Karina Alcantara

Hometown and State: Portland, OR
School or University Name: Linfield University
Major: Law, Rights, and Justice
Minor: Sociology

Why was this E3 matching funding meaningful to you?

The E3 program is meaningful to me because it allowed me to continue my education without having to worry about the financial obstacles that could've prevented me from my studies. I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to focus on my education without stressing about the financial aspect. Thank you to everyone who made the E3 matching funding program possible!

What has the E3 program taught you about saving and investing?

The E3 program has shown me the importance of taking care of credit and building a healthy credit score in order to make significant purchases in the future.

To what extent has your participation in the E3 Matched College Savings Program influenced your decision to continue enrollment at your college?

The E3 program was the main reason I was able to continue my enrollment at Linfield University.

Why did you choose your college and major?

My focus on law, rights, and justice will equip me with the skills to succeed when I attend law school and help me lead and serve my community in the future. I want to help the undocumented and refugee community in Oregon through legal services.

After graduation, I plan to…

After graduation I plan to take a gap year to gain professional experience and to study for the law school admissions test.

This year I had the privilege to attend the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute Conference in Chicago, Illinois. I learned from and heard stories of other Latinx and Hispanic leaders in their careers from policy makers to educators. This opportunity not only allowed me to envision myself as a presenter for the USHLI Conference one day, but it also allowed me to visit a new place that I can envision myself attending law school.

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Sierra Burton

Hometown and State: Sunnyvale, CA
School or University Name: Lewis & Clark College
Major: Political Science

Why was this E3 matching funding meaningful to you?

Thank you so much to the donors that make the E3 program possible. Without you, I would have not been able to study abroad my last semester of college in Italy, which helped me decide to attend graduate school overseas in the fall.

What has the E3 program taught you about saving and investing?

It taught me that you never know when an unexpected bill or emergency may arise, which you must account for. Financial independence and stability begin with holding oneself accountable to put away money and not touch it.

Why did you choose your college and major?

I chose Lewis & Clark because it offered me the opportunity to achieve higher education with the financial support of multiple scholarships. I knew several people that attended this school and really liked it, so I decided that it would be a great fit. As for my decision to be a political science major, I am deeply invested in issues and organizations that concern social justice. It was important to me that I pursue a degree in a field where I could make an impact in my future career, attempting to better the lives of marginalized communities.

After graduation, I plan to…

Attend graduate school overseas in Paris for an M.A. in Global Communications.

Pictured in this photo is Sierra Burton who is a recent graduate of Lewis & Clark College, at their Italian graduation ceremony wearing a traditional laurel wreath.

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Christian Dressel

Hometown and State: Sandpoint, ID
School or University Name: Warner Pacific University
Major: Kinesiology

Why was this E3 matching funding meaningful to you?

I don't have a steady job since I am in school. E3 is a wonderful way to learn about saving and to learn about practical everyday things I need to know for real life that are not taught in school.

What has the E3 program taught you about saving and investing?

I will come out ahead by managing my money, saving, knowing where my money goes, being smart with my money by investing to grow it, and eventually being able to retire someday and actually having something to show for my lifetime of working.

To what extent has your participation in the E3 Matched College Savings Program influenced your decision to continue enrollment at your college?

It has given me the incentive to keep saving and learning. I am grateful that someone is out there who helped me financially when I would have had trouble doing it on my own.

Why did you choose your college and major?

I love helping people. I play soccer and have been injured. I want to help people with injuries to get better because I have been there.

After graduation, I plan to…

Get my DPT for physical therapy.

Warner Pacific Soccer 2023

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Teresa Jurado Flores

Hometown and State: Portland, OR
School or University Name: Warner Pacific University
Major: Early childhood education

Why was this E3 matching funding meaningful to you?

The E3 matching funding was meaningful to me because I could pursue my desired degree with less stress about paying for my tuition. Thank you so much for this fantastic opportunity!

What has the E3 program taught you about saving and investing?

