about 60 students in the country who will receive the Harry S. Truman Scholarship.

The money is to be used toward graduate education in law, social work, education, international affairs or public administration, health or policy.

Padilla-Rodriguez graduated from Canyon Springs High School in 2011. The 20-year-old junior at UNR says her ultimate goal is to attend law school, become a federal judge and follow in the footsteps of her heroine, Sonia Sotomayor, to become a U.S. Supreme Court justice.

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Speed - 4/16/2014 2:19 PM
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4me; Sure-anyone with a Hispanic name MUST be an illegal,right? I thought PROFILING was against the law. My concern is her choice of a Heroine;Sotomayer is a very poor choice to model her future after,in the same category as Diane Feinstein,Nancy Pelosi,Hillary Clinton and Barbara Boxer. Uunless she really aspires to become an anti-American,corrupt,bigoted Supreme Court Judge,she needs to find someone with GOOD values. Having made it this far under nearly impossible circumstances,she has the intelligence to do what she intends to do with her life;I'd hope she develops some common sense and avoids becoming another US Government sleaze.

4me2knw - 4/16/2014 9:49 AM
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Is she even legal? Figures, Nevada with Harry Reid and his dream act it goes to an illegal!
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