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Brandon Foster

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Bio

I am Brandon Foster, a high school senior with a GPA of 4.0 unweighted and 4.94 weighted. I am a dedicated student who excels in challenging coursework. I have been recognized for my academic accomplishments, including several academic honors and awards throughout my high school career. Most recently, I was presented with the distinction of valedictorian for my high school class. Beyond my academic achievements, I actively pursue volunteer work in both my school and my community. I am a active member of my school’s SkillsUSA club, Esports club, Science club, and Beta Club. I volunteer at local community food bank. Due to my passion for mathematics and science, I decided to seek a bachelor’s degree in engineering. These characteristics me a prime candidate for rigorous academic program. Overall, I am a well-rounded and passionate high school student who is poised to excel in college. My commitment to academic excellence and community service makes me a valuable addition to any college.

Education

Georgia Southern University

Bachelor's degree program
2024 - 2028
  • Majors:
    • Mechanical Engineering

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

High School
2022 - 2024
  • GPA:
    4

Early County High School

High School
2020 - 2024
  • GPA:
    4

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Bachelor's degree program

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Computer Science
    • Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Technology/Technician, General
    • Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians, Other
    • Engineering, General
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Test scores:

    • 1130
      SAT

    Career

    • Dream career field:

      Mechanical or Industrial Engineering

    • Dream career goals:

      Own an automotive business

    • Intern

      Phil’s Auto Shop
      2023 – Present1 year

    Sports

    Esports

    Club
    2022 – Present2 years

    Football

    Varsity
    2020 – 20233 years

    Research

    • History

      Daughters of the American Revolution — Contestant
      2023 – 2023

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      Early County High School — Football Scoreboard Operator
      2023 – 2024
    • Volunteering

      Peanut Proud Festival 5K and Fun Run — Volunteer
      2023 – 2023
    • Volunteering

      Refuge Temple of Apostolic Church of Edison — Food Distributor
      2023 – Present

