The Rafael Gonzalez Motivation to Success Scholarship
Twenty one year old Rafael Gonzalez was on a path to success. He was the first member of his family to go to college. He was a member of the AWARENESS (Adolescents Working Assisting Restoring Empowering Nurturing Each Student Substantively) Program. In a college essay he described how his involvement in the AWARNESS Program was life changing. He was an avid volunteer and changed others’ lives with his inspirational attitude. Unfortunately two hours after New Years (January 1, 2014), he lost his life in an automobile accident. Family and friends have established this scholarship to honor Rafael and keep his spirit alive so that he can continue to change lives. This scholarship will be awarded to someone involved in the AWARENESS program. Preference will be given to a student who is enrolled in SUNY Ulster’s Criminal Justice or Vet Tech Program.