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Ex-Homeless Student Wins $30K Scholarship

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RENO, Nev. (AP) — A University of Nevada, Reno student who was homeless during part of her time attending high school in North Las Vegas has been named the winner of a prestigious national scholarship worth $30,000.

Ivon Padilla-Rodriguez is one of only about 60 students in the country who will receive the Harry S. Truman Scholarship.

The money is to be used toward graduate education in law, social work, education, international affairs or public administration, health or policy.

Padilla-Rodriguez graduated from Canyon Springs High School in 2011. The 20-year-old junior at UNR says her ultimate goal is to attend law school, become a federal judge and follow in the footsteps of her heroine, Sonia Sotomayor, to become a U.S. Supreme Court justice.

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