    Future Interests

    Volunteering

    Entrepreneurship

    Powering The Future - Whiddon Memorial Scholarship
    My name is Brandon Foster, and I am a recent graduate of the Class of 2024, of which I was named valedictorian of my school. As someone who grew up in a small town within a low-income community, I was raised by a single momma and grandma who taught us to understand firsthand that challenges and obstacles can arise, but we always firmly believed that our circumstances would not define our future; instead, our determination, resilience, and the positive examples we set would pave the way for a better tomorrow. My family's world turned upside down in 2018 when we moved to my mom’s hometown to have support from family with my grandmother. Leaving behind my closest friends and familiar surroundings was scary. However, rather than dwelling on my loss, I chose to embrace this new beginning. In late 2019, I experienced the heartbreaking loss of my grandmother, who had been an anchor of love and support in our lives. She helped my mom raise my brother and me since we were born. She left her hometown to move in with my mom to care for us while she worked. Her passing reinforced my commitment to my faith and family. It showed me the power of comforting others during their times of grief. By being there for my family, I found comfort in knowing that my actions were making a difference in their lives. During the pandemic in 2020, my family faced yet another test of strength when my mother fell seriously ill with COVID-19. Her battle with the virus compelled me to prioritize her well-being above all else. I took on household responsibilities, managing the daily chores and ensuring my little brother's needs were met while my mother fought for her recovery. Her resilience and courage during those dark times inspired me to persevere in the face of adversity and reinforced the importance of putting others before oneself. Being the older sibling, I have taken it upon myself to serve as a role model for my younger brother. I strive to show him that despite our circumstances, we have the power, with God’s help to transcend limitations and create opportunities for ourselves. Through faith, hard work, dedication, and a commitment to personal growth, I am determined to provide him with a shining example of what is possible, instilling in him the belief that he can achieve greatness with God’s help. One of my greatest aspirations is to secure the necessary resources and funding to pursue a college education. By acquiring knowledge and skills in a field that aligns with my passions and interests, I aim to equip myself with the tools needed for a successful career and a better lifestyle. Through this endeavor, I learned to demonstrate to my younger brother the transformative power of education and how it can open doors to new possibilities and improved circumstances. My heartfelt faith and desire is to create a better life for myself and uplift my family and community. My goal for the future is to have a career in the field of mechanical engineering. I have always had a passion for figuring out how things work and why they work the way they do. This passion shifted into a love for machines and automobiles since they had me the most curious as to how they work, with computers being a close second. Ever since then, I've wanted to be an engineer, and still, to this day, I want to be one.
    Minecraft Forever Fan Scholarship
    My name is Brandon Foster, and I am a recent graduate of the Class of 2024, of which I was named valedictorian of my school. Ever since I was little, I have always been passionate about figuring out how things work and why they work the way they do. This passion shifted into a love for machines and automobiles since they had me the most curious as to how they work. The men in my family have lots of history dealing with fields relating to welding, mechanics, and engineering, so I have had tons of exposure to these areas, and when combined with my passions, I winded up wanting to follow suit and become an engineer as well. Due to this passion, I've always had a soft spot for games that allow me to get creative and build structure however I want. I have, and will always, consider Minecraft to be the greatest game of all time . No not Fortnite, or Call of Duty, or Grand Theft Auto, Minecraft is number one. I remember first playing the game back when I was young on my old Xbox 360 and there was no nether. Now Minecraft has completely expanded and created even more possibilities that I thought weren't possible before. Everybody has to have played Minecraft at least once, many consider it to be "canon event" as people call it. They all play for their own reasons and at their own pace as well. Whether you're speedrunning, playing multiplayer competitively, playing survival with your friends, or even by yourself in creative, Minecraft has roads for everyone to reach their own destination. For me, Minecraft is a game I use to relax and enjoy good company. I don't rush through the game or try and do months-long projects, I simply play this game and enjoy it numerous mechanics. With the amount of modifications that can be applied to Minecraft these days, it's really hard to run out of things to do. I would have to say that the aspect I enjoy most are building modded structures such as custom interiors for houses or creatings vehicles to make traveling around the map much quicker and entertaining. This is one of the things that relates to me the most when I play Minecraft. I am not the best player, and probably never will be, but figuring out how to build or construct different things and rebuilding them if they don't work is the sole thing I was to make my profession. Being able to enjoy it in a video game brings me lots of happiness, and I will be continuing to enjoy the game for many years to come.
    Jerzee Foundation Scholarship
    My name is Brandon Foster, and I am a recent graduate of the Class of 2024, of which I was named valedictorian of my school. Ever since I was little, I have always been passionate about figuring out how things work and why they work the way they do. This passion shifted into a love for machines and automobiles since they had me the most curious as to how they work. The men in my family have lots of history dealing with fields relating to welding, mechanics, and engineering, so I have had tons of exposure to these areas, and when combined with my passions, I winded up wanting to follow suit and become an engineer as well. One of my greatest aspirations is to secure the necessary resources and funding to pursue a college education. By acquiring knowledge and skills in a field that aligns with my passions and interests, I aim to equip myself with the tools needed for a successful career and a better lifestyle. Through this endeavor, I seek to demonstrate to my younger brother the transformative power of education and how it can open doors to new possibilities and improved circumstances. A college education is vital to my personal and professional growth. It will enable me to enhance my understanding of the world, develop critical thinking and broaden the skills sought in my desired career. As a first-generation college student, I know the sacrifices that my mom is making to assist me on my journey to college. By achieving a debt-free education, I can create new opportunities for us, opening doors for my little brother. I could show him a good education can improve his life. My heartfelt desire is to not only create a better life for myself but also to uplift my family and community along the way. By striving for success and actively seeking opportunities, I hope to inspire others from similar backgrounds to believe in their own potential and pursue their dreams wholeheartedly. I firmly believe that when one person succeeds, it creates a domino effect that spreads to others. As I delve into the intricacies of mechanics, thermodynamics, and design, I envision a future where I can apply this knowledge to address pressing challenges that affect the automotive industry. From analyzing the problems with engine failures in Kia Motors' vehicles to transmission issues in Ford vehicles, I aspire to stand at the forefront of these innovations, collaborating with like-minded individuals to shape a future where our technological progress serves humanity and the environment. I have seen many examples of individuals not being able to afford repairs for their vehicles because of faulty decisions made by manufacturers. I myself have been the subject of this, as my family went months without a mode of transportation due to maintenance needing to be done to our car. As someone who grew up in a small town, within a low-income community and was raised by a single parent, I understand firsthand the challenges and obstacles that can arise. However, I firmly believe that our circumstances do not define our future; rather, it is our determination, resilience, and the positive examples we set that pave the way for a better tomorrow.
    SigaLa Education Scholarship
    My name is Brandon Foster, and I am a recent graduate of the Class of 2024, of which I was named valedictorian of my school. Ever since I was little, I have always been passionate about figuring out how things work and why they work the way they do. This passion shifted into a love for machines and automobiles since they had me the most curious as to how they work. The men in my family have lots of history dealing with fields relating to welding, mechanics, and engineering, so I have had tons of exposure to these areas, and when combined with my passions, I winded up wanting to follow suit and become an engineer as well. One of my greatest aspirations is to secure the necessary resources and funding to pursue a college education. By acquiring knowledge and skills in a field that aligns with my passions and interests, I aim to equip myself with the tools needed for a successful career and a better lifestyle. Through this endeavor, I seek to demonstrate to my younger brother the transformative power of education and how it can open doors to new possibilities and improved circumstances. A college education is vital to my personal and professional growth. It will enable me to enhance my understanding of the world, develop critical thinking and broaden the skills sought in my desired career. As a first-generation college student, I know the sacrifices that my mom is making to assist me on my journey to college. By achieving a debt-free education, I can create new opportunities for us, opening doors for my little brother. I could show him a good education can improve his life. My heartfelt desire is to not only create a better life for myself but also to uplift my family due to us being minorities. By striving for success and actively seeking opportunities, I hope to inspire others from similar backgrounds to believe in their own potential and pursue their dreams wholeheartedly. I firmly believe that when one person succeeds, it creates a domino effect that spreads to others. As I delve into the intricacies of mechanics, thermodynamics, and design, I envision a future where I can apply this knowledge to address pressing challenges that affect the automotive industry. From analyzing the problems with engine failures in Kia Motors' vehicles to transmission issues in Ford vehicles, I aspire to stand at the forefront of these innovations, collaborating with like-minded individuals to shape a future where our technological progress serves humanity and the environment. I have seen many examples of individuals not being able to afford repairs for their vehicles because of faulty decisions made by manufacturers. I myself have been the subject of this, as my family went months without a mode of transportation due to maintenance needing to be done to our car. As someone who grew up in a small town, within a low-income community and was raised by a single parent, I understand firsthand the challenges and obstacles that can arise. However, I firmly believe that our circumstances do not define our future; rather, it is our determination, resilience, and the positive examples we set that pave the way for a better tomorrow. Winning this scholarship would assist in achieving my dreams of attending college, graduating debt-free, and obtaining an education to improve the lives of myself and my family. The financial support would allow me to pursue my education without worrying about putting a strain on my mom and brother. I believe God has a purpose for my life and that all things are possible.
    Innovators of Color in STEM Scholarship
    My name is Brandon Foster, and I am a recent graduate of the Class of 2024, of which I was named valedictorian of my school. Ever since I was little, I have always been passionate about figuring out how things work and why they work the way they do. This passion shifted into a love for machines and automobiles since they had me the most curious as to how they work. The men in my family have lots of history dealing with fields relating to welding, mechanics, and engineering, so I have had tons of exposure to these areas, and when combined with my passions, I winded up wanting to follow suit and become an engineer as well. One of my greatest aspirations is to secure the necessary resources and funding to pursue a college education. By acquiring knowledge and skills in a field that aligns with my passions and interests, I aim to equip myself with the tools needed for a successful career and a better lifestyle. Through this endeavor, I seek to demonstrate to my younger brother the transformative power of education and how it can open doors to new possibilities and improved circumstances. A college education is vital to my personal and professional growth. It will enable me to enhance my understanding of the world, develop critical thinking and broaden the skills sought in my desired career. As a first-generation college student, I know the sacrifices that my mom is making to assist me on my journey to college. By achieving a debt-free education, I can create new opportunities for us, opening doors for my little brother. I could show him a good education can improve his life. My heartfelt desire is to not only create a better life for myself but also to uplift my family and community along the way. By striving for success and actively seeking opportunities, I hope to inspire others from similar backgrounds to believe in their own potential and pursue their dreams wholeheartedly. I firmly believe that when one person succeeds, it creates a domino effect that spreads to others. As I delve into the intricacies of mechanics, thermodynamics, and design, I envision a future where I can apply this knowledge to address pressing challenges that affect the automotive industry. From analyzing the problems with engine failures in Kia Motors' vehicles to transmission issues in Ford vehicles, I aspire to stand at the forefront of these innovations, collaborating with like-minded individuals to shape a future where our technological progress serves humanity and the environment. I have seen many examples of individuals not being able to afford repairs for their vehicles because of faulty decisions made by manufacturers. I myself have been the subject of this, as my family went months without a mode of transportation due to maintenance needing to be done to our car. As someone who grew up in a small town, within a low-income community and was raised by a single parent, I understand firsthand the challenges and obstacles that can arise. However, I firmly believe that our circumstances do not define our future; rather, it is our determination, resilience, and the positive examples we set that pave the way for a better tomorrow.
    Dimon A. Williams Memorial Scholarship
    My name is Brandon Foster, and I am a recent graduate of the Class of 2024, of which I was named valedictorian of my school. Ever since I was little, I have always been passionate about figuring out how things work and why they work the way they do. This passion shifted into a love for machines and automobiles since they had me the most curious as to how they work. The men in my family have lots of history dealing with fields relating to welding, mechanics, and engineering, so I have had tons of exposure to these areas, and when combined with my passions, I winded up wanting to follow suit and become an engineer as well. One of my greatest aspirations is to secure the necessary resources and funding to pursue a college education. By acquiring knowledge and skills in a field that aligns with my passions and interests, I aim to equip myself with the tools needed for a successful career and a better lifestyle. Through this endeavor, I seek to demonstrate to my younger brother the transformative power of education and how it can open doors to new possibilities and improved circumstances. A college education is vital to my personal and professional growth. It will enable me to enhance my understanding of the world, develop critical thinking and broaden the skills sought in my desired career. As a first-generation college student, I know the sacrifices that my mom is making to assist me on my journey to college. By achieving a debt-free education, I can create new opportunities for us, opening doors for my little brother. I could show him a good education can improve his life. My heartfelt desire is to not only create a better life for myself but also to uplift my family and community along the way. By striving for success and actively seeking opportunities, I hope to inspire others from similar backgrounds to believe in their own potential and pursue their dreams wholeheartedly. I firmly believe that when one person succeeds, it creates a domino effect that spreads to others. As I delve into the intricacies of mechanics, thermodynamics, and design, I envision a future where I can apply this knowledge to address pressing challenges that affect the automotive industry. From analyzing the problems with engine failures in Kia Motors' vehicles to transmission issues in Ford vehicles, I aspire to stand at the forefront of these innovations, collaborating with like-minded individuals to shape a future where our technological progress serves humanity and the environment. I have seen many examples of individuals not being able to afford repairs for their vehicles because of faulty decisions made by manufacturers. I myself have been the subject of this, as my family went months without a mode of transportation due to maintenance needing to be done to our car. As someone who grew up in a small town, within a low-income community and was raised by a single parent, I understand firsthand the challenges and obstacles that can arise. However, I firmly believe that our circumstances do not define our future; rather, it is our determination, resilience, and the positive examples we set that pave the way for a better tomorrow.
    Kalia D. Davis Memorial Scholarship
    My name is Brandon Foster, and I am a recent graduate of the Class of 2024, of which I was named valedictorian of my school. Ever since I was little, I have always been passionate about figuring out how things work and why they work the way they do. This passion shifted into a love for machines and automobiles since they had me the most curious as to how they work. The men in my family have lots of history dealing with fields relating to welding, mechanics, and engineering, so I have had tons of exposure to these areas, and when combined with my passions, I winded up wanting to follow suit and become an engineer as well. One of my greatest aspirations is to secure the necessary resources and funding to pursue a college education. By acquiring knowledge and skills in a field that aligns with my passions and interests, I aim to equip myself with the tools needed for a successful career and a better lifestyle. Through this endeavor, I seek to demonstrate to my younger brother the transformative power of education and how it can open doors to new possibilities and improved circumstances. A college education is vital to my personal and professional growth. It will enable me to enhance my understanding of the world, develop critical thinking and broaden the skills sought in my desired career. As a first-generation college student, I know the sacrifices that my mom is making to assist me on my journey to college. By achieving a debt-free education, I can create new opportunities for us, opening doors for my little brother. I could show him a good education can improve his life. My heartfelt desire is to not only create a better life for myself but also to uplift my family and community along the way. By striving for success and actively seeking opportunities, I hope to inspire others from similar backgrounds to believe in their own potential and pursue their dreams wholeheartedly. As I delve into the intricacies of mechanics, thermodynamics, and design, I envision a future where I can apply this knowledge to address pressing challenges that affect the automotive industry. From analyzing the problems with engine failures in Kia Motors' vehicles to transmission issues in Ford vehicles, I aspire to stand at the forefront of these innovations, collaborating with like-minded individuals to shape a future where our technological progress serves humanity and the environment. I have seen many examples of individuals not being able to afford repairs for their vehicles because of faulty decisions made by manufacturers. I myself have been the subject of this, as my family went months without a mode of transportation due to maintenance needing to be done to our car. As someone who grew up in a small town, within a low-income community and was raised by a single parent, I understand firsthand the challenges and obstacles that can arise. However, I firmly believe that our circumstances do not define our future; rather, it is our determination, resilience, and the positive examples we set that pave the way for a better tomorrow. Winning this scholarship would assist in achieving my dreams of attending college, graduating debt-free, and obtaining an education to improve the lives of myself and my family. The financial support would allow me to pursue my education without worrying about putting a strain on my mom and brother. I believe God has a purpose for my life; with His help, any and all things are possible.
    Learner Math Lover Scholarship
    My name is Brandon Foster, and I am a recent graduate of the Class of 2024, of which I was named valedictorian of my school. Ever since I was little, I have always been passionate about figuring out how things work and why they work the way they do. This passion shifted into a love for machines and automobiles since they had me the most curious as to how they work. The men in my family have lots of history dealing with fields relating to welding, mechanics, and engineering, so I have had tons of exposure to these areas, and when combined with my passions, I winded up wanting to follow suit and become an engineer as well. One of my greatest aspirations is to secure the necessary resources and funding to pursue a college education. By acquiring knowledge and skills in a field that aligns with my passions and interests, I aim to equip myself with the tools needed for a successful career and a better lifestyle. Through this endeavor, I seek to demonstrate to my younger brother the transformative power of education and how it can open doors to new possibilities and improved circumstances. My heartfelt desire is to not only create a better life for myself but also to uplift my family and community along the way. As I delve into the intricacies of mechanics, thermodynamics, and design, I envision a future where I can apply this knowledge to address pressing challenges that affect the automotive industry. From analyzing the problems with engine failures in Kia Motors' vehicles to transmission issues in Ford vehicles, I aspire to stand at the forefront of these innovations, collaborating with like-minded individuals to shape a future where our technological progress serves humanity and the environment. In order to become an engineer, development in math is a must, that is why I love the subject so much. That along with physics have been my favorite since I start middle school. I have also always had an aptitude for science and mathematics. It was easier for me to do work and tests related to the two subjects over subjects like English or history because I found math and science more interesting and intriguing.
    Mark Caldwell Memorial STEM/STEAM Scholarship
