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Portrait of Leo Simpson

Psychology Major Defies the Odds

After battling depression, an eating disorder, and drug dependency, Leo Simpson finds hope at the end of their college journey.

Portrait of Angel Bliss and her 17-month-old son

Political Science Major Fulfills Her Potential

Leaving home at age 15 was a decision that perhaps saved Angel Bliss's life—today, the single mother continues the pursuit of her college degree.

Portrait of Sal Hernandez Rodriguez

Psychology Major Makes the Most of a Second Chance

After a life-altering choice landed him in legal trouble, Sal Hernandez Rodriguez is firmly on the road to earning a college degree.

Portrait of Rodaisha James

Asian Studies and Business Administration Major Reflects on a Promise Kept

A college degree was something that Rodaisha James' mother talked to her and her sister about before she passed away—now Rodaisha will graduate from Chico State with two degrees.

Photo collage of the four students featured in the story.

Promoting Achievement Through Hope

More than 23,000 children age out of the nation’s foster system annually—less than 3 percent of whom will earn a college degree in their lifetime. Every year, students in the University’s Promoting Achievement Through Hope Scholars program are reversing that narrative with the support of staff and their peers.