Paying it Forward - 2008 Profiles
Alumna - El Paso, Texas
Mary Carter knows firsthand what obtaining a degree can do to one person’s life. Mary dropped out of high school during her senior year to get married. She decided to go back to get her GED 10 years later. Mary always wanted to continue her education and attend college; however, the timing never seemed right. After a little coaxing from a friend of hers, Mary applied for University of Phoenix scholarships and enrolled in school. Her experience at University of Phoenix changed her life. Within one year of attending classes, Mary was able to double her salary. Since starting at University of Phoenix, Mary has received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree. Now, Mary is most passionate about encouraging youth and women to continue their education. She is thrilled that she is able to pay her University of Phoenix experience forward.
Recipient - Canutillo, Texas
Alma Femath came to the United States in 1990. She wanted to stand out, make a difference, and better herself, her life and the lives of her two children. Alma always had a passion for education. Since first arriving in the United States, Alma learned English, attained her GED, and worked her way through community college to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree. Over 10 years ago, Alma’s husband was in a construction accident and lost his arm. Alma put her continuing education dreams on hold while she took care of her family. With the Paying it Forward scholarship, Alma will finish what she started when she first arrived in America. She is looking forward to growing, expanding her knowledge and pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business/Accounting degree and becoming a public accountant.