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Ava Wilkins

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Hi! My name is Ava. I have been involved with a number of different programs growing up and have experienced a life changing event or two or more. I have had my heart set on following a career path in the pediatric oncology field which was fueled by my own experience surviving a rare cancer diagnosis (Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis) and treatment. Having braved and rallied through a cancer diagnosis and treatment, and knowing first-hand the expense that comes with it, it would bring me so much joy to be able to take care of the majority of the cost of college so that my parents can rest easy and not have to worry about how I might cover the costs or feel obligated to cover them for me. My backup plan should the health/medical field not be a good fit is to care for livestock and this passion stems from my involvement with our local 4-H program in some way since before I could walk or talk. I have raised and entered poultry, pigs and lambs in the fair as a Cloverbud, raised numerous livestock market projects, participated in teen club exchanges and travel, and has spent many hours serving her community. It is safe to say that 4-H has impacted my life and given me opportunities that have helped me grow leadership skills, citizenship skills, and has helped shape the person I am today. My experience in 4-H has been educational and rewarding. For the reasons above, I feel like I’d be a great recipient of most any scholarship. I greatly appreciate the opportunity that this platform offers and the many scholarships provided to so many - Thank you!

Education

Texas A & M University-College Station

Bachelor's degree program
2022 - 2026
  • Majors:
    • Public Health
  • Minors:
    • Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Trade School
2021 - 2021
  • Majors:
    • Practical Nursing, Vocational Nursing and Nursing Assistants
  • Minors:
    • Practical Nursing, Vocational Nursing and Nursing Assistants

James T Hutchison High School

High School
2018 - 2022

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Bachelor's degree program

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
    • Veterinary/Animal Health Technologies/Technicians
    • Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing
  • Planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Medicine

    • Dream career goals:

      Pediatric Nurse; Pediatric Oncology Nurse; Pediatric ICU Nurse

    • Owner/Operator

      Baldy Acres
      2008 – 202214 years
    • Assistant

      Fairbanks Family Wellness
      2022 – 2022
    • Certified Nursing Assistant - CNA, Registry

      Foundation Health Partners - Denali Center
      2023 – Present1 year
    • Assistant

      Fairbanks Chiropractic
      2022 – 2022

    Sports

    Soccer

    Varsity
    2019 – 20223 years

    Awards

    • Soccer Sportsmanship
    • Varsity Letter 2018-2019
    • Varsity Letter 2019-2020
    • Varsity Letter 2020-2021
    • Varsity Letter 2021-2022
    • Scholar athlete

    Soccer

    Intramural
    2009 – 202213 years

    Flag Football

    Varsity
    2019 – 20223 years

    Awards

    • Scholar athlete
    • Varsity Letter 2019-2020
    • Varsity Letter 2020-2021
    • Varsity Letter 2021-22

    Research

    • Mammals

      University of Alaska Fairbanks — Student
      2017 – 2017
    • Permafrost research

      University of Alaska Fairbanks — Student
      2016 – 2016

    Arts

    • Hutchison High School Welding

      Metalwork
      Created many pieces of metal art and continue to do so as a hobby and for gifts
      2019 – 2020

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      Tanana District 4-H Youth Program — Member/Volunteer/Advocate
      2010 – 2022
    • Volunteering

