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Kimberly, 18 – FUNDED

What is your dream? 

My dream is to become a White House Correspondent. Working with PBS National NewsHour and being a student reporter for the past year, I realized that all the tools I need are within myself. With drive, passion, and the will to succeed, I turned a negative into a positive and a future into something real and feasible.

How I used the 1,000 Dreams Scholarship?

A $1000 scholarship from the 1,000 Dreams Fund helped me to purchase a new camera I could use my freshman year in college – something I could not afford otherwise.

Who is my inspiration?

The moment I sat behind the anchor desk and introduced myself into the lens, I realized that was where I needed to be. All my life I’ve been outspoken and socially outgoing so to do that in front of a camera all while getting out important information about our everyday society came naturally. In that moment, I found my passion for broadcast journalism and I realized that my voice could affect an audience greater than just myself.

What are some challenges I have faced?

Pursuing any dream is hard. In education, you’re taught that you should pursue your dreams, but you should also pursue something tangible. I think one of my greatest challenges is finding the capability to pursue what I love, which is broadcast journalism. Journalism is a very cutthroat and competitive field of work. It’s smart to get ahead early. Getting ahead for me would be through internships and travelling opportunities to meet big players in the industry, but I just don’t have the means to do so without the help of scholarships and funding.

My quote of inspiration for others:

If I could change one thing in the world, I would reverse the challenges and pressures put on women for wanting to succeed while trying to live out their dreams of being female leaders in the twenty-first century.