Inspired by the struggles of his own past, Bryan’s goal is to reach those with substance abuse issues. Bryan received his GED at Youngwood Career Link and is studying to become a Certified Recovery Specialist program at Penn State University, well on his way to making a huge impact on our community.

After receiving her GED, Lateefah got the career ball rolling by registering at DeVry University to complete a course of study in medical billing and coding. Her ultimate goal, however, is to give back to her community by eventually becoming a Certified Mental Health Counselor.

Like Bryan and Lateefah, Brittany’s heart is also service-bound. After completing her GED, She enrolled at Laurel Business Institute. Because of her hard work, she is now much closer to achieving her goal of becoming a Certified Medical Assistant. For Brittany, this path isn’t simply a job, it’s a calling. In her words, this choice was the one that caught her heart. 

Though Abigail too dreams of making a difference through her career, her goals began with providing for her family. After her son’s birth Abigail received her GED and went on to enroll at Westmoreland County Community College, working toward an associate’s degree in social work. From there, she hopes to transfer and gain a bachelor’s degree in behavioral health.

Like Abigail, Dakota is also using Westmoreland County Community College as his academic springboard. After completing the GED program at Youngwood Career Link, Dakota began working on his associate’s degree in criminal justice before transferring to a 4-year university for his bachelor’s degree.

We were thrilled with the opportunity to award such deserving students with the LCSWPA and IU1 Post-Secondary Scholarship. It is students like these who, despite rough beginnings, tirelessly pursue their dreams, and with a little help from the Literacy Council and IU1, create a bright future, for themselves and every life they touch as the reach their goals.