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Research tells us that educational achievement dramatically affects economic well-being over a lifetime. Young people who have experienced foster care have unique challenges that impact their ability to complete their education: high school, bachelor's degrees or vocational programs. Only about 50% of former foster youth will graduate; beyond high school, only about 20% will enroll in higher education.

Despite the daunting statistics revealing the challenges former foster youth face in pursuing higher education, LifeSet Scholar Pamela Lowe has emerged as a shining example of perseverance and determination. Her journey to academic success is a testament to her resilience and unwavering commitment to her education.

Together, walking alongside these resilient young people, we're rewriting the script for what's possible and helping them chase their dreams. 

LifeSet helped me see my story as a powerful connection and source of empowerment. In sharing, I may help illuminate paths for others, fostering understanding and inspiring resilience.

- Pamela Lowe

Growing up, Pamela faced the challenges of an unsupportive household, learning to navigate the effects of her father's alcoholism. She was forced to be an adult at a young age.

At 16, Pamela took her future into her own hands and moved out of her chaotic home. With the support of a family friend, she completed high school and won scholarships to attend college, where she became a LifeSet Scholar.   

In May 2023, Pamela achieved Magna Cum Laude honors as a first-generation college student, earning her bachelor's degree in social work from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She is now working as an assistant hall director at the university while she completes her master's degree in social work.

By achieving this significant milestone, Pamela has not only transformed her life but also defied the limitations imposed by her circumstances.

Pamela is deeply passionate about supporting first-generation college students and is committed to giving back by offering mentorship. Inspired by the guidance she received from the LifeSet program, she is also committed to giving back by offering mentorship.

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