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Between two worlds

First-generation student Lysandra Perez, winner of the Crimson Award for undergraduate research, faced new challenges when she started at WSU. Now she hopes to help other students adjust to college life — including her younger brother, one of the newest Cougars on campus.

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Building bridges

From his rural Washington hometown of Onalaska, Caleb Huffman came to the UW in Seattle on a quest to connect with others. Supported by the Husky Promise and other scholarships, he was able to expand his perspective by traveling abroad for the first time.

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The world awaits

Nam Nguyen is the first WSU student to study abroad on all seven continents, thanks to financial support from the state, corporations, and organizations. Now the international business student, first in his family to attend college, wants to help companies protect the world he loves to explore.

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A promise fulfilled

In the last 12 years, the Husky Promise program has helped more than 40,000 Washington students attend the University of Washington — including Victoria Braun, ’17, and M. Janel Brown, ’11.

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Pursuing his dream

Yoni Rodriguez has seen environmental problems up close, and now researches ways to protect people exposed to toxins.

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An engineering STAR

Ewurama Karikari loved math and science in high school, and wanted to pursue a career in engineering. With the help of a program for first-generation students and those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, in 2019 she earned her UW degree.