Scholarship Spotlight: Rakan Alsankari

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As told by Rakan Alsankari, Northgate resident Many seniors do not know what they want to do after high school, or what they want to do with their lives. But for me, the situation is different. Since I was in elementary school in Jordan (a sovereign Arab state in Western Asia), I had an idea of what I want to be, and this idea has become clearer and more focused over time. Because of my life experience, my career goal … Read More

Scholarship Spotlight: Christie Anderson

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As told by Christie Anderson, Chalmers Courts resident My name is Christie Anderson, and I am studying to become a licensed nurse practitioner. I am currently working toward earning my Associate Degree of Nursing (ADN) through Austin Community College’s (ACC) Registered Nursing Program. Once I earn my ADN, I plan to take advantage of ACC’s ADN to Bachelor of Science Nursing Program. ACC’s nursing program is preparing me to take the National Council Licensure Examination, a nationwide examination for the … Read More

Scholarship Spotlight: Sayuri Byrd

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As told by Sayuri Byrd, HCV participant My name is Sayuri Byrd, and I am 35 years old. I am the mother of two boys, ages 18 and 7. I recently learned I am expecting my third bundle of joy! I am looking forward to raising my new daughter, and I intend to make wise decisions, and to make every effort to live my dreams – doing what makes my family and I happy. One of my greatest accomplishments this … Read More

Scholarship Spotlight: Kirida McDaniels

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As told by Kirida McDaniels, HCV Participant I’m Kirida McDaniels, and I am proud to be a two-time awardee of the Austin Pathways HACA Scholarship. This scholarship is helping me continue my education and is bringing me closer to becoming the first person in my entire family to earn a college degree. I faced a lot of challenging personal experiences throughout primary and secondary school. From an early age, I was a victim of bullying. I was bullied for so … Read More

Scholarship Spotlight: Dorothy Howard

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As told by Dorothy Howard, Rosewood Courts Resident I want to thank Austin Pathways and HACA for all the support you have given me these last two years through the Austin Pathways HACA Scholarship. Continuing to work on earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology in Huston-Tillotson University’s Adult Degree Program has been an awesome experience. In September, I will have enough credits to receive my associate’s degree in liberal arts. Once I receive my bachelor’s degree, I will only have eight … Read More

Scholarship Spotlight: Layla Mohsin

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As told by Layla Mohsin, HCV Participant Ever since I was a kid, I have always wanted to do something important. I wanted to be the childhood figures I’d seen in cartoons – like Pocahantas. I wanted to be as caring and understanding as Snow White. I wanted to change lives like Mulan. When you’re a kid, everything seems easy, the world is at your feet, and you have this mindset that when you get older, you can do anything. … Read More