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"My classmates had cared deeply about their studies; my teachers excelled in their work. And all the while, quietly, behind the scenes, The Samuel Ready Scholarship organization was ensuring that my education would continue year after year."

Samuel Ready Scholarship Alumna

I'm so thankful to have the chance to contribute to another girl's story of education and success. Looking back at my years at Roland Park Country School and the years since, I know that so much of it is owed to Samuel Ready. I do hope to be able to contribute more in the future but I'm certain that every bit helps in making another girl's dream come true. God bless and thank you.

 

Stacey Wolff

Samuel Ready Scholar 2003 (The Roland Park Country School)

On April 24, 2009 I was honored to introduce President Obama at a nationally televised White House Press Conference to advocate for lower and middle-class college student's increased access to Pell Grants. Addressing the importance of Pell Grants was meaningful to me because scholarships are a great means to access some of the best academic institutions in the country and can help underprivileged youth achieve academic and socio-economic success.

I am currently a doctoral student at the University of Maryland, College Park in the Department of American Studies. I hope my future work can help advance Samuel Ready Scholarship's mission of helping young girls from all backgrounds reach their highest potential.

Stephanie Stevenson

Samuel Ready Scholar 2006 (The Bryn Mawr School)

Watch the video below to see Stephanie Stevenson introduce President Obama:

"I received a Samuel Ready scholarship as a sixth grader leaving Grace & St. Peter's School. At the time I understood very little about the cost and the privilege of attending private school. I remember being pleased to learn that my expenses would be paid, but I was generally aloof to what that really meant. It wasn't until I began here at Friends that I started to recognize the exceptional environment that I had been chosen to be a part of. At first, I labored under the heavy load of homework and the intense emphasis on both athletics and academics at my new school. However, I quickly meshed with my friendly classmates, most of whom knew each other from lower school but nonetheless reached out to embrace their new peers. The seven years I spent at Friends were challenging and life-forming.

I do remember fearing that I would lose the Samuel Ready Scholarship after a particularly difficult eighth grade year during which my grades were not up to par. I secretly wondered what I would do if I had to leave my school and my friends. I learned that my worries were unnecessary when my scholarship was renewed in late summer. I think it was at this time that I began to truly appreciate the commitment that the Samuel Ready Scholarship committee makes to each student. I felt relieved to know that I could grow and struggle just as any other classmate.

It was these experiences that led me to fully appreciate the tremendous opportunity and training that I was given by Friends School and Samuel Ready. After all, I had been educated in such a rigorous college preparatory environment that college was not just an aspiration, but an expectation. My classmates had cared deeply about their studies; my teacher excelled in their work. And all the while, quietly, behind the scenes, The Samuel Ready Scholarship organization was ensuring that my education would continue year after year."

Samuel Ready Scholarship Alumna