Today we recognize SchoolHouse Connection scholars who are breaking the cycle of homelessness by earning their high school and college degrees. We are inspired by their resilience and determination in navigating their final semesters, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. We could not be more proud of them, and of all our SchoolHouse Connection scholars. We are honored to support them to and through college, and into the workforce, and we thank them for allowing us to share their words.


Graduated High School: Spring 2021

Summer Plans: I plan to spend the summer at FSU, beginning my higher education journey and making connections.

Next Steps: I intend to achieve a Bachelor’s in Biological Sciences at FSU!

“The negative situations that I experienced in the past have caused me to appreciate every good thing that comes my way. All the hardships made me realize how resilient and determined I am. Nothing will stop me in the pursuit of my dreams. Though it feels like everything is pushing against you at some points, adapt and meet that struggle with the same energy.”


Graduated High School: Spring 2021

Summer Plans: I am planning on working at American Eagle and Starbucks and saving up for moving and possible trips.

Next Steps: I am currently taking a year or two off of college and am deeply considering what degree to pursue and which college to attend. This will also allow me time to work on my mental health and make sure I’ll be ready when heading back to college.

When all hope is lost, never give up. There is a light out there waiting for you, you just have to be there to find it.”


Graduated High School and Community College: Spring 2021, Associates of Science

Summer Plans: Socialize, find a balance, and prepare for WSU in the Fall.

Next Steps: Continue my physics and mathematics education to earn a BS with a major in physics.

“I didn’t see myself pursuing a higher education until I saw myself succeed in this program, and now I’m ready to touch the stars and beyond.”


Graduated High School: Spring 2021

Summer Plans: Read a lot of books!

Next Steps: I plan to go to college where I will major in English.

“My life hasn’t always been easy, but I know that I can make it through whatever obstacle is in my way.”


Graduated Community College: Spring 2021, A.A. in Communications

Summer Plans: Working night shift at a hotel and taking summer classes for my Bachelor’s degree.

Next Steps: I plan to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Funeral Service from the University of Central Oklahoma.

“Part of creating a better world is following your dreams. You’ll be amazed at how much you can do when you’re where you’re meant to be.”


Graduated High School: Spring 2021

Summer Plans: I am serving at Mo’s and spending time with friends in the nice weather!

Next Steps: I plan to pursue a major in Business at Oregon State University.

“I’m so thankful for where I am today and who I am surrounded by. Growing up I never thought college would be possible yet here I am! Having a positive mindset and a good support system is very important and what helped me with my successes the most. Never ever give up.”


Graduated High School: Spring 2021

Summer Plans: Working at an Italian restaurant and Babysitting.

Next Steps: I’m going to Reed College in the fall!

“I am far more capable than I was raised to believe I was, and realizing that has allowed me to graduate high school and gave me the courage to apply to college. At one time I would have been terrified of going to college in the fall (I am still a little) but I now believe that I deserve to be there just as much as anyone else, and am just as capable of success despite my past. I’m thankful for everyone who has supported me this year, and I hope I can one day support someone through this the same way.”


Graduated Community College: Spring 2021, Associates in General Studies

Summer Plans: Over the summer, I will be working and saving up for the next step in my education!

Next Steps: I plan on attending the University of Missouri this fall. I’ll be majoring in microbiology, where I hope to get involved in research. I hope to center my career around research someday.

“I’ve always dreamed of getting a higher education. It has been my goal since a very young age; however, for awhile I was terrified I wouldn’t get the opportunity to achieve my dreams. I was facing many hardships that made it seem impossible. As I’ve kept pushing myself, I’ve come to realize that it is not an option for me to give up on my dreams. I’m extremely proud of myself for how much I’ve accomplished and overcome, and I will continue to push myself to succeed. I’m also so grateful for all the help I’ve received from SHC. They have assisted me in so many ways and have given me many of the tools I have needed to persevere. They are one of the reasons I now feel confident in my ability to achieve my dreams.”


Graduated Graduate School: Spring 2021, Doctor of Dental Surgery

Summer Plans: I just started work at a family practice not far from where I went to school!

Next Steps: Continue to live my dream as a dentist.

“There truly is a light at the end of the tunnel, so don’t ever give up. It’s okay to have good days and bad days. We just find happiness when the good days out number the bad ❤️.”

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