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.
SRA: Teen's Battle To Keep Siblings Together Leads To Loving Adoptive HomeAndrea Taylor-Alarcón's journey with her new family has been filled with lots of love and special moments but also some heartbreak.
Students Rising Above: A Look Back at 2020COVID-19 and political and civil strife marked the year 2020 and our SRA coverage has reflected that upheaval. Michelle Griego hosts a special look back.
SRA Scholar Jenny Hoang Bakes Up Comfort and Joy Beyond the ClassroomWhile Students Rising Above scholars are well known to be successful in school and beyond, some have hidden talents. Such was the case for Jenny Hoang who is a whiz when it comes to baking.
Mom's Rare Condition Spurs SRA Scholar to Career in Medical ResearchSRA scholar Steven Palomares' passion for science is deeply personal with his own mother's health being a primary motivation.
SRA Scholar Returns to College, Finds Campus Transformed by COVID-19For her sophomore year, Students Rising Above scholar Madison Schmidt found a largely empty campus as her fellow students stay inside their dorm rooms, learn online and practice strict social distancing.
East Bay Student Becomes Coding Whiz After Tough ChildhoodTechnology is more than a hobby for Abel Regalado. It’s his salvation.
Bay Area Student Rebounds From Family Strife, Scholarship Loss; Diploma Now In SightA Bay Area student who appeared to have his college dreams shattered has overcome the loss of his university scholarship and is months away from being the first in his family to graduate from college.
SF Student Rising Above Fends Off Hunger, Homelessness Risk To Set Example Of College Success For FamilyAt a small liberal arts school in Minnesota, Jacky Lu did something no one else in his family has done before: he graduated from Carleton College with a degree in Biology.
Students Rising Above Teach Low-Income Kids How To Code
Concord Man From Afghanistan Survives Taliban War, Refugee Ordeal To Graduate From CollegeAfter surviving war in his homeland as a boy along with years as a refugee in hopeless conditions, a young Afghan man whose family resettled in Concord has graduated from college and is now setting his sights even higher.
Student Overcomes Drug-Ravaged Home, Absent Parents To Graduate From UC BerkeleyGraduating from the University of California, Berkeley is not just an academic accomplishment or simply a milestone. For Char’Leen Craner, it is a life event she made happen with willpower and grit.
Berkeley Woman Attains Degrees From Boalt Law School, Yale Following Childhood In Multiple Foster HomesAfter moving through seven or eight foster homes as a child, Lily Eagle Colby is graduating from UC Berkeley's Boalt Law School, and already has a degree from Yale.
San Rafael Student's Journey To Graduation Began In Guatemala With Her Mother's MurderDeborah "Gaby" Gonzalez is set to begin classes at Brandeis University this fall but her remarkable story began in poverty and violence in her native Guatemala.
Bay Area Student Rose Above Poverty To Success As New York Attorney Helping The PoorA former SRA, alum himself, New York attorney Patrick Armstrong returned to the Bay Area to deliver an inspiring speech to a sold-out audience at the Students Rising Above gala.