      The Door - teen youth shelter — Volunteer
      2018 – 2023
    • Volunteering

      Pioneers Home — Volunteer
      2016 – 2021
    • Volunteering

      Local church organizations — Volunteer
      2015 – Present
    • Volunteering

      City of Fairbanks — Volunteer
      2010 – 2023
    • Volunteering

      Denali Center/4-H — Volunteer
      2018 – 2022
    • Volunteering

      Fairbanks Community Food Bank — Volunteer
      2019 – 2023

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Volunteering

    Philanthropy

    Entrepreneurship

    Sara Jane Memorial Scholarship
    From adversity to inspiration, my journey as a cancer survivor has not only shaped who I am today but also fueled my determination to follow a career path and make a difference in the healthcare field. The first life changing moment that will be forever etched into my memory was when I was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, called Langerhans Cell Histocytosis (LCH) – that is a big name for a little kid, let me tell ya! At the age of five, I found myself with a persistent fever and a growing bump above my left eye. Despite countless consultations with pediatricians, ophthalmologists, and ear, nose, and throat specialists, the mystery persisted. It wasn't until early July that my mom took me to the ER, and it was soon discovered that a sizable tumor had eaten away the area above my eye, threatening to break through the barrier to my brain. The urgency of my situation sent us quickly on our way to Seattle Children’s Hospital, marking the onset of a race against time for a diagnosis and treatment plan. Weeks of biopsies, blood draws, and consultations with a team of doctors and researchers came up with the diagnosis of LCH. Shortly after, I began an 18-month journey of hospital stays, chemotherapy, and other treatment, accompanied by a web of medications, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. I persevered and beat the hell out of LCH. Having gone through what I did brought about a very different appreciation and respect for humanity and a forever altered perspective on life. I have set my sights on a career path in the pediatric oncology field. This passion is not merely a career choice but a calling, a response to the profound impact of my personal journey. I believe that through my own experiences I will excel as a medical provider as I will sincerely relate to the patient and their family members during tough times. While offering support, encouragement and motivation I will still be able to appropriately deliver the real talk and tough love that is often needed. Currently I am pursuing a BS in Allied Science at Texas A&M University's Public Health College, I intend to lay a solid foundation for a career in nursing. My journey began with obtaining a CNA certification in high school, offering me valuable insights into the care of the elderly and disabled. As I navigate my educational journey, I am eager to engage in volunteer and internship opportunities that align with my passion. Last summer and over winter break, I worked at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, Denali Center as a CNA and will do so this summer as well thus enhancing my experience as a healthcare provider and furthering my understanding of patient care at different levels. I am also a member of Starlight Aggies on campus in which we focus on philanthropic work for children’s hospitals. Looking ahead, I plan on giving back to the community with a higher level of knowledge and expertise as my education advances. My enthusiasm for volunteering remains as I volunteer at the Fairbanks Community Food Bank and Denali Center when time allows, and I anticipate sharing my insights with those in need of support, guidance, and nurturing. My ultimate goal is to return to Fairbanks as a healthcare professional offering services and support to pediatric oncology patients—a resource that was lacking when I faced my diagnosis in 2009. I am determined to eventually tell a story that inspires resilience and hope.
    John Young 'Pursue Your Passion' Scholarship
    Growing up on a small farm in Fairbanks, Alaska, surrounded by the rhythm of livestock and the vast expanse of nature, has instilled in me a profound appreciation for hard work. This character has shaped my journey, fueled my passion for healthcare, and inspired my goal of making a difference in the nursing and pediatric oncology fields. My own battle with a rare cancer, Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH), has been a pivotal point in my life. Braving the challenges of diagnosis and treatment has given me a unique perspective on the struggles individuals and their families face during health crises. This firsthand experience has ignited a passion within me to ensure that others receive the care and support they need, fostering my desire to contribute to the healthcare industry. To pursue a career in nursing/pediatric oncology, I understand the necessity of formal education and hands-on training. Having acquired my Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification during high school, I've gained valuable experience working with the elderly and disabled. However, my aspirations require a higher level of education and specialized skills that can only be honed through a rigorous academic path. I recognize the importance of obtaining the right skills and surrounding myself with knowledgeable mentors to navigate the complexities of the healthcare field. My determination to excel academically and my commitment to learning and growing along this journey drive me to seek opportunities that will broaden my foundation for making a meaningful impact. Growing up with a deep connection to animals, rare diseases, life-saving treatments, and various entry-level jobs has also shown me the immense need for skilled workers in healthcare. Both on-the-job training and higher education play crucial roles in meeting this demand, emphasizing the significance of gaining expertise to contribute effectively to the industry. Despite facing financial challenges in the past, particularly during my cancer diagnosis, my family and I have persevered. The exorbitant costs of my treatment, travel, and lodging were significant burdens, but the support of my parents and the medical professionals, especially Dr. Ken McClain at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, saw me through to non-active disease status. This experience has heightened my sense of responsibility to actively contribute to funding my education. The value of hard work, instilled in me through years of raising livestock and engaging in various jobs, propels me forward in my educational journey. I am driven by a determination to succeed, not just for myself but also to utilize the knowledge and expertise gained to give back to the community. As I embark on this path, the fusion of hard work, resilience, and a deep-seated passion for healthcare propels me toward my aspirations in the pediatric oncology field, where I hope to make a lasting impact on the lives of others.
    Ethel Hayes Destigmatization of Mental Health Scholarship
    The journey through a rare form of cancer, Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH), at the tender age of 5, marks a pivotal chapter in my life, redefining my identity and reshaping my perspective. Initially, I brushed the surface of my cancer journey, believing its impact was minimal. However, delving deeper into the intricacies of my experience, I've come to realize the profound influence it has had on my life and the person I am today. The diagnosis of LCH turned my family's world and mine upside down. It all began with a mosquito-like bite on my eyelid that refused to heal. As the swelling intensified, I could barely open my eye, prompting a visit to the doctor and subsequently a life-altering call urging immediate travel to Seattle Children's Hospital. At such a young age, I found myself thrust into a world of medical terms, treatments, and uncertainty. The gravity of the situation didn't fully register, creating a surreal backdrop where life seemed unchanged despite everything being different. My schooling during this period became a tumultuous journey of missed classes, doctor appointments, and the perpetual fear of falling ill due to a compromised immune system. Chemotherapy, a powerful weapon against cancer, also left its mark on my education. Relearning subjects and skills became a necessity, leading to feelings of isolation and a sense of missing out on the ordinary joys of childhood. The social implications of my battle were profound. The insensitive comments and judgments of peers about my appearance added emotional layers to an already challenging situation. Despite the hardships, I persevered, emerging from the ordeal in remission by the time I entered first grade. Yet, the scars were not merely physical; they ran deep into the fabric of my being. Growing up with cancer forced me to mature faster than my peers. The awareness of life's fragility and the stark realization that cancer was not a trivial matter set me apart. However, sharing my experiences with others often led to dismissive attitudes or even mockery. The misconception that my cancer wasn't 'serious enough' because I appeared unaffected externally led to a tendency to brush off my own feelings and experiences. This dismissal of my own emotions mirrored the societal response to my battle. Eventually, I stopped sharing my cancer experience, deeming it irrelevant or fearing the reactions it might evoke. This period of silence became a coping mechanism, a shield against potential pity or insensitivity. The impact of cancer extends beyond the immediate challenges of diagnosis and treatment. It left an indelible mark on my mental health. The fear of a relapse, coupled with the physical and emotional toll of the experience, fostered self-consciousness, introversion, and intense anxiety. Every change in my health became a source of paranoia, a constant reminder of the potential resurgence of the rare cancer I had fought. As I navigate adulthood, the effects of my childhood cancer journey continued to shape my identity. The missed opportunities, social struggles, and emotional turbulence laid the foundation for a reserved and introverted personality. The desire to break free from this self-imposed cocoon led me to push my boundaries, especially after a breakup and high school graduation. I sought to become the outgoing, outspoken person I aspired to be, eager to shed the invisibility that had defined my past. However, the echoes of my cancer journey persisted in the form of heightened anxiety and stress. The overwhelming emotions that surfaced during cancer treatment continued to haunt me, manifesting in panic attacks and persistent anxiety, particularly concerning academic challenges. The steroids administered during treatment played a role, but the emotional toll of cancer itself remained a significant factor, shaping my approach to stress and anxiety. Cancer, despite its hardships, brought forth strength, knowledge, and an unparalleled support system. Confronting mortality at a young age instilled in me a sense of resilience, demonstrating that I could overcome any obstacle. The heightened awareness of my body's functioning, while sometimes anxiety-inducing, proved beneficial in recognizing abnormalities. The support system that emerged – a network of individuals offering encouragement, advice, voices of reason – became a lifeline throughout my life. As I reflect on this psychological journey, I recognize the value of critical thinking in understanding myself and others. The insights gained from this introspection not only provide clarity on my own mental and emotional landscape but also equip me to empathize with others' experiences. The world, I believe, could benefit from a greater understanding of psychology, fostering empathy and awareness of mental health issues. Through this understanding, the stigma surrounding mental health may diminish, and individuals may find solace in a more compassionate and supportive society. Helping others is my source of joy. As I venture into the medical field, I'm eager to share the knowledge I acquire with those in need of support, guidance, and nurturing. I believe in the power of incremental improvements, and the prospect of contributing to my community at a higher level, with increased knowledge and expertise from my educational journey, excites me. In conclusion, my cancer journey, though challenging, has become a catalyst for personal growth and self-awareness. The scars it left are not only physical but also etched into the recesses of my mind, shaping my identity and influencing my outlook on life. Through this exploration, I have uncovered the transformative power of adversity and the importance of delving into one's psyche to navigate the complexities of life after cancer. Here's to embracing the journey – a journey filled with challenges, triumphs, and the unwavering belief that each step brings us closer to making a difference.
    Aaryn Railyn King Foundation Scholarship
    Introducing Ava: A proud Alaskan with a heart for healing, a love for livestock and a passion for a career path in the field of healthcare. Life’s thrown me some curveballs, including a rare cancer diagnosis, but it’s these experiences that have ignited my desire to pursue a career in nursing and pediatric oncology. Surviving cancer isn’t just about battling the illness; it’s about understanding the journey, the fears, and the hopes that accompany it. My own journey has fueled my passion for ensuring that everyone receives the care and support they need, whether it’s offering resources or providing hands-on care. With a background in raising animals, battling rare diseases, and exploring various entry-level jobs, I’ve come to appreciate the dire need for skilled healthcare professionals. That’s why I’m eager to dive into the world of nursing. Starting with the Health Care cluster in high school and completing my senior year as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), I’m ready to further my education to become a registered nurse and eventually a nurse practitioner. The healthcare field offers endless opportunities to make a difference, whether it’s as part of a team or as an individual contributor. I bring with me a positive attitude, a diverse range of experiences, and a deep desire to learn, grow, and share my knowledge with others. But it’s not just about advancing my career; it’s also about giving back to the community. As I continue my education, I look forward to finding new ways to contribute and make a positive impact. Volunteering has always been a passion of mine, whether it’s helping out at the local food bank, brightening the day of the elderly with flowers, or crafting blankets for those with disabilities. Once I’ve completed my schooling, I hope to return to Fairbanks to provide support for pediatric oncology patients—a service that was lacking when I was diagnosed in 2009. It’s a way for me to give back to my community and make a meaningful difference in the lives of others. From volunteering to baking treats for animal shelters, I’m committed to giving back in any way I can. And as I progress through my degree program, I’m excited to seize every opportunity to help others from a health perspective and offer my services to those in need. In summary, my journey to nursing and pediatric oncology is driven by a desire to make a positive impact on the world around me. It’s about using my experiences to fuel my passion and create a brighter future for those facing similar challenges. And with every step I take, I’m one step closer to achieving my goal of making a real difference in the lives of others.
    Dashanna K. McNeil Memorial Scholarship
    Growing up on a small farm in Fairbanks, Alaska, surrounded by the rhythm of livestock and the vast expanse of nature, has instilled in me a profound appreciation for hard work. This character has shaped my journey, fueled my passion for healthcare, and inspired my goal of making a difference in the nursing and pediatric oncology fields. My career aspiration is deeply rooted in the healthcare field, particularly in nursing and pediatric oncology. My personal journey of surviving a rare cancer diagnosis, Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis, and enduring its treatment has ignited within me a profound desire to make a difference in the lives of others facing similar challenges. Having experienced firsthand the physical and emotional toll of illness, I am driven to ensure that individuals and their families receive the care and support they need during such trying times. Whether it's offering basic support, guiding them through available resources, or providing direct patient care, my ultimate goal is to be a compassionate advocate for those navigating the complexities of healthcare. I recognize the importance of obtaining the right skills and surrounding myself with knowledgeable mentors to navigate the complexities of the healthcare field. My determination to excel academically and my commitment to learning and growing along this journey drive me to seek opportunities that will broaden my foundation for making a meaningful impact. Growing up with a deep connection to animals, rare diseases, life-saving treatments, and various entry-level jobs has also shown me the immense need for skilled workers in healthcare. Both on-the-job training and higher education play crucial roles in meeting this demand, emphasizing the significance of gaining expertise to contribute effectively to the industry. Despite facing financial challenges in the past, particularly during my cancer diagnosis, my family and I have persevered. The exorbitant costs of my treatment, travel, and lodging were significant burdens, but the support of my parents and the medical professionals, especially Dr. Ken McClain at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, saw me through to non-active disease status. This experience has heightened my sense of responsibility to actively contribute to funding my education. With a goal of graduating debt-free, I have been proactive in seeking scholarship opportunities, leveraging my academic achievements and community service. By working part-time, diligently saving, and participating in community programs like the 4-H Market Livestock Auction, I have managed to cover a portion of my educational expenses. However, the road ahead demands resourcefulness, and I am committed to utilizing cost-effective strategies such as prudent spending on transportation, shared living arrangements, and budget-friendly food preparation. The value of hard work, instilled in me through years of raising livestock and engaging in various jobs, propels me forward in my educational journey. I am driven by a determination to succeed, not just for myself but also to utilize the knowledge and expertise gained to give back to the community. As I embark on this path, the fusion of hard work, resilience, and a deep-seated passion for healthcare propels me toward my aspirations in the pediatric oncology field, where I hope to make a lasting impact on the lives of others.
    John Young 'Pursue Your Passion' Scholarship
    Growing up on a small farm in Fairbanks, Alaska, surrounded by the rhythm of livestock and the vast expanse of nature, has instilled in me a profound appreciation for hard work. This character has shaped my journey, fueled my passion for healthcare, and inspired my goal of making a difference in the nursing and pediatric oncology fields. My own battle with a rare cancer, Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH), has been a pivotal point in my life. Braving the challenges of diagnosis and treatment has given me a unique perspective on the struggles individuals and their families face during health crises. This firsthand experience has ignited a passion within me to ensure that others receive the care and support they need, fostering my desire to contribute to the healthcare industry. To pursue a career in nursing/pediatric oncology, I understand the necessity of formal education and hands-on training. Having acquired my Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification during high school, I've gained valuable experience working with the elderly and disabled. I recognize the importance of obtaining the right skills and surrounding myself with knowledgeable mentors to navigate the complexities of the healthcare field. My determination to excel academically and my commitment to learning and growing along this journey drive me to seek opportunities that will broaden my foundation for making a meaningful impact. Growing up with a deep connection to animals, rare diseases, life-saving treatments, and various entry-level jobs has also shown me the immense need for skilled workers in healthcare. Both on-the-job training and higher education play crucial roles in meeting this demand, emphasizing the significance of gaining expertise to contribute effectively to the industry. Despite facing financial challenges in the past, particularly during my cancer diagnosis, my family and I have persevered. The exorbitant costs of my treatment, travel, and lodging were significant burdens, but the support of my parents and the medical professionals, especially Dr. Ken McClain at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, saw me through to non-active disease status. With a goal of graduating debt-free, I have been proactive in seeking scholarship opportunities, leveraging my academic achievements and community service. By working part-time, diligently saving, and participating in community programs like the 4-H Market Livestock Auction, I have managed to cover a portion of my educational expenses. However, the road ahead demands resourcefulness, and I am committed to utilizing cost-effective strategies such as prudent spending on transportation, shared living arrangements, and budget-friendly food preparation. The value of hard work, instilled in me through years of raising livestock and engaging in various jobs, propels me forward in my educational journey. I am driven by a determination to succeed, not just for myself but also to utilize the knowledge and expertise gained to give back to the community. As I embark on this path, the fusion of hard work, resilience, and a deep-seated passion for healthcare propels me toward my aspirations in the pediatric oncology field, where I hope to make a lasting impact on the lives of others.
    ADHDAdvisor's Mental Health Advocate Scholarship
    As a cancer survivor, my personal journey has instilled in me a profound appreciation for the importance of mental health. Throughout my battle with cancer, which spanned nearly 18 months of chemotherapy, hospital stays, and countless medical procedures, I experienced firsthand the vulnerability and helplessness that often accompany such a journey. This experience has heightened my empathy and compassion towards others facing similar struggles and has motivated me to actively support those in need. Recognizing the intricate connection between physical health and mental well-being, I have made it a priority to advocate for mental health awareness and support. Drawing from my own experiences, I have become attuned to the immediate needs of individuals facing health crises. In times of distress, my initial response is to provide support, whether through simple acts such as preparing meals or offering a compassionate, listening ear. Moreover, I am committed to fostering open conversations surrounding mental health, particularly among children, where discussions on challenging subjects should become normalized over time. I believe in creating safe spaces for individuals to express their struggles without fear of judgment, recognizing that mental health challenges vary across communities and cultures. In addition to promoting dialogue, I emphasize the importance of practical approaches to mental health care. Much like cleaning a room, individuals need guidance on identifying, addressing, and managing mental health concerns. By breaking down these tasks into manageable steps and providing tailored support, I hope to empower individuals to prioritize their mental well-being. I understand the reluctance that some may feel in seeking assistance for mental health issues. It is essential to reassure individuals that their struggles are valid and that support is available without placing the burden solely on loved ones. By sharing my own journey and highlighting the possibility of making a difference through personal narratives, I hope to inspire others to seek help and support when needed. In conclusion, mental health advocacy is not just a cause for me; it is a lived experience that has shaped my outlook on life. Through open conversations, cultural sensitivity, and practical demonstrations, I am dedicated to breaking down barriers and creating a more inclusive environment for addressing mental health challenges. By sharing my story and offering support, I hope to contribute to a collective understanding of the importance of mental well-being and foster empathy, support, and a sense of community.
