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Audrey Darling

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Hello, my name is Audrey Darling I am 19 years old and the oldest of four kids. My family, friends, and community are essential to me. I love working with people and listening to all their stories and ideas. What better way to do what I love and give back than to work in the healthcare field?? Over the past year, I have worked in a nursing home and truly loved caring for and connecting with my patients. Another important thing about me is I love to push myself. I have participated in a lot of sports and club activities, in addition to other major life experiences. I would not trade any of it (good or bad) for anything. A core part of me is to leave an impact on others while making my way in the world. Making my way into the world also means I am paying for college by myself. Since my dad makes a decent amount of money, I do not get financial aid from the government, even though I am paying for college myself. Any scholarships are greatly appreciated, and they will be used well! Thank you in advance, and God bless!

Education

Grand Valley State University

Bachelor's degree program
2024 - 2026
  • Majors:
    • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other

Reeths-Puffer High School

High School
2018 - 2022

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Master's degree program

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Hospital & Health Care

    • Dream career goals:

      To create a better healthcare system for people to receive care for the body not for just the symptoms and to allow patients to advocate for themselves easily

    • Certified nursing assistant

      McAuley Rehabilitation and wellness center (associated with trinity health)
      2023 – 2023
    • General Laboror

      A.B Electrical Wires
      2020 – 20233 years

    Sports

    Track & Field

    Varsity
    2018 – 20202 years

    Soccer

    Junior Varsity
    2021 – 2021

    Cross-Country Running

    Varsity
    2018 – 20224 years

    Awards

    • Varsity letter

    Arts

    • Reeths-Puffer concert Band

      Music
      2014 – 2022
    • Reeths-Puffer Marching Band

      Performance Art
      2018 – 2022

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      Prince of Peace — Any thing that was needed
      2015 – Present
    • Volunteering

      National Honors Society — member (2021), President of my school's organization (2022)
      2021 – 2022
    • Public Service (Politics)

      Reeths-Puffer Student Council — President of junior class (2021), Vice president of organization (2022)
      2020 – 2022