    My journey in life has had some challenges, which have provided opportunities to demonstrate selflessness and perseverance. From moving to a new town, leaving behind friends, losing my grandmother, and dealing with me, my brother's and my mother's battles with COVID-19, I have learned compassion and determination. Volunteering in the community and supporting my little brother's education and my single mother, I embody selflessness in every aspect of my life. My family's world turned upside down in 2018 when we moved to my mom’s hometown to have support from family with my grandmother. Leaving behind my closest friends and familiar surroundings was scary. However, rather than dwelling on my own loss, I chose to embrace this new beginning with a selfless outlook. In late 2019, I experienced the heartbreaking loss of my grandmother, who had been an anchor of love and support in our lives. She helped my mom raise my brother and me since we were born. She left her hometown to move in with my mom to take care of us while she worked. Her passing reinforced my commitment to selflessness and showed me the power of comforting others during their times of grief. By being there for my family, I found comfort in knowing that my actions were making a difference in their lives. During the pandemic in 2020, my family faced yet another test of strength when my mother fell seriously ill with COVID-19. Her battle with the virus compelled me to prioritize her well-being above all else. I took on household responsibilities, managing the daily chores and ensuring my little brother's needs were met while my mother fought for her recovery. Her resilience and courage during those dark times inspired me to persevere in the face of adversity and reinforced the importance of putting others before oneself. My little brother has always been my motivation to achieve my goals. I strive to be his mentor, guiding him toward his dreams. I firmly believe that education can break our family's struggle cycle, and I am committed to ensuring he receives the best opportunities. A college education is vital to my personal and professional growth. It will enable me to enhance my understanding of the world, develop critical thinking and broaden the skills sought in my desired career. As a first-generation college student, I know the sacrifices that my mom is making to assist me on my journey to college. By achieving a debt-free education, I can create new opportunities for us, opening doors for my little brother. I could show him a good education can improve his life. Despite all the misfortunes I have been dealt, I still found ways to go against the odds and find success. In May I became the valedictorian of my graduating high school class, the first African American one the school has had in many years. It was the goal my grandmother set for me before she passed, and I did everything I needed to do in order to complete it.
    Reginald Kelley Scholarship
    My name is Brandon Foster, and I am a recent graduate of the Class of 2024, of which I was named valedictorian of my school. Ever since I was little, I have always been passionate about figuring out how things work and why they work the way they do. This passion shifted into a love for machines and automobiles since they had me the most curious as to how they work. The men in my family have lots of history dealing with fields relating to welding, mechanics, and engineering, so I have had tons of exposure to these areas, and when combined with my passions, I winded up wanting to follow suit and become an engineer as well. One of my greatest aspirations is to secure the necessary resources and funding to pursue a college education. By acquiring knowledge and skills in a field that aligns with my passions and interests, I aim to equip myself with the tools needed for a successful career and a better lifestyle. Through this endeavor, I seek to demonstrate to my younger brother the transformative power of education and how it can open doors to new possibilities and improved circumstances. A college education is vital to my personal and professional growth. It will enable me to enhance my understanding of the world, develop critical thinking and broaden the skills sought in my desired career. As a first-generation college student, I know the sacrifices that my mom is making to assist me on my journey to college. By achieving a debt-free education, I can create new opportunities for us, opening doors for my little brother. I could show him a good education can improve his life. My heartfelt desire is to not only create a better life for myself but also to uplift my family and community along the way. By striving for success and actively seeking opportunities, I hope to inspire others from similar backgrounds to believe in their own potential and pursue their dreams wholeheartedly. I firmly believe that when one person succeeds, it creates a domino effect that spreads to others. As I delve into the intricacies of mechanics, thermodynamics, and design, I envision a future where I can apply this knowledge to address pressing challenges that affect the automotive industry. From analyzing the problems with engine failures in Kia Motors' vehicles to transmission issues in Ford vehicles, I aspire to stand at the forefront of these innovations, collaborating with like-minded individuals to shape a future where our technological progress serves humanity and the environment. I have seen many examples of individuals not being able to afford repairs for their vehicles because of faulty decisions made by manufacturers. I myself have been the subject of this, as my family went months without a mode of transportation due to maintenance needing to be done to our car. As someone who grew up in a small town, within a low-income community and was raised by a single parent, I understand firsthand the challenges and obstacles that can arise. However, I firmly believe that our circumstances do not define our future; rather, it is our determination, resilience, and the positive examples we set that pave the way for a better tomorrow.
    Delon Hampton & Associates African Americans in STEM Scholarship
    My name is Brandon Foster, and I am a recent graduate of the Class of 2024, of which I was named valedictorian of my school. Ever since I was little, I have always been passionate about figuring out how things work and why they work the way they do. This passion shifted into a love for machines and automobiles since they had me the most curious as to how they work. The men in my family have lots of history dealing with fields relating to welding, mechanics, and engineering, so I have had tons of exposure to these areas, and when combined with my passions, I winded up wanting to follow suit and become an engineer as well. One of my greatest aspirations is to secure the necessary resources and funding to pursue a college education. By acquiring knowledge and skills in a field that aligns with my passions and interests, I aim to equip myself with the tools needed for a successful career and a better lifestyle. Through this endeavor, I seek to demonstrate to my younger brother the transformative power of education and how it can open doors to new possibilities and improved circumstances. A college education is vital to my personal and professional growth. It will enable me to enhance my understanding of the world, develop critical thinking and broaden the skills sought in my desired career. As a first-generation college student, I know the sacrifices that my mom is making to assist me on my journey to college. By achieving a debt-free education, I can create new opportunities for us, opening doors for my little brother. I could show him a good education can improve his life. My heartfelt desire is to not only create a better life for myself but also to uplift my family and community along the way. By striving for success and actively seeking opportunities, I hope to inspire others from similar backgrounds to believe in their own potential and pursue their dreams wholeheartedly. As I delve into the intricacies of mechanics, thermodynamics, and design, I envision a future where I can apply this knowledge to address pressing challenges that affect the automotive industry. From analyzing the problems with engine failures in Kia Motors' vehicles to transmission issues in Ford vehicles, I aspire to stand at the forefront of these innovations, collaborating with like-minded individuals to shape a future where our technological progress serves humanity and the environment. I have seen many examples of individuals not being able to afford repairs for their vehicles because of faulty decisions made by manufacturers. I myself have been the subject of this, as my family went months without a mode of transportation due to maintenance needing to be done to our car. As someone who grew up in a small town, within a low-income community and was raised by a single parent, I understand firsthand the challenges and obstacles that can arise. However, I firmly believe that our circumstances do not define our future; rather, it is our determination, resilience, and the positive examples we set that pave the way for a better tomorrow. Currently, I volunteer at my local food bank and help give food to the community. I have spent over 34 hours giving to those in town and the surrounding towns. The event is held on Saturdays, and due to the number of people who arrive, it can get hectic, especially around the holidays. I've shown leadership by being a voice among the volunteers, guiding them on the correct procedures, and keeping my group members in check so everything runs smoothly.
    Rivera-Gulley First-Gen Scholarship Award
    My name is Brandon Foster, and I am a recent graduate of the Class of 2024, of which I was named valedictorian of my school. Ever since I was little, I have always been passionate about figuring out how things work and why they work the way they do. This passion shifted into a love for machines and automobiles since they had me the most curious as to how they work. The men in my family have lots of history dealing with fields relating to welding, mechanics, and engineering, so I have had tons of exposure to these areas, and when combined with my passions, I winded up wanting to follow suit and become an engineer as well. One of my greatest aspirations is to secure the necessary resources and funding to pursue a college education. By acquiring knowledge and skills in a field that aligns with my passions and interests, I aim to equip myself with the tools needed for a successful career and a better lifestyle. Through this endeavor, I seek to demonstrate to my younger brother the transformative power of education and how it can open doors to new possibilities and improved circumstances. My heartfelt desire is to not only create a better life for myself but also to uplift my family and community along the way. By striving for success and actively seeking opportunities, I hope to inspire others from similar backgrounds to believe in their own potential and pursue their dreams wholeheartedly. I firmly believe that when one person succeeds, it creates a domino effect that spreads to others. As I delve into the intricacies of mechanics, thermodynamics, and design, I envision a future where I can apply this knowledge to address pressing challenges that affect the automotive industry. From analyzing the problems with engine failures in Kia Motors' vehicles to transmission issues in Ford vehicles, I aspire to stand at the forefront of these innovations, collaborating with like-minded individuals to shape a future where our technological progress serves humanity and the environment. I have seen many examples of individuals not being able to afford repairs for their vehicles because of faulty decisions made by manufacturers. I myself have been the subject of this, as my family went months without a mode of transportation due to maintenance needing to be done to our car. As someone who grew up in a small town, within a low-income community and was raised by a single parent, I understand firsthand the challenges and obstacles that can arise. However, I firmly believe that our circumstances do not define our future; rather, it is our determination, resilience, and the positive examples we set that pave the way for a better tomorrow. In five years, I will have graduated from Georgia Southern University with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. It will, without a doubt, be the greatest accomplishment I have completed in my entire academic career. I plan to use this accreditation to obtain a job as an automotive engineer. I want to design and produce the vehicles that are being driven by millions of people and help ensure that they are safe, long-lasting, and affordable. It has also been a dream of mine to own my own auto mechanic shop as well, and maybe one day start a business that deals with a specific specialization like engines or brakes.
    Scholar Budget Define Your Dream Scholarship
    My name is Brandon Foster, and I am a recent graduate of the Class of 2024, of which I was named valedictorian of my school. Ever since I was little, I have always been passionate about figuring out how things work and why they work the way they do. This passion shifted into a love for machines and automobiles since they had me the most curious as to how they work. The men in my family have lots of history dealing with fields relating to welding, mechanics, and engineering, so I have had tons of exposure to these areas, and when combined with my passions, I winded up wanting to follow suit and become an engineer as well. One of my greatest aspirations is to secure the necessary resources and funding to pursue a college education. By acquiring knowledge and skills in a field that aligns with my passions and interests, I aim to equip myself with the tools needed for a successful career and a better lifestyle. Through this endeavor, I seek to demonstrate to my younger brother the transformative power of education and how it can open doors to new possibilities and improved circumstances. A college education is vital to my personal and professional growth. It will enable me to enhance my understanding of the world, develop critical thinking and broaden the skills sought in my desired career. As a first-generation college student, I know the sacrifices that my mom is making to assist me on my journey to college. By achieving a debt-free education, I can create new opportunities for us, opening doors for my little brother. I could show him a good education can improve his life. My heartfelt desire is to not only create a better life for myself but also to uplift my family and community along the way. By striving for success and actively seeking opportunities, I hope to inspire others from similar backgrounds to believe in their own potential and pursue their dreams wholeheartedly. I firmly believe that when one person succeeds, it creates a domino effect that spreads to others. As I delve into the intricacies of mechanics, thermodynamics, and design, I envision a future where I can apply this knowledge to address pressing challenges that affect the automotive industry. From analyzing the problems with engine failures in Kia Motors' vehicles to transmission issues in Ford vehicles, I aspire to stand at the forefront of these innovations, collaborating with like-minded individuals to shape a future where our technological progress serves humanity and the environment. I have seen many examples of individuals not being able to afford repairs for their vehicles because of faulty decisions made by manufacturers. I myself have been the subject of this, as my family went months without a mode of transportation due to maintenance needing to be done to our car. As someone who grew up in a small town, within a low-income community and was raised by a single parent, I understand firsthand the challenges and obstacles that can arise. However, I firmly believe that our circumstances do not define our future; rather, it is our determination, resilience, and the positive examples we set that pave the way for a better tomorrow. Winning this scholarship would assist in achieving my dreams of attending college, graduating debt-free, and obtaining an education to improve the lives of myself and my family. The financial support would allow me to pursue my education without worrying about putting a strain on my mom and brother.
    Sunshine Legall Scholarship
    My name is Brandon Foster, and I am a recent graduate of the Class of 2024, of which I was named valedictorian of my school. Ever since I was little, I have always been passionate about figuring out how things work and why they work the way they do. This passion shifted into a love for machines and automobiles since they had me the most curious as to how they work. The men in my family have lots of history dealing with fields relating to welding, mechanics, and engineering, so I have had tons of exposure to these areas, and when combined with my passions, I winded up wanting to follow suit and become an engineer as well. One of my greatest aspirations is to secure the necessary resources and funding to pursue a college education. By acquiring knowledge and skills in a field that aligns with my passions and interests, I aim to equip myself with the tools needed for a successful career and a better lifestyle. Through this endeavor, I seek to demonstrate to my younger brother the transformative power of education and how it can open doors to new possibilities and improved circumstances. A college education is vital to my personal and professional growth. It will enable me to enhance my understanding of the world, develop critical thinking and broaden the skills sought in my desired career. As a first-generation college student, I know the sacrifices that my mom is making to assist me on my journey to college. By achieving a debt-free education, I can create new opportunities for us, opening doors for my little brother. I could show him a good education can improve his life. My heartfelt desire is to not only create a better life for myself but also to uplift my family and community along the way. By striving for success and actively seeking opportunities, I hope to inspire others from similar backgrounds to believe in their own potential and pursue their dreams wholeheartedly. As I delve into the intricacies of mechanics, thermodynamics, and design, I envision a future where I can apply this knowledge to address pressing challenges that affect the automotive industry. From analyzing the problems with engine failures in Kia Motors' vehicles to transmission issues in Ford vehicles, I aspire to stand at the forefront of these innovations, collaborating with like-minded individuals to shape a future where our technological progress serves humanity and the environment. I have seen many examples of individuals not being able to afford repairs for their vehicles because of faulty decisions made by manufacturers. I myself have been the subject of this, as my family went months without a mode of transportation due to maintenance needing to be done to our car. As someone who grew up in a small town, within a low-income community and was raised by a single parent, I understand firsthand the challenges and obstacles that can arise. However, I firmly believe that our circumstances do not define our future; rather, it is our determination, resilience, and the positive examples we set that pave the way for a better tomorrow. Currently, I volunteer at my local food bank and help give food to the community. I have spent over 34 hours giving to those in town and the surrounding towns. The event is held on Saturdays, and due to the number of people who arrive, it can get hectic, especially around the holidays. I've shown leadership by being a voice among the volunteers, guiding them on the correct procedures, and keeping my group members in check so everything runs smoothly.
    Building a Better World Scholarship
    My name is Brandon Foster, and I am a recent graduate of the Class of 2024, of which I was named valedictorian of my school. As someone who grew up in a small town within a low-income community, I was raised by a single praying momma and grandma who taught us to understand firsthand that challenges and obstacles can arise, but we always firmly believed that with God’s help, our circumstances would not define our future; rather, our faith in the Lord, our determination, resilience, and the positive examples we set would pave the way for a better tomorrow. My family's world turned upside down in 2018 when we moved to my mom’s hometown to have support from family with my grandmother. Leaving behind my closest friends and familiar surroundings was scary. However, rather than dwelling on my loss, I chose to embrace this new beginning. In late 2019, I experienced the heartbreaking loss of my grandmother, who had been an anchor of love and support in our lives. She helped my mom raise my brother and me since we were born. She left her hometown to move in with my mom to care for us while she worked. Her passing reinforced my commitment to my faith and family. It showed me the power of comforting others during their times of grief. By being there for my family, I found comfort in knowing that my actions were making a difference in their lives. During the pandemic in 2020, my family faced yet another test of strength when my mother fell seriously ill with COVID-19. Her battle with the virus compelled me to prioritize her well-being above all else. I took on household responsibilities, managing the daily chores and ensuring my little brother's needs were met while my mother fought for her recovery. Her resilience and courage during those dark times inspired me to persevere in the face of adversity and reinforced the importance of putting others before oneself. Being the older sibling, I have taken it upon myself to serve as a role model for my younger brother. I strive to show him that despite our circumstances, we have the power, with God’s help to transcend limitations and create opportunities for ourselves. Through faith, hard work, dedication, and a commitment to personal growth, I am determined to provide him with a shining example of what is possible, instilling in him the belief that he can achieve greatness with God’s help. One of my greatest aspirations is to secure the necessary resources and funding to pursue a college education. By acquiring knowledge and skills in a field that aligns with my passions and interests, I aim to equip myself with the tools needed for a successful career and a better lifestyle. Through this endeavor, I learned to demonstrate to my younger brother the transformative power of education and how it can open doors to new possibilities and improved circumstances. My heartfelt faith and desire is to create a better life for myself and uplift my family and community. My advice to others is to put God first, strive for success, and actively seek opportunities. I hope to inspire others from similar backgrounds to believe in their own potential and pursue their dreams wholeheartedly.
    Henry Bynum, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
    My name is Brandon Foster, and I am a recent graduate of the Class of 2024, of which I was named valedictorian of my school. I had to relocate to a rural town in the midst of my middle school tenure and say goodbye to people I had grown up with and known for around a decade. The decision to move wasn't out of the blue. We moved to ensure my ill grandmother could spend her final days surrounded by her loved ones. Adjusting to a new environment, away from the support systems and friendships I had developed, proved to be an immense challenge. However, I recognized the importance of family and embraced the opportunity to make a difference during a difficult time. Due to being in a single-parent household, we often faced financial constraints. My mother had to juggle work and parenting responsibilities, which limited my family's financial resources. Growing up in such circumstances helped us learn how to budget, make sacrifices, and be mindful of expenses. These experiences shaped my perspective on money and gave me values that I use more and more every day, like resourcefulness and financial discipline, even when it comes to little things. Witnessing my mother's strength, determination, and perseverance in the face of challenges and adversity made me realize that I couldn't be reliant on her for everything. I had to learn to adapt to adversity and develop problem-solving skills as she had. These qualities will have long-lasting effects, and I will use them to overcome obstacles in various aspects of my life. My family, being African American, plays a crucial role in shaping our understanding and appreciation of cultural identity. My mother instilled a strong sense of pride in our heritage, made sure we knew about our history, and helped us through the challenges we may face as black individuals in society. This was especially so when we moved to a more rural area. In a rural area, the community played a more significant role in our family's life. We rely on neighbors, friends, and community organizations for support as well as create a strong support system for us through giving back to the community. This sense of community provided a nurturing environment and opportunities for us to develop relationships and learn valuable social skills. Moving to a rural area exposed us to a different way of life, diverse cultural backgrounds, and alternative perspectives. This exposure to a new place broadened our understanding of the world and showed us different lifestyles and experiences. It is these experiences that have shaped me into the person I am today. Winning this scholarship would assist in achieving my dreams of attending college, graduating debt-free, and obtaining an education to improve the lives of myself and my family. The financial support would allow me to pursue my education without worrying about putting a strain on my mom and brother. I could focus on my studies with a clear mind and obtain the skills that will help prepare me for a successful career. A college education is vital to my personal and professional growth. It will enable me to enhance my understanding of the world, develop critical thinking and broaden the skills sought in my desired career. As a first-generation college student, I know the sacrifices that my mom is making to assist me on my journey to college. By achieving a debt-free education, I can create new opportunities for us, opening doors for my little brother. I could show him a good education can improve his life.
