• Meghan Johnson

    “When the news arrived that I had been selected to receive a Wallin Scholarship, I was thrilled.  The recognition that came along with receiving the scholarship was a huge motivator for me.  It really justified all the hard work I’d put into balancing both my academic work and life outside of school.  While I was excited, I … Continued

  • Kohlman Thompson

    A recent alumnus of the University of Minnesota, Kohlman Thompson describes his struggles as a first-generation college student through spoken word. Click  here  to see a video he and two volunteers created to tell his story.

  • Vang Xiong

    “Upon my acceptance into the Wallin Education Partners program, I felt grateful and full of joy.  As the first in my family to attend a four-year private college, I was grateful I didn’t have to take out loans and most of all, I didn’t have to ask my parents for help to pay for any … Continued

  • Malik Day

    Malik Day is beating the odds each day. One of eight children, Malik is the first in his family to graduate from high school and go to college. His journey to college meant overcoming homelessness, waking up at 4:30 am each day to work to help his family with rent and food along with striving … Continued

  • Victor Sanchez Castro

    “In 2010 after 4 long years and many ups and downs I became the first in my family to graduate from college. There were several times throughout my college career where I did not think I would get to graduate. Wallin Education Partners not only gave me the chance at a college education but they … Continued

  • Elizabeth’s Story

    I immigrated to the United States when I was 6 years old, arriving in Chicago not knowing any English. We lived with my uncle for a couple of years because my mother had escaped violence and poverty in Mexico and our only family was my uncle. I loved school because I learned so much, and … Continued