Care and diligence bring luck. -- Thomas Fuller
On St. Patrick’s Day, we talk about luck, four-leaf clovers, and the superstition of things happening by chance. We hinder ourselves when we think that our success in life is about luck rather than the preparation, hard work, and diligence needed to get us there. When I look at my own experiences, I don’t see luck at all. Instead, I see so many blessings of opportunity and grace that God has afforded me as well as a tremendous amount of hard work.
Right now, we’re putting together our spring newsletter, which will feature an interview with Maritha Gay, Senior Director of External Affairs for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc., about why Kaiser Permanente supports the Generation Hope Scholar Program. In it, she says, “Research has shown that with increased education comes positive health outcomes and Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping communities thrive physically, emotionally, academically, and professionally.” In other words, a college degree can create transformative, positive impacts on an individual that go far beyond career and income level.
If a college degree has such a positive effect, how can we help more people earn one? Are college degrees reserved for the “lucky ones”? I think we can all agree that the answer is no, and that graduating from college takes a combination of personal commitment, resources, and support. When one or more of these ingredients is seriously lacking, the chances significantly lower. The Scholar Program provides young parents who have the personal commitment with the resources and support to help them reach their educational goals. Without programs like ours, we won’t see true improvements in college completion for individuals who need this transformative experience the most.
Let’s not leave college completion to luck.