Melanie always knew she wanted to attend college, but never dreamed she would be headed to Harvard University on a full scholarship. Melanie’s parents never went to college, in fact her mother was unable to attend high school.
DTS encouraged Melanie to explore colleges in California and beyond the state. She attended a summer program at MIT while in high school and experienced life away from home. DTS worked with her parents to tackle financial aid forms and understand the whole admissions process. The commitment was significant for both Melanie and her parents, but her mother was thrilled when Melanie received her scholarship, “Through Melanie we have realized our American dream. We are so proud of her and proud to be part of the program that supported her in achieving her own dreams.”
Now a sophomore at Harvard, Melanie is planning to concentrate in environmental science and public policy with a secondary in economics. Outside of class, she is involved with a consulting group that focuses on company sustainability and works with RAZA, a Mexican-American cultural group, as well as with Harvard’s Youth to Youth homeless shelter.
“DTS has been my champion throughout my journey to and in college. They not only prepared me for the rigor of Harvard, but also provided me with the resources to be successful and the attitude to put myself out there. They still encourage me to push myself and remind me that I am capable. Most importantly, they always care – having that connection is what exemplifies what DTS is and means to me.”