We are thrilled to introduce our 2020-21 National College Attainment Network Student Advocacy Fellows!
The goal of the NCAN Student Advocacy Fellowship is to expand the breadth of NCAN members participating in advocacy through elevating staff and students. This fellowship is an opportunity for students to develop professionally, engage in public policy, and bring their voice to the federal stage.
Two student fellows from College Possible will engage in national policy discussions and join a growing group of 64 other peer members dedicated to advocacy across the country. The NCAN fellowship consists of 33 partner organizations in 24 states across the United States. They will participate in a peer learning community, advocacy campaigns, and author student stories around federal policies.
Edgar Montoya is a senior management and marketing major with a minor in psychology at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He also DJs in downtown Lincoln, produces music, and plans to pursue opportunities in the commercial music industry post-graduation.
In the College of Business, he served as a mentor and program assistant for the college’s DREAMBIG Academy for underrepresented students. He also serves as a senior lead strengths coach, where he works with student strengths coaches in the course Professional Enhancement I: Investing in Strengths (BSAD 111) and coaches students one-on-one to help them recognize and maximize their potential. Additionally, Montoya is part of the Clifton Builders program where he prepares to build businesses, teams and communities. He serves as a two-term treasurer of Sigma Nu fraternity and was a member of the William H. Thompson Learning Community.
Montoya is excited to serve as a member of the College Possible/NCAN Student Advocacy Fellowship and looks forward to collaborating with like-minded individuals to promote accessibility to postsecondary education.
Jewel Fletcher was born and raised in Trinidad, to an American mother and Trinidadian father. She graduated from St. Joseph’s Convent, San Fernando with a 4.0 GPA. Among her many activities in high school, Fletcher was a member of the student council, African cultural club and UNESCO club. Having an ISFJ personality type, she is a natural defender at heart and believes in standing up for others, and in the restoration of equality and justice for the disenfranchised. She strongly believes in diversity and inclusion no matter the age, race, gender or religion.
Fletcher developed a love for the Youth for Christ Trinidad and Tobago organization and has volunteered there since she was 13 years old. When she is not participating in school or work, she enjoys watching anime, spending time with her family and pets, and discovering new music.
Fletcher is currently a freshman student working on her bachelor’s degree to become a pilot at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology. Though aviation is her main passion, she also has a growing interest in photography, UAVs and product design.
Welcome to Edgar and Jewel!