<P>FALL 201254 Guadalupe Delgado grew up in an area of Brownsville so riddled with crime that people in his mothers carpool didnt dare drive her all the way home. Instead, they would leave her on the outskirts of their colonia — a subdivided neighborhood lacking such basic services such as running water and electricity — from where she would walk nearly three miles to their house. The hardscrabble life his mother endured to make things better for her family inspired Delgado to aim for a higher quality of life. I remember seeing her walking through the mud and thinking, ‘I cannot let this woman down, Delgado says. From the age of 10, Delgado knew he wanted to become an engineer. At 16, however, Delgado fathered a child. Demonstrating maturity beyond his years, he accepted the emotional and ?nancial consequences and took the responsibility of providing for his son seriously. My father walked away from me when he was in his mid-30s and I would never allow my son to go through what I went through without a father for any reason, Delgado recalls. After high school, the need to earn money forced a detour in his educational plans. In 1997, he earned a vocational certi?cate in automotive mechanics from The University of Texas at Brownsville, but to live the life he envisioned, he knew he would need a university degree. He applied to UT Brownsville in 1998, but low scores in writing and math forced him into remedial classes. Determined to excel, he enlisted the aid of a math tutor who not only helped him improve his scores, but also inspired Delgado to become a math tutor himself. After two years of general studies, Delgado transferred to Texas State. Texas State had that country charm, says Delgado. You could tell by the friendly atmosphere that youre not just a number, youre a person. Youre respected. He flourished at Texas State, and in 2004, he graduated. Delgado now lives in southern California, where he works for the Aerospace Systems division of Northrop Grumman, an aerospace and defense contractor. For him, true success is being able to mentor hundreds of children. And he has dedicated countless hours of his personal time to provide help and encouragement to underprivileged students. In 2011, Delgado was honored with a HENAAC (Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation) Award in recognition of his professional achievements and community involvement. Every time I see someone succeed or triumph, I know Ive done the right thing, he says. Their gift to me is when I see them graduate. —Audrey Webb Math ?gures into alumnus blueprint for success After his own rocky start in life, Texas State alumnus Guadalupe Delgado mentors disadvantaged youths to ease their path to success. (class)views Gabriella Corales embodies the transformational power of education. The ?rst-generation college graduate plans to become a conduit for change in the lives of at-risk students — and she has received a national award to support her along the way. Corales, who graduated from Texas State in May 2012 with a B.A. in English, is among 25 students nationwide to receive a 2012 fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF) for Aspiring Teachers of Color. The prestigious fellowship provides Corales with a mentoring network and a $30,000 stipend for graduate school, which she started in June at Stanford University. Following completion of her M.Ed., Corales will spend three years teaching students at a high-need public school. But well beyond those three years, shes made it her mission in life to continue to assist underserved students. The ?eld needs teachers who want to be teaching, she explains. Having attended an underserved high school on San Antonios south side, Corales knows ?rsthand the challenges these schools — and their students — face. My high school experience solidi?ed my commitment to equity in schools, fair treatment and equal opportunity. The quality of education we received was not, in my view, the same type of education wealthier districts offered, she says. Having been in that situation, I feel like I can have a deeper impact going into those schools. Shes already demonstrated her dedication to student success as a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters in San Marcos. Her little sister for the past two and a half years is moving up to middle school this fall. I can see how having a mentor has transformed her. She really is set, Corales says. As to her own transformation as an RBF fellow, Corales credits the mentoring and guidance of Dr. C. Britt Bousman, who initially contacted her about applying for the fellowship, and Dr. Jaime Chahin, dean of the College of Applied Arts, who helped her prepare for the interview portion of the selection process. They were instrumental to my success. It changed my life, she says. I have received so much support. 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