Taliah graduated from West Ottawa High School and was nominated for a Promise Scholarship by staff at the Boys and Girls Club.

She attends Grand Valley State University and plans to pursue a major in allied health sciences because she wants to understand how the body reacts to viruses and other environmental factors. She dreams of becoming a physician’s assistant for young children.

“I have a strong connection with children because of the many siblings I have and also the sense of responsibility and love that I have for them.”

Taliah has dreamed of college for as long as she can remember. Her father took responsibility for her when he was only 17 years old, and he has been her biggest supporter. “He wanted me to have a better life than he did,” she said.

“He pushed me to want the best for myself and not be afraid of the challenges that got in the way. Not only did I dream of going to college for myself, but also for him.”

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