In the spirit of gratitude, reflection, and honoring the simple "riches" in life on this #GIVINGTUESDAY, I want to share an email Scholar Erik Rodriguez sent to his former Advisor Eliana Mendoza (both pictured above). Erik is now a Junior at MIT.

Hi Eli,

I just wanted to say thank you so much for all that you've done for me in the past few years. I really would not be where I am today if it wasn't for your mentorship and guidance.

I am a big fan of Project GRAD and everything it stands for. Since I am away for such long periods of time, I find that it is harder for me to give back to the program. I was wondering if there was any way I could help the program from here? I'd love to help guide younger college students and even high school students preparing for the college application/going process. This was something I was really into when I graduated and I feel that I have somewhat lost sight of that. I recently received a message from Gamal Attiah (my mentee from Project GRAD's Peer Leadership) and it reminded me of why I became a mentor and why I want to give back to Project GRAD. I received tons of help from you all and I would love to do anything I can to help students that are in the position I was a few years ago.

Hope all is well! Also, congratulations on getting engaged!

Erik Rodriguez

Since receiving this email, a private Facebook group has been set up where Erik answers questions and gives advice to younger Project GRAD Scholars. This past month, he advised several seniors on their applications while maintaining his own Engineering course load at MIT.

We have all been enriched from the support and help that someone gave us at some point in our lives. On this #GIVINGTUESDAY, we want to continue the cycle of GRATITUDE by saying THANK YOU to you, our supporters.

Our work to accelerate educational equity for students like Erik is only possible because of you. 

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