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Michelle Hadley
Masters Student in Postsecondary Educational Leadership
Gates Millennium Scholar, San Diego State University


Michelle Hadley is a caring student who wishes to use her studies as a platform to help and motivate others. This Gates Millennium Scholar (GMS) hails from the Imperial Valley and is the first in her family to attend and graduate from a four-year university. With her GMS funding, she attended and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and a minor in Educational studies from the University of California, Irvine and is now pursuing a Master's Degree in Postsecondary Educational Leadership at San Diego State University. The second year graduate student is an accomplished scholar who currently works as a graduate assistant at SDSU Career Services working with campus internships. She also worked with first year SDSU commuter students through Casa Azteca and the Aztec Freshman Connection Program. Before attending SDSU, Michelle completed a year of service with the non-profit organization, City Year Los Angeles in partnership with AmeriCorps. After her year of service, she moved back to her own community to work with the youth of the Imperial Valley and assist them with employer readiness, college prep, and leadership development. Michelle believes it is very important to give back to one’s community and is dedicated to helping others succeed.


Michelle understands the challenges facing underrepresented first-generation students within higher education and the college retention rate. She believes there is great potential and talent within every student and they all deserve an opportunity to receive a college education. She hopes to serve as a mentor to students so they can reach their highest potential.


After earning her Master’s Degree at SDSU, Michelle plans to work with first-generation college students to advance their success at the university level. Her goal is to continue a career in education and to be an advocate for first-generation students throughout their academic career. She is grateful for the support from GMS and her mentors and is devoted to paying it forward to help others succeed.

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Michelle Hadley, Graduate Student
Campus Based Leader
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