Our Voices

Hear directly from Scholars and Alumni about their experience with New Futures.


“I am finally achieving my lifelong dream of becoming a nurse. With my New Futures scholarship, my home health aide salary, and some savings, I’ve been able to enroll in Prince George’s Community College to obtain my Associate in Nursing, and I expect to earn straight As. I can’t accept less. I want to do the best I can, and will push through it however I can, and I know New Futures will be with me every step of the way.”

Ana earned a Nursing Assistant license from the American Red Cross and is now a Second-Time Scholar pursuing an Associate in Nursing at Prince George’s Community College


“New Futures got me through the impossible, and now I’m growing into the person I’ve dreamed of becoming. They gave me the tools I needed to complete my associate degree, connected me with the right advisors and resources, introduced me to professionals and companies related to my field, advised me on my business portfolio, and are helping me pay for my bachelor’s degree. The whole New Futures team is willing to go above and beyond to help all of us become successful.”

Rohan earned an Associate of Science in Cybersecurity and is now a Second-Time Scholar pursuing a Bachelors in Cybersecurity at the University of Maryland University College


“New Futures helps us achieve our goals and dreams.  I can go to my Advisors for support for anything, and they are always willing to help me be successful.  They helped me pay my college tuition at Montgomery College and find additional scholarships, taught me new study skills, and supported my transfer to my ongoing undergraduate career at the University of Maryland University College.  And because of what I learned through New Futures, I have all the skills and confidence I need to do well in my new job.”

Priyanka earned an Associate in Business Administration from Montgomery College in 2018.

More from our Scholars and Alumni

“New Futures has not just provided me money.  They have been a family to me.”

Wendy, Graphic Design

“I give back to New Futures because I have to invest back into the communities that afforded me the resources to be successful.”

Brittany, Secondary Education

“A short-term veterinary certificate is best for me right now because I work two other jobs and don’t have time to sit in a classroom. Plus, I’ll be ahead of the game when they place me in a vet hospital for real, hands-on training.”

Derrell, Veterinary Assistant

“We all deserve the opportunity to accomplish our dreams and have someone believe in us.”

Halek, Criminal Justice

“We should all have hope that we can be whoever we want to be, as long as we put our minds to it.  And I know that New Futures will be by our side, rooting for us.”

Kasaundra, Hospitality

“I’ve dreamed of going to college since I was little.  And because of New Futures, I am the first person in my family to do it.”

Olvin, Construction Management

“My family’s experience with health insurance and medicine is what has driven me to pursue a career as a nurse. New Futures is helping me stay on track with my courses so I can graduate as quickly as possible.”

Isela, Nursing

“Like a lot of people I know, I was misled to believe that I needed to go to a four-year university to be successful.  Thankfully, I found New Futures and the value of an associate degree to start my career.

Marvin, Computer Science

Coaching. Leadership. Community.

New Futures believes that everyone should have access to the personalized tools and support they desire to achieve their educational and career aspirations. We’ve built our alumni program around the unique needs of individuals, recognizing that everyone forges a different path.

New Futures’ Alumni Program provides dedicated career coaching and support to recent graduates. We also offer leadership opportunities such as joining the Alumni Executive Committee, New Futures' Associate Board, and our Board of Directors.

Perhaps most importantly, we facilitate community building by making and creating space for alumni to connect with current Scholars and other alumni.

For more information about our Alumni Program
and to get involved, please reach out to Molly Friesenborg, Alumni Program Manager, Deputy Director of Programs, at molly@newfuturesdc.org.