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Bianca Porras


Bianca graduated from Syracuse High School and describes herself as an outgoing person that is curious about the world around her. She is always searching for a good challenge and is excited for new adventures at the University of Utah where she aims to study nursing as a recipient of the Utah Opportunity Scholarship. Bianca remarks, “This scholarship means that I can achieve my dream of becoming a nurse practitioner one day and save lives,” and her dream of life five years from now is to be working at Primary Children’s hospital as a pediatric nurse.

When she isn’t busy pursuing this ambition, Bianca enjoys “solving puzzles, drawing, and watching stationary videos on YouTube,” and would spend all her time at the beach if she could. She’s also deeply proud of her Peruvian heritage and describes Chicha Morada, a Peruvian drink made of purple corn, as her favorite drink. Bianca is highly dedicated to her family and hopes that her culture and parents’ influence never changes, sharing, “I am proud of my heritage and it has shaped me into the person I am today. I never want to forget who I am and where I come from.” As someone who had to leave her family to pursue a better life and education in U.S. without knowing any English, her ultimate description of a good life is to be surrounded by family and true friends as she makes a difference in the world saving lives.

I am proud of my heritage and it has shaped me into the person I am today. I never want to forget who I am and where I come from.

Bianca believes, as her high school calculus teacher always told her, “as long as I work hard and give my all into everything I do, then those things meant for me will always come and it will all work out in the end,” even though she sometimes feels out of place when meeting new people with different identities and experiences; but that doesn’t stop her from aspiring to learn more about different cultures aside from her own, explaining, “everyone is so unique and I want to know what makes them who they are.” We have faith that Bianca will succeed and are excited to be supporting her  through this journey to become the person she wants to be.

As long as I work hard and give my all into everything I do, then those things meant for me will always come and it will all work out in the end

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We invite you to consider supporting any of our scholarship opportunities, contributing to emergency funds for students in crisis, or offering your time as a mentor to increase student career readiness and professional skills. Find out more here!