“I have always had an interest regarding the intersection of public education and ethnic studies, and the financial support provided by Astin Community Scholars allowed me to focus on my education as my financial burdens were heavily lifted through this opportunity. In addition, I was also able to receive critical training from community mentors and professors in the program which I will always hold as invaluable to my education. Because of the Astin Community Scholars program, I was able to build meaningful relationships with my cohort as well as community members in Los Angeles, and it would have not been possible if not for your support in my education through this scholarship.” -Kelly Zhao, Astin Community Engaged Scholars