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Volunteering

    Bald Eagle Scholarship
    The inspiration behind my dedication to the fields of Healthcare and Medicine and my life draws from my aunt, a revered nurse in her community. Her relentless dedication and resilience bring health and happiness into people's lives at work and home. Giving herself fully and selflessly to others, while providing others with excellent medical care. My academic efforts at Grand Valley State University have consistently been influenced by her unwavering spirit of community service, healing, and support. The institution's educational standards and opportunities have provided me with an ideal environment to improve my skills and knowledge, allowing me to attain both academic proficiency and practical aptitude in my future healthcare career. My aunt’s stories of comfort and aid, sacrifice, and devotion to patients always fascinated me. She personifies compassion and empathy, transforming her career into a life devoted to serving others. Especially her stories of prime babies in the NICU and the terrible stories of loss and reward, she treks on. Her tales are not just anecdotes of things to do; instead, they serve as a way to navigate me through my endeavors and challenges through compassion and knowledge, which she has been so wonderful in supporting. Her life and work have provided me an interest and admiration for healthcare professionals who dedicate their lives to understanding the workings of the human body and battling challenges that disrupt it. Therefore, I would love to pursue similarly to my wonderful and dedicated aunt, translating the knowledge gained from my majors into motion toward superior healthcare policies within the broader community has become my primary objective. The pursuit of this scholarship is, in essence, a step closer to actualizing my goals and my aunt’s belief in the importance of excellent healthcare. It provides an opportunity for me to build upon the legacy she lives out every day. The financial assistance provided will significantly augment my academic pursuits, allowing me the freedom to steer my focus toward the practical advancements of my goals. I firmly believe it will expedite my journey in contributing significantly towards evolving healthcare policies and bring me a step closer to setting a new benchmark in the provision of quality healthcare. In addition to her work as a nurse, my aunt takes care of everybody around her. She takes care of my grandparents and makes sure they have everything they need, in addition to the past several great aunts and uncles of mine. She offers them a room in her home and takes care of them with constant supervision and care from her and my older cousins. With all that she does, she has raised five beautiful daughters and one kind son. She is truly a hero to me and my family. All that she balances with work and home, yet she gives herself selflessly in any way that she can. In the spirit of my aunt’s dedication and service to others, it is my belief and goal to be a beacon of hope and wellness in the face of suffering — through excellent care, regardless of place at work or home. This scholarship would provide a significant stepping stone toward achieving my goals, allowing me to fulfill the legacy of my aunt and to continue to inspire future generations, just as my aunt did for me and my family.
    Online Learning Innovator Scholarship
    Here listed below are my top four tools that I use to help myself study and actively work on applying that knowledge. Here are some of the many benefits of these resources. As a virtual assistant, I don't actively study or use online platforms myself, but I can provide information on how users commonly use platforms like Zoom, Quizlet, library online databases, and digital textbooks to enhance their understanding of subjects. Zoom: Virtual Classrooms and Meetings: Zoom has become a staple for online education, providing a platform for virtual classrooms and meetings. It allows users to attend lectures, participate in discussions, and engage with instructors and peers in real time. Collaboration and Interaction: Zoom features like breakout rooms and interactive whiteboards facilitate collaborative learning, enabling students to work together on projects and problem-solving activities. Quizlet: Flashcards and Quizzes: Quizlet is widely used for creating and studying digital flashcards and quizzes. Users can reinforce their understanding of key concepts, definitions, and terms in a gamified manner, improving retention and recall. Interactive Learning Games: Quizlet offers various interactive games, such as Match and Gravity, making the learning process engaging and enjoyable. Library Online Databases: Access to Scholarly Resources: Online library databases, such as JSTOR or PubMed, provide access to a vast array of scholarly articles, research papers, and journals. Users can delve deeper into specific topics, staying updated with the latest research in their field of study. Efficient Research: These databases enable users to search, filter, and access relevant academic materials more efficiently than traditional library searches, saving time and enhancing the quality of research. Digital Textbooks: Portability and Accessibility: Digital textbooks offer the convenience of portability, allowing users to carry an entire library of textbooks on a single device. This accessibility is especially advantageous for students who need to switch between various subjects throughout the day. Search Functionality: Digital textbooks often come with search functionality, making it easier for users to find specific information quickly. This feature enhances efficiency in studying and referencing. Interactive Features: Some digital textbooks incorporate multimedia elements, interactive quizzes, and supplementary materials, providing a more engaging learning experience compared to traditional print textbooks. The accessibility and portability of digital materials also mean that users can actively apply their knowledge in diverse settings, seamlessly integrating their studies into different aspects of their daily lives. In essence, these online tools create a multifaceted learning environment that not only enhances comprehension but actively supports the application of knowledge in practical and real-world scenarios.
    William A. Stuart Dream Scholarship
