Our Youth Moving On Program helps a young adult afford school
Last semester at Pasadena City College, Jade Muslar couldn’t afford textbooks. The 21-year-old finance major was dependent on her classmates to send her in-book readings and assignments. Glasses were also out of her budget, even though she needed them to see the blackboard. To top it off, her computer was breaking.
Somehow she managed to get all As, but she worried how she could continue to be a successful student with such obstacles. The money she made in the school’s work study program barely covered her rent, food, and other basic expenses.
Then Jade visited Hillsides’ Peer Resource Center, where staff encouraged her to apply for a $5,000 college scholarship available for students like her. Jade filled out the form on the spot, and staff got it into the right hands. To her surprise, she ended up winning.
The $5,000 has changed Jade’s life. This fall semester, she’s been able to purchase $500 worth of books for her rigorous classload of business law, accounting, bookkeeping, and environmental science. She bought a new computer, glasses, and contacts, and still has money left over for next semester’s expenses.
“Without the help, I don’t think it would have been possible for me to stay in school,” said Jade.
Now nothing is standing in the way of Jade’s dream of becoming a chief financial officer at an environmentally conscious firm like Tesla. She plans on transferring to California State University, Northridge, with her final goal of obtaining an MBA at Wharton.