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Get to know some of the extraordinary students in the ACES program. These scholars are just a few of the 2,500 ACES students pursuing the dream of earning a bachelor’s degree. Read the profiles below to learn more about them and their experiences as they journey through the ACES program.

Tasneem Islam

Tasneem Islam, University of MD College Park, Public Health Science

I am a first-generation college student in the Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success (ACES) program. ACES has helped guide me through my educational pathway. I started at Einstein High School and then went to Montgomery College (MC). While at MC I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. Upon…

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Mirna Guandique Alvarez

Mirna Guandique Alvarez, Montgomery College, Elementary Education

Thank you for giving me this opportunity to fulfill my dream of becoming a teacher. I say opportunity because with this scholarship I won't have to worry about finding money for my tuition or books for this semester. I am the first person to go to college in my family.…

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Jorge-Torres

Jorge Torres, University of MD College Park at USG, Biological Sciences

Throughout my high school career, I knew college was the right decision. However, my parents knew very little about this country’s college education system. My high school counselor recommended that I apply for the Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success (ACES) program to help prepare for college. ACES has made it…

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Wendy Mejia

Wendy Mejia Aguilar, Montgomery College, Business Administration

Coming to this country when you are 16 years old with a single mother and a little sister is not easy. In the beginning, it was very difficult for me. There was a point where I felt disoriented about what I had to do, where I had to go, or…

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