After emigrating from Guatemala at age 17, Richfield grad gets full ride scholarship

Edwin Quinon walks the halls of Normandale Community College April 4. Quinon is finishing up his final semester at the school and is on his way to North Central University in Minneapolis on a full-ride scholarship. (Sun Current staff photo by Andrew Wig)

Edwin Quinon walks the halls of Normandale Community College April 4. Quinon is finishing up his final semester at the school and is on his way to North Central University in Minneapolis on a full-ride scholarship. (Sun Current staff photo by Andrew Wig)

Edwin Quinon, Richfield High School Class of 2014, has had plenty of chances to settle.

At age 16, when he tested well enough to get into public university in his home country of Guatemala, he could have settled in and waited a couple years until he was old enough to actually attend.

When he immigrated to the United States at 17, without his family and with barely a word of English in his vocabulary, he could have settled for the job he found painting houses.

While attending Normandale Community College three years later, he could have relented as his full-time work schedule got in the way of his studies.

But he wouldn’t let himself give up, and neither would those around him.

“People that know him have been supporting him just because they know the heart that he has,” said Mayra Medina, who met Quinon at his Minneapolis church, Monte Sinai.

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