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.
Team bootcamp dominates Delano obesity
With no mainstream gyms in Delano, staying in shape seems like defying the odds. Despite the fall back, one former marine is stepping up to…
Man with Down syndrome on big screen in NYC
KCSO find missing elderly man
The Kern County Sheriff's Office has located a missing person.
Bakersfield drug dealer sentenced
Gamaliel Salas-Mendoza, aka Rene Salas-Mendoza, 38, an undocumented alien from Mexico, was sentenced today to 11 years and eight months in…