Meet our newest Class of Rezvan Scholars!
Rezvan Scholars in their own words
As I see it, my battles have served a purpose, for the pain and difficulty have all prepared me for this period of my life where I can work towards becoming someone who can make a difference for others.
I push and push beyond my limits because in my heart, I know that I can do anything I set out for. I want to inspire people like me, and give them hope. I want to pay it forward.
I am an original. Despite struggling in dozens of homes, I succeeded in school. Despite the obstacles of foster care, I became a community leader, helping others in the system to find mentors and families. Despite society labeling me, I broke free of stereotypes and will have a successful life. I am a re-creation.
Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is your strength,’ said Gandhi, and my strength came from embracing my journey as a foster youth, instead of being ashamed or succumbing to its connotation…I am breaking the cycle.
All my life, I have visualized success. As a child, success was living in a mansion with six cars. Today, I visualize success as…working in a job that I love, with a supportive family. Someday I hope to make an impact on the lives of young children the way that many of my teachers supported and impacted mine while growing up.