Emily, Realities for Children Hero Scholar who has a success story of transitioning out of foster care
I’m Emily Murray and I am a Hero Scholar with Realities for Children (RFC). I am currently in my final semester of undergrad meaning I will graduate summa cum laude a semester early in December with two degrees in Psychology and Spanish. Last fall, RFC blew me away (literally) to Alicante, Spain by hosting a fundraiser at Blooming Beets Kitchen. The funds raised allowed me to study abroad and take the final steps towards fluency in Spanish. RFC also frequently invites me to participate and speak at community events where I can meet and interact with the wonderful business partners that give me the opportunity to go to college and pursue even further education in law school. I have a life dream of becoming a public-service lawyer for children in need, and RFC will be largely to thank when I accomplish that goal in four years.
This past summer, I was 1 of 20 selected from 2,500 applicants into the TRIALS LSAT study program. This program is extremely rigorous and aims to heighten opportunities for students of underrepresented backgrounds by bolstering their skills and focusing their goals. During the 5 weeks, we stayed primarily at Harvard but also travelled to Princeton and NYU. We had the opportunity to meet the current and former Deans of Harvard law school and the current Dean of NYU as well as many representatives of each law school such as their admissions team, financial aid staff, and clinic and pro bono presenters. We also sat in on lectures by two amazing Harvard law school professors and visited Morgan Lewis, one of the biggest corporate law firms in the nation. All in all, it was a very eye-opening experience and it gave me a better idea of what kind of law I want to do, as well as where I want to go to law school. I was so proud to be accepted and am so happy I got to share those life-changing experiences with 19 other beautiful and inspiring participants.
To highlight the importance and impact of RFC, I’d like to mention that it not only fills the gap of financial support not provided by my biological family, but also gifts me friends, mentors, and community that is rarely found by foster youth. I may not have parents on the sidelines cheering me on, but I have each and every member of RFC doing so; and for that reason, I know I am never alone and will always have a helping hand when I need it.
Although I won’t know the complete list of names of those who helped support me through RFC, know that there is not a day that goes by where I don’t think of how fortunate and grateful I am. I know the only way I’ll be able to pay it forward is by always pursuing success and being the best person I can be. I may only be one foster kid, but RFC has touched my heart and has started a ripple effect of change for the lives I hope to touch as well.