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Victoria's Secret & Company Scholarship
Born to Salvadoran immigrants, Jesel was taught that with hard work and dedication, everything is possible. Growing up in a low-income household, Jesel would always accompany her father to his workshop. She would assist her father in fixing cars, sometimes even fixing them herself. One day, one of her father’s clients brought in their brand-new car with a touch screen monitor with multiple features. It was at that moment that Jesel fell in love with technology. However, her parents could not afford a computer. It wasn’t until high school that Jesel had a computer after completing a summer program with Girls Who Code. Jesel is passionate about social activism and the intersection of technology and medicine. During the 2020-2021 school year, Jesel served as the President of the LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens). She and other students hosted online events to inform their community about current events. As one of the only ones in her computer science class, Jesel hopes to mentor other girls interested in pursuing a career in technology. As of fall 2020, Jesel has been a Software Engineer Intern at JPMorgan Chase & Co. through Year Up, a program aimed at closing the opportunity gap. After completing her internship, she plans to pursue her associate degree in computer science or biomedical engineering to transfer to a four-year university. She hopes to attain a position in either the technology or healthcare industry to assist underserved communities.