Jonah Hurtado-Macias: 'I want to show them their investment was worth it'
Jonah Hurtado-Macias was among the first cohort of
students to receive the Pipeline Scholarship. He arrived on campus
in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hurtado-Macias called that period on campus
"interesting," but said navigating health and safety
changes and adjusting to college was made easier because he lived
with three other scholarship recipients.
"It was not too scary because we were
together," he said.
Hurtado-Macias is a double major in marketing and
international business; he will graduate in April. His internship
with the Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce helped advance his
knowledge of digital marketing, he said.
His interest in business started in high school during
a career day, Hurtado-Macias said. All students who selected
business were sent to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which is within
walking distance of Battle Creek Central High School.
"When I was there, I met Arelis Diaz and she
became my mentor," Hurtado-Macias said. "We have continued
to meet monthly since then. She took me to the accounting and
finance offices to learn what each of these offices does."
As a former high school soccer player, Hurtado-Macias
said he received partial scholarship offers from several colleges.
"I would have had student loans if I went that route," he said.
His parents immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico.
Hurtado-Macias said they have always trusted his decisions about
selecting a college and choosing a major.
"They tell me, 'You know best, we will support
your path,'" he said.
He hopes that path will lead to a job at the Kellogg Foundation.
"I really want to work at the foundation. I want
to show them their investment was worth it," he said.