Anna graduated from Holland Christian High School and was nominated for a Promise Scholarship by her counselor.

She attends Hope College and plans to study computer science or chemistry — or maybe both! Anna began doing research in Hope’s chemistry department during high school.

“The lab I have been working in has had several brilliant women in it who have gone on to graduate school. They, along with my sister, have shown me that women can be just as strong in science as men.”

Anna always knew she wanted to go to college, but her father passed away when she was just 11 and she worried her family wouldn’t be able to afford it.

“When I saw that there were opportunities out there for assistance, I realized that going to college could still be possible for me. In today’s world, I know I can provide for myself as a strong woman and make my dad proud.”