Statistically speaking, Upward Scholars student Rosa faced an uncertain future.
At age 13, an abusive home life led Rosa to get in with the wrong crowd. She did drugs, joined a gang, and ran away from home, becoming a regular at Juvenile Hall.
At 16, Rosa left home for good and, soon after, dropped out of high school so she could work enough hours to pay her rent. When she was 21, Rosa gave school another chance, enrolling at Sequoia Adult School and earning her high school diploma in just five months.
Rosa’s life turned around when a counselor, noticing Rosa’s passion for style, suggested she enroll in the cosmetology program at the College of San Mateo (CSM).
But CSM’s 15-month long cosmetology program isn’t cheap. With books, uniform, shoes, and a complete cosmetology kit, program costs, not including tuition, come to about $2,000, far more than Rosa could afford.
Upward Scholars support made it possible for Rosa to turn her life around.