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Growing up, William Padua stayed at shelters and faced a lack of sufficient food. Although Padua faced much adversity, the child of a Puerto Rican mother who moved to the mainland with her three children, is the first of his family to attend college.

The SEAS student, a member of the National Honor Society, spent time volunteering for the Ending Community Homeless Coalition (E.C.H.O.) and mentoring young children at Frost Elementary School.

“Community involvement helped me give back to those in need…I was in the same position as an adolescent.”

William Padua

Padua is part of the 2018 cohort receiving funding from the APRO Education Foundation’s Scholarship Fund. The APRO Education Foundation Scholarship Fund aims to help future leaders take ownership of their dreams.

Read the APRO article for the full story.