Hailee Glandak-Cochran graduated from high school with a commitment to learning, but without the ability to afford college. She pursued her interests in volunteerism, sustainable food systems and community development, eventually founding Friends for Change, a trauma-informed after-school youth club, in her home community of Bellows Falls, VT, when the Boys and Girls Club closed their doors. She also found her way to Greenfield Community College (GCC).
Last year I received two scholarships that made it possible for me to succeed as a full-time student. The GCC community is so affirming. It makes you want to get out of bed and come to campus even on cold mornings. You know you are going to feel warm when you get here. Being acknowledged and receiving support at the Scholarship Awards Ceremony was like super sweet icing on the cake.
This scholarship support has allowed Hailee to attend GCC full-time while leading Friends of Change and pursuing other volunteer projects. She is a 4.0 student who has consistently made the President’s List and is a member of Thi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Her Environmental Science major is a strong foundation for a future career combining ecosystem science and community development.