    Lotus Scholarship
    As someone who grew up in a small town within a low-income community, I was raised by a single praying momma and grandma who taught us to understand firsthand that challenges and obstacles can arise, but we always firmly believed that with God’s help, our circumstances would not define our future; rather, our faith in the Lord, our determination, resilience, and the positive examples we set would pave the way for a better tomorrow. My family's world turned upside down in 2018 when we moved to my mom’s hometown to have support from family with my grandmother. Leaving behind my closest friends and familiar surroundings was scary. However, rather than dwelling on my loss, I chose to embrace this new beginning. In late 2019, I experienced the heartbreaking loss of my grandmother, who had been an anchor of love and support in our lives. She helped my mom raise my brother and me since we were born. She left her hometown to move in with my mom to care for us while she worked. Her passing reinforced my commitment to my faith and family. It showed me the power of comforting others during their times of grief. By being there for my family, I found comfort in knowing that my actions were making a difference in their lives. During the pandemic in 2020, my family faced yet another test of strength when my mother fell seriously ill with COVID-19. Her battle with the virus compelled me to prioritize her well-being above all else. I took on household responsibilities, managing the daily chores and ensuring my little brother's needs were met while my mother fought for her recovery. Her resilience and courage during those dark times inspired me to persevere in the face of adversity and reinforced the importance of putting others before oneself. Being the older sibling, I have taken it upon myself to serve as a role model for my younger brother. I strive to show him that despite our circumstances, we have the power, with God’s help to transcend limitations and create opportunities for ourselves. Through faith, hard work, dedication, and a commitment to personal growth, I am determined to provide him with a shining example of what is possible, instilling in him the belief that he can achieve greatness with God’s help. One of my greatest aspirations is to secure the necessary resources and funding to pursue a college education. By acquiring knowledge and skills in a field that aligns with my passions and interests, I aim to equip myself with the tools needed for a successful career and a better lifestyle. Through this endeavor, I learned to demonstrate to my younger brother the transformative power of education and how it can open doors to new possibilities and improved circumstances. My goal for the future is to have a career in the field of mechanical engineering. I have always had a passion for figuring out how things work and why they work the way they do. This passion shifted into a love for machines and automobiles since they had me the most curious as to how they work, with computers being a close second. Ever since then, I've wanted to be an engineer, and still, to this day, I want to be one. I most definitely see myself, with God’s help working as an engineer or in the engineering field post-college. Winning this scholarship would assist in achieving my dreams of attending college, graduating debt-free, and obtaining an education to improve the lives of myself and my family.
    Janie Mae "Loving You to Wholeness" Scholarship
    My name is Brandon Foster, and I am a recent graduate of the Class of 2024, of which I was named valedictorian of my school. Ever since I was little, I have always been passionate about figuring out how things work and why they work the way they do. This passion shifted into a love for machines and automobiles since they had me the most curious as to how they work. The men in my family have lots of history dealing with fields relating to welding, mechanics, and engineering, so I have had tons of exposure to these areas, and when combined with my passions, I winded up wanting to follow suit and become an engineer as well. One of my greatest aspirations is to secure the necessary resources and funding to pursue a college education. By acquiring knowledge and skills in a field that aligns with my passions and interests, I aim to equip myself with the tools needed for a successful career and a better lifestyle. My heartfelt desire is to not only create a better life for myself but also to uplift my family and community along the way. By striving for success and actively seeking opportunities, I hope to inspire others from similar backgrounds to believe in their own potential and pursue their dreams wholeheartedly. As I delve into the intricacies of mechanics, thermodynamics, and design, I envision a future where I can apply this knowledge to address pressing challenges that affect the automotive industry. From analyzing the problems with engine failures in Kia Motors' vehicles to transmission issues in Ford vehicles, I aspire to stand at the forefront of these innovations, collaborating with like-minded individuals to shape a future where our technological progress serves humanity and the environment. I have seen many examples of individuals not being able to afford repairs for their vehicles because of faulty decisions made by manufacturers. I myself have been the subject of this, as my family went months without a mode of transportation due to maintenance needing to be done to our car. As someone who grew up in a small town, within a low-income community and was raised by a single parent, I understand firsthand the challenges and obstacles that can arise. However, I firmly believe that our circumstances do not define our future; rather, it is our determination, resilience, and the positive examples we set that pave the way for a better tomorrow. Currently, I volunteer at my local food bank in Edison, Georgia, and help give food to the community. I have spent over 34 hours giving to those in town and the surrounding towns. The event is held on Saturdays, and due to the number of people who arrive, it can get hectic, especially around the holidays. The people who arrive are so thankful for the hours we spend ahead of time to get the food and supplies ready to give out to the community. When I see their looks of gratitude and hear their words of praise for my hard work, it's impossible for me to quit working until everyone in line has received enough for their respective families. Even now that I've completed my required Beta Club hours and graduated as a Beta Graduate, I still commit time to help with the food bank and have been there for a total of over a year now.
    Eleanor Anderson-Miles Foundation Scholarship
    I had to relocate to a rural town in the midst of my middle school tenure and say goodbye to people I had grown up with and known for around a decade. The decision to move wasn't out of the blue. We moved to ensure my ill grandmother could spend her final days surrounded by her loved ones. Adjusting to a new environment, away from the support systems and friendships I had developed, proved to be an immense challenge. However, I recognized the importance of family and embraced the opportunity to make a difference during a difficult time. Due to being in a single-parent household, we often faced financial constraints. My mother had to juggle work and parenting responsibilities, which limited my family's financial resources. Growing up in such circumstances helped us learn how to budget, make sacrifices, and be mindful of expenses. These experiences shaped my perspective on money and gave me values that I use more and more every day, like resourcefulness and financial discipline, even when it comes to little things. Witnessing my mother's strength, determination, and perseverance in the face of challenges and adversity made me realize that I couldn't be reliant on her for everything. I had to learn to adapt to adversity and develop problem-solving skills as she had. These qualities will have long-lasting effects, and I will use them to overcome obstacles in various aspects of my life. My family, being African American, plays a crucial role in shaping our understanding and appreciation of cultural identity. My mother instilled a strong sense of pride in our heritage, made sure we knew about our history, and helped us through the challenges we may face as black individuals in society. This was especially so when we moved to a more rural area. In a rural area, the community played a more significant role in our family's life. We rely on neighbors, friends, and community organizations for support as well as create a strong support system for us through giving back to the community. This sense of community provided a nurturing environment and opportunities for us to develop relationships and learn valuable social skills. Moving to a rural area exposed us to a different way of life, diverse cultural backgrounds, and alternative perspectives. This exposure to a new place broadened our understanding of the world and showed us different lifestyles and experiences. It is these experiences that have shaped me into the person I am today. Winning this scholarship would assist in achieving my dreams of attending college, graduating debt-free, and obtaining an education to improve the lives of myself and my family. The financial support would allow me to pursue my education without worrying about putting a strain on my mom and brother. I could focus on my studies with a clear mind and obtain the skills that will help prepare me for a successful career. A college education is vital to my personal and professional growth. It will enable me to enhance my understanding of the world, develop critical thinking and broaden the skills sought in my desired career. As a first-generation college student, I know the sacrifices that my mom is making to assist me on my journey to college. By achieving a debt-free education, I can create new opportunities for us, opening doors for my little brother. I could show him a good education can improve his life. In conclusion, this scholarship would help me achieve my goals of attending college, graduating debt free, and improving the lives of myself and my family.
    Brotherhood Bows Scholarship
    My name is Brandon Foster, and I am a recent graduate of the Class of 2024, of which I was named valedictorian of my school. As someone who grew up in a small town within a low-income community, I was raised by a single praying momma and grandma who taught us to understand firsthand that challenges and obstacles can arise, but we always firmly believed that with God’s help, our circumstances would not define our future; rather, our faith in the Lord, our determination, resilience, and the positive examples we set would pave the way for a better tomorrow. My family's world turned upside down in 2018 when we moved to my mom’s hometown to have support from family with my grandmother. Leaving behind my closest friends and familiar surroundings was scary. However, rather than dwelling on my loss, I chose to embrace this new beginning. In late 2019, I experienced the heartbreaking loss of my grandmother, who had been an anchor of love and support in our lives. She helped my mom raise my brother and me since we were born. She left her hometown to move in with my mom to care for us while she worked. Her passing reinforced my commitment to my faith and family. It showed me the power of comforting others during their times of grief. By being there for my family, I found comfort in knowing that my actions were making a difference in their lives. During the pandemic in 2020, my family faced yet another test of strength when my mother fell seriously ill with COVID-19. Her battle with the virus compelled me to prioritize her well-being above all else. I took on household responsibilities, managing the daily chores and ensuring my little brother's needs were met while my mother fought for her recovery. Her resilience and courage during those dark times inspired me to persevere in the face of adversity and reinforced the importance of putting others before oneself. Being the older sibling, I have taken it upon myself to serve as a role model for my younger brother. I strive to show him that despite our circumstances, we have the power, with God’s help to transcend limitations and create opportunities for ourselves. Through faith, hard work, dedication, and a commitment to personal growth, I am determined to provide him with a shining example of what is possible, instilling in him the belief that he can achieve greatness with God’s help. One of my greatest aspirations is to secure the necessary resources and funding to pursue a college education. By acquiring knowledge and skills in a field that aligns with my passions and interests, I aim to equip myself with the tools needed for a successful career and a better lifestyle. Through this endeavor, I learned to demonstrate to my younger brother the transformative power of education and how it can open doors to new possibilities and improved circumstances. My heartfelt faith and desire is to create a better life for myself and uplift my family and community. My advice to others is to put God first, strive for success, and actively seek opportunities. I hope to inspire others from similar backgrounds to believe in their own potential and pursue their dreams wholeheartedly. My goal for the future is to have a career in the field of mechanical engineering. I have always had a passion for figuring out how things work and why they work the way they do. This passion shifted into a love for machines and automobiles since they had me the most curious as to how they work, with computers being a close second. Ever since then, I've wanted to be an engineer, and still, to this day, I want to be one. I most definitely see myself, with God’s help working as an engineer or in the engineering field post-college. I want to not only create a better life for myself but also to uplift my family and community along the way. By striving for success and actively seeking opportunities, I hope to inspire others from similar backgrounds to believe in their own potential and pursue their dreams wholeheartedly. I firmly believe that when one person succeeds, it creates a domino effect that spreads to others. As I delve into the intricacies of mechanics, thermodynamics, and design, I envision a future where I can apply this knowledge to address pressing challenges that affect the automotive industry. From analyzing the problems with engine failures in Kia Motors' vehicles to transmission issues in Ford vehicles, I aspire to stand at the forefront of these innovations, collaborating with like-minded individuals to shape a future where our technological progress serves humanity and the environment. I have seen many examples of individuals not being able to afford repairs for their vehicles because of faulty decisions made by manufacturers. I myself have been the subject of this, as my family went months without a mode of transportation due to maintenance needing to be done to our car. As someone who grew up in a small town, within a low-income community and was raised by a single parent, I understand firsthand the challenges and obstacles that can arise. However, I firmly believe that our circumstances do not define our future; rather, it is our determination, resilience, and the positive examples we set that pave the way for a better tomorrow. Winning this scholarship would assist in achieving my dreams of attending college, graduating debt-free, and obtaining an education to improve the lives of myself and my family. The financial support would allow me to pursue my education without worrying about putting a strain on my mom and brother. I believe God has a purpose for my life; with His help, any and all things are possible.
    Hilliard L. "Tack" Gibbs Jr. Memorial Scholarship
    My name is Brandon Foster, and I am a recent graduate of the Class of 2024, of which I was named valedictorian of my school. Ever since I was little, I have always been passionate about figuring out how things work and why they work the way they do. This passion shifted into a love for machines and automobiles since they had me the most curious as to how they work. The men in my family have lots of history dealing with fields relating to welding, mechanics, and engineering, so I have had tons of exposure to these areas, and when combined with my passions, I winded up wanting to follow suit and become an engineer as well. One of my greatest aspirations is to secure the necessary resources and funding to pursue a college education. By acquiring knowledge and skills in a field that aligns with my passions and interests, I aim to equip myself with the tools needed for a successful career and a better lifestyle. Through this endeavor, I seek to demonstrate to my younger brother the transformative power of education and how it can open doors to new possibilities and improved circumstances. A college education is vital to my personal and professional growth. It will enable me to enhance my understanding of the world, develop critical thinking and broaden the skills sought in my desired career. As a first-generation college student, I know the sacrifices that my mom is making to assist me on my journey to college. By achieving a debt-free education, I can create new opportunities for us, opening doors for my little brother. I could show him a good education can improve his life. My heartfelt desire is to not only create a better life for myself but also to uplift my family and community along the way. By striving for success and actively seeking opportunities, I hope to inspire others from similar backgrounds to believe in their own potential and pursue their dreams wholeheartedly. I firmly believe that when one person succeeds, it creates a domino effect that spreads to others. As I delve into the intricacies of mechanics, thermodynamics, and design, I envision a future where I can apply this knowledge to address pressing challenges that affect the automotive industry. From analyzing the problems with engine failures in Kia Motors' vehicles to transmission issues in Ford vehicles, I aspire to stand at the forefront of these innovations, collaborating with like-minded individuals to shape a future where our technological progress serves humanity and the environment. I have seen many examples of individuals not being able to afford repairs for their vehicles because of faulty decisions made by manufacturers. I myself have been the subject of this, as my family went months without a mode of transportation due to maintenance needing to be done to our car. As someone who grew up in a small town, within a low-income community and was raised by a single parent, I understand firsthand the challenges and obstacles that can arise. However, I firmly believe that our circumstances do not define our future; rather, it is our determination, resilience, and the positive examples we set that pave the way for a better tomorrow.
    Hines Scholarship
    My name is Brandon Foster, and I am a recent graduate of the Class of 2024, of which I was named valedictorian of my school. Ever since I was little, I have always been passionate about figuring out how things work and why they work the way they do. This passion shifted into a love for machines and automobiles since they had me the most curious as to how they work. The men in my family have lots of history dealing with fields relating to welding, mechanics, and engineering, so I have had tons of exposure to these areas, and when combined with my passions, I winded up wanting to follow suit and become an engineer as well. One of my greatest aspirations is to secure the necessary resources and funding to pursue a college education. By acquiring knowledge and skills in a field that aligns with my passions and interests, I aim to equip myself with the tools needed for a successful career and a better lifestyle. Through this endeavor, I seek to demonstrate to my younger brother the transformative power of education and how it can open doors to new possibilities and improved circumstances. A college education is vital to my personal and professional growth. It will enable me to enhance my understanding of the world, develop critical thinking and broaden the skills sought in my desired career. As a first-generation college student, I know the sacrifices that my mom is making to assist me on my journey to college. By achieving a debt-free education, I can create new opportunities for us, opening doors for my little brother. I could show him a good education can improve his life. My heartfelt desire is to not only create a better life for myself but also to uplift my family and community along the way. By striving for success and actively seeking opportunities, I hope to inspire others from similar backgrounds to believe in their own potential and pursue their dreams wholeheartedly. I firmly believe that when one person succeeds, it creates a domino effect that spreads to others. As I delve into the intricacies of mechanics, thermodynamics, and design, I envision a future where I can apply this knowledge to address pressing challenges that affect the automotive industry. From analyzing the problems with engine failures in Kia Motors' vehicles to transmission issues in Ford vehicles, I aspire to stand at the forefront of these innovations, collaborating with like-minded individuals to shape a future where our technological progress serves humanity and the environment. I have seen many examples of individuals not being able to afford repairs for their vehicles because of faulty decisions made by manufacturers. I myself have been the subject of this, as my family went months without a mode of transportation due to maintenance needing to be done to our car. As someone who grew up in a small town, within a low-income community and was raised by a single parent, I understand firsthand the challenges and obstacles that can arise. However, I firmly believe that our circumstances do not define our future; rather, it is our determination, resilience, and the positive examples we set that pave the way for a better tomorrow.
    Michael Rudometkin Memorial Scholarship
    My name is Brandon Foster, and I am a recent graduate of the Class of 2024, of which I was named valedictorian of my school. My journey in life has had some challenges, which have provided opportunities to demonstrate selflessness and perseverance. From moving to a new town, leaving behind friends, losing my grandmother, and dealing with me, my brother's and my mother's battles with COVID-19, I have learned compassion and determination. Volunteering in the community and supporting my little brother's education and my single mother, I embody selflessness in every aspect of my life. My family's world turned upside down in 2018 when we moved to my mom’s hometown to have support from family with my grandmother. Leaving behind my closest friends and familiar surroundings was scary. However, rather than dwelling on my own loss, I chose to embrace this new beginning with a selfless outlook. In late 2019, I experienced the heartbreaking loss of my grandmother, who had been an anchor of love and support in our lives. She helped my mom raise my brother and me since we were born. She left her hometown to move in with my mom to take care of us while she worked. Her passing reinforced my commitment to selflessness and showed me the power of comforting others during their times of grief. By being there for my family, I found comfort in knowing that my actions were making a difference in their lives. During the pandemic in 2020, my family faced yet another test of strength when my mother fell seriously ill with COVID-19. Her battle with the virus compelled me to prioritize her well-being above all else. I took on household responsibilities, managing the daily chores and ensuring my little brother's needs were met while my mother fought for her recovery. Her resilience and courage during those dark times inspired me to persevere in the face of adversity and reinforced the importance of putting others before oneself. My little brother has always been my motivation to achieve my goals. I strive to be his mentor, guiding him toward his dreams. I firmly believe that education can break our family's struggle cycle, and I am committed to ensuring he receives the best opportunities. A college education is vital to my personal and professional growth. It will enable me to enhance my understanding of the world, develop critical thinking and broaden the skills sought in my desired career. As a first-generation college student, I know the sacrifices that my mom is making to assist me on my journey to college. By achieving a debt-free education, I can create new opportunities for us, opening doors for my little brother. I could show him a good education can improve his life. In conclusion, expressing selflessness has been an important aspect of my life. Experiences have forced me to show strength when I left friends behind, lost my grandmother, and supported my mother through her illness. I have learned the significance of giving back to others. Volunteering in the community through the local community food pantry and guiding my little brother's educational path has become my passion. This scholarship would help me achieve my goals of attending college, graduating debt free, and improving the lives of myself and my family. This scholarship would unlock opportunities and make a lasting impact on our lives. With gratitude and determination, I look forward to embracing a future enriched with the spirit of selflessness.
