When Kailey first began planning for college, more selective schools, especially those out-of-state, initially seemed beyond reach. As a student in her high school’s rigorous International Baccalaureate (IB) program, she was academically qualified to attend one of these colleges, but she worried about financing and attending a school away from home.
After joining College Possible, however, Kailey learned about different scholarship and financing options and began to view more selective and out-of-state colleges as a possibility. Most importantly, she began to see these schools as the best match and fit for her.
Through conversations with my College Possible coach, I was able to find confidence within myself and realize that I am qualified and deserving of going out of state and applying to more selective colleges,” says Kailey.
Now, after graduating from Amundsen High School this spring, Kailey is excited to be heading to Washington University in St. Louis with a full-ride scholarship. She is thankful to have had her College Possible coach, Maria, to help her navigate the long and complicated scholarship application process and provide encouragement along the way.
For Kailey, one key advantage of the College Possible program is the accessibility of the coaches. “Since College Possible is here during and after school hours, if I ever have questions I can always go to Maria for help” says Kailey.
Even more, she has felt comfortable talking to Maria about everyday stresses like her schoolwork and extracurricular demands. Like Kailey, Maria also completed the IB program when she was in high school and was always happy to offer advice and reassurance.
Ultimately, this support proved crucial, helping Kailey feel more than prepared as she heads to Washington University in St. Louis in the fall. “Thanks to College Possible, I now have a great understanding of financing and the college process,” she says. “Looking back, I’m grateful for all the knowledge and guidance I have gained from this program.”