SR Education Group Scholarships
As part of SR Education Group, GuidetoOnlineSchools has helped donate over $100,000 in scholarships since 2010. Please see our current scholarships below.
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Eligibility: Students enrolled at a public community college, junior college, technical college, or city college, and working towards a certificate, diploma, or degree.
Mar 31, 2019
Eligibility: Students who are veterans or active members of the U.S. military and are enrolled at a private or public educational institution, and working towards a certificate, diploma, or degree.
Mar 31, 2019
Eligibility: Undergraduate students enrolled at a private or public educational institution, and working towards a certificate, diploma, or degree.
Mar 31, 2019
Eligibility: Graduate students enrolled at a private or public educational institution, and working towards a certificate, diploma, or degree.
Mar 31, 2019
Community College Scholarship
We were able to help 21 community college students work towards their degrees. We chose this scholarship because of the lower costs of community college, so we knew we could make a big impact on students.
Make a Difference Scholarship
Applicants submitted a short video or a photo essay explaining how their degrees would change the world. We had 4 winners going into the fields of wilderness therapy, education, and nursing.
We've awarded 5 military scholarships to very inspiring individuals. Keenan Sanchez is pursuing biomedical engineering in hopes of contributing to the advancement of prosthetic limbs.
Study Abroad Scholarship
This was our very first scholarship and we were able to help 6 students study abroad. Our very first winner studied the global food crisis in the Sacred Valley in the Andes of Peru.
We awarded 23 outstanding women this scholarship to help them pursue their dreams.
When I realized that I won the scholarship, I was very excited. The assistance I have received will help ease the burden of continuing my education through college while supporting myself. This is an outstanding investment to help me achieve my goals in the future.
I was completely shocked to receive this award and this shows that persistence is key. My dream of becoming a nurse is now coming together and I cannot wait to be able to pay if forward to help someone else later in life. I am truly grateful as this scholarship will pay off the rest of my tuition and allow me to completely focus on my studies.
This was such an amazing scholarship opportunity and I would like to thank the SR Education Group from the bottom of my heart for helping me on my journey to achieve my goals and dreams!!!
I was shocked and overjoyed to receive this award! It was an answer to a prayer; the timing was perfect!
It is hard to believe that I won when I know there are probably many deserving applicants. I am so grateful for this scholarship because the debt can be crushing. This money will give me a little room to breathe as I become more proficient in providing mental health services to veterans. We weren’t sure I was going to be able to finish the degree this year. I want to thank SR Education Group for this scholarship that will help me stay on the path to a graduate degree. This means more than I can say and I will not forget it.
I almost thought it was a dream when I received the email. I was so worried about paying for my education, but now I can go forward without fear.
Thank you so much for this scholarship! An extra $5,000 means 500 hours LESS that I have to work to pay for my college. That's also 500 hours that I can spend toward studying and doing community service. I am very appreciative of your generosity and plan to one day give back in the same way. Thank you again!
When I saw my acceptance e-mail, the breath went out of me, I was so grateful. This scholarship will help me pay for my tuition, books, and other college expenses which would have been a struggle for me and my family without it.
Making the choice to go to college was difficult, and I often ask myself whether it was the right option. Learning that I received this scholarship it came at a time when I was worrying whether I could continue to afford college. This is great news and shows me that I am on the path I am meant to be on! Thank you!
I was thrilled when I received my email from SR Education Group about receiving one of their scholarships. When I got their email I was sitting at my computer trying to figure out my finances for the spring semester so that I could stay in my graduate program to fulfill my educational goals. This scholarship was the silver lining I needed to know I was on the right path and that completing my graduate degree is possible. Thank you SR Education Group for this opportunity!
This was a true surprise, I never win anything. I was so happy to receive this award and after speaking with my schools’ financial services, I found out this award will cover the remaining cost of my degree. Thank you so much!
I am very surprised and even more grateful for this amazing scholarship! This scholarship has reminded me it is never a waste of time to sign up for scholarships, because your dream scholarship can quickly turn into reality. This will be just a stepping stone into my educational endeavors. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. God bless!
Thank you guys so much! I was very shocked, but I am greatly honored. This scholarship will help my college experience run much more smoothly!
I'm thankful to receive this scholarship because I know it's going to help me in the long run. I need all the help I can receive and I am very grateful for this. Thank you.
