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Meet Brittany Alston

With a degree in chemistry, Brittany Alston hopes to make a difference in the world—in ways like researching cures for diseases like malaria. She’s the kind of student any university would want to have on campus, yet if it weren’t for NC State’s Pack Promise program, she would have had to forgo a four-year degree. “I had major concerns about attending college before I heard about Pack Promise, because I lived in a single parent home and did not know where the money would come from,” Alston says.

The concerns were justified, even for a talented student who breezed through high school and made good grades almost effortlessly. When it came time to make a decision about which college to attend, Alston focused on two main factors: proximity to home and affordability. NC State fit both requirements; the campus is only a 45-minute drive from Alston’s home, and her financial needs would be met thanks to the Pack Promise.

With NC State’s stellar math and science program, Alston had found the right school to tap her talents. But even more important, she found a school that could give her—and her mother— the peace of mind that can only come from knowing serious questions have been answered. With help from the Pack Promise, Alston could finally focus on her studies instead of worrying about her next tuition bill.

“Pack Promise has provided that safety net of not having to worry about where the money is coming from and stressing out my single mother,” In fact, not only did Alston have to worry about paying for college, she also had concerns about her mother’s health. Since graduating from high school, Alston watched her mother recover from two strokes. “One of [my mother’s] dreams was for me to go to college, but she did not know how that would be possible,” Alston says. “With the aid of Pack Promise, it is. The program has been a blessing not only in my life, but in my family’s life.”