Whoopi Goldberg Interviews Alumna Samantha Rodriguez on ‘The View’

Valencia College student Samantha Rodriguez — a 21-year old who is raising her five siblings after her parents’ death — was interviewed by Whoopi Goldberg on “The View” in December 2019.

After her parents died from cancer, Samantha chose to keep her family together and raise her siblings.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office began championing their cause in 2018 to help with Christmas, and donors assisted with getting Samantha a car and collecting funds to support the family. Additionally, the Valencia Foundation awarded Samantha a $1,000 scholarship for the 2019-20 school year.

Her extraordinary efforts have been noticed by national news outlets. She was featured in People magazine in July 2019, and in December 2019, Samantha and her younger brothers and sisters were interviewed by Whoopi Goldberg on “The View.”

During the feature, Toyota presented Samantha a $15,000 scholarship to continue her studies at the University of Central Florida and a 2020 Toyota Sienna filled with Disney toys. Check out the piece on “The View” below. Be sure to watch for the West Campus scene at 3:27.


  • Paula said:

    With all that is going on in the world, it is moments such as this one that restores any faith you may have lost. This is an awesome story!!!

    PMTue, 14 Jan 2020 12:13:53 +0000Tue, 14 Jan 2020 12:13:53 +0000pm20,12:13 pm

  • Andrea said:

    What a strong girl Samantha! God bless you for being such a great daughter and sibling. I hope more organizations give you the support to continue your studies and grow your family. A really good example of unconditional love.

    PMTue, 14 Jan 2020 17:30:33 +0000Tue, 14 Jan 2020 17:30:33 +0000pm20,5:30 pm

  • Judy said:

    What an incredible young lady – a great example for her siblings and for us all!

    PMTue, 14 Jan 2020 18:49:13 +0000Tue, 14 Jan 2020 18:49:13 +0000pm20,6:49 pm

  • Marsha said:

    This was such a heartbreaking but uplifting story all at the same time. Samantha, I wish you nothing but the best in all your endeavors, and I pray that you and your siblings will continue to grow in love and admiration of each other. You are all representing your parents very well!

    AMWed, 15 Jan 2020 08:09:24 +0000Wed, 15 Jan 2020 08:09:24 +0000am20,8:09 am

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