Scholar Story: Gina
New Orleans, LA

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GinaGina received a scholarship from our 2010 National Dollars for Scholars Chapter of the Year, Jefferson Dollars for Scholars. Here's the story of how it impacted her, in her own words:

"As a high school senior, I didn't consider college an option. I am the youngest of nine children, and my mother passed away when I was three.

"Shortly after my father remarried, his second wife was diagnosed with cancer and also died. My dad couldn't afford the medical expenses or mortgage payments. We lost our home and survived on welfare until he could get back on his feet.

"Needless to say, there was no money for college, so I didn't give much thought to where to begin. But after learning more about choosing and applying to college, I set my mind to it -- and thanks to Dollars for Scholars, I was awarded an academic scholarship that covered my tuition at University of New Orleans. Now, after completing a bachelor's and a master's in accounting, I'm currently working on my Ph.D. I have the opportunity for a career, rather than just a job.

"Lack of financial resources is the number one reason why students like me drop out of college -- or don't start at all. Dollars for Scholars made my education possible."

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