    Education and career goals are the compass that guides individuals toward a purposeful and fulfilling life. My journey in pursuit of these goals has been marked by determination, passion, and a relentless desire to make a positive impact on the world. This essay outlines my educational and career aspirations, detailing how the support of a scholarship will play a pivotal role in achieving these goals. From a young age, my fascination with science and the human body has been the driving force behind my educational endeavors. I embarked on this journey not merely as a means to acquire knowledge, but as a pathway to understanding the intricacies of other people and its potential to address societal challenges. My academic pursuits have been characterized by a thirst for knowledge and a commitment to excellence, reflected in my consistently high grades and active participation in extracurricular activities related to my field. My immediate educational goal is to complete undergraduate school. This program aligns seamlessly with my long-term goal of becoming a physician's assistant through a master's program. Acquiring advanced knowledge in health care will not only equip me with the necessary skills but also position me as a catalyst for positive change. I am particularly drawn to patient care as it presents an opportunity to delve deeper into areas that have the potential to transform industries and communities. As I navigate my educational journey, my career goals are firmly rooted in the desire to contribute meaningfully to healthcare and those in our community. I aspire to become a Physician Assistant where I can leverage my expertise to serve deserved communities and provide excellent care to my patients. Whether through innovative solutions, research breakthroughs, or policy advocacy, I am committed to being an active agent of positive change. The financial support provided by this scholarship is instrumental in realizing my ambitions. Pursuing higher education comes with its own set of challenges, and the scholarship will alleviate the financial burden, allowing me to fully focus on my studies and actively engage in opportunities that complement my academic growth. Furthermore, this support will empower me to participate in volunteering with the local blood drive and/or elder group which will enrich my understanding and provide valuable networking opportunities. In conclusion, my education and career goals are intrinsically tied to a vision of contributing meaningfully to society through health care and serving others. The scholarship will serve as a catalyst, propelling me towards achieving these goals by providing the necessary financial support and opening doors to invaluable experiences. With unwavering dedication and the support of this scholarship, I am poised to embark on a journey of learning, growth, and impact that extends far beyond myself.
    Redefining Victory Scholarship
    The Redefining Victory Scholarship is not just a financial opportunity; it is a beacon that aligns with my vision of success, providing the means to transform aspirations into tangible achievements. For me, success transcends conventional metrics and embodies a holistic journey of personal and professional growth, community impact, and a commitment to continuous learning. Success, first and foremost, is synonymous with personal growth. It encompasses the continuous journey of self-discovery, resilience, and the pursuit of becoming the best version of oneself. The Redefining Victory Scholarship is a pivotal catalyst in this journey, offering the financial support necessary for educational pursuits that contribute to personal development. With the scholarship, I envision immersing myself in educational experiences that not only align with my passions but also push the boundaries of my comfort zone. This may involve pursuing advanced degrees, engaging in transformative workshops, or participating in experiential learning opportunities. The scholarship becomes the key that unlocks doors to knowledge, fostering intellectual curiosity, and nurturing the skills essential for navigating a dynamic and interconnected world. Success, to me, extends beyond personal achievements to encompass the positive impact on the community. The Redefining Victory Scholarship is not merely a scholarship; it is an investment in creating change beyond individual boundaries. Armed with this support, I aspire to initiate and contribute to projects that address pressing issues within my community. Whether through community outreach programs, awareness campaigns, or collaborative initiatives, the scholarship empowers me to be a change agent. It enables me to leverage education and resources to make a tangible difference, uplifting those around me. Success, in this context, is measured by the positive ripple effect created within the community, fostering a culture of empowerment, inclusivity, and sustainable progress. A hallmark of success is a commitment to continuous learning, and an unwavering dedication to staying informed, adaptable, and innovative. The Redefining Victory Scholarship serves as a cornerstone for this commitment, offering the financial means to access a breadth of educational opportunities. Success, in the realm of continuous learning, involves not only formal education but also engaging with diverse perspectives, staying abreast of emerging trends, and embracing a mindset of lifelong learning. With the scholarship as a catalyst, I envision participating in conferences, workshops, and seminars that broaden my horizons and deepen my understanding of the ever-evolving global landscape. The scholarship is a gateway to professional fulfillment, aligning educational pursuits with a purposeful career path. Success in my professional journey is characterized by meaningful contributions to my field, innovative problem-solving, and a commitment to ethical practices. The scholarship facilitates the acquisition of knowledge and skills that position me as a competent and ethical professional, capable of making a positive impact in my chosen industry. The scholarship also opens doors to mentorship opportunities, networking events, and industry exposure, crucial elements for success in a competitive professional landscape. It provides the resources to attend conferences, collaborate with experts, and gain insights that will contribute to not just a job but a fulfilling and impactful career. In essence, the Redefining Victory Scholarship is not just an opportunity for financial aid; it is a catalyst for realizing a multifaceted vision of success. It aligns seamlessly with my aspirations for personal growth, community impact, continuous learning, and professional fulfillment. This scholarship is not only an investment in my education but a recognition of my potential to redefine victory not just for myself but for the community and the world at large.
    Elevate Mental Health Awareness Scholarship
    My experience with mental health has been a journey marked by introspection, resilience, and a profound impact on my beliefs, relationships, and career aspirations. It is a narrative of growth, self-discovery, and the recognition of the intricate interplay between mental well-being and every facet of life. My journey with mental health has fundamentally altered my beliefs, particularly in dismantling stigmas surrounding mental health challenges. Initially, there was a reluctance to acknowledge and discuss mental health openly, rooted in societal misconceptions and fears of judgment. However, as I navigated my own experiences, I came to understand the importance of fostering an environment where mental health is regarded with the same significance as physical health. This transformation in belief has led to advocacy for mental health awareness and destigmatization. I firmly believe that creating a supportive and empathetic space for conversations about mental health is essential for personal and collective well-being. It has shaped my conviction that mental health is a spectrum, and seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness. This belief is now ingrained in my approach to life, influencing not only how I perceive my mental health but also how I support others in their mental health journeys. The impact of mental health on my relationships has been profound, illuminating the importance of