A School of Education student, Jesus Garza-Noriega, is being recognized with an Outstanding Undergraduate Returning Adult Student Award from UW–Madison for his exceptional efforts and exemplary service.
Garza-Noriega, 27, will graduate in December with a bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation psychology and special education. He pursued the degree to “support his family and honor his parents, who migrated from Mexico to Madison to provide their children with opportunities they never had,” an article from UW–Madison Continuing Studies explains.
He says he’s intent on using his degree to serve young students of color.
“I’m happy I was recognized with this award,” says Garza-Noriega. “But if I could give this to my parents, I would. These are the people who deserve it, my parents and the folks in the shadows who’ve had to operate in silence. This award is not just for me but for an entire community of people who don’t have opportunity and resources.”
The Outstanding Undergraduate Returning Adult Student Award recognizes two returning adult undergraduate students whose exceptional determination and perseverance have enabled them to pursue their academic work and to contribute to the community as demonstrated by their leadership and service.
Marianna Globacheva, a student in the School of Nursing, also received the award.
Read both of their stories in this article from UW–Madison Continuing Studies.