Lovley T., 17 – Funded

The prospect of being able to change lives by ensuring justice is served is what motivates Lovley T., a senior at Rickards High School in Tallahassee, Florida. So, after she completes her undergraduate degree in criminology and pre-law — hopefully, at one of her dream schools like Howard University, University of Florida, Florida State University, Spelman College, or Georgetown — this Girl on the Rise plans to earn her Juris Doctorate.

What is something you are most proud of?

I am most proud that I am breaking generational curses and that I always persevere despite any obstacles.

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

I have gone through many tough times and, each time, I try to always believe that the grass is greener at the end. I tell myself to be strong because the strong will survive.

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

It means that I have been selected to receive aid that could change my entire college experience. This assistance will help me thrive in ways nothing else has.

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

I was motivated by the stories of other young girls who were able to do everything they dreamed of for college preparation through this program.

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 have never been on a university campus, so this opportunity can help me ensure that I make the right decision when choosing my college. It can also help me get admitted to my dream schools through test prep.

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

Spelman, Howard, and UCF! I have never seen these universities and I believe that viewing the campus and experiencing student life will help me narrow down my college list.