Shayli Vigil, Nail Technician

Shayli Vigil

“When I do my nails, I feel beautiful, and I hope that’s how my clients feel, too."

Shayli Vigil always wanted to learn how to do nails. But she needed some help to overcome the obstacles that blocked the path to her goals.

Shayli received her bachelor’s degree in Marriage and Family Studies from Brigham Young University-Idaho. Although she enjoyed her studies, Shayli’s lingering passion for nails was always in the back of her mind. “I love being creative and coming up with new designs,” Shayli says.

As a newlywed and recent college graduate, Shayli lacked the financial resources to return to school. Then the Davis Commissioners Cup Scholarship provided Shayli the opportunity to pursue her dream.

Now Shayli has a new level of confidence. She’s excited that she can combine her new career with her future family, and she hopes she can share her confidence with others.

Javier Santos, Practical Nurse

Javier Santos

“We have to give back when we receive"

Sometimes, life can take unexpected turns. For Javier Santos, those surprising moments included leaving his native Colombia, moving to Utah, and making a major career change.

Javier is trained as a chemist. But when Javier’s first child was born prematurely, Javier was inspired by the nurses who cared for his entire family. Going back to school meant cutting back his work hours, which in turn made taking care of his family more difficult. That’s why Javier’s scholarship meant so much to him.

With plans to qualify as an RN from Weber State University, Javier recognizes that his understanding of Latin cultures will help future patients. Javier might never have guessed that he’d end up as a nursing student in Utah, but those unexpected moments became an opportunity to help others.

Braden Evans, Architectural and Engineering Design

Braden Evans

Braden Evans, student speaker at summer 2018 graduation, took the long road to Davis Technical College – literally. Traveling from Provo to Kaysville every day for Architecture and Engineering Design classes meant that Braden had to get up at 4:30 a.m. and didn’t get home until 6 p.m.

Davis Tech’s accommodations and scholarships helped keep Braden’s learning disability from interfering with his school work, but Braden’s tenacity and passion for architecture carried him through so that he could make the most of the opportunities he’s been given. He’s had his share of struggles, but as Braden says, “It’s worth it in the end.”

Braden is now employed as a drafter at JZW Architects.