Arely is a 2017 Holland High School alumna. She is completing her undergraduate studies at Grand Valley State University and already has set her sights on an advanced degree in Occupational Therapy. She wants to “support people who have difficulties in life.”

According to Arely, earning a degree will demonstrate her appreciation for her parents’ steady support. They encouraged Arely to do her best in school so she could be the first in her family to attend college.

What did receiving the H/Z Promise Scholarship mean to Arely?

She said the scholarship allowed her family to “put their worries aside,” and she is doing her best to demonstrate how much the opportunity means.

Arely’s advice to high school students:

“Surround yourself with people who will support you on your journey. Find others who have already gone to college to get advice and ask questions. Work hard in high school by taking advantage and challenging yourself with advanced classes because you earn college credit. That means saving money because you will not need to pay for these credits in college. Most importantly, believe in yourself and set goals because it is up to you on how you will set your path to accomplish your dreams.”

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