Prishay

Prishay will receive an Associate’s Degree from Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) in the Summer of 2019 just one year after graduating from high school because of her ten AP classes with near perfect scores.

Prishay earned a 4.3 GPA in high school while participating in extra-curricular activities ranging from the Arts program to the National, Math, Science, History, and German Honor Societies. She is fluent in five languages – English, Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi and German. Her numerous recognitions and awards from prestigious educational institutions, such as the College of William & Mary and the University of Rochester, NY, laud her leadership skills, community contributions, and academic performance.

Although the United States has been Prishay’s home for half of her young life, she is an undocumented immigrant.  While she has lived in Virginia for nine years, because she is ineligible for DACA, she must pay out-of-state tuition, which is more than three times the cost of in-state tuition.  Further, she is ineligible for loans and financial aid typically available to DACA recipients and U.S. citizens unable to afford college.

In the fall semester, Prishay was unable to take a full course load due to lack of funds.  Still, Prishay is grateful to have financed her NOVA education to date through several small, private scholarships, and her job as a medical assistant at a psychiatric clinic.  Her ability to finance, and thus continue, her formal education remains uncertain.  Prishay’s long-term goal is to become a doctor in the United States serving individuals unable to afford healthcare and offsetting by one the predicated severe shortage of physicians in this country.