A REMARKABLE STORY
JOVAHANA ASPIRES TO BE A LEADER IN HER COMMUNITY
I'm Jovahana, a graduate of St. Edward’s University, who majored in Political Science and English Writing and Rhetoric. I was an honors student who has served as a resident assistant for St. Edward’s Honors Living and Learning Community and as president of the Latino Student Leaders Organization. I have also pursued my passion for public service through internships with the the offices of Texas State Representative Eddie Rodriguez and Austin Mayor Steve Adler and with Annie’s List, the League of Women Voters of Texas, and the Center for Public Policy Priorities. I was the honored recipient of an EdOp Cathy Doyle Travel Award, spending a summer in Washington, D.C., as an intern in the Environmental Protection Agency.
I was an intern with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and recently accepted a position as Analyst in the Global Compliance Divisian at Goldman Sachs post-graduation! I plan to attend law school in the future and hope to eventually to return to Oak Cliff to invest in the community where I grew up. I continue to pave the way for future leadership, advocate for underrepresented communities, and champion for equity and access. I'm eternally grateful for the opportunities and support that EdOp has provided and is determined to make a difference in the lives of others.
DESIGNING HIS DESTINY
MIN KOO ENGINEERS HIS WAY FROM SOUTH DALLAS TO SIEMENSI came to the U.S. in 2007, graduated from the DISD Science & Engineering magnet at Townview, and won EdOp’s Elizabeth Flotte Gonzalez Award recognizing an upperclassman who has demonstrated achievement in engineering, science, or technology. Thanks largely to EdOp's support I graduated in May 2018 from the University of Texas-Austin with a degree in Computer Engineering and a cumulative gpa of 3.56. I am working full-time in Chicago as a software tester for Siemens, a German engineering company. I appreciate EdOp for making my education possible. I cannot imagine the past four years without EdOp's financial and educational support. I also sincerely hope that one day I can contribute to EdOp and help students like me.
DANCING HER WAY TO THE TOP
KATRICIA MAKES AN IMPACT ON THE DALLAS ARTS SCENEEducational Opportunities lifted a heavy financial burden from my family’s shoulders. The consistency of the scholarship allowed me to focus on my education and not worry about money. I am thankful for having received my Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Dance with a minor in Business from the University of North Texas. Although I am the second person in my family to go to college, I was the first person to attend college without needing a loan. Monthly communications with my EdOp mentor, [the late] Ginny Sillers, provided me with encouragement and accountability. Mrs. Sillers often would tell me, “You’re doing such a good job!” and “You’re doing all the things that you envisioned for yourself.” At that time, the only requirement was to turn in my transcript and come to dinners twice a year. Those dinners were invaluable, because I connected with other students, talked abut their journeys, shared success stories, and laughed with other mentors like Bob Marshall. Even after I became a professional touring dancer with Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Mrs. Sillers and I stayed connected. Moreover, she continued her encouragement as I began my graduate program in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. I am truly thankful for the EdOp experience.
SUPPORTING OUR SCHOLARS TO GRADUATION & BEYOND
ONCE AN EDOP SCHOLAR, ALWAYS AN EDOP SCHOLAR
We keep close tabs on our alumni post-graduation and help ease the transition from college to career through our mentoring program. Our alumni have gone on to success in virtually every industry, from finance, to communications and technology, to art and education. EdOp celebrates these achievements with our former scholars during our annual summer alumni event. We continue to be inspired by their stories and look forward to hearing of their accomplishments. year after year.
Pictured: EdOp scholars during their Orientation.