Madera South graduate Karina Arvizu, 20, says earning Planned Parenthood’s Morgan Scholarship two years in a row helped jumpstart her higher education. She just finished her junior year at Fresno State University, where she is studying child development.
Arvizu gave birth to her son, Julian, who will turn four in July, while she was in high school. She joined Planned Parenthood’s Teen Success program and attended weekly meetings that showed her how to set and reach her goals and make good decisions.
“The Morgan Scholarship helped me go to Fresno State,” she said. “I didn’t have a job at the time, but I didn’t qualify for financial aid so the only financial support I had to go to college was from scholarships. The amount of the Morgan Scholarship was one of the biggest — it was $2,000 each year. By the time both of those years were up, I had gotten a job and now I can pay my tuition.”
Arvizu hopes to go into social work after obtaining her degree in three more semesters. She said her GPA is decent, but could be better...