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Baden Kowal

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I am applying for scholarships because both my family and I value education as a core pillar. That is why my parents are helping my sister and I pay for college while we are both attending at the same time, thus making it that much more of a burden for my parents. Applying for scholarships would help my parents lighten their load of paying for both of us to attend college with their savings. My parents want me to come out of college with us having the least amount of student debt accrued. My family members have taught us to take all the opportunities available and to seek out financial help as much as possible to help pay for college. My academic background is solid. I have a 3.902 GPA and worked hard in all my classes, to thoroughly understand how everything works and why. Also, I have pushed myself hard even if others do not try. For example, during the dark age of Zoom classes, I would make sure to interact and engage classmates during class, to help assist the teacher run the class time as smoothly as possible. I know that I am not perfect. Nor will I ever be, but I am proud and humble and will continue to strive to be more than average and to seek deeper understanding in anything I choose to pursue. For instance, I am looking to major in the field of Hospitality Management.

Education

Montana State University

Bachelor's degree program
2022 - 2026
  • Majors:
    • Hospitality Administration/Management
  • Minors:
    • Business Administration, Management and Operations

Sehome 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:

    • Hospitality Administration/Management
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Hospitality

    • Dream career goals:

      Hotel Manager

    • Taekwondo Instructor

      USTA Martial Arts
      2022 – 2022
    • General Labor Clerk (temp.)

      Rosauers Supermarket
      2022 – 2022
    • Carpenter Assistant

      Merritt Builders
      2020 – 20222 years

    Sports

    Taekwondo

    Intramural
    2009 – Present15 years

    Golf

    Junior Varsity
    2020 – 20222 years

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      HRDC Bozeman warming center — Volunteer
      2023 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Thrive — CAP Mentor
      2024 – Present
    • Volunteering

      USTA Martial Arts — Taekwondo Instructor Assistant
      2020 – 2022
    • Volunteering