The E3 program taught me that saving and investing are beneficial and crucial to maintaining economic stability. I don't have to be stressed about money if I use it wisely by saving it or spending it on things that matter, like tuition.

To what extent has your participation in the E3 Matched College Savings Program influenced your decision to continue enrollment at your college?

When I knew that the E3 program was an option for me, I had to keep going to school because I had help to pay most of my tuition. This program pushed me to keep attending.

Why did you choose your college and major?

I want to become a teacher to inspire students to enjoy school and be successful.

After graduation, I plan to…

I plan to pursue a master's in education or work at an elementary school.

This is me in front of Gray Hall, one of my school’s buildings.

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Olivia Maldonado Avila

Hometown and State: Hillsboro, Oregon
School or University Name: Linfield University
Major: Biology
Minor: Wine Studies

Why was this E3 matching funding meaningful to you?

Thank you for this E3 matching funding! With your generosity, it would not have been possible for me to accomplish my education and thrive in school. I appreciate it so much!

What has the E3 program taught you about saving and investing?

The E3 program taught a lot about how to manage my income and save strategically. I have not made a big investment yet, but I have a better idea and more knowledge now for when I am ready to buy a car or house.

Why did you choose your college and major?

I chose Linfield because it was a small university where I was going to have the opportunity to have more 1-on-1 time with my professors and build deeper connections. I chose to study biology because I thought it would be a good way to prepare myself for medical school.

To what extent has your participation in the E3 Matched College Savings Program influenced your decision to continue enrollment at your college?

Without the E3 Matched College Saving Program, I do not think any of this would have been possible. My family lives in Mexico, and I am here on my own. The E3 program helped me to keep pushing forward and supported me financially when I thought there was no avenue to graduation. I am super thankful for this opportunity.

After graduation, I plan to…

After graduation, I plan to apply to medical school in Oregon and become a doctor.

Olivia Maldonado’s Last First Day at Linfield University  

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Yeidi Michelle Ramos Mendoza

Hometown and State: Umatilla, Oregon
School or University Name: University of Portland
Major: Biology
Minors: Chemistry, Spanish, Theology

Why was this E3 matching funding meaningful to you?

I want to thank the all the donors that have made the E3 program possible. The E3 matching funding allowed me to feel like I was earning my funds, as I learned to save. The funds that the program provided allowed me to afford to attend my dream college here in Oregon. As a first-generation student, navigating college was scary and intimidating, and the idea of figuring out my finances on my own was overwhelming. I didn't want to burden my parents, especially as my mom already did her best to keep our family afloat. I was determined to figure it out all on my own, but fortunately I didn't have to. I am grateful for Russell Seidelman, my freshman year financial aid advisor who patiently explained my award letter to me and introduced me to the E3 program. I am grateful for Hector Martinez, who kept me on track to complete the program. Lastly, I am grateful for all the donors who made this program possible. This scholarship allowed me to focus on my classes without working crazy hours. I graduated college this past spring with very little debt, which I am currently making early payments on. Thank you so much for helping me graduate college! I am one step closer to achieving my goal of becoming a doctor.

What has the E3 program taught you about saving and investing?

The most important thing that the E3 program did for me was turn me into a financially confident person. With regards to savings, I now understand how important they are and how easy it can be to save. There are so many unexpected events in life, and having savings helps ease the stress during those times. I feel happier knowing I have money saved up which I can use for graduate school in the future. The other thing is that I had the misconception that investing was only for rich people. Now I understand that there's many different types of investing, and that doing so pays off in time.

To what extent has your participation in the E3 Matched College Savings Program influenced your decision to continue enrollment at your college?

I am not someone who really considers the possibility of giving up, but not having the support of the E3 program would've made it a lot of more challenging to stay in school. At least, I would've had to work more to afford college and that would've prevented me from doing things like studying abroad or being as involved as I was on campus. Maybe I would have struggled academically, too. I believe that everything is connected, so my experience would've been very different.

