Catharine Herrera '23
Catherine is a first generation, public school student, whose single mother works as a receptionist in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In her Dickey essay, Catherine discusses wanting to better understand issues related to economic and educational inequality in her hometown.
Catherine is already involved with politics as she presented her idea for free public transit passes for public school students to the local government in her role as student council president. She is also a winner of the opportunity fund grant from the US department of state, which "provides funds to support students who demonstrate a strong academic background, great potential for succeeding at a U.S. institution of higher learning, and come from modest backgrounds" in order to cover the up-front costs of applying to university in the United States.