Achieving the Dream Awards Prestigious Harvey Lincoln Scholarship to Two Students

Silver Spring, MD (May 18, 2020) – Two students dedicated to serving their communities were recognized for their achievements and drive with an award from Achieving the Dream (ATD). The third annual Harvey Lincoln Scholarship was awarded to Rachel Matt, of Salish Kootenai College (MT), and Timothy Maldonado, of West Hills College Lemoore (CA). Each student will receive a $1,000 award to apply to any cost related to attending college, including tuition, fees, books, supplies, or living expenses.

A cellular biology major in Salish Kootenai College’s Life Science program, Rachel Matt is a proud member of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes on the Flathead reservation in Montana. After working and raising her children for nearly 20 years, Rachel felt called to serve her community’s rampant health disparities, and she enrolled at Salish Kootenai College. This summer, she will participate in a 10-week external research internship at the University of Montana, with a goal of attending graduate school. Eventually, Rachel plans to pursue a Ph.D. in the biomedical field and hopes to serve as a role model for her family and other indigenous women.

Timothy Maldonado is driven by a passion to be an advocate for those without a voice. As a teenager and young adult, Timothy’s life was gang-centered and he found himself in and out of incarceration. During his last incarceration, he participated in a substance abuse program that addressed his addiction and anger issues, sparking an interest in becoming an addiction counselor. As a sociology major with a 3.66 GPA, Timothy is a leader in various student organizations at West Hills College Lemoore, include the Male Initiative, which advocates for enhanced supports for men of color. Outside of school, he maintains focus on his goal of becoming an addiction counselor by serving as a volunteer facilitator of a substance abuse class at a local church.

“Rachel and Timothy embody the promise of community college education. They’ve each chosen to pursue their degrees based upon life experiences, and in their respective institutions they’ve found the support and community they need to help them succeed,” said ATD Senior Vice President Carol Lincoln. 

ATD President and CEO Dr. Karen A. Stout said, “Many of the students in ATD Network colleges have powerful stories of overcoming difficult obstacles to pursue their goals, and Harvey Lincoln recognized the promise that community colleges hold in helping lift their students. I’m proud to recognize Rachel and Timothy through this Scholarship Fund, and look forward to the positive impact they’ll continue to make in their communities.”

Timothy received the Harvey Lincoln Scholarship at West Hills’ Virtual Awards Ceremony on May 15, and Rachel will officially receive her award at a Virtual Commencement Ceremony that Salish Kootenai is planning for later in June.”

The Harvey Lincoln Scholarship honors the late husband of ATD Senior Vice President, Carol Lincoln. Mr. Lincoln was a strong advocate for low-income students and students of color. Created by Achieving the Dream in 2017, the scholarship provides financial support for students at ATD Network institutions who have persisted in their studies despite educational, personal, or financial obstacles. Students must be nominated by staff, faculty, or administrators from their college.

Achieving the Dream (ATD) leads a growing network of more than 277 community colleges committed to helping their students, particularly low-income students and students of color, achieve their goals for academic success, personal growth, and economic opportunity. ATD is making progress in closing academic achievement gaps and accelerating student success through a unique change process that builds each college’s institutional capacities in seven essential areas. ATD, along with nearly 75 experienced coaches and advisors, works closely with Network colleges in 44 states and the District of Columbia to reach more than 4 million community college students. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Wakelet.

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