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A perfect fit

A FORMER COMMUNITY SCHOLAR, MARGARET OAIKENA IS TOPPING A STELLAR UNDERGRADUATE CAREER WITH A MASTER’S DEGREE IN COUNSELING.

Margaret Oaikena M.Ed. ’14 is a classic example of what it means to give back. Margaret, who is from Arlington, Texas, is working toward a graduate degree in counseling and plans a career in student affairs.

“My educational and professional goals have been motivated by my experience at TCU,” she says. “I want to help others to be successful in the college environment because so many people have helped me to succeed in college.”

Margaret’s résumé attests to that success: she was a member of the Honors College, was named Senior Scholar in Psychology by the College of Science & Engineering and developed her own research study in psychology as an undergraduate.

Margaret was also a TCU Community Scholar. The Community Scholars Program, which offers $3 million in scholarships each year, recruits top candidates — students like Margaret — from urban, high minority high schools.

“There is absolutely no way that my family could have afforded to send me to TCU,” Margaret says. “I came from a low-income, single parent home. The only way I could have gone to college at all is if I received scholarships and financial aid. I was fortunate enough to be a part of the Community Scholars Program and this made it possible for me to attend TCU.”

In addition to earning a master’s degree, Margaret has held positions with two nonprofit organizations that encourage students from under-represented populations to attend college. With her TCU background and Community Scholars participation, she is a perfect fit. For two years, Margaret worked for Advise TX, a program that hires recent graduates to serve as college advisers at high schools. She now is outreach coordinator for the Higher Education Servicing Corporation. There she supervises the GO Center program, an initiative that employs current college students to serve as part-time advisers at high schools.

Through support of need-based scholarships and programs such as Community Scholars, you can enable the University to educate the most competitive and deserving students and prepare graduates like Margaret to return to their communities as leaders.

 

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