California State University, ChicoWilliam Randolph Hearst Scholar
Cory Tondreau has struggled with a lifetime of
poverty, abuse, sexual assault, homophobia and
mental health challenges. After failing out of
college her first year, she worked hard to make
her dream of earning a degree become a reality.
In 2016, Cory graduated with honors from
California State University, Chico, with a
bachelor’s degree in psychology. A first-generation college graduate, she is now
pursuing a master’s in psychological science.
After excelling during her first semester of the
master’s program, Cory accepted a position
as lab coordinator in the Chico State Learning
Cognition and Instruction Research Laboratory.
In 2017, she received a prestigious research
fellowship at Technische Universität Dresden
in Germany. While maintaining a 3.9 GPA, she
furthered her research in cognition, learning
and instruction, and she served as a peer
mentor and advocate.
Cory plans to pursue a doctorate in educational
psychology so that she can become a
researcher and professor to help others attain
their educational dreams.