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Not all valedictorians are created equal.

When Kaylin Portillo Chavez ’20 entered high school in Fresno, her family was homeless, taking refuge in friends’ homes for two years. Inspired by a hard-working and motivating mother, she applied her smarts to achieve through adversity. Kaylin graduated valedictorian of her class and earned admission to UCLA.

Thanks to scholarship support, she was able to take her place among the Bruins. “I could not be here without the support of donors,” she says. The first-generation college student, who calls her first year at UCLA life changing, is studying political science and plans to practice law and help fight injustice in impoverished areas.

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