Meet Cecelia

Cecelia is the first person in her family to go to college.

“I feel like it’s a new beginning for my whole family,” said Cecelia.

And she’s paying it forward, serving as the City Heights site director for Reality Changers, a San Diego organization that assists inner city youth in becoming first-generation college students. When it comes to the admissions process, there’s no better resource than Cecelia. She applied to 20 colleges her senior year of high school, but she always knew she wanted an education at a small, Christian-based college.

In high school, Cecelia was having trouble fitting in. Maintaining a 4.0 GPA and university aspirations didn’t mesh with a group of friends that were barely passing.

Against the odds, Cecelia’s dream of a Christian education was granted with the help of several scholarships from PLNU and encouragement from Reality Changers, who wanted to help Cecelia get the education she wanted and deserved.

Now, Cecelia is studying psychology, working part-time in the cafeteria and off campus, serving with Reality Changers. She’s also in the process of applying to PLNU’s master’s in education program to become a school counselor. Her goal is to earn her Ph.D. before she’s 30.

“To everyone who has made the scholarships possible, thank you a million times. Words or even my actions aren’t able to really express how thankful I am for your contributions. Without you, I wouldn’t have been able to be the first person in my family to go to college.”