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Bay Area College Student Using Tech Internships To Break StereotypesA Student Rising Above alum's mother struggled to raise three sons as a single mom. Her struggle is motivation for this college intern at CBS Interactive.
UC Santa Cruz Grad Overcomes Family Tragedy To Fulfill Promise To FatherThe journey to this day began a decade ago. Brenda Valadez came to live with her grandparents in the Bay Area to escape relentless bullying. Her father, a single parent, stayed behind in their small hometown in Mexico.
Students Rising Above Scholar Keeps Up Hard Work During SummerNo sleeping in or playing video games for Jose Iglesias once college classes end at UC Santa Cruz. The Students Rising Above scholar will have a summer break be filled with work at two internships. 
Students Rising Above Scholars Establishing Excellence In Their FamiliesThis year’s Students Rising Above seniors’ next goal is in sight - becoming the first in their families to graduate from college.
Oakland Scholar Overcomes Poverty, Broken Family On Way To CollegeJevontae Paul wants to be remembered and known by future generations of Oakland students as a role model.
Student Leaves Behind Her Troubled Past For Slot At UC BerkeleyWhen Amber Lee reached high school, her friends were either going to jail or getting pregnant. She came to the realization she had to change her own trajectory.
Traumatic Childhood Memories Become Motivation For Peninsula ScholarIn science experiments, answers can sometimes be elusive. As Students Rising Above scholar Destini Rodriguez has discovered, the same can be said of life.
Despite Odds, Once-Struggling Oakland Student Transforms Into Debate ChampionSkyline High senior and Students Rising Above scholar Christine Harris is a national championship debater. It's quite an accomplishment, and quite a turnaround.
Oakland Student With Heartbreaking Past Aims High, Strives To Help OthersBeing a student director on the Oakland school board is a warm up. Because Darius Aikens says his goal is to become the city’s mayor.
Then And Now: Students Rising Above Gala PreviewEvery year, their faces stand out in the crowd - young, eager, and grateful.
Nigerian Immigrant Emerges From Challenging Childhood As Top ScholarWhen Nchedo Ezeokoli stepped up to the stage at Stanford University commencement exercises last year, the professor reading her name paused for a moment when he came to her name before mispronouncing it.
Redwood City 1st Generation College Grad Pays It Forward With Peace Corps StintThe Peace Corps will be a bridge between college graduation and a career in public health for a deserving Students Rising Above alum.

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