Stephanie Phonvongsa

February 3rd, 2010 ·
  • 2008 Berkeley High School Class of 1951/Berkeley Community Fund
  • High Hopes Scholarship recipient
  • University of California, San Diego
My siblings and I weren’t able to skate, ride bikes, or even go away on camping trips. My parents’ were overprotective because my family did not have health care. Such a necessity was unattainable because my father could barely support five growing children. The harder he worked, the less we saw him and even then, health care was a necessity we couldn’t afford… The persistent obstacles I faced have made my goals difficult to accomplish, but in the process, I have taken leadership in shaping my own life. I am capable of succeeding in the real world because I have learned that only I can make my life better, and I am fully prepared to do so.

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“Stephanie is an exceptional student and a rare human being who juggles family responsibilities with brilliant scholarship; who follows her spiritual and creative path and makes challenging decisions without shortchanging her dreams.” Teacher, Berkeley High School