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A Life-Long Dream Come True

Canaan is a young man in Denver whose hard work and years of continuous support from Mile High United Way have helped him along the path to self-sufficiency – and a life-long dream.

In high school, Canaan struggled with mathematics. Despite this hurdle, his continual effort and drive was recognized, prompting his guidance counselor to connect him with the Mile High United Way Pathway Scholarship Program, designed to help first generation minority students achieve academic success. That’s when great things began to happen. Through Mile High United Way, Canaan received the financial support, one-on-one counseling, and academic tutoring he needed to not only finish high school, but also attend and graduate Metro State University.

“I could not be more proud of my son,” Canaan’s father said. “The day he graduated, it felt like I was graduating.”

Today, Canaan has achieved his dream of becoming a police officer with the Arvada Police Department. After completing the 22-week training, Canaan received his police officer badge on Dec. 10, 2015, from the Jefferson County and Lakewood Police Department Combined Academy. During the ceremony, Canaan not only received his badge, but he also knelt down and proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Kelsey, to which she responded with a resounding yes!

You can find the original story about Canaan here. And learn more about how Mile High United Way is creating more economic opportunity for all.