When I saw the words Congratulations! You have been selected...I began to cry out with joy. Being awarded the SR Education Group Community College Scholarship means so much. After a series of unfortunate life events I felt returning to school would be my only option to have a future. This is easier said then done especially when you are head of house. I took a leap of faith and had to trust and believe that if I do my part help will come. Thank you SR Education Group for your support.
I am so grateful to the SR Education Group for this scholarship award! The financial assistance will be put to good use while I attain my AA through community college in order to move forward with a BA in Early Childhood Education. One of my goals is to connect young children and their parents with programs offering early childhood education and resources. Thank you SR Education Group!
Words can not describe my excitement for receiving this scholarship. I am incredibly grateful for SR Education Group as this scholarship will help to decrease my financial burden as I near graduation and begin applying for fellowships and registering for licensure exams.
Words cannot describe how excited I was to receive notification that I won the scholarship. It was a dream come true. I was so shocked, I just stared at the screen a moment before jumping out of my seat and yelling "woo hoo!". My wife came running and I told her the great news. This scholarship will help me to achieve my dreams of being an author, educator, and high school teacher. Thank you.
I am thankful to have received this award because it has helped me with paying for my tuition.
When I heard that I won the scholarship, I honestly thought it was too good to be true. We've been a single-income family to help provide a stable home for our child, and I've had to put a lot on hold. Starting college again was rough, and this will definitely help me meet my goal of teaching and helping support my family.
Thank you. I am very grateful and happy for the extra financial support that will help me reach my goal!
I am so grateful to the SR Education group for providing this amazing scholarship! With this award I will be able to spend more time progressing in my studies and gaining vital experience within the nursing field than working to pay for my tuition. Thank you for helping me pursue my dream!
I'm very grateful for the SR Education Group and its generosity, for the Group's scholarship will help me pursue the research and education that I'm interested in.
I am honored to have been chosen as a recipient of the undergraduate scholarship. I was ecstatic when reading the email of this wonderful opportunity. I can now continue with the hopes of pursuing a nursing degree. Thank you SR Education Group this truly means a lot to me!
Receiving this scholarship fills me with relief and gratitude! Organizations such as SR Education Group provide such a wonderful opportunity to further my education and pursue a career I am passionate about without worrying quite so much how I will be able afford such a fulfilling experience.
Thank you again for giving me a chance to do well in life. God provides blessing everyday if you put in the time and hard work to achieve your goals. This grant is going to change mine and my children’s life for the better. Being able to go to school and not worry about how I am going to pay my bills is the biggest blessing I could have asked for.
As a mathematics major and future teacher, I want to reach out and be an inspiration to others. I’m not where I’m at in my studies yet, but this scholarship is going to assist me greatly. Thank you so much for the help, I am so thankful for receiving this scholarship.
This scholarship will allow me to focus primarily on school without the constant burden of how I am going to pay for my education. I could not be more grateful or excited for this amazing opportunity.
Words cannot express how appreciative I am of this award. My dream of getting a college education can now come true because of this tremendous opportunity. This will not only help me, but will also benefit my family as it will increase my earning potential. I recommend your organization to everyone with whom I speak.
As a Veteran and non-traditional student with a young family to support, the SR Education Group Military Scholarship Award will go a long way to ensure my family's needs are met while I pursue full-time education. This award will allow our family to significantly stretch our savings while I complete a degree in Nursing. We are thrilled at the opportunity, and extremely grateful to receive this award! Thank you SR Education Group!
I’m so grateful for this opportunity! I’m currently a mother supporting three children and this will help me provide a better future for both me and my children.
I was thrilled to learn that I had been awarded an Undergraduate Scholarship by SR Education Group. The financial assistance will greatly aid me in my journey to become a doctor. The extra money will allow me to work less during the school year and devote more time and energy to my studies. Thank you SR Education Group. You have truly made a difference in my life.
This scholarship will help me financially in my goal of becoming a nurse, that you so much to the SR Education group for helping me to achieve my dream! With this help I can concentrate fully on my education and focus on being a great nurse.
This scholarship is wonderful for me. I am proud to be a winner of this scholarship.
I have been struggling to make sure that I get the kind of education in which I ensured my daughter received. You cannot believe how overjoyed at this unexpected surprise and this scholarship will go towards me being able to achieve my education goals. All of my appreciation and thanks goes out to the SR Education Group for this outstanding scholarship!
