IPC is proud to announce the establishment of IPC Scholarships for immigrants and refugees at Arapahoe Community College!
Our Board selected four scholars from 12 applicants. We thought you might want to meet them.
One is a single mother from Vietnam who came to the U.S. without speaking English. Following the birth of her daughter in 2015, she began to focus on her dream of becoming a pharmacist. Today she works in a retail pharmacy store while also taking classes at ACC.
The second is a young man from the Philippines who is pursuing a nursing degree. He also works while attending ACC. His work is as a nursing assistant in a long-term care facility.
He loves the people he cares for, saying, “I am here for them in every moment. They might just need a heart that listens to the times they are confused and disoriented. Maybe a heart that encourages when they are dismayed. A heart that celebrates in their triumphs. And always a heart that will demonstrate the love that they deserve.”
The third scholarship winner, who comes from France, plans to become a pediatric nurse. A single mom with an eight-year-old daughter, she is proud that she has earned her citizenship.
She says, “My daughter has already seen me accomplish so much, such as my citizenship and raising her on my own, and I do believe that she is proud of her mom. I love that feeling. But, I mostly want her to understand the importance of a college education, and what better way to show it to her myself by earning a college degree, right now?”
And the fourth scholarship was awarded to a young man from Mexico who is the first in his family to go to college. Brought to the U.S. as a child, he went on to earn a 3.1 grade point average in high school and wants to be a mechanical engineer.
We wish each of these scholarship winners good luck as they pursue their dreams!