The Reisher Scholarship has impacted my life in such a major way. When I originally decided to complete my bachelor’s degree, I had basically accepted that I would incur some debt. So far, I have been blessed enough to not have to take out any loans, and the rest of my degree is looking promising as well.

The Reisher Family, community, scholarship and program have provided me with so much security with my academic bills as well as with academic accountability. I have people I can lean on, learn from and create an amazing impact on the community with. I will never forget the day that I received the email stating that I was selected to be a Reisher Scholar. I felt like all of my hard work had led up to that moment, a moment where this community of similar people say,” We are here with you, we want to see you succeed. We believe in you.”

I think for first generation college students, as well as non-traditional college students, it can be hard to get a sense of belonging at a university. So much of the time, you feel like an outcast. Now that I am a member of the Reisher community, I feel like I am meant to be right where I am. People are counting on me to succeed, and they believe in me, just as I do for them.

One of my favorite things about this program is the ability to pay it forward; you invest that same amount of effort, encouragement and positivity right back into your cohort. Although we all come from different walks of life, all of our paths crossed here for the better. We are in this journey together. We share the same goals, and we are all there for each other to make sure we succeed.

Nothing that I could say will ever explain how grateful I am for the Reisher Family, The Denver Foundation, my cohort (Transfer 2020) , Sherri Frye, the peer advocates and The University of Northern Colorado for this opportunity.

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