Evelyn, 17 – Funded

Location: Omaha, Nebraska

Like many high school juniors, Evelyn Varela-Alvarez isn’t quite sure what she wants to study in college; she’s interested in a lot of different majors including modern languages, political science, early childhood education, business, and interior design. But, one thing that this motivated Mercy High School student does know for sure is that she wants to travel more while staying focused on graduating high school and college.

What is something you are most proud of?

I am proud of my Mexican culture and the ability to speak both Spanish and English.

Have you gone through any tough or challenging times? If yes, how did you deal with those challenges?

I have gone through some difficult times. I’ve learned the best thing to do is to try harder and have hope and faith.

What does it mean to you to be selected as a Girl on the Rise?

I am so honored to be a part of this organization, and I am very thankful.

What inspired you to want to be involved with Girls on the Rise?

I was inspired because I think this is a great program that will help me choose the college of my dreams.

How will funding from the 1,000 Dreams Fund help you reach your goals? In other words: Why is the opportunity to visit your prospective colleges important to your journey?

I think the funding will help my family and me understand more about college life. It will give me the opportunity to visit college campuses, experience the atmosphere, and make sure I find a college that’s well-suited for me.

What schools will you use the funding to visit, and why?

I’m interested in University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Nebraska Wesleyan University. But, since I live in Omaha, Nebraska, I would like to use the funding to explore out-of-state colleges as additional options.