Matched Savings Participant Now a College Grad!

Emily Lin:  Matched Savings Participant and Now College Grad!

Yonkers High School, Bronxville resident, NY

emily lin (2) Emily Lin is first generation, and in June 2014 became the first in her family to graduate college. She participated in a special Community Capital program to assist low income students with matched savings to cover educational expenses not included in financial aid. As a Yonkers High School student, Emily saved $500 and received an 3:1 match, $2000, which she used to cover educational expenses including architectural software for the BA in Architecture from Barnard College of Columbia University. She’s now working fulltime at a startup as a graphic designer.

How did Community Capital New York’s Independent Development Account (IDA) help?

After taking a studio class, I found a love for building models and exploring the vast world of art and design. The financial assistance this program provided has been a great help to me in paying my educational expenses and allowing me to concentrate on my studies.

How did it help in the short term?

It enabled me to participate fully at Barnard and Columbia. I was able to join several clubs. I performed traditional Korean drumming with Columbia University HoHeup Club at several Korean parades, and performed on and off campus. I became president of Columbia University Chinese Yo-Yo Club, sharing my knowledge of yo-yo tricks to people of all ages.

How did the matched savings program help in the long term?

The program lightened my financial burden, which allowed me to focus my energy on higher education success.

What’s next?

I’m working as a graphic designer for a start-up company. I hope one day I will be able to give back to my community as Community Capital has done for me.