Born in Honduras, Eva emigrated to the United States with her parents when she was a baby. Once she learned to speak English, she began to excel in her classes. But at the same time, Eva’s family life was getting harder. Her father lost his job and then was arrested, leaving Eva’s mother alone to provide for their family.
Without her father, Eva stepped up to help care for her siblings while her mother worked as many hours as she could. But sometimes it wasn’t enough to make ends meet. “There were nights where we didn’t have anything to put in our stomachs. We just had to drink water,” said Eva. “We went to a homeless shelter and they told us they’d put us on the waiting list.”
Despite the heavy workload of her advanced high school classes, Eva often worked five days a week to earn extra money for her family. In recognition of her academic talent and incredible strength in the face of extreme adversity, Eva was honored with a Children’s Defense Fund Beat the Odds® scholarship.