NINA SCHOLAR PROFILES
Alyssa Kistler has a message for Nina Mason Pulliam, “I want to thank her for the opportunity not only to continue my education but, more importantly, the opportunity to build a support system that literally has been with me through every major life event as an adult.” Alyssa graduated as a Nina Scholar with a bachelor’s degree in social work from IUPUI in 2014 and currently works for the Department of Child Services. She brings plenty of personal experiences to the position and is quick to point out the impact her Nina Scholar coordinators made in her life. “They were with me during very difficult times with family members, estranged siblings, adopting my sister’s child and so much more.
Because of these challenges, I couldn’t participate as fully in all the opportunities afforded the Nina Scholars but they were with me every step of the way. Never with judgment or negativity but always with support and guidance.” Her Nina Scholar coordinators were cherished mentors. “I still have fantastic relationships with both of them. They are remarkable people and blessings in my life. I am so grateful.” Alyssa hopes eventually to open a not-for-profit group home for aging foster youth to help prepare them for independence.