Cynthia earned her degree in Criminal Justice from Grand Valley State University leading her to her first job with Spectrum Health’s Security Department as a Security Officer.
It wasn’t easy. Cynthia encountered obstacles she never anticipated in the midst of her freshman year. But she didn’t give up. With the help of advisors at Grand Valley’s Trio Student Support Services she put a plan together and achieved the goal of earning her college degree.
Though not a Holland or Zeeland resident, graduating from Fennville High school, Cynthia was still eligible for a H/Z Promise Scholarship because of her many years of involvement with Hope College’s Trio Upward Bound.
Cynthia says she was grateful for the “step by step” way Upward Bound helped her prepare to follow her dream of a college education. Like most of the scholarship’s recipients, Cynthia will be the first in her family to attend college.
Elizabeth Colburn, Director of Upward Bound had this to say about Cynthia:
“Cynthia has a strong work ethic and has shown that she is someone who uses the personal and academic lessons she has learned to positively impact her life as well as the lives of those around her. She leads by quiet example on a daily basis.”
Cynthia’s advice to high school students:
Get involved with Upward Bound if you can. They take you step by step getting you ready to achieve your dream. And they encourage you to dream big, motivate you to do your best, help you believe you can do it.
To learn more about the Holland/Zeeland Promise Scholarship, visit www.cfhz.org/hzpromise