Alhambra Alum. Currently Working with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities to Help First Generation Students of Color Attend and Graduate from College

Posted by Communications at 1/10/2018

Alhambra alumnus (Class of 2012) Jonathan Yamasaki has graduated from Northern Arizona with a business administration degree and is currently working with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities to help first generation students of color attend and graduate from college.   He wants to make it easier for students from schools in low income areas to apply for scholarships.  He can certainly be a role model.  His high school counselor “forced” him to sign up for a Hispanic College Fund summer program at ASU, where he realized “college is a way out.”  He earned a scholarship from College Success Arizona for $6,000 a year, and came with mentorship provided by success advisers.   Yamasaki says his goal is to be the U.S. Secretary of Education, or at least help provide Latinos help in making college “accessible, affordable and achievable for all students.”