High school did not come easy for Gia Jurczyk, the oldest of six children.
Gia Jurczyk, Board of Trustees Scholarship recipient, at St. Charles Community College’s 2014 Adult Education & Literacy (AEL) recognition ceremony.
“I was more concerned with whether my brothers and sisters had food than what the teacher was saying,” said Jurczyk. “When I came home, I spent my time helping take care of my siblings and homework rarely crossed my mind. School simply wasn’t a priority.”
As soon as Jurczyk was old enough, she got a job to help support her family and eventually dropped out of high school to work more hours. A month before her 18th birthday, she gave birth to a baby girl and spent years working as a single mom.