Meet Our Scholar: Irene

Irene, CA - Human Services

Irene is a renewal Scholar enrolled at Coastline Community College pursuing an Associates in Human Services. Her plan after graduation is to work in an underprivileged community and obtain her certification for the state of California as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor. The goal is to work with underprivileged youth who struggle with alcohol and substance abuse issues. Irene decided to pursue her education right after the birth of her second daughter. Her husband was struggling with his sobriety at the time and that led to financial instability. In order to care for her husband and help in supporting the family, Irene chose to obtain a college degree. She is balancing her role as a mother and wife with school and working hard to achieve her goal.

“I want to express my deepest appreciation for giving me the opportunity to continue my studies, by providing not just financial but emotional support as I continue to work towards reaching my academic goals. Thank you for rewarding my hard work and awarding me your scholarship. The best way that I will be able to express my appreciation will be by my academic success and by being able to give back to my community, because of your support. Thank you for believing in me and for helping my family.”