Support Scholarship Making on April 6 at ArkansasGives.org
March 29, 2017
Marisol Rodriguez is a 31-year old UA Cossatot Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) student and represents the college as a Student Ambassador. To earn both titles, Marisol had to compete against the college’s highest achieving students.
Marisol came to the United States from Mexico with her parents when she was 15.
“I felt completely disconnected from my classmates in high school, even though they were also immigrants. So, I quit school,” Marisol said.
Her first introduction to UA Cossatot was through the college’s Adult Education programs when she was 28. She learned English, basic computer skills, and earned her GED in three months.
“The skills I learned through Adult Education have changed my life,” Marisol stated.
Her next step was to go to college and become a Registered Nurse. One would think that language and test scores would be Marisol’s greatest barrier to achieving her career goals, but she said that the largest hurdle has been paying for college.
Marisol explained, “Without scholarships provided by the UA Cossatot Foundation, going to school full-time would not be a possibility for me. I have two children at home, and the ability to not have to work a second job to pay my college bills is a huge blessing.”
Her role as a UA Cossatot Student Ambassador provided a scholarship from the UA Cossatot Foundation in exchange for her service to the college and community.
UA Cossatot Student Ambassador Sponsor, Nikki Evans, commended Marisol for her initiative and resourcefulness.
Evans said, “Marisol applied to become a Student Ambassador knowing that the extra work involved would be worth the financial support. The truth is she was already serving the college by recruiting friends and family to take advantage of our Adult Education services and low tuition cost.”
“Marisol has taught me so much about being a leader and about letting nothing stop me from achieving my dreams,” Evans stated.
The UA Cossatot Foundation is one of the hundreds of beneficiaries that will receive matching grants from the Arkansas Community Foundation depending on donations made on their behalf on the first Thursday in April 2017 through ArkansasGives.org.
“We are encouraging everyone to take the time and donate the minimum of $25 to the UA Cossatot Foundation on April 6th,” stated Dustin Roberts, UA Cossatot Foundation Coordinator of Development.
To donate on April 6, go to ArkansasGives.org between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., search for the UA Cossatot Foundation, and complete your minimum of $25 donation. Donors will also have the opportunity to share that they have donated with family and friends via social media.
Arkansans can text ARGIVES to 24587 to receive texts reminding them to donate on April 6.
“Marisol is an exceptional student, but there are many students at UA Cossatot who need assistance above what federal and state aid provide. This is a great time to offer these students support through a donation to ArkansasGives.org,” Roberts said.
“Donating to the UA Cossatot Foundation is something I do as a student and will do after I graduate. Giving back to an organization that has helped me achieve so much is just the right thing to do,” Marisol stated.
For more information about the Arkansas Community Foundation Arkasnas Gives campaign, visit www.arkansasgives.org. For more information abotu the UA Cossatot Foundaiton, visit www.cccua.edu/ua-cossatot-foundation.