Being unable to read or understand job applications, utility bills, or medications creates limitations … and can even elicit a feeling of being boxed in. For many adult learners struggling with limited English proficiency and/or low-literacy, a First Literacy scholarship is the first step towards breaking outside of the box. First Literacy scholarships give adult learners a chance to further their education, creating opportunities that may have once seemed like an impossible dream. This year First Literacy proudly awarded 30 scholarships to deserving adult learners looking to break outside the box and achieve their dream.

Thays Story

Before coming to Boston, Thays grew up in a country where substance abuse and violence ravaged her community, impacting many of her family and taking the life of her father. The devastation she witnessed led her on a personal journey to learn and study the patterns and behaviors that lead to this social calamity.

When Thays arrived in the United States, she enrolled at El Centro del Cardenal in Jamaica Plain where she studied English. After completing her English courses she was encouraged to apply to college with a scholarship from First Literacy.

“First Literacy has a big special spot in my heart. I did not realize that I could do a degree in the United States, and it is already a big impact in my life and my family’s life.”

Thays plans to graduate from Bunker Hill in 2022 with an Associate degree and hopes to continue her studies in a master’s program to become a social worker.

“It would not be possible for me to come this far without the help of First Literacy and for that I would like to express my sincere appreciation.”

Thays’ determination and goal to make a difference is inspiring, and First Literacy is proud to support her journey.

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