Naomi Salgado is a 2016 AGC Education and Research Foundation scholarship recipient. When she was accepted to Oregon State University she initially was in the Forestry Program but after discovering it was not for her, she switched to the CEM Program. Her sophomore year, she changed her major and applied for the Education and Research Foundation’s scholarship. The week before she found out she had received the scholarship, she was extremely stressed out about how she was going to pay for the upcoming quarter. Then the email came letting her know she was an AGC Scholarship recipient and, after reading it and rereading it to ensure it was real, she felt like she could breathe again. She had just taken out a big student loan and already felt stressed thinking about how she was going to repay it after graduation. Once she received the scholarship, she was able to change the amount she needed to borrow, which eased her nerves immensely.
Her grandfather works in the construction industry on the electrical side, and she has wonderful memories of him telling her and her cousins stories from all the job sites he has worked on. He would proudly give them his business cards, and she remembers thinking how cool it was as a child to have her grandfather’s business card. It was a very special feeling.
When Naomi graduates in a couple of months, she will begin working at Rosendin Electric in Oregon as an Assistant Project Manager. It brings a big smile to her face thinking about how proud her grandfather is going to be when she sends him her first official business card. A business card may not seem like much, but to Naomi’s family it means she is starting a career in an exciting and ever-changing field. It means a company saw value in her and decided to take a chance on a recent graduate, and it means she gets to wake up every morning and get paid to do something she loves.
She is excited to begin her journey at Rosendin. Going to work at Rosendin was an easy choice for her because, among other attractive qualities, they are committed to hiring veterans. Naomi’s father proudly served our country for 25 years before he retired this past summer. Being the daughter of an army veteran, it makes her proud to be going to work for a construction company who shares the same values as her and her family.