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Eighth Annual Learn to Dream Celebration May 24 at SCC

Faten Fanharawi (center) celebrates her high school graduation surrounded by family.

If it wasn’t for the Learn to Dream Scholarship, Faten Fanharawi would not have continued her education beyond high school. She is the first member of her family to go to college.

“If I didn’t know about the Learn to Dream Scholarship, I wouldn’t continue my education because colleges cost a lot of money,” Fanharawi said. “None of my parents work, so they can’t help me financially.”

The Learn to Dream Scholarship covers one year of tuition at Southeast Community College. Approximately 300 Learn to Dream students are registered each quarter at SCC.

Fanharawi moved to the United States from Iraq two years ago. As a student at North Star High School in Lincoln, she received information about the Learn to Dream scholarship from her counselor. As a result, she has goals and hopes to one day help disadvantaged people from other countries.

After another year at SCC, she plans to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and study chemistry, then apply to pharmacy school.

“I am working hard to achieve my goals because I could help a lot of poor countries in the future,” she said. “I love to help, and that’s why I choose to be a pharmacist someday.”

Fanharawi is one of four recipients of the Learn to Dream Achiever Award. To qualify, students must have completed at least two quarters at SCC.

“This is awarded to a select group of students who have distinguished themselves in their academic excellence and have demonstrated maturity, motivation and a commitment to intellectual growth,” said Brock Zautke, Learn to Dream Recruitment and Retention Specialist at SCC.

A new award this year is the Learn to Dream Instructor Impact Award. This award is presented to a faculty member who has gone above and beyond to support LTD students. Speech Communication Instructor, Ivette Trentini, is this year’s recipient.

The Learn to Dream Spring Celebration will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 24 at SCC’s Lincoln Campus. The event will recognize all of the Gold Achievement (4.0 grade-point average) and Silver Achievement (3.5 GPA) Award recipients, in addition to the graduates.

“Without Learn to Dream, I would give up on my dreams and goals of being a successful, independent woman in the future,” Fanharawi added.

The Learn to Dream Scholarship, which was created in 2007, is a joint effort between Nelnet, Union Bank & Trust and SCC. All high school seniors in Lincoln who qualify for free and reduced lunch are eligible. There is no GPA requirements to get accepted, but a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA must be earned at SCC to maintain it.


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