    Adrin Ohaekwe Memorial Scholarship
    To me, chess is an intricate process of analyzing what's before you and predicting the moves you need to make to best set yourself up for the future. I relate chess a lot to auto repair, you have to analyze the problem you're given and you have to figure out the tools and processes you have to do in order to fix that task you have at hand. In chess, it's a board, and in mechanics, it could be an engine bay, both can take tons of thought to in order to "win,' and both become more routine the more you do it. Ever since I was little, I have always been passionate about figuring out how things work and why they work the way they do. This passion shifted into a love for machines and automobiles since they had me the most curious as to how they work. The men in my family have lots of history dealing with fields relating to welding, mechanics, and engineering, so I have had tons of exposure to these areas, and when combined with my passions, I winded up wanting to follow suit and become an engineer as well. One of my greatest aspirations is to secure the necessary resources and funding to pursue a college education. By acquiring knowledge and skills in a field that aligns with my passions and interests, I aim to equip myself with the tools needed for a successful career and a better lifestyle. Through this endeavor, I seek to demonstrate to my younger brother the transformative power of education and how it can open doors to new possibilities and improved circumstances. A college education is vital to my personal and professional growth. It will enable me to enhance my understanding of the world, develop critical thinking and broaden the skills sought in my desired career. As a first-generation college student, I know the sacrifices that my mom is making to assist me on my journey to college. By achieving a debt-free education, I can create new opportunities for us, opening doors for my little brother. I could show him a good education can improve his life. My heartfelt desire is to not only create a better life for myself but also to uplift my family and community along the way. By striving for success and actively seeking opportunities, I hope to inspire others from similar backgrounds to believe in their own potential and pursue their dreams wholeheartedly. I firmly believe that when one person succeeds, it creates a domino effect that spreads to others. As I delve into the intricacies of mechanics, thermodynamics, and design, I envision a future where I can apply this knowledge to address pressing challenges that affect the automotive industry. From analyzing the problems with engine failures in Kia Motors' vehicles to transmission issues in Ford vehicles, I aspire to stand at the forefront of these innovations, collaborating with like-minded individuals to shape a future where our technological progress serves humanity and the environment. I have seen many examples of individuals not being able to afford repairs for their vehicles because of faulty decisions made by manufacturers. I myself have been the subject of this, as my family went months without a mode of transportation due to maintenance needing to be done to our car. As someone who grew up in a small town, within a low-income community and was raised by a single parent, I understand firsthand the challenges and obstacles that can arise.
    Priscilla Shireen Luke Scholarship
    I am filled with anticipation and eagerness as I prepare to pursue higher education in mechanical engineering. It represents a personal ambition and a profound commitment to shaping a better world. With my blend of mechanical tinkering, a desired career in mechanical engineering, a love for esports, and a dedication to volunteerism, I aspire to leave an indelible mark on my community and the world. I dedicate my time to volunteering at a community food pantry and serving as a scorekeeper at high school football games. These experiences have reinforced my belief in the transformative power of giving back to one's community. The food bank is an important resource to the community. It didn’t take long for me to realize just how many people rely on the food bank for help and assistance with providing food for themselves and their families. Every time I have gone and volunteered there, the line for the food bank wrapped around the county bank and continued for almost half a mile down the road. I knew after seeing that that I had to help out wherever I could. When I give people their items, the smiles, thanks, and words of appreciation keep me going and keep me motivated to continue working. After college, I intend to expand my volunteer initiatives and leverage my mechanical engineering skills to make a tangible difference in my community. My heartfelt desire is to not only create a better life for myself but also to uplift my family and community along the way. By striving for success and actively seeking opportunities, I hope to inspire others from similar backgrounds to believe in their own potential and pursue their dreams wholeheartedly. I firmly believe that when one person succeeds, it creates a domino effect that spreads to others. As I delve into the intricacies of mechanics, thermodynamics, and design, I envision a future where I can apply this knowledge to address pressing challenges that affect the automotive industry. From analyzing the problems with engine failures in Kia Motors' vehicles to transmission issues in Ford vehicles, I aspire to stand at the forefront of these innovations, collaborating with like-minded individuals to shape a future where our technological progress serves humanity and the environment. I have seen many examples of individuals not being able to afford repairs for their vehicles because of faulty decisions made by manufacturers. I myself have been the subject of this, as my family went months without a mode of transportation due to maintenance needing to be done to our car. As someone who grew up in a small town, within a low-income community and was raised by a single parent, I understand firsthand the challenges and obstacles that can arise. However, I firmly believe that our circumstances do not define our future; rather, it is our determination, resilience, and the positive examples we set that pave the way for a better tomorrow.
    Adam Montes Pride Scholarship
    My name is Brandon Foster, and I am a recent graduate of the Class of 2024, of which I was named valedictorian of my school. Ever since I was little, I have always been passionate about figuring out how things work and why they work the way they do. This passion shifted into a love for machines and automobiles since they had me the most curious as to how they work. The men in my family have lots of history dealing with fields relating to welding, mechanics, and engineering, so I have had tons of exposure to these areas, and when combined with my passions, I winded up wanting to follow suit and become an engineer as well. One of my greatest aspirations is to secure the necessary resources and funding to pursue a college education. By acquiring knowledge and skills in a field that aligns with my passions and interests, I aim to equip myself with the tools needed for a successful career and a better lifestyle. Through this endeavor, I seek to demonstrate to my younger brother the transformative power of education and how it can open doors to new possibilities and improved circumstances. A college education is vital to my personal and professional growth. It will enable me to enhance my understanding of the world, develop critical thinking and broaden the skills sought in my desired career. As a first-generation college student, I know the sacrifices that my mom is making to assist me on my journey to college. By achieving a debt-free education, I can create new opportunities for us, opening doors for my little brother. I could show him a good education can improve his life. My heartfelt desire is to not only create a better life for myself but also to uplift my family and community along the way. By striving for success and actively seeking opportunities, I hope to inspire others from similar backgrounds to believe in their own potential and pursue their dreams wholeheartedly. I firmly believe that when one person succeeds, it creates a domino effect that spreads to others. As I delve into the intricacies of mechanics, thermodynamics, and design, I envision a future where I can apply this knowledge to address pressing challenges that affect the automotive industry. From analyzing the problems with engine failures in Kia Motors' vehicles to transmission issues in Ford vehicles, I aspire to stand at the forefront of these innovations, collaborating with like-minded individuals to shape a future where our technological progress serves humanity and the environment. I have seen many examples of individuals not being able to afford repairs for their vehicles because of faulty decisions made by manufacturers. I myself have been the subject of this, as my family went months without a mode of transportation due to maintenance needing to be done to our car. As someone who grew up in a small town, within a low-income community and was raised by a single parent, I understand firsthand the challenges and obstacles that can arise. However, I firmly believe that our circumstances do not define our future; rather, it is our determination, resilience, and the positive examples we set that pave the way for a better tomorrow.
    Our Destiny Our Future Scholarship
    My name is Brandon Foster, and I am a recent graduate of the Class of 2024, of which I was named valedictorian of my school. Ever since I was little, I have always been passionate about figuring out how things work and why they work the way they do. This passion shifted into a love for machines and automobiles since they had me the most curious as to how they work. The men in my family have lots of history dealing with fields relating to welding, mechanics, and engineering, so I have had tons of exposure to these areas, and when combined with my passions, I winded up wanting to follow suit and become an engineer as well. One of my greatest aspirations is to secure the necessary resources and funding to pursue a college education. By acquiring knowledge and skills in a field that aligns with my passions and interests, I aim to equip myself with the tools needed for a successful career and a better lifestyle. Through this endeavor, I seek to demonstrate to my younger brother the transformative power of education and how it can open doors to new possibilities and improved circumstances. My heartfelt desire is to not only create a better life for myself but also to uplift my family and community along the way. By striving for success and actively seeking opportunities, I hope to inspire others from similar backgrounds to believe in their own potential and pursue their dreams wholeheartedly. I firmly believe that when one person succeeds, it creates a domino effect that spreads to others. As I delve into the intricacies of mechanics, thermodynamics, and design, I envision a future where I can apply this knowledge to address pressing challenges that affect the automotive industry. From analyzing the problems with engine failures in Kia Motors' vehicles to transmission issues in Ford vehicles, I aspire to stand at the forefront of these innovations, collaborating with like-minded individuals to shape a future where our technological progress serves humanity and the environment. I have seen many examples of individuals not being able to afford repairs for their vehicles because of faulty decisions made by manufacturers. I myself have been the subject of this, as my family went months without a mode of transportation due to maintenance needing to be done to our car. As someone who grew up in a small town, within a low-income community and was raised by a single parent, I understand firsthand the challenges and obstacles that can arise. However, I firmly believe that our circumstances do not define our future; rather, it is our determination, resilience, and the positive examples we set that pave the way for a better tomorrow.
    Shays Scholarship
    My name is Brandon Foster, and I am a recent graduate of the Class of 2024, of which I was named valedictorian of my school. Ever since I was little, I have always been passionate about figuring out how things work and why they work the way they do. This passion shifted into a love for machines and automobiles since they had me the most curious as to how they work. The men in my family have lots of history dealing with fields relating to welding, mechanics, and engineering, so I have had tons of exposure to these areas, and when combined with my passions, I winded up wanting to follow suit and become an engineer as well. One of my greatest aspirations is to secure the necessary resources and funding to pursue a college education. By acquiring knowledge and skills in a field that aligns with my passions and interests, I aim to equip myself with the tools needed for a successful career and a better lifestyle. Through this endeavor, I seek to demonstrate to my younger brother the transformative power of education and how it can open doors to new possibilities and improved circumstances. A college education is vital to my personal and professional growth. It will enable me to enhance my understanding of the world, develop critical thinking and broaden the skills sought in my desired career. As a first-generation college student, I know the sacrifices that my mom is making to assist me on my journey to college. By achieving a debt-free education, I can create new opportunities for us, opening doors for my little brother. I could show him a good education can improve his life. My heartfelt desire is to not only create a better life for myself but also to uplift my family and community along the way. By striving for success and actively seeking opportunities, I hope to inspire others from similar backgrounds to believe in their own potential and pursue their dreams wholeheartedly. I firmly believe that when one person succeeds, it creates a domino effect that spreads to others. As I delve into the intricacies of mechanics, thermodynamics, and design, I envision a future where I can apply this knowledge to address pressing challenges that affect the automotive industry. From analyzing the problems with engine failures in Kia Motors' vehicles to transmission issues in Ford vehicles, I aspire to stand at the forefront of these innovations, collaborating with like-minded individuals to shape a future where our technological progress serves humanity and the environment. I have seen many examples of individuals not being able to afford repairs for their vehicles because of faulty decisions made by manufacturers. I myself have been the subject of this, as my family went months without a mode of transportation due to maintenance needing to be done to our car. As someone who grew up in a small town, within a low-income community and was raised by a single parent, I understand firsthand the challenges and obstacles that can arise. However, I firmly believe that our circumstances do not define our future; rather, it is our determination, resilience, and the positive examples we set that pave the way for a better tomorrow.
    Black Leaders Scholarship
    As someone who grew up in a small town within a low-income community, I was raised by a single praying momma and grandma who taught us to understand firsthand that challenges and obstacles can arise. We always firmly believed that with God’s help, our circumstances would not define our future; rather, our faith in the Lord, our determination, resilience, and the positive examples we set would pave the way for a better tomorrow. My mother's grit and resilience through our perils inspired me to be the best version of myself that I could be. My family's world turned upside down in 2018 when we moved to my mom’s hometown to have support from family with my grandmother. Leaving behind my closest friends and familiar surroundings was scary. However, rather than dwelling on my loss, I chose to embrace this new beginning. My family, being African American, played a crucial role in shaping our understanding and appreciation of cultural identity. My mother instilled a strong sense of pride in our heritage, made sure we knew about our history, and helped us through the challenges we may face as black individuals in society. This was especially so when we moved to a more rural area. In a rural area, the community played a more significant role in our family's life. We rely on neighbors, friends, and community organizations for support as well as create a strong support system for us through giving back to the community. This sense of community provided a nurturing environment and opportunities for us to develop relationships and learn valuable social skills. Moving to a rural area exposed us to a different way of life, diverse cultural backgrounds, and alternative perspectives. This exposure to a new place broadened our understanding of the world and showed us different lifestyles and experiences. It is these experiences that have shaped me into the person I am today. In late 2019, I experienced the heartbreaking loss of my grandmother, who had been an anchor of love and support in our lives. She helped my mom raise my brother and me since we were born. She left her hometown to move in with my mom to care for us while she worked. Her passing reinforced my commitment to my faith and family. It showed me the power of comforting others during their times of grief. By being there for my family, I found comfort in knowing that my actions were making a difference in their lives. During the pandemic in 2020, my family faced yet another test of strength when my mother fell seriously ill with COVID-19. Her battle with the virus compelled me to prioritize her well-being above all else. I took on household responsibilities, managing the daily chores and ensuring my little brother's needs were met while my mother fought for her recovery. Her resilience and courage during those dark times inspired me to persevere in the face of adversity and reinforced the importance of putting others before oneself.
    Anderson Engineering Scholarship
    My name is Brandon Foster, and I am a recent graduate of the Class of 2024, of which I was named valedictorian of my school. Ever since I was little, I have always been passionate about figuring out how things work and why they work. This passion shifted into a love for machines and automobiles since they had me the most curious as to how they work. The men in my family have a lot of history dealing with fields relating to welding, mechanics, and engineering, so I have had tons of exposure to these areas. It also helped that there were highly experienced members of my community who were more than willing to take me on to learn, one of which happened to be an auto shop called Mr. Phil's Auto Shop, which has been around for over a decade. When combined with my passions, I winded up wanting to follow suit and become an engineer as well. One of my greatest aspirations is to secure the necessary resources and funding to pursue a college education. By acquiring knowledge and skills in a field that aligns with my passions and interests, I aim to equip myself with the tools needed for a successful career and a better lifestyle. Through this endeavor, I seek to demonstrate to my younger brother the transformative power of education and how it can open doors to new possibilities and improved circumstances. My heartfelt desire is to create a better life for myself and uplift my family and community along the way. By striving for success and actively seeking opportunities, I hope to inspire others from similar backgrounds to believe in their own potential and pursue their dreams wholeheartedly. I firmly believe that when one person succeeds, it creates a domino effect that spreads to others. As I delve into the intricacies of mechanics, thermodynamics, and design, I envision a future where I can apply this knowledge to address pressing challenges that affect the automotive industry. From analyzing the problems with engine failures in Kia Motors' vehicles to transmission issues in Ford vehicles, I aspire to stand at the forefront of these innovations, collaborating with like-minded individuals to shape a future where our technological progress serves humanity and the environment. I have seen many examples of individuals not being able to afford repairs for their vehicles because of faulty decisions made by manufacturers. I myself have been the subject of this, as my family went months without a mode of transportation due to maintenance needing to be done to our car. As someone who grew up in a small town, within a low-income community and was raised by a single parent, I understand firsthand the challenges and obstacles that can arise. However, I firmly believe that our circumstances do not define our future; rather, it is our determination, resilience, and the positive examples we set that pave the way for a better tomorrow. In five years, I will have graduated from Central Michigan University with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. It will, without a doubt, be the greatest accomplishment I have completed in my entire academic career. I plan to use this accreditation to obtain a job as an automotive engineer. I want to design and produce the vehicles that are being driven by millions of people and help ensure that they are safe, long-lasting, and affordable. It has also been a dream of mine to own my own auto mechanic shop as well, and maybe one day start a business that deals with a specific specialization like engines or brakes.
    Rogers Family Award for Grit
    My name is Brandon Foster, and I am a recent graduate of the Class of 2024, of which I was named valedictorian of my school. Ever since I was little, I have always been passionate about figuring out how things work and why they work the way they do. This passion shifted into a love for machines and automobiles since they had me the most curious as to how they work. The men in my family have lots of history dealing with fields relating to welding, mechanics, and engineering, so I have had tons of exposure to these areas, and when combined with my passions, I winded up wanting to follow suit and become an engineer as well. One of my greatest aspirations is to secure the necessary resources and funding to pursue a college education. By acquiring knowledge and skills in a field that aligns with my passions and interests, I aim to equip myself with the tools needed for a successful career and a better lifestyle. Through this endeavor, I seek to demonstrate to my younger brother the transformative power of education and how it can open doors to new possibilities and improved circumstances. My heartfelt desire is to not only create a better life for myself but also to uplift my family and community along the way. By striving for success and actively seeking opportunities, I hope to inspire others from similar backgrounds to believe in their own potential and pursue their dreams wholeheartedly. I firmly believe that when one person succeeds, it creates a domino effect that spreads to others. As I delve into the intricacies of mechanics, thermodynamics, and design, I envision a future where I can apply this knowledge to address pressing challenges that affect the automotive industry. From analyzing the problems with engine failures in Kia Motors' vehicles to transmission issues in Ford vehicles, I aspire to stand at the forefront of these innovations, collaborating with like-minded individuals to shape a future where our technological progress serves humanity and the environment. I have seen many examples of individuals not being able to afford repairs for their vehicles because of faulty decisions made by manufacturers. I myself have been the subject of this, as my family went months without a mode of transportation due to maintenance needing to be done to our car. As someone who grew up in a small town, within a low-income community and was raised by a single parent, I understand firsthand the challenges and obstacles that can arise. However, I firmly believe that our circumstances do not define our future; rather, it is our determination, resilience, and the positive examples we set that pave the way for a better tomorrow. In five years, I will have graduated from Central Michigan University with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. It will, without a doubt, be the greatest accomplishment I have completed in my entire academic career. I plan to use this accreditation to obtain a job as an automotive engineer. I want to design and produce the vehicles that are being driven by millions of people and help ensure that they are safe, long-lasting, and affordable. It has also been a dream of mine to own my own auto mechanic shop as well, and maybe one day start a business that deals with a specific specialization like engines or brakes.