empathy, communication, and genuine connection. Personal struggles prompted a reevaluation of my relationships, leading to a deeper understanding of the intricate dynamics between mental health and interpersonal connections. Through vulnerability and open communication, I discovered the strength of genuine connections in fostering emotional well-being. Sharing my experiences with trusted friends and family members not only strengthened our bonds but also contributed to a support system crucial for navigating the challenges of mental health. This reciprocity of openness within relationships has created a foundation of trust and understanding. Conversely, the journey highlighted the significance of setting boundaries to preserve mental well-being. Prioritizing self-care and establishing open communication about personal boundaries became essential components of maintaining healthy relationships. This experience has cultivated a nuanced perspective on empathy, emphasizing the importance of actively listening, validating emotions, and offering support without judgment. My journey with mental health has significantly influenced my career aspirations, redirecting my focus toward professions that emphasize mental health advocacy, support, and awareness. The personal struggles I faced instilled a profound empathy for those navigating similar challenges, inspiring a desire to contribute to the mental health field. Initially pursuing a career solely based on conventional measures of success, my experience prompted a reevaluation of priorities. It became evident that my professional aspirations should align with my passion for mental health advocacy. This realization led to a shift in career goals, with a newfound commitment to making a meaningful impact on the mental well-being of individuals and communities. The intersection of mental health and career aspirations manifested in a commitment to destigmatizing mental health challenges within the workplace. Recognizing the impact of work environments on mental well-being, I became an advocate for fostering inclusive, supportive workplaces that prioritize mental health. This advocacy extends to promoting work-life balance, implementing mental health initiatives, and creating spaces where employees feel comfortable seeking support. Moreover, my experience has fueled an interest in pursuing roles that directly contribute to mental health education, awareness, and accessibility. This includes exploring opportunities in counseling, psychotherapy, or community-based programs that address the multifaceted aspects of mental health. In conclusion, my journey with mental health has been a transformative odyssey that reshaped my beliefs, relationships, and career aspirations. It prompted a shift in perspective, fostering a commitment to destigmatizing mental health challenges and advocating for a more compassionate and understanding society. The impact on relationships underscored the importance of empathy, open communication, and setting boundaries for maintaining healthy connections. Professionally, the experience redirected my focus toward a career aligned with my passion for mental health advocacy, emphasizing the creation of supportive and inclusive environments. This journey is ongoing, marked by continuous growth, resilience, and a dedication to contributing positively to the collective conversation surrounding mental health.
    TEAM ROX Scholarship
    Embarking on the journey of developing my skills and making it my purpose to help others be their best has been a transformative odyssey fueled by ambition and drive. The evolution of this commitment has not only shaped my professional trajectory but has become a profound personal passion that propels me to continuously strive for excellence. The foundation of my pursuit lies in a deep-seated ambition to create a positive impact in the lives of others. Early on, I recognized the inherent power of education, mentorship, and personal development in unlocking human potential. This realization became a driving force, compelling me to hone my skills and expertise to contribute meaningfully to the growth and well-being of those around me. Ambition, in this context, served as both a guiding star and a relentless motivator. It fueled my commitment to continuous learning, pushing me to acquire knowledge and skills that would be instrumental in supporting others on their journeys toward self-improvement. Whether through formal education, professional development opportunities, or hands-on experiences, my ambition became a catalyst for personal growth and an unwavering commitment to be the best I could be. The development of my skills has been a dynamic and multifaceted process. It involves a blend of formal education, practical experiences, and a proactive approach to staying abreast of industry trends and best practices. Pursuing relevant certifications, attending workshops, and engaging in mentorship relationships have been integral components of this skill development journey. The goal has always been to ensure a well-rounded skill set that aligns with the ever-evolving needs of those I aim to assist. Central to my passion for helping others be their best is a genuine drive to understand and connect with individuals on a personal level. This involves active listening, empathy, and a commitment to recognizing and valuing the unique strengths and aspirations of each person. By fostering a supportive and empowering environment, I aim to create a space where individuals feel inspired to tap into their potential and work towards their goals. The drive to help others be their best extends beyond professional endeavors; it has become a core aspect of my philosophy. Whether in a leadership role, a mentorship capacity or simply as a supportive colleague or friend, I consistently seek opportunities to uplift and inspire others. This drive is rooted in the belief that, by helping individuals realize their potential, we contribute to building stronger, more resilient communities and a collectively brighter future. The combination of ambition and drive has also led me to take on leadership roles where I can influence positive change on a broader scale. Whether initiating workplace initiatives, leading community projects, or collaborating with like-minded individuals on larger-scale endeavors, the goal is to create environments that foster growth, innovation, and a collective commitment to excellence. Ambition and drive, in my journey, have not been solitary pursuits but rather guiding principles that influence every facet of my life. This passion for helping others be their best has become a purpose that transcends professional boundaries, permeating through personal relationships, community engagements, and collaborative efforts aimed at creating a positive ripple effect. In conclusion, the development of my skills and the cultivation of my passion for helping others be their best have been driven by a relentless ambition to make a positive impact. This journey involves continuous learning, active engagement, and a commitment to understanding and uplifting those around me. The synergy of ambition and drive has transformed a personal aspiration into a purpose that permeates every aspect of my life, propelling me to strive for excellence and inspire others to do the same.
    Walking In Authority International Ministry Scholarship
