Nursing student prepares to transform society


Newman students have a special, innate desire to transform society.

Jose Rojas-Montero ’20 was inspired to do just that while at Newman University. He graduated in May with a nursing degree and upon passing his NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) will be working in the pediatrics unit at Wesley Medical Center — a lifelong dream of his.

“Newman has taught me beyond academics. I took my first baby steps into becoming a leader here and through the process found a love for advocacy and service,” he explained. “My whole life I’ve based my perception of success on how proud I could make the people around me, but here I learned the joy of being proud of myself and my own work.”

Jose Rojas-Montero helps emcee at the Multicultural Leadership Organization’s Cultural Extravaganza in 2018.

Without the help of donors, Rojas-Montero wouldn’t have been able to attend Newman University and live out his dream. He was very involved at Newman and was honored with the prestigious Ablah Award at the 2020 commencement ceremony.

“I will never get tired of saying how happy I am that I found Newman all the way from Venezuela, because it has prepared me for the next chapter of my life.”

The gift of an education is a gift that will last a lifetime.



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