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Lebanon Students Receive Gift of Education

Miguel and Yan Rosario are students at Lebanon Valley College

Miguel Rosario ’23, M’24 was a student at Lebanon Middle School when he was selected to participate in the Lebanon Valley Educational Partnership (LVEP), a program between LVC and the Lebanon School District. Six years later, he’s enrolled in college—something that had previously seemed scary and impossible—and on his way to a master’s degree.

Through LVEP, students from the Lebanon School District who are doing well academically, but have financial or other circumstances that may prevent them from attending college, are connected with current LVC students who serve as mentors through their high school years. The students attend various events on LVC’s campus and in the local community and talk about life success and college preparation. Students who complete the program and meet LVC’s admission criteria attend the College nearly tuition-free.

“The program made a huge impact on me,” said Rosario. “I have incorporated many of the lessons and skills they taught us into my life. One that resonated with me most was time management. They showed me how to balance everything in my life without being overwhelmed. I honestly feel that knowing how to manage my time was such an important part for me to get my work done well and on time, especially with working almost every day.” 

Rosario will start his second year at LVC as a student in the Master’s of Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) Program. He spent two years passing trays and helping patients with their meals at WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital, which sparked an interest in the medical field. When he attended an LVC admission event, he headed right toward the health professions programs. Dr. Michelle Scesa, chair and professor of speech-language pathology, convinced him on the spot to join the major.

“In just my first year, I’ve made great connections on campus, especially with the SLP staff. They help me with any questions I have and are always super friendly,” said Rosario, who would like to be a speech-language pathologist at a school eventually.

Along with academics, Rosario is also finding his place among campus organizations. He joined Latin X, a student group that raises awareness of issues affecting the Latino and Hispanic population and organizes campus activities. He also attended events through the College’s Multicultural Fellowship Program.

“I liked that there were many groups and clubs that stand for something and make everyone feel welcome,” said Rosario. “They just accepted everybody no matter their skin color and made us all feel like one at LVC.”

This fall, Rosario’s younger brother, Yan, will join him at LVC, and he’s excited to share lessons learned from his first year. He also looks forward to them tackling their college experience together—something only made possible through LVEP.

“This program and everyone who supports it is a big reason why people like me can even think of going to college. It gives me a lot of motivation to keep trying to work and reach my dreams. I want to say thank you very much to all the donors!” 

 

Editor's Note: One way you can support LVEP is through the upcoming golf tournament on Saturday, August 8.