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Civil engineering junior Adriana Ruiz saw her school expenses shrink after learning she was named an Obama Scholar by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund in August.

The scholarship is funded by a donation of $125,000 to the HSF from President Obama’s 2009 Nobel Peace Prize award money, according to a HSF release.

Ruiz received $2,500 at the beginning of the school year and will be awarded an additional $2,500 next year.

The scholarship was given to 12 Hispanic students nationwide — including students from USC, Harvard and UA — who plan to pursue a career in teaching high school science, technology, engineering and math classes.

Ruiz said she plans to pursue a teaching career in one of these fields after earning her master’s degree.

Read more in the State Press.

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