Hello, my name is Vanessa Avina. I am the daughter of Jorge Avina Romero, a proud member of the Cement Masons Local 400 Union. I am a 2020 graduate, graduating from Vintage High School with honors. Academically, I have maintained a 3.8 GPA for the past four years with advanced placement courses and with college readiness courses taken over the summer. I have participated in various extracurricular events and volunteer services.

In the fall, I will be attending Sacramento State University with a major in the medical field and have a minor in Japanese. I want to thank my parents for their continuous support and hard work in getting me to this point in my life and I’m beyond grateful for the support that the “Patrick D. Finley Scholarship Fund” has given to both my family and I.

This scholarship will not only allow me to attend the University, but it will help me proceed to the next few steps of my college journey, allowing me to obtain a bachelor’s degree. As a first-generation college student, I will continue to work harder to achieve my current goals and the many more that are yet to come.

Thank you OPCMIA for granting me this opportunity and thank you General President Daniel E. Stepano and General Secretary-Treasurer Kevin D. Sexton for awarding me this scholarship.