Grevelin Uleno | Photo: Andrew Shipley
SEO (Sponsors for Educational Opportunity)
SEO Scholars is a free, eight-year program that successfully educates and mentors underserved public high school students to and through college, setting the standard for academics, mentorship, community, positive peer pressure, and a powerful, lifelong network — and boasting a phenomenal 90% college graduation rate. (New York, New York)
I was born and raised in the Bronx. I’m the first person in my family to be born here in the States. Also I was the first person in my family to go away for college. I’m getting my PhD because I want to be able to give back in ways that are important to me. A big part of my success started at a program called SEO in downtown Manhattan. SEO not only pushed me to apply to Bucknell but they also were able to financially support me. Right now I’m getting my MA/PhD in clinical psychology because I really want to focus on mental health disparities within marginalized communities. I can’t say that I’d be who I am without the Kravises and without SEO. All of those sacrifices that I had made were worth it.
Grevelin Uleno, Graduate Student, DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois