Success Story: Lexis K. Stewart

Prepped to succeed in college, now dreaming of the Fortune 500.

Lexis calls her experience with GEAR UP Iowa “a blessing.”

A 2014 graduate of John F. Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, she’s now studying economics and finance at Tennessee State University and plans to get a master’s degree. With a 3.9 GPA, she was named Miss Honors of Tennessee State University’s Honors College for the 2016-2017 school year.

“I would like to become a CFA, a certified financial analyst,” she says. “It’s one of my goals to work with a Fortune 500 company as one of their top financial advisers or analysts.”

Before she ever thought about a Fortune 500 career, Lexis credits GEAR UP Iowa with helping her put her own finances in order. “GEAR UP Iowa representatives helped me understand how expensive my college career could be,” Lexis says. “I was taught to take advantage of the millions of dollars that were offered in scholarships. I was also informed to stay ahead of my classes and schoolwork because some scholarships have GPA requirements. GEAR UP Iowa educated me about how critical it is to fill out the FAFSA every year. As a GEAR UP Iowa student, I entered college knowing that I could leave debt-free.”

Lexis’ college preparation went beyond those financial lessons. “GEAR UP Iowa prepared me for college in many ways,” she says. “It motivated me to be very active on campus.”

As a GEAR UP Iowa alum, Lexis has some advice for the current cohort, now in their freshman year of high school: “Take these last few years very seriously. From this moment forward, every grade you earn is important to the colleges you look at. Most people believe that it is only the students who look at colleges, but colleges look at students as well. The time is now.”


Printed from the Iowa College Student Aid Commission website on May 25, 2018 at 12:05am.