Josue Maldonado-Zelaya

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


Josue attended Winter Park High School his Freshman and Sophomore year but moved to Colonial for his final 2 years of high school. Josue joined multiple groups such as the swimming and water polo team and joined a Saturday orchestra group known as A Gift For Music. He became an active member of the community and joined the Colonial Key Club and National Honor Society. Through these groups he’s gain many skills all while maintaining his grades in his AP and Honor classes. 

By his senior year, Josue 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.


Josue is a remarkable student with many different strengths in multiple areas. Josue has enrolled in Florida Atlantic University’s Wilkes Honors College where he’s seeking a degree in psychology to further pursue a career in psychiatry. He’s confident that he will continue to achieve new heights and be able to pay back and say thanks to his family back home. 

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

- Josue

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