Meet Jabrell Scott, Breakthrough College Graduate

“To me, Breakthrough means hope.”

Name: Jabrell Scott
College: University of Texas at San Antonio, 2019
College: University of North Texas, 2013
Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a minor in Public Administration

What was it like to be the first person in your family to go to college?
It has been a truly rewarding experience. It means so much to me to know that someone cares enough about your future to invest their time to make sure that you are okay and push you to become the best version of yourself. I joined Breakthrough when I was in the 6th grade. I wasn’t sure what it was at first but my mom encouraged me to apply. When I was in middle school, I spent my summers at the Middle School Summer Academy. Every summer was incredibly fun. My academic classes helped me get ahead in school.

I made new friends and built trusting relationships with my summer teachers – some of whom I still talk to today. As I got older, Breakthrough helped me apply to rigorous high schools and guided me through the college application and financial aid process. Since my parents did not go to college it was a learning experience for all of us.

Why did you decide to become a Breakthrough summer teacher?
I taught seventh graders at the Northeast Austin site the summer of 2016. It was my freshman year of college and my Breakthrough advisor, Daniel, encouraged me to apply. I knew that I needed to do something productive during the summer and thought the best way would be to give back to the community by working with kids whose shoes I was once in.

What are your career goals?
I’m getting ready to graduate college this December, so right now I am going through the interview process for several opportunities. My goal is to work in the public sector either at a youth focused nonprofit or doing public policy or public administration work.

What does a college degree mean to you?

To me, becoming a college graduate is my greatest accomplishment. Since my parents did not go to college, the entire process was a huge learning experience for me. But, I know that earning this degree will create a legacy for my youngest brother to follow, and eventually, my own kids, as well.

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