Jose Banales

UNIVERSITY OF DENVER
Class of 2019

  • Jose graduated as valedictorian of his high school class and was an active member of the football, basketball and baseball teams.
  • During his junior year, he pursued a People to People Leadership program that enabled him to travel to 7 different European countries, which he made possible by raising several thousand dollars on his own. His teacher said Jose “came back from his leadership travels even brighter, wiser and more inquisitive of the world than when he left”
  • Jose is the first generation in his family to go to college and pledges to be an inspirational role model for other young Mexican-American men, which stems from his difficult relationship with his father when growing up.