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Every Story Is a Journey, and the Journey Itself Is Home

When we reflect on the Horizon Scholars Program, we envision resilient young individuals who have overcome numerous adversities in their lives. We believe that each Horizon Scholar has a unique voice, ready to share their inspiring stories of experiencing empowerment and support. By exploring these journeys of resilience and strength, discover how you can make a lasting impact on the lives of both current and future Horizon Scholars.




Horizon Scholar Journeys

Isabella Smith

Isabella Smith (’23)

From Beneficiary to Graduate: An Art Degree Achieved With a Grateful Heart

Isabella's Story
Manuel Raya

Manuel Raya

How the Horizon Scholars Program Helped Manny Become a Prospective Leader

Manuel's Story
James Evan

James Evans (MS ’06)

An Education Graduate Shares His Story of Resilience and Triumph Over Adversity

James' Story
Dave Montoya

Dave Montoya

A Military Veteran and Psychology Graduate Student Shares His Mission to Care for Foster Students

Dave's Story
Nadine Tapia

Nadine Tapia (BSM ’19, MBA ’20, MDR ’20)

Double Alumna Finds Her Path and Passion to Become a Horizon Scholars Donor

Nadine's Story
Tamara Rios

Tamara Rios (BSM ’23)

Nurtured by Support: Tamara's Journey from Foster Care to Higher Education

Tamara's Story