Roberto Porras was at his job as a pharmaceutical rep in his native Venezuela when his wife, Ony, called with the news that she was pregnant.
It was the spring of 2003, and Roberto, overjoyed at the thought of becoming a dad, was concerned about the baby’s future in a country rife with political unrest.
“I started thinking what I can offer to my child, better options,” Roberto said. “At that moment I decided I had to move from there.”
So, he and Ony left their home in Maracaibo and followed family members who had immigrated to Miami. On Dec. 24 of that year, Ony gave birth to a girl they named Diana. On May 26 of this year, Diana graduated near the top of her class from Monsignor Edward Pace High School in Miami, having compiled a 5.29 weighted GPA and 33 dual enrollment credits to college.
Diana, 18, will attend Florida International University, where she plans to double major in computer science and Spanish. Having earned an Ambassador Scholarship from FIU and a Florida Medallion Scholarship, plus a Federal Pell Grant, Diana’s college tuition is fully covered.
“We are blessed with her,” Roberto said. “She is very smart.”
The “better options” Roberto hoped to offer his daughter came to fruition in their new home with the help of an education choice scholarship.
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