Roxanna is a senior at Northern Arizona University. She is one of 72 students currently in the AFFCF scholarship program. In her own words, she describes the impact of being in the scholarship program:

Hello! My name is Roxanna. I am 22 years old and I am a senior at Northern Arizona University. I look forward to graduating in Spring of 2022 in Psychological Sciences and will be applying for the BCBA program (Board Certified Behavior Analyst) for the Fall 2022 semester. My goal is to become a therapist who works with children and adults who have autism.

I am currently studying memory and metamemory for my Capstone. I’m also studying cognition and language, where I am learning the brain regions associated with language; how individuals learn to read; how culture can influence linguistic styles and the importance of code switching.

A Typical University Student

Some of my favorite hobbies include crocheting, completing puzzles, coloring in coloring books, drawing/sketching on my iPad and watching Spongebob Squarepants parodies on YouTube. I was a former cross-country runner during high school and fell in love with long-distance running, so I make sure to run a few times a week for my mental health and to cope with the workload and stress of being a typical university student.

Not Alone

The great part about the AFFCF scholarship is having the financial support I need to focus on my academic goals. The scholarship allows me to relax and not stress about my financial situation. By being a part of the AFFCF, I know that I am cared for and have people cheering me on during my educational journey. I know there are special individuals who genuinely care about me and my educational career and goals and that I’m not alone during these difficult times.

I am forever grateful for the support, kindness and generosity that I have experienced throughout my college years from AFFCF. Some highlights of my academic career are being on the Dean’s List every semester (six semesters in total), having a 3.76 GPA or higher throughout my years, and learning how to make meaningful connections and friendships with my peers.

Support Our Scholars

Without the scholarship, young adults like Roxanna would not have the means to pursue their educational dreams and create better futures for themselves. You can support these young men and women by making a foster care tax credit donation to Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation. Even better, you can receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit on your Arizona state taxes, up to $500 for individuals and up to $1,000 for couples. Please consider a donation today!

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