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College Grad's Networking Pays Off With Job Referral, HiringA Bay Area college grad learned the power of networking when she landed her first job with the help of a fellow Students Rising Above alumnus.
SF Gala Celebrates Students Achieving College Dreams Against All OddsPast and present Students Rising Above scholars gathered to celebrate an organization that has helped 750 students achieve their college dreams.
Oakland Grad Helps Maintain Family Ice Cream Business Amid Budding Finance CareerOn campus, Evelyn Montiel was an A-student and class president. But at home she was in survival mode, working long nights at the ice cream stand, fighting to keep her family's business alive.
Raised By Sister, Bay Area Student Thrives After Loss Of ParentsWith a big time love for rock music, Antonio Santeliz is teaching himself how to the electric guitar; he has had to learn a lot on his own since the loss of his parents.
Grandmom Steers Richmond Student Through Challenges Onto College TrackMoving in with his grandmother became a Richmond student's salvation; giving him stability and a shot at academic success.
After Years Of Changing Schools, College Comes Into Focus For Bay Area StudentAfter a childhood marked by constant upheaval and changing schools, a Bay Area student is closing in on the prize, a college admission.
Bay Area Scholars With Eyes On Prize Tackle College ApplicationsThis new year is filled with anticipation. In the fall, these Class of 2018 Students Rising Above scholars will begin a new chapter: college.
Oakland Student Overcomes Homelessness On Way To Academic SuccessA senior at Envision Academy in Oakland has learned to find solutions for the hard problems in school and in life.  
Marin Teenager Takes Care Of Family While Keeping College Hopes AliveA Marin County student saddled with responsibilities far beyond other kids her age is not letting her demanding circumstances detract from achieving academic success.
Ailing Father Gives Blessing To Daughter's Overseas StudyA Bay Area student who initially balked at overseas study because of concerns about her ailing father had a change of heart after her father gave her the thumbs-up.
Yale Grad Emerges From Poverty, Forgoes Silicon Valley Salary To Help OthersA Bay Area woman has come full circle from her beginnings in poverty in East Palo Alto, to graduating from Yale, and back to her hometown to help others like herself.
Oakland Student Survives Gang Violence, Hones In On College DegreeTragedy and heartache have frequently been a part of an Oakland student's upbringing, but it hasn't stopped him from becoming a scholar on his way to a college degree.

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