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Northern California

Hispanic Heritage Month Spotlight: Rebecca Martinez

October 13, 2021

Rebecca Martinez recently started her college journey at Cal State East Bay. College was never a question for Rebecca; she always knew that she wanted to attend college, but figuring out how to pay for college was the only question.

 

“When I found out I won the scholarship, I was absolutely ecstatic,” said the four-year Arroyo High School tennis veteran. “It really helps take a little bit of stress away about having to pay for college.”

 

Rebecca is referring to the Champions of Character: Pancho Gonzalez Scholarship she was awarded by USTA Northern California Diversity & Inclusion Committee earlier this year. 

 

This scholarship is typically awarded to one outstanding Hispanic applicant every year in honor of the valuable contributions Pancho Gonzalez made to tennis for his play and his sportsmanship. And as a Mexican-American, Rebecca understood the privilege of earning that specific scholarship.

Rebecca Martinez recently started her college journey at Cal State East Bay. College was never a question for Rebecca; she always knew that she wanted to attend college, but figuring out how to pay for college was the only question.

 

“When I found out I won the scholarship, I was absolutely ecstatic,” said the four-year Arroyo High School tennis veteran. “It really helps take a little bit of stress away about having to pay for college.”

 

Rebecca is referring to the Champions of Character: Pancho Gonzalez Scholarship she was awarded by USTA Northern California Diversity & Inclusion Committee earlier this year. 

 

This scholarship is typically awarded to one outstanding Hispanic applicant every year in honor of the valuable contributions Pancho Gonzalez made to tennis for his play and his sportsmanship. And as a Mexican-American, Rebecca understood the privilege of earning that specific scholarship.

Rebecca is referring to the Champions of Character: Pancho Gonzalez Scholarship she was awarded by USTA Northern California Diversity & Inclusion Committee earlier this year. 

 

This scholarship is typically awarded to one outstanding Hispanic applicant every year in honor of the valuable contributions Pancho Gonzalez made to tennis for his play and his sportsmanship. And as a Mexican-American, Rebecca understood the privilege of earning that specific scholarship.

Rebecca is referring to the Champions of Character: Pancho Gonzalez Scholarship she was awarded by USTA Northern California Diversity & Inclusion Committee earlier this year. 

 

This scholarship is typically awarded to one outstanding Hispanic applicant every year in honor of the valuable contributions Pancho Gonzalez made to tennis for his play and his sportsmanship. And as a Mexican-American, Rebecca understood the privilege of earning that specific scholarship.

Rebecca is referring to the Champions of Character: Pancho Gonzalez Scholarship she was awarded by USTA Northern California Diversity & Inclusion Committee earlier this year. 

 

This scholarship is typically awarded to one outstanding Hispanic applicant every year in honor of the valuable contributions Pancho Gonzalez made to tennis for his play and his sportsmanship. And as a Mexican-American, Rebecca understood the privilege of earning that specific scholarship.

Rebecca Martinez recently started her college journey at Cal State East Bay. College was never a question for Rebecca; she always knew that she wanted to attend college, but figuring out how to pay for college was the only question.

 

“When I found out I won the scholarship, I was absolutely ecstatic,” said the four-year Arroyo High School tennis veteran. “It really helps take a little bit of stress away about having to pay for college.”

Rebecca is referring to the Champions of Character: Pancho Gonzalez Scholarship she was awarded by USTA Northern California Diversity & Inclusion Committee earlier this year. 

 

This scholarship is typically awarded to one outstanding Hispanic applicant every year in honor of the valuable contributions Pancho Gonzalez made to tennis for his play and his sportsmanship. And as a Mexican-American, Rebecca understood the privilege of earning that specific scholarship.

“I would say that both Pancho Gonzalez and I felt the same about playing tennis and had a lot of similarities,” she said. “Pancho Gonzales started playing tennis on a court in his own neighborhood, just like I did.”

 

That connection has stayed with her throughout the years. In fact, it is one of the reasons why she thinks it’s essential to celebrate Hispanic Heritage across all industries.

 

“It is important to recognize Hispanic Heritage Month in order to remember where we came from and acknowledge the contributions that we make to our communities everyday,” said the San Lorenzo native. 

 

Rebecca continues to play tennis leisurely with her siblings and wants to start participating in tennis tournaments whenever possible, since Cal State East Bay does not have a tennis team.  

 

“I am proud of the fact that I was able to get this far in tennis and school,” she said. “In terms of tennis, I am proud to have been on varsity all four years of highschool. As for school, I am proud to be in college and working for a better future.”

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