College Tuition for a Rockstar Student

$3,430 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 77 people in 49 months
Last year I discovered one of the most kind, dedicated and talented students at Travis High School.  Erika excelled in my chemistry class and always offered support to other students who needed it. She has a potential that is unmatched by any other student in this school.  I wondered why she was in my academic chemistry class and not in a PreAp chemistry class and soon discovered it was because no one ever told her she would be a good fit for a rigorous academic setting.  I spent a lot of time motivating her to enroll in AP Chemistry this year and luckily she took my advice.  She is now the top student in that class and others have finally noticed what an incredible student she is.  She is in the top 5% of her graduating class, despite never taking any AP classes (aside from Spanish) before this year and only being in this country for 4 years.  She has been accepted to numerous schools around Texas, including her #1 choice: The University of Texas at Austin.  Unfortunately, because of her immigration status, Erika is not eligible for most of the financial aid available to other students.  Erika came crying to me earlier this week declaring how she has lost hope and how her mother has suggested she move back to attend college in El Salvador since she cannot afford UT's tuition.  Needless to say, this broke my heart and I am now determined to do anything I can to help her.  This is a student who truly deserves a free education in this country.  There is no doubt in my mind that she is going to change the world one day and we will all be better for it. It is very difficult to express how special this student is and she is definitely not the only student facing this financial struggle; however, I can honestly say that I have never been so touched by any other student.  If you would like to learn more about Erika check out her website where she shows off her amazing graphic design skills:  http://erikabarahona.weebly.com/
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Thank you to everyone for all the support so far! Remember that tomorrow (Sunday, May 18th) is the last day to donate!
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Angel Reyes
49 months ago

Dale salvadoreña,dale....

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Fidel Deaquino
49 months ago

Hola Briana, Erika puede aplicar a esta beca de $1,500! She'll do great at UT! Follow the link to the scholarship. It has instructions and a description of the scholarship. Buena suerte Erika! http://hermandad-sia.org/page.php?pageid=25

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$3,430 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 77 people in 49 months
Created May 2, 2014
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Beth Faichney
2 months ago

Tiene suerte!

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Anonymous
47 months ago
AL
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Alexander Li
48 months ago

It's wonderful to see a teacher go to bat for a deserving student. My best to you both.

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Anonymous
48 months ago
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Cristina Cigarroa
48 months ago

So proud of Erika. I have not had the opportunity yet to meet her, but Briana's kind words illustrate Erika's drive, ambition, and contribution to the community. I hope that Erika is able to fulfill her dreams by attending the University of Texas at Austin.

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Jose Rodriguez
48 months ago

Best of luck! :)

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Anonymous
48 months ago
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48 months ago
Angel Reyes
49 months ago

Dale salvadoreña,dale....

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Fidel Deaquino
49 months ago

Hola Briana, Erika puede aplicar a esta beca de $1,500! She'll do great at UT! Follow the link to the scholarship. It has instructions and a description of the scholarship. Buena suerte Erika! http://hermandad-sia.org/page.php?pageid=25

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