College is full of challenges, from choosing a major to getting the classes needed to graduate on time.
Fortunately, the high cost of higher education was not another issue for Victoria Solis, thanks to the J.B. Brown Fund.
The nonprofit organization awarded Victoria with four scholarships – a total of about $11,000 – during the past two years, paying for her tuition and books.
“I'm very grateful of the opportunity that the scholarship gave me,” says Victoria, who earned a bachelor's degree in Child and Adolescent Development from San Jose State University in spring 2020. I don't have to worry about any loans and have that financial burden.”
Victoria, who lives with her parents at Mayfair Court Apartments in San Jose, learned about the college scholarship from the community manager. The scholarship allowed Victoria to focus on her classes during the week and work part-time on weekends.
Victoria, who was born with a neuromuscular disease and relies on a wheelchair, graduated in four years. Only 16% of students graduate on time from the California State University system.
“That was something that I really wanted to accomplish,” says Victoria, who carried at least 15 units every semester.
She will take some much-deserved time off during the next year, and plans to return to school and pursue a master's degree with the career goal of being a licensed counselor. “I always like to help people,” she says.
Much like the hundreds of supporters of the J.B. Brown Fund.
“Thank you for giving us the opportunity to pursue higher education,” Victoria says to those who donate to the organization. “You're not just supporting us financially, you're helping us reach other goals, too. Thank you for helping us in so many ways.”