Student of the Month
San Antonio College student Roberto Lopez-Araiza is the recipient of the September 2012 La Prensa Foundation Student of the Month Scholarship. He received a $500 award from the La Prensa Foundation founded by Millie and Tino Duran.
Lopez-Araiza started San Antonio College as an International Student and joined the International Student Association in which he served as vice-president for one term and volunteered for the American Institute of Architecture Students. He is a recipient of the Presidential Honors Program and the Math Engineering and Science Achievement program. He was recently accepted into the Phi Theta Kappa Beta Nu Honor Society.
“Having the opportunity to reshape the horizon and design the place where people are going to live, work or shop motivates me to give the best of myself in my future projects,” he said, recognizing his education and family are his top priorities.
Lopez-Araiza was born in Mexico City. He attended the Churchill School for elementary and middle school. This school is part of the International Baccalaureate, an international organization of education that encourages investigation and teamwork as core values. The school is also part of the UNESCO and the British Council. He grew up in an environment of cooperation and equality in which he had half of his classes in English.
During high school he attended the Centro Universitario Mexico, voted this year as one of the top five best high schools in Mexico. Lopez-Araiza graduated with a specialization in Physics, Mathematics and Engineering.
He is employed by BBVA Compass Bank as a branch associate. Lopez-Araiza was recognized this year as a top producer for his company.
He plans to transfer to UTSA and major in Construction Science and Management and later pursue a master’s degree in architecture.
(right) poses with Tino Duran, publisher of LaPrensa and co-founder of the LaPrensa Foundation.