Daniel Hernandez, of Whittier, Calif., is a double major in environmental science and oceanography, with a minor in scientific diving. He just finished a coveted summer internship at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) dive center in Seattle. He is also a recipient of a Montgomery Scholarship, a fund set up by retired judge Thomas Montgomery and his wife Doris to support a wide range of students, including those with financial need or a commitment to community service.
Landing that Internship
"I think I was able to land my NOAA internship because in my statement I mentioned taking my undergrad work to the graduate level—fusing in-class preparation with the outside world. You're not just envisioning yourself out there, you're actually putting to use what you're learning."
Trying Something Different
"For college, I really wanted to venture outside of my home, something distinct and different. But I knew I would stay coastal."
Graduating from College
"I am definitely a product of a stable home, but neither of my parents went to college. I think it's inspiring to them to see how they could quite possibly have four kids who may graduate from college."
It All Adds Up
"Once I got my scholarship funds, I replaced some of my scuba gear to prepare for this semester of underwater photography. I also needed books and I needed to get a weight belt."