Josue Maldonado-Zelaya

I was born in Orlando, FL and was raised by separated parents starting in middle school. Even though my parents weren’t able to provide much, I was determined to thank them back for everything they could provide by seeking a college degree.


I attended Winter Park High School my Freshman and Sophomore year but moved to Colonial for his final 2 years of high school.


I joined multiple groups such as the swimming and water polo team and joined a Saturday orchestra group known as A Gift For Music. I became an active member of the community and joined the Colonial Key Club and National Honor Society. Through these groups I gained many skills all while maintaining my grades in AP and Honor classes. 

By my senior year, I became captain of the Swim team and co-captain of the Water Polo team, worked part time as a lifeguard, Vice President of the Orchestra, won the Disney Dreamer and Doer award a total of 3 times, won the AP Scholar with Distinction Award, was a Questbridge Finalist, and became Colonial’s 2020 Martin Luther King Jr Humanitarian recipient.


I have enrolled in Florida Atlantic University’s Wilkes Honors College where I am seeking a degree in psychology to further pursue a career in psychiatry. I am confident that I will continue to achieve new heights and be able to pay back and say thanks to my family back home. 

“It feels nice to not have to worry about money for a change, the scholarship really helped me out.” 

- Josue