“If I didn’t get this scholarship, I wouldn’t remain in school,” states De’Liza Dulatre-Galimidi, a senior journalism and media research studies major at the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs. She was dealing with campus and going to school full time, but having trouble making ends meet.
Her daddy and brother-in-law had recently died, and she all of a sudden became the only one in the household who worked.
“So many things were occurring in my life. I was working so difficult to support my mom and sister and her kids, and we were recuperating from the losses,” she states. “But I was increasingly identified to stay in school.”
Her supervisor at the workplace of student engagement and diversity, where she worked as a program assistant, was able to assist her get an emergency situation grant, and the next term she obtained the Hixson-Lied Success Scholarship.
Dulatre-Galimidi made the competitive award, and it altered more than simply her monetary image.
“It was incredible. Unexpectedly I had a mentor, an academic success coach, and a support system with my peers in the program,” she says. “It’s so incredible to have a group. I understand that other people are rooting for me, and you do the very same for them.
“The essence of being a Hixson-Lied scholar is that you get to offer, since you received,” Dulatre-Galimidi states, echoing the assisting concept of the scholarship’s namesake, Christina M. Hixson.
“I highly think that extraordinary things can be done by ordinary people,” Hixson explains. “You simply have to give them the opportunity.”
That chance is being understood through the Hixson-Lied Success Scholarship program. Funded in perpetuity through a $2 million present from the Lied Structure Trust and introduced in 2012, it was called in honor of Hixson and Ernst F. Lied.
The program provides financially and academically challenged Nevada trainees with the opportunity to excel.
“A support system is so essential,” Hixson states. “If a student’s parents didn’t go to college, the experience can be preventing.” The Academic Success Center, where the program is housed, provides support to assist trainees stay engaged and on track.
Hixson-Lied Success scholars not just receive assistance earning their degrees, but also are anticipated to serve others as peer mentors and volunteers.
That’s no problem for Dulatre-Galimidi, who overruns with the providing spirit– ready to assist anyone she can. She is especially grateful to Hixson.
“I constantly tear up a bit when I discuss Ms. Hixson. She’s assisted me a lot. She’s so personalized and down-to-earth. She is an individual who understands hard work, and when someone gives you something like this, you wish to make them very proud. It’s very crucial to me.
“So when I attain things like being on the dean’s list, it’s not simply for me. It’s for the people who support me.”
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