Student scholarship winner from Spring 2018 PADE Institutional scholarships:
Sabrina Jara is a King’s College junior B.S. Neuroscience and B.S. Psychology major. Her career goal is to become a Physician’s Assistant by being accepted into a master’s program following her undergraduate studies.
Her parents immigrated from Ecuador to find better employment and medical care for their children. They worked hard so that Sabrina and her brothers could stay in school and take advantage of educational opportunities.
During her early college years Sabrina had to work two jobs with long hours and help care for her severely asthmatic brother and translate for her mother at medical appointments/ER facilities.
Sabrina began her college career with two dual enrollment courses while a high school senior. She then transitioned into the five-week Achievement Plus summer program taking seven college credits and earning a 3.75 GPA. As an ESL, first-generation student Sabrina transferred Spanish Advanced Placement credits. By taking advantage of these numerous opportunities, she started the fall semester of her first-year with 16 credits already completed.
Sabrina applied for and was accepted to participate in our faculty/staff mentor program where she was matched with a first-generation faculty member. They met weekly for the full academic freshman year to discuss time management, goal setting, faculty, peer, family relationships, finances, etc.
In the summer of 2017 Sabrina was one of four students chosen to be a peer mentor for a group of incoming Achievement Plus first-year students whom she met with weekly.
Sabrina will be inducted on April 3, 2019 into the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society for her academic and service achievements.
She is looking forward to her senior year and applying to Grad schools.
Donna Dickinson, Achievement Plus Director, King’s College
To the PADE Board,
I would sincerely like to thank the PADE organization and the Achievement Plus program for granting me a scholarship of $500. It has helped me so much and given me the opportunity to continue going to school full time and graduate on time. Without these funds I would have had to WD for a semester and put my career on hold for at least six months. Your help is greatly appreciated, thank you!
Sincerely, Sabrina Jara