Our Dream Achievers
Our Dream Achievers all share one thing in common – the determination to overcome poverty through education and hard work. Add our mentoring and community partnerships, and you have an equation for success. Here is a few of their stories….
Kevin Jimenez grew up in Riviera, Texas with very little money and adult guidance. Despite being mostly on his own since the age of 13, Kevin always demonstrated a lot of self-motivation even at a young age. When Kevin interviewed with the DCTF-ST Selection Committee two years ago, he was a young married, father of one, who was juggling classes at Coastal Bend College in Kingsville and working full time. In 2016, Kevin became DCTF-ST first Dream Achiever receiving both mentoring and financial assistance. He has since graduated from Coastal Bend College with an Associate degree and is now working on his Bachelor’s degree. Kevin’s dream is to get his Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Certification (CCIE), a prestigious networking certification in the industry. Kevin is also now a proud father of two, headed toward leading a successful life for his family.
Katarina Tovar grew up in a single parent household and still lives at home with her mother, grandmother and sister. She has continuously worked full time and contributing to her family’s finances since she was 16 years old. Katarina recently graduated with honors from Coastal Bend College with a degree in science and has a dream of becoming a Registered Nurse. Katarina has been a Dream Achiever for almost two years where she received assistance and mentoring while completing her associate’s degree at Coastal Bend. She was recently accepted into the nursing program at East Texas Baptist University located in Marshall, Texas. She will continue to receive financial assistance from DCTF-ST and will skype regularly with her mentor in Kingsville. Following completion of nursing school, Katarina plans to return to Kingsville to work as a nurse. More importantly, she wants to be an example to her younger sibling and move out of a life of poverty to financial independence and success for future generations.
Justin Salinas is DCTF-ST newest Dream Achiever. He is the second youngest of nine siblings and his past has included bouncing around between living with older siblings and distant family members since the age of 12. After high school, Justin worked in the oilfield for a couple of years until the oilfield work collapsed in 2015. At that time, Justin was a young father and realized he needed to do something to become more financially stable. Justin currently lives outside of Alice, TX, works full time and attends Coastal Bend College (CBC) in Kingsville pursuing an associate degree in Applied Science-Computer Information Technology. Justin’s goal with DCTF-ST is to learn to find balance between working full time, family, education, and a long daily commute. Once he completes his degree plan at CBC, he would like to attend Texas A&M Kingsville and earn a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.
Lee Annette Ramos is earning her degree in social work at Texas A&M University- Kingsville and will be graduating in May, 2020. She is a single mom with three kids and juggles going to school while working and also caring for her family. Lee Annette is passionate about helping others and is especially interested in helping high school kids succeed in school and beyond. Presently she is doing her social work internship at Alice High School while attending classes in Kingsville. Lee Annette also enjoys being involved in community endeavors and has been a past organizer of the Kingsville National Night Out and local coordinator for Toys for Tots.
Julio Menchaca was determined towards the end of High School to be the first in his family to go to college. Presently Julio attends Texas A&M University-Kingsville majoring in Range and Wildlife Management with a minor in Plant and Soil Science. Julio has kept up excellent grades despite attending school full time while working as many as two jobs. He is most proud of being accepted into the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service two summer internship program and has completed his first internship last summer helping land owners and ag producers with technical assistance. Julio wanted to become a Dream Achiever because “a good support system like the mentors with Dream Come True Foundation could really help push me and encourage me to open new doors and give me that impactful guidance I need to reach my goal of graduating from college.” Julio states his ultimate goal is to start his career as soon as possible and also assist his brother.
Angela B Gonzalez was born in Alice, Texas and grew up attending Alice schools. She’s broken the family cycle by graduating from high school and is currently a student at Coastal Bend College-Alice.
Angela B's tenacity in climbing the ladder in the south Texas oil/gas industry makes her a unique Dream Achiever, especially when considering her enduring repeated lay-offs, which was typical of the industry prior to 2011. Angela continues to work full time in Alice while studying towards her short-term goal of receiving an Associate degree in Science. Following that, she plans to transfer to Texas A&M University-Kingsville in pursuit of a Bachelor’s degree in Education. Her ultimate goal is to become a science instructor at the middle school level. In addition to work and study, Angela B meets the demands of lovingly raising a pre-teen daughter and demonstrating a lot of positive energy and can-do attitude in dealing with unpredictable events in life.