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March & April Scholarship Winners | #WeBelongInCollege

Last updated October 28, 2020

Here are the 10 videos that were selected as the most inspirational #WeBelongInCollege stories through the first round of scholarships, March & April 2020

Amber’s #WeBelongInCollege Story

Returning home from college and figuring out how to focus on her studies and stay healthy has been a real challenge for Amber. Now she has some really great advice to share: “Get on a schedule. Everyone’s saying it - BECAUSE IT WORKS!”

Anna’s #WeBelongInCollege Story

After she selected the college she would attend, Anna reached out to try to find a college roommate. It stung when she did not receive the kinds of responses she had hoped for. She started to get really nervous about being able to make friends in college. But she found a way to reassure herself, and has this wise advice to share: No matter what, “be yourself, because you wouldn’t want to hang out with anyone who doesn’t love you for who you are.”

José’s #WeBelongInCollege Story

José did not have the same advantages that most of his classmates had. As a result, he had to work (at least!) twice as hard. But that’s not all he did. He decided to become a tutor to help students in his neighborhood who had even fewer educational opportunities than he did.

Ruben’s #WeBelongInCollege Story

It was only when he started to apply to college that Ruben learned that he was undocumented, and as a result could not apply for federal financial aid. He thought this meant he would never be able to go to college and was devastated. Thankfully, Ruben’s school counselor provided the guidance he needed to apply to scholarships so that he could pursue his college dreams.

Now he has a message for undocumented students like him: “it is possible”!

Freddy’s #WeBelongInCollege Story

Every step of the way, from getting the documents to apply for financial aid, to figuring out how to feed himself in college, Freddy has struggled. But he views the hardships he has faced as “wood to throw into the fire that is determination.” His determination to persist will inspire you.

Macina’s #WeBelongInCollege Story

Macina has dealt with so much, including homelessness and chronic health challenges in her family. And yet, she manages to care for her children and her sister’s children all while pursuing her college degree. Macina has truly proven that “if you push yourself, you can still make it.”

Myles’ #WeBelongInCollege Story

Myles was a student-athlete but sustained an injury that left him sidelined. Depression followed but eventually he found ways to cope!

Ratha’s #WeBelongInCollege Story

Ratha’s mom insisted Ratha attend college, something that is not possible for so many other Yemeni women. But after giving birth to her son, Ratha started to question whether she belonged in college. It was only after she discovered her passion for sociology that Ratha came to truly believe she belonged in college.

Serena’s #WeBelongInCollege Story

There is nothing more inspiring than someone who is in the midst of their own struggle and chooses to dedicate themselves to help others. Serena shares her story because she wants to help other students who are figuring out how to cope with the pandemic. 

Thalia’s #WeBelongInCollege Story

When things got tough during the college application process, it was Thalia’s siblings that kept her going. As the first person in her family to apply to college, Thalia wanted to be a role model for her siblings and she wants to be able to help them when it comes time for them to apply to college.

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