I'm so pleased to have been chosen to receive this scholarship. I literally cried when I read the email! This scholarship will greatly help with the student loans I have/am accumulating while in graduate school. Thank you so much for this opportunity! I truly appreciate it.
As an adult who has been out of school almost twenty years, going back to school is a challenge. As a full-time paramedic, I work 168 hours every two weeks. I am paying for everything including books and tuition out of pocket. Winning this scholarship will help me immensely by allowing me to take off work as needed for class assignments and studying. I am very grateful to have been chosen as a winner for this scholarship and cannot thank you enough.
I stared down my computer like a deer in the headlights frozen in time. Like any normal human being I went through the 5 stages of denial. It took some convincing by a friend who had received a similar scholarship before I landed on acceptance. Still in shock, with a few tears rolling down my cheeks I thought about how much this would help me take a big leap towards achieving my goals. Grateful to my friend, who's wisdom superseded my own (knowing my financial situation) recommended I apply for this scholarship.
Thank you so much for this opportunity! This scholarship is going to be an incredible help so that I can keep moving forward with my education and become a teacher. I am looking forward to continuing the hard work I have started, and it’s true that hard work really does pay off! I appreciate you supporting me in my journey.
I can't believe that I was chosen for this amazing opportunity. I know now that I can accomplish my goals and dream to become a nurse and anything is possible if you just persevere! Thank you!
I cannot thank SR Education Group enough for this fantastic scholarship! My current military duties preclude my access to tuition assistance, eliminating my ability to afford school. This generous gift will allow me to finish my degree on time and give back to my community sooner.
I am beyond grateful for the honor & privilege of receiving the SR Education Group Military Scholarship! This scholarship will enable me to pursue a graduate degree, which will lead to a brighter future for my family and I, as well as the community I will be able to reach through this advanced education. THANK YOU SR Education Group!
I was shock when I received an email stating that I won this scholarship. I am happy to have received this funding, that will contribute to my college education.
With the help of the SR Education Group I can be a social worker! Thank you so much!
It is truly an honor to receive this gift of scholarship from the SR Education Group! This scholarship will aid me in the completion of my senior year and my bachelor's degree!
Thank you so much for this opportunity! I'm a single mom of a disabled adult, my son who is wonderful and loving but may never be able to earn a living. This is a gift that is one more wonderful step towards my career goals and my ability to secure his future.
I am so grateful to have been chosen for this scholarship. I can now focus on my studies and have more time off from work to spend time with my son. All my dedication and hard work to finish school is to provide him with a good life.
This generous scholarship will help me continue to move forward to achieve my educational goals and help me pursue my nursing degree. Thank you SR Education Group for choosing me!
I am immensely appreciative for the opportunity to receive this scholarship and thankful for the burden that it will lift from my shoulders for financial need during my studies. This opportunity is something that will never be forgotten as I’m working toward my dream. Thank you so much.
I am so excited to have won this scholarship. My family and I are eternally grateful, and this money will help make sure that my education will continue. Thank you so very much.
Upon finding out I was receiving this scholarship, I felt an immediate sense of relief that I would be able to focus on my studies without this financial worry hanging over my head.
Thanks to the SR Scholarship money I will be able to focus on school, and will not worry about paying for the next semester.
I am so excited to be able to receive this Scholarship! It means so much to be given the opportunity to study Natural Resources and pass this opportunity to others in the future!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support of the SR Education Group Scholarship for Minorities. As a recipient, I am grateful for the opportunities this award will provide me. I rely on financial aid, grants, other scholarships, and loans to help finance my education. Receiving this scholarship will help reduce my financial burdens and provide assistance for me as I continue pursuing my education. Thank you again for your thoughtful and generous gift.
I am honored to be chosen as a recipient of the Community College Scholarship. I will use my education and passion for Computer Science to enrich the lives of others in my community. My success is an example of why you should never give up on your dreams.
I am overflowing with gratitude to be receiving this scholarship for community college! As a single mother who has recently fallen on hard times, this scholarship will help me to pursue a better future for myself and my daughter. I am so appreciative of this honor.
I am so grateful to be awarded this scholarship. Now I can save time and afford to take more courses next semester, yaaay! Thank You SR Education!
