Paying it Forward - 2010 Profiles

Maria Carter


Alumni - Anthony, New Mexico
Maria discovered University of Phoenix as a single mother struggling to make ends meet. “I had always wanted to attend college but had never quite found the opportunity to do so mainly because I had to work full-time to financially support my family. I am so forever grateful to my friend who encouraged me to enroll at the University.” As a full-time student, Maria was the fortunate recipient of scholarships. The scholarships provided her numerous opportunities to travel and meet other students across the country. Maria completed her program in just over two years and soon after graduation attained her first professional job, doubling her salary. She is now the Executive Director of the Women’s Intercultural Center, a nationally recognized and award winning 501(c)3 nonprofit that educates and empowers women. Maria would like to pay forward her education to Saif.

Saif Almuhairbi


Recipient - El Paso, Texas
Maria met Saif when he began volunteering for the Women’s Intercultural Center. He is the organization’s volunteer Technology Director and never fails to rise to the challenge of assisting the staff. He also took on the role of Border Awareness Coordinator (BAE) educating undergraduate and graduate students on border issues. “He raised our program to another level by developing participant binders that contained information on the organizations they were going to visit, news articles, and basically the day-to-day experience they should expect from the program. Satisfaction rates soared sky high with participants commenting on his knowledge of the border and his ability to make the BAE a life changing experience,” explains Maria. Saif has dreams of attaining a degree in criminal justice. His long-term goal is to earn a law degree as a foundation for a career in politics. The Paying it Forward® scholarship will give Saif the means to attend college without acquiring a financial burden.

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