Saint Paul College student Maya Tackaberry is one of 20 individuals awarded a microgrant through the Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota, a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership between the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota and the governor’s office. The Young Women’s Initiative focuses on improving opportunities for girls and women ages 12 to 24, with particular emphasis on women of color and those living outstate. Tackaberry, who is Hispanic, is using her microgrant to travel to China through the International Scholar Laureate Program, a partner of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Tackaberry and other STEM students will view and study renowned engineering structures such as the Great Wall.
Currently enrolled in the Engineering Broad Field Associate of Arts Degree program, Tackaberry plans on transferring to the University of Minnesota in 2019 to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.
Tackaberry has been interested in math and science since childhood, and she is involved in advocating for females in STEM, and also networks with other students in non-traditional careers through the Women in the Trades program at the College. She is also a peer mentor for the Power of YOU program and a tutor in the College's tutoring center.
My teachers, supervisors, and classmates have been great influences in my education. “Saint Paul College has allowed me to grow and be confident,” says Tackaberry. “I am very thankful for my time at the College because I have grown into the person I wanted to be, to get out there and tell my story, take on opportunities, and encourage and inspire others to believe they can also."
This article originally appeared in our College Magazine - Fall 2018. Download a free copy to read more stories like this one.