Jose Gilberto Peña and Alfredo Peña
Dolores Galvan Canales y Nazaria Ochoa Peña Memorial Endowed Scholarship
“I’ll take you,” Gilberto’s father said. He drove his son to a college campus he knew nothing about; but he knew that great opportunities existed for his children beyond the farm fields. And so began an ambitious journey toward success and an opportunity to help others pursue higher education in South Texas.
Gilberto Peña and his younger brother Alfredo Peña attribute their success to their father and grandmothers, who always supported their endeavors to “get ahead” in life. As a migrant family, they worked in the fields every summer. Whether picking cotton in South Texas, peaches in California, or pickles in West Texas, these boys never quite experienced the usual freedoms of summer; the boys and their five siblings always left home June 1 and returned August 25, their father always insisting that they finish the school year and be home to start the regular school year.Read more...