As a foster child, Maria Lema bounced from home to home, from school to school and from state to state. She lived, at times, with her mother, her father, her step fathers, her uncle, her aunt and her friends. None of the relatives she knows ever attended college.
Yet, thanks to core inner strength, key help from her high school in partnership with Catholic Charities affiliate St. Raymond Community Outreach and assistance from the New York Times Neediest Cases fund, she is attending SUNY Buffalo, scoring an A average during this, her first semester.
Click here to read her story published in The New York Times.