Elizabeth is a 2017 West Ottawa High School graduate studying at Hope College.

Elizabeth’s parents instilled in her the importance of education. However, she didn’t think they would be able to afford college. Fortunately, Elizabeth’s high school English teacher, leaders at Upward Bound and parents kept encouraging her dreams of earning a degree.

“The people who most encouraged me were my parents. Although they were not sure how we would pay for it, they have sacrificed so much and supported me through all the ups and downs I have faced.”

Elizabeth plans to become an early childhood educator. She wants to be a teacher so that one day she “will be able to help students grow academically and also help them become confident, humble adults who understand that they are capable of accomplishing their goals through hard work and determination.”

To learn more about the Holland/Zeeland Promise Scholarship, visit www.cfhz.org/hzpromise