Academic Success and Motivation

  • Lisa HenryEmail author


This chapter begins with a literature review on food insecurity and academic success among K-12 students, followed by a discussion of the expanding research on college students. Interview participants were asked if food insecurity has impacted their student success or performance in a course. This chapter shows the grit needed to be academically successful despite food insecurity. I discuss specific academic sacrifices in order to have more money for food, followed by a discussion of any activities, in class or extra-curricular, that were avoided because of issues with food insecurity. The final section discusses what motivates students to stay in college while they are food insecure.


Food insecurity Academic success Academic sacrifices Motivation 


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  1. 1.University of North TexasDentonUSA

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