Tomorrow Fund creating brighter future

Jan. 17, 2014 @ 04:43 PM

The Tomorrow Fund for Hispanic Students, which provides scholarships to help students from low-income families with college costs, has created opportunities for some admirable young people who are richly deserving of the education they are receiving.

Founded by Diane Evia-Lanevi, the fund this year helped 28 students with scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $16,000.
The stories of some of the students who have benefited from the organization show the thirst, desire and drive these young people have, as well as they lengths to which they are going to get an education.
Take, for instance, Alberto Negrellos-Aguilera. His road to get a diploma has been anything but easy. By the time he graduated from high school, his mother was having health issues and his father was without a job. He helped keep the family afloat by picking berries and working construction. Still, he pursued his education. He would sleep in the halls of his science labs if he missed his last bus. He had to take time off to earn enough to pay for another semester of school.
But Negrellos-Aguilera is now in the home stretch, with only three more semesters to go at Appalachian State. He wants to attend medical school after he graduates so he can help others and his family.
It would have been a travesty if Negrellos-Aguilera had never had the opportunity to achieve his full potential.
We want the best and the brightest in this country so that we can continue to be a world leader. We want the best students to enter our state universities and hope they will remain in North Carolina, which will benefit our state economy.
The Tomorrow Fund and organizations that share a similar mission should be applauded for helping ensure gifted students are not blocked from pursuing higher education because of the price tag.
It also helps ease the burden for children who unfairly face stiffer college tuition bills because their parents immigrated here to seek a better life without documentation. They are being penalized for their parents’ decision. If these students were granted in-state tuition, it would allow the Tomorrow Fund to stretch its dollars further, perhaps.
We appreciate the dogged pursuit shown by the students that the Tomorrow Fund has assisted. We hope they achieve the better life that their families sought.
As Glenda Polanco, a native of El Salvador and a scholarship recipient who attends Meredith College, noted: “I knew I had to go to college. That was the whole reason my mother brought me here.”