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BTC scholarship recipient battled homelessness, aspires to be a cop

When Paola Delgado was in middle school, she decided to have a life-changing conversation with her mother. Delgado, then around age 13, came out as a member of the LGBTQ community. “That didn’t run by her so well,” Delgado said of the conversation. “We just had a lot of fights, and even when I was younger, we just fought a lot. And one day, I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m done.’

“I have four other siblings who I kind of wanted to set an example for.”

Delgado, a 19-year-old from Beloit, is the first recipient of the IDEAL Scholarship through the Blackhawk Technical College Foundation and was honored Tuesday at the college.

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