    Career Test Scholarship
    Hey there, I’m Ava, a proud Alaskan with a love for livestock and a passion for a career path in the field of healthcare. Life’s thrown me some curveballs, including a rare cancer diagnosis, but it’s these experiences that have ignited my desire to pursue a career in nursing and pediatric oncology. Surviving cancer isn’t just about battling the illness; it’s about understanding the journey, the fears, and the hopes that accompany it. My own journey has fueled my passion for ensuring that everyone receives the care and support they need, whether it’s offering resources or providing hands-on care. With a background in raising animals, battling rare diseases, and exploring various entry-level jobs, I’ve come to appreciate the dire need for skilled healthcare professionals. That’s why I’m eager to dive into the world of nursing. Starting with the Health Care cluster in high school and completing my senior year as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), I’m ready to further my education to become a registered nurse and eventually a nurse practitioner. The healthcare field offers endless opportunities to make a difference, whether it’s as part of a team or as an individual contributor. I bring with me a positive attitude, a diverse range of experiences, and a deep desire to learn, grow, and share my knowledge with others. But it’s not just about advancing my career; it’s also about giving back to the community. As I continue my education, I look forward to finding new ways to contribute and make a positive impact. Volunteering has always been a passion of mine, whether it’s helping out at the local food bank, brightening the day of the elderly with flowers, or crafting blankets for those with disabilities. Once I’ve completed my schooling, I hope to return to Fairbanks to provide support for pediatric oncology patients—a service that was lacking when I was diagnosed in 2009. It’s a way for me to give back to my community and make a meaningful difference in the lives of others. From volunteering to baking treats for animal shelters, I’m committed to giving back in any way I can. And as I progress through my degree program, I’m excited to seize every opportunity to help others from a health perspective and offer my services to those in need. In summary, my journey to nursing and pediatric oncology is driven by a desire to make a positive impact on the world around me. It’s about using my experiences to fuel my passion and create a brighter future for those facing similar challenges. And with every step I take, I’m one step closer to achieving my goal of making a real difference in the lives of others.
    Brotherhood Bows Scholarship
    A Journey of Resilience and Purpose: Navigating Life's Crossroads Hey, I'm Ava, a spirited soul navigating the diverse landscapes of Alaska and Texas A&M University. My story is a tapestry woven with threads of resilience, academic pursuits, and the unwavering pursuit of a profound purpose that echoes from the heart of a small farm. My dedication to a career in nursing isn't merely a career choice – it's a calling deeply etched in the chapters of my own battle against a rare cancer diagnosis, Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH), and its relentless treatment. Having weathered the storm of a rare cancer diagnosis, I've borne witness to the arduous journey that patients and their families embark upon. This firsthand experience has ignited a fire within me – a fervent passion to ensure that individuals receive the care they require precisely when they need it. Whether offering basic support by providing resources or being a compassionate caregiver, I aspire to be the first face someone sees when grappling with the mysteries of their own body. The narrative of my life took a sharp turn at the tender age of 5 when a seemingly innocuous mosquito-like bite on my eyelid unraveled into a grave medical concern. That seemingly harmless bump led to a diagnosis of LCH, propelling my family into a world of uncertainty and urgency. An urgent flight to Seattle Children's Hospital marked the beginning of a relentless fight against an unseen adversary. Facing cancer at such a young age left an indelible mark on my psyche. School, once a sanctuary of innocence, became a battleground where frequent medical appointments and a compromised immune system isolated me. Loneliness became a constant companion, and the ache of missing out on typical childhood experiences molded my emotional growth. The gap between my peers' understanding and my own struggle prompted me to downplay my feelings, a coping mechanism that lingered well beyond my cancer treatment. Surviving cancer wasn't merely about conquering a disease; it was a journey of maturity, self-awareness, introversion, and anxiety. The specter of potential relapse loomed large, triggering a constant state of vigilance. Anxiety manifested in various forms, intertwining with academic stress and the psychological aftermath of cancer treatment. Steroid treatments during my battle altered my emotions, likely contributing to my ongoing struggles with anxiety. Looking back, the adversities of cancer not only instilled fear and anxiety but also bestowed upon me strength, knowledge, and an invaluable support system. Confronting mortality at a young age fostered resilience, enabling me to emerge with a profound understanding of my body and an innate ability to overcome adversity. The support system that rallied behind me, offering unwavering encouragement and guidance, became an indispensable pillar shaping the person I am today. My parents, brother, and community formed the bedrock of my support system. Their love, empathy, and steadfast presence provided solace during the darkest of times, and their unwavering belief in my ability to overcome obstacles served as a beacon of hope when all seemed lost. Helping others isn't just a choice; it's my source of joy. As I delve deeper into the medical field, I eagerly anticipate sharing the knowledge I acquire with those in need of support, guidance, and nurturing. Small yet significant strides can have a profound impact, and I'm thrilled about the prospect of contributing to my community at a higher level through increased knowledge and expertise gained on my educational journey. So, here's to embracing the journey – a journey marked by challenges, triumphs, and the unwavering belief that every step brings us closer to making a difference.
    Eleanor Anderson-Miles Foundation Scholarship
    A Journey of Resilience and Purpose: Navigating Life's Crossroads Hey, I'm Ava, a spirited soul weaving through the landscapes of Alaska and Texas A&M University. My story is a tapestry of resilience, a blend of breathtaking landscapes, academic pursuits, and the pursuit of a profound purpose that resonates from the heart of a small farm. My dedication to a career in nursing isn't just a career choice – it's a calling etched in the chapters of my own battle against a rare cancer diagnosis, Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH), and its relentless treatment. Having weathered the storm of a rare cancer diagnosis, I have witnessed the arduous journey that patients and their loved ones embark upon. This firsthand experience has kindled a fire within me – a passion to ensure that people receive the care they need when they need it. Whether it's offering basic support by providing resources or being a hands-on caregiver, I aspire to be the first face someone sees when struggling with the mysteries of their own body. The narrative of my life took a sharp turn at the tender age of 5 when a seemingly harmless mosquito-like bite on my eyelid unraveled into a serious medical concern. That innocent bump led to a diagnosis of LCH, catapulting my family into the world of uncertainty and urgency. an urgent flight to Seattle Children's Hospital marked the beginning of a relentless fight against an unseen adversary. Facing cancer at such a young age left an indelible mark on my psyche. School, once a sanctuary of innocence, became a battleground where frequent medical appointments and a compromised immune system isolated me. Loneliness became a constant, and the ache of missing out on typical childhood experiences molded my emotional growth. The gap between my peers' understanding and my own struggle prompted me to downplay my feelings, a coping mechanism that lingered well beyond my cancer treatment. Surviving cancer wasn't just about conquering a disease; it was a journey of maturity, self-consciousness, introversion, and anxiety. The specter of potential relapse loomed large, triggering a constant state of vigilance. Anxiety manifested in various forms, intertwining with academic stress and the psychological aftermath of cancer treatment. Steroid treatments during my battle altered my emotions, possibly contributing to my ongoing struggles with anxiety. Looking back, the adversities of cancer not only instilled fear and anxiety but also gifted me strength, knowledge, and an invaluable support system. Confronting mortality at a young age brought forth resilience, enabling me to emerge with a profound understanding of my body and an ability to overcome adversity. The support system that rallied behind me, offering encouragement and guidance, became an indispensable pillar shaping the person I am today. Helping others is not just a choice; it's my source of joy. As I venture deeper into the medical field, I eagerly anticipate sharing the knowledge I acquire with those in need of support, guidance, and nurturing. Small yet significant improvements can have a profound impact, and I'm thrilled about the prospect of contributing to my community at a higher level through increased knowledge and expertise gained on my educational journey. So, here's to embracing the journey – a journey marked by challenges, triumphs, and the unwavering belief that every step brings us closer to making a difference.
    Mental Health Scholarship for Women
    Mental health is a cornerstone of my journey as a student, shaped profoundly by my experience as a cancer survivor. Enduring nearly 18 months of chemotherapy, hospital stays, and numerous medical procedures, I've struggled with both physical and mental challenges that have left an indelible mark on my perspective. This journey has not only deepened my empathy and compassion but also heightened my awareness of the intricate interplay between physical health and mental well-being. Having navigated the tumultuous waters of childhood cancer, I've gained a unique insight into the symbiotic relationship between physical and mental wellness. Beyond the tangible effects of treatment, I've come to appreciate the imperative of nurturing mental health to weather the emotional storms that often accompany severe medical diagnoses. My experiences have instilled in me a profound sense of advocacy for those facing health crises. Drawing from my own struggles, I've become attuned to the unspoken needs of individuals in distress. Whether through tangible support like meal preparation or simply lending a compassionate ear, I endeavor to offer solace and solidarity to those struggling with similar challenges. In my advocacy efforts, I emphasize the importance of fostering open dialogue, particularly among children, to destigmatize discussions around mental health. I believe in cultivating safe spaces where individuals feel empowered to express their vulnerabilities without fear of judgment. Moreover, I recognize the need for culturally sensitive approaches that acknowledge the diverse manifestations of mental health challenges across communities. Reflecting on my personal journey, which began with a cancer diagnosis in 2009, I recognize the profound impact it has had on my life. Beyond the physical toll, the emotional resonance of the word "cancer" reverberates throughout my narrative. Yet, through sharing my story, I endeavor to illuminate the transformative power of personal narratives in fostering empathy, support, and community. In prioritizing my own mental health, I've taken proactive steps to ensure holistic well-being. Regular appointments with my therapist provide a valuable outlet for processing emotions and navigating challenges. Additionally, joining an organization dedicated to promoting women's comfort in the gym has facilitated connections with like-minded individuals who share a commitment to both physical and mental wellness. Nourishing my body with healthy foods and granting myself permission to take breaks when life becomes overwhelming are additional strategies, I employ to safeguard my mental health. By prioritizing self-care and advocating for mental well-being, I strive to cultivate a more inclusive and compassionate environment where individuals feel empowered to address their mental health needs openly and without shame.
    “The Office” Obsessed! Fan Scholarship
    Hey there! So, let me take you on a journey through the wild and wacky world of "The Office" and why I find myself strangely resonating with none other than Dwight Schrute. First off, let's rewind a bit. Picture this: a little kid faced with a diagnosis of a rare form of cancer. Yep, that was me. Talk about a curveball life threw my way! But hey, I didn't let that bump in the road (literally, it was above my eye) dull my shine. I tackled that challenge head-on, just like Dwight tackles every weird task thrown at him at Dunder Mifflin. Now, let's fast forward to the chaos of the office. Dwight's sheer perseverance is something that speaks to my soul. I mean, come on, this guy's got more titles than a medieval king! Assistant to the regional manager, owner of Schrute Farms, volunteer sheriff—you name it, Dwight's probably done it. And guess what? I've worn many hats too, just like Dwight. From juggling schoolwork to battling a serious illness, I've learned to adapt and conquer whatever life throws my way. But it's not just Dwight's impressive resume that draws me in. It's his undying loyalty. Whether it's to his quirky boss Michael or to the quirky paper company Dunder Mifflin itself, Dwight's loyalty is rock solid. And hey, I can relate. Loyalty is my middle name (not really, but you get the point). Just like Dwight, I stick by my friends, family, and goals through thick and thin. Now, let's talk about "The Office" itself. This show isn't just a comedy—it's a crash course in workplace dynamics. Through the hilarious antics of Dwight and the gang, I've learned some valuable lessons about teamwork, leadership, and, most importantly, how to find the humor in even the most mundane situations. Sure, my journey hasn't been all rainbows and sunshine. There have been plenty of tough moments along the way. But just like Dwight, I've learned to approach life with humor, resilience, and a whole lot of karate chops (metaphorically speaking, of course). So, there you have it. While I may not be selling paper at Dunder Mifflin or running a beet farm anytime soon, I'll always carry a little piece of Dwight Schrute with me—his perseverance, loyalty, and, of course, his impeccable sense of humor. Because when life gets tough, sometimes all you can do is laugh.
    Eras Tour Farewell Fan Scholarship
    Taylor Swift's music has been a solid source of inspiration and comfort for me, especially during challenging times. As I reflect on my experiences, particularly during the Eras Tour, I realize how her music has helped me discover and understand new aspects of myself. Growing up, I faced numerous difficult situations, including a life-changing diagnosis of a rare form of cancer called Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH). This diagnosis rocked my world at the age of 5, thrusting me into a whirlwind of treatments, hospital stays, and uncertainty. Throughout the grueling 18 months of chemotherapy and other medical interventions, I had to navigate not only physical challenges but also the emotional toll it took on me and my family. Swift's music, with its powerful lyrics and emotive melodies, became a lifeline during this tumultuous period. Her song "Fearless," released in 2008, resonated deeply with me as I battled through the darkest days of my treatment. The lyrics spoke of courage, resilience, and the determination to face adversity head-on, inspiring me to find strength within myself. Similarly, Swift's more recent song "Soon You'll Get Better," released in 2019, struck a chord with me as I grappled with the ongoing effects of my cancer journey. The raw vulnerability in her voice and lyrics mirrored my own feelings of fear, uncertainty, and hope for the future. Listening to this song provided me with a sense of solace and reassurance that, despite the challenges I faced, things would eventually get better. As I navigated the ups and downs of my cancer journey, I found myself drawn to Swift's music not only for its emotional resonance but also for its empowering message of resilience and self-discovery. Her ability to express complex emotions through her music helped me explore and understand my own feelings more deeply. Moreover, watching Swift shatter glass ceilings and redefine the boundaries of success during her Eras Tour inspired me to embrace my own journey of self-discovery and empowerment. Her unwavering determination and authenticity served as a powerful reminder that women, including myself, are capable of achieving greatness even in the face of adversity. In retrospect, Swift's music has played a pivotal role in helping me navigate the challenges of my cancer journey and discover newfound strength and resilience within myself. Through her songs, I learned to embrace my vulnerabilities, confront my fears, and find the courage to keep moving forward, one day at a time. As I continue to embark on my journey of self-discovery and personal growth, I am grateful for the profound impact that Taylor Swift's music has had on my life. Her songs have served as a guiding light during my darkest moments and a source of inspiration as I strive to become the best version of myself.
    Elevate Mental Health Awareness Scholarship
    Discussing mental health is like pulling back the curtain on my life, exposing the intricate threads of empathy, resilience, and an unwavering commitment to advocacy. It's not just a topic for me; it's a lived experience that unfolded during my journey as a cancer survivor. This expedition didn't merely reshape my beliefs, relationships, and career aspirations; it rewove the very fabric of my existence. Imagine navigating 18 months of turbulent seas – chemotherapy, hospital stays, and a barrage of medical procedures. While the physical challenges were undeniable, it was the mental hurdles that etched an indelible mark. Vulnerability and helplessness became my steadfast companions, imparting lessons no textbook could teach. As a survivor of childhood cancer, I gained a unique perspective on the intricate dance between physical health and mental well-being. It transcended battling the physical manifestations of the disease; it involved acknowledging and addressing the emotional turbulence accompanying a severe medical diagnosis. Mental health emerged as the unsung hero of my recovery, a silent force in the orchestra of healing. This journey didn't just gift me empathy; it birthed an advocate within. Attuned to the silent cries of those challented with health crises, I found solace in offering a helping hand or a compassionate ear. I discovered that sometimes, the most impactful actions are born not from grand gestures but from genuine connections and understanding. My commitment to mental health advocacy extends beyond personal interactions. I firmly believe that open conversations, especially among children, should be the norm. Tough subjects like mental health shouldn't be confined to whispers; they should permeate everyday discussions, gradually shedding the cloak of stigma. Creating safe spaces where individuals can express their struggles without fear is paramount, a cause I champion with unwavering enthusiasm. Cultural sensitivity is the linchpin of effective advocacy. Mental health challenges wear diverse faces across communities, demanding an approach that respects and understands these variations. It's about acknowledging that one size doesn't fit all and tailoring interventions to suit the unique needs of each community. In my advocacy, I emphasize the dual importance of autonomy and education. Autonomy empowers individuals to make choices aligned with their mental well-being, complemented by education on the consequences of these choices. Analogies to daily activities, such as the repercussions of excessive social media use, bridge the gap between abstract concepts and tangible realities. However, addressing mental health isn't confined to conversations alone. Practical approaches are integral. It's akin to cleaning a room – breaking down the process into manageable steps that resonate with the general population. Identifying, addressing, and dealing with mental health should be as straightforward and accessible as organizing a space. Over the years, I've encountered friends navigating their storms yet reluctant to admit they need assistance. It's crucial to emphasize that their struggles aren't a burden on loved ones. While offering support is commendable, the responsibility of solving these challenges shouldn't rest solely on the shoulders of friends and family. My personal journey, marked by a cancer diagnosis in 2009, is a narrative etched with resilience and growth. The word "cancer" isn't just a medical term; it reverberates with emotions and experiences that have become an integral part of who I am. Sharing this journey isn't about garnering sympathy; it's about wielding the power of personal narratives to inspire change and understanding. The echoes of my journey resonate in the realm of healthcare. My journey through a cancer diagnosis and treatment has instilled in me an unyielding commitment to helping individuals access the care they require precisely when they need it. I aspire to be a medical provider who not only sympathizes but empathizes with patients and their families. My experiences will translate into sincere support, encouragement, and the occasional tough love when needed. Currently, I'm navigating towards a BS in Allied Science at Texas A&M University's Public Health College. Nursing is on the horizon, with CNA certification from high school opening doors to invaluable hands-on learning. I aim to gain a well-rounded perspective of the healthcare industry, floating through different roles, absorbing insights, and gaining impactful experience. The future looks exciting as I plan to dive into volunteer and internship opportunities while applying for CNA jobs back home in Fairbanks, Alaska. The local food bank and the Denali Center are calling my name, promising to be yet another chapter in my journey of giving back. As I progress in my education, the prospect of contributing at a higher level and sharing my knowledge and expertise excites me. In essence, mental health advocacy is my life's anthem. It's a symphony of experiences and lessons that have sculpted my worldview. By sharing my story, I aim to contribute to a collective understanding of the pivotal role mental well-being plays in our lives. I strive to foster empathy, offer unwavering support, and actively dismantle societal barriers, creating an inclusive environment where conversations about mental health aren't just welcome but embraced with openness, cultural sensitivity, and actionable strategies.
