In a faith-based effort to multiply the hands and feet of those reaching out and serving in our San Angelo community, we are excited to introduce the Community Connect Initiative (CCI). CCI is a faith-based initiative, designed to partner and connect churches with public schools, in order to establish positive relationships and provide a network of resources that will empower change in our communities from the inside out.
Team Step Forward is a scholarship program that is funded through the San Angelo Health Foundation. The program gives students who would not otherwise have the funding or support to attend college, an opportunity to reach their goals of furthering their education. The goal of Team Step Forward is to support and encourage students, while providing the necessary funding to earn a degree from either Howard College or Angelo State University.
"Where do I begin? Other than I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity to have received this scholarship. When I was younger, my parents were considering a divorce. Neither of my parents finished high school and my older sister was a drop-out. I almost felt as if I was heading in the same direction. In middle school, I would run away and get into fights and I was once on probation and had to attend a disciplinary school: SAC/Carver. I did not think I could graduate high school, much less college.
The scholarship program has changed my life! At first, I was so scared to go to college because I didn't know what to do and had no guidance from my family because they didn't know how to help me...(After participating in the Team Step Forward Scholarship Program),I believe in myself and I believe I have what it takes to reach all of my goals. That big push from House of Faith and the Team Step Forward Scholarship Program is all I needed to get me going in the direction of my new dream career.
...if it were not for House of Faith and the Team Step Forward Scholarship Program, I never would have realized I am capable of more than I think I am, and that I have what it takes to reach my goals and dreams.
Monica Tello Garza, Graduate of Howard College
I am unable to express in words how much your support has blessed me! I am the first in my family to get a college diploma, which would not have been possible without (the aid of) the San Angelo Health Foundation and the Team Step Forward Scholarship Program. It was not an easy journey, but with Team Step Forward helping pay for living expenses and books, it was a lot less stressful than it could have been.
Thank you for assisting in my dream becoming a reality! Team Step Forward is a great program and I am proud to have been a part of it!
Justin McClure, Graduate of Angelo State University