This scholarship is a huge help to my family as I have returned to college later in life, in pursuit of obtaining a more fulfilling and better paying career. I spent my early years hopping from job to job in a variety of industries with little direction and I hope to change that once I graduate next spring! Thank you so much!!
I am genuinely grateful and honored to be selected for this scholarship from SR Education Group. This organization is changing lives for students across America, and I can’t wait to "pay it forward" once I meet my educational success. THANK YOU
I was so excited when I found out that the SR Education Group had chosen me to be one of their scholarship recipients and I am so grateful to them for assisting me in the continuation of my education.
I was ecstatic to hear the news that I had won a Scholarship for Women from SR Education Group. As a mother of 4 children, going back to school was an extremely hard decision. Financially, emotionally and physically it has been a challenge. I am forever grateful to SR Education Group!!! Thank you so much for the opportunity to apply and for choosing me as a winner! Blessings.
Receiving this scholarship has helped make my dreams of becoming a nurse a reality. I am going to make the best of this experience to continue the path I have chosen. Thank you very much.
I was more than excited, I was ecstatic! I have never won anything or received any academic scholarships other than Military and financial aid. This will help more than one could grasp. I was wondering how I was going to pay for my field school this year without taking out more loans. Thank You so very much!
I was more the excited to hear the news of me winning this award, and a bit shocked as I have never one anything like this before. The application process was simple and it didn't take long if you put your heart into it. This will help tremendously thank you so much.
I am very honored and excited to have received the SR Education Group Community College Scholarship. This will greatly help me be able to pay for school since my parents are unable.
I'm glad I get to spend this moment with my family. Just makes you think that miracles are actually possible. Thank you, SR Education Group!
As a single mother, receiving this scholarship has taken a heaven burden off of my shoulders, thank you to everyone who made this possible. This scholarship will make it possible for me to fulfill my dreams, of an education, for another year.
I am so grateful to receive this scholarship, this will greatly help financially by allowing me to take out less student loans. I am excited to continue to pursue my education and move forward with my goal of becoming a nurse. Thank you for this amazing blessing!
This money will help my dreams of being a nurse that much more a reality. Thank you!
I appreciate the assistance for furthering my education so that I can become a influential part of the community and help others do the same.
My heart is full right now knowing that a part of my financial burden has been lifted. I feel truly blessed and grateful that I will be able to fulfill my dream of being a full time educator.
This scholarship changes things. It's more than just money - it's hope. And truly, that is what being a teacher is all about. I'm so thankful to be a part of this profession and to be a recipient of this scholarship.
I was extremely shocked to find out I had one! This scholarship will help me in completing my courses needed to transfer to a four year school. Thank you again!
I was absolutely shocked when I read I had won, I feel blessed and very fortunate for this opportunity!
Receiving this scholarship will greatly help me in completing my goal in becoming a social worker to help foster children and becoming a foster child advocate as well as providing a stable income for my young twins! I am so very thankful to SR Education Group for helping me pursue my educational goals!
I want to thank SR Education Group for this Community College Scholarship this will alleviate some of the burden of buying much needed classroom books and materials. Thank you guys so much I can never repay this type of kindness monetarily right now but I will pay it forward in the future.
I was elated to hear that I was a winner of the SR Education Group Community College Scholarship! This is fantastic news and it came at the most wonderful time. As a single parent working hard towards two degrees, this scholarship will enable me to get closer to my goals and release some much-needed financial pressure. Thank you SR Education Group!
I am delighted and honored to have been selected for your undergraduate scholarship. As a single father, and college student, I cannot stress the importance of budgeting your finances in order to succeed. This scholarship will help me to achieve my goal of obtaining my Ph.D. and for that, I am eternally grateful to the SR Education Group and their commitment to helping students further their education. I am passionate about chemistry and look forward to completing my B.S. and continuing on to graduate school at the University of Montana. My hope is to continue my current research on flavonoid structures and their multiple medicinal potentials, with an emphasis on supplemental oncological treatments.
After learning that she had won the Graduate Scholarship for Teachers, Frances said, "I am honored to receive this scholarship! The past few years have been hard financially and emotionally for my family and I am grateful to have the opportunity to continue my education to build a brighter future for myself and my daughter. Thank you SR Education Group!"
