Devonna graduated in Spring 2017 from CSU Long Beach with a degree in Health Care Administration.
“Future Sacramento has helped me in numerous ways,” says scholarship recipient, DeVonna. “They have helped me mentally prepare for college, to know what to do, what to look for, and how to get the most out of my college experience. Having a mentor to check in with is also a good feeling because they keep you on the right track.”
When Devonna attended CSU Long Beach, she was actively involved in the CSU Educational Opportunity Program. Getting to college was a struggle for Devonna, but not academically – she excelled in high school and had several college offers from which to choose. Her struggle was that she is an ‘independent’ student with great financial need. Not having contact with her parents and no legal guardian, she had to annually to jump through extra hoops to simply be qualified for financial aid. During the summer before each new year in college, Future Sacramento staff helped her navigate the confusing college funding process. Devonna rose to the occasion by learning the process, taking responsibility and meeting all the requirements. There were several stumbles, but thanks to supportive mentoring and advocacy, she succeeded.