    Journey 180 Planner Changemaker Scholarship
    Volunteering is a cornerstone of my life, weaving through diverse community activities that have not only shaped my identity but also influenced my aspirations. These experiences bring immense joy and fulfillment, fueling my dedication to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. One of the places where I find tremendous reward is our local community food bank. Volunteering here allows me to contribute to the well-being of numerous individuals and families grappling with the harsh realities of homelessness and hunger. The seemingly simple tasks, such as organizing food boxes and participating in food distribution, counter the profound impact they have on people's lives. The sense of community and shared responsibility at the food bank reflects the strength that emerges when people from different areas of the country and the world unite for a common cause. Another fulfilling volunteer experience is at our local Pioneer Home, where I engage in activities like planting flowers, making decorations, and spending time with the elderly. This connection to the senior members of our community is a way of expressing gratitude to those who laid the foundation for the vibrant community we enjoy today. Through my involvement with the 4-H club, we've undertaken various initiatives, such as making holiday decorations and planting flowers, bringing joy to the lives of those who have contributed so much over the years. These experiences also provide an opportunity to hear their stories and gain valuable insights into the history of our community. Animal welfare holds a special place in my heart, and volunteering at the local animal shelter has been a fulfilling endeavor. Collaborating with my 4-H club, we've made treats and blankets for the shelter's animals. It's heartening to know that our efforts contribute to the comfort and well-being of animals awaiting new homes. This experience has deepened my understanding of compassion and the importance of advocating for those who cannot speak for themselves. As a pet owner, I recognize the significance of providing a loving and caring environment for animals. The journey towards my Certified Nursing Assistant Certification (CNA) further underscored the importance of community service in my life. During the 40-hour practical as part of my CNA training, I had the privilege of working directly with patients at the Denali Center, gaining practical insights into the healthcare profession. This experience not only enhanced my understanding of healthcare but also solidified my commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of others. These diverse volunteering experiences have instilled in me a deep sense of responsibility and a commitment to social justice. They have expanded my horizons, allowing me to connect with people from various walks of life and fostering a genuine appreciation for diversity. As I continue with my education, pursuing a career in nursing, I see these experiences as building blocks for a future dedicated to promoting equity and inclusivity in healthcare. In conclusion, the commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice is not just a checkbox for me; it is a way of life. Volunteering has been an integral part of my values and aspirations. As I pursue higher education, I am determined to incorporate these values into my career, ensuring that my journey is not only one of personal success but also a pathway to uplifting others and creating positive change in the world around me.
    Mental Health Empowerment Scholarship
    Mental health holds profound importance for me as a student due to my personal journey as a cancer survivor. Having faced nearly 18 months of chemotherapy, hospital stays, countless medical procedures, and the associated physical and mental challenges, I understand the vulnerability and helplessness that accompany such a journey. This experience has significantly heightened my empathy and compassion towards others facing similar struggles. As someone who battled cancer during childhood, I developed a unique perspective on the intricate connection between physical health and mental well-being. Beyond the physical toll of treatments and therapies, I realized the paramount importance of addressing mental health to navigate the emotional challenges that accompany a severe medical diagnosis. My journey has transformed me into an advocate for those who may feel voiceless in challenging situations. Drawing from my own experiences, I have become attuned to the immediate needs of individuals facing health crises. In times of distress, my initial response is to provide support, often through simple acts such as preparing meals. I understand that sometimes, action is not necessary, and a compassionate, listening ear can make a profound difference. My commitment to mental health advocacy extends to fostering open conversations, especially among children, where discussions around tough subjects like mental health should become normalized over time. I believe in creating safe spaces for individuals to express their struggles without fear of repercussions. Culturally sensitive approaches are crucial, recognizing that mental health challenges vary across communities. While autonomy is essential, I also emphasize the importance of educating individuals about the consequences of their choices. Drawing parallels to daily activities, like excessive use of social media, I highlight the need to consider the impact on productivity, quality time with loved ones, and opportunities for self-care. Addressing mental health involves not just talking about it but also demonstrating practical approaches to care. Much like cleaning a room, individuals need guidance on identifying, addressing, and dealing with mental health. Breaking down these tasks into basic formats tailored for the general population is crucial for creating a meaningful impact. Over the years I've encountered friends who, despite their difficulties, remain guarded and reluctant to acknowledge their need for assistance. It's essential to emphasize that their struggles are not our fault, and while offering support is commendable, the burden of solving these challenges should not be solely on loved ones. My personal journey, marked by a cancer diagnosis in 2009, has left a lasting impact on my life. Beyond the physical toll, the indescribable feeling associated with the word "cancer" echoes throughout my experience. The lessons learned on this path have empowered me to share my story, highlighting the possibility of making a difference through personal narratives. In conclusion, mental health advocacy is not just a cause for me; it's a lived experience that has shaped my outlook on life. By sharing my journey, I hope to contribute to a collective understanding of the importance of mental well-being, fostering empathy, support, and a sense of community. Through open conversations, cultural sensitivity, and practical demonstrations, I strive to break down barriers and create a more inclusive environment for addressing mental health challenges.
    Mental Health Importance Scholarship
    Recognizing the importance of mental health has been deeply ingrained in my perspective, shaped by personal experiences as a patient facing the challenges of illness. Having navigated a journey fraught with helplessness, I've developed an elevated sense of empathy and compassion towards those grappling with similar situations. Throughout my own health struggles, where limitations defined what I could do and how others could assist me, an unwavering sense of resilience propelled me forward. The belief in never giving up, coupled with an enduring fighting spirit, became my guiding principles. However, as I matured, I came to realize that not everyone possesses the capacity to adopt such a mindset, nor do they always have the necessary support to sustain that fighting spirit. My journey was undeniably protracted, marked by nearly 18 months of grueling treatment including chemotherapy, numerous doctor visits, accompanied by hospital stays, numerous medical procedures, and extensive travel to and from the treatment facility situated over 400 miles away. Post-cancer treatment, the road to recovery included Physical and Occupational therapy, aimed at addressing neuropathy, rebuilding strength, and refining fine motor skills. Later in my teenage years, the need for additional therapy emerged, this time directed towards preserving my mental health. The term "cancer" carries an indescribable weight beyond its literal definition, eliciting an unspoken emotional response. Amidst this battle, I assumed the role of an advocate for those who might feel voiceless in a room. There's an immediate connection established when someone discloses a history of cancer or any circumstance inducing a sense of helplessness. In such instances, my instinctive response is to extend assistance, often materializing in the form of food. Rather than seeking permission, I act intuitively – bringing nourishment without a word. Sometimes, actions aren't necessitated; a receptive ear becomes the best support. My journey through a cancer diagnosis and treatment has instilled in me an unyielding commitment to helping individuals access the care they require precisely when they need it. Whether offering fundamental support by navigating resources or actively tending to the patient in a hands-on capacity, I am dedicated to being the first face that helps unravel the mysteries of their health. My gratitude extends to you for providing this scholarship opportunity and for considering my application. The experiences etched into my journey have not only shaped my understanding of mental health but also fueled my desire to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others facing health-related challenges.
    Sarah Eber Child Life Scholarship
    Hey! I'm Ava, and boy, have I navigated some twists and turns in life. Let me take you on a ride through the ups and downs that have sculpted who I am today and ignited my passion for a career in healthcare. The first major plot twist? A rare form of cancer called Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH). I was just 5 when an unrelenting fever and a growing bump above my left eye set off alarms. Numerous trips to doctors in Alaska led to an ER visit, and bam! The diagnosis hit like a ton of bricks. A sizable tumor above my eye was threatening to breach my skull, and an urgent flight to Seattle Children's Hospital became my lifeline. The subsequent months unfolded into a relentless battle—biopsies, blood draws, tests, and a barrage of treatments including an 18-month marathon of chemotherapy, meds, and therapy sessions. Life for my family and me took a drastic turn. Forget preschool basics; I had to relearn them while juggling school, peers poking fun, and teachers oblivious to the challenges I faced. But you know what? I persevered, conquering LCH. This journey left me with an extraordinary appreciation for life and humanity. It reshaped my priorities, sculpting a version of myself with slim patience for foolishness and boundless compassion for those hurting or lost. Balancing patience and compassion has become my art, ensuring my heart and head align when guiding or aiding others. The echoes of my journey resonate in the world of healthcare. My goal? To venture into nursing, a path fueled by surviving my own cancer saga. I envision being a medical provider who not only sympathizes but empathizes with patients and their families. My experiences will translate into sincere support, encouragement, and the occasional tough love when needed. Currently, I'm charting my educational course towards a BS in Allied Science at Texas A&M University's Public Health College. Nursing is on the horizon, with CNA certification from high school opening doors to invaluable hands-on learning. I aim to achieve a well-rounded perspective of the healthcare industry, floating through different roles, absorbing insights, and gaining impactful experience. The future looks exciting as I plan to dive into volunteer and internship opportunities while applying for CNA jobs back home in Fairbanks. The local food bank and the Denali Center are calling my name, promising to be yet another chapter in my journey of giving back. As I progress in my education, the prospect of contributing at a higher level and sharing my knowledge and expertise excites me. Volunteering isn't just a checkbox for me; it's a source of joy, a way to provide the support, guidance, and nurturing that others might need. And once I'm done with my schooling, my heart tugs me back to Fairbanks. I dream of offering services or support for pediatric oncology patients, filling a void that I experienced back in 2009. Thanks for considering me for this scholarship. It's not just about financial aid; it's an affirmation of my journey, pushing me to make a difference in the world of healthcare. I'm ready for the next chapter – let's make it impactful!
    FAR Impact Scholarship
    Hey there! I'm Ava, and let's chat about my journey, dreams, and the ripple effect I intend to create in the world of healthcare. High school dreams can be a rollercoaster, right? Mine have consistently circled the healthcare industry, with an initial pit stop at aspiring pediatric oncologist in 8th grade. However, a heart-to-heart with my own oncologist shed light on the emotional toll of incurable cases. It made me rethink my path, nudging me to explore various healthcare facets as I climb the ladder of education and career. Surviving a cancer diagnosis and treatment painted my passion with vivid strokes. I've danced with adversity, and it ignited a fervor in me to ensure others get the care they deserve, precisely when they need it. Whether it's guiding someone through resources or being the comforting face in their journey to understanding their body, I'm all in. While my immediate family doesn't sport healthcare badges, they've been my loudest cheerleaders on this academic expedition. Their support has been my anchor as I tread these waters, blending my love for animals, rare diseases, and life-saving treatments into a unique appreciation for the diverse expertise healthcare demands. Currently cruising through my educational aspirations, the goal is to snag a BS in Allied Science via the Public Health College at Texas A&M University. Post that, the plan unfolds to weave a BSN into my accolades. The specifics of my future professional goals are still in the works as I navigate through school. High school gifted me a CNA certification, a golden ticket to a realm of employment and volunteer opportunities. Working hands-on in caregiving roles not only fleshes out my understanding but offers a genuine peek into the various layers of patient care. My goal? A well-rounded perspective of the healthcare industry that allows me to deliver stellar service. Currently wading through this degree program, I'm unleashing my superhero cape to help folks from a health perspective. My plan is to dive into opportunities that align with my qualifications, creating a positive loop of giving back. It's like helping others help others, creating a domino effect of goodness. So, why this scholarship? It's not just a financial boost; it's an acknowledgment of my commitment to making waves in healthcare. It's about paving a path that impacts society and individual lives, one caring step at a time. Thanks for considering me for this scholarship adventure – I'm ready to make a difference!
    Janean D. Watkins Overcoming Adversity Scholarship
    Hey there! I'm Ava, and let me tell you a bit about my journey through some pretty wild twists and turns. Strap in – it's been a rollercoaster. Picture this: I'm 5 years old, enjoying a spring day, and suddenly, bam! A fever hits, and it just won't quit. To top it off, a bump starts growing above my left eye. Cue the medical mystery tour – pediatricians, eye specialists, you name it. After numerous appointments, my mom takes me to the ER on July 6th, 2009. Things got serious real quick. Enter the Physician’s Assistant with a plan – a CT scan to unravel the mystery. While they were decoding the results, the nurse took me off to play, probably to shield me from the bombshell. Turns out, there's a massive tumor above my eye, munching on my skull. Emergency mode: activated. I needed a one-way ticket to Seattle Children’s Hospital, and I needed it fast, considering it might be breaching the brain barrier. Fast forward through a whirlwind of tests, scans, and consultations, and there it is – Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH). The prescribed six-month treatment plan ballooned into an 18-month saga of chemotherapy, meds galore, and rehab. Life, as I knew it, took a detour. Post-treatment, things got real. Ever tried forgetting the ABCs and then relearning them? I have. Teachers expected business as usual, but classmates weren't as forgiving. The scar above my eye became their comedy material. Yet, I didn't just bounce back; I bounced back stronger. I faced adversity head-on, relearning what I'd lost, and showing the world I could conquer whatever it threw my way. What's my secret sauce? A relentless positive mindset – then and now. "Believe and never give up" became my mantra. I constantly realign my priorities with my goals and vision for the future. My patience for nonsense is razor-thin, but my compassion for those lost or hurting? Boundless. But the story doesn’t stop there. I've made it my mission to help others navigate their own traumas. See, overcoming adversity isn't just about personal triumph; it's about extending a hand to those still finding their way through the storm. My journey has armed me with a unique perspective – a deep well of understanding and an unyielding commitment to helping others help themselves. So, what's next? I'm all about spreading positivity, conquering challenges, and, of course, pursuing my goals. This scholarship isn't just a financial boost; it's a recognition of my resilience and commitment to making a difference. And trust me, the adventure is just beginning! Thanks for riding along on the Ava rollercoaster – it's a wild ride!
    TEAM ROX Scholarship
    Hello! I'm Ava, and my life has been shaped by profound challenges, including a rare cancer diagnosis called Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH). Through these experiences, I've cultivated a deep passion for helping others, particularly in the realm of healthcare. My journey with adversity began at the tender age of 5, when an unyielding fever and a growing bump above my left orbit led to the diagnosis of LCH. This life-changing event propelled me into a complex medical journey, involving numerous doctor visits, consultations, and ultimately, a medevac to Seattle Children’s Hospital. The urgency stemmed from the potential threat of the tumor breaking the barrier to my brain. The subsequent months unfolded as a race against time, with an initial six-month treatment plan evolving into nearly 18 months of chemotherapy, complemented by various medications and rehabilitation. The impact was well beyond the medical realm, influencing my education as teachers struggled to understand my challenges, and peers made fun of me for missing school and my visible scar. Nevertheless, I emerged victorious over LCH, armed with a profound appreciation for life and humanity. My experiences have steered me towards healthcare, specifically nursing and pediatric oncology, driven by a desire to support others facing similar challenges. I envision myself excelling as a medical provider, drawing on my personal journey to genuinely connect with patients and their families. Beyond providing support, encouragement, and motivation, I aim to deliver the candid guidance and tough love that can be integral during tough times. To realize my aspirations in the healthcare field, I recognize the need for a higher level of formal education and hands-on training. I must acquire the right skills and be surrounded by teachers and mentors that are familiar with these skills and will have a positive influence on my career path while helping me learn and grow along the way so that I can also help others help themselves. The healthcare landscape, with its myriad challenges required a diverse skill set. My background, which includes experiences with animals, rare diseases, and various entry-level jobs, has equipped me with a unique perspective. I recognize the need for professionals who bring a diverse skill set, blending theoretical knowledge with practical experiences gained through both on-the-job training and higher education. Reflecting on my high school experience in the Health Care cluster and obtaining my Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification, I am eager to expand my interests. Becoming a registered nurse is just the beginning; I am driven to further my education, evolve into a nurse practitioner, and explore where my passion and skills intersect in the vast landscape of healthcare. Volunteering has been a cornerstone of my personal and professional growth. Through crafting with seniors, distributing food boxes for the hungry, and assisting youth with their project animals, I have witnessed the impact of small, dedicated efforts. The knowledge gained through education will be a beacon, guiding me in providing support, guidance, and nurturing to those in need. The transformation because of my experiences extends beyond patient care. Volunteering for various organizations, I intend to assist others in navigating complex healthcare systems, ensuring they receive the support they need. My commitment to helping others be their best selves and navigate their journeys is deeply rooted in empathy and understanding, born from my own struggles and triumphs.
    Beyond The C.L.O.U.D Scholarship
    Greetings! I'm Ava, a resilient spirit shaped by life's challenges, and my journey has been marked by a profound life-changing event – a rare cancer diagnosis called Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH). This formidable experience ignited a passion within me to serve others in the realm of healthcare. My odyssey with LCH began at the age of 5 when a persistent fever and a growing bump above my left orbit prompted numerous medical consultations. After a series of visits to pediatricians, ophthalmologists, and ear, nose, and throat doctors, I found myself in the ER on July 6th, 2009. A CT scan revealed a large tumor above my eye, jeopardizing the barrier to my brain. Urgently flighted to Seattle Children’s Hospital, my life took an unexpected turn. The subsequent journey involved a race against time to establish a diagnosis and devise a treatment plan. A team of doctors and researchers collaborated, subjecting me to extensive testing, scans, blood work, and labs. The initially proposed six-month treatment plan extended to nearly 18 months of chemotherapy, supplemented by a range of medications and rehab. This battle against LCH transformed my life and that of my family. Educational challenges arose as teachers struggled to comprehend the difficulties I faced, and classmates, unaware of my struggles, made fun of me. Despite the adversity, I triumphed over LCH, and came through with an altered perspective on life and a deep appreciation for humanity. My journey cultivated a passion for healthcare, particularly in nursing and pediatric oncology. Motivated by personal experience, I aspire to pursue a career in this field, where I can provide not only medical support but also compassionate guidance to patients and their families during their most challenging times. My unique insights, born from personal struggles, will enable me to relate genuinely to patients, offering support, encouragement, and motivation while delivering the necessary straightforward advice when required. Beyond patient care, my aim is to assist the community by navigating complex healthcare systems. Volunteering for various organizations, I intend to share my knowledge and experiences, ensuring others can access the support they need. Receiving this scholarship is pivotal to my aspirations. It will alleviate financial burdens, allowing me to focus on education and extracurricular activities. Pursuing higher education in healthcare is not just about acquiring technical skills but about developing a holistic understanding of patient care, empathy, and effective communication – qualities essential to make meaningful contributions to the STEM and/or Business community. In conclusion, my journey has uniquely prepared me for a career in healthcare, and this scholarship is the catalyst for achieving my aspirations. I am grateful for this opportunity and look forward to utilizing my education to contribute positively to the STEM and/or Business community. Thank you for considering my application.
