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Dear Friends,

It is with immense pride and gratitude that I reflect upon how far we have come in our mission to support first-generation college students. As the Executive Director of Mission Scholars, I am honored to lead such a dedicated team, and to be part of a community that believes in the transformative power of education.

First-generation college applicants face unique challenges and obstacles on their journey to higher education. They are the trailblazers in their families, navigating terrain that is both unfamiliar and daunting, and where even a single misstep can severely alter the course of their future.

That’s why our work is vital. By providing guidance, resources, and support, we help our students turn obstacles into stepping stones. Our mission is driven by the belief that every student, regardless of background, deserves the opportunity to earn an affordable college education.

I am continually inspired by our Scholars, and I am honored to be a part of their journeys. Each year, Mission Scholars’ staff and volunteers witness remarkable transformations as our Scholars hone their many talents and achieve academic success. These success stories reaffirm our belief in the power of education to change lives.

As we look ahead to the coming year, we remain committed to expanding our reach and impact. We are exploring new partnerships, enhancing our programs, and seeking innovative ways to better serve our Scholars. We cannot do this without your continued support.

Whether through your time, advocacy, or financial contributions, we are keenly aware that you are a critical part of our success, and a critical component of the many stirring triumphs our students have experienced over the last four years. Thank you so much for your unwavering dedication to our organization, and to our Scholars.

Cassie Lancaster