Foundation’s timing helps student reach goals
Even though Raechel Liska viewed a college education as a “luxury,” it was something she was determined to attain.
Raechel worked full time as she worked toward her EMT Paramedic technical diploma but still needed an extra financial boost to help her with tuition. She applied to the Foundation – and was awarded two scholarships, the Joshua Dorval Memorial Scholarship and the Pierce Manufacturing HERO Center Scholarship.
She says the timing and financial benefits of the scholarships helped her to reach her goals.
“It was a relief. I was from a background that wasn’t always lucrative, and paying bills and college tuition was hard. I viewed college as a luxury.
“When I received the scholarship, I was so grateful. It took the pressure off me – I wasn’t under the pressure of how to come up with all the finances to pay for tuition. It allowed me to finish on time and be at a place where I could be successful.”
Raechel finished on time in Summer of 2018 and already landed a full-time position at an area fire station before she graduated