Remarkable Journeys Toward Independence
Listen to a Kaleidoscopic Array of Interviewees Who Tell It Like It Is In Conversations With Anthony, a Thoughtful Interviewer, an All Out for Change® Supplemental Scholarship Recipient, an Aspiring Opera Singer Who’s Studying at Oberlin Conservatory with Scholarships.
Their stories are full of good fortune, stumbling blocks & determination to overcome them, financial wizardry from 17-25 year-olds, and pivotal persons and moments when doors open at critical times along the journey.
Outstanding achievement surfaces when the financial resources and people appear that cultivate the potential that lies dormant in economically disadvantaged students and their schools. I admire them; I’ve had lengthier conversations with each and heard some powerful, moving stories.
“I’m graduating with $40,000 in federal loans,” remarks Rebecca a college scholarship recipient,
Anthony replies, “That’s not that bad!”
Imagine being a 12th-grader with a scholarship offer, projecting very little money for day to day expenses, about to embark on a perilous journey that leads down a deep hole of debt, to then climb the rickety ladder out toward upward mobility without a safety net. Listen to Rebecca talk with Anthony, another scholarship student in similar shoes, and learn about the remarkable financial gyrations Rebecca spins through, her conundrums and worries, much different concerns than her peers from wealthier families. Now with a degree from George Washington University in hand, Rebecca’s stepping upon the rickety ladder upward with a new job on the horizon, hoping for a stable, bright future, and one day free of her college debt burden.
Revealed in Interviews:
When Ambition Meets Good Fortune - Dreams Emerge & Their Achievement
“Nearly forty years later, I can reflect on what a blessing it has been to encounter so many people who chose to help someone in need — not because they had to but because they simply could…. In whatever form, such acts create their own legacy of hope and inspiration. They pass something on,” remarks Deval Patrick, former Massachusetts Governor and author of A Reason to Believe: Lessons from an Improbable Life.
If you’ve contributed during our fundraiser, we thank you for your understanding and generosity. If not, and you’d like to pitch in, you can make an Independence Day 1:1 Match donation for the ambitious hard-working student scholars we support in pursuit of independence for themselves, and their families. Through you and your support we can make a big difference in someone else’s life. And for that, I am very grateful!
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MaryAnn, Chief Engagement Officer and Founder