    Redefining Victory Scholarship
    Embarking on the journey towards success, I envision a future where my passion nursing transforms into a thriving career, marked by meaningful contributions to the healthcare field. Success, for me, is not just a personal accomplishment but a culmination of experiences, knowledge, and a positive impact on the lives of others. Growing up in the vast landscapes of Alaska, surrounded by the rhythms of nature and the responsibilities of raising livestock, instilled in me a profound appreciation for life and a deep sense of responsibility. These early experiences laid the foundation for resilience, hard work, and a commitment to making a difference – qualities that have shaped my aspirations in the healthcare field. The heart of my career aspirations lies in nursing, specifically pediatric oncology, a field where my personal journey surviving Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH) has become the driving force. Having navigated the challenging terrain of cancer diagnosis and treatment, I am acutely aware of the emotional and physical toll it takes on individuals and their families. My goal is to bridge the gap between patients and the care they require, providing not just medical support but also a compassionate presence and guidance through their difficult journeys. The scholarship opportunity presented here is a crucial stepping stone on my path to success. Pursuing a degree in nursing is not just about acquiring technical skills but about gaining a holistic understanding of patient care, empathy, and effective communication. This scholarship will alleviate the financial burden associated with higher education, allowing me to focus wholeheartedly on my studies and extracurricular activities that will contribute to my growth as a healthcare professional. Education is not merely a means to an end but a journey of continuous learning and personal development. As I progress from a registered nurse to a nurse practitioner, this scholarship will empower me to access quality education and hands-on training. The importance of having mentors and educators who understand the nuances of the healthcare industry cannot be overstated. With my future career, I aspire to be surrounded by experienced and compassionate mentors who will guide me, imparting not just technical knowledge but also the wisdom gained through years of service in the medical field. The healthcare landscape, with its myriad challenges required a diverse skill set. My background, which includes experiences with animals, rare diseases, and various entry-level jobs, has equipped me with a unique perspective. I recognize the need for professionals who bring a diverse skill set, blending theoretical knowledge with practical experiences gained through both on-the-job training and higher education. Reflecting on my high school experience in the Health Care cluster and obtaining my Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification, I am eager to expand my interests. Becoming a registered nurse is just the beginning; I am driven to further my education, evolve into a nurse practitioner, and explore where my passion and skills intersect in the vast landscape of healthcare. Volunteering has been a cornerstone of my personal and professional growth. Through crafting with seniors, distributing food boxes for the hungry, and assisting youth with their project animals, I have witnessed the impact of small, dedicated efforts. The knowledge gained through education will be a beacon, guiding me in providing support, guidance, and nurturing to those in need. In conclusion, success for me is not a destination but a continuous journey of growth, contribution, and positive change. This scholarship is a catalyst for that journey, propelling me towards becoming a leader in pediatric oncology, raising awareness about histiocytosis, and making a positive difference in the world through my education and subsequent contributions to healthcare. I am grateful for this opportunity and am excited about the transformative impact it will have on my future and the lives I aim to touch. Thank you for considering my application.
    Maxwell Tuan Nguyen Memorial Scholarship
    Hi! My name is Ava. I live in Alaska, have raised livestock throughout my life and have experienced a life-changing event, or two, or...more along the way. The world of healthcare is speaking to me these days and that seems to be where my heartstrings are pulling me as well. I have had my heart set on following a career path in the pediatric oncology field which was fueled by my own experience surviving a rare cancer diagnosis (Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis) and treatment. Having braved and rallied through a cancer diagnosis and treatment, and knowing first-hand what an individual and their loved ones experience on their journeys has fueled my passion for wanting to help people get the care they need when they need it. Whether that care is basic support by providing and guiding through resources or caring for the actual patient in a more hands-on environment or as their first face to finding out what is going on with their body. Given the experience I have with animals, livestock, rare disease, life-saving treatments, and different entry-level jobs in varying areas of work – I have an appreciation that there is a great need for workers and service providers that offer a level of expertise that can be gained from both on the job training and/or from training and education gained through a higher level of schooling. I participated in the Health Care cluster in High School at the Technical school I went to, and then finished my senior year as a CNA. I am looking forward to continuing my education to become a registered nurse, then a nurse practitioner and then to see where my heart and career take me from there. Going into the medical field there will be an abundance of opportunities to contribute. If working as an individual contributor I will bring with me a positive attitude, a wealth of experience in many different areas, and a desire to learn, grow and share with others. My education won’t just be beneficial to my career but also to the community. As I grow and learn through my education, I look forward to giving back to the community at a higher level and with more knowledge and expertise as time goes on. I enjoy volunteering and am excited to share what I have to offer with others that are in need of a little extra support, guidance and nurturing. When I am finished with schooling, I hope to return to Fairbanks to offer a service or support for pediatric oncology patients – something that was not available to local children when I was diagnosed in 2009.
    Kalia D. Davis Memorial Scholarship
    Howdy! My name is Ava. I live in Alaska, have raised livestock throughout my life and have experienced a life-changing event, or two, or...more along the way. The world of healthcare is speaking to me these days and that seems to be where my heartstrings are pulling me as well. I have had my heart set on following a career path in the pediatric oncology field which was fueled by my own experience surviving a rare cancer diagnosis (Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis) and treatment. Having braved and rallied through a cancer diagnosis and treatment, and knowing first-hand what an individual and their loved ones experience on their journeys has fueled my passion for wanting to help people get the care they need when they need it. Whether that care is basic support by providing and guiding through resources or caring for the actual patient in a more hands-on environment or as their first face to finding out what is going on with their body. Given the experience I have with animals, livestock, rare disease, life-saving treatments, and different entry-level jobs in varying areas of work – I have an appreciation that there is a great need for workers and service providers who offer a level of expertise that can be gained from both on the job training and/or from training and education gained through a higher level of schooling. I participated in the Health Care cluster in High School at the Technical school I went to, and then finished my senior year as a CNA. I am looking forward to continuing my education to become a registered nurse, then a nurse practitioner and then to see where my heart and career take me from there. My education won’t just be beneficial to my career but also to the community. As I grow and learn through my education, I look forward to giving back to the community at a higher level and with more knowledge and expertise as time goes on. I enjoy volunteering and am excited to share what I have to offer with others who need a little extra support, guidance and nurturing. When I am finished with schooling, I hope to return to Fairbanks to offer a service or support for pediatric oncology patients – something that was not available to local children when I was diagnosed in 2009. Due to the financial hardships that my family faced during my younger years, it meant that we lived with little or without growing up. The expense of college now falls on me. I have worked hard throughout my younger years to today to save up as much as I can to be able to afford the expense that accompanies college. I have a small portion of those expenses covered but will need more as I advance through school. Balancing odd jobs and school has been difficult but I am determined to make it happen. This scholarship would help me immensely. I have done excellent academically and excel in every opportunity given to me and any scholarship money awarded to me will help me pay for college and take out fewer loans to complete my goals. My goal was always to try and graduate debt free and I’m hoping to make that a reality. The schooling required to complete my degree is expensive, so I’ve been working hard on ways to fund my schooling and in turn help others along the way.
    Hicks Scholarship Award
    Howdy! My name is Ava. I have been faced with several difficult situations in my life and have experienced a life-changing event or two, or three. The first and most impactful was when I was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, Langerhans Cell Histocytosis (LCH) – that is a big name for a little kid, let me tell ya! I was 5 years old when I struck a fever one spring day in May 2009, that would not go away. Soon after a bump started to form above my left orbit. That bump got bigger by the day. After many trips to the pediatrician, ophthalmologist, ear, nose and throat doctors, my mom finally took me to the ER on July 6th – they were at a loss for what could be going on. My Mom had made some calls and got me in to see an eye Dr. in Anchorage, Alaska. Before we left the hospital, the Physician’s Assistant (PA) attending us decided to take a CT scan of my head, so we at least had something to bring with us. As we were walking back to the waiting room for the results, the nurse took my hand and took me to the next room to play while the PA chatted with my mom. Basically, we were told that there was a large tumor above my eye that had eaten part of my skull and that I needed to be medevacked to Seattle Children’s Hospital ASAP as there was a possibility it was breaking the barrier to my brain. Time was of the essence. The race began to get a diagnosis and then a treatment plan. A diagnosis was made following two weeks of testing and a whole team of doctors and researchers reviewing scans, blood work, labs, etc. Then came the six-month treatment plan which turned into nearly 18 months of chemotherapy and a whole concoction of other meds, physical and occupational therapy. From there life for myself and the family was never the same. I remember a point where I forgot many of the basics that I had learned through preschool and had to do a lot of work to relearn and catch up to where I was before. Teachers didn’t understand the difficulties I faced and expected me to perform at the same level as my peers. Classmates made fun of me because of the scar above my eye and the fact that I was in school one day and gone for as long as it took me to feel well enough to come back and make it through the day. Ultimately, I persevered and beat the hell out of LCH. Having gone through what I did with a very different appreciation and respect for life and humanity. I visit my priorities often to make sure they are in line with my goals and my vision of the future. The world of healthcare is speaking to me these days and that seems to be where my heartstrings are pulling me as well. I have had my heart set on following a career path in the pediatric oncology field which was fueled by my own experience surviving a rare cancer diagnosis and treatment. I believe that through my own experiences, I will excel as a medical provider as I will sincerely relate to the patient and their family members during tough times. My goal is to graduate debt-free and give back to the community using the knowledge and expertise I’ve gained along the way.
    Kevin Boblenz Scholarship
    Howdy! My name is Ava. I live in Alaska and attend Texas A&M University at College Station as an Allied Health major. I grew up on a small farm and have raised or been around large and small livestock all my life. The world of healthcare is speaking to me these days and that seems to be where my heartstrings are pulling me as well. I have had my heart set on following a career path in the pediatric oncology field which was brought about by my own experience surviving a rare cancer diagnosis (Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis) and treatment. Having braved and rallied through a rare cancer diagnosis and treatment, and knowing first-hand what an individual and their loved ones experience on their journeys has fueled my passion for wanting to help people get the care they need when they need it. Whether that care is basic support by providing and guiding through resources or caring for the actual patient in a more hands-on environment or as their first face to finding out what is going on with their body. As part of the health care cluster in high school, I was able to obtain my Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification and have worked with the elderly and disabled, there is so much more to learn and explore. I am interested in helping my future clients in many different capacities and having the knowledge gained with this major will give me a better foundation as I navigate through my future career – I can’t wait to get out there and make a difference! Given the experience I have with animals, livestock, rare disease, life-saving treatments, and different entry-level jobs in varying areas of work – I understand that there is a great need for workers and service providers who offer a level of expertise that can be gained from both on the job training and/or from training and education gained through a higher level of schooling. In addition to growing up on a small farm, I was also a member of 4-H through the cooperative extension program. Through the 4-H clubs, I was presented with many volunteer and leadership opportunities. I enjoy volunteering and am excited to share the knowledge I will gain along the way with others who need a little extra support, guidance and nurturing. Often big improvements start small – slow and steady wins the race. Some of the offices I held while part of my clubs were: President; Vice President; Treasurer and Secretary. While I was nervous and a little scared to have such big roles at the time, I now realize the value that they had and how much taking on those responsibilities helped me grow. While there were many volunteer hours put in some of my favorites were: volunteering at the Fairbanks Community Food Bank; planting flowers at the Pioneers Home; making decorations for The Denali Center; and making blankets for the animals at the animal shelter. I am looking forward to being able to contribute back to my community on a higher level and with more knowledge and expertise.
    Balancing Act Medical Student Scholarship
    Howdy! My name is Ava. I have been faced with several difficult situations in my life and have experienced a life-changing event or two, or three. Because of those experiences, I have developed a passion for helping others while serving them in health care. The first life-changing event that I can remember was when I was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, called Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH) – that is a big name for a little kid, let me tell ya! I was 5 years old when I struck a fever one spring day in May 2009, that would not go away. Soon after a bump started to form above my left orbit. That bump got bigger by the day. After many trips to the pediatrician, ophthalmologist, ear, nose and throat doctors, my mom finally took me to the ER on July 6th – they were at a loss for what could be going on. My Mom had made some calls and got me in to see an eye Dr. in Anchorage, Alaska. Before we left the hospital, the Physician’s Assistant (PA) attending us decided to take a CT scan of my head, so we at least had something to bring with us. As we were walking back to the waiting room for the results, the nurse took my hand and took me to the next room to play while the PA chatted with my mom. We were told that there was a large tumor above my eye that had eaten part of my skull and that I needed to be medevacked to Seattle Children’s Hospital ASAP as there was a possibility it was breaking the barrier to my brain. Time was of the essence. From there it was a race to get a diagnosis and then a treatment plan. A diagnosis was made following two weeks of testing and a whole team of doctors and researchers reviewing scans, blood work, labs, etc. Then came the six-month treatment plan which turned into nearly 18 months of chemotherapy and a whole concoction of other meds, physical and occupational therapy. At that point, life for myself and the family was never the same. Teachers didn’t understand the difficulties I faced and expected me to perform at the same level as my peers. Classmates made fun of me because of the scar above my eye and the fact that I was in school one day and gone the next. Ultimately, I persevered and beat the hell out of LCH. Having gone through what I did with a very different appreciation and respect for life and humanity. I visit my priorities often to make sure they are in line with my goals and my vision of the future. The world of healthcare is speaking to me these days and that seems to be where my heartstrings are pulling me as well. I have had my heart set on following a career path in the pediatric oncology field which was fueled by my own experience surviving a rare cancer diagnosis and treatment. I believe that through my own experiences, I will excel as a medical provider as I will sincerely relate to the patient and their family members during tough times. While offering support, encouragement and motivation I will still be able to appropriately deliver the real talk and tough love that is sometimes needed. Not only will I be able to relate to patients, but I will also be able to help others in the community navigate the different systems while volunteering for different organizations.
    Joseph Joshua Searor Memorial Scholarship
    Hi! My name is Ava. I live in Alaska, have raised livestock throughout my life and have experienced a life-changing event, or two, or...more along the way. The world of healthcare is speaking to me these days and that seems to be where my heartstrings are pulling me as well. I have had my heart set on following a career path in the pediatric oncology field which was fueled by my own experience surviving a rare cancer diagnosis (Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis) and treatment. Having braved and rallied through a cancer diagnosis and treatment, and knowing first-hand what an individual and their loved ones experience on their journeys has fueled my passion for wanting to help people get the care they need when they need it. Whether that care is basic support by providing and guiding through resources or caring for the actual patient in a more hands-on environment or as their first face to finding out what is going on with their body. What I am desiring for in my career path will require a higher level of formal education and hands-on training. I must acquire the right skills and be surrounded by teachers and mentors who are familiar with these skills and will have a positive influence on my career path while helping me learn and grow along the way. Given the experience I have with animals, livestock, rare disease, life-saving treatments, and different entry-level jobs in varying areas of work – I have an appreciation that there is a great need for workers and service providers who offer a level of expertise that can be gained from both on the job training and/or from training and education gained through a higher level of schooling. I participated in the Health Care cluster in High School at the Technical school I went to, and then finished my senior year as a CNA. I am looking forward to continuing my education to become a registered nurse, then a nurse practitioner and then to see where my heart and career take me from there. Going into the medical field there will be an abundance of opportunities to contribute. If working as an individual contributor I will bring with me a positive attitude, a wealth of experience in many different areas, and a desire to learn, grow and share with others. I enjoy volunteering and am excited to share the knowledge I will gain along the way with others who need a little extra support, guidance and nurturing. Often big improvements start small – slow and steady wins the race. I am looking forward to being able to give back to my community on a higher level and with more knowledge and expertise.
    Elevate Women in Technology Scholarship
    It is mind-blowing how quickly technology continues to grow! I see emerging technologies adding value to individuals with communication difficulties or disabilities. With emerging technology also comes more advanced tools that can assist individuals with any number of tasks, mainly being able to express themselves and interact with those around them. Some tools that come to mind are robots, robot limbs, robots that can be worn, or devices that can read your next thought thus making communication much easier. Studying and working in the healthcare field some advancements that I have heard about or see coming are advancements with Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs). BCIs can provide a direct interface between the brain and external devices, allowing individuals with severe motor disabilities to control communication devices using their thoughts. BCIs can also be used for neurofeedback, helping individuals train their brains to enhance control over communication devices. In conjunction with BCI’s, is eye-tracking technology. This enables individuals to control devices using eye movements, offering a communication method for those with limited motor control. BCIs and eye-tracking require collaboration and expertise in neuroscience, engineering, computer science, and other fields. While BCIs are still in the early stages of development and face challenges, ongoing research and technological advancements hold the potential for significant breakthroughs in enhancing human-machine interactions and improving the quality of life for individuals with neurological conditions. Eventually, there will be more personalized and effective healthcare solutions. Emerging technologies have the potential to significantly contribute to creating a more fair, accessible, and inclusive world.