    The inspiration to get involved in my community stems from a deep-rooted belief in the power of collective action to create positive change. Witnessing the challenges faced by various members of my community has ignited a sense of responsibility and a desire to contribute to solutions that address local issues and enhance overall well-being. Several factors inspire my community involvement, with empathy being a central driving force. Recognizing the diverse needs and struggles within the community has cultivated a strong sense of empathy, motivating me to actively seek ways to make a meaningful impact. Whether it's addressing educational disparities, advocating for social justice, or supporting local initiatives, the shared experiences of the community members catalyze my involvement. Education also plays a pivotal role in inspiring community engagement. Awareness of the transformative potential of education fuels my commitment to initiatives that promote learning opportunities and knowledge sharing within the community. By fostering education, I aim to empower individuals to overcome challenges and unlock their full potential, contributing to the community's overall growth. The desire for social justice and equity is another powerful motivator. Witnessing disparities in access to resources, opportunities, and representation has spurred my involvement in initiatives that strive for a more just and inclusive community. Advocating for equal rights and working towards dismantling systemic barriers are central aspects of my community engagement efforts. In terms of influencing change in my community, I have actively participated in various projects and initiatives that align with my values and goals. This involvement spans diverse areas, each aimed at creating positive outcomes for the community: Educational Initiatives: I have been actively involved in programs that promote education and skill development within the community. This includes volunteering in local schools, participating in tutoring programs, and organizing workshops that focus on enhancing academic and vocational skills. Community Outreach and Awareness Campaigns: Engaging in outreach activities and awareness campaigns has been a key strategy to address pressing issues. This involves organizing events, seminars, and awareness drives to shed light on topics such as health, environmental sustainability, and social justice, fostering a community-wide dialogue. Collaboration with Local Organizations: Collaborating with local non-profit organizations and community groups has been instrumental in amplifying the impact of my efforts. By joining forces with established entities, I have been able to contribute to larger-scale initiatives and leverage collective resources for the greater good. Advocacy and Policy Engagement: I have actively engaged in advocacy work, advocating for policies that align with community needs. This involves participating in community forums, collaborating with policymakers, and raising awareness about legislative issues that impact the well-being of community members. Community Building and Networking: Establishing connections within the community is crucial for effective engagement. I have worked towards fostering a sense of community by organizing events, creating platforms for dialogue, and building networks that facilitate collaboration among individuals and organizations. Through these efforts, my goal is not only to address immediate challenges but also to contribute to sustainable and systemic change. By combining grassroots initiatives with advocacy work and education, I aspire to create a community that is resilient, informed, and empowered to navigate and overcome the complexities it faces. The inspiration to make a positive impact remains a driving force, motivating me to continue actively participating in and influencing change within my community.
    Bruce & Kathy Bevan Scholarship
    Balancing work and school has been a dynamic and challenging journey that has profoundly influenced both my personal and professional growth. Navigating the demands of a rigorous academic curriculum while concurrently managing work responsibilities has required meticulous planning, resilience, and a commitment to personal development. The simultaneous pursuit of work and education has undoubtedly posed challenges, but it has also instilled in me a heightened sense of time management and prioritization. Balancing deadlines, meetings, and assignments has become a delicate art that has honed my organizational skills. Learning to efficiently allocate time for both work and studies has not only enabled me to meet academic and professional commitments but has also equipped me with a valuable skill set applicable to various facets of life. The dual responsibilities have fostered a strong work ethic. Juggling work and school has demanded discipline, dedication, and a persistent drive to excel in both domains. The experience has reinforced the importance of perseverance in the face of challenges, cultivating resilience as I navigate the complexities of balancing competing priorities. This resilience has not only contributed to my academic and professional success but has also become a key attribute in facing life's broader challenges. Moreover, the intertwining of work and education has provided a unique platform for the practical application of theoretical knowledge. Concepts learned in the classroom find immediate relevance in the workplace, creating a symbiotic relationship between theory and practice. This synergy has deepened my understanding of academic concepts, allowing me to appreciate their real-world implications. Simultaneously, work experiences have enriched my academic pursuits, offering practical insights that enhance the depth of my learning. Balancing work and school has also catalyzed my personal growth by fostering adaptability and agility. The fluidity of transitioning between workplace responsibilities and academic endeavors has necessitated an ability to switch mindsets rapidly. This adaptability has become a valuable skill, enabling me to thrive in diverse environments and navigate the ever-evolving landscape of both academia and the professional realm. In terms of professional growth, the integration of work and education has provided me with a comprehensive skill set that extends beyond the confines of the classroom. The hands-on experience gained in the workplace complements my theoretical knowledge, making me a more versatile and competitive professional. This duality has afforded me a nuanced perspective, allowing me to approach challenges with a holistic understanding that combines academic insight with practical acumen. Furthermore, the networking opportunities inherent in both work and academic settings have expanded my professional connections. Engaging with professionals in my field through work and interacting with peers and professors in educational settings has created a robust professional network. These connections have been instrumental in providing mentorship, guidance, and potential career opportunities. In conclusion, the experience of balancing work and school has been transformative, shaping me into a resilient, adaptable, and well-rounded individual. The challenges posed by this dual commitment have become opportunities for personal and professional growth. The integration of theoretical knowledge with practical application has enriched my academic pursuits and enhanced my professional capabilities. The journey has not only refined my time management and organizational skills but has also imbued me with a strong work ethic and a heightened ability to navigate the complexities of both the academic and professional spheres.
