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Student Success Stories
It's our mission to help students like you succeed in making college a reality. Check out how we've helped these students reach their goals!
"My experience with Fair Opportunity Project and my mentor Maddie has been splendid. We have weekly sessions where we meet to discuss my college application process which includes completing and editing essays, finalizing my college lists, financial aid advice and so much more. I really appreciate this program, it has helped me a lot so far. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with a great mentor who encourages my creative mind and pushes me to think out of my comfort zone to excel."
"The mentorship program with Fair Opportunity Project made the college admissions process immensely less stressful and provided guidance that I take with me to this day. Through my mentor’s check-ins coupled with useful information from the organization, I never felt completely alone while tackling different applications. To this day, I continue to encourage many high school students to use the mentorship program or the resources provided by Fair Opportunity Project."
"I am so immensely grateful for having found FOP and being able to get into their program. I want to shout out and give special thanks to my mentor, Aldonza Chavez. Who was FAR from being just a mentor. She was unexplainably supportive to me. I always felt she was there for me for anything I needed. She took me from literally knowing nothing about the college process to going with ease on it, feeling confident with the progress we made together! As an international student, it was incredibly overwhelming and confusing to me. But Aldonza took me by hand through each step of the way."
"I could barely find any words to describe how lucky I am to be a part of the Fair Opportunity Project. I sincerely thank you for giving me the chance to meet my dedicated mentor. Trường walked me through every single step of the application process. He gave me helpful advice and recommendations to perfect my application, especially my essay. Moreover, the Fair Opportunity Project provides such detailed guidelines that truly help an international applicant like me have a holistic view of the whole new education system and the application process. I shared the guidelines with my community."
Read about some of our amazing mentors.
Meena ChakrabortyMIT (BSc), University of Cambridge (MPhil), Stanford (PhD)
Meenakshi (Meena) Chakraborty is a Ph.D. student at Stanford (Genetics Department), focusing on neurological diseases. She obtained a BS in Computer Science and Molecular Biology from MIT and an MPhil in Genetics from the University of Cambridge. Outside the lab, she enjoys music, fitness, volunteering and spending time with family and friends. She mentors because she believes that access to a good college education is a fundamental right, and that FOP helps to break down barriers.
AJ DidonatoUniversity of Michigan (BSc)
AJ DiDonato is a 2020 graduate from the University of Michigan in computer science engineering who now works as a software engineer in Chicago. He has been volunteering with FOP since 2019 and has had two different mentees during that time period. In his free time he enjoys playing basketball and spikeball, reading, and watching NFL games. He volunteers because it’s hard to get time from counselors at a large school and there are a lot of things he learned through the process that he would have liked to have known before – and wants to pass that info on to future students.
Tessa WoodHarvard College (BA), University of California Berkeley (PhD)
Tessa Wood grew up in Shelton, Washington. She received a B.A. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. A graduate of an underserved public high school, she knows firsthand many of the educational and socioeconomic barriers that often prevent students from accessing higher education. She became involved in Fair Opportunity Project because she wants to help students at underserved schools have equal access to information about college admissions and financial aid.
Soni ChaturvediGeorge Washington University (BA)
Soni Chaturvedi is a recent graduate from George Washington University where she majored in Peace Studies with a focus on Geography and Sustainability. She is currently working at NYU Law's Energy and Environmental State Impact Center as a communications and research specialist. She loves mentoring with Fair Opportunity Project because she appreciated the people who extended their support and access to her when she was applying to college and wants to do the same for other students, and she enjoys meeting new people.