Gabriel Z. Narvaez

Age: 33

Education: Seattle Central College, Associate of Arts, 2016

Service:

  • Mentor to young men
  • Student ambassador for the Seattle University 125th Anniversary Gala

Awards/honors:

  • Seattle Central Dean’s List-every quarter
  • Seattle Central President’s List-every quarter since Fall 2015
  • Messina Scholarship, Seattle University
  • Gala Scholarship, Seattle University
  • Alfie Scholars, Seattle University

Major: Sociology, 2018

Goals: My motivation is to continue the work ethic my family has instilled in me by serving disenfranchised communities either in the educational arena or through law. I hope to become a leader who can make a positive contribution to the lives of others less fortunate than myself and to inspire people to be their best regardless of their situation.

Civility: To me, civility is doing what is right, maintaining composure, finding a common ground, and being willing to compromise for the greater good. Just as incivility spreads, civility spreads similarly. For me, it is not an option; it is my responsibility to foster civility throughout my environmental surroundings, my community, and especially those closest to me. Doing my part will encourage and inspire others to act in the same manner; even for those who are purely observing, optimism will increase. Civility is not just a word or an isolated instance; it is an ideological way of life.

Autobiography: I am 33 years old and am the father of a five-year-old son. I was born and raised in the Seattle area. I attended K-12 schooling but ultimately never graduated high school. Following this, I began working without ever seriously contemplating a higher education. Sometimes life went well; at other times it was a struggle. In 2010, I earned my GED with high scores, but ultimately decided to continue working and placed education on the shelf. 

In 2011, my son was born, and I moved to Yakima, WA, to be a part of his life. Being a father changed my perspective on the future; merely surviving was not sufficient. I wanted to offer more. In 2014, after much encouragement by close peers and family members and a burning desire to better my life, I committed to the pursuit of a higher education and enrolled in courses at Seattle Central College. Living in Eastern Washington, I took all online courses (one of my first courses was keyboarding); this enabled me to continue working while retaining the flexibility to read books to my son’s pre-school class or take him fishing. Surrounding myself with good people and being motivated by a greater purpose in life, I graduated with honors. An advisor at SCC mentioned that I should consider applying to Seattle University. Although hesitant, I did apply.  Soon after, I received an e-mail from S.U. informing me of a groundbreaking scholarship, the Alfie Scholars. Never having applied for a scholarship before, I questioned myself, but again was encouraged by those around me. I applied for this new scholarship and was called in for an interview; as I approached the door I could hear the sound of laughter inside. It did not take long to realize how much I truly wanted to be a part of this cohort; the resources and contacts are like nothing I have seen available anywhere else. It is because of the Alfie Scholars that I am a student at Seattle University.