Marissa attended community college before transferring to UCSB to major in sociology. Starting out at a community college helped her to save money so that she could help support her family during troubled times while her mother battled breast cancer. She worked, ran track, and helped take care of her family throughout her time in college but never lost sight of her goals. She is currently attending Antioch for a graduate degree in clinical psychology with a focus on Latino health.
She says: “As donors, YOU are the key to our success; and it is you that helps students know that getting a college degree is possible. On behalf of all of the Alumni from the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara, thank you so much for investing in us. We are profoundly grateful.”