When Fardosa thinks about College Possible, the first word that comes to mind is “fun.” Spending time with friends, getting to know her coach Jenna and enjoying snacks during session are highlights from her College Possible experience at Ubah Medical Academy.
Beyond the community she developed, Fardosa recognizes how much College Possible did to prepare her for the college process.
“I’m really glad I did College Possible because my ACT score increased between each practice ACT that we took,” says Fardosa. “Also, all the scholarships I applied for—I wouldn’t have known about them if it wasn’t for College Possible.”
One of the scholarships Fardosa received is a new opportunity exclusively for College Possible Minnesota students. NorthStar Education Finance, Inc. (NEF) created a scholarship that combines $16,000 in financial support along with academic, economic and social support through graduation.
Fardosa’s coach Jenna introduced her to the scholarship and encouraged her to apply. As Fardosa worked on the application, Jenna helped her track how much she had accomplished and pushed her to complete the application by the deadline.
“I honestly don’t know that I would have finished it all the way through if it wasn’t for Jenna,” says Fardosa. “I was really glad I did because it filled my gap for the school I’m going to next fall.”
Fardosa will be attending St. Catherine’s University to study nursing. Receiving the scholarship means that she will be able to focus completely on her education next year instead of worrying about paying for school.
“It’s like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders.”
NEF will provide $6.5M over the next four years to fund this incredible new scholarship opportunity for College Possible students. The scholarship is administered by Wallin Education Partners, and 60 students were selected to receive the scholarship this year. These students will be supported by both Wallin and College Possible as they transition from high school to college, and will receive intensive coaching and support throughout college.