Heather Mazlik was incredibly pleased when she found out she was the winner of the $2,500 scholarship. She told the scholarship committee, "I am extremely blessed and humbled to be given such a generous and wonderful opportunity." Heather is currently working towards her associate’s degree in accounting and hopes to go on to be a CPA. She went on to explain, "I am beyond grateful for this scholarship and after facing many obstacles the past few years, I am finally optimistic that along with perseverance and strength, I can use this money to continue my education in order to provide a bright future for my son."
"I was honored and delighted when I learned that I received this scholarship,” said Mary Dameron of Davidson County Community College. “These funds will allow me to attend nursing school so I can make a better life for me and my son." Mary is currently a CNA and works at a nursing home. Since she was 17, Mary has dreamed of becoming a nurse, and she is currently earning her Associate's in Nursing with an impressive 4.0 GPA. She hopes to continue her education and earn a Bachelor’s in Nursing after gaining some crucial clinical experience.
When Scarlet learned she had won the SR Education Group Graduate Scholarship for Teachers, she said, "I am extremely excited and grateful to have received the scholarship for $5,000 to go toward my schooling. I appreciate SR Education Group helping me to reach my goal of becoming a teacher and being able to help support my family. I love working with the students in helping them grow and develop. Having to pay for schooling while raising a family is a huge sacrifice and this money will help immensely."
"I am extremely grateful to SR Education Group for this scholarship opportunity," said Hannah Harris of the University of Oklahoma. "This money will help me pay for my books and tuition so I can earn my Bachelor’s in Criminology." Hannah has spent the last six years of her life serving in the United States Air Force. She is a single mother of two young children and hopes to go on to work for the FBI, CIA, NCIS or for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.
When Tara Vayne was told she won the $2,500 scholarship, she responded, “I just found out three weeks ago that I was going to be a part of a major layoff with my company. As a single parent that is terrifying. I was considering dropping out again because of these circumstances." Tara was previously a successful salesperson but consistently felt held back by her lack of a college degree. She went on to explained, "Then I heard from the SR Education Group team that I won the scholarship. I registered for summer semester that day. Thank you SR Education Group!" This scholarship will help Tara accomplish her dream of earning a degree and will allow her to thrive in the competitive world of business.
"This scholarship is incredibly important to me! It has been very challenging to find meaningful employment after retiring from the Marine Corps because military education doesn't easily translate into a civilian career. This scholarship is helping me to obtain a Master's Degree in Education so I can continue being a productive and prosperous contributor to our society." - Aaron Valley
"This scholarship means so much to me," said Rebecca Bender of Spokane Community College. "As a single mom, I struggle with finances and making ends meet continuously. My heart is full of gratitude. Thank you so much for believing in me." Rebecca has dedicated her time to various non-profits and hopes to one day open a home for homeless single fathers. She is the first of her family to attend college and is majoring in Public Service Administration.
When Hernan Cortes was told he won the Community College scholarship, he responded simply, "Dreams don't work unless you do." Hernan is going to school for his automotive technology degree and hopes to one day open his own shop. He recently had a baby boy this summer and told us, "Having a baby made me change my perspective on a lot of things; He motivated me to do better." This scholarship will help Hernan scale back on his full time job so that he can focus on his family and his studies during this upcoming semester.
“After my accident, I lost all my football scholarships and was paralyzed at the same time. I thought I had lost everything,” said Tyler Vitiello, who won a $2,500 scholarship from SR Education Group. “It has been a constant battle to find help for school and my health care. Thank you very much for helping me with my tuition!” Due to his unique experiences, Tyler plans on earning his PhD in in Clinical Psychology, with a specialty in Neuropsychology. He has made the Dean’s list at Montclair State University three times now and hopes to graduate in 2016.
“I was so excited to learn I won this scholarship,” said Crystal Storhaug, the Community College Scholarship Winner. “I make sacrifices in my life so that I am able to go to school because I know in the end it will be worth it.” Crystal has dedicated her life to helping others overcome addiction after watching a close family member struggle with alcoholism. She is majoring in Chemical Dependency Counseling at Kilian Community College and working her way through school.
Alexa van Bromel, the July winner of the Women's Scholarship, is pursuing a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Central Florida. Her goal is to become a Speech Pathologist and help children who have communication disorders. It was clear from Alexa's application that she has a passion for helping others, and will use her education towards this purpose.
