Gamaliel Jimenez's idea of a good time includes researching the used-car market and crunching the numbers on monthly payments and interest rates – the things many people hate about the car-buying process.
For the last few weeks, that's what Jimenez has been doing on behalf of his twin brother, Ezequiel, who is looking to replace his car.
"It was really fun, bringing him along on that journey, explaining the supply and demand, why it's a tough market right now," Jimenez said with a smile while recalling the experience as an example of a time when he knew he was on the right path.
Jimenez is a University of Arizona senior in the Personal and Family Financial Planning Program at the John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He said he's found a home at the intersection of business and service to his community by choosing a career path that will let him help others plan their financial futures.
That passion has also earned him recent recognition: Jimenez will enter his senior year as the university's inaugural Charles Schwab Foundation endowed scholarship recipient. The $3.5 million scholarship program was established by the global financial services company in the spring to serve students from underrepresented communities. The University of Arizona was one of seven institutions across the U.S. that the company chose to partner with to offer the scholarship.
The program will provide Jimenez with about $10,000 in his senior year, as well as mentorship from a Charles Schwab representative. The scholarship also comes with an invitation to apply for an internship at Charles Schwab.
"I don't have the words to explain what it means to be recognized," Jimenez said, adding that he's excited to connect with mentors in the field of financial planning. "I'm just glad that there are resources out there to help low-income, first-generation students pursue a career in this."