“I realized that education was the most important thing in this country and that through it, Yonas can become a better individual. Education is the key to getting anything that he wants. I realized that it can open many doors for him in the future.”
– Zinash Tekleweld, Yonas’ mother
“She progressed like I’d never seen her before, and we were able to do that because of the Gardiner Scholarship,” Cecelia Elizalde said of her daughter, Valentina, who has Down Syndrome. The family used scholarship funds to pay for occupational therapy, eye glasses and a virtual tutor during the pandemic.
– Valentina Guerrero, 4th grade, Gardiner Scholarship recipient
After failing nearly all his classes during his middle school years, Carlos got a second chance with a Step Up scholarship and graduated high school in May 2020. When reflecting on his high school experience, Carlos said “Private school is different. The classes are smaller…There’s not one teacher that doesn’t care (here).”
– Carlos Escobar, Step Up alumnus and current community college student