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Damaris Sanchez

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Damaris Sanchez

A first-generation American who did not speak English until she attended school, Damaris is the first in her family to attend college - a dream she did not pursue until her two children were in high school.

After earning an associate's degree from Cuyahoga Community College, she transferred to CSU and is majoring in early childhood education with the goal of becoming a teacher in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

Damaris holds CSU's Radiance Scholarship, as well as awards from the College of Education and Human Services. She is involved in community volunteer opportunities through CSU's TRIO program and will graduate in May 2015.

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Tyler Westfall

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Tyler Westfall

Tyler is proud to be the first recipient of the Glasscock Family Foundation Scholarship, funded by CSU alumni Lee and Larry Glasscock and their family. A product of Cleveland's Slavic Village and St. Ignatius High School, he is majoring in business administration with the goal of attending law school and becoming a corporate lawyer.

When he's not hitting the books, Tyler participates in the business mentoring program and the baseball club. He will graduate in May 2018 and knows his future is bright because of his CSU education and engaged learning experience.

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Samuel Sonya

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Samuel Sonya

Growing up Nigeria, Sam dreamed of coming to the United States for college. In 2012, his dream came true when he was accepted to CSU's Washkewicz College of Engineering. He packed his bags, said good-bye to his family and headed to a country he did not know to major in chemical engineering.

Scholarships from the Washkewicz College of Engineering, the LINK program and the Career Success Network enabled Sam to get fully immersed in campus life. He has been a Student Government Association senator, a Presidential Student Ambassador, and a Student Alumni Association board member, and is currently president of the National Society of Black Engineers. He will graduate in May 2017 and hopes to pursue a master's degree.

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