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Meet Emmeline Mejia - Reston Scholarship


“When I graduated from South Lakes High School in 2017, I never thought I would end up actually going to college. Growing up in a big family with 3 other younger siblings, going to college seemed like it was always just going to be a dream.  Even though my parents and I worked really hard, I just knew that it simply was not going to be enough. I can not thank the Reston Scholarship Fund enough, because they turned my dream into a reality. Never did I think that I was going to be able to attend college.
I am currently sophomore at Bridgewater College majoring in Sociology with two minors in Social Work and Criminology with a concentration in Spanish. I am continuing to excel in my field and continuing to further my education. I plan to join the United States Air Force after graduating and receiving my bachelor’s degree, and I hope to eventually become a detective in the Criminal Justice field. I want to thank the Reston Scholarship Fund with the sincerity of my heart for allowing me to become the first in my family to ever attend college and for giving me the opportunity to pursue my dream!”

During high school, Emme’s extracurricular activities included soccer, varsity track, and singing in two acapella groups. She worked two jobs in order to contribute to home expenses and save for college. Despite her packed schedule, Emme stayed on the honor roll every single year of high school. South Lakes Choral Director, Rita Gigliotti, wrote: “Emmeline’s work ethic, self-motivation and self-discipline are exemplary. Emme strives for excellence and is very enthusiastic about learning.”


Emme needed financial help to continue her education, and we at the Reston Scholarship Fund of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia are proud to help fund her education.

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Support SLHS students like Emme.

You can donate online or by mail.

Make checks payable to:

CFNOVA /Reston Scholarship Fund, 2940 Hunter Mill Road, Suite 201, Oakton, VA 22124

Every dollar goes directly to our scholarships — and our scholarships only.

Donations are fully tax deductible.

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