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Meet Four Trinity Graduates from Washington

Perita Carpenter ’02


Associate Producer, Washington Bureau, ABC News
Eastern High School ’97

When you watch the ABC Evening News, you are very likely to see the work of Trinity graduate Perita Carpenter. As an assignment editor for the Washington bureau of ABC News, she uses state-of-the-art technology, working on a control panel, using several computers, and monitoring video screens to produce news segments that are broadcast across the country to millions of homes.

Perita received a financial aid package that included scholarships from Trinity and D.C. TAG grants. Perita, who graduated from Trinity in 2002, majored in English and worked on the production team of America ‘s Most Wanted television program while she was a student. She recently completed a master’s degree in communication from Howard University.

Perita credits Trinity for success in broadcast journalism. “Trinity gave me confidence. When I left Trinity, I felt that I could do anything. Trinity helped me realize my dreams.”

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Aisha McCrary ’03


D.C. Police Officer and Role Model
Anacostia High School ’99

When Aisha McCrary graduated from Trinity in 2003, she was eager to make a difference in her community. She enrolled in the D.C. Police Academy and today patrols the streets of Washington as a D.C. Police officer – in the same neighborhood where her grandparents live.

Aisha enjoys her work – the interaction with people and the opportunity to secure neighborhoods, resolve disputes and solve crimes. Aisha also values the chance to be a role model for the city’s youth, and especially to young women. “It’s important that they see a college-educated woman patrolling their neighborhoods,” she says. “It encourages them to stay out of trouble, finish high school, and go to college.”

Aisha, who majored in political science at Trinity and received a financial aid package that included scholarships from Trinity and D.C. TAG grants, has set her sights on a career in the FBI. “This is very good experience that gives me a chance to prove myself as an officer,” she says. “The FBI is looking for college-educated women with hands-on experience in criminal justice.”

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Maria Rivera ’06


Bell Multicultural High School ’02

Maria majored in computer science at Trinity and in her senior year she was awarded a prestigious paid internship at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. This is her story:

“I feel that I am one of the luckiest people because I was able to attend college without going into debt. I was born in the United State but I grew up in El Salvador, my parents’ country. I came back to the United States at the age of 16 to work and support my mother and my brothers. For a period of time I was living in a shelter but I never thought of leaving high school. With hard work I was able to finish high school while working.

“I wanted to attend college but I never thought I could afford it. When I finished high school, I was married and I had a daughter. Therefore, I needed to work to support both of my families. Before I finished high school, there was an advisor at my high school, Bell Multicultural High school , working for D.C.CAP. He told me about how I could afford college. He helped me fill out applications for financial aid — FAFSA, D.C. TAG, D.C. CAP and D.C. LEAP. Once I received my approval letters from all of these financial aid sources, I was sure that I was going to attend college. Then, I got another surprise. When I applied for financial aid at Trinity, they also gave me a scholarship. For my four years at Trinity, I have applied and received FAFSA, D.C. TAG, D.C. CAP and D.C. LEAP, and by maintaining my grades I have also received the Clare Booth Luce Scholarship for Math and Science from Trinity. I have also received support from my husband and my work.

“I am so lucky because I was not only able to attend college, but I was able to attend a very good college – Trinity!”

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Irma Rivera ’05


Family Literacy Coordinator, Centro Nia
Roosevelt Senior High School ’99

Like many Trinity students, Irma juggled working full-time and attending Trinity full-time, while raising her young daughter. Irma is originally from El Salvador , and moved here with her family when she was 10.

Irma has worked for five years at CentroNia,, an educational organization in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of D.C. which provides quality affordable and accessible early childhood education to the children and families in its community.

It took 6 years for Irma to complete her degree from Trinity (she changed majors from psychology to human relations, then took a semester off for maternity leave). She received a financial aid package that included scholarships from Trinity and D.C. TAG grants.

She loves the Trinity faculty: “They know how to grow strong phenomenal women. The faculty kept telling me it was going to be hard, but I could do it, I had to do it.” She said she was not sure she would have finished if the faculty hadn’t provided the one-on-one attention.

Irma is proud of her Trinity degree: “My degree from Trinity has opened up so many doors that were previously closed to me. I got a promotion and a raise as a direct result of my degree.”

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