Emily, 18 – FUNDED

For Emily P., studying political science at Pomona College is putting her on a path to her goal of becoming a lawyer. This 1,000 Dreams Fund Scholarship recipient also has some advice that others might need to hear: It’s okay to ask for help. Here’s why.

What is your professional dream?

My professional dream is to attend law school and then become a lawyer.

How will you use the 1,000 Dreams Scholarship?

I will use the scholarship to buy physical copies of all textbooks and to purchase any other materials that are needed for me to be successful in college.

How is this scholarship helping you get closer to your dream?

It is not only providing me with the monetary means to successfully complete college, but it also encourages me to own the college environment I will be in. Knowing that I am part of a greater network that empowers women to follow their dreams encourages me to do the same.

What advice do you have for other young women who are wanting to pursue their dreams?

My advice is to not be afraid of asking for help. We are all humans and it is understandable to sometimes feel overwhelmed or confused. Instead of jeopardizing your mental health and well-being, you should ask for help because a lot of people want to see you succeed — so they will help out!

​Have you had any setbacks? How did you move past them?

Yes, I have. For example, there was a time when I did not know how I would pay for my college education. However, I moved past this and other setbacks by looking for resources that would best aid me and by asking others for help.

What’s next for you? What is your next goal?

My next goal is to find my home at Pomona and end my first year with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA.