Jun 17, 2022
Hi, I'm Miguel Esparza! I am a recent graduate of Austin College in Sherman, Texas with a major in both political science and history. I am originally from San Antonio, Texas, a city that prides itself in its Tex-Mex culture as well as its rich historical roots. I am the son of two Mexican immigrants and was raised on the east side of San Antonio, which is less economically affluent than other areas of the city. My perspective on the importance of community and the importance of giving began in this town, as I would not have gone to college without the generosity of several members of my community. Upon arriving in Sherman, I quickly ventured beyond the student bubble of Austin College, making friends with people whom I met at work or the gym. What was once a town far away from home had become familiar and comfortable for me.
Austin College further facilitated this bond between me and the greater Texoma community by introducing me to its great network of nonprofits and foundations when they sent me as a SEPA grant writing intern to J127 Ministry in Durant, Oklahoma. Here I found out about the shared desire of residents all across Texoma to further greater opportunities for success and improve the overall health of those who reside within this area. Texoma Health Foundation helped make it possible for me to be partnered with J127 and it was one of the prime foundations I focused on during my time as an intern because of its wide community involvement. I am looking forward to working for Texoma Health Foundation and helping continue its longstanding tradition of giving and nurturing of the Texoma area!