“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 additional expenses (room and board, transportation, parking, etc).

No matter the circumstances, I would not have let cost prevent me from pursuing my education.  I believe that with education, I will be more successful in the future.  In addition to the financial support provided by the Wallin Education Partners program, being a Scholar makes me feel like I’m not alone.  I always have someone looking after me when I’m feeling down.  The Wallin Advisors are always there to help me resolve a problem (big or small) and they have connected me with other Scholars and faculty members on campus, as well as local industry leaders.  Wallin Education Partners is not just a scholarship; it’s more like a community, a family, who look out for each other.”  Read more of Vang’s story here: Vang Xiong Story.