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HometownHilton Head Island, South Carolina Degree Class of 2016
Computer Science

Recipient of a Goizueta Scholarship

Erik Leon

With financial assistance from a Goizueta Foundation Scholarship at Armstrong, attending college became a reality for Erik Leon, a Computer Science major who has dedicated many hours to volunteering with various campus organizations like CAMINO, Hispanic Outreach & Leadership at Armstrong and TechFest.

“The Goizueta scholarship has made it possible for my family to afford my college education,” he says. “Not only that, the community of Goizueta Scholars is a wonderful support system. These are students who know exactly what I am going through, and whose life stories sound very similar to mine. Having this group of people who share an experience is like having a second family.”

Leon has maintained a 3.8 GPA at Armstrong and hopes to work in software engineering or web application and development after graduation.

“I plan to stay local and own a business that provides IT services,” he says. “I want to be my own boss and lead a team of people.”

Leon is proud to start strong and says he knew Armstrong was the perfect fit the moment he set foot on campus.

“When I visited Armstrong, I didn’t have the same overwhelming feeling I got when visiting the big schools,” he recalls. “I really loved the small size and student-to- teacher ratio. It felt close-knit and comfortable.”