EPIC’s National Real Estate Practice has partnered with Mercy Housing to award 12 residents with the Mercy Housing EPIC Educational Support Grant! Luz is an awardee with a profound sense of determination. She kept pursuing her dreams despite many hurdles. Luz and the other awardees were chosen due to their clear career goals and exceptional commitment to higher education. They received $2,000 each to ease the financial burden of continuing their education post high school.
Excerpt from Luz’s winning essay:
“I’ve faced many obstacles that changed my life in drastic ways. I would not have been able to get where I am today without a stable place to live. Mercy Housing has given me permanency and the hope to finish my education without being on the street. I experienced homelessness for almost two years after leaving the foster care system. Now, I have a place that I can call home, and a place where I can focus and do my homework.”
“As a low-income immigrant, first-generation college student, I know the needs of my community and wish to do my part to assist and empower the next generation. My plan after graduation is to find a job in social work and/or criminal justice, advocating for disadvantaged youth.”