    Curtis Holloway Memorial Scholarship
    My family's world turned upside down in 2018 when we moved to my mom’s hometown to have support from family with my grandmother. Leaving behind my closest friends and familiar surroundings was scary. However, rather than dwelling on my loss, I chose to embrace this new beginning. In late 2019, I experienced the heartbreaking loss of my grandmother, who had been an anchor of love and support in our lives. She helped my mom raise my brother and me since we were born. She left her hometown to move in with my mom to care for us while she worked. Her passing reinforced my commitment to my faith and family. It showed me the power of comforting others during their times of grief. By being there for my family, I found comfort in knowing that my actions were making a difference in their lives. During the pandemic in 2020, my family faced yet another test of strength when my mother fell seriously ill with COVID-19. Her battle with the virus compelled me to prioritize her well-being above all else. I took on household responsibilities, managing the daily chores and ensuring my little brother's needs were met while my mother fought for her recovery. Her resilience and courage during those dark times inspired me to persevere in the face of adversity and reinforced the importance of putting others before oneself. Being the older sibling, I have taken it upon myself to serve as a role model for my younger brother. I strive to show him that despite our circumstances, we have the power, with God’s help to transcend limitations and create opportunities for ourselves. Through faith, hard work, dedication, and a commitment to personal growth, I am determined to provide him with a shining example of what is possible, instilling in him the belief that he can achieve greatness with God’s help. One of my greatest aspirations is to secure the necessary resources and funding to pursue a college education. By acquiring knowledge and skills in a field that aligns with my passions and interests, I aim to equip myself with the tools needed for a successful career and a better lifestyle. Through this endeavor, I learned to demonstrate to my younger brother the transformative power of education and how it can open doors to new possibilities and improved circumstances. My heartfelt faith and desire is to create a better life for myself and uplift my family and community. My advice to others is to put God first, strive for success, and actively seek opportunities. I hope to inspire others from similar backgrounds to believe in their own potential and pursue their dreams wholeheartedly. My goal for the future is to have a career in the field of mechanical engineering. I have always had a passion for figuring out how things work and why they work the way they do. This passion shifted into a love for machines and automobiles since they had me the most curious as to how they work, with computers being a close second. Ever since then, I've wanted to be an engineer, and still, to this day, I want to be one. I most definitely see myself, with God’s help working as an engineer or in the engineering field post-college. Winning this scholarship would assist in achieving my dreams of attending college, graduating debt-free, and obtaining an education to improve the lives of myself and my family. The financial support would allow me to pursue my education without worrying about putting a strain on my mom and brother.
    Servant Ships Scholarship
    I am a recently graduated senior and have been honored with the distinction of valedictorian. On my path to earn that title, I took multiple dual enrollment classes, one of which was sociology. Earlier this year, for my sociology class, I was tasked with writing a 3.5-page paper on how the media has a large influence on the socialization of gender roles, norms, and expectations in society today. I had to choose a real film to do this paper with, so I chose one that had the most impact on me after I watched it, that being Hidden Figures. The film was so inspirational. Even if such circumstances aren't present in today's society, it taught you to be resilient in the face of adversity and to stand strong on your morals. Those three black women paved the way for African Americans at not only NASA but all sorts of scientific fields. The ways that they made advancements in mathematics further inspired me to pursue a career dealing with math and science. I have always wanted to make a positive impact in not only my community but also the world. One way I wanted to accomplish this is to educate myself in areas such as automotive and engineering to be able to learn ways to make necessary changes to many areas of concern in these fields. As I delve into the intricacies of mechanics, thermodynamics, and design, I envision a future where I can apply this knowledge to address pressing challenges that affect the automotive industry. From analyzing the problems with engine failures in Kia Motors' vehicles to transmission issues in Ford vehicles, I aspire to stand at the forefront of these innovations, collaborating with like-minded individuals to shape a future where our technological progress serves humanity and the environment. I have seen many examples of individuals not being able to afford repairs for their vehicles because of faulty decisions made by manufacturers. I myself have been the subject of this, as my family went months without a mode of transportation due to maintenance needing to be done to our car. As someone who grew up in a small town, within a low-income community and was raised by a single parent, I understand firsthand the challenges and obstacles that can arise. However, I firmly believe that our circumstances do not define our future; rather, it is our determination, resilience, and the positive examples we set that pave the way for a better tomorrow.
    Simon Strong Scholarship
    I had to relocate to a rural town in the midst of my middle school tenure and say goodbye to people I had grown up with and known for around a decade. The decision to move wasn't out of the blue. We moved to ensure my ill grandmother could spend her final days surrounded by her loved ones. Adjusting to a new environment, away from the support systems and friendships I had developed, proved to be an immense challenge. Also, with going from a city location to a small town really hampered the opportunities I had to complete my future goals. However, I recognized the importance of family and embraced the opportunity to make a difference during a difficult time. It was also from this point on that I truly lived in a single-parent household, and not having my grandmother around whenever my mother was out. Growing up in a single-parent household, particularly with a single mother, created a strong bond between me and my mother. I believe this bond is much stronger than it would be had if I were to have two parents. My mother often takes on multiple roles, acting as a caregiver, provider, and emotional support person. My mother carried the weight of household responsibilities, including financial management, household chores, and watching over us. As a result, my brother and I were exposed to these responsibilities at an earlier age. We had to take on additional chores, contribute to family decisions, and become more independent in certain aspects of our lives. Due to being in a single-parent household, we often faced financial constraints. My mother had to juggle work and parenting responsibilities, which limited my family's financial resources. Growing up in such circumstances helped us learn how to budget, make sacrifices, and be mindful of expenses. These experiences shaped my perspective on money and gave me values that I use more and more every day like resourcefulness and financial discipline even when it comes to little things. There were defintely times where things got rough, but despite that my mother always found a way to pull through for us. Witnessing my mother's strength, determination, and perseverance in the face of challenges and adversity made me realize that I couldn't be reliant on her for everything. I had to learn to adapt to adversity and develop problem-solving skills just as she had done. These qualities will have long-lasting effects, and I will use them to overcome obstacles in various aspects of my life. For someone facing similar circumstances, I would suggest that they find it within themselves to persevere through the struggle they're facing because it will pay off in the end. Despite having to change schools, I earned valedictorian in both 8th grade and as a high school senior. I advise them to keep at it because if you keep working, you will soon find your efforts materialize.
    Lotus Scholarship
    As someone who grew up in a small town within a low-income community, I was raised by a single praying momma and grandma who taught us to understand firsthand that challenges and obstacles can arise, but we always firmly believed that with God’s help, our circumstances would not define our future; rather, our faith in the Lord, our determination, resilience, and the positive examples we set would pave the way for a better tomorrow. My family's world turned upside down in 2018 when we moved to my mom’s hometown to have support from family with my grandmother. Leaving behind my closest friends and familiar surroundings was scary. However, rather than dwelling on my loss, I chose to embrace this new beginning. In late 2019, I experienced the heartbreaking loss of my grandmother, who had been an anchor of love and support in our lives. She helped my mom raise my brother and me since we were born. She left her hometown to move in with my mom to care for us while she worked. Her passing reinforced my commitment to my faith and family. It showed me the power of comforting others during their times of grief. By being there for my family, I found comfort in knowing that my actions were making a difference in their lives. During the pandemic in 2020, my family faced yet another test of strength when my mother fell seriously ill with COVID-19. Her battle with the virus compelled me to prioritize her well-being above all else. I took on household responsibilities, managing the daily chores and ensuring my little brother's needs were met while my mother fought for her recovery. Her resilience and courage during those dark times inspired me to persevere in the face of adversity and reinforced the importance of putting others before oneself. One of my greatest aspirations is to secure the necessary resources and funding to pursue a college education. By acquiring knowledge and skills in a field that aligns with my passions and interests, I aim to equip myself with the tools needed for a successful career and a better lifestyle. Through this endeavor, I learned to demonstrate to my younger brother the transformative power of education and how it can open doors to new possibilities and improved circumstances. My heartfelt faith and desire is to create a better life for myself and uplift my family and community. My goal for the future is to have a career in the field of mechanical engineering. I have always had a passion for figuring out how things work and why they work the way they do. This passion shifted into a love for machines and automobiles since they had me the most curious as to how they work, with computers being a close second. Ever since then, I've wanted to be an engineer, and still, to this day, I want to be one. I most definitely see myself, with God’s help, working as an engineer or in the engineering field post-college. Winning this scholarship would assist in achieving my dreams of attending college, graduating debt-free, and obtaining an education to improve the lives of myself and my family. The financial support would allow me to pursue my education without worrying about putting a strain on my mom and brother. I believe God has a purpose for my life; with His help, any and all things are possible.
    William A. Stuart Dream Scholarship
    For my major, I have chosen mechanical engineering as it is a broad field with a wide range of applications, even outside of the mechanical aspects. As a mechanical engineer, you can work in many different industries, including automotive, aerospace, energy, manufacturing, robotics, biomedical, and more. The various options provide plenty of opportunities to explore different areas of interest and switch industries if desired. This flexibility is why I have decided that this is the field I want to get into. Mechanical engineering is also a crucial profession that is foundational in many industries, making it stable and in demand. Engineers with strong technical skills and problem-solving abilities are sought after by companies globally. The demand for mechanical engineers is expected to continue growing as technology advances and new challenges emerge. My fascination with mechanical tinkering is a long-standing affair, ignited during my early years with my grandfather and uncle breathing life into worn-out machines. I learned that every mechanical puzzle is an opportunity for creative solutions and that innovation is the gateway to progress. This passion has been the driving force behind my continuous exploration of machines and gadgets. In college, I intend to nurture this passion further by pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering. As I delve into the intricacies of mechanics, thermodynamics, and design, I envision a future where I can apply this knowledge to address pressing global challenges. From crafting sustainable transportation systems to pioneering renewable energy solutions, mechanical engineering offers the means to create a cleaner, more sustainable world. I aspire to stand at the forefront of these innovations, collaborating with like-minded individuals to shape a future where our technological progress serves humanity and the environment. Winning this scholarship would assist in achieving my dreams of attending college, graduating debt-free, and obtaining an education to improve the lives of myself and my family. The financial support would allow me to pursue my education without worrying about putting a strain on my mom and brother. I could focus on my studies with a clear mind and obtain the skills that will help prepare me for a successful career. A college education is vital to my personal and professional growth. It will enable me to enhance my understanding of the world, develop critical thinking, and broaden the skills sought in my desired career. As a first-generation college student, I know the sacrifices that my mom is making to assist me on my journey to college. By achieving a debt-free education, I can create new opportunities for us, opening doors for my little brother. I could show him a good education can improve his life.
    Ward AEC Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Brandon Foster. I am 17 and a high school senior. I have been working to improve my skills that relate to the engineering field and have been accepted to multiple engineering universities, such as Nebraska and Georgia Tech. My goal for the future is to obtain a career in the field of mechanical engineering. I have always had a passion for figuring out how things work and why they work the way they do. This passion shifted into a love for machines and automobiles since they had me the most curious as to how they work, with computers being a close second. Ever since then, I've wanted to be an engineer, and still, to this day, I want to be one. I most definitely see myself working as an engineer or in the engineering field post-college. I have also always had an aptitude for science and mathematics. It was easier for me to do work and tests related to the two subjects over subjects like English or history because I found math and science more interesting and intriguing. I have chosen mechanical engineering as it is a broad field with a wide range of applications, even outside of the mechanical aspects. As a mechanical engineer, you can work in many different industries, including automotive, aerospace, energy, manufacturing, robotics, biomedical, and more. The various options provide plenty of opportunities to explore different areas of interest and switch industries if desired. This flexibility is why I have decided that this is the field I want to get into. Mechanical engineering is also a crucial profession that is foundational in many industries, making it stable and in demand. Engineers with strong technical skills and problem-solving abilities are sought after by companies globally. The demand for mechanical engineers is expected to continue growing as technology advances and new challenges emerge. I will be successful in my trade because you must be good at problem-solving to be a good engineer. Successful mechanical engineers are passionate about solving challenges and are driven by curiosity and determination to find solutions. As an aspiring mechanical engineer, I share this passion through my academic interests. The knowledge I have acquired through school coursework has provided me with a strong foundation in mathematics, physics, and engineering principles, which allows me to analyze problems from multiple perspectives. In general, a successful life looks like having enough money to be well-off and be stress-free financially. I consider having all my goals and missions that I have set for myself in my life completed to be successful. I will be successful. If not, then my life in the future will not be one that I want to live. I would have to live with the fact that I know I could’ve done better or put in more effort, and that’s not something I want to do. So, in other words, I have no choice but to be successful.
    Janean D. Watkins Overcoming Adversity Scholarship
    As someone who grew up in a small town within a low-income community, I was raised by a single praying momma and grandma who taught us to understand firsthand that challenges and obstacles can arise, but we always firmly believed that our circumstances would not define our future; rather, our determination, resilience, and the positive examples we set would pave the way for a better tomorrow. My family's world turned upside down in 2018 when we moved to my mom’s hometown to have support from family with my grandmother. Leaving behind my closest friends and familiar surroundings was scary. However, rather than dwelling on my loss, I chose to embrace this new beginning. In late 2019, I experienced the heartbreaking loss of my grandmother, who had been an anchor of love and support in our lives. She helped my mom raise my brother and me since we were born. She left her hometown to move in with my mom to care for us while she worked. Her passing reinforced my commitment to my faith and family. It showed me the power of comforting others during their times of grief. By being there for my family, I found comfort in knowing that my actions were making a difference in their lives. During the pandemic in 2020, my family faced yet another test of strength when my mother fell seriously ill with COVID-19. Her battle with the virus compelled me to prioritize her well-being above all else. I took on household responsibilities, managing the daily chores and ensuring my little brother's needs were met while my mother fought for her recovery. Her resilience and courage during those dark times inspired me to persevere in the face of adversity and reinforced the importance of putting others before oneself. One of my greatest aspirations is to secure the necessary resources and funding to pursue a college education. By acquiring knowledge and skills in a field that aligns with my passions and interests, I aim to equip myself with the tools needed for a successful career and a better lifestyle. Through this endeavor, I learned to demonstrate to my younger brother the transformative power of education and how it can open doors to new possibilities and improved circumstances. My goal for the future is to have a career in the field of mechanical engineering. I have always had a passion for figuring out how things work and why they work the way they do. This passion shifted into a love for machines and automobiles since they had me the most curious as to how they work, with computers being a close second. Ever since then, I've wanted to be an engineer, and still, to this day, I want to be one. I most definitely see myself, working as an engineer or in the engineering field post-college. Winning this scholarship would assist in achieving my dreams of attending college, graduating debt-free, and obtaining an education to improve the lives of myself and my family. The financial support would allow me to pursue my education without worrying about putting a strain on my mom and brother.
    Aserina Hill Memorial Scholarship
    I am Brandon Foster, currently 17 years old and a senior at Early County High School. I love to play video games competitively, eat good food, lift weights, travel whenever I get the chance, and learn new things when it comes to science and mathematics. Currently, I volunteer at my local food bank and help give out food to the community. I have spent over 18 hours giving to those in town and the surrounding towns. Post-high school, I intend to attend a university to pursue a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. While I am still in high school, I want to seek opportunities to gain practical experience in engineering. Internships or part-time positions at local engineering firms, manufacturing companies, or research institutions could be possibilities. These experiences would enhance my understanding of engineering principles and help me build a strong foundation for my future studies. This scholarship would assist in achieving my dreams of attending college, graduating debt-free, and obtaining an education to improve the lives of myself and my family. The financial support would allow me to pursue my education without worrying about putting a strain on my mom and brother. I could focus on my studies with a clear mind and obtain the skills that will help prepare me for a successful career. A college education is vital to my personal and professional growth. It will enable me to enhance my understanding of the world, develop critical thinking and broaden the skills sought in my desired career. As a first-generation college student, I know the sacrifices that my mom is making to assist me on my journey to college. By achieving a debt-free education, I can create new opportunities for us, opening doors for my little brother. I could show him a good education can improve his life. I would like to promote economic growth in my community by supporting local businesses. Shopping at local stores, dining at local restaurants, and using local services whenever possible. I also look to help promote local businesses by spreading the word or on social media. If I could start my own charity, it would be similar to the volunteering that I currently do now. My mission would be to serve the hungry and make them happy. I would serve those who need help putting food on the table by providing them with the food and necessities that they need. The kinds of services I would want volunteers to perform are holding free entry community events where food would be given out. Establishing a food bank where people can come and receive the food being given out. Finally, I would want them to help near places like grocery stores with things like carrying groceries.
    Sean Kelly Memorial Scholarship
    My name is Brandon Foster and I live in the 9th most populated Arlington in the US, Arlington, Georgia. I'm currently 17 years old and around a month and a half into my senior year of high school. I love to play video games competitively, eat good food, lift weights, travel whenever I get the chance, and learn new things when it comes to science and mathematics. I had to relocate to a rural town in the midst of my middle school tenure and say goodbye to people I had grown up with and known for around a decade. The decision to move wasn't out of the blue. We moved to ensure my ill grandmother could spend her final days surrounded by her loved ones. Adjusting to a new environment, away from the support systems and friendships I had developed, proved to be an immense challenge. Also, going from a city location to a small town really hampered the opportunities I had to complete my future goals. However, I recognized the importance of family and embraced the opportunity to make a difference during a difficult time. It was also from this point on that I truly lived in a single-parent household, and not having my grandmother around whenever my mother was out. Finding scholarships and financial aid options available to support my higher education has been my main focus. Knowing this, I have researched local and national scholarships and made sure to meet application deadlines. The big thing for me isn't what I am going to do once I have been accepted into college; it is how I am going to pay for it. Even if I get into a college or university with most, if not all, my tuition covered, there may be other fees that arise that need to be accounted for. This scholarship could allow me to purchase textbooks, reference materials, or online resources that enhance my learning experience and help me excel academically. My goal for the future is to get a high-paying job in the field of my choice, that being mechanical engineering. I have always had a passion for figuring out how things work and why they work the way they do. This passion shifted into a love for machines and automobiles since they had me the most curious as to how they work, with computers being a close second. Ever since then, I've wanted to be an engineer, and still, to this day, I want to be one. I most definitely see myself working as an engineer or in the engineering field post-college. I have also always had an aptitude for science and mathematics. It was easier for me to do work and tests related to the two subjects over subjects like English or history because I found math and science more interesting and intriguing.
