On May 18, 2023, Gonzaga University hosted an extraordinary event that brought together students, educators, and supporters to celebrate the College Success Foundation (CSF) College Signing Day. The event marked a significant milestone for underrepresented and first-generation college attendees from twelve local high schools. With dreams in their hearts and pens in their hands, these students declared their intent to pursue higher education at esteemed institutions. Their remarkable achievements are a testament to their hard work, determination, and the unwavering support they have received from organizations like Believe in Me and College Success Foundation.
Supporting First-Generation Students’ College Dreams
“For the past few years, Believe in Me has been privileged to support the College Success Foundation’s mission,” says Believe in Me CEO, Julie Wukelic. “We firmly believe that education is one of the keys to unlocking a child’s full potential. These scholars have demonstrated incredible resilience and determination, and we are honored to have played a part in their journey.”
Through grant funding, Believe in Me’s support has empowered first-generation students, providing them with the resources, guidance, and financial assistance necessary to navigate the college preparatory and admissions process. This commitment has fostered a culture of belief and opportunity, making college dreams a tangible reality for countless aspiring scholars.
A Momentous Gathering of Extraordinary Dreams
The CSF College Signing Day event at Gonzaga University was an awe-inspiring display of determination, hope, and celebration. Students from twelve regional high schools, supported by CSF’s comprehensive college readiness programs, proudly signed their names to a gigantic and beautiful “signing banner”, symbolizing their commitment to pursuing higher education. The room buzzed with excitement and anticipation as each scholar stepped across the stage and accepted their honor cords, surrounded by their families, friends, and mentors, to mark this pivotal moment in their academic journey.
“We are so deeply grateful to all our partners who make nights like College Signing Day possible,” said CSF Regional Director, Shannon Demant. “Our scholars are tenacious, and their hearts are filled with hopeful expectations for all that a postsecondary education can do for their lives. College Signing Day is truly a celebration of our students’ dreams and provides a point at which our Spokane community comes together to let our Scholars know that they are seen and valued and that collectively, we Believe in them. It is a momentous occasion and we are so proud of our students!”
CSF Scholars are Reaching for the Stars
The list of universities and colleges where these promising students will be attending is a testament to their hard work and dedication. These scholars chose institutions such as Washington State University, University of Washington, Whitworth University, Gonzaga University, Eastern Washington University, and the Community Colleges of Spokane. Their choices reflect diverse academic interests, demonstrating their aspirations to pursue fields that ignite their passion and align with their career goals.
Believe in Me Gives Best Wishes for a Brilliant Future
Believe in Me extends heartfelt congratulations to every scholar who participated in the CSF College Signing Day event. Your determination, resilience, and commitment to education have paved the way for a bright and promising future. As you embark on your academic endeavors, may you find inspiration, seize opportunities, and make a lasting impact on the world.
Julie Wukelic, CEO of Believe in Me, shares her pride: “These scholars are an inspiration to us all. They have overcome challenges, embraced their potential, and shown that dreams can be realized through hard work and belief in oneself. We wish them the best of luck in their future academic endeavors. We are excited to see the great contributions they will make.”
In conclusion, the College Success Foundation College Signing Day at Gonzaga University was a momentous event that celebrated the dreams and accomplishments of first-generation and historically underrepresented college attendees. Through the generous support of Believe in Me and the guidance of CSF, these scholars have been empowered to reach new heights. We extend our warmest wishes for success, fulfillment, and a bright future as they embark on their academic journeys. The world awaits their contributions, and we are confident that they will make a positive and lasting impact in their chosen paths. Congratulations, scholars, on this incredible achievement!