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Interview with An EJ Scholar

What’s it like being an Educational Justice Scholar? Today I got the inside look during an interview with Cormel Floyd, a former EJ Scholar and current intern at Educational Justice.


Hannah: How did you become an EJ Scholar?

Cormel: I found out about EJ through a friend of mine, Sandra Martinez. While EJ was in the process of starting an ACT workshop at Central, Sandra told me I should apply to become an EJ Scholar so I did. I have to say it was the best decision I have ever made. I went online to their website and applied, and a few weeks later got a call for an interview. It was history from there.

Hannah: What have you found to be the most rewarding part of the EJ Scholars program?

Cormel: The most rewarding thing is knowing that there is hope, even if it is just a little hope, for those who want to become great. I think a lot of people do not have the type of guidance that is not a must, but is very beneficial when it comes to succeeding academically. Also, the amazing thing about EJ is that the guidance didn’t stop after I graduated. At first Moshe was just my tutor, but now he is more of an adviser who I trust to the fullest.

Hannah: How do you plan to use the skills you have acquired through the EJ Scholars program in the future?

Cormel: EJ taught me the skill of patience. When I study, sometimes I want to just get to the right answer, but with patience I am able to search and work to find the right answer without feeling discouraged. This skill will help me because the road I believe I want to travel is not an easy one. I want to become a doctor even though my major is not biology. I know that this means long hours of studying and now I am more prepared to make that commitment.


Cormel is an inspiring example of how the EJ Scholars program can make such a positive impact on someone’s life, and hopefully there will be many more like him!


–Hannah Burch


  1. bijouyun
    February 11, 2015

    More kids like Cormel should have this kind of experience through tutoring organizations like EJ

  2. Eric K.
    February 27, 2015

    This is such an inspiring story! It’s so awesome that Educational Justice can provide students like Cormel with the necessary skills to succeed in education and beyond.

    • Brittany
      February 17, 2016

      I agree with you Eric, This story is so touching. I hope that with EJ that we will see the numbers of students going to college multiply and ACT scores blossom!

  3. Sarah
    March 14, 2015

    Cormel was really lucky to be able to participate in this program. I hope, moving forward, this program helps a lot more students as motivated in their education as Cormel.

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