Meet Our 2017-2018 DREAM Scholars

 

 

Mohammad Ahmad, Mechanicsburg PA
Penn State University – Harrisburg
“I strongly believe that college experience is helping me to achieve my life goals.”

 

Lamirra Arrington, Philadelphia PA
Temple University
“goal, is to acquire skills that will assist me in becoming more independent so I can enjoy starting my own business and traveling the world”


Nicolas Badach, Slippery Rock PA
Slippery Rock University
“I believe that starting college has changed me in a couple of ways. It has helped me become more mature. I have also become more responsible. I have also started to participate in more social activities like going to the gym with my mentors, movies, pizza parties, and game nights. These are things I usually don’t do.”

Krista Bray, Oreland PA
Arcadia University
“my goal in life is to work in early childhood education… I am confident the REAL Certificate Program at Arcadia University will offer me the beginning steps to reach my goal.”

 

Vittoria Christie-Campolongo, Mechanicsburg PA
Penn State University – Harrisburg
“The DREAM program is preparing me for an interesting and meaningful job in the work world while allowing me to enjoy academic and social life on campus with my peers and friends”

 

Angel Cruz, Philadelphia PA
Temple University
“My future goal in life is becoming a comic book illustrator. So far in my college experience, I have learned many skills that I can apply in the future.”

 

Nicolette Fenello, Cranberry Township PA
Slippery Rock University
“Being independent in college gave me the courage to trust myself that I made the right decisions and focus on the path to become an even stronger person in life.”

 

Victoria Fitzharris, Washington PA
Slippery Rock University
“This college experience will help me achieve my goals of working in the art world in some capacity. I feel more comfortable with people which will help to get a job.”

 

Rachel Goldberg, Harrisburg PA
Penn State University – Harrisburg
“With college and going to different workplaces, this will help me become more independent, sociable, outgoing, etc with my future co-workers.”

 

Anna Greenberg, Philadelphia PA
Arcadia University
“The REAL Certificate program has helped me a big deal to expand my world, much more than I have in the past. I very much enjoy socializing and being around other people, and learning important things as a college student.”

Donhelen Hodges, Camp Hill PA
Penn State University – Harrisburg
“College is strengthening me. It is making me more independent and giving me knowledge to see what I want to do. Most of all I am becoming my own self-thinking person, with my own ideas. I do feel it is helping me with my goal of opening my own shop/café someday.”

Matt Joyce, Harrisburg PA
Penn State University – Harrisburg
“My futures goals in life are to work and earn money, keep learning independent living skills so I can live independent with a friend as a roommate, volunteer at my church, travel, work with sports teams, I want to help people.”

 

Demi Keller, Mechanicsburg PA
Penn State University – Harrisburg
“Taking classes at Penn State will help me with my homework, studying and learn about my major. It will help me be professional and meet new people.”

 

Bradley Lewis, Cranberry Township PA
Slippery Rock University

“My first year at Slippery Rock has transformed me in many ways. I was rather unsocial by that has improved. Another thing that has improved is my confidence… My freshman year has also helped me find independence. I have broadened my abilities more than I ever expected.”

Phillip Ortiz, Philadelphia PA
Temple University
“Temple University’s Academy for Adult Learning can help me become more social because it may help me be more confident. It may also help me not to be afraid to ask questions and interact with others in the college community. It may also help me be more independent and do things on your own.”

Samuel Pelham, Harrisburg PA 
Penn State University – Harrisburg
“College has helped me kind of think about and figure out what I want to do for the rest of my life. I know that I want a job that I can help people and it is fun… College has helped me think about my future more.”

 

Noah Rinehart, Dover PA
Penn State University – Harrisburg
“In ten years, I see myself, working at an interesting job and paying taxes.. I will be my own boss of my nursing care. I will be self-aware of my own health…College is just one big step in the path. The next step in my life path is to write my own story.”

 

Tiara Womack, Springfield PA
Temple University
“I believe college will help me achieve my goals.”

 

 

Zyhir Garbett, Philadelphia PA
Arcadia University
“Attending college will help me to be the strong, independent adult that I want to be.”

Jacob MacLean, New Kensington PA
Slipper Rock University
“People have told me that I cannot do many things because of my disabilities. I have always worked harder so that I could prove them wrong and make myself a better person. Some of my teachers told me I could not go to college. I always wanted to go to college and hearing this made me work harder in school… I cannot wait to have the college experience. I cannot wait to have independence and make new friends.”

Mark Troyer, Maple Grove PA
Temple University
“I can see myself living with a roommate, working at something I like and being myself. Going to college will help me with this. I like being with new people and learning different things.”

Mika-Mika Valente, Philadelphia PA
Temple University

Dashawn Woodward, North East PA
Mercyhurst University
“I feel like having college experience will open up more doors to better opportunities because I will be more educated and have a degree. I want to make changes in my life to be someone I never thought I could be. I want to have confidence in myself after I graduate knowing I proved it to myself that I can be better and do better.”