Student Spotlight - Lea Sandoval
Lea Sandoval (IP Class of 2014) graduated from TCU in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Education (Middle School Math) and received her Masters of Education (Higher Education) from the Simmons School of Education and Human Development at SMU in 2020.
Sandoval, a Salvadoran citizen, immigrated to the U.S. with her family at the age of six due to violence and financial instability in her home country. As a DACA recipient (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), Sandoval was able to attend school in the U.S. and later received an institutional scholarship at TCU. She currently works as a College and Career Advisor with KIPP Forward, a nonprofit with a vision that “every child grows up free to create the future they want for themselves and their communities.”
“Given my DACA status, there were many times I felt discouraged in applying to scholarships during my senior year of high school because almost all eligibility requirements said ‘Must be U.S. Permanent Resident or a U.S. citizen,’” said Sandoval. “It was definitely a huge sigh of relief when I read through your scholarship guidelines and realized that would not be a barrier in my Impossible Possibilities application. God bless the work that your team does!”