    Combined Worlds Scholarship
    Travel has the extraordinary power to be a transformative experience for individuals, offering a journey that extends far beyond geographical boundaries. The exposure to different cultures, perspectives, and environments can be a catalyst for profound personal growth and development. This transformative process unfolds through a myriad of ways, each contributing to an individual's broader understanding of the world and their place within it. One of the most impactful aspects of travel is the exposure to diverse cultures. Interacting with people from different cultural backgrounds allows individuals to break free from the confines of their cultural bubble. It challenges preconceived notions, broadens perspectives, and fosters a deeper appreciation for the richness of human diversity. Being immersed in new cultural landscapes provides opportunities to witness unique traditions, taste unfamiliar cuisines, and engage in customs that may be vastly different from one's own. These experiences not only cultivate a sense of empathy but also promote a more inclusive worldview. Travel serves as an educational journey that extends beyond textbooks and classrooms. It provides firsthand encounters with history, art, and architecture, allowing individuals to witness the tangible remnants of ancient civilizations or experience the vibrant pulse of modern urban centers. Exploring historical sites, museums, and local landmarks becomes a vivid lesson in the interconnectedness of humanity and the continuity of human civilization. Experiencing different environments also offers a chance for personal introspection. Whether surrounded by the serene beauty of nature, the bustling energy of a city, or the tranquility of a remote village, individuals find themselves reflecting on their own lives and values. Exposure to diverse landscapes can instigate a profound connection to the natural world and a renewed appreciation for environmental sustainability. Moreover, navigating unfamiliar territories fosters adaptability and resilience. The challenges of navigating a foreign city or overcoming language barriers demand problem-solving skills and a willingness to step out of one's comfort zone. These experiences cultivate a sense of self-reliance and resourcefulness, contributing to personal development. Cultural immersion and exposure to different perspectives also nurture the development of open-mindedness. Engaging with people who hold different beliefs or worldviews challenges preconceived notions and fosters a more nuanced understanding of complex global issues. The ability to appreciate different perspectives becomes a valuable asset in an interconnected world, promoting effective communication and collaboration. The transformative power of travel lies in its ability to break down stereotypes and dissolve prejudices. By meeting individuals from various backgrounds, travelers often find that shared human experiences far outweigh perceived differences. This realization becomes a powerful tool in fostering tolerance, empathy, and global citizenship. Ultimately, travel serves as a crucible for personal growth, fostering qualities such as cultural sensitivity, adaptability, and open-mindedness. The exposure to different cultures, perspectives, and environments prompts individuals to question assumptions, broaden their horizons, and redefine their place in the world. The transformative journey that travel offers is not just about the physical exploration of new territories; it is a journey of self-discovery, empathy, and continuous learning that shapes individuals into more informed, compassionate, and resilient global citizens.
    Mental Health Importance Scholarship
    I am Audrey Darling A rising junior at Grand Valley State University. I have depression along with my chronic illness of condition of fibromyalgia. My illness affects my mental health and my mental health affects my condition. When things get overwhelming that takes a toll on my mental health (and my condition). This stress on my body makes it hard for me to walk to class or to complete tasks, such as homework, due to chronic fatigue from being depressed. This can affect my academic performance and my grades. My academic performance is most often affected due to the number of missed classes. Navigating the demands of academic life while attending school inevitably poses challenges, and the state of one's mental health can significantly impact both academic performance and personal well-being. As a student, I recognize the intricate interplay between mental health, academic success, and personal life. Acknowledging the importance of a balanced and healthy mindset, I proactively take steps to prioritize my mental well-being. The academic environment, with its rigorous schedules, deadlines, and performance expectations, can be stressful. Managing this pressure is crucial to sustaining a healthy mental state. During periods of heightened stress, I consciously engage in time-management strategies, breaking tasks into manageable segments to alleviate overwhelming feelings. Additionally, I cultivate open communication with professors and peers to seek support when needed, fostering a sense of community and understanding. In my personal life, maintaining a healthy work-life balance is essential. I recognize the importance of relaxation, recreation, and social connections in preserving mental health. Regular exercise, proper nutrition, and sufficient sleep contribute significantly to my overall well-being. I prioritize these aspects, understanding that physical health is intrinsically linked to mental health. To make my mental health a priority, I take time for myself, by setting a time block aside to take care of myself and to clean my area. I begin to set myself up for success by eating properly, moving my body, and planning for future meals. I then make a list step, by step to help myself from moving on from a state of depression. These moments of respite serve as a buffer against stressors and contribute to a more resilient mindset. Furthermore, seeking professional guidance when necessary is a crucial aspect of my mental health strategy. I am proactive in accessing the available mental health resources provided by the school, such as counseling services and workshops. Establishing a support network that includes friends, family, and mental health professionals is invaluable in navigating the complexities of academic life while safeguarding mental well-being. In times of heightened stress, I am attuned to signs of burnout or emotional fatigue. Taking breaks, practicing mindfulness, and implementing relaxation techniques are integral components of my self-care routine. By acknowledging the impact of mental health on academic performance and personal life, I empower myself to address challenges proactively and foster a positive and sustainable approach to my education. In conclusion, understanding the intricate relationship between mental health, academic performance, and personal life is crucial for a holistic and successful student experience. By implementing proactive strategies, seeking support when needed, and prioritizing self-care, I aim to create a resilient foundation that supports both my academic journey and overall well-being.
