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Milwaukee scholar spotlight: Alison

Woman high schooler posing in graduation gownAlison Taylor will graduate from Milwaukee Lutheran High School as class valedictorian. She has upheld a 4.0 GPA throughout high school while also being a three-sport athlete and participating in many clubs and activities. Most importantly, Alison is a recipient of the highly selective Gates Scholarship. Out of 51,000 applicants nationwide, only 750 exceptional student leaders are awarded the Gates Scholarship, which provides coverage for the full cost of college attendance. Alison attributes her hard work throughout high school to earning this prestigious scholarship.

Alison’s dedication to so many activities, programs, and school work could be stressful at times, but she knew she could lean on her friends, family, and College Possible coach, DJ, to help her get through it. DJ was there to help her complete college tasks, answer questions, and whenever she needed a laugh. He also encouraged her to step outside of her comfort zone when selecting a college. She credits him for helping her select her best-fit college. Her mother also motivates and inspires her when times are tough. 

“Sometimes I felt like my dreams and goals were so far from reach that I’d never accomplish them. If I would have listened to those thoughts and let them consume me I would not have made it to where I am,” says Alison. “I would not be such a strong Black woman without pushing myself and proving myself.”

This fall, Alison will attend Marquette University to study biomedical sciences on a pre-med track. She would like to become a neurosurgeon due to her love of science and interest in the brain. Her mom, who is a mental health and drug addiction counselor, inspired her to help people and save lives. Alison believes the knowledge she will gain in college will open many doors for her future. She is also eager for the personal growth she will find in college as she learns more about her strengths, weaknesses, interests, and passions. 

College means so many things to me. College means knowledge. Having knowledge is a power because it opens so many doors for you. College also means independence, growth, individuality, and perseverance. College is the time where you can find yourself,” says Alison.

College Possible Milwaukee is proud of Alison and all of the 2023 high school graduates. On Thursday, June 1, we will officially launch them on their college journey at our annual event, Launch. Scholars will have the opportunity to connect with summer transition coaches and meet representatives from area colleges. College Possible looks forward to continuing this journey with Alison and every graduate moving on to college in the fall. 

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