BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Jose Ramirez has won 23ABC's annual "Education, It's Your Future" Scholarship of $5,000.
Jose's mom Anna says her son always wanted to go to college and now he is that much closer to pursuing his dreams with this scholarship.
"I want him to push himself hard at school so he doesn't have to work the way I do," said Anna.
Anna is a single mom and she works from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday to help support her family.
Jose is fourth in his class, and he beat out thousands of students across Kern County with his essay on his opinions of immigration reform.
"The word that you would use to best describe him is studious," said Highland High School principal Debra Vigstrom. "Everybody comes to him because he has that quiet confidence."
Jose plans to attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to come an engineer.
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