What if, at 26-years-old, you were a slightly older student looking to pick up some needed classes at Glendale Community College? What if you were a minority student, not of the majority ethnicity on campus? What if you had to negotiate the many highways and byways on campus via a walker? What if you had cerebral palsy since you were a toddler? What if, in spite of these obstacles, you maintained a 3.78 grade point average in naturopathic medicine and had already received a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara? Paola Tapia's hard-won accomplishments were lauded with cash and applause at the Glendale Latino Association's Scholarship Awards Breakfast. Tapia, anything but “disabled,” reflected on her scholarship award, “I had a good upbringing. My parents pushed me to do the best and concentrate on the positive and on my belief in God.”
The Oakmont Country Club was the venue for some 250 members, guests and generous folks on Thursday. To kick off the breakfast, association President Nancy Guillen recognized city VIPs. First at the podium was Glendale Mayor Frank Quintero, a founding member of the association, who offered a heart-felt welcome from the City. “The GLA Scholarship Breakfast is one of my favorite events,” Quintero said. Members of the Glendale Community College Board of Trustees and the Glendale Unified School District Board of Education also were recognized.