Diana is a graduate of William Amos Hough High School and will attend UNC-Chapel Hill this fall. Diana has impressively managed a busy schedule of AP classes, volunteering, and working part-time at Smoothie King. She credits her determination and work ethic to her mother, who immigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic. Diana will be the fifth of her four older siblings to attend college.
Diana is a true embodiment of what the Laura Whittaker Warming Hearts Scholarship represents. Her guidance counselor remarked, “What separates Diana from her peers has been her character, maturity, and kindness. She’s recognized a great need in our school community and acted upon it. She has the maturity to identify her own strengths and realizes she has the power to positively contribute to a cause that goes beyond herself.” There are many students who have recently immigrated from other countries, and in some cases, escaped dangerous living situations, who enroll in Diana’s high school. Diana has exhibited selflessness and gone above and beyond to assist these classmates by offering help with translating, tutoring, and connecting socially. This commitment to helping others is a testament of her patience, kindness, and empathy – all of which are traits Laura Whittaker represents.