SR Education Group is proud to announce Ryan Bosela, an Architectural Drafting student, as the winner of the Community College Scholarship. Since a young age, Ryan has been passionate about the field of Architecture. This passion has encouraged him to push for excellence in all areas of his schooling, eventually earning him recognition from his teachers and the National Technical Honor Society.
Amanda Christensen, June's Single Parent Scholarship winner, aspires to become a professor upon her 2014 graduation with a PhD in Business Management. Her goal is to help students work towards their dreams and do it in a manner that inspires her students to help those around them. She hopes that by earning her PhD, she will have been able to show her son that anything is possible.
Shannan Widboom, May's Women's Scholarship winner, is attending Oregon Health and Science University to pursue her dream of becoming a Nurse. Shannan is ambitious, and hopes that by receiving her nursing degree she will be able to give back to the world through a variety of charitable organizations as well as help her own son with his educational goals.
Ali won the committee vote for the Make a Difference scholarship with her ambition to provide wilderness therapy to all at risk adolescents regardless of economic means. Ali plans to use her degree program to collect evidence that will inspire organizations to provide wilderness therapy to adolescents who don't currently have the means to attend these programs.
Ashanti, a student from the University of Illinois-Chicago, won the popular vote for the Make a Difference scholarship with her vision of opening an elementary school for underprivileged youth. Having already worked with children through volunteer programs, Ashanti has the experience and drive it will take to make her dreams into reality.
Jessica Hin is an inspirational single parent who is pursuing surgical technician certification through training at CNI College. Despite having five dependents to care for and two jobs, Jessica has been able to maintain excitement and energy for her schooling and future career.
We are proud to announce Ben Hansen, a Welding student from Snow College, as the April 2013 Community College Scholarship winner. Ben demonstrated in his scholarship application a strong work ethic and motivation to succeed. It is clear Ben has a big heart, and that his success will positively influence the lives of his friends and family.
SR Education Group is proud to award Patricia Jackson the March 2013 Women's Scholarship. Patricia is currently attending Mercer University to pursue a degree in Early Care and Education. Her application demonstrated that she has a passion for her field and is determined to obtain her education.
Jill Karelitz's inspirational video won the popular vote scholarship. Despite having severe hearing loss, Jill has overcome several obstacles to become a successful student. Recognizing the significant impact that her own healthcare providers had on her rehabilitation and success, Jill is hoping to use her education to "pay it forward" and become a nurse.
Harmony Fisher was the winner chosen by the SR Education Group scholarship committee. Harmony was adopted from Ethiopia at a young age. She feels that she has a responsibility to give back to her native country, as so much was given to her. She intends to use her degree in elementary education to teach children in Ethiopia.
Lara Foster is working towards her dream of becoming a middle school teacher by pursuing a degree from Centralia College. Lara believes that middle school is an important stepping stone on a child's educational path and would like to inspire students of this age to develop habits necessary for success in high school. She hopes that by earning this degree, she will also inspire her own children towards educational success.
Jossie Morales is an aspiring 3D Animation Artist working towards her degree at Valencia Community College. Her passion for art and animation design was evident in her application and inspirational. This first generation college student has had many obstacles, but has persevered to become a remarkable student.
Carlos Ramirez is working to complete his Bachelor's degree in Sports and Exercise Medicine from the University of Central Florida. He hopes that he will be able to educate younger populations on how to lead a healthy life by educating families about the effects of childhood obesity and promoting physical activity.
Oksana Usenko is currently completing her associate degree at Valencia Community College with the hopes of transferring to the University of Central Florida to earn a degree in health informatics and information management. She aspires to use her degree either working with special needs children or continuing her work with disabled veterans.
Letitia McGuinness has worked in the non-profit sphere for 15 years. She is pursuing a degree in Gerontology with the hopes of helping the aging population in San Diego. Throughout her life, Letitia has encountered many people who did not believe that she should or could get a higher education. However, she has persevered and remained vigilant in her passion to receive a college degree.
Haley Vice is a student pursuing her passion for Dental Hygiene. She dreams of being able to travel to Mexico and Thailand in an effort to provide free dental care to those who have been affected by sex trafficking. In addition, she hopes that her own academic success will help to inspire other teen parents to complete their education.
