Allie Lopez knew she was interested in college from a young age, learning about computer programming from her dad.

“My dad got me into technology and always wanted to be a computer programmer,” she said. “I tried it and ended up really enjoying it, so I planned to make it my career, but first I needed to find a college.”

Now in her sophomore year at The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Lopez is studying computer science and data analytics. “I love my experience and am extremely grateful to receive the Access and Equity Scholarship that is making everything a reality for me,” she said.

Like many students, Lopez was concerned about college affordability and a new environment. “When it came time to decide on where to attend, I based my decision off of scholarships and the overall community,” she said. “I contacted professors before I arrived on campus to make connections, I really loved the people and the environment.”

When Lopez is not in class, she is working in the admissions office doing data entry or working as a teacher assistant. Lopez is also involved in the technology and innovation club, in addition to the Latinx club on campus.

Lopez credits her success to financial aid like the Access and Equity Scholarship, along with faculty and staff from St. Scholastica. “My scholarships allow me to be involved in the community and take advantage of all the different resources and support systems in place to help me succeed,” Lopez said.