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Erica - East Central College

Erica - East Central College

Erica Stockell is in the Welding program at East Central College in Union, Missouri. As a first-generation college student and a single mother, she hopes her newly learned welding skills will help her support her family.

"Being a single mom with four kids, any bit of money can really help. It has taken a weight off of my shoulders, knowing that people out there care.

As a first-generation college student, I want to show my children that you can get more out of life with an education. I want to be an example that this is the way to go about it.

It is really an honor to have a scholarship from Metallica — If I were to meet them, I’d say, ‘Thank you so much for this opportunity! I am really blessed and honored that you are sponsoring me and giving me this scholarship.'