I would like to begin with an excerpt from my favorite quote by Theodore Roosevelt, “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty…” Every morning I read this quote, because it empowers me to tackle life with tenacity, resilience, and the belief that I am capable of handling hardship with grace, composure, and strength. This quote has shaped my personal ideology, that when life presents us with inevitable trials, we are actually presented with an opportunity to learn, and therefore grow, personally and/or professionally. Five years ago, I was newly married, and pregnant with my daughter. I was enjoying married life, and the naivety that comes with being 23 and a recent college graduate. Unfortunately, I soon discovered that my husband was fighting a disease, which would ultimately destroy our family, and result in years of emotional pain, financial struggle, and indescribable difficulty. Every day he fights drug addiction, and most days he does not win. After years of fighting for, and with him, I decided that it was in my daughters’ best interest, to file for divorce (which is currently pending), and begin the journey of rebuilding our life. What I once perceived as an inescapable hardship, I now view as a beautiful blessing. As a result of this experience, I have achieved amazing feats, such as starting my own business and being accepted into a highly competitive accelerated nursing program. I have chosen to embark on a career in Nursing for many reasons, but primarily, for my daughter. As a mother, instinctively many of my decisions revolve around her well-being. Due to her father’s personal situation, I cannot rely on him to provide for her long term; therefore, my personal goal is to provide her with a great education, financial stability, future opportunities, etc. For those of you who are parents, I am sure you can understand the depth of a mother’s love, and the drive it can instill to move beyond struggle, and provide your children with the life they deserve. Secondarily, this position affords me a career that is personally meaningful and fulfilling. When I was 15, I went on my first international mission trip to Cameroon, Africa. While there, we tended to mothers and their newborn babies. I met a woman who was suffering from HIV, she was guilt-ridden over her newborn daughter, whom she couldn’t breastfeed, due to the likelihood that doing so would cause her daughter to contract this chronic infection. She was comforted by one of the nurses, who explained to her that her daughter would receive the nutrients she needed, and that she would grow to be a strong, healthy child, but that she was making the best choice for her long term health. Watching the nurse interact with this frightened mother, filled me with a sense of motivation to become a nurse, and help others in their own time of need. Whether it be new mothers, newborn babies, elderly grandparents, or mental health patients, this field provides me the opportunity to have a career that fulfills my desire to help others, and improve their quality of life. Lastly, I have chosen this profession, as it provides me with the opportunity to reach my ultimate professional goal, which is to be either a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, or a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Both are meaningful to me for different reasons, and as I move forward in my nursing career, these goals may change, but regardless of how my career unfolds, I plan to set professional goals for myself, and consistently exceed the expectations of my superiors. I have always been an extremely driven individual, and I feel that drive has been reflected in the accomplishments I have experienced, over the course of my life. I am proud to say that, throughout my life, I have been recognized for my involvement in the community. My senior year of high school, I was presented with the “Community Service” award for having accrued over 500 community service hours. Every summer, I spent eight weeks in North Carolina repairing homes, in addition to partaking in international mission trips to Africa and Honduras. It has always been important to me to help others, and show them through action, that they are loved and meaningful. My desire to be involved in my community did not stop when I graduated high school. In July 2018, my father and I opened our restaurant, Section Street Pizza, in Fairhope, Alabama. We were featured in Mobile Bay Magazine and interviewed by Fox10 News, for our involvement with hiring special needs, as well as veterans. Currently on staff, we have two individuals with down syndrome, five with varying degrees of autism, and one with limb abnormalities. I was inspired to hire individuals with disabilities, as a result of watching my mother’s work. She taught special needs children how to swim, ride horses, play sports, and develop social skills. As much as I often helped her, I had not received any formal training. For this reason, I was met with concern and some negativity, as to my ability to integrate them into fast-paced restaurant work. However, over a year later, we have only had two special needs employees leave, due to relocating, and in May 2019, we were awarded with the “Small Business Award,” from the Alabama Association for People Supporting Employment (AL-APSE). This was a great honor, as companies from all over the state are nominated, and we were selected. I could not have achieved this without the help of my father and the support and patience of my staff; however, I do feel proud of this accomplishment, and the skills I have developed as a result. I feel that I would be an ideal candidate for this scholarship, because through my unique personal and professional experiences, I have developed a profound emotional resiliency to difficult situations, an ability to adapt to diverse and/or chaotic environments, and the capability to handle stress with calmness and a positive attitude. I have always had high standards and expectations for myself, and I am constantly seeking out challenges, whether personal or professional, as I am aware that this is how we grow and develop. I hope that this motivational statement has allowed you the opportunity to get to know me better, and leaves you with the feeling that I am capable of meeting your expectations, and will prove to be an ideal candidate for this scholarship.