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Students Rising Above: Former High School Athlete Thrives Thanks To Former CoachesThe holidays are traditionally a time we spend with friends and family but Angelo Granado has found that family can also come in the form of good friendships.
East Palo Alto Scholar Helping Ease Transition For Newly-Arrived Immigrant FamiliesA former Students Rising Above scholar is helping newly-arrived immigrant families in the Bay Area establish themselves with an empathy gained from her own personal traumas. 
SRA: Former Bay Area Scholar Thrives with Tech Job, Growing FamilyMost Students Rising Above scholars credit the non-profit for their success. Nathan Porras is no different, but he also has one very special person in his corner who has been his biggest support both at home and at work.
San Francisco Scholar Helps Fellow Immigrant Students Find a BalanceYoung immigrants often feel as though they are stuck between two worlds as they try to balance cultural expectations from family with the need to fit in with friends. Warren Situ has faced this struggle, embraced it and is now using it a way to serve others.
SRA: Burlingame High Counselor Helps First-Generation Students Navigate College SystemCollege can be a struggle for first-generation students and students of color. Earvin Buckner experienced the process first hand, and now he's determined to help others navigate higher education.
San Jose College Student Shines Through Sorrow of Missing Father, Embraces His ReturnFor an adult, losing time with a parent can be one of life's most heartbreaking experiences. But for a child, such a loss can seem nearly impossible to recover from.
SRA: Students Rising Above Scholar, Advisor Give Each Other Friendship, SupportFamily is important when we face tough times, but when we don't have family to lean on, friendship can help us keep things together. Students Rising Above Scholar Diana Custodio found both on her way to success.
LGBTQ+ Students Rising Above Scholar Overcame Challenges to Excel at CalWhile all Students Rising Above scholars are amazingly resilient and inspirational, Yendi Rebollo shows us all what it truly means to shine brightly, even in life's darkest moments.
UC Merced Mechanical Engineering Student Dreaming Big As He Helps OthersHaving many talents and abilities is a hallmark of all Students Rising Above scholars. But so is being smart, focused and curious. SRA scholar Centurion Barron is no exception.
UC Merced Scholar Excels at Math and Engineering Despite HardshipsFor some college students math can be a bore, but for Jair Martinez, it's a way to focus on problem solving skills in the classroom and in life, especially in tough situations.
From University Grad to Community College - North Bay Scholar Keeps Adding New Skills To RepertoireMany students find themselves questioning their career paths after graduation from college. Vicki Diaz Rodes found herself looking close to home for her future job success.
Richmond College Grads Uplifts Her Hometown Through JournalismAs a DACA recipient, María Fernanda Bernal's passion for social justice is personal. And the young reporter's beat is her own backyard.
SRA Scholar Uses Camera to Help Photo Subjects Heal from TraumaMost of us have heard the old adage that a picture tells the story of a thousand words. Paulo Orozco would agree, because he uses his camera as a tool to tell the stories of others in need.
Saxophone Soothes South Bay Scholar As He Steers Through Stressful DaysFor many of us, the pandemic has been an incredibly stressful time, and for some young people missed opportunities like graduation and time with friends have added to their collective heartache.
Students Rising Above: Oakland Scholar, Mom Share Strong BondMost parents hope when a child goes off to college they will hear from them at least once in a while. For Abigail Santiago, calling home is a daily comfort for both her and her family.
Oakland Scholar Gets a Second Chance at a Rare OpportunityOne moment can change a person's life. For Oakland student Dymond Allen, that moment almost didn't happen.
East Bay Student Learns Importance of Self-Care Before Heading to HBCUWhile many Students Rising Above scholars are high achievers and always on the go, Rodaisha James discovered that slowing down and self-care are also paths to success after experiencing a major loss.
Students Rising Above: Oakland Scholar Finds Peace of Mind in NatureFor many people, being outside in nature can be a calming experience during tough times. That is also true for Students Rising Above scholar America Cadena, who has found her peace at a very special East Bay farm.