Yuridia Navarro-Escobedo of Waco was awarded the 2018 Distinguished Leader Award. She came to McLennan Community College as a Brazos Higher Education Scholar and Presidential Scholar. Yuridia has maintained a 3.8 GPA during her time at MCC, all while working two part-time jobs and volunteering at several non-profits in the Waco community. Upon graduating from MCC this year, Navarro-Escobedo will transfer to Baylor University on a MAC Scholarship from the Waco Foundation. She graduated from La Vega High School in 2017.