    Dr. William and Jo Sherwood Family Scholarship
    Receiving this scholarship would be a transformative opportunity for me, impacting both my immediate educational pursuits and my long-term career aspirations. The financial support provided by this scholarship would alleviate a significant portion of the financial burden associated with pursuing higher education, allowing me to fully focus on my academic and professional development. The ripple effects of this support would extend far beyond my immediate circumstances, influencing my future in profound ways. Firstly, the scholarship would directly contribute to my academic success by enabling me to dedicate more time and energy to my studies. With reduced financial stress, I could invest more in resources such as textbooks, educational materials, and possibly even additional courses or workshops to enhance my learning experience. This increased academic focus would not only elevate my current academic performance but also lay a robust foundation for my future endeavors. Moreover, the scholarship would allow me to engage in extracurricular activities and internships without the constraints of financial limitations. These experiences are invaluable for personal and professional growth, providing practical skills, networking opportunities, and exposure to real-world applications of the knowledge gained in the classroom. The scholarship's impact would extend beyond the academic realm, fostering a more comprehensive and holistic development. Looking towards the future, this financial support would significantly contribute to my career readiness. As a student in STEM, there are often additional costs associated with specialized equipment, software, or research materials. The scholarship would empower me to invest in these resources, enabling me to fully participate in hands-on projects and research opportunities that are instrumental in building a competitive edge in the job market. Furthermore, the financial relief from the scholarship would allow me to consider pursuing advanced degrees or certifications, which are increasingly essential in many STEM fields. This additional education would not only enhance my qualifications but also open doors to more advanced and impactful roles in my chosen field. Beyond the tangible benefits, receiving this scholarship would instill in me a profound sense of validation and motivation. It would serve as a testament to the recognition of my dedication, hard work, and potential within my chosen field. This validation would fuel my determination to excel academically and professionally, inspiring me to make meaningful contributions to my field and society at large. In summary, the impact of this scholarship on my education and future is multi-faceted. It would provide immediate relief, allowing me to focus on academic pursuits and extracurricular activities. Simultaneously, it would pave the way for long-term success by facilitating career readiness, advanced education, and personal growth. The scholarship would not only be a financial boon but a catalyst for achieving my aspirations and making a positive impact in the STEM field.
    Mental Health Scholarship for Women
    I am Audrey Darling A rising junior at Grand Valley State University. I have depression along with my chronic illness of condition of fibromyalgia. My illness affects my mental health and my mental health affects my condition. When things get overwhelming that takes a toll on my mental health (and my condition). This stress on my body makes it hard for me to walk to class or to complete tasks, such as homework, due to chronic fatigue from being depressed. This can affect my academic performance and my grades. My academic performance is most often affected due to the number of missed classes. Navigating the demands of academic life while attending school inevitably poses challenges, and the state of one's mental health can significantly impact both academic performance and personal well-being. As a student, I recognize the intricate interplay between mental health, academic success, and personal life. Acknowledging the importance of a balanced and healthy mindset, I proactively take steps to prioritize my mental well-being. The academic environment, with its rigorous schedules, deadlines, and performance expectations, can be stressful. Managing this pressure is crucial to sustaining a healthy mental state. During periods of heightened stress, I consciously engage in time-management strategies, breaking tasks into manageable segments to alleviate overwhelming feelings. Additionally, I cultivate open communication with professors and peers to seek support when needed, fostering a sense of community and understanding. In my personal life, maintaining a healthy work-life balance is essential. I recognize the importance of relaxation, recreation, and social connections in preserving mental health. Regular exercise, proper nutrition, and sufficient sleep contribute significantly to my overall well-being. I prioritize these aspects, understanding that physical health is intrinsically linked to mental health. To make my mental health a priority, I take time for myself, by setting a time block aside to take care of myself and to clean my area. I begin to set myself up for success by eating properly, moving my body, and planning for future meals. I then make a list step, by step to help myself from moving on from a state of depression. These moments of respite serve as a buffer against stressors and contribute to a more resilient mindset. Furthermore, seeking professional guidance when necessary is a crucial aspect of my mental health strategy. I am proactive in accessing the available mental health resources provided by the school, such as counseling services and workshops. Establishing a support network that includes friends, family, and mental health professionals is invaluable in navigating the complexities of academic life while safeguarding mental well-being. In times of heightened stress, I am attuned to signs of burnout or emotional fatigue. Taking breaks, practicing mindfulness, and implementing relaxation techniques are integral components of my self-care routine. By acknowledging the impact of mental health on academic performance and personal life, I empower myself to address challenges proactively and foster a positive and sustainable approach to my education. In conclusion, understanding the intricate relationship between mental health, academic performance, and personal life is crucial for a holistic and successful student experience. By implementing proactive strategies, seeking support when needed, and prioritizing self-care, I aim to create a resilient foundation that supports both my academic journey and overall well-being.
    Women in STEM Scholarship
