Our New Program is Revealed
Introducing . . .
I've always wanted to help young people who experience barriers to education, and I'm sure this stems from the experiences I've had facing my own barriers. I believe everyone deserves access to a college education. Which is why I'm so excited about our new scholarship program!
Specifically, I'm a second-generation Latin American with family members from Colombia, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. As a teenager, my elders had high educational expectations but little resources to offer me. This was due to their general lack of experience because they themselves hadn't gone to college. Thankfully, an aunt of mine was able to mentor me. She encouraged me to apply to colleges and helped me understand the process.
Financial Barriers Are the Main Culprit
My hurdles, however, extended beyond the logistical sort. For myself, and for many others, the financial barriers are the most challenging part of getting a higher education. I received multiple scholarships that helped me finish my education and I can't tell you how grateful I am for that.
I worked my ass off and got into UC Berkeley. I recall initially being so emotional in class that I would secretly shed tears of joy that I actually earned this opportunity to further my education. I've been waiting for an opportunity to pay it forward to other college-bound women who are needing help, and I've dreamed of a time in the future where I'd be able to help someone else fulfill their educational dreams.
That Time Has Finally Come
I'm so excited to announce that KMJ is donating 10% of every sale to our scholarship fund for women from underrepresented communities! When women are empowered, communities are empowered and the whole world benefits!
In addition to our scholarship fund, we'll be perpetually exploring new ways to support women in education. So, if you want to know more about the latest news on this topic, be sure to get yourself into the KMJ Members Section.