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Middlebury Scholar Jose Luna.

Middlebury Scholar Chosen as Delegate for HSF National Leadership Conference

Spring 2024 | Los Angeles

Middlebury College Scholar Jose Luna was selected as a delegate for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s 2023 National Leadership Conference from a highly competitive group of candidates. The annual conference “provides an inside track to academic and professional excellence to the best and the brightest HSF Scholars through a combination of mentoring, professional insights and career guidance from notable corporate leaders.”

Jose is a recipient of HSF, which provides access to scholarships, entrepreneur conferences, internships, job opportunities, and leadership development, among many other resources.

At the Conference, Jose learned about and was able to secure a study abroad opportunity at Open Door Clinic, a healthcare service provider serving low-income communities. At Open Door, Jose will use his native language skills to translate for Spanish speakers while living abroad.

Having my Posse provided me with that confidence and encouragement to go out and try new things and pursue new interests.

“I have this tool of the Spanish language that I use every day and I thought, why not use it to give back to the community?”

Jose’s passion for healthcare work began in high school, when he began volunteering at a hospital in the emergency department. The experience sparked an interest in emergency medicine.

“I love the fast-paced environment and being able to provide instant support to individuals.”

At Middlebury, Jose is a neuroscience major, with a minor in Chinese studies. He has taken initiative on campus with various leadership roles in many organizations. Jose serves on the board of the Jujitsu sports club and is an events coordinator for Pre-Health Society, a student-run mentorship organization for individuals interested in the medical field. Additionally, Jose is part of the Emergency Medical Technician club, which provides students with essential skills and knowledge for emergency medical assistance.

Off campus, Jose actively volunteers at Porter Medical Center, a general medical and surgical facility. Over the course of his academic career, Jose has grown a deep appreciation for the support he has received form his peers.

“I feel like if I came to Middlebury by myself, I wouldn’t have been as open minded,” he says. “Having my Posse provided me with that confidence and encouragement to go out and try new things and pursue new interests.”