      Bellingham Figure Skating Club — Assistant Manager
      2010 – 2022

    Future Interests

    Volunteering

    Sylvester Taylor "Invictus" Hospitality Scholarship
    Baden, motivated by his love of hospitality, hopes to make a significant and good influence on the world by combining the ideals of service, community, and sustainability. At the heart of his vision is the conviction that hospitality transcends beyond the walls of hotels and restaurants, becoming a force for social change and global good. Primarily, Baden believes that hospitality has the potential to be a catalyst for community development. By creating and fostering settings that promote inclusivity, cultural interchange, and true human connection, he hopes to build environments that not only meet the immediate needs of guests but also contribute to the social fabric of communities. Baden wants to empower and enhance the communities surrounding his hospitality endeavors through initiatives such as community outreach programs, job training, and partnerships with local businesses. Furthermore, Baden realizes the importance of sustainability in the modern world and plans to include eco-friendly methods in all aspects of his hospitality ventures. He strives to reduce the environmental impact of his business by developing trash reduction and recycling programs, as well as adopting green building technologies. Baden aims to contribute to environmental protection and ethical consumption in the hospitality business by supporting sustainable tourist practices and sourcing locally-made items. Additionally, Baden's goal includes using hospitality as a platform for cultural interaction and understanding. Through selected experiences that celebrate variety and promote cross-cultural conversation, he seeks to tear down barriers and develop a worldwide society that values and respects diversity. By sponsoring local artists, singers, and chefs, he hopes to create areas where guests may immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of cultures, establishing a sense of unity among the variety. In terms of philanthropy, Baden plans to donate a portion of his hospitality income to philanthropic causes, with a focus on initiatives addressing poverty, education, and healthcare. By developing a sustainable business model that actively contributes to social issues, he hopes to motivate other hospitality professionals to take a similar approach, thus amplifying the industry's good influence. In conclusion, Baden's vision for using his passion for hospitality to make a positive impact in the world is rooted in the belief that businesses can and should be agents of positive change. Through community engagement, sustainable practices, cultural exchange, and philanthropy, he envisions a hospitality industry that goes beyond profit-making to become a force for social good, leaving a lasting legacy of compassion and responsibility.
    Book Lovers Scholarship
    If I could only recommend one book to everyone on the planet, it would surely be "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein. This timeless classic teaches essential lessons about selflessness, compassion, and the enduring power of unconditional love. The story centers around the unique and sincere friendship that develops between a boy and a tree as they grow older. The tree gives everything it has to make the child happy, eventually leaving only a stump for the boy to sit on in his old age. For various reasons, "The Giving Tree" would be my choice. For starters, its simple yet profound story captures both youngsters' and adults' emotions. Those who read it as youngsters frequently return to it as adults, discovering new layers of meaning with each reread. The book's continuing relevance stems from its ability to evolve with the reader, providing new perspectives and knowledge at all phases of life. Second, the book offers an important message about the meaning of generosity and the importance of giving without expecting anything in return. "The Giving Tree" serves as a sobering reminder of the beauty of unselfish acts and the fulfillment that comes from helping others in a world that is frequently driven by consumerism and self-interest. Moreover, those who haven't read the book yet have a rare opportunity to witness the powerful impact of unwavering giving. It inspires readers, particularly children, to value the sacrifices made by those who care for them and promotes empathy for the natural environment. Lastly, "The Giving Tree" unifies readers in a world separated by differences through universal themes of love, sacrifice, and the interconnection of all living species. It reminds us that true happiness is found in giving rather than taking, a message that can inspire good change and foster a more compassionate global community. If I could force everyone to read only one book, it would be "The Giving Tree," a literary classic that continues to improve lives and souls with its profound teachings and ageless storytelling.
    Holt Scholarship
    I opted to study in hotel management at Montana State University because I like giving people a good time and was introduced to the hospitality sector by watching the TV show Hotel Impossible. My desire to give customers with a remarkable and delightful experience during their stay at a hotel drives my decision to major in hotel administration. I feel that the hotel sector provides a chance to improve people's lives by offering a pleasant and friendly atmosphere. I realize that offering a customized experience to visitors demands attention to detail, outstanding customer service, and a dedication to creating a successful hotel experience. I feel that my love of hospitality, as well as my desire to make a difference in people's lives, make hotel management a perfect match for me. When I first saw the TV show Hotel Impossible, it piqued my curiosity in the hotel sector. Anthony Melchiorri, a hotel specialist, visits failing hotels and advises them on how to improve their operations. The behind-the-scenes look at the hotel sector and the issues that hotel managers encounter piqued my interest. Anthony's ability to identify the fundamental causes of problems and collaborate with hotel workers to develop