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Hi, my name is Najat Omer and I'm just one of many scholarship recipients whose lives have been touched by your generosity.

Growing up, I didn't know anyone who had applied to college. Although I was very involved in high school, I thought that attending community college was as far as I could go. It was what my family could afford. I was almost a victim of limiting myself.

That changed my senior year, when many of my friends encouraged me to apply to a university in the state, at least.

I applied, and was accepted, to ASU. Knowing there would be no way for me to go unless I got scholarships, I took on a heavy scholarship search, applying to 40 scholarships. My parents didn't even know I was applying. They are two hard-working people but they can't afford to pay for college. I didn't want them to be disappointed if it didn't happen.

I heard from the Sun Devil Family Association last and expected another rejection. Instead, they asked me for an interview. It was my last chance. When I got to the interview, I saw parents sitting across from me, just like you. They were so welcoming. I walked out of there amazed at the experience.

Being awarded that scholarship sealed my fate. I'm happy to say that was the first of many doors opened to me. I'm now a junior, majoring in English. I maintain a 3.9 cumulative GPA and have gotten two successful internships, one with College Affair magazine and one with the Arizona Republic. The family association has embraced me and encouraged me to become involved.

Imagine how this has changed my opinion of myself. And how proud my parents are that, not only is their daughter at ASU, she's excelling and embraced by the university and the family association.

It also has changed the way we think of ourselves. My 14-year-old brother says he's going to be a CEO one day. I have nieces and a nephew who I'm going to make sure apply to college and know they can make it through.

If I didn't have this scholarship, I would not be here today. It is such a relief to my parents that, in tough times, when it feels like it is closing in on all sides, paying for college is a huge burden that we don't have to worry about.

The generosity of ASU parents has paid off on so many levels. Thank you for opening your hearts to me and giving me a whole new way of thinking, a whole new life.

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