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.
Students Learn Leadership Skills In SF City Internship ProgramTwo Students Rising Above participants are finding out the inner workings of city government and critical leadership skills through a unique college intership program.
East Oakland Student Writing Her Own Story After A Challenging ChildhoodIt takes some imagination to write a story involving a catapult. That was the assignment the day as we visited 826 Valencia, the storied non-profit that teaches low-income kids how to write.
East Bay Student Overcomes Years Of Hardship To Become Family's 1st College GradRaymone Lacy made history for his family in 2016, becoming the first to graduate from college - and not just any college, but the University of California, Berkeley. His degree is in Media Studies, but his accomplishment is much more significant than that.
SF Man Is Family's 1st College Graduate After Overcoming Troubled Childhood
Honors Student Sees Past Violence, Poverty To Lift Up Her East Palo Alto CommunityA honors student from East Palo Alto has seen violence, poverty and drug abuse ravage her city, but she part of the city's resurgence and revival.
Tragedy, Hardship Overcome By Oakland Student On Way To CollegeWork, commitment, and the example of other family members have helped an Oakland high school student overcome hardship and tragedy to become a top scholar headed to college.
Former Homeless Student Earns Master's, Works To Help OthersMoving day is a thrill for any first time homebuyer, but for someone who was once homeless, it is much more than that.
Oakland Engineer, Rising Star Overcomes Lack Of Parental, Financial SupportAn Boeing engineer from Oakland who benefited from the Students Rising Above program described his challenging upbringing at the group's recent fundraiser.
Concord Standout Student Overcomes Father's Death, Poverty, ViolenceGrowing up without a father while living in dire straits amid violence did not dissuade this Student Rising Above from becoming a standout student headed to college.
Escaping Gang Influence, Family Dysfunction; SoCal Student Excels In Bay AreaA teenager who once believed his future was a dead end is the top student in his class after a change of scenery from SoCal to the Bay Area.
SF Honors Student Helps Raise Siblings, Overcomes Abuse On Way To CollegeA teenager who helped raise his younger siblings - and survived an abusive father and thoughts of suicide - is among the newest Student Rising Above.