Valley native hopes to use award to inspire others

UC Merced Ph.D. candidate and Valley native Ivan Soto said he wants to serve as a bridge for local families and youth to locate educational opportunities, scholarships and resources so that they can pursue college degrees. COURTESY PHOTO


EL CENTRO -- Ivan Soto is on a path to achieving his parents’ wildest dreams for him, and he hopes to inspire other students from the Valley to do the same.

Soto, an El Centro native, is a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Merced. He recently was awarded a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine.

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