Our Students

Our Students

Michael Bankston
College Beyond (New Orleans)

"I do believe that young African Americans will be able to look to me as an example of someone who looks like them, that may come from a situation similar to, if not worse than, the situation that they may be in."

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America Yahya
Detroit College Access Network

"For me personally, the financial aid process was extremely hard to complete."

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Alexander Molina
College Forward (Austin, TX)

"I wanted to live on campus as a freshman and be, you know, a regular student. But once I got the award letter, it turned out that wasn’t going to be a possibility."

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Hoa Tranh Pham
College Beyond (New Orleans)

"Most of my family didn’t really go to college, and seeing what they struggle with and the ones that did go to college, it has impacted me."

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Vanessa Martinez
Southern California College Access Network (Los Angeles)

"My financial aid is great, but it doesn't cover textbooks or student health insurance, which is more than like $2,000."

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Lydia Johnson
College Now Greater Cleveland

"I would make financial aid easier by not forcing low income families to be dependent on loans in order to be able to afford school."

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Kimberly Fabian
Southern California College Access Network (Los Angeles)

"It's hard for me to maintain good grades and good relationships with my professors when I have to leave right after class and focus on working."

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Cedric Dent Jr.
College Beyond (New Orleans)

"I had to fundraise money in order ... to attend school next semester. "

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Kelsey Serena Lawson
College Horizons (Pena Blanca, NM)

"Each year tuition has increased ... so we've had to take on additional loans, and we've just been accruing more debt."

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Christopher Walter
The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis

"Every year there was an added process, added paperwork, added stress."

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Omida Shahab
The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis

"My parents came here with a purpose, and that was for me to continue on to do greater things."

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Dorothy Nolan
College Possible (St. Paul, MN)

"College was my end goal, but I did not anticipate the many obstacles I would face getting there."

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Nikki Tylosky
College Now Greater Cleveland

"Changes need to be made, and it starts here."

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Elisa DeLong
Emporia Community Foundation (Emporia, KS)

“I feared [college] was something I wouldn't get to do.”

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Matisse Lepre
Woodward Hines Education Foundation (Jackson, MS)

“It’s so much harder to get anywhere in life without a degree.”

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Ronald Moreno
Reality Changers (San Diego)

"I wanted to change this chain of poverty and drug abuse."

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Alexiea Feaster
OneGoal (Chicago)

"It does take a village."

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Jocelyn Salinas
CollegeTracks (Bethesda, MD)

"It's free money that they're giving you."

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Jose Jimenez
10,000 Degrees (San Rafael, CA)

"It's not just the scholarship."

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Jazmin Hernandez
Bottom Line (Boston)

"We weren't really informed about college."

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Camryn Pollard
College Now Greater Cleveland

"Filling out the FAFSA was the greatest thing I could ever do."

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Gilberto Ramirez
Appalachian State University (Boone, NC)

"Coming in, I was more prepared than a lot of the other students."

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Umesh Bhandari
Scholarship America (Minneapolis)

"I have the potential to do something great in the future."

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Abigail Luna
Appalachian State University (Boone, NC)

"I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the scholarships."

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Darius Spurlock
Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA) (Baton Rouge, LA)

“It seems like every semester [the cost of college] goes up a little bit more."

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Vanessa Ferrer, Houa Lor, and Fushia-Ann Hoover
College Possible (Saint Paul, MN)

"Being part of College Possible made me realize I wasn’t alone."

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Maria Baaz
TheDream.US (Arlington, VA)

How One DACA Student Pushed Through to Pay it Forward

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