Cinthya overcame 11 years of child sexual abuse and now works to break the cycle of abuse by sharing her story with others. With the Beat the Odds scholarship, she was able to enroll at the University of Houston, where she studied hotel and restaurant management. Upon receiving the scholarship, she was effusive in her thanks and praise, saying, "Thank you for all the wonderful things you have done for me because, trust me, you have changed my life in such a wonderful way that I just don't know how to pay you for all the things you have done."