I was a Kids Chance recipient from 2002-2009. In 2001, my father tragically passed away from an explosion on the job. I was a junior in high school at the time of his death. His sudden loss left my family devastated.

Going to college was a conversation that my parents always discussed in the household. After experiencing the loss of my dad, my chances of going to college seemed impossible.

I learned about Kids’ Chance of Maryland, Inc. from Sunday Fellows who was a guidance counselor at my high school. She walked me through the process of completing the application and sharing my story.

The Kids’ Chance scholarship was a tremendous blessing for me. It contributed to funding my undergraduate and graduate college experience. I was able to connect with other students across the state of Maryland with similar stories. We found comfort, strength and camaraderie among each other. I was even able to serve as a student representative on the board of directors for Kids’ Chance.

As a first generation, low-income student, the Kids’ Chance scholarship changed my life. I graduated from all of my higher education institutions with honors. I am forever appreciative of the endless support and care that was provided for my family and for me.

I am now a Student Affairs Professional at Johns Hopkins University who serves in the role of a Case Manager. I provide advocacy, support and outreach for students who experience life-altering circumstances.