LaToria, 16 – Funded

Location: Kansas City, Kansas

LaToria Betty Campbell is a Wyandotte High School junior with dreams to have a career in journalism or accounting. While she lives in Kansas City,  she’s most interested in heading out of state for college — and later traveling even farther to see the world.

What is something you are most proud of?
I am most proud of the girl I have become. I outgrew my childish, playful ways and have become a hardworking, smart, and focused young woman who is on her way to achieving her goals.

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

I’ve had some challenges with schoolwork, but I’ve done my best to persevere and ask teachers for help as well as stay after school and study.

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

It’s a big deal to me that I was selected because it’s such an honor and it means I get to visit my selection of colleges.

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

I was inspired by Big Brothers Big Sisters. Through them, I learned more about Girls on the Rise and my Big Sister inspired me to join.

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?

This opportunity is very important for my future so I can travel and see the colleges that I want to attend before applying.

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

The schools I will visit are University of Maryland, College Park and Mizzou [University of Missouri] because I want to go to a journalism school and I’m trying to pick which school will be best for me.