    Mikey Taylor Memorial Scholarship
    I know when I am in a positive mental health space overall it contributes to a healthy sense of self-esteem and self-worth, and I can shape my beliefs about my abilities and values. I also have experience with mental health challenges, which can lead me down a path of negative self-perceptions and beliefs. Mental health is an integral part of overall well-being, and its impact extends to various facets of life, including beliefs, relationships, and career aspirations. Recognizing and addressing mental health needs is crucial for fostering a positive and fulfilling life in these areas. I think it should be okay for children to go about their play as normal and also be able to freely communicate without fear of indirect consequences (hurt feelings, getting in trouble for asking deep questions, calling an elder out for inappropriate behavior, etc.) While I feel it is important for individuals to maintain autonomy, I feel that it is important to communicate the pros and cons of different types of choices that are made. If you watch too much TikTok, you will have spent a good part of your day being unproductive, possibly missing out on important quality time with loved ones, missing opportunities for self-care, and the list goes on. Talking about tough subjects such as mental health should become more normalized over time if people feel safe about talking about their struggles. For example, how many parents have asked their children to clean their rooms? How many children do you think to know what it means to clean their room? Unless we break down each task and hands demonstrate over some time what it looks like to clean a room – how would anyone know? Also, cleaning a room in one household may look very different in another. Addressing and dealing with mental health issues is much the same. I also want to say that I have tried to help many friends who were struggling and some are so guarded and refuse to acknowledge that they need help – aside from them being willing to seek professional help, we (as their loved ones) also have to understand that their struggle is not our fault and not one that we can solve and while it is commendable that we are there to support, it should not be our burden to bear. I wish everyone could feel loved and valued the way they should. My own personal journey was a long one and while the outcome was favorable, the struggle was real. I was diagnosed with a rare cancer in 2009 and In addition to the nearly 18 months of chemo were hospital stays, countless pokes, IVs, Dr. visits, and a long plane or car ride to and from the treatment facility (400-plus miles away). Then to follow cancer treatment came Physical and Occupational therapy to help with neuropathy, regain strength and define fine motor skills. Later in my teen years, I needed additional therapy for my mental health. There is so much more that I hear when someone says the word “cancer” – it isn’t just a word, there is an indescribable feeling that is silently heard along with it. While the personal impacts are lifelong the lesson learned along the way can be shared – YOU can make a difference when your story is told.
    Mental Health Scholarship for Women
    Mental health issues are on the rise and while we are doing better as a nation and raising awareness, it just isn’t enough just yet. What do you do when a loved one shows signs of depression? The response and action should be relatable and not emotionally burdening. While I feel it is important for individuals to maintain autonomy, I feel that it is important to communicate the pros and cons of different types of choices that are made. If you watch too much TikTok, you will have spent a good part of your day being unproductive, possibly missing out on important quality time with loved ones, missing opportunities for self-care, and the list goes on. Talking about tough subjects such as mental health should become more normalized over time if people feel safe about talking about their struggles. Not just talking about it but often we talk about how to take care of our mental health but we are not shown how. For example, how many parents have asked their children to clean their rooms? How many children do you think to know what it means to clean their room? Unless we break down each task and hands demonstrate over some time what it looks like to clean a room – how would anyone know? Also, cleaning a room in one household may look very different in another. Addressing and dealing with mental health issues is much the same. What does it look like to identify, address, and deal with mental health? There must be an acknowledgment by the individual suffering and to do this, they must have a safe space to do so. What is a safe space? This must also be addressed, culturally. Once we start breaking apart for the general population and these tasks can be broken down into the most basic format then we can start making a difference. I also want to say that I have tried to help many friends who were struggling and some are so guarded and refuse to acknowledge that they need help – aside from them being willing to seek professional help, we (as their loved ones) also have to understand that their struggle is not our fault and not one that we can solve and while it is commendable that we are there to support, it should not be our burden to bear. I wish everyone could feel loved and valued the way they should. My journey was a long one and while the outcome was favorable, the struggle was real. I was diagnosed with a rare cancer in 2009 and In addition to the nearly 18 months of chemo were hospital stays, countless pokes, IVs, Dr. visits, and a long plane or car ride to and from the treatment facility (400-plus miles away). Then to follow cancer treatment came Physical and Occupational therapy to help with neuropathy, regain strength and define fine motor skills. Later in my teen years, I needed additional therapy for my mental health. There is so much more that I hear when someone says the word “cancer” – it isn’t just a word, there is an indescribable feeling that is silently heard along with it. While the personal impacts are lifelong the lesson learned along the way can be shared – YOU can make a difference when your story is told.
    Women in Healthcare Scholarship
    My dreams after high school change on occasion but have consistently been to pursue a career in the healthcare industry and to be a source of inspiration in people’s lives. The world of healthcare is speaking to me these days and that seems to be where my heartstrings are pulling me as well. In the 8th grade, I was set on being a pediatric oncologist. After having a heart-to-heart with my own oncologist and realizing the psychological impact that incurable cases can have on your soul, I had to really reflect if that was something I could live with. After some reflection, I decided I needed to float around the healthcare environment as I moved my way up through education and career. Having braved and rallied through a cancer diagnosis and treatment, and knowing first-hand what an individual and their loved ones experience on their journeys has fueled my passion for wanting to help people get the care they need when they need it. Whether that care is basic support by providing and guiding through resources, or caring for the actual patient in a more hands-on environment or as their first face to finding out what is going on with their body. While my I don’t have any members of my immediate family in the healthcare industry, they have been my biggest fans and supporters along my education journey. Given the experience I have with animals, livestock, rare disease, life-saving treatments, and different entry-level jobs in varying areas of work – I have an appreciation that there is a great need for workers and service providers who offer a level of expertise that can be gained from both on the job training and/or from training and education gained through a higher level of schooling. Currently, my educational aspiration l is to obtain a BS in Allied Science through the Public Health College at Texas A&M University, and then complete schooling to obtain a BS in nursing (BSN). I am exploring different professional goals and dreams as I work my way through school. I was able to obtain my CNA certification while in High School which has opened up employment and volunteer opportunities which in turn gives me additional insight into what it takes to care for the elderly and disabled. Through this opportunity, there comes hands-on learning and insight into what patients experience at different levels of care. My dream is to have a well-rounded perspective of the healthcare industry while providing excellent care and service to my clients. Thus far I have been afforded enough insight to know that I want to have a job and volunteer in ways that are impactful and that will make a difference in society and people’s lives. As a woman in healthcare, I plan on taking advantage of opportunities to help people from a health perspective and offer my services at a level I am qualified for which will in turn benefit those in need thus helping others help others, and so on. I would love to be able to mentor young women in the field and encourage them to follow their hearts do what they love. Thank you for considering me for this scholarship opportunity!
    Elevate Mental Health Awareness Scholarship
    Mental health issues are on the rise and while we are doing better as a nation and raising awareness, it just isn’t enough just yet. I had read years ago about how long it takes to break certain stigmas in society and depending on the stigma if it is even possible. One of the strategies that resonated with me at the time was that it takes about 20 years to catch up once the idea is seated and communicated. To me, it would make sense to start awareness sometime between birth and preschool. By the time those children are out of secondary school, there should be noticeable changes, hopefully for the good. The awareness of mental health needs to be approached with a level of sensitivity and at the same time have an impact. What do you do when you are 5 years old and your loved one is sad? The response and action should be relatable and not emotionally burdening. I think it should be okay for children to go about their play as normal and also be able to freely communicate without fear of indirect consequences (hurt feelings, getting in trouble for asking deep questions, calling an elder out for inappropriate behavior, etc.) While I feel it is important for individuals to maintain autonomy, I feel that it is important to communicate the pros and cons of different types of choices that are made. If you watch too much TikTok, you will have spent a good part of your day being unproductive, possibly missing out on important quality time with loved ones, missing opportunities for self-care, and the list goes on. Talking about tough subjects such as mental health should become more normalized over time if people feel safe about talking about their struggles. Not just talking about it but often we talk about how to take care of our mental health but we are not shown how. For example, how many parents have asked their children to clean their rooms? How many children do you think to know what it means to clean their room? Unless we break down each task and hands demonstrate over some time what it looks like to clean a room – how would anyone know? Also, cleaning a room in one household may look very different in another. Addressing and dealing with mental health issues is much the same. What does it look like to identify, address, and deal with mental health? There must be an acknowledgment by the individual suffering and to do this, they must have a safe space to do so. What is a safe space? This must also be addressed, culturally. Once we start breaking apart for the general population and these tasks can be broken down into the most basic format then we can start making a difference. I also want to say that I have tried to help many friends who were struggling and some are so guarded and refuse to acknowledge that they need help – aside from them being willing to seek professional help, we (as their loved ones) also have to understand that their struggle is not our fault and not one that we can solve and while it is commendable that we are there to support, it should not be our burden to bear. I wish everyone could feel loved and valued the way they should. My own personal journey was a long one and while the outcome was favorable, the struggle was real. I was diagnosed with a rare cancer in 2009 and In addition to the nearly 18 months of chemo were hospital stays, countless pokes, IVs, Dr. visits, and a long plane or car ride to and from the treatment facility (400-plus miles away). Then to follow cancer treatment came Physical and Occupational therapy to help with neuropathy, regain strength and define fine motor skills. Later in my teen years, I needed additional therapy for my mental health. There is so much more that I hear when someone says the word “cancer” – it isn’t just a word, there is an indescribable feeling that is silently heard along with it. While the personal impacts are lifelong the lesson learned along the way can be shared – YOU can make a difference when your story is told.
    Girls Ready to Empower Girls
    Mrs. Imhof – what an amazing and inspirational teacher. She was my 7th and 8th grade teacher and one of those persons that I will always remember. She recognized and saw that I had potential and cheered me on to learn and grow through my middle school years. It wasn’t just me she saw potential in but in all students. She was the sunshine amongst the clouds and, a huge advocate for her students, brought creativity in the classroom, took interest in what the kids were doing and had going on in their lives – truly a caring and compassionate teacher. She made me think about what my strengths and weaknesses were, what I loved about myself, about life and what my goals were. While I didn’t know in the 8th grade what I wanted to be when I grew up, I knew enough to know that what I wanted to do was going to require me to further my education beyond high school. During my time in her class, we put together many speeches, debates and mock trials. She allowed for seriousness and creativity. We were allowed to work on these projects individually or as a group. While at times our topics were assigned we also had the autonomy to choose some topics on our own. I really appreciated that we were allowed to think outside of the box and even more so that she created a comfortable environment for us to be vulnerable. It was okay to turn 32 shades of red when giving a speech, it was okay to be on the not winning side of the debate, it was okay to fail and it was also okay to lift each other up and celebrate our wins and sometimes that meant cheering on the person who was absolutely terrified to stand up in front of a crowd to deliver their speed or to debate a topic which they weren’t strong in. As I moved on to high school, I often ran into her when I was at different events or out in public and she would always ask how I was doing and what I was up to. She didn't just ask, she was genuinely curious and was always a great listener and never failed to offer up words of encouragement and support for all things - the good things and for any struggles I might have been facing. I miss those days and realizing that those speeches and debates really helped me develop and help me to advocate for myself as I get older.
    William A. Stuart Dream Scholarship
    My dreams after high school change on occasion but have consistently been to pursue a career in the healthcare industry and to be a source of inspiration in peoples’ lives. The world of healthcare is speaking to me these days and that seems to be where my heartstrings are pulling me as well. In the 8th grade, I was set on being a pediatric oncologist. After having a heart-to-heart with my own oncologist and realizing the psychological impact that incurable cases can have on your soul, I had to really reflect if that was something I could live with. After some reflection, I decided I needed to float around the healthcare environment as I move my way up through education and career. Having braved and rallied through a cancer diagnosis and treatment, and knowing first-hand what an individual and their loved ones experience on their journeys has fueled my passion for wanting to help people get the care they need when they need it. Whether that care is basic support by providing and guiding through resources, or caring for the actual patient in a more hands-on environment or as their first face to finding out what is going on with their body. While my I don’t have any members of my immediate family in the healthcare industry, they have been my biggest fans and supporters along my education journey. Given the experience I have with animals, livestock, rare disease, life-saving treatments, and different entry-level jobs in varying areas of work – I have an appreciation that there is a great need for workers and service providers who offer a level of expertise that can be gained from both on the job training and/or from training and education gained through a higher level of schooling. Currently, my educational aspiration l is to obtain a BS in Allied Science through the Public Health College at Texas A&M University, and then complete schooling to obtain a BS in nursing (BSN). I am exploring different professional goals and dreams as I work my way through school. I was able to obtain my CNA certification while in High School which has opened up employment and volunteer opportunities which in turn gives me additional insight into what it takes to care for the elderly and disabled. Through this opportunity, there comes hands-on learning and insight into what patients experience at different levels of care. My dream is to have a well-rounded perspective of the healthcare industry while providing excellent care and service to my clients. Thus far I have been afforded enough insight to know that I want to have a job and volunteer in ways that are impactful and that will make a difference in society and people’s lives. As I make my way through my degree program I plan on taking advantage of opportunities to help people from a health perspective and offer my services at a level I am qualified for which will in turn benefit those in need thus helping others help others, and so on. As a student, I feel it is my responsibility to be actively involved in funding as much of my education as possible. I have done well academically and work to excel in every opportunity given to me, any scholarship money awarded to me will help me pay for college and take out fewer loans to complete my goals. One of my goals is to try and graduate debt-free - I’m hoping to make that a reality. Thank you for considering me for this scholarship opportunity!
    Christina Taylese Singh Memorial Scholarship
    Howdy! My name is Ava. I live in Alaska, have raised livestock throughout my life and have experienced a life-changing event, or two, or...more along the way. The world of healthcare is speaking to me these days and that seems to be where my heartstrings are pulling me as well. I have had my heart set on following a career path in the pediatric oncology field which was fueled by my own experience surviving a rare cancer diagnosis (Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis) and treatment. Having braved and rallied through a cancer diagnosis and treatment, and knowing first-hand what an individual and their loved ones experience on their journeys has fueled my passion for wanting to help people get the care they need when they need it. Whether that care is basic support by providing and guiding through resources or caring for the actual patient in a more hands-on environment or as their first face to finding out what is going on with their body. What I am desiring for in my career path will require a higher level of formal education and hands-on training. I must acquire the right skills and be surrounded by teachers and mentors who are familiar with these skills and will have a positive influence on my career path while helping me learn and grow along the way. Given the experience I have with animals, livestock, rare disease, life-saving treatments, and different entry-level jobs in varying areas of work – I have an appreciation that there is a great need for workers and service providers who offer a level of expertise that can be gained from both on the job training and/or from training and education gained through a higher level of schooling. I participated in the Health Care cluster in High School at the Technical school I went to, and then finished my senior year as a CNA. I am looking forward to continuing my education to become a registered nurse, then a nurse practitioner and then to see where my heart and career take me from there. Going into the medical field there will be an abundance of opportunities to contribute. If working as an individual contributor I will bring with me a positive attitude, a wealth of experience in many different areas, and a desire to learn, grow and share with others. I enjoy volunteering and am excited to share the knowledge I will gain along the way with others who need a little extra support, guidance and nurturing. Often big improvements start small – slow and steady wins the race. I am looking forward to being able to contribute back to my community on a higher level and with more knowledge and expertise. Thank you for the scholarship opportunity and for considering my application.
    Veerakasturi and Venkateswarlu Ganapaneni Memorial Scholarship
    Due to the financial hardships that my family faced during my younger years, it meant that we lived with little or without growing up. The expense of college now falls on me. I have worked hard throughout my younger years to today to save up as much as I can to be able to afford the expense that accompanies college. I have a small portion of those expenses covered but will need more as I advance through school. Balancing odd jobs and school has been difficult but I am determined to make it happen. The biggest financial hardship my family experienced was when I was diagnosed with a rare cancer. My parents had to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars out of pocket to ensure I had the best care to increase my rate of survival. To receive this treatment, the expenses had to be paid out of pocket as they were not covered by insurance. In addition to the medical expenses there came travel and lodging expenses. Living in Alaska and frequently traveling out of state to the Children's Hospitals in Seattle and Texas made this complicated and expensive as you can imagine. I made it through treatment and am now several years in non-active disease status - Hooray! Any scholarship money would help me greatly in college. I have done excellent academically and excel in every opportunity given to me and any scholarship money awarded to me will help me pay for college and take out fewer loans to complete my goals. My goal was always to try and graduate debt free and I’m hoping to make that a reality. The type of schooling required to complete my degree is so expensive, so I’ve been working hard on ways to fund my schooling and also help others along the way. Nursing has always been my dream and that is something I will pursue no matter what but it would be greatly appreciated to receive this scholarship so I could lessen the amount of debt I will have to pay off after I graduate college. Currently, my educational aspiration l is to obtain a BS in Allied Science through the Public Health College at Texas A&M University, and then complete schooling to obtain a BS in nursing (BSN). I am exploring different professional goals and dreams as I work my way through school. I was able to obtain my CNA certification while in High School which has opened up employment and volunteer opportunities which in turn gives me additional insight into what it takes to care for the elderly and disabled. Through this opportunity, there comes hands-on learning and insight into what patients experience at different levels of care. As I make my way through my degree program I plan on taking advantage of opportunities to help people from a health perspective and offer my services at a level I am qualified for which will in turn benefit those in need thus helping others help others, and so on. My dream is to have a well-rounded perspective of the healthcare industry while providing excellent care and service to my clients. Thus far I have been afforded enough insight to know that I want to have a job and volunteer in ways that are impactful and that will make a difference in society and people’s lives. Thank you for the scholarship opportunities and for considering my application.
