Youth participating in Project WHAT! who are graduating high school are eligible to receive a scholarship to further their studies at college and beyond. See below to learn more about our 2016 high school graduates.
Please consider helping them realize their dreams with a donation to the Project WHAT! Scholarship Fund. Choose “Project WHAT!” in the “Gift Designation” field, then write “For Project WHAT! Scholarship Fund” in the “Additional Information” field.
To show your support in person, please join us for our annual Project WHAT! Scholarship Fundraiser at SoMaR Bar in Oakland from 6-8pm on March 21, 2018. Thank you for your support!
2016 Scholarship recipients
Aeriella Nelson: My name is Aeriella and I am 17 years old. I currently attend K12 CAVA and after high school I plan to attend City College of San Francisco for two years and then transfer to Georgia State University. I want to major in case management for children and drug addicts because that kind of work is to my heart and I loved the case manager I had. This scholarship will help me because I want to go out of state and its $42,000 a year and I can’t pay for that. Project WHAT! has helped me understand being a child of an incarcerated parent; I chose my career path because of what I have learned at Project WHAT!
Arvaughn Williams: My name is Arvaughn Williams and I am 17 years old. I hope to attend Howard University, I want to major in communications and minor in psychology. I want to major in communications because I feel that it will be a field that I am very strong in because I have a powerful voice, and I want to minor in psychology because I want to have a backup career as a therapist because I like solving complicated issues. Project WHAT! has helped me by providing a platform for me to be able to express myself by communicating powerfully and by fixing complicated issues such as parental incarceration. This scholarship will help fill in the gaps that my parents couldn’t and it will help someone who is fearless when standing in the face of adversity to exceed all expectations.
I am a poet. A national scholar. An actor. A play write. A singer. A cook. A sketch artist. And a child of an incarcerated parent.
Jada Layne: My name is Jada Layne and I am 17 years old. I currently attend Pittsburg High School and I hope to attend Cal Polytech Pomona. I want to major in computer science because I love coding and I know there is a lot I can do in that field. Project WHAT! has helped me build relationships with people who have experienced the same things that I have experienced. Project WHAT! has also given me the opportunity to improve my community. This scholarship will help me be the first in my family to graduate college. I will be able to come back to my community to inspire other teens like me.
Luna Garcia: My name is Luna Garcia, I am 17 years old, and I attend June Jordan School for Equity. I plan to attend San Francisco State University and major in political science, because I feel like I come from a background that is constantly fighting for justice. If I can get into the Board of Supervisors or Congress I would actually be able to make a change. Project WHAT! has helped me by exposing me to the world of politics, showing me the work and effort that go into advocacy and policy change. This scholarship will help me by letting me afford college and to be the first person in my family to go to college.
Monaee Martin: My name is Monaee Martin I am 17 years old and I attend Arroyo High School. After High School I plan to attend Laney Community College and study medicine. I want to study medicine because I want to help people and the medical field is something I have always been interested in. Project WHAT! has helped me talk about my experience as a child of an incarcerated parent, and has showed me that I am not alone. This scholarship will help pay for my college needs such as books, registration, and any other expenses that may come along the way as well.
Montana Yaley: My name is Montana Yaley and I am 17 years old. I currently attend CAVA and take classes at San Francisco City College. I have been accepted into San Francisco State University and I am still waiting to hear back from UCLA. I will be majoring in theater because I love acting and it has always been my dream to make a living as an actress. College is so expensive and any money I can get will help me, and hopefully I won’t be drowning in student loans. Project WHAT! has helped me open up about my experience as a child of an incarcerated parent, Project WHAT! has become my support group.
Yareli Romo: My name is Yareli Romo, I am 18 years old and I attend Life Academy of Health and Bio Science. I am currently undecided on which college I would like to attend. No matter what school I go to I want to be an ultrasound technician or work with people on dialysis because I want to help people and give back to my community by working in a local clinic or hospital where they can get the right care. Project WHAT! has helped me to see different points of view within the world and it has showed me how to use my voice so people hear me. This scholarship will help me because it’s going to help me pay for my classes and my school books so I can focus on my classes and complete what I want to do in school.
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