Ally Baker had a 2.9 GPA at Chandler’s Hamilton High School and was getting a D in Honors Biology when she decided to try the Radio/Audio Production program at the East Valley Institute of Technology. She discovered a passion and talent for broadcasting – and that discovery led to a dramatic rise in her grades and a $60,000 college scholarship.
To go to EVIT, Ally was required to earn at least a C in an English class at Hamilton. Once she did that, she started applying herself more in all of her other classes too. By her senior year in 2014, Ally was taking all honors classes at Hamilton and raised her GPA to 3.7 – all while going to EVIT for a half-day and working as a broadcaster for EVIT’s student-run radio station, 88.7FM The Pulse.
Officials at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, Calif., not only accepted Ally’s application to their broadcasting program, but also awarded her a $15,000-per-year scholarship for bringing up her GPA so quickly and for being able to balance radio broadcasting with honors classes. Now in her sophomore year as a journalism major at Vanguard, Ally is earning excellent grades while working as a sports broadcaster for the school.
EVIT taught Ally how to multi-task and balance a workload. “I came to college with more of a foundation of how to be an adult,” she said. “EVIT prepares you for self-sufficiency.”
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