    I am Audrey Darling, a rising Junior at GVSU. My major is in Allied Health Science, but I have an extreme connection and drive for all sciences. I have chosen to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) for a combination of personal passion and a commitment to contributing to the advancement of these fields. My decision stems from a deep fascination with the power of science and technology to solve complex problems and improve our daily lives. Additionally, I am motivated by the desire to break gender barriers in STEM and inspire more women to pursue careers in these fields. Ambition: My ambition in STEM is fueled by a genuine curiosity about the world around me and a desire to explore the unknown. I am constantly seeking new challenges and opportunities to expand my knowledge and skills. Whether it's tackling intricate engineering problems, delving into cutting-edge research, or developing innovative solutions, my ambition is to push the boundaries of what is possible in STEM. Drive: My drive in STEM comes from a strong sense of purpose and a commitment to making a positive impact. I am not only motivated by personal success but also by the potential for my work to contribute to societal progress. I thrive on the challenges inherent in STEM disciplines, viewing them as opportunities to learn and grow. My resilience and determination drive me to overcome obstacles and persevere in the face of adversity. Impact: As a woman in STEM, I recognize the importance of diversity in driving innovation and fostering a broader range of perspectives. I hope to make a difference by being a trailblazer for women in the field, demonstrating that gender should not be a barrier to success. I aspire to mentor and support other women pursuing STEM careers, fostering a more inclusive and diverse community. Furthermore, I aim to contribute to groundbreaking projects and research that address pressing global challenges. Whether it's developing sustainable technologies, advancing medical breakthroughs, or creating solutions to environmental issues, my goal is to leverage STEM to make a tangible and lasting impact on society. In summary, my pursuit of STEM is driven by a combination of ambition, an insatiable drive to learn and overcome challenges, and a deep commitment to making a positive impact, particularly by breaking down barriers for women in the field. I am dedicated to pushing the boundaries of knowledge and contributing to the betterment of our world through the application of science and technology. Thank you for taking the time to review my application, Sincerely, Audrey
    Girls Ready to Empower Girls
    The inspiration behind my dedication to the fields of Healthcare and Medicine draws from my aunt, a revered nurse in her community. Her relentless dedication and resilience to bring health and happiness into people's lives left an indelible mark on my psyche, thus nudging me towards following in her footsteps. Towards that end, my academic efforts at Grand Valley State University have consistently been influenced by her unwavering spirit of community service and healing. The institution's educational standards and my opportunities have provided me with an ideal environment to hone my skills, allowing me to attain academic proficiency and practical aptitude in my fields of interest. My aunt’s stories of comfort and aid, sacrifice, and devotion to patients always fascinated me. She personifies compassion and empathy, transforming her career into a life devoted to serving others. Her tales are not just anecdotes of an aging kin; they serve as guiding stars navigating me through my endeavors and challenges. Her life and work fostered in me an interest and admiration for healthcare professionals who dedicate their lives to understanding the workings of the human body and battling maladies that disrupt it. Therefore, as a tribute to my wonderful and dedicated aunt, translating the knowledge gained from my majors into motion toward superior healthcare policies within the broader community has become my primary objective. The pursuit of this scholarship is, in essence, a step closer to actualizing my Aunt’s unwavering belief in the importance of healthcare. It provides an opportunity for me to build upon the legacy she lives out every day. The financial assistance provided will significantly augment my academic pursuits, allowing me the freedom to steer my focus toward the practical advancements of my goals. I firmly believe it will expedite my journey in contributing significantly towards evolving healthcare policies and bring me a step closer to setting a new benchmark in providing quality healthcare. In the spirit of my aunt’s dedication and service to others, it is my resolute belief and driving goal to be a beacon of hope and wellness in the face of suffering — equally for all, regardless of race, wealth, or identity. The Who Inspires You Scholarship would provide a significant stepping stone toward realizing this goal, allowing me to fulfill the legacy bestowed upon me and continue to inspire future generations, just as my aunt did for me. I would be deeply honored to become a recipient of the Who Inspires You Scholarship, for it isn't just financial aid, but an endorsement of the values and aspirations that inspire me every day - my grandmother's legacy of collective wellbeing. Thank you for considering my application. Sincerely, Audrey Darling
    Natalie Joy Poremski Scholarship
    I actively live out my faith day to day by attending church on weekends, and on holy days of obligation, all the while sharing my faith with others in my life. I have attended many pro-life rallies and marches and have invited friends to join me. Furthermore, I help out friends with babysitting, pregnancies, baby showers, and prayer and guidance for unplanned pregnancies. When necessary, I bring my parents into awareness because they would adopt anyone's child rather than have them have an abortion. My faith has impacted my life greatly. My family, including my extended family, is very involved in church activities and volunteering. My parents both have helped with the youth group at my church and my dad, and I are currently servers to help the church service run smoothly. My faith has impacted the people I hang around, and in turn, has formed my habits. My faith has also made I big impact on my beliefs and how I conduct myself. Additionally, my faith has kept me resilient in times of depression and failure. In stressful day-to-day social situations and other emotional situations, it has given me a level head and someone to relay my thoughts to. While these day-to-day faith habits are extremely important, my faith has shaped my career goals as well. My faith and family have raised me to be compassionate, to take care of others, and to value everyone. What better way to take care of others than the healthcare field? I know that I can make a large impact with my kindness and compassion in this field. In addition, I can help make large decisions by advocating for those with no voice, especially as a physician's assistant. In this position, I will be more in touch with the doctors and the nurses to work with them as a team to see the best and correct treatment. My degree is a wonderful tool and I plan to use my education as a healthcare worker to advocate for the rights of those who have no voice, particularly children and the elderly. The past year I have worked in a nursing home, and it has shown me the true value of listening and advocating for others, especially when the healthcare and political system consistently works against them. The life of every person is very important to God and to me. The life of a person is very valuable no matter the stage of life they are in.