Arrellano, president of the honor society’s NMSU chapter, is one of 64 members across the U.S. to receive a national scholarship from Phi Eta Sigma.
“It felt surreal to compete at the national level and find out that I actually won,” Arellano said in a news release. “I can’t thank those people that helped me enough, because I couldn’t have done it without them.”
Phi Eta Sigma is a national honor society for college freshmen that aims to encourage and reward academic excellence among first-year college students, according to the release. Arellano is a level-one nursing student at NMSU, pursuing a BSN degree. Phi Eta Sigma faculty adviser Tim Ketelaar said Arellano has encountered obstacles and challenges that most of her peers have never faced, and has surmounted those challenges with dignity and class.
“She is a top student, a successful servant-leader and a great team member here at the honors college,” Ketelaar said in the release. “This scholarship will help her to pursue her dream to travel the path from first generation college student to nurse practitioner.”
Arellano said she hopes her achievement inspires other people to join Phi Eta Sigma and apply for the scholarship award.
“Phi Eta Sigma teaches you to be not just a leader, but to reach out to the community, provide service and keep Las Cruces beautiful,” Arellano said in the release. Beyond being an honors student, “being an active member in Phi Eta Sigma makes you a strong leader.”