Receiving the Beat the Odds Scholarship in 2009 was just the beginning of a long journey. I went to community college and then transferred to Portland State University to complete my bachelor’s degree. Along the way I worked full time and navigated the costly price of college. More than once I questioned my ability to finish what I had started.
Luckily, I always had the support of those who believe in me – including Stand for Children. Janene continues to be supportive and provide encouragement as I pursue new education opportunities. Her support did not end at my graduation. As I continue on my education path, I know that it will be crucial to continue to hold these relationships close and build on these friendships along the way.
This past spring, I graduated from PSU’s school of business, majoring in finance. I will use that as a stepping stone to continue my education. I am currently studying for the LSAT and hope to attend law school next fall. Education has always been of great importance to me and I knew from an early age I wanted to attend law school.
Being a lawyer will provide me with the skills I will need to help others in times of need and give back for the unconditional support I have received from my community.
Throughout my life I have seen people struggle and live in uncertainty. I hope that I can bring opportunity and hope to those people.
Being the first in my family to attend college created a huge educational opportunity for me. I learned to be resourceful and push myself out of my comfort zone. Of course, I couldn’t do it alone. Stand for Children was always along for the ride providing support and encouragement along the way.