November 7, 2012
Volunteering on a fundraising committee and the Alumni Council for The Steppingstone Foundation is one of the most gratifying activities I’m involved in. The Steppingstone Foundation runs top notch academic enrichment programs that primes underprivileged youth for securing scholarships at prestigious high schools in the Boston area that lead to college matriculation. My road to being a volunteer is a special one. I am a lucky alumna of The Steppingstone Scholars Program. As a child of Vietnamese refugees, my family and I had never imagined the possibility of me attending a private high school or Harvard University. I attribute a lot of my personal academic and professional success to Steppingstone, which had opened doors for me when I was merely ten years old. My life path would have been very different if not for The Scholars Program (the name of the program when I attended). Through Steppingstone, I had the opportunity to attend a high school with the academic rigor that would challenge and groom me for the opportunity to be admitted to a college such as Harvard. In the past five years since I have graduated from college, I have participated in planning a black-tie fundraising event that raises funds that go toward providing Scholars with school supplies, books, and transportation to their Steppingstone classes. Having benefited from kind benefactors as a Scholar and now being able to help the next generation of Scholars gives me an indescribable joy, as I know that Steppingstone truly runs successful programs and gives opportunities to talented kids who may not otherwise have these opportunities. In the past year, Steppingstone has also invited me to participate in its first-ever Alumni Council. Not only are they committed to provide current Scholars with a rewarding experience, but they are making Alumni a top priority, as well. Steppingstone is near and dear to my heart and I take great joy in participating in even these small ways to help cultivate a future generation of talented students and leaders in society.
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