Through your generosity, students are impacted in amazing ways as they journey through higher education here at La Verne. You make a difference in their lives. Here are a few examples of the evidence in action.
La Verne student, Niki Lalla, is at the threshold of the kind of success story you hear about every day — people who start out with nothing, put themselves through college while holding down a job to help support their family, working hard in school and holding on tight to their dreams.
You hear about them when they’ve become successful, and Niki plans to reach that level of achievement as well. She works a part-time job while attending the University of La Verne, and hands over part of each paycheck to her father, who not long ago sold the family business, a restaurant, when things got tough financially.
Niki aspires to be a marriage/family counselor one day and she’s pursuing a bachelor of science degree in psychology. She wants to have her own practice.
“I decided to go to college because I knew that without education, I would not be able to succeed at the level I wanted to reach,” said Niki, who is able to pursue her education and a career helping others because of student financial aid. “I wanted to be able to gain knowledge about a lot of different subjects and communicate at a high intellectual level. With my La Verne degree, I will be one step closer to my dream.”
University of La Verne senior Steven Manila is a first-generation student who receives scholarships and financial aid. At La Verne, he is not only developing valuable self-reliance but he is making his entire family proud. He appreciates the opportunity to educate himself — one his parents and grandparents did not have when they were his age. An international business major with the goal of becoming an administrator for an international company, Steven has also held a leadership role in student government and is a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
Steven is a model for students at La Verne and across the country who just want an opportunity — one that wouldn’t exist if not for the assistance he gets from those who financially support the university. “Scholarships play a vital role in my presence at La Verne. I am so grateful that those who have shared this experience before me make giving back a priority.”
Watch Kristin Lewis interact with her four energetic kids and it’s difficult to imagine a happier scene. The children are doing well in school and, thanks to assistance from federal loans and grants, Kristin is a graduate student at the University of La Verne, working to become a teacher.
But not long ago, there was little hope for Kristin. She is a survivor of domestic violence and, now separated from that horrifying situation, is the sole support for her children — two boys and two girls, ranging from 15 to 5 in age.
She’s moved on with her life and now that she and her children are safe, she pursues a career as a teacher and an educational grants writer. Dependent on financial aid, Kristin is extremely grateful for all the support donors provide to make her education possible. “La Verne is a fabulous place,” she says. “I am so glad I get to further my education here, and go on to make a difference in my community.”