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Claudia Saavedra
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Rutgers University-Newark
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Claudia and her family moved from Chile to the United States in hopes for a better life to achieve the American Dream. Her strong work ethic led her to graduate at the top of her high school class, which qualified her for the NJ Stars scholarship and provided her the opportunity to attend community college for free as a first-generation college student. She currently holds an Associates degree from County College of Morris in Public Administration with honors. At the age of 20, she was elected to serve on the Board of Trustees at County College of Morris as the Alumni Trustee. Her accolades then allowed her to be one of the twenty transfer students selected from an international pool of applicants to be a part of the Honors Living Learning Community at Rutgers University-Newark, where Claudia currently attends on a full-ride scholarship and studies Public Affairs and Nonprofit Administration. Her personal experiences in dealing with the lack of college access, sparked her passion to help others. At the age 17, she created and implemented workshops to help underrepresented students through the admissions process. At the age of 20, she created a College Access Leadership Institute that takes high school students from Newark, New Jersey to develop their leadership skills and learn about the college process so that they can go out into their communities to teach others about the process. Currently, she is the founder of FlairNow which is an education technology platform t!hat scales traditional mentoring programs to serve students more effectively.