Keyanna was in Communities In Schools at Oak Springs Elementary and she remembers the services being both supportive and fun. She reconnected with CIS in high school and credits CIS Program Manager Mandy Stalcup with helping her stay focused on keeping her grades up and also with providing assistance as she navigated scholarship and financial aid applications. All the effort Keyanna and Mandy put in paid off. Keyanna graduated with a 3.6 GPA in 2015, she was accepted to five universities, and she received several scholarships. “I don’t know where I’d be today without Communities In Schools,” she says.
Despite living all the way across town for long periods during high school, Keyanna was never late and didn’t let the obstacles she faced keep her from succeeding in school. Communities In Schools helped with bus passes and provided ongoing support. Keyanna put in the hard work. “She is one of the most driven, motivated, responsible students I have ever worked with,” Mandy says.
Last fall, Keyanna started her first year at the University of Texas where she is studying nursing. Keyanna will be the first in her family to attend a four-year university and she plans to continue to work hard and stay focused on her goals.