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STORIES: CHANGING LIVES. ONE STUDENT AT A TIME.
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Sense of Responsibility to Serve Inspires Support

With a smile and sense of pride, donors Paul and Melonie Brophy like to share a story about Paul's mother and the importance of education. Near the end of the Great Depression, Paul's mother wanted to enroll in a state teaching college in New York, which was free at the time. She understood the value of post-secondary education and wanted to be the first in her family to attend college. However, Paul's grandfather would not allow her to go. "So she forged her father's signature," Paul said, clearly proud of his mother's initiative. "She was determined to attend."

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Stanford Graduate Comes to Foothill to Find Her Passion

Dr. Ann Wimmer is an acupuncturist and chiropractor in the Bay Area, but her regular clients are not quite who one might imagine. As a specialized veterinarian, Wimmer tends specifically to horses and their many needs. "I make nice horses feel better for nice people," she explains. As so often happens in life, Wimmer's career trajectory was hardly ever linear or predictable.

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De Anza student flourishes with help of EOPS Scholars

Sometimes it's the seemingly little things - a word of encouragement, an offer of help in solving a problem, a small emergency grant - that can keep a student moving past life's low points to a better future. This was the case for Daniel Quijano, whose life took some hard turns after he graduated from San Jose's Lincoln High School. Fortunately, Danny got involved with Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) when he came to De Anza College.