Rosie Hernandez

PHOTO: Rosie Hernandez

Although Rosie grew up in Berkeley, the University could not have felt further away.  In high school, she became aware of CEP’s Upward Bound program and it was through their mentoring, advice, and help that UC Berkeley became part of her future.  Upward Bound helped Rosie prepare with SAT preparation, tutoring, summer courses, and application and financial aid support.  Rosie made the leap to attend UC Berkeley while still feeling like it was another world, distant and scary.  With Upward Bound’s support she thrived, graduated in four years and got accepted to UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare where she earned her master’s degree. Rosie does emergency response and investigation for Child Protective Services. Like many fellow graduates of the program, Rosie attests that she “never would have made it without Upward Bound.”