In October, 2014, I applied for the CalWORKS scholarship at my school, Contra Costa College. I wrote about my hopes and dreams and my work with HIVE (then BAPAC). In February, I received a call: I had won the scholarship for my region. A glowing email was circulating about me and HIVE. I was invited to a conference in San Diego in April. Obviously, I was thrilled!

Then, in March, I received another phone call. I had been awarded the state scholarship!

On April 13, I left home and flew to San Diego for the three day conference. On the second day, I was given a bag of goodies, including the 2015 CalWORKS Student Success Stories book. I was on the cover!

When the time came to accept my scholarships, I was onstage with some of the regional winners in front of about 300 people. I thanked them and spoke a little about how I’m going to school to be a social worker and about being the HIVE Intern and how much I love this work.

Below is the blurb that was being circulated about me prior to the conference:

“Caroline maintains a current overall GPA of 4.0 as a student in Health & Human Services, and volunteers as an Outreach Worker at BAPAC & PRO Men UCSF.  Caroline is currently working on a collaborative project between BAPAC and the COE for Trans Health, which will be a series of videos for trans and non-trans women about risk perception and prevention of HIV.  She has also participated on panels, webinars, and spoken at several conferences.  Caroline plans to transfer to UC Berkeley for a degree in social work.” -Wanda Wahl (CCC CWA Region 3 Representative)

Caroline Watson is the Social Justice and Reproductive Health Intern at HIVE. She is in a serodifferent marriage and has an HIV negative daughter. She is the founder of #WeAreAllWomen.