    Alaska Students - North to the Future Scholarship
    There is no state income tax, the cost of living is high, the climate is extreme, wildlife and mosquitos are BIG and if not big in size – a big deal, the winters are cold but the summers are oh so worth enduring the winter, the northern lights never, never get old – these are just a few things that I’ve realized and miss or appreciate while I am away from home at college. While away at college and traveling more than usual away from my Alaska home I’ve learned that traffic jams, long lines, LOTS of people, the intense heat, hurricanes, and generally faster paced life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. While I’m away from home going to college and finding myself, some things I miss are the midnight sun, the beauty of Lady Aurora, genuine Alaskan hospitality, the outdoors and unique wildlife sightings – on the days I get homesick, it feels like I’m going through a bad breakup, and I have to remind myself that I will be back soon. I grew up on a small farm and have raised or been around large and small livestock all my life – yes, all of this during the harsh winter conditions and the midnight sun. I have had my heart set on following a career path in the pediatric oncology field which was brought about by my own personal experience surviving a rare cancer diagnosis (Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis) and treatment. Having braved and rallied through a rare cancer diagnosis and treatment, and knowing first-hand what an individual and their loved ones experience on their journeys has fueled my passion for wanting to help people get the care they need when they need it. As part of the health care cluster in high school, I was able to obtain my Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification and have worked with the elderly and disabled, there is so much more to learn and explore. Given the experience I have with animals, livestock, rare disease, life-saving treatments, and different entry-level jobs in varying areas of work. In addition to growing up on a small farm, I was also a member of 4-H through the cooperative extension program. Through the 4-H clubs, I was presented with many volunteer and leadership opportunities. While there were many volunteer hours put in some of my favorites were: volunteering at the Fairbanks Community Food Bank; planting flowers at the Pioneers Home; making decorations for The Denali Center; and making blankets for the animals at the animal shelter. The biggest financial hardship my family experienced was when I was diagnosed with a rare cancer. My parents had to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars out of pocket to ensure I had the best care to increase my rate of survival. To receive this treatment, the expenses had to be paid out of pocket as they were not covered by insurance. In addition to the medical expenses there came travel and lodging expenses. Living in Alaska and frequently traveling out of state to the Children's Hospitals in Seattle and Texas made this complicated and expensive as you can imagine. I made it through treatment and am now several years in non-active disease status - Hooray! The expense of college now falls on me. I have worked hard throughout my younger years to today to save up as much as I can to be able to afford the expense that accompanies college. I have a small portion of those expenses covered but will need more as I advance through school. Thank you for considering my application.
    Holden William Bettis Memorial Scholarship
    Hi! My name is Ava. I live in Alaska, have raised livestock throughout my life and have experienced a life-changing event, or two, or...more along the way. The world of healthcare is speaking to me these days and that seems to be where my heartstrings are pulling me as well. I have had my heart set on following a career path in the pediatric oncology field which was fueled by my own experience surviving a rare cancer diagnosis (Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis) and treatment. Having braved and rallied through a cancer diagnosis and treatment, and knowing first-hand what an individual and their loved ones experience on their journeys has fueled my passion for wanting to help people get the care they need when they need it. Whether that care is basic support by providing and guiding through resources or caring for the actual patient in a more hands-on environment or as their first face to finding out what is going on with their body. Given the experience I have with animals, livestock, rare disease, life-saving treatments, and different entry-level jobs in varying areas of work – I have an appreciation that there is a great need for workers and service providers who offer a level of expertise that can be gained from both on the job training and/or from training and education gained through a higher level of schooling. I participated in the Health Care cluster in High School at the Technical school I went to, and then finished my senior year as a CNA. I am looking forward to continuing my education to become a registered nurse, then a nurse practitioner and then to see where my heart and career take me from there. Going into the medical field there will be an abundance of opportunities to contribute. If working as an individual contributor I will bring with me a positive attitude, a wealth of experience in many different areas, and a desire to learn, grow and share with others. My education won’t just be beneficial to my career but also to the community. As I grow and learn through my education, I look forward to giving back to the community at a higher level and with more knowledge and expertise as time goes on. I enjoy volunteering and am excited to share what I have to offer with others who need a little extra support, guidance and nurturing. When I am finished with schooling, I hope to return to Fairbanks to offer a service or support for pediatric oncology patients – something that was not available to local children when I was diagnosed in 2009. Some of the ways I have and continue to give back to the community are: volunteering at the local foodbank; planting flowers for the elderly; making blankets for those with disabilities; baking treats for animal shelters…the list goes on. As I make my way through my degree program I plan on taking advantage of opportunities to help people from a health perspective and offer my services at a level I am qualified for, which will in turn benefit those in need. Thank you for considering me for this scholarship opportunity!
    Maxwell Tuan Nguyen Memorial Scholarship
    My dreams change on occasion but have consistently been to pursue a career in the healthcare industry and to be a source of inspiration in people’s lives. The world of healthcare is speaking to me these days and that seems to be where my heartstrings are pulling me as well. In the 8th grade, I was set on being a pediatric oncologist. After having a heart-to-heart with my own oncologist and realizing the psychological impact that incurable cases can have on your soul, I had to really reflect if that was something I could live with. After some reflection, I decided I needed to float around the healthcare environment as I move my way up through education and career. Having braved and rallied through a cancer diagnosis and treatment, and knowing first-hand what an individual and their loved ones experience on their journeys has fueled my passion for wanting to help people get the care they need when they need it. Whether that care is basic support by providing and guiding through resources, or caring for the actual patient in a more hands-on environment or as their first face to finding out what is going on with their body. Currently, my educational aspiration l is to obtain a BS in Allied Science through the Public Health College at Texas A&M University, and then complete schooling to obtain a BS in nursing (BSN). I am exploring different professional goals and dreams as I work my way through school. I was able to obtain my CNA certification while in High School which has opened employment and volunteer opportunities which in turn gives me additional insight into what it takes to care for the elderly and disabled. Through this opportunity, there comes hands-on learning and insight into what patients experience at different levels of care. I also enjoy volunteering and am excited to share the knowledge I will gain along the way with others that need a little extra support, guidance, and nurturing. I have volunteered for several different things including making crafts for and with seniors in care homes, assembling and distributing food boxes for the hungry, assisted youth with their project animals to name a few of my favorite volunteer activities. My dream is to have a well-rounded perspective of the healthcare industry while providing excellent care and service to my clients. Thus far I have been afforded enough insight to know that I want to have a job and volunteer in ways that are impactful and that will make a difference in people’s lives. Thank you for this scholarship opportunity and for considering my application.
    Career Search Scholarship
    Howdy! My name is Ava. I live in Alaska, have raised livestock throughout my life and have experienced a life-changing event, or two, or...more along the way. The world of healthcare is speaking to me these days and that seems to be where my heartstrings are pulling me as well. I have had my heart set on following a career path in the pediatric oncology field which was fueled by my own experience surviving a rare cancer diagnosis (Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis) and treatment. Having braved and rallied through a cancer diagnosis and treatment, and knowing first-hand what an individual and their loved ones experience on their journeys has fueled my passion for wanting to help people get the care they need when they need it. Whether that care is basic support by providing and guiding through resources or caring for the actual patient in a more hands-on environment or as their first face to finding out what is going on with their body. While I have obtained my CNA certificate, I would like to pursue a degree in nursing and then see what my calling is from there. What I am desiring for in my career path will require a higher level of formal education and hands-on training. I must get acquire the right skills and be surrounded by teachers and mentors that are familiar with these skills and will have a positive influence on my career path while helping me learn and grow along the way. Given the experience I have with animals, livestock, rare disease, life-saving treatments, and different entry-level jobs in varying areas of work – I have an appreciation that there is a great need for workers and service providers that offer a level of expertise that can be gained from both on the job training and/or from training and education gained through a higher level of schooling. I participated in the Health Care cluster in High School at the Technical school I went to, and then finished my senior year as a CNA. I am looking forward to continuing my education to become a registered nurse, then a nurse practitioner and then to see where my heart and career take me from there. Going into the medical field there will be an abundance of opportunities to contribute. If working as an individual contributor I will bring with me a positive attitude, a wealth of experience in many different areas, and a desire to learn, grow and share with others. I enjoy volunteering and am excited to share the knowledge I will gain along the way with others that need a little extra support, guidance, and nurturing. I have volunteered for several different things including making crafts for and with seniors in care homes, assembling and distributing food boxes for the hungry, assisted youth with their project animals to name a few of my favorite volunteer activities. Often big improvements start small – slow and steady wins the race. I am looking forward to being able to contribute back to my community on a higher level and with more knowledge and expertise as I learn and grow. Thank you for this scholarship opportunity and for considering my application.
    Szilak Family Honorary Scholarship
    Howdy! My name is Ava. I have been faced with several difficult situations in my life and have experienced a life-changing event or two, or three. The first life-changing event that I can remember was when I was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, called Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH) – that is a big name for a little kid, let me tell ya! I was 5 years old when I struck a fever one spring day in May 2009, that would not go away. Soon after a bump started to form above my left orbit. That bump got bigger by the day. After many trips to the pediatrician, ophthalmologist, ear, nose and throat doctors, my mom finally took me to the ER on July 6th – they were at a loss for what could be going on. My Mom had made some calls and got me in to see an eye Dr. in Anchorage, Alaska. Before we left the hospital, the Physician’s Assistant (PA) attending us decided to take a CT scan of my head, so we at least had something to bring with us. As we were walking back to the waiting room for the results, the nurse took my hand and took me to the next room to play while the PA chatted with my mom. We were told that there was a large tumor above my eye that had eaten part of my skull and that I needed to be medevacked to Seattle Children’s Hospital ASAP as there was a possibility it was breaking the barrier to my brain. Time was of the essence. From there it was a race to get a diagnosis and then a treatment plan. A diagnosis was made following two weeks of testing and a whole team of Dr.’s and researchers reviewing scans, blood work, labs, etc. Then came the six-month treatment plan which turned into nearly 18 months of chemotherapy and a whole concoction of other meds, physical and occupational therapy. At that point, life for myself and the family was never the same. Teachers didn’t understand the difficulties I faced and expected me to perform at the same level as my peers. Classmates made fun of me because of the scar above my eye and the fact that I was in school one day and gone the next. Ultimately, I persevered and beat the hell out of LCH. Having gone through what I did with a very different appreciation and respect for life and humanity. I visit my priorities often to make sure they are in line with my goals and my vision of the future. The world of healthcare is speaking to me these days and that seems to be where my heartstrings are pulling me as well. I have had my heart set on following a career path in the pediatric oncology field which was fueled by my own experience surviving a rare cancer diagnosis and treatment. I believe that through my own experiences, I will excel as a medical provider as I will sincerely relate to the patient and their family members during tough times. While offering support, encouragement and motivation I will still be able to appropriately deliver the real talk and tough love that is sometimes needed. Not only will I be able to relate to patients, I will also be able to help others in the community navigate the different systems while volunteering for different organizations. I greatly appreciate the opportunity, thank you for your consideration.
    NE1 NE-Dream Scholarship
    My dreams after high school change on occasion but have consistently been to pursue a career in the healthcare industry and to be a source of inspiration in people's lives. The world of healthcare is speaking to me these days and that seems to be where my heartstrings are pulling me as well. In the 8th grade, I was set on being a pediatric oncologist. After having a heart-to-heart with my oncologist and realizing the psychological impact that incurable cases can have on your soul, I had to reflect if that was something I could live with. After some reflection, I decided I needed to float around the healthcare environment as I move my way up through education and career. Having braved and rallied through a cancer diagnosis and treatment, and knowing first-hand what an individual and their loved ones experience on their journeys has fueled my passion for wanting to help people get the care they need when they need it. Whether that care is basic support by providing and guiding through resources, or caring for the actual patient in a more hands-on environment or as their first face to finding out what is going on with their body. Currently, my educational aspiration l is to obtain a BS in Allied Science through the Public Health College at Texas A&M University, and then complete schooling to obtain a BS in nursing (BSN). I am exploring different professional goals and dreams as I work my way through school. I was able to obtain my CNA certification while in High School which has opened up employment and volunteer opportunities which in turn gives me additional insight into what it takes to care for the elderly and disabled. Through this opportunity, there comes hands-on learning and insight into what patients experience at different levels of care. I also enjoy volunteering and am excited to share the knowledge I will gain along the way with others that need a little extra support, guidance, and nurturing. I have volunteered for several different things including making crafts for and with seniors in care homes, assembling and distributing food boxes for the hungry, assisted youth with their project animals to name a few of my favorite volunteer activities. My dream is to have a well-rounded perspective of the healthcare industry while providing excellent care and service to my clients. Thus far I have been afforded enough insight to know that I want to have a job and volunteer in ways that are impactful and that will make a difference in people's lives. Thank you for this scholarship opportunity and for considering my application.
    Brandon Tyler Castinado Memorial Scholarship
    My dreams after high school change on occasion but have consistently been to pursue a career in the healthcare industry and to be a source of inspiration in people’s lives. The world of healthcare is speaking to me these days and that seems to be where my heartstrings are pulling me as well. In the 8th grade, I was set on being a pediatric oncologist. After having a heart-to-heart with my oncologist and realizing the psychological impact that incurable cases can have on your soul, I had to reflect if that was something I could live with. After some reflection, I decided I needed to float around the healthcare environment as I move my way up through education and career. Having braved and rallied through a cancer diagnosis and treatment, and knowing first-hand what an individual and their loved ones experience on their journeys has fueled my passion for wanting to help people get the care they need when they need it. Whether that care is basic support by providing and guiding through resources, or caring for the actual patient in a more hands-on environment or as their first face to finding out what is going on with their body. Currently, my educational aspiration l is to obtain a BS in Allied Science through the Public Health College at Texas A&M University, and then complete schooling to obtain a BS in nursing (BSN). I am exploring different professional goals and dreams as I work my way through school. I was able to obtain my CNA certification while in High School which has opened employment and volunteer opportunities which in turn gives me additional insight into what it takes to care for the elderly and disabled. Through this opportunity, there comes hands-on learning and insight into what patients experience at different levels of care. I also enjoy volunteering and am excited to share the knowledge I will gain along the way with others that need a little extra support, guidance, and nurturing. I have volunteered for several different things including making crafts for and with seniors in care homes, assembling and distributing food boxes for the hungry, assisted youth with their project animals to name a few of my favorite volunteer activities. My dream is to have a well-rounded perspective of the healthcare industry while providing excellent care and service to my clients. Thus far I have been afforded enough insight to know that I want to have a job and volunteer in ways that are impactful and that will make a difference in people’s lives. Thank you for this scholarship opportunity in honor of your loved one.
    Sara Jane Memorial Scholarship
    Howdy! My name is Ava. I live in Alaska, have raised livestock throughout my life and have experienced a life-changing event, or two, or...more along the way. The world of healthcare is speaking to me these days and that seems to be where my heartstrings are pulling me as well. I have had my heart set on following a career path in the pediatric oncology field which was fueled by my own experience surviving a rare cancer diagnosis (Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis) and treatment. Having braved and rallied through a cancer diagnosis and treatment, and knowing first-hand what an individual and their loved ones experience on their journeys has fueled my passion for wanting to help people get the care they need when they need it. Whether that care is basic support by providing and guiding through resources or caring for the actual patient in a more hands-on environment or as their first face to finding out what is going on with their body. While I have obtained my CNA certificate, I would like to pursue a degree in nursing and then see what my calling is from there. What I am desiring for in my career path will require a higher level of formal education and hands-on training. I must get acquire the right skills and be surrounded by teachers and mentors that are familiar with these skills and will have a positive influence on my career path while helping me learn and grow along the way. Given the experience I have with animals, livestock, rare disease, life-saving treatments, and different entry-level jobs in varying areas of work – I have an appreciation that there is a great need for workers and service providers that offer a level of expertise that can be gained from both on the job training and/or from training and education gained through a higher level of schooling. I participated in the Health Care cluster in High School at the Technical school I went to, and then finished my senior year as a CNA. I am looking forward to continuing my education to become a registered nurse, then a nurse practitioner and then to see where my heart and career take me from there. Going into the medical field there will be an abundance of opportunities to contribute. If working as an individual contributor I will bring with me a positive attitude, a wealth of experience in many different areas, and a desire to learn, grow and share with others. I enjoy volunteering and am excited to share the knowledge I will gain along the way with others that need a little extra support, guidance, and nurturing. I have volunteered for several different things including making crafts for and with seniors in care homes, assembling and distributing food boxes for the hungry, assisted youth with their project animals to name a few of my favorite volunteer activities. Often big improvements start small – slow and steady wins the race. I am looking forward to being able to contribute back to my community on a higher level and with more knowledge and expertise as I learn and grow. Thank you for this scholarship opportunity and for considering my application.
