100K!!! Is walking right beside you!! Senior Anahi Ruiz earned a scholarship worth $100,000 over four years to Wartburg College, a private college in Iowa. But this wasn’t an easy achievement. It came from hard work, dedication, and passion. She applied for a Knights priority status and because she has a GPA of more than 3.5, is in the top 25% of her class, and is involved in extracurriculars, she was awarded the scholarship. Hillary Gonzalez sat down with Anahi to find out her plans for the future. Q: What was your reaction? A: I was very excited because it was a ton of money and I never saw that much money in a scholarship before. Q: What are you planning to study? A: I’m planning to study astronomy. It is my absolute passion. I’ve been studying it so much -- I even took college classes at 16 years old. I wanted to take more, but I couldn't so this is a new road that is going to allow me to study astronomy. Q: What is your Inspiration? A: My inspiration is curiosity. I want to know what is out there; I want to be one of the people that discovers big things! Ijust want to be a big person in astronomy. Q: What were some of your hardships? A: One of my hardships was people giving me doubt because a lot of people thought, “Astronomy?” That’s not usually what a girl would do, but I want to do big things, so I’m going to reach for big things and this scholarship is big! Q: Who helped you reach this goal? A: My older brother always told me, “You are the only solution to the problem. You are the only one that can fix that problem.” So, I have to fix my own problems and I have to be the one to give me a push when nobody is there. Q: Do you have a message to girls who are doubting their abilities? A: To other girls who want to work on science or mathematics or physics or whatever -- just go for it! If anyone doubts you, be like me: don't care what they say! If they have doubts, just prove them wrong. You have to represent out there. Q: What would you say to those who want to apply for a scholarship? A: If you believe you can get a scholarship, by all means go for it. You can get lots or little bits of money, but it’s still support. Do whatever it takes…it doesn't matter if you are a girl, just go for it. It doesn't matter what gender you are.