“Without Opportunity Fund, I would be in a hot mess of debt." -Brianna
Opportunity Fund helped match Brianna's hard work in school and allowed her to become the first in her family to go to college.
One in a million
"During high school there was no other option: I was going to college.” said Brianna. She knew it was going to be difficult, but never gave up. Briana grew up in East Palo Alto, where most of her peers drop out of school and don’t go to college. “My mom is a single mother taking care of three kids. I knew she couldn’t afford to cover costs for college, but I stayed determined and hopeful that I would find a way to continue my education.” Brianna kept her grades up, had good ACT scores and looked into scholarships and financial aide options to fulfill her dream.
“When the financial aid forms arrived with the early cost estimates, I knew there was no way we could afford our estimated portion.” Thankfully, Brianna learned about Opportunity Fund’s college savings program at school and immediately opened a savings account. “I couldn’t believe that somebody would match my savings 2:1 to help pay my tuition.” With the help of Opportunity Fund and scholarships Brianna was able to become the first in her family to go to college. She graduated with a Bachelors in Psychology in 2013 from Prairie View University in Texas, an historically black university.
“I couldn’t believe that somebody would match my savings 2:1 to help pay my tuition.” -Brianna, microsavings client
From Student to Ambassador
In August 2014, Brianna started her Masters degree in School Counseling at San Francisco State University. “I want to become a high school counselor to motivate kids to stay in school and go to college.” Unfortunately, many low-income students from underprivileged communities are not aware of the resources available to help them further their education. Opportunity Fund’s savings program is a great way to help students stay in school and go to college. “Without Opportunity Fund, I would be in a hot mess of debt” said Brianna. She became an ambassador for Opportunity Fund and is working with our Savings staff to get more students enrolled in the program.