solutions amazed me. I was particularly intrigued to the concept of making a good influence on visitors' experiences by providing a friendly and comfortable environment for them. As I learned more about the sector, my interest in hotel management has grown. I've studied revenue management, customer service, and hospitality legislation as hotel management ideas. I also obtained practical experience through internships at hotels, where I worked in a variety of areas including front desk, housekeeping, and food & beverage. These experiences have provided me with a better understanding of hotel operations and the value of cooperation and attention to detail in producing a good guest experience. In addition to my education and hands-on experience, I have sought out chances to network with and learn from hospitality experts. I've attended industry conferences, joined hospitality-related student groups, and networked with industry experts on LinkedIn. These experiences have given me a better grasp of the business and the employment options accessible to me after graduation. Finally, my decision to study in hotel management at Montana State University is motivated by my desire to provide visitors with a pleasant stay and my exposure to the hospitality business by watching Hotel Impossible. I feel that my desire to make a positive difference in people's lives, as well as my interest in hotel operations, make hotel management a perfect match for me. I am well-positioned to make a significant impact in the hotel sector due to my education, hands-on experience, and industry contacts.
    Derk Golden Memorial Scholarship
    Taekwondo has been a huge part of my life for some years, and I can certainly state that my love for it has only gotten stronger with time. It has taught me much more than simply physical skills and moves; it has taught me fundamental life principles that I treasure and strive to integrate with my everyday life. I knew I belonged in the taekwondo dojo the instant I stepped inside. The atmosphere was exciting, with everyone engaged and devoted to their training. The discipline and devotion necessary for taekwondo appealed to me, and I became anxious to learn more. As I climbed the ranks, I realized that taekwondo was more than simply a sport or a method to remain active. It was a way of life, complete with its philosophy and set of ideals. One of the most valuable lessons I've learned from taekwondo is the value of patience. There are no shortcuts to rising the ranks; it requires time and commitment. Consistent training, commitment, and perseverance are required. I've learned to be patient with myself and to trust the process, knowing that hard effort will eventually lead to success. Another important thing I've learned through taekwondo is the value of being nice and considerate. As a symbol of respect, we are taught in taekwondo to bow to our teachers, fellow students, and even our opponents. This simple act of respect taught me the importance of treating everyone with love and decency, regardless of status or position. Additionally, taekwondo has taught me the value of serving as a role model. As a black belt and instructor, I am now an ambassador for taekwondo and its ideals. I try to be a role model for people both within and outside of the dojo. I attempt to have a positive impact on the lives of those around me, whether it's showing kindness to a new student or speaking up for what's right. But most imporantly, making sure to remind and help create a helpful and good member of society. In conclusion, taekwondo has been an important part of my life, teaching me fundamental lessons like patience, kindness, and being a role model. It has given me a sense of purpose and direction, and I consider myself fortunate to be a member of this community. I'm looking forward to seeing where this trip leads me and the things I'll learn along the way as I continue to practice and grow.
    Maverick Grill and Saloon Scholarship
    I have a unique collection of features that set me apart from others. I grew up with a tremendous desire to make a difference in the world for others who, like me, were given a second chance because I was born and adopted at the age of four. I've always had a natural sense of generosity, empathy, and compassion for everyone I've met, which has assisted me in developing strong relationships throughout my life. One of the most noticeable features of my personality is my unwavering commitment to assisting people. Despite my hurdles, burdens, and struggles, I have done my best to put others' needs ahead of my own. People usually seek my counsel and support as a result of my selflessness and dedication. I have an entirely different outlook on life. It derives from my love of learning and my ability to observe the world from various perspectives. In addition, I am fascinated by the world around me and enjoy discovering new ideas and viewpoints. There is little doubt that as I continue to grow and develop, I will be a good force for change in my neighborhood and beyond. Additionally, with my unique set of skills, I'm committed to making a significant contribution to my community. I intend to begin by volunteering at local charities and groups that share my values and beliefs. I want to use my abilities and talents to aid those in need while also helping to develop a stronger, more inclusive community. Working at a taekwondo class that I am enthusiastic about, we attempt to keep the fees as low as possible for parents, despite the rising cost of living. While keeping the lights on and other bills under check. One reason we keep the price cheap is that even after my family relocated to Montana, I knew I still wanted to teach other children. So, after finding a gym that works for me, I volunteer there every week to educate others on taekwondo and encourage their dreams, just like my community did for me at my previous studio. I see it as my way of repaying the compassion and love I received from my community. In addition to helping, I have thoughts about another way I can give back to the community. I think that education is the key to unlocking the potential of individuals and communities, and I want to make certain that everyone has access to the resources they require to achieve.
