Michelle H., 17 – Funded

Michelle H. loves history and is looking forward to studying it at one of her dream schools — Bowdoin College or University of California, Berkeley. This Branham High School senior would like to pursue consulting or museum work in the future. Here’s what else this Girl on the Rise had to say.

What is something you are most proud of?

I am proud of the achievements that I have earned through my persistence — despite obstacles.

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

With the challenges I’ve faced, I’ve found a support system through my family or friends and that means so much to me.

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

It means so much. I feel so much pressure to succeed and this means I will be fully supported in my journey.

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

The community — seeing how much we care about one another!

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?

My parents and I will be able to travel out of state for the first time to see my dream school! A campus visit can let me envision what to expect.

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

I will visit Bowdoin because they have a great liberal arts program, history department, financial aid, and support for FGLI (first-generation, low-income) students.