As my time at The Pennsylvania State University came to a bittersweet end due to the COVID-19 pandemic this spring, I began reflecting on my journey to being the successful student I am today. Everything goes back to the opportunity given to me by La Salle Academy.
At a young age, I was told that high school is where the foundation is poured to become a man. I did not understand this at first, however, now that I have graduated from college, I see that all of my core values were in fact shaped in high school. These values include integrity, perseverance, hard work and faith.
Without the help of many donors just like yourself, I wouldn’t be the man I am today. I am now a Penn State graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. I remember when I first met my sponsors, Kevin & Kim Doyle (pictured here with me and my parents.) They just wanted to get to know me as a student and as a young man. I am happy that they have made such a strong impact on my life. To this day, when I need advice or someone to talk to, they are there for me. The Doyles have gone from being funders of my education, to being trusted friends. The contributions that help make the Christian Brothers education a reality to those who can’t afford it allow us to achieve things that only seemed like dreams at one point.
Please consider participating as a Lasallian Patron. Your gift will allow inner-city students like me achieve their own dreams. If you are interested in participating in this program, you can text LSAPATRON to 41444, click here, or contact Ms. Ismini Scouras, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, at 212-475-8940 ext. 204 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for making my dream a reality.
Luis Tejeda ’16