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I Am Home!
Vanguard University

Librado Hernandez talks about finding purpose at VU after struggling with family hardship. 

Librado Hernandez
Vanguard University: Class of 2016
Business Administration Management major

I grew up not having much or thinking highly of myself. My dad was in a gang and my mom was an immigrant who worked hard cleaning houses. It was often up to me to care for my younger brother and sister. As their role model, I wanted to show them how to succeed so I set big goals for myself – like being the first person in my family to attend college.

At one point, my dad went to prison and that’s where he met Christ. It changed our entire family! Unfortunately, after his release, he fell back into his old habits. It was then that I began to question everything, and at one point I was even suicidal. Praise God that, in my despair, He revealed to me just how real He is and how much He loves me. And now, my entire family believes in Christ.

When it came time to choose a college, I was a bit lost. Since I was the first in my family to attend a university, I applied to a lot of big and prestigious schools. But, when an admissions counselor from Vanguard University visited my high school, I was intrigued. He was the only one that talked to me like a real person and he seemed genuinely interested in me. I took him up on his offer to visit the campus in Costa Mesa and I immediately knew, “I am home!”

I’m so thankful for every day that I’m here at Vanguard. My education opened the doors for me to pursue my dreams. I won’t forget the donors who opened these doors for me, and I hope someday I can do the same for others so they can achieve their dreams.

The donors who have provided me with a scholarship have made an investment that impacts much more than just my life. They have also shown my little brother and sister that it’s possible to dream big and afford college. I hope my example will inspire others as well.

At VU, my professors and spiritual mentors have shown me that life is not a bunch of random experiences. They’ve also helped me realize that God will use my whole story, every circumstance and hardship, for His good.

Through my Business classes, I’ve been able to obtain a great internship, and my goal is to start my own company, writing and animating stories. While my dreams are big, I still rely on 2 Corinthians 12:9-12 to push me ahead. I’ve always felt like I had to rely solely on my strength, and that was so overwhelming. What a relief it is to know that in my weakness, God is strong. I now let my weaknesses empower me and motivate me to see what Christ can accomplish through me.

With God’s help, I hope to make a great impact on the lives of those who may be struggling with poverty or helplessness. No matter where you come from or who you are, you can always find hope in Christ. I pray the Lord will use the talents he has given me to share that message with those who need it most.


Gifts to the Alumni & Friends Scholarship provide scholarships for deserving students like Librado.
Thank you for helping Librado, and students like him, attain their God-given potential and make their story matter!