LUIS MANUEL CORDERO
Hometown: Yakima, WA
High School: Eisenhower High School
Affiliations: Act Six, Ethics Bowl
What was your path to Heritage?
My path to Heritage University began with a horrible discovery and ended with a new perspective in life. My senior year (2012), I worked full-time in a grocery store and believed that this was the life for me. I was happy working towards becoming a supervisor in a grocery store. I felt this is where I wanted to be in life. Just like my siblings I wanted to become a manager of a store or fast food restaurant. Knowing my family was a leading group, I wanted to fit into that role. I worked hard and drained my body of energy and sleep every dayshift and nightshift that I worked. I was also active in school and was the ASB president of the College Success Foundation of Eisenhower High School. I did not think much about college. I took part in the running start program at YVCC, but found that I did not have the motivation for it. I was later recommended to join the College Success Foundation, a high school program that helps students find their path to college. It was this program that introduced me to the Act Six scholarship. I later participated in the application process. I felt confident that I was an impressive applicant being that I was in honors and advanced placement classes. I would later be informed that I would receive this scholarship. Success I thought, yet, one evening as I left work I got in a car accident that led to the discovery of my brain cancer. I felt my life was over. That all I had to live for was my surgeries and the looks of despair in the eyes of my family members. But it was Act Six that kept me on my feet. Their program placed me at Heritage University. They kept me moving towards college with workshops and voices that frequently told me “you can do this”. In time I had surgeries and radiation therapy. Then, I started my first semester at Heritage University. In sum, I would say my inspiration to live and to go to college, began with the inspiring programs that pushed me in this direction