Date: October 10, 2012
Sabrina Wong will be the first in her family to attend college. Her parents are immigrants from China who came to the United States in hopes of a better future. Sabrina told us she was motivated to do well in school after she found out how her parents always put money for her school expenses first. Like Sabrina’s parents, many immigrant families strive to send their kids to college but are not familiar with the financial aid process and where to look for resources. This is where Financial Aid U and MEDA work to make the connection to higher education. Sabrina just graduated from Burton High School and attended one of the 4 “College Connect” events held in early January. At the events, several MEDA volunteers helped high school seniors complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and connected the student’s families to other services. MEDA raffled a $1,000 scholarship sponsored by Citi Foundation among the 207 students who completed the FAFSA at John O’Connell, Burton, Marshall and Mission High Schools. Sabrina was the winner of this year’s Financial Aid U scholarship and will be attending UC Santa Barbara in the fall. Go Gauchos!