Matthew DeRosa, 18, of El Dorado Hills has his sites set on a double major, with one of them being economics.
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A graduate of Union Mine High School, DeRosa, believes that the businessman and businesswoman are the heart of the American dream.
“Qualities that are essential to a flourishing business career include discipline, organization, and social values,” he wrote in his scholarship application. “A businessman must be disciplined in the face of government policy and do what they ask him to do because, unfortunately, there are so many regulations that the government places on the businessman to keep the market fair.”
He added discipline comes into play when a person has a boss above them that sets the rules for the employee to follow even if the employee doesn’t agree with them.
For DeRosa, learning that discipline came in the form of participating in sports that included football and track and field. He also was a leader of the National Honor Society, the California Scholastic Federation, was a Scholastic All Star, an AP Scholar with honors, and was on the honor roll.
His community services included coaching the Union Mine Junior Rattler Midgets, youth Shriner’s football game, special Olympics track and field and volunteered at the Special Olympics Baseball Tournament.
‘The only experience I have in the field of business comes through a school club, the National Honor Society,” he wrote. “I have been a leader of the group since my sophomore year and am currently the club’s president. NHS raises money and assists is charitable events in the community”
DeRosa is looking forward to college and understands the value of a good education.
“This scholarship will set me on the way of becoming the man I want to be,” he wrote. “A business will help me provide for the family that I want to raise and send to college someday.”