Vanessa Mendoza is a Biscoe native, East Montgomery High School graduate and first generation college student at Sandhills Community College.


Mendoza finds helping others rewarding. That conviction led her to obtain her Certified Nursing Assistant credentials as a high school student.

At Sandhills, Mendoza is working hard to leverage her experience and become a registered nurse.

Being the first in her family to go to college has influenced Mendoza greatly. She has watched family members struggle for much of her life and believes that it has helped increase her understanding and allowed her to remain humble.

Mendoza is on track for graduation in two years, with the help of the Raz Autry Memorial Scholarship Endowment.

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