Twin sisters Daryana and Dayana Blanco spend a lot of time in the Scholars of Promise office and study lounge on the first floor at the Truax main building. Words of encouragement and inspiration decorate the walls. There are computers and a space for relaxing or chatting with friends.
“It is a good place to study. I come here when I need to focus,” said Dayana. Her sister works in the office as a student helper. In that role, Daryana makes phone calls, assembles newsletters and flyers and performs data tracking. She describes the space as “homey.”
The Blanco sisters are entering their second year as Scholars of Promise. Their mother learned about the program and urged them to apply when they were seniors at Memorial High School.
Dayana appreciated the Learning to Learn camp they attended before classes began last year. She got a small taste of college, made new friends and got to know Madison College instructors and staff. The camp teaches students how to manage their time, take notes and prepare for tests.
Daryana intends to earn a Dental Hygiene degree. Dayana is a Liberal Arts Transfer student and doesn’t know yet what career she wants to pursue. Both are grateful for the financial assistance and advising service provided to Scholars of Promise.