“I’m the first person in my family to go to college. The way I see it, I may be the first, but I certainly won’t be the last.”
Kayla Combs, a first-generation college student from Eastern Kentucky, saw firsthand the importance of getting an education. She grew up with a single mom and two siblings. She remembers her mom working multiple minimum-wage jobs to try and make ends meet.
“I had watched my mom struggle and I knew I wanted something different and the only option I had was to go to college,” Kayla said. But, she knew that she couldn’t afford college without scholarships.
“I was so worried about how to pay for college,” Kayla remembers. When she received the letter that she was the recipient of the Boehne Family First Generation Scholarship, she felt “like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders.”
“If it wasn’t for this Boehne Family First Generation Scholarship, I wouldn’t have been able to go to college. I wouldn’t be here.”
She is incredibly close with her family and misses not seeing them every day. But she is hopeful that she is setting a good example for her younger brother. “I want to show him that if you work hard, you can achieve anything.”
She says: “I’m the first person in my family to go to college. The way I see it, I may be the first, but certainly won’t be the last.”