Why did you choose your college and major?

I knew that I wanted to stay in Oregon to be close to my family. The University of Portland was a school I didn't know much about, but when I visited, I immediately fell in love. I was so excited! The campus was beautiful but what stood out the most was the sense of community I immediately got from everyone there. Everyone was working together to make sure all the prospective students felt welcomed, and everyone was so kind. I also heard that they had an excellent pre-medicine program, small-class sizes, and multiple opportunities to get involved. With regards to my major, biology seemed like the best path to complete my pre-medicine requirements.

After graduation, I plan to…

Now that I have graduated, I am actively searching for a job opportunity as I study for the MCAT and prepare my medical school application. I want to be a pediatrician in the future and work with kids. I hope to pay everything I received forward by delivering excellent, holistic care, as a bilingual and culturally competent doctor.

Here is a picture of me about to walk the stage at graduation!

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Adrianna Rusk

Hometown and State: Eugene, OR
School or University Name: Bushnell University
Major: Psychology
Minor: Theology

Why was this E3 matching funding meaningful to you?

This funding helped provide me with the opportunity to stay in school and set up financial success for my family. Thank you for helping me with my schooling so that I may help my family!

What has the E3 program taught you about saving and investing?

This program has taught me about SMART goals and how to budget appropriately. I have learned what different types of accounts there are and the pros and cons of each option.

To what extent has your participation in the E3 Matched College Savings Program influenced your decision to continue enrollment at your college?

My participation in this program lifted a lot of stress off my shoulders so that I am able to focus on my schooling instead of stressing about finances.

Why did you choose your college and major?

I chose this college based on the community here. Everyone is so on fire for God and inspires me to be a better follower of Christ!

After graduation, I plan to…

Use my education to help in a counseling center or move forward with more education.

This is a photo from my graduation session!

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Qilin Xie

Hometown and State: Portland, OR
School or University Name: Willamette University
Major: Philosophy and Global Cultural Studies

Why was this E3 matching funding meaningful to you?

Thank you so much for your support! E3 is a meaningful program to me because the funds help me pay for my tuition and fees. I can dedicate more time to study and focus on my career goals.

To what extent has your participation in the E3 Matched College Savings Program influenced your decision to continue enrollment at your college?

Knowing that there are people that care and believe in my education makes me feel like I am not alone in my journey of pursuing higher education.

Why did you choose your college and major?

I chose to double major in philosophy and global cultural studies because of my passion for learning cultures, history, and languages. Throughout my study, I have developed skills in close reading, critical analysis, and original thinking, with an emphasis on promoting a cross-cultural understanding that will help me in any related fields.

After graduation, I plan to…

take some time to consider what career I want to pursue.

My professional headshot.

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Bryana Yoshida

Hometown and State: Maui, Hawaii
School or University Name: Bushnell University
Major: Interdisciplinary studies

Why was this E3 matching funding meaningful to you?

E3 funding was very meaningful to me because it helped me financially with paying for my tuition for college. I am very thankful for the organizations and people who were involved in helping me with paying my tuition for my education.

What has the E3 program taught you about saving and investing?

E3 program taught me a lot about saving and investing. It has taught me about the benefits of investing in credit and what it can do to help benefit you in the long run. To save money a little at a time and at the end it will be worth the time and investment. I’m also better equipped to know when the right time is to get a credit card or a loan.

To what extent has your participation in the E3 Matched College Savings Program influenced your decision to continue enrollment at your college?

I was in my junior year of college. I wasn’t awarded as many scholarships or grants s I needed to attend. I was going to be in debt, especially with attending a private school. This program has helped me financially become more successful by continuing my education and is why I was able to continue and graduate from college.

Why did you choose your college and major?

At first, I chose Bushnell University because of its softball program. And as I continued to attend the college, I fell in love with its programs and religion goals.

After graduation, I plan to…

Continue my education and earn my PhD in physical therapy.

Bushnell University graduation, May 2023

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