As a first-in-family UC Davis college student, Lisette Rocha, 2017 GHS graduate and Pedrozzi Scholar, credits personal perseverance and loving supportive parents with making her college dream a reality.

My dad always told me,  “Education is the one thing that can never be taken away.” So going to college has always been a dream of mine and my parents. In my culture, family is the #1 priority, so I’m glad I’m making my parents proud and creating a better life for myself. I had to find my own way and work twice as hard just to be taken seriously, but I’m happy to say that I’m a much more confident person today!


My dad always told me education is the one thing that can never be taken away.


Being a Pedrozzi Scholarship recipient is a great help for me and my family. I am beyond grateful to receive this award because it is proof that people can make a huge impact in someone’s life and in their future. The Pedrozzi Foundation is helping me fulfill my dream of being the first in my family to go to college. I am extremely grateful and I cannot express this enough. Thank you all!