Dionesha Bailey came to Malcolm X College from Chicago Woodlawn Campus High School, where she graduated in the top ten of her class. She was offered scholarships from four-year universities and colleges, but once she was awarded the Star Scholarship, she knew this was the path was going to take.

She chose Malcolm X College because it was close to her home, she could save money to put toward a bachelor’s degree, and could take advantage of the services at Malcolm X that would help her prepare for her future. Dionesha was a very active student, playing on the women’s basketball team, participating in the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, and taking advantage of the City Colleges Transfer Scholars program.

In addition to her academic success, she learned skills that she feels prepared her for the next phase of her academic career, both inside and out of the classroom. Dionesha says, “one of the biggest lessons I learned is time management. I know a lot of us may be working full- or part-time, are parents, and have other commitments, but learning to prioritize and manage your time is an important skill to have now and for the future.”

She completed her Associate in Science degree in the spring of 2019 with a strong GPA, which helped her earn a spot at the University of Illinois-Chicago, where she will major in Rehabilitation Sciences within the Guaranteed Admission Transfer program. Additionally, she is a Dorothy Daylie Scholarship recipient, which will help with the overall cost of her degree at UIC.

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