Oliver is a 2017 WU Scholar. When he was just a small child, he migrated to the US with his family from Mexico and is now attending the University of Denver in Colorado:
I am a first-generation migrant to the United States, and English is my second language. During my elementary years, my parents spent countless hours practicing with me and studying. Although they didn’t speak English, they helped me become literate. Their encouragement is what keeps me focused on obtaining a college education despite any barriers that arise on my journey. I know that with a college education, I will be able to provide more for my family, for myself and for my community.
I have chosen to study accounting, business and real estate, because they will allow me to reach my long-term career goals of becoming a real estate and e-commerce business owner. I also aspire to become a community leader to create hands on programs to provide students with real world experience so that they can also accomplish their dreams. I want to help give students the same opportunities that I have had.
His connection to the Foundation provided him with opportunities beyond the scholarship, including a 2018 summer and winter internship with Western Union’s Internal Audit department.