    Sylvester Taylor "Invictus" Hospitality Scholarship
    I would have a fantastic opportunity to pursue my goals in the hospitality sector if I were to receive the Sylvester Taylor "Invictus" Hospitality Scholarship. I've always had a passion for food, drink, and hospitality, therefore I'm confident that this scholarship will help me accomplish my objectives and significantly improve my life. First and foremost, the scholarship would give me the funding I need to enroll in a prestigious hospitality program. I wouldn't be able to pay for the high expense of tuition, lodging, and board without this grant. But with the scholarship, I'd be able to enroll at the university of my choice and receive the instruction and training I need to be successful in my field. Yet the scholarship isn't only for financial aid. Also, it would provide me access to a network of industry experts who could mentor and direct me as I choose my future path. I would have the chance to network with other scholarship recipients as well as business executives who have a wealth of knowledge to impart from their many years of experience. The scholarship would also provide me with a wealth of options for internships, job placements, and other opportunities for professional development. I would get access to special job postings and networking opportunities that could aid in my quest for my ideal position and professional advancement. In addition to these useful advantages, the scholarship would boost my confidence and sense of worth. Knowing that I was selected for this scholarship based on my abilities and potential would be a strong incentive for me to put in the necessary effort and be successful in the field. That would give me the self-assurance to take chances and tenaciously pursue my objectives. Ultimately, I would transform my life if I won the Sylvester Taylor "Invictus" Hospitality Scholarship. It would give me the opportunities, community, and financial support I need to realize my goals and have a significant effect on the hospitality sector. I am thankful for the opportunity to apply for this scholarship and am optimistic that it will enable me to advance my profession.
    Bold Happiness Scholarship
    What makes me happy is being able to accomplish a goal that I thought was unattainable and could only ever happen in my dreams. For example, when I first started taekwondo at 6 years old, I had a goal of becoming an instructor to teach others about taekwondo. That dream of mine stuck with me until I became a black belt at age 10. When I asked the master’s what it takes to become an instructor I got to see behind the curtain, the amount of effort needed to reach that level. I would have to memorize all the previous technique of every belt. I wanted to become an instructor, but it felt like a feat that I could not accomplish. Later, I realized teaching kids made me happy and especially instructing kids about taekwondo. So, from that point forward I started putting time and energy into memorizing all the technique so I could then instruct the kids. I took my instructor test where they evaluate you on everything and you could only have three mistakes before failing. I failed my first time and passed second time. Currently, I am teaching people from a broad age group and am happily learning how to better instruct the students and getting to bound with the students is even better.
    Bold Confidence Matters Scholarship
    My experience has led me to believe that confidence is attribute in a person that most want to have. Confidence is about being able to believe that you can reach goal you desire. For example, if 2 kids went to a job interview and one kid was confident that he was going to get the job because even though he had no experience in working but he thought that he is the only candidate for the position and no oneself could be better than him; while the other kid that had job experience but did not have any confidence in himself. Unfortunately, commonly what happens is that the more confidant person is going to get the job. How I have worked to have more confidence in myself is that I instruct little kids, children, preteens, and adults taekwondo. At the taekwondo studio I have been continuously presenting myself to the students and showing them the technique, they will be learning. In that process I must show confidence that I know what I am doing and can clearly speak to all the students my thoughts. As an instructor I cannot faulter in front of my student and lead class time by myself. I have improved my confidence in myself. Before I became an instructor, I did not have any confidence in me. At school doing class presentations freaked the heck out of me. I had stage fright like everyone else at school. But through teaching other at taekwondo, I have an easy time presenting in front of others at school and can easily show confidence to the spectators but more importantly myself.
    Bold Talent Scholarship
    I have never had any obvious talents like being able to memorize something fast, or be the fast runner in school, or have a sport that I naturally exceled in; but something deed inside of me finally started showing growth like a flower. The talents I learned to nurture is being able to teach others. This talent is tied together by me learning taekwondo. I started taekwondo when I was 6 years old. On my very first day of taekwondo, I saw the instructors teaching everyone and I knew I wanted to do the same thing. Later, when I became a black belt, I sometimes got to help mentor the little kids on what to do. Every chance I got to help teach I felt like I found something I love doing and found fun and easy to do. Finally, I reached my goal and became an instructor at taekwondo. For the last 3 years I have been spending 9 hours weekly on going to instructor meetings where we meet with other instructors and learn how we can better instruct our students more clearly. Also, running class time by starting class, lining them up, warm-up exercise, sparring them and much more. Teaching to me is a talent that I have enjoyed having and loved since the day I first discovered I enjoyed it and found it much easier to do them others did doing the same thing.