Orphaned by his mother's death at the age of five, and abandoned by his father years earlier, Isaac counts his grandmother as his personal angel. Though elderly and truly lacking the resources to raise Isaac, she took him in when
And succeed he did. Beyond graduating 3rd in his class of
As a junior at University of Wisconsin at Madison Isaac has risen as a college leader, serving as an admissions volunteer, participating in student government, and volunteering in
Isaac also created, from start to finish, a College Boot Camp for 8th graders – inspiring them to believe that higher education is possible from an early age. During the summer, Isaac taught students at his former middle school the fundamentals of college, the admissions process, financial aid, and scholarships.
Isaac developed the entire program because he thought that, "To see students with great academic potential give up because of a lack of information is one of society's saddest and most preventable injustices. Students who are motivated and willing to put in all the hard work to achieve their goals should not have additional obstacles holding them back. They should not give up their dreams just because they do not have the knowledge they need to get into college."
He received funding and coaching through the Greenhouse Scholars Independent Grant program for this initiative and Isaac is now encouraging other Greenhouse Scholars to scale the program in their own communities next summer.
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