Live Your Dream Awards Stories: Rocy

Rocy’s dream is to finish her bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies, then obtain her teacher certification to teach high school Spanish.

“I know from my own experience that learning another language is a big challenge. I moved to the USA in 1998. After 10 years, I had the opportunity to go to college to learn English and that opened other doors to continue my education.”

Rocy is incredibly hopeful, but also pragmatic. She sees that we’re living in a time of rapid change and knows she has to work hard to develop valuable skills for the future.

A survivor of two violent marriages, Rocy is now a single mother raising three teenagers, including one who has a mental and physical disability.

She works full time in the elementary school, but even with a job, government assistance, social security, and child support (that the father doesn’t always pay), Rocy and her family are living perilously close to the poverty line.

“My earnings are not enough to cover the basic needs. I also have a student loan to pay, but I cannot afford it.”

Education is the only way Rocy will be able to reach her dreams and provide for her family with dignity.

“[I want] to obtain a better job and become self-reliant. … Independence and self-reliance are very important to me.”

With financial help from the Live Your Dream Awards, Rocy will now be able to better support her family while she completes her bachelor’s degree.

“You help me to provide for my family with dignity. Thank you for this opportunity!”

Rocy was selected by volunteer judges to receive a $1,000 first level and $3,000 second level Live Your Dream Awards.

About the Live Your Dream Awards

The Live Your Dream Awards provide over $2 million in education grants to about 1,500 women each year. Since 1972, the program has helped tens of thousands of women achieve social and economic empowerment through education.


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