Keenan Sanchez is currently pursuing a degree in Biomedical Engineering. He will use this degree to develop technology to improve prosthetic limbs. As a partial hand amputee himself, this is a field of study that he is particularly passionate about. Additionally, he hopes work in this field will allow him a continued connection with the military.
Brook-Ann Young is an intended Legal Studies major, who is hoping to start her own legal advocacy business upon graduation. While caring for her wheelchair bound husband, she realized how many obstacles there are for handicapped people. She would like to use her education to improve awareness and accessibility for the handicapped, as well as fight for justice for other underprivileged individuals.
Elizabeth Lord has worked as a paraprofessional for several years. She works with Emotional Behavior Disabled Children and helps them cope with the challenges and struggles of everyday life. She is working on a degree to become a certified teacher.
Debra Dick plans to pursue a degree in order to achieve her life long goal of working in the information and technology field. Computers are Debra's passion, and she hopes to write programs,repair hardware, recover lost data, and help people when their computers crash. In college, she will push herself to attain a degree, but to also actively participate in all of her studies and classroom activities.
Jordan Smith is currently pursuing a degree in international studies with a concentration in international politics and diplomacy from Texas A&M University. Second Lieutenant Smith plans on continuing her officer career in the Army on active duty as soon as she graduates from college.
Ms. Santistevan's mission is to help young people in crisis and to show them the path to healing. She acknowledges that this is a very important and challenging undertaking. That said, she is willing to make sacrifices to help secure the future of adolescents in her community.
Parisa has endured more in her 21 years than most folks read about--including escaping persecution in Iran and living as a refugee in Turkey--all in order to seek a better life and pursue her dreams as an engineer. Her goals may seem lofty (literally reaching for the stars with NASA), but her incredible focus and will have continued to bless her with the academic success she'll need to achieve them. "Since in the United States, the right of education is given to everyone, I am sure nothing and no one can stop a determined woman like me from getting my degree."
John is studying Biomedical Science at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida with the hopes of one day becoming a dentist. Shane's dreams don't stop there, however. Shane hopes to one day give back to the less fortunate by working at a community clinic for the poor and uninsured. We were particularly struck by Shane's desire to provide for his son's financial and spiritual well-being.
Even with tips, single dad John Kaleo's minimum-wage job isn't enough to make ends meet. He has done the math--he needs a better job in order to make enough money to provide the right life for his two daughters. Options are extremely limited in his area, but a future in welding is the best chance he and is family has.
Amanda Kloepfer had a promising military career cut short by an unfortunate car accident and suffered permanent injuries which continue to impede her daily life. Rather than hide behind her misfortunes, Amanda embraces the natural fortitude she brought to her unit and is working hard to overcome her challenges. A Master's in Forensic Accounting from Southern New Hampshire University will help her compete and excel despite her disadvantages.
Courtney Dotson works multiple jobs to pay for as much of her education as possible and the patience she emphasizes as a teacher has served her to persevere as she continues her own education. Watching her brother grow up with severe learning disabilities provided Courtney with the inspiration to focus her natural desire to teach special education. Her family's struggles to make ends meet further motivate career advancement and she hopes she can help provide for her mother and brother by alleviating some of the financial burden.
Lauren Johnson has spent her life listening to the stories of heroism, stress, war, and witnessing first-hand the kaleidoscope of experiences service men and women face in combat--and when adjusting after being discharged. With a degree from Emerson College, she is preparing to share these stories to help promote understanding between soldiers and the civilian public.
As Nicole Schmidt struggled to maintain employment following her divorce, she soon realized that she would need an education to enter a career that could provide stability for her and her two daughters. Tapping into her interest in medical terminology, technology, and numbers, Nicole enrolled in the Medical Billing and Coding certificate program through Marion Technical College. She is taking control of her future and making it better.
Kristina Boisvert is a single mother of two, struggling with raising her children, working to support her family, and attending Front Range Community College, while enduring the financial hardship and physical debilitation of a blood disease. Amazingly, Kristina maintains focus on her studies and never lets her 6-year old daughter or 4-month old son know despair, but rather determination.
