AFFCF is currently funding 63 college students who aged out of foster care and are attending universities and community colleges statewide. Today, we are pleased to introduce you to Alex, a psychology major, at the University of Arizona, who describes what having an AFFCF Post-Secondary Scholarship means for his future.
I have many goals and desires for pursuing post-secondary education. It will give me the ability to help others, ease into adulthood and obtain the knowledge and experience to be a more successful member of my community. Simply put, a college degree offers so many opportunities for my future.
A Desire to Help Others
Having a higher education gives me the ability to help others. I want to be a therapist for children. My childhood experiences will be able to aid kids that have gone through similar situations in the foster care system. Hopefully, being able to counsel through emotional and behavioral obstacles. I have always desired to help others.
U of A will also give me the chance to learn how to be an adult. All the students are at a similar life stage and we learn from one another. I am expecting to be challenged in everything from budgeting to time management. I am excited to live out all the amazing experiences that college holds.
Creating a Path to Success
I have a strong desire to make a good life for myself. I understand the importance of higher education and plan on continuing with my master’s degree. I want to follow a career path that has meaning to me and isn’t “just a job”. I plan on not just being successful but making a difference in the lives of children.
Due to my life experiences, unfortunately I have witnessed many teens that chose the wrong path. I will not fail. These experiences have made me stronger and even more determined. I know that a college degree, used wisely, can be a life changer for me.
You can change the story for a youth aging out of foster care by making a Foster Care Tax Credit Donation to AFFCF. You can get a dollar-for-dollar credit on your Arizona state taxes, up to $500 for individuals and up to $1,000 for couples. Plus, you can claim your gift on your 2020 state taxes.