On Thursday, May 12, College Possible Omaha celebrated our 10-year service anniversary at the Scott Conference Center on the University of Nebraska Omaha’s (UNO) Scott Campus in Aksarben Village. Our guests included College Possible student scholars and alumni, AmeriCorps member alumni, donors, community partners and our leadership team. Background music provided by the UNO Jazz Ensemble added to the festivities, which were made possible by our generous sponsors: Cox Communications, Omaha Steaks, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, FNBO, and Mutual of Omaha.
At the center of our core values is student success, so it made sense to have two students, one a graduating high school senior and the other a recent college graduate, serve as our keynote speakers.
Eh Tha You, a senior at Benson High School, will be attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill this fall on a full-ride scholarship. As a child, Eh Tha You lived with her family in a refugee camp in Thailand, where a chronic heart condition prevented her from attending school until a life-saving surgery changed her life. In her speech, Eh Tha You shared her experiences of immigrating to the United States and taking all the educational opportunities presented to her.
Edgar, a 2021 graduate of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, shared his experiences of being the first in his family to earn a college degree. During his college journey, he was awarded the National College Attainment Network Student Advocacy Fellowship (NCAN), empowering him to advocate on the state level to double the Pell Grant to help make college more affordable for students from low-income backgrounds.
The night was truly a testament to the outstanding scholars College Possible has worked with for the last decade. Thank you to all who attended and have supported us in the last 10 years,” said Arvin Frazier III, College Possible Omaha’s executive director.
The evening’s celebration also launched College Possible’s campaign in support of SHARE Omaha’s Do Good Days, May 17 to19. The three days were dedicated to meeting a wider variety of needs in the Omaha community. Participants donated on Give on Tuesday, gave items on Wish List Wednesday, and gave of their time on Volun-Thursday.
Thank you for your support of College Possible, our mission, and the students we serve. Thank you for 10 years of providing Omaha-area students access to the life-changing power of a college degree. And thank you for sharing in our vision: that a student’s future will be determined solely by their talent, motivation, and effort.