Living below the poverty line was not enough to discourage Summer. She worked hard to excel as she resumed part-time education--ultimately earning an Associate's Degree, Cum Laude. Throughout all of her hardships, Summer has maintained top marks in her school work as she volunteers at least two hours each week in each of her children's classrooms along with actively volunteering in her community. With this scholarship, Summer will round out her education, having been accepted to the Northland Pioneer College Nursing program.
Dawnlei Hunter Ben is of the Naash’tezhi Ta’chiinii clan on the Navajo reservation in Arizona and has long witnessed the poverty and substance abuse that plague her community. Rather than acquiesce to despair, Dawnlei has dedicated herself to educating future generations and preserving her native language and culture. She will use her BA in Teacher Education through Diné College to help Navajo children discover their heritage and escape the cycle of drug and alcohol abuse.
It was after her experiences in Haiti that Julie realized the world needed to see what she had witnessed—hope. It was a simple message and she was developing a way to frame it, but she needed the right education to fit everything together. As she put it, "there is a world of opportunities out there, the trick is learning how to connect need with resources." This time, we are able to provide the resources for Julie's need, as she pursues Web Design and New Media through Academy of Art University. Now that she's found the education, we're going to help her afford it.
Scott Schrock's 22-foot fall marked a turning point in his life. He chose to change careers and pursue a field about which he was passionate. The nursing degree he is working to obtain through Stark State College will provide him with a valuable key to unlocking doors to higher medical service, a new career, and a more stable future for his family.
Michelle Varvaris has worked in healthcare since she was seventeen and currently serves American Veterans as an LPN. After her fiance's health began to decline, Michelle realized advancing her career as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing was the best way to apply her passion and talents while earning more to support her family.
After being laid off from her shipping and receiving job of 10 years, Crystal is looking to start a brand new career in Criminal Justice as a victim's advocate--specifically by helping teens recovering from abuse. As she puts it, "...these kids would benefit from having someone to talk to or just listen to and feel that they are not alone and have others who can help them begin heal and rebuild there lives."
Ebony Covington has focused her intrinsic need to help others into success as an aspiring nurse. She has endured hardship and tragedy, but she continues to exemplify the strength and determination necessary to not only persevere in her academic career, but provide an inspiration to others. “I continue to believe that hard work is the foundation on which our country was founded, and although hard work may not guarantee my success—I know that I will not achieve success without hard work.” - Ebony Covington
Carl Finkbeiner is currently maintaining a 4.0 GPA and working toward an Associate of Arts Degree in Business at Lawson State Community College. While he is returning to school after a nearly four-decade hiatus, Carl’s education has included the world beyond the classroom. “Having fallen from a secure place in life, I am filled with wonder as I am assisted and pointed back towards my dream...and I learned that it takes active participation to help others, and to encourage others to help me.” - Carl Finkbeiner
Molly O’Brien is pursuing medical training through Fort Range Community College with the goal of completing a Radiation Therapy program. As a single mother, Molly has endured family tragedy to rebuild the life she lost and provide a safe and stable life for her daughters. Now she’s exemplifying boot-strap perseverance by excelling in an education track with intensive work loads. “I sincerely look forward to a new start, putting my intelligence and energy into the noble cause of helping to fight cancer and the unfortunate inflicted with the disease.” - Molly O'Brien
Jere Coolidge used to feel that going to college seemed just out of reach. Now she is pursuing a degree in Occupational Therapy at Macomb Community College. She emphasizes the importance of occupational therapy and explains, “occupational therapy helps people to see the possibilities in their life with respect to remediating or compensating for their disabilities. This degree means that someday soon I will be able to contribute to my family's financial stability while doing something I love, and the bonus is that I get to help people!”
A former Emergency Medical Technician in the Army National Guard during operation Desert Storm/Fix and later a professional truck driver, John Saylors is now back in school to start a career in warranty work, general maintenance, and specialized services. He says “the love, support and side work from my friends and family has value that I sometimes have trouble quantifying but no longer recognizing. Having to start over and learn a new trade has been difficult and humbling. In the long run it will be worth it and so am I.”
Ritty Samreth is currently pursuing an Associates Degree in Mathematics and Business Management. His two-year tenure at Minneapolis Community & Technical College is preparing him for his ultimate career goal as an Actuary. Ritty says of his lofty ambitions, “I am setting my foundation. I feel that I am being equipped with the necessary tools for success, not only in my educational pursuits, but in life. I know that this experience will create opportunities.”