LiFT Sophomores

These students began the program in the Fall of 2018.

Abril Zaragoza-Palos
Abril Zaragoza

  • Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Why I became a LiFT Scholar: To help financially and be in a community with my friends.
  • How the LiFT Scholars Program has impacted me: It has provided me with a close group of people I can rely on and showed me the many forms of support available to succeed in college.

Carlos Banuelos
Carlos Banuelos

  • Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Why I became a LiFT Scholar: I saw this as a great opportunity to pursue a career in technology as the program connected me with others in my major, provided me with numerous resources to help me get through college, and could help me gain connections to future jobs in the technology field.
  • How the LiFT Scholars Program has impacted me: The LiFT Scholars Program helped connect me to opportunities and helped me barely pay anything for my first year of college. LiFT also helped me to make some great friends I wouldn't have made otherwise.

Chris Valdez
Chris Valdez

  • Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Why I became a LiFT Scholar: The amount of resources and financial aid that was provided.
  • How the LiFT Scholars Program has impacted me: I have been able to develop relationships with people in my field of study through LiFT.

Daya Collins
Daya Collins

  • Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Why I became a LiFT Scholar: I became a LiFT scholar to be a part of something beyond myself, allowing me to learn and grow!
  • How the LiFT Scholars Program has impacted me: LiFT has allowed me to engage in amazing opportunities and helped me figure out what I should specialize in.

Isabel Lopez
Isabel Lopez

  • Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Why I became a LiFT Scholar: To become a part of a community that will help me achieve my goals.
  • How the LiFT Scholars Program has impacted me: The LiFT Scholars Program has given me so much love and support I didn't know you could get from a program.

James Myers
James Myers

  • Hometown: Muncie, Indiana
  • Why I became a LiFT Scholar: I wanted to be in a social environment with like-minded people.
  • How the LiFT Scholars Program has impacted me: I'm not very good at making friends, but through LiFT I've been able to reach out more to people.

Jasmin Hernandez
Jasmin Hernandez

  • Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Why I became a LiFT Scholar: I was in the iDEW program in high school and this is where I learned about Informatics. I ended up becoming a LiFT scholar after learning they provided funding, as well as lot of support for students interested in Informatics.
  • How the LiFT Scholars Program has impacted me: I have made a lot of good friends through LiFT and had a really fun and easy freshman year. The transition from high school and living at home to college and living with a roommate was easy because I was surrounded by good friends and mentors. I also always had someone to talk to when I had questions (Molly, LiFT Program Manager), which I really appreciated. Before I started school last year, I had a hard time with financial aid verification and she made sure to answer all my questions or direct me to the right person.

Joshua Rice
Joshua Rice

  • Hometown: Greenwood, Indiana
  • Why I became a LiFT Scholar: To further my interest in computers and in general the tech industry.
  • How the LiFT Scholars Program has impacted me: The LiFT Scholars Program helped me financially through my first year of college and also the upcoming years. I also have met students who are interested in the same subject as me.

Julie Tadrous
Julie Tadrous

  • Hometown: Fishers, Indiana
  • Why I became a LiFT Scholar: I became a LiFT scholar because Molly Morin and the other recruiters/mentors were very welcoming, and displayed their enthusiasm for the program and all the benefits. I knew that I would gain not only financial support as an underrepresented minority student, but also form strong relationships with the community of LiFT scholars and mentors that would ultimately lead to my success in the future.
  • How the LiFT Scholars Program has impacted me: The LiFT Scholars Program has impacted me by opening my eyes to the many educational and work opportunities I have in the city through various career fairs, company visits, and training. This program has also contributed to my success by providing me with exceptional mentors who I can lean on whenever I have questions, and peers I can count on to help me through our college courses.

Justin Rice
Justin Rice

  • Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Why I became a LiFT Scholar: I became a LiFT scholar for the financial help and access to a community of people in my major.
  • How the LiFT Scholars Program has impacted me: The LiFT Scholars Program has allowed me to make friends with people pursuing the same major as me and given me a community to communicate with.

Maimouna Diallo
Maimouna_Diallo

  • Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Why I became a LiFT Scholar: I became a LiFT scholar for the opportunity to be introduced to a great community of students and different companies that can open my mind to the possibility of different things.
  • How the LiFT Scholars Program has impacted me: The LiFT Scholars Program has impacted me in a big way by showing me a wide range of specialization I might be interested in by going to the industry trips we have taken so far. I have learned a lot from them.

Miguel Olivares
Miguel Olivares

  • Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Why I became a LiFT Scholar: Because I wanted to go into the informatics field and needed money
  • How the LiFT Scholars Program has impacted me: The LiFT Scholars Program has providing me the funds necessary to be able to go to school and study.

Rebekah Holcomb
Rebecca Holcomb

  • Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Why I became a LiFT Scholar: It was an opportunity I didn’t want to pass up!
  • How the LiFT Scholars Program has impacted me: It gave me a community I felt like I belonged to.

Israel Sookdeo (Benson Obama)
Ricardo Sookdeo

  • Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana

Ryan Deal
Ryan Deal

  • Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Why I became a LiFT Scholar: When I was a senior in high school, I found out about the LiFT Scholars Program through Dr. Morin visiting my school and making a presentation in my classroom. I saw LiFT as not only something to help me with financial stress during college, but as a way to help me get through college through the support network that being in the program provides.
  • How the LiFT Scholars Program has impacted me: The LiFT Scholars Program helped me get through the first year of college when I may not have been able to alone. The program allowed me to make friends that I otherwise may not have talked to which helped me through classes when I needed it and through struggles outside of the classroom.

Taniah Hamilton
Taniah Hamilton

  • Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Why I became a LiFT Scholar: To set me on a career path that will allow me to design mobility technology (prosthetic limbs, etc.) and help make the world more accessible for disabled people.
  • How the LiFT Scholars Program has impacted me: LIFT has helped me stay motivated to follow my career goals. Also, the people in LiFT has made me feel like I am not alone in my college journey so far.

Taylor Young
Taylor Young

  • Hometown: Beech Grove, Indiana
  • Why I became a LiFT Scholar: To give myself a community at IUPUI. It is so nice to know people on campus even though I commute to campus.
  • How the LiFT Scholars Program has impacted me: Knowing all of these kids and getting the opportunities I have gotten are priceless for my future.