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Dreaming Big with a Blog

Shaun Devlin, a member of Washington and Lee’s Class of 2014, is one of 10 first-year students from around the country selected by the Center for Student Opportunity (CSO) to share their college experiences through an online diary. With her selection as a blogger, Shaun receives a CSO Opportunity Scholarship of $1,000 a year for four years.

Like the other nine students blogging for CSO, Shaun is the first in her family to attend college. She is from Plano, Texas, and graduated from the Culver Academies in Indiana.

Shaun, who plans to major in politics and Spanish, writes in the introduction to her blog that “I have never had the full financial or emotional support of my family. It’s a difficult realization that those who are closest to you are unable or unwilling to help you achieve your dreams. I hope that in attaining the CSO Opportunity Scholarship, I can set an example that, with determination and positive thinking, it is always possible to beat the odds and prove yourself successful in the path YOU choose.”

“Shaun is a shining example of how to turn college dreams into reality,” said Matt Rubinoff, CSO’s executive director. “We hope that this blog helps the hundreds of thousands of under-served, low-income students understand that the opportunity for college is within reach.”

You can follow Shaun’s blog here.