Janet, 17-Funded

Like a lot of high school students, Janet Castillo isn’t sure of her future plans. But the 17-year-old senior at Sharpstown International School in Houston “took a chance” and applied for funding from the 1,000 Dreams Fund. She plans on becoming a K9 vet and has attending Texas A&M, the University of Houston and Baylor University in her sights.

What is something you are most proud of?

I am most proud of being Mexican and playing soccer.

Have you gone through any tough or challenging times and how did you deal with those times?  

In my sophomore year, I struggled academically but my Big [at the Boys and Girls Club] helped with my school problems and helped give me advice.

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

It means a lot because I never thought I’d get a scholarship.

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

My Big mentioned the opportunity and I took a chance.

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?

It will help with my college applications.