Hope Scholar Remi Salako is Grateful for the Financial Support
Rhode Island College Impact
“It’s one thing to have the drive to succeed, but without the resources there’s nothing you can do,” Salako says.
By Gita Brown
Hope Scholar, Oluwaremilekun (Remi) Salako Talks About How the Hope Scholarship Has Impacted Her:
“I’m a junior, majoring in nursing. I grew up in Nigeria and came to the United States when I was 16. Back in Nigeria, everyone says I am their hope and joy because I’m in America. They say, ‘You have to do something great. You have to keep up your grades. What is an 88? You’ve got to get higher. You need to get 100. You have to be the best at what you are doing.’ I do feel the pressure, but it’s okay. It’s pressure that makes diamonds.
“I wanted to go to college but I knew I couldn’t afford it. I knew I would have to rely on grants and scholarships. That is why I am very grateful for the Hope Scholarship. If I didn’t have the financial support from Rhode Island College, I would be drowning in debt right now. It’s one thing to have the drive to succeed, but without the resources there’s nothing you can do. I am very, very grateful for this scholarship.”