Diamond Allen, an Alumna of our College Scholarship Program, will pursue her Ph.D. this Fall



It’s with great pleasure to share with you that Diamond Allen, an Alumna of the College Scholarship Program at Daniel Trust Foundation, has been accepted into the Ph.D. Clinical Psychology program at East Tennessee State University.


It has been an honor to witness Diamond’s growth and success over the past 7 years.


We first met Diamond in 2014 when we launched our College Scholarship Program. At the time, Diamond had just graduated from Central High School in Bridgeport, Connecticut.


“I am a first generation college graduate and the opportunity to pursue my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at East Tennessee State University means the world to me,” Diamond said.


One of the things we are proud of at Daniel Trust Foundation is that we keep in touch with all the students who have participated in our High School Mentoring and College Scholarship Programs throughout their college, career, and life journey.


Over time, alumni of our mentoring and scholarship programs become family.


“I am so grateful for the continued support throughout my educational career and life from Daniel Trust Foundation,” Diamond recently said in a social media post.


In 2018, Diamond received her undergraduate degree in English and Psychology from North Carolina Wesleyan College. This May, Diamond will graduate with her Master of Social Work from North Carolina State University.


“As many of you know, I am passionate about increasing accessibility to mental health and substance use treatment, as well as harm reduction services for marginalized populations and justice-involved individuals,” Diamond said in a social media post announcing she would be pursuing her Ph.D. this Fall. “Let’s work together to end the stigma.”


The leadership team at Daniel Trust Foundation is very inspired by Diamond’s accomplishments and is very proud to have invested in her college education.


As a scholar in the College Scholarship Program at Daniel Trust Foundation, Diamond received a $2,000 scholarship which was awarded to her over 4 years.


“When I first met Diamond she was 18 years old and I was a 25-year old young social entrepreneur trying to make a difference in my community,” said Daniel Trust, President and CEO of Daniel Trust Foundation. “To continue to be her friend 7 years later and to witness her continue to accomplish her education and career goals is truly an honor.”


Since 2014, Daniel Trust Foundation has provided mentorship and support to 115 young people in the United States (Bridgeport, CT and New York, NY) and has awarded over $100,000 in college scholarships. Majority of the students come from low-income backgrounds and are the firsts in their family to attend and graduate from college.


Daniel Trust Foundation is an award-winning nonprofit organization that supports young people in the United States and Rwanda through various educational programs and digital campaigns. To learn more and to support Daniel Trust Foundation's work by becoming a monthly donor, please visit : www.DanielTrustFoundation.org.

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