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NOVA STUDENT OVERCOMES NUMEROUS CHALLENGES TO STAY ON TRACK Augusto “Gus” Infantas has faced numerous obstacles in his short 22 years. Born in Peru, and raised in America, Gus at first was unable to pursue a college education due to his undocumented immigration status and financial struggles. Instead, he began working full time to support his family. The one thing he did have was a terrific attitude that earned him a prestigious Valley Proteins Fellows scholarship to Northern Virginia Community College. After obtaining legal residency, Gus graduated in May 2016 from NOVA with a deep appreciation for what he learned there. “As a very non-traditional student,” says Gus, “I was nervous going into college. I was older and working two jobs all through school. But the diversity of people, thoughts and ideas made me comfortable. I was encouraged by faculty and other students to succeed. They motivated me to reach toward my goals.” Gus is now studying finance at the University of Virginia. “NOVA really sets students up for success,” he added. “You just have to be willing to work for it.”

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