Daniela Portillo nurtures a dream as big and beautiful as her heart. It is a dream that motivates her to study hard and serve others in the community. Though she is only 15- years-old and the daughter of a single mother, Daniela aspires to a career in medicine.
"I want to work with X-ray machines," says Daniela, a sophomore at Providence High School. "I want to be on the operational side of medicine."
To get a glimpse of her future, Daniela has begun volunteering at the Metropolitan Methodist Hospital. She also serves as a Providence Ambassador. Her duties range from providing school tours to representing the school at events.
Daniela's passion for service and strong academic standing resulted in an unexpected gift. During the summer, she became the second recipient of a scholarship from the Viola Huge Heart Foundation. The award will cover all tuition until she graduates. It is named after the late Viola Barrios, founder of Los Barrios and La Hacienda de los Barrios restaurants.
"I feel very fortunate to have received this scholarship," Daniela says. "It has given me a peace of mind. My mother is a single mom who has been working very hard to keep me in private school."
Daniela attended middle school in Northside ISD. She came to Providence as a freshman because her mother wanted her to receive a Catholic education. "To see the difference between public and private school makes me value everything I've been given," Daniela says. "I will be forever thankful."