September 15, 2003
Awards and Honors
aspiring teacher to enroll at UCSC
Louise Hagio wants to be a teacher, and thanks to a $5,000 scholarship
from the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Youth Fund, her goal
is closer than ever.
Hagio, 30, is enrolling this month at the UC Santa Cruz, where she
plans to major in history with a minor in education. She hopes to teach
American history at the high school level.
Hagio is pursuing her goal with support from the AT&T Pebble Beach
National Pro-Am Youth Fund, which funds scholarships and youth-oriented
charities with proceeds from the annual golf tournament. Students transferring
to UCSC from Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) or Hartnell College were
eligible to receive the scholarship.
A single mother of two, Hagio was inspired to become a teacher by the
hours she spent volunteering in her childrens classrooms. Her
own path to higher education has been challenging; she left high school
at a young age to become self-supporting, and put off college to raise
her children and support her family.
After enrolling at MPC, though, Hagio discovered a passion for learning
and a desire to share her enthusiasm with young people. She worked as
an instructional assistant in astronomy at MPC while earning an overall
GPA of 3.81. An accomplished horsewoman, Hagio has been a riding instructor
and horse trainer for many years.
-by Jennifer McNulty
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