As an HSF/Citi Fellow, Mendieta will receive a $10,000 college scholarship. In addition, she will be assigned a Citi employee who will assist her with her professional development and serve as a mentor throughout her junior and senior years in college.
Mendieta, who is studying Business Administration with a concentration in accounting, graduated with honors in 2006 in from Richmond High School in Richmond, Calif.
“I was the first in my family to graduate with honors from high school,” Mendieta said. “I chose to attend Dominican because it was a small school and it has a great business program.”
In addition to a full academic load, Mendieta is a work-study student in the School of Business and Leadership. She also works for the City and County of San Francisco in the Community Behavioral Health Services Contracts office.
After graduation she plans to pursue a career in accounting, with a long-term goal of giving back to her community.
“One day I want to open up my own business and help people from my community," Mendieta said.
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund is the nation's preeminent organization supporting Hispanic higher education. Founded in 1975, HSF's vision is to strengthen the country by advancing college education among Hispanic Americans.