Scholar Stories

Kauffman Scholars is proud of the accomplishments of all of the students in our program. We are happy to share the following video stories from selected scholars.

Check back often for new additions to our Scholar Stories video library.

Samira Ali

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Having overcome malaria as a child in East Africa, Samira is making the most of her second chance in life. When she completes her medical education, she wants to return and give back to the community that supported her. She shares how Kauffman Scholars is helping her achieve this dream.

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Shimeka  Ayodele

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Shimeka has seen friends die. Those life experiences convinced her to take advantage of every opportunity, including Kauffman Scholars, that comes her way. She’s finding her place in this world, putting her energy into herself and her education, so that one day she, too, can help to change other people’s lives.

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Kenneth Herron

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Kenneth is the first in his family to attend college. With the help of the Kauffman Scholars program, he overcame his anxiety of transitioning to postsecondary education.

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Jennifer Pegues

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Jennifer is proud of her accomplishments so far and credits Kauffman Scholars with helping her reach important academic and life goals. As college graduation approaches, she’s committed to giving back, helping others discover their potential and finding lifelong success.

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Javier Quinonez

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Javier explains the high expectations set by the Kauffman Scholars program, and the need to step out of your comfort zone to get what you want in life.

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Stephanie Truong

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As the first member of her family to attend college, Stephanie is working hard to make her mom and Kauffman Scholars proud. She considers Kauffman Scholars the anchor, the light at the end of a tunnel that has helped her overcome big challenges and doubts along the way.

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