    Christina Taylese Singh Memorial Scholarship
    Hi! My name is Ava. I have been faced with several difficult situations in my life and have experienced a life-changing event or two which have greatly shaped who I am today and are a big part of why I am following a career path in the health care field. The first life-changing event that I can remember was when I was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, called Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH) – that is a big name for a little kid, let me tell ya! I was 5 years old when I struck a fever one spring day in May 2009, that would not go away. Soon after a bump started to form above my left orbit (eye socket). That bump got bigger by the day. After many trips to different doctors, my mom finally took me to the ER – they were at a loss for what could be going on but before we left the hospital, the Physician’s Assistant (PA) attending us decided to take a CT scan of my head, so we at least had something to bring with us. As we were walking back to the waiting room for the results, the nurse took my hand and took me to the next room to play while the PA chatted with my mom. We were told that there was a large tumor above my eye that had eaten part of my skull and that I needed to be medevacked to Seattle Children’s Hospital ASAP as there was a possibility it was breaking the barrier to my brain. From there it was a race to get a diagnosis and then a treatment plan. A diagnosis was made following two weeks of biopsies, blood draws, testing and a whole team of doctors and researchers reviewing scans, blood work, labs, etc. Then came the six-month treatment plan which turned into nearly 18 months of chemotherapy and a whole concoction of other meds, physical therapy and occupational therapy. Ultimately, I persevered and beat the hell out of LCH. Having gone through what I did bring about a very different appreciation and respect for life and humanity. I visit my priorities often to make sure they are in line with my goals and my vision of the future. I have my heart set on following a career path in the pediatric oncology field which was fueled by my own experience surviving a rare cancer diagnosis and treatment. I believe that through my own experiences, I will excel as a medical provider as I will sincerely relate to the patient and their family members during tough times. While offering support, encouragement and motivation I will still be able to appropriately deliver the real talk and tough love that is often needed. Currently, my educational goal is to obtain a BS in Allied Science through the Public Health College at Texas A&M University. I plan on completing my nursing prerequisites and then going on to obtain my Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). I obtained my CNA certification while in High School which has opened employment and volunteer opportunities and in turn has provided me additional insight into what it takes to care for the elderly and disabled. As my education advances, I look forward to giving back to the community at a higher level and with more knowledge and expertise. I enjoy volunteering and am excited to share what I have to offer with others that need a little extra support, guidance and nurturing. I greatly appreciate this scholarship opportunity, thank you for your consideration.
    Maverick Grill and Saloon Scholarship
    Attributes that make me unique are that I have grit, always believe and never give up, and that I tend to over-give individuals the benefit of the doubt. Growing up around livestock on a small farm all of my life has shown me what it is to have grit – to work hard, fail, fail again, succeed, manage my time, manage my finances, care and feed my animals to the best of my ability and to really care about what I do and know that all that I do makes a difference. When I was 5 years old I was diagnosed with a rare disease. During diagnosis and treatment, this was a really difficult time. There were so many things that I didn’t fully understand. Some things I did understand were that the outcome of this diagnosis was unpredictable and that life was scary. There were things I had to face along the way including numerous surgeries, endless blood draws, needle pokes, hospital stays, days on end of just not feeling well, missing out on parties, holidays, all the “fun” stuff and so much more – my Mom always told me “always believe, never give up”, your mind is a powerful thing. I think that I emulate that very way of thinking in my young adult life and that I encourage others to think the same. There is power in positive thinking. As I learn and grow in this life I have realized along the way that I give individuals the benefit of the doubt. I may even over-give the benefit of the doubt. I rarely anticipate someone has ill intent. I believe that when individuals hurt another in any way they themselves were also hurt. Hence I believe hurt people hurt people. If you truly get to know a person you will realize what their hurts maybe and better understand why they do or act the way they do. I don’t know that I need to plan on giving back to my community – I just do. I do it when time allows and it is just something that I make time for. Some ways in which I have given back and will continue to do so are: volunteering at the local foodbank; planting flowers for the elderly; making blankets for those with disabilities; baking treats for animal shelters…the list goes on. As I make my way through my degree program I plan on taking advantage of opportunities to help people from a health perspective and offer my services at a level I am qualified for and which will in turn benefit those in need. Thank you for considering me for this scholarship opportunity!
    Tim Watabe Doing Hard Things Scholarship
    Hi! My name is Ava. I have been involved with a number of different programs growing up and have experienced a life-changing event or two, or three, or… The world of healthcare is speaking to me these days and that seems to be where my heartstrings are pulling me as well. I have had my heart set on following a career path in the pediatric oncology field which was fueled by my own experience surviving a rare cancer diagnosis and treatment. Having braved and rallied through a cancer diagnosis and treatment, and knowing first-hand the expense that comes with it, it would bring me so much joy to be able to take care of the majority of the cost of college so that my parents can rest easy and not have to worry about how I might cover the costs or feel obligated to cover them for me. My backup plan should the health/medical field not be a good fit is to care for livestock and this passion stems from my involvement with our local 4-H program in some way since before I could walk or talk. I have raised and entered poultry, pigs and lambs in the fair as a Cloverbud, raised numerous livestock market projects, participated in teen club exchanges and travel, and spent many hours serving her community. It is safe to say that 4-H has impacted my life and given me opportunities that have helped me grow leadership skills, and citizenship skills, and has helped shape the person I am today. My experience in 4-H has been educational and rewarding. There is always something new to learn and adventure to be had. While my family is not currently experiencing financial hardships or challenges, we have in the past. The biggest financial hardship was experienced when I was diagnosed with a rare cancer. My parents had to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars out of pocket to ensure I had the best care to increase my rate of survival. Since there was not yet a treatment protocol for my diagnosis – much of the treatment plan that was offered was a prototype not yet approved for standard treatment. In order to receive this treatment, the expenses had to be paid out of pocket as they were not covered by insurance. In addition to the medical expenses there came travel and lodging expenses. Living in Alaska and frequently traveling out of state to the Children's Hospitals in Seattle and Texas made this complicated and expensive as you can imagine. I made it through treatment and am now several years in non-active disease status. Hooray for amazing doctors, especially Dr. Ken McClain at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. The expense of college now falls on me. I have worked hard throughout my younger years to today to save up as much as I can to be able to afford the expense that accompanies college. With grit and determination gained from the years I’ve raised livestock and sold them at our local 4-H Market Livestock Auction, I have a small portion of those expenses covered but will need more as I advance through school.
    Elevate Mental Health Awareness Scholarship
    First, my heartfelt condolences for the loss of your mother. I am at a loss for words to express my sympathy when I hear that someone has lost a piece of their heart. How lucky are we to have loved someone so much that the pain, when they leave this earth, hurts so bad? Mental health issues are on the rise and while we are doing better as a nation and raising awareness, it just isn’t enough just yet. I had read years ago about how long it takes to break certain stigma’s in society and depending on the stigma if it is even possible. One of the strategies that resonated with me at the time was that it takes about 20 years to catch up once the idea is seated and communicated. To me, it would make sense to start awareness sometime between birth and preschool. By the time those children are out of secondary school, there should be noticeable changes, hopefully for the good. The awareness of mental health needs to be approached with a level of sensitivity and at the same time have an impact. What do you do when you are 5 years old and your loved one is sad? The response and action should be relatable and not emotionally burdening. I think it should be okay for children to go about their play as normal and also be able to freely communicate without fear of indirect consequences (hurt feelings, getting in trouble for asking deep questions, calling an elder out for inappropriate behavior, etc.) While I feel it is important for individuals to maintain autonomy, I feel that it is important to communicate the pros and cons of different types of choices that are made. If you watch too much TikTok, you will have spent a good part of your day being unproductive, possibly missing out on important quality time with loved ones, missing opportunities for self-care, and the list goes on. Talking about tough subjects such as mental health should become more normalized over time if people feel safe about talking about their struggles. Not just talking about it but often we talk about how to take care of our mental health but we are not shown how. For example, how many parents have asked their children to go clean their room? How many children do you think to know what it means to clean their room? Unless we break down each task and hands demonstrate over some time what it looks like to clean a room – how would anyone know? Also, cleaning a room in one household may look very different in another. Addressing and dealing with mental health issues is much the same. What does it look like to identify, address, and deal with mental health? There must be an acknowledgment by the individual suffering and in order to do this, they must have a safe space to do so. What is a safe space? This must also be addressed, culturally. Once we start breaking in apart for the general population and these tasks can be broken down into the most basic format then we can start making a difference. I also what to say that I have tried to help many friends that were struggling and there are some that are so guarded and refuse to acknowledge that they need help – aside from them being willing to seek professional help, we (as their loved ones) also have to understand that their struggle is not our fault and not one that we can solve and while it is commendable that we are there to support, it should not be our burden to bear. Wishing everyone could feel loved and valued the way they should. My own personal journey was a long one and while the outcome was favorable, the struggle was real. I was diagnosed with a rare cancer in 2009 and In addition to the nearly 18 months of chemo were hospital stays, countless pokes, IVs, Dr. visits, and a long plane or car ride to and from the treatment facility (400-plus miles away). Then to follow cancer treatment came Physical and Occupational therapy to help with neuropathy, regain strength and define fine motor skills. Later in my teen years, I needed additional therapy for my mental health. There is so much more that I hear when someone says the word “cancer” – it isn’t just a word, there is an indescribable feeling that is silently heard along with it. While the personal impacts are lifelong the lesson learned along the way can be shared out – YOU can make a difference when your story is told.
    Holt Scholarship
    Hi! My name is Ava. I live in Alaska, have raised livestock throughout my life and have experienced a life-changing event, or two, or...more along the way. The world of healthcare is speaking to me these days and that seems to be where my heartstrings are pulling me as well. I have had my heart set on following a career path in the pediatric oncology field which was fueled by my own experience surviving a rare cancer diagnosis (Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis) and treatment. Having braved and rallied through a cancer diagnosis and treatment, and knowing first-hand what an individual and their loved ones experience on their journeys has fueled my passion for wanting to help people get the care they need when they need it. Whether that care is basic support by providing and guiding through resources or caring for the actual patient in a more hands-on environment or as their first face to finding out what is going on with their body. What I am desiring for in my career path will require a higher level of formal education and hands-on training. I must get acquire the right skills and be surrounded by teachers and mentors that are familiar with these skills and will have a positive influence on my career path while helping me learn and grow along the way. Given the experience I have with animals, livestock, rare disease, life-saving treatments, and different entry-level jobs in varying areas of work – I have an appreciation that there is a great need for workers and service providers that offer a level of expertise that can be gained from both on the job training and/or from training and education gained through a higher level of schooling. I participated in the Health Care cluster in High School at the Technical school I went to, and then finished my senior year as a CNA. I am looking forward to continuing my education to become a registered nurse, then a nurse practitioner and then to see where my heart and career take me from there. Going into the medical field there will be an abundance of opportunities to contribute. If working as an individual contributor I will bring with me a positive attitude, a wealth of experience in many different areas, and a desire to learn, grow and share with others. I enjoy volunteering and am excited to share the knowledge I will gain along the way with others that need a little extra support, guidance and nurturing. Often big improvements start small – slow and steady wins the race. I am looking forward to being able to contribute back to my community on a higher level and with more knowledge and expertise.
    Growing with Gabby Scholarship
    Howdy! My name is Ava. This year especially has been about personal growth and the journey of self-discovery. There have been many impactful events for me this year including a fallout with a grade-school friend; winning a triple crown with my market livestock projects; taking the brave step to let my Mom know I thought I might need to seek the help of a therapist; breaking up with my boyfriend of close to 2 years; choosing to attend a university that is several thousand miles away from my home; incurring the first debt ever in my life; the list goes on. The single most impactful event that inspired personal growth was speaking up to seek help. Early 2022 I was nearing completion of high school and had just earned my Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification, I had a boyfriend, was contemplating what to do post-high school, was grieving the loss of a friendship, working hard on my market livestock projects, experiencing random health issues that couldn’t be explained but buried in my thoughts were recurrence of cancer. This is about the time that I felt the weight of the world on my shoulders and needed to process it with someone other than my mom or friends. That is when I put it out there that I felt like it would be a good idea to seek help and began asking what that looked like and how to do it. My Mom was super supportive, and we began a search and made an appointment. At first, I was terrified – I felt slightly like I might be viewed as weak for seeking help, that my information might be shared or that my peers might think I had some behavioral health issues if they found out I was seeing a therapist. As time went on, I felt like there was a huge weight taken off of my shoulders and a sense of relief came over me with some reassurance that the emotions I was experiencing were normal and everything was going to be okay. Life has changed, and the way I view myself and how I handle challenges before me has changed. I now realize that it is okay and good to process emotions as we have them, and while we might feel down it is not a place to stay. Many events that happen are only temporary, those instances need to be realized and the next steps need to be thought out to move forward. I learned that it is okay to “play hurt” and that it is also okay to pause to feel and process. While I am the same determined girl with the grit to carry on some of the most difficult tasks or situations, I am kinder to myself and more empathetic towards others. I have learned to realize that each person no matter how “perfect” they might present themselves bears some sort of dysfunction. The more we talk about our expressions the more we encourage others to talk about theirs – we are all in this together. Thank you for the opportunity to apply for this scholarship. It would bring me great joy to be able to graduate college with as little debt as possible. Ava Wilkins
    Mind, Body, & Soul Scholarship
    What excites me the most? Well, depending on what one considers exciting. For me I am excited to be in a warmer climate (I was born and raised in Alaska), meeting new people, experiencing a new culture, and so many more great things that I don’t even know I am going to experience. I am also nervous about going to a university with a student count that is similar to the population of my hometown. Living in Alaska offers up a lot of complexities to maintaining a healthy lifestyle from the poor air quality in the state’s interior, extreme weather conditions and often times limited selection of healthy foods at a reasonable price. All of that being said my parents have kept me active growing up. I have participated in swimming, soccer, flag football and have raised livestock for most of my life. These things all keep me moving and contribute to my physical and mental health. We also raise our own meat products. We know that our animals are fed a healthy diet, they are very well fed and taken care of – any meat we consume is of the best quality and nutrient content. Post high school – school was done, my livestock projects were done and competitive sports came to an end. I was at a place in my life I had never been before. I quickly realized that it was up to me to make changes in order for me to be my best self. To do this, I signed up for personal training at one of our local gyms and paid close attention to what I was putting in my body. I am glad I made those realizations and took action when I did especially as we head into winter here with limited daylight and long periods of cold and snow. I intend to maintain activities regardless of where I am at and where life takes me. The food will look different wherever I go, but I have the knowledge and where with all to do my research and make good food choices. I am looking forward to new activities and new food on my next adventure!
    Learner Higher Education Scholarship
    Hi! My name is Ava. I live in Alaska, have raised livestock throughout my life and have experienced a life changing event, or two, or...more along the way. Having experience with animals, livestock, rare disease, life saving treatments, different entry level jobs in varying areas of work – I have an appreciation that there is a great need for workers and service providers that offer a level of expertise that can be gained from both on the job training and/or from training and education gained through a higher level of schooling. What I am desiring for in my career path will require a higher level of formal education and hands on training. It is important that I get acquire the right skills and am surrounded by teachers and mentors that are familiar with these skills and will have a positive influence in my career path while helping me learn and grow along the way. I am excited to see where my adventure in higher education takes me.
    Dashanna K. McNeil Memorial Scholarship
    Hi! My name is Ava. I live in Alaska, have raised livestock throughout my life and have experienced a life changing event, or two, or...more along the way. The world of healthcare is speaking to me these days and that seems to be where my heartstrings are pulling me as well. I have had my heart set on following a career path in the pediatric oncology field which was fueled by my own experience surviving a rare cancer diagnosis (Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis) and treatment. Having braved and rallied through a cancer diagnosis and treatment, and knowing first-hand what an individual and their loved ones experience on their journeys has fueled my passion for wanting to help people get the care they need when they need it. Whether that care is basic support by providing and guiding through resources, or caring for the actual patient in a more hands on environment or as their first face to finding out what is going on with their body. I participated in the Health Care cluster in High School at the Technical school I went to, and then finished my senior year as a CNA. I am looking forward to continuing my education to be come a registered nurse, then a nurse practitioner and then to see where my heart and career takes me from there.
    Analtha Parr Pell Memorial Scholarship
    Hi! My name is Ava. I live in Alaska, have raised livestock throughout my life and have experienced a life changing event, or two, or...more along the way. The world of healthcare is speaking to me these days and that seems to be where my heartstrings are pulling me as well. I have had my heart set on following a career path in the pediatric oncology field which was fueled by my own experience surviving a rare cancer diagnosis (Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis) and treatment. Having braved and rallied through a cancer diagnosis and treatment, and knowing first-hand what an individual and their loved ones experience on their journeys has fueled my passion for wanting to help people get the care they need when they need it. Whether that care is basic support by providing and guiding through resources, or caring for the actual patient in a more hands on environment or as their first face to finding out what is going on with their body. I participated in the Health Care cluster in High School at the Technical school I went to, and then finished my senior year as a CNA. I am looking forward to making a difference in people's lives.