In addition to the profiles listed below, you can hear directly from several of our scholarship recipients through a video at our Celebrating Immigrants Dreams 2015 event:
Hear directly from one of our recipients in this May 2013 video testimony by clicking on her name: Watch Valeria‘s video.
They say time flies and I am beginning to see how fast it goes by. Two years ago I was struggling to find the funds I needed to attend college, but now that I am almost through my junior year I cannot help but think that dreams can come true. It has come so fast, 3 years are almost over and I don’t think I could have done this without God, the support of my family, and organizations like The Tomorrow Fund who believe in students like myself and encourage us to dream. I am on the way to becoming an educator because I am passionate about working with children and helping them fulfill their dreams. When I think back to where I was a few years ago and where I am now, I am so grateful for all the opportunities I have been given and all the experiences I have had throughout college. To everyone who has believed in my potential and has generously helped me become the person I always dreamed of becoming, I just want you to know that when I count my blessings I am counting you twice. Thank you!
Becoming a medical doctor has always been my dream. I had enormous obstacles ahead of me, but the biggest one was financial support. The Tommorrow Fund scholarship re-lit the flame of hope and determination within me. In some semesters at ASU I had to take time off in between semesters. I would enroll for a full semester, then pay off my tuition. I would have to take about a one year break in between semesters. This process reduced my potential and made me lose valuable academic momentum. I was a Chemistry major and this field is very challenging and demanding. I am sincerely thankful for this grant; this grant has lessened my financial difficulty and has driven me closer to my dream. Now I am working at the local hospital and at at Exela. I have been promoted to the Synthesis Lab, the first person to work there with only a B.S. So I’m very thankful. I’ll be submitting applications for medical and graduate school. Meanwhile, I’m learning a lot about the Pharmaceutical industry and its intricacies so I have a good goal ahead in case I don’t get into medical school.
—Alberto Negrellos Aguilera, Appalachian State University, Class of 2015
—- Carolina Lara, Salem College
“The Tomorrow Fund has been a tremendous help to me and my family. Being a Tomorrow Fund recipient has made it possible for me to be able to stay on campus all four years of my college career. Having the opportunity live on campus, I was able to have easier access to tutoring when needed, group discussion with peers in the courses in which I was struggling, and set appointments with my professors when I had a question about the school work. Also, staying on campus made it possible for me to work on campus and earn a little money to cover my personal expenses which took pressure away from my mom.”
— Glenda Polanco, Meredith College
Natasha Morales Castellanos, daughter of Norma Castellanos and Juan Martinez, is a current senior at Salem College. She is originally from Mexico but has lived in Winston-Salem, NC since she was five years old. Natasha will be graduating in May with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Mathematics and minors in Statistics and Spanish. Upon graduation, she intends to continue her education as a Ph.D. candidate in either chemistry or chemical engineering. She is currently in the process of visiting graduate schools and making this important decision.
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