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Women's Studies' Scholarship Recipient Realizes Impact of Mentorship

Skye Firestone, a senior Liberal Studies major with minors in Math, Women’s Studies, and Secondary Education, is dedicated to passing on the inspiring education she has received at Portland State to a future generation of students. After graduating high school early, Skye attended different colleges before finding her home at Portland State. Even though she was set back by a bout with cancer, she never let the goal of a college education out of her sight. Now, Skye is the 2011-2012 recipient of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies’ Lancy C. Jen Scholarship, which is given to a student who explores math & science through the lens of women’s studies; the honor, she says, has given her the “freedom to take on more” in her life.  Something she has certainly done.  

". . .we’re doing a lot of things in Portland that are revolutionary for public education throughout the country”

Skye’s love for education is not only evident in her commitment to her rigorous and diverse course load, but also in her commitment to the students she works with as a Peer Mentor and as a tutor in the Learning Center. Skye still keeps an inspiring note she received from one of her former students: “people like you need role models like you.” Reflecting on the mentors who’ve been critical to her success at Portland State, such as Women’s Studies Professor Marlene Howell, Skye realized the impact she could have by becoming a teacher.

And for all the obstacles she faced in returning to school, Skye is looking forward to finishing her Bachelor’s and pursuing a Master’s in Education at Portland State: “I’m really excited to continue my education here because we’re doing a lot of things in Portland that are revolutionary for public education throughout the country.”



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