First Scholarship Recipent Graduates

c01Nicole Rios, one of two 2009 L.I.F.T. Scholarship recipients graduated from Purdue University, December 2012. Nicole graduated with a BS in Psychology and a BA in Spanish all in three and one-half years, an accomplishment anyone in education knows is amazing in itself! During her years at Purdue University Nicole was an outreach assistant for the Military Family Research Institute preparing different events throughout Indiana for military families. She also worked closely with the Star Behavioral Health Providers who train clinicians to become prepared to treat military clients. In addition, Nicole was an art counselor for 5-8 year old students who were participating in a study on ADHD through the National Institute of Mental Health ADHD Research Study. Her job was to teach them art every morning to see if their behavior improved throughout the day from having art in the morning. If this were not enough she also volunteered with the International Center at Purdue University to help international students improve their English, while working part time in the bookstore on campus. Nicole loved her time at Purdue University and truly embodies the L.I.F.T. Scholarship acronym that Learning Inspires Freedom Tomorrow. She is now contemplating graduate school for a Masters in Marriage and Family Counseling.

Congratulations Nicole! We are so proud of you!

“There has never been a question as to whether or not I would attend college. It had always been in my plan. Receiving the L.I.F.T. Scholarship gave me options for my goal. With the scholarship I did not need to live at home or pick a junior college as a starting place, which would have been my path. The scholarship gave me the freedom to choose a school based on going to a school I want to attend. With the scholarship I got a chance to have the full-fledged college experience I always dreamed of. I got the opportunity to meet new people, take on more responsibility, and really become an adult; an experience I will always be thankful for.”