Encouraged to achieve his best
Boris Salvador says Appalachian State University has given him the opportunity and resources for him to be the best that he can be as a first-generation college student. A recipient of the Dean’s Club Scholarship in the Walker College of Business, he interned at BB&T’s corporate headquarters in downtown Winston-Salem as their multicultural markets intern in Summer 2014.
“My internship opportunity with BB&T allowed me to become acquainted with working in a professional setting as well as gaining a better insight into the banking industry,” says Salvador, who is originally from Ecuador. “Most importantly, it has helped reassure me that a career in the banking/insurance industry is truly what I want to pursue.”
Further, Appalachian has given him a second family and experiences that he will cherish forever. “It has allowed me to become an active and involved advocate of this for which I hold a passion, and that will not stop after I graduate. I want to be an active alumnus, and give back a university that has given me so much,” Salvador says.
Salvador has found it difficult to put into words the gratitude that he and his family have for the Dean’s Club Scholarship. The scholarship has minimized the stress of each semester’s bill, allowing him to focus his energy on his internship and schoolwork.
“Last year, when my stepfather lost his job, this scholarship allowed me to stay in school and continue to pursue a college education. Furthermore, it has given me a sense of support from my university and all of the members from the Dean’s Club. I know that they are all cheering me on, and I will continue to strive to make them proud,” he says.
A leader on campus, he works with University Housing as a Resident Assistant in Summit Hall and also serves as an Appalachian Student Ambassador.