    Bald Eagle Scholarship
    The person who has made a significant impact in my life is my mother. I can’t count the number of things I would not have done were it not for her. She has pushed me and motivated me to overcome things that when in the present I thought were impossible. The things she does for me is only magnified by her being a single-parent. She has no problems taking care of all the things needed from both sides. The way she has impacted my work ethic, my decision making, and my judgment will forever influence me in my life to be the best person I can be. Growing up in a single-parent household, particularly with a single mother, created a strong bond between me and my mother. My mother carried the weight of household responsibilities, including financial management, household chores, and watching over us. As a result, my brother and I were exposed to these responsibilities at an earlier age. We had to take on additional chores, contribute to family decisions, and become more independent in certain aspects of our lives. Due to being in a single-parent household, we often faced financial constraints. My mother had to juggle work and parenting responsibilities, which limited my family's financial resources. Growing up in such circumstances helped us learn how to budget, make sacrifices, and be mindful of expenses. These experiences shaped my perspective on money and gave me values that I use more and more every day like resourcefulness and financial discipline even when it comes to little things. There were definitely times where things got rough, but despite that my mother always found a way to pull through for us. Witnessing my mother's strength, determination, and perseverance in the face of challenges and adversity made me realize that I couldn't be reliant on her for everything. I had to learn to adapt to adversity and develop problem-solving skills just as she had done. I put effort into my studies, diligently completed assignments, sought extra help when needed, and consistently exceeded expectations. This tenacious work ethic laid the groundwork for my future extraordinary accomplishments. These qualities will have long-lasting effects, and I will use them to overcome obstacles in various aspects of my life in the form of lessons. These lessons being when I learned the significance of taking pride in my work. It was something that my mother preached day in and day out, but it didn't click until the final stretch of my 8th-grade year. Rather than viewing my assignments as mere obligations, I approached them with enthusiasm, dedication, and devotion to making a score I could be proud of.
    Ben Bonner Memorial Scholarship
    My goal for the future is to get a high-paying job in the field of my choice, that being mechanical engineering. I have always had a passion for figuring out how things work and why they work the way they do. This passion shifted into a love for machines and automobiles since they had me the most curious as to how they work, with computers being a close second. Ever since then, I've wanted to be an engineer, and still, to this day, I want to be one. I most definitely see myself working as an engineer or in the engineering field post-college. I have also always had an aptitude for science and mathematics. It was easier for me to do work and tests related to the two subjects over subjects like English or history because I found math and science more interesting and intriguing. I have chosen mechanical engineering as it is a broad field with a wide range of applications, even outside of the mechanical aspects. As a mechanical engineer, you can work in many different industries, including automotive, aerospace, energy, manufacturing, robotics, biomedical, and more. The various options provide plenty of opportunities to explore different areas of interest and switch industries if desired. This flexibility is why I have decided that this is the field I want to get into. Mechanical engineering is also a crucial profession that is foundational in many industries, making it stable and in demand. Engineers with strong technical skills and problem-solving abilities are sought after by companies globally. The demand for mechanical engineers is expected to continue growing as technology advances and new challenges emerge. Currently, I volunteer at my local food bank and help give out food to the community. I also look to help promote local businesses by spreading the word or on social media. Since I live in a small, rural area, I know things like these should be supported. What also should be supported is the planning and coordinating of events that bring people together. This could include festivals, fundraisers, clean-up campaigns, or educational workshops to give people skills they can use to find work. Fostering a sense of community can help create a positive and inclusive environment. In elementary school, I used to tutor the lower grades in the mornings as a part of a program for gifted students there. Offering tutoring services, donating books or supplies to schools in the local area, or even helping organize after-school programs or workshops are all things I want to do to help my community in the future. Finally, I want to help out with organizing fundraisers for local charities or causes, pushing the will of community involvement to make a significant impact.
    Xavier M. Monroe Heart of Gold Memorial Scholarship
    As someone who grew up in a small town within a low-income community, I was raised by a single praying momma and grandma who taught us to understand firsthand that challenges and obstacles can arise, but we always firmly believed that with God’s help, our circumstances would not define our future; rather, our faith in the Lord, our determination, resilience, and the positive examples we set would pave the way for a better tomorrow. My family's world turned upside down in 2018 when we moved to my mom’s hometown to have support from family with my grandmother. Leaving behind my closest friends and familiar surroundings was scary. However, rather than dwelling on my own loss, I chose to embrace this new beginning. In late 2019, I experienced the heartbreaking loss of my grandmother, who had been an anchor of love and support in our lives. She helped my mom raise my brother and me since we were born. She left her hometown to move in with my mom to take care of us while she worked. Her passing reinforced my commitment to my faith and family. It showed me the power of comforting others during their times of grief. By being there for my family, I found comfort in knowing that my actions were making a difference in their lives. During the pandemic in 2020, my family faced yet another test of strength when my mother fell seriously ill with COVID-19. Her battle with the virus compelled me to prioritize her well-being above all else. I took on household responsibilities, managing the daily chores and ensuring my little brother's needs were met while my mother fought for her recovery. Her resilience and courage during those dark times inspired me to persevere in the face of adversity and reinforced the importance of putting others before oneself. Being the older sibling, I have taken it upon myself to serve as a role model for my younger brother. I strive to show him that despite our circumstances, we have the power, with God’s help to transcend limitations and create opportunities for ourselves. Through faith, hard work, dedication, and a commitment to personal growth, I am determined to provide him with a shining example of what is possible, instilling in him the belief that he can achieve greatness with God’s help. One of my greatest aspirations is to secure the necessary resources and funding to pursue a college education. By acquiring knowledge and skills in a field that aligns with my passions and interests, I aim to equip myself with the tools needed for a successful career and a better lifestyle. Through this endeavor, I learned to demonstrate to my younger brother the transformative power of education and how it can open doors to new possibilities and improved circumstances. My heartfelt faith and desire is to create a better life for myself and uplift my family and community along the way. My advice to others is to put God first, strive for success, and actively seek opportunities. I hope to inspire others from similar backgrounds to believe in their own potential and pursue their dreams wholeheartedly. Winning this scholarship would assist in achieving my dreams of attending college, graduating debt-free, and obtaining an education to improve the lives of myself and my family. The financial support would allow me to pursue my education without worrying about putting a strain on my mom and brother. I believe God has a purpose for my life; with His help, any and all things are possible.
    Ethel Hayes Destigmatization of Mental Health Scholarship
    Dementia has impacted its way through my family's life, leaving a mark on each of us. The impact of Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses has been profound, shaping my perspective, values, and understanding of the fragility of memory and the strength of the human spirit. My family has a long-standing history of dealing with Alzheimer's. My grandmother, mother, and aunt all fell victim to this disease that robbed them of cherished memories, personalities, and, eventually, their lives. Witnessing their gradual decline was a heart-breaking experience that forever changed my perception of the human mind and its fragility. I have another aunt who is currently battling this merciless illness. Every encounter with her serves as a reminder of the toll that dementia takes on its victims. She often fails to recognize me, her own niece, without constant reminders. Conversations we have had moments before are replayed as if on an endless loop. It pains me deeply to witness her struggle, knowing that her own memories are slipping away. What baffles me the most about dementia is the realization that those affected by it are aware of their decline yet remain powerless to halt the disease's relentless progression. It is so painful to see my aunt's eyes filled with confusion and sadness as she struggles with the reality of her fading memories. Through this journey with dementia, I have learned invaluable lessons far beyond my family's struggle. I have come to appreciate empathy and compassion in the face of adversity. The daily struggles I have to witness from my loved ones have taught me to extend kindness and patience to those who may be struggling, not just with this disease but with any other challenge they face. I now realize the importance of memory and the value of cherishing each precious moment. Memories define who we are. They connect us to our past. They also shape our present, helping to guide us in our future. My journey with dementia has left a mark on my family, shaping my understanding of this disease and the fragility of memory. Through the loss of my great grandmother, grandmother, and aunt and the ongoing battle that my current aunt faces, I have learned empathy and the importance of treasuring memories. As I venture forward, I am determined to use my experiences and understanding to positively impact the lives of those affected by dementia and contribute to the quest for a brighter future where memories can be cherished and preserved for generations to come.
    Envision Scholarship Award
    I am Brandon Foster, currently 17 years old and about to start my senior year of high school in less than three weeks. I love to play video games competitively, eat good food, lift weights, travel whenever I get the chance, and learn new things when it comes to science and mathematics. As someone who grew up in a small town within a low-income community, I was raised by a single praying momma and grandma who taught us to understand firsthand that challenges and obstacles can arise, but we always firmly believed that with God’s help, our circumstances would not define our future; rather, our faith in the Lord, our determination, resilience, and the positive examples we set would pave the way for a better tomorrow. My family's world turned upside down in 2018 when we moved to my mom’s hometown to have support from family with my grandmother. Leaving behind my closest friends and familiar surroundings was scary. However, rather than dwelling on my own loss, I chose to embrace this new beginning. In late 2019, I experienced the heartbreaking loss of my grandmother, who had been an anchor of love and support in our lives. She helped my mom raise my brother and me since we were born. She left her hometown to move in with my mom to take care of us while she worked. Her passing reinforced my commitment to my faith and family. It showed me the power of comforting others during their times of grief. By being there for my family, I found comfort in knowing that my actions were making a difference in their lives. During the pandemic in 2020, my family faced yet another test of strength when my mother fell seriously ill with COVID-19. Her battle with the virus compelled me to prioritize her well-being above all else. I took on household responsibilities, managing the daily chores and ensuring my little brother's needs were met while my mother fought for her recovery. Her resilience and courage during those dark times inspired me to persevere in the face of adversity and reinforced the importance of putting others before oneself. My goal for the future is to have a career in the field of mechanical engineering. I have always had a passion for figuring out how things work and why they work the way they do. This passion shifted into a love for machines and automobiles since they had me the most curious as to how they work, with computers being a close second. Ever since then, I've wanted to be an engineer, and still, to this day, I want to be one. I most definitely see myself, with God’s help working as an engineer or in the engineering field post-college. Winning this scholarship would assist in achieving my dreams of attending college, graduating debt-free, and obtaining an education to improve the lives of myself and my family. The financial support would allow me to pursue my education without worrying about putting a strain on my mom and brother. I believe God has a purpose for my life; with His help, any and all things are possible.
    Elizabeth Schalk Memorial Scholarship
    Dementia has impacted its way through my family's life, leaving a mark on each of us. The impact of Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses has been profound, shaping my perspective, values, and understanding of the fragility of memory and the strength of the human spirit. My family has a long-standing history of dealing with Alzheimer's. My grandmother, mother, and aunt all fell victim to this disease that robbed them of cherished memories, personalities, and, eventually, their lives. Witnessing their gradual decline was a heart-breaking experience that forever changed my perception of the human mind and its fragility. I have another aunt who is currently battling this merciless illness. Every encounter with her serves as a reminder of the toll that dementia takes on its victims. She often fails to recognize me, her own niece, without constant reminders. Conversations we have had moments before are replayed as if on an endless loop. It pains me deeply to witness her struggle, knowing that her own memories are slipping away. What baffles me the most about dementia is the realization that those affected by it are aware of their decline yet remain powerless to halt the disease's relentless progression. It is so painful to see my aunt's eyes filled with confusion and sadness as she struggles with the reality of her fading memories. Through this journey with dementia, I have learned invaluable lessons far beyond my family's struggle. I have come to appreciate empathy and compassion in the face of adversity. The daily struggles I have to witness from my loved ones have taught me to extend kindness and patience to those who may be struggling, not just with this disease but with any other challenge they face. I now realize the importance of memory and the value of cherishing each precious moment. Memories define who we are. They connect us to our past. They also shape our present, helping to guide us in our future. My journey with dementia has left a mark on my family, shaping my understanding of this disease and the fragility of memory. Through the loss of my grandmother, mother, and aunt and the ongoing battle that my current aunt faces, I have learned empathy and the importance of treasuring memories. As I venture forward, I am determined to use my experiences and understanding to positively impact the lives of those affected by dementia and contribute to the quest for a brighter future where memories can be cherished and preserved for generations to come.
    Russell Koci Skilled Trade Scholarship
    My goal for the future is to get a high-paying job in the field of my choice, that being mechanical engineering. I have always had a passion for figuring out how things work and why they work the way they do. This passion shifted into a love for machines and automobiles since they had me the most curious as to how they work, with computers being a close second. Ever since then, I've wanted to be an engineer, and still, to this day, I want to be one. I most definitely see myself working as an engineer or in the engineering field post-college. I have also always had an aptitude for science and mathematics. It was easier for me to do work and tests related to the two subjects over subjects like English or history because I found math and science more interesting and intriguing. I have chosen mechanical engineering as it is a broad field with a wide range of applications, even outside of the mechanical aspects. As a mechanical engineer, you can work in many different industries, including automotive, aerospace, energy, manufacturing, robotics, biomedical, and more. The various options provide plenty of opportunities to explore different areas of interest and switch industries if desired. This flexibility is why I have decided that this is the field I want to get into. Mechanical engineering is also a crucial profession that is foundational in many industries, making it stable and in demand. Engineers with strong technical skills and problem-solving abilities are sought after by companies globally. The demand for mechanical engineers is expected to continue growing as technology advances and new challenges emerge. I will be successful in my trade because you must be good at problem-solving to be a good engineer. Successful mechanical engineers are passionate about solving challenges and are driven by curiosity and determination to find solutions. As an aspiring mechanical engineer, I share this passion through my academic interests. The knowledge I have acquired through school coursework has provided me with a strong foundation in mathematics, physics, and engineering principles, which allows me to analyze problems from multiple perspectives. In general, a successful life looks like having enough money to be well-off and be stress-free financially. I consider having all my goals and missions that I have set for myself in my life completed to be successful. I will be successful. If not, then my life in the future will not be one that I want to live. I would have to live with the fact that I know I could’ve done better or put in more effort, and that’s not something I want to do. So, in other words, I have no choice but to be successful.
    Gabriel Martin Memorial Annual Scholarship
    Every year, like clockwork, bronchitis disrupts my life. It puts me in the midst of coughing fits, shortness of breath, and overwhelming fatigue. This chronic condition has posed physical challenges and significantly impacted my academic progress and future goals. Starting midway through 5th grade, I have faced the frustrations of missed school days, incomplete assignments, and the constant threat of lowered grades. The symptoms of bronchitis manifest themselves for extended periods, often lasting multiple weeks, disrupting my daily routine. To make matters worse, this spell of illness repeats each year, and its relentless nature has taken a toll on both my physical and mental well-being, hindering my ability to participate in activities and achieve academic success. The recurring nature of my annual bronchitis has profoundly impacted my academic progress. With each episode, I have endured prolonged absences from school, missing out on valuable classroom instruction and opportunities for interaction with my peers. It has gotten to the point where it is not unexpected for my peers to randomly not see me for a week and a half in late fall or in the winter months. I also used to play football, and bronchitis hindered my ability to play. Not only was I kept from going to practices, but when I did get back, I was not 100% and often felt the effects of when I did still have bronchitis. Despite the setbacks caused by having bronchitis, I have refused to let the illness limit my potential. Instead, I have embraced the challenges and channeled my energy into developing strategies to overcome them. Firstly, I communicated with my teachers, informing them of my condition and seeking their support and understanding during my illness. Staying on top of communication has allowed for flexibility in deadlines and alternative methods of completing missed work. Also, I used my time management skills, utilizing the hours when I am home to complete assignments and study ahead, effectively compensating for the time in the classroom I lose during periods of illness. My experiences with annual bronchitis have instilled in me a deep appreciation for good health, as that is the condition I need to be in to complete my goals. My goal for the future is to get a high-paying job in the field of my choice, mechanical engineering. I have always been passionate about figuring out how things work and why they work the way they do. This passion shifted into a love for machines and automobiles since they had me the most curious about how they work, with computers being a close second. Ever since then, I've wanted to be an engineer, and still, to this day, I want to be one.
    Arthur and Elana Panos Scholarship
    As someone who grew up in a small town within a low-income community, I was raised by a single praying momma who taught us to understand firsthand that challenges and obstacles can arise, but we always firmly believed that with God’s help, our circumstances would not define our future; rather, our faith in the Lord, our determination, resilience, and the positive examples we set would pave the way for a better tomorrow. Being the older sibling, I have taken it upon myself to serve as a role model for my younger brother. I strive to show him that despite our circumstances, we have the power, with God’s help to transcend limitations and create opportunities for ourselves. Through faith, hard work, dedication, and a commitment to personal growth, I am determined to provide him with a shining example of what is possible, instilling in him the belief that he can achieve greatness with God’s help. One of my greatest aspirations is to secure the necessary resources and funding to pursue a college education. By acquiring knowledge and skills in a field that aligns with my passions and interests, I aim to equip myself with the tools needed for a successful career and a better lifestyle. Through this endeavor, I seek to demonstrate to my younger brother the transformative power of education and how it can open doors to new possibilities and improved circumstances. My heartfelt faith and desire is to create a better life for myself and uplift my family and community along the way. By striving for success and actively seeking opportunities, I hope to inspire others from similar backgrounds to believe in their own potential and pursue their dreams wholeheartedly. My goal for the future is to get a high-paying job in the field of my choice, that being mechanical engineering. I have always had a passion for figuring out how things work and why they work the way they do. This passion shifted into a love for machines and automobiles since they had me the most curious as to how they work, with computers being a close second. Ever since then, I've wanted to be an engineer, and still, to this day, I want to be one. I most definitely see myself, with God’s help working as an engineer or in the engineering field post-college. Winning this scholarship would assist in achieving my dreams of attending college, graduating debt-free, and obtaining an education to improve the lives of myself and my family. The financial support would allow me to pursue my education without worrying about putting a strain on my mom and brother. I believe God has a purpose for my life; with His help, any and all things are possible.
    DRIVE an IMPACT Today Scholarship
    Due to being in a single-parent household, we often faced financial constraints. My mother had to juggle work and parenting responsibilities, which limited my family's financial resources. Growing up in such circumstances helped us learn how to budget, make sacrifices, and be mindful of expenses. These experiences shaped my perspective on money and gave me values that I use more and more every day, like resourcefulness and financial discipline, even when it comes to little things. Witnessing my mother's strength, determination, and perseverance in the face of challenges and adversity made me realize that I couldn't be reliant on her for everything. I had to learn to adapt to adversity and develop problem-solving skills as she had. These qualities will have long-lasting effects, and I will use them to overcome obstacles in various aspects of my life. My family being African American, plays a crucial role in shaping our understanding and appreciation of cultural identity. My mother instilled a strong sense of pride in our heritage, made sure we knew about our history, and helped us through the challenges we may face as black individuals in society. This was especially so when we moved to a more rural area. In a rural area, the community played a more significant role in our family's life. We rely on neighbors, friends, and community organizations for support as well as create a strong support system for us through giving back to the community. This sense of community provided a nurturing environment and opportunities for us to develop relationships and learn valuable social skills. Moving to a rural area exposed us to a different way of life, diverse cultural backgrounds, and alternative perspectives. This exposure to a new place broadened our understanding of the world and showed us different lifestyles and experiences. It is these experiences that have shaped me into the person I am today. Winning this scholarship would assist in achieving my dreams of attending college, graduating debt-free, and obtaining an education to improve the lives of myself and my family. I would be able to show my younger cousins that it's possible to succeed no matter your environment and background. The financial support would allow me to pursue my education without worrying about putting a strain on my mom and brother. I could focus on my studies with a clear mind and obtain the skills that will help prepare me for a successful career. A college education is vital to my personal and professional growth. It will enable me to enhance my understanding of the world, develop critical thinking and broaden the skills sought in my desired career. As a first-generation college student, I know the sacrifices that my mom is making to assist me on my journey to college. By achieving a debt-free education, I can create new opportunities for us, opening doors for my little brother. I could show him a good education can improve his life. In conclusion, this scholarship would help me achieve my goals of attending college, graduating debt free, improving the lives of myself and my family, and showing my younger cousins that it's possible to succeed no matter your environment and background. This scholarship would unlock opportunities and make a lasting impact on our lives.
    Curtis Holloway Memorial Scholarship
    Due to being in a single-parent household, we often faced financial constraints. My mother had to juggle work and parenting responsibilities, which limited my family's financial resources. Growing up in such circumstances helped us learn how to budget, make sacrifices, and be mindful of expenses. These experiences shaped my perspective on money and gave me values that I use more and more every day, like resourcefulness and financial discipline, even when it comes to little things. Witnessing my mother's strength, determination, and perseverance in the face of challenges and adversity made me realize that I couldn't be reliant on her for everything. I had to learn to adapt to adversity and develop problem-solving skills as she had. These qualities will have long-lasting effects, and I will use them to overcome obstacles in various aspects of my life. My family being African American, plays a crucial role in shaping our understanding and appreciation of cultural identity. My mother instilled a strong sense of pride in our heritage, made sure we knew about our history, and helped us through the challenges we may face as black individuals in society. This was especially so when we moved to a more rural area. In a rural area, the community played a more significant role in our family's life. We rely on neighbors, friends, and community organizations for support as well as create a strong support system for us through giving back to the community. This sense of community provided a nurturing environment and opportunities for us to develop relationships and learn valuable social skills. Moving to a rural area exposed us to a different way of life, diverse cultural backgrounds, and alternative perspectives. This exposure to a new place broadened our understanding of the world and showed us different lifestyles and experiences. It is these experiences that have shaped me into the person I am today. Winning this scholarship would assist in achieving my dreams of attending college, graduating debt-free, and obtaining an education to improve the lives of myself and my family. The financial support would allow me to pursue my education without worrying about putting a strain on my mom and brother. I could focus on my studies with a clear mind and obtain the skills that will help prepare me for a successful career. A college education is vital to my personal and professional growth. It will enable me to enhance my understanding of the world, develop critical thinking and broaden the skills sought in my desired career. As a first-generation college student, I know the sacrifices that my mom is making to assist me on my journey to college. By achieving a debt-free education, I can create new opportunities for us, opening doors for my little brother. I could show him a good education can improve his life. In conclusion, growing up with a single mom shaped my perspective on money and gave me value. I learned how to budget, make sacrifices, and be mindful of expenses. This scholarship would help me achieve my goals of attending college, graduating debt free, and improving the lives of myself and my family. This scholarship would unlock opportunities and make a lasting impact on our lives.
    Charles Pulling Sr. Memorial Scholarship
    I had to relocate to a rural town in the midst of middle school and say goodbye to people I had grown up with and known for around a decade. The decision to move wasn't out of the blue. We moved to ensure my ill grandmother could spend her final days surrounded by her loved ones. Adjusting to a new environment, away from the support systems and friendships I had developed, proved to be an immense challenge. However, I recognized the importance of family and embraced the opportunity to make a difference during a difficult time. Due to being in a single-parent household, we often faced financial constraints. My mother had to juggle work and parenting responsibilities, which limited my family's financial resources. Growing up in such circumstances helped us learn how to budget, make sacrifices, and be mindful of expenses. These experiences shaped my perspective on money and gave me values that I use more and more every day, like resourcefulness and financial discipline, even when it comes to little things. Witnessing my mother's strength, determination, and perseverance in the face of challenges and adversity made me realize that I couldn't be reliant on her for everything. I had to learn to adapt to adversity and develop problem-solving skills as she had. These qualities will have long-lasting effects, and I will use them to overcome obstacles in my life. My family being African American, plays a crucial role in shaping our understanding and appreciation of cultural identity. My mother instilled a strong sense of pride in our heritage, made sure we knew about our history, and helped us through the challenges we may face as black individuals in society. This was especially so when we moved to a more rural area. In a rural area, the community played a more significant role in our family's life. We rely on neighbors, friends, and community organizations for support as well as create a strong support system for us through giving back to the community. This sense of community provided a nurturing environment and opportunities for us to develop relationships and learn valuable social skills. Moving to a rural area exposed us to a different way of life, diverse cultural backgrounds, and alternative perspectives. This exposure to a new place broadened our understanding of the world and showed us different lifestyles and experiences. It is these experiences that have shaped me into the person I am today. Winning this scholarship would assist in achieving my dreams of attending college, graduating debt-free, and obtaining an education to improve the lives of myself and my family. The financial support would allow me to pursue my education without worrying about putting a strain on my mom and brother. I could focus on my studies with a clear mind and obtain the skills that will help prepare me for a successful career. A college education is vital to my personal and professional growth. It will enable me to enhance my understanding of the world, develop critical thinking and broaden the skills sought in my desired career. As a first-generation college student, I know the sacrifices that my mom is making to assist me on my journey to college. By achieving a debt-free education, I can create new opportunities for us, opening doors for my little brother. I could show him a good education can improve his life. In conclusion, this scholarship would help me achieve my goals of attending college, graduating debt free, and improving the lives of myself and my family. This scholarship would unlock opportunities and make a lasting impact on our lives.
    Joshua’s Home Remodeling Scholarship
    My goal for the future is to get a high-paying job in the field of my choice, that being mechanical engineering. I have always had a passion for figuring out how things work and why they work the way they do. This passion shifted into a love for machines and automobiles since they had me the most curious as to how they work, with computers being a close second. Ever since then, I've wanted to be an engineer, and still, to this day, I want to be one. I most definitely see myself working as an engineer or in the engineering field post-college. I have also always had an aptitude for science and mathematics. It was easier for me to do work and tests related to the two subjects over subjects like English or history because I found math and science more interesting and intriguing. I have chosen mechanical engineering as it is a broad field with a wide range of applications, even outside of the mechanical aspects. As a mechanical engineer, you can work in many different industries, including automotive, aerospace, energy, manufacturing, robotics, biomedical, and more. The various options provide plenty of opportunities to explore different areas of interest and switch industries if desired. This flexibility is why I have decided that this is the field I want to get into. Mechanical engineering is also a crucial profession that is foundational in many industries, making it stable and in demand. Engineers with strong technical skills and problem-solving abilities are sought after by companies globally. The demand for mechanical engineers is expected to continue growing as technology advances and new challenges emerge. I will be successful in my trade because you must be good at problem-solving to be a good engineer. Successful mechanical engineers are passionate about solving challenges and are driven by curiosity and determination to find solutions. As an aspiring mechanical engineer, I share this passion through my academic interests. The knowledge I have acquired through school coursework has provided me with a strong foundation in mathematics, physics, and engineering principles, which allows me to analyze problems from multiple perspectives. In general, a successful life looks like having enough money to be well-off and be stress-free financially. I consider having all my goals and missions that I have set for myself in my life completed to be successful. I will be successful. If not, then my life in the future will not be one that I want to live. I would have to live with the fact that I know I could’ve done better or put in more effort, and that’s not something I want to do. So, in other words, I have no choice but to be successful.
    Strong Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship
    Leadership, to me, isn’t about holding a position or being in charge; it is about helping others accomplish their goals, inspiring a shared vision, motivating individuals, and being a dedicated coach and mentor. It’s being selfless, compassion, and the drive to create a positive impact on others' lives. It is a quality that potentially transforms individuals and communities that promotes personal and societal growth. Leaders motivate others to achieve greatness. They recognize unique talents and potential in others and provide them with the needed guidance and support to reach their goals. They have the ability to see beyond the apparent and the belief in the capabilities of those they lead. Through trust and encouragement, they coach their team members to step out of their comfort zones and unlock their true potential. A true leader has the ability to inspire a vision in others by painting a picture so vivid that it ignites a spark to a collective passion within the team for a shared goal. This shared vision serves as a guiding light, inspiring each member to work together towards a common purpose. They have the power to share a compelling vision to unite people from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives that forge a strong and united team capable of achieving amazing feats. Strong leadership is a driving force for positive change. They motivate and encourage their members to surpass their own limitations and strive for success. Leading by example, demonstrating perseverance, determination, and dedication in the pursuit of the shared vision through their actions and words, leaders instill a sense of belief and confidence to create growth and improvement. A true leader doesn’t just assign tasks; they act as coaches and mentors. They nurture the potential of their team members and give guidance, constructive feedback, and unwavering support that create an environment where their team can learn, grow, and evolve both personally and professionally. Their success isn’t measured by the achievements of the team but also by the impact they leave on their lives. They have the potential to uplift entire communities and bring about positive changes by uniting people around a shared vision and inspiring them to take collective action. In times of adversity and uncertainty, a strong leader is needed to help with challenges with grace and strength. They are needed to keep the team focused and motivated during trying times. They provide stability and direction, ensuring that the team stays on course. A leader's composure and optimism influence the team's morale and determination to persevere. In conclusion, leadership involves helping others achieve their goals, inspiring vision, motivating others, and acting as a coach and mentor. They empower individuals to rise above their limits and fulfill their potential. Leaders create positive change and motivate growth in entire communities. I hope to inspire and empower those around me, leaving a lasting impact and contributing to the betterment of society.
    Bob Gana Memorial Scholarship
    My goal for the future is to get a high-paying job in the field of my choice, that being mechanical engineering. I have always had a passion for figuring out how things work and why they work the way they do. This passion shifted into a love for machines and automobiles since they had me the most curious as to how they work, with computers being a close second. Ever since then, I've wanted to be an engineer, and still, to this day, I want to be one. I most definitely see myself working as an engineer or in the engineering field post-college. I have also always had an aptitude for science and mathematics. It was easier for me to do work and tests related to the two subjects over subjects like English or history because I found math and science more interesting and intriguing. I have chosen mechanical engineering as it is a broad field with a wide range of applications, even outside of the mechanical aspects. As a mechanical engineer, you can work in many different industries, including automotive, aerospace, energy, manufacturing, robotics, biomedical, and more. The various options provide plenty of opportunities to explore different areas of interest and switch industries if desired. This flexibility is why I have decided that this is the field I want to get into. Mechanical engineering is also a crucial profession that is foundational in many industries, making it stable and in demand. Engineers with strong technical skills and problem-solving abilities are sought after by companies globally. The demand for mechanical engineers is expected to continue growing as technology advances and new challenges emerge. I will be successful in my trade because you must be good at problem-solving to be a good engineer. Successful mechanical engineers are passionate about solving challenges and are driven by curiosity and determination to find solutions. As an aspiring mechanical engineer, I share this passion through my academic interests. The knowledge I have acquired through school coursework has provided me with a strong foundation in mathematics, physics, and engineering principles, which allows me to analyze problems from multiple perspectives. In general, a successful life looks like having enough money to be well-off and be stress-free financially. I consider having all my goals and missions that I have set for myself in my life completed to be successful. I will be successful. If not, then my life in the future will not be one that I want to live. I would have to live with the fact that I know I could’ve done better or put in more effort, and that’s not something I want to do. So, in other words, I have no choice but to be successful.
    McClendon Leadership Award
    Leadership, to me, isn’t about holding a position or being in charge; it is about helping others accomplish their goals, inspiring a shared vision, motivating individuals, and being a dedicated coach and mentor. It’s being selflessness, compassion, and the drive to create a positive impact on others' lives. It is a quality that potentially transforms individuals and communities that promotes personal and societal growth. Leaders motivate others to achieve greatness. They recognize unique talents and potential in others and provide them with the needed guidance and support to reach their goals. They have the ability to see beyond the apparent and the belief in the capabilities of those they lead. Through trust and encouragement, they coach their team members to step out of their comfort zones and unlock their true potential. A true leader has the ability to inspire a vision in others by painting a picture so vivid that it ignites a spark to a collective passion within the team for a shared goal. This shared vision serves as a guiding light, inspiring each member to work together towards a common purpose. They have the power to share a compelling vision to unite people from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives that forge a strong and united team capable of achieving amazing feats. Strong leadership is a driving force for positive change. They motivate and encourage their members to surpass their own limitations and strive for success. Leading by example, demonstrating perseverance, determination, and dedication in the pursuit of the shared vision through their actions and words, leaders instill a sense of belief and confidence to create growth and improvement. A true leader doesn’t just assign tasks; they act as coaches and mentors. They nurture the potential of their team members and give guidance, constructive feedback, and unwavering support that create an environment where their team can learn, grow, and evolve both personally and professionally. Their success isn’t measured by the achievements of the team but also by the impact they leave on their lives. They have the potential to uplift entire communities and bring about positive changes by uniting people around a shared vision and inspiring them to take collective action. In times of adversity and uncertainty, a strong leader is needed to help with challenges with grace and strength. They are needed to keep the team focused and motivated during trying times. They provide stability and direction, ensuring that the team stays on course. A leader's composure and optimism influence the team's morale and determination to persevere. In conclusion, leadership involves helping others achieve their goals, inspiring vision, motivating others, and acting as a coach and mentor. They empower individuals to rise above their limits and fulfill their potential. Leaders create positive change and motivate growth in entire communities. I hope to inspire and empower those around me, leaving a lasting impact and contributing to the betterment of society.
    Michael Rudometkin Memorial Scholarship
    My journey in life has had some challenges, which have provided opportunities to demonstrate selflessness and perseverance. From moving to a new town, leaving behind friends, losing my grandmother, and dealing with me, my brother's and my mother's battles with COVID-19, I have learned compassion and determination. Volunteering in the community and supporting my little brother's education and my single mother, I embody selflessness in every aspect of my life. My family's world turned upside down in 2018 when we moved to my mom’s hometown to have support from family with my grandmother. Leaving behind my closest friends and familiar surroundings was scary. However, rather than dwelling on my own loss, I chose to embrace this new beginning with a selfless outlook. In late 2019, I experienced the heartbreaking loss of my grandmother, who had been an anchor of love and support in our lives. She helped my mom raise my brother and me since we were born. She left her hometown to move in with my mom to take care of us while she worked. Her passing reinforced my commitment to selflessness and showed me the power of comforting others during their times of grief. By being there for my family, I found comfort in knowing that my actions were making a difference in their lives. During the pandemic in 2020, my family faced yet another test of strength when my mother fell seriously ill with COVID-19. Her battle with the virus compelled me to prioritize her well-being above all else. I took on household responsibilities, managing the daily chores and ensuring my little brother's needs were met while my mother fought for her recovery. Her resilience and courage during those dark times inspired me to persevere in the face of adversity and reinforced the importance of putting others before oneself. My little brother has always been my motivation to achieve my goals. I strive to be his mentor, guiding him toward his dreams. I firmly believe that education can break our family's struggle cycle, and I am committed to ensuring he receives the best opportunities. A college education is vital to my personal and professional growth. It will enable me to enhance my understanding of the world, develop critical thinking and broaden the skills sought in my desired career. As a first-generation college student, I know the sacrifices that my mom is making to assist me on my journey to college. By achieving a debt-free education, I can create new opportunities for us, opening doors for my little brother. I could show him a good education can improve his life. In conclusion, expressing selflessness has been an important aspect of my life. Experiences have forced me to show strength when I left friends behind, lost my grandmother, and supported my mother through her illness. I have learned the significance of giving back to others. Volunteering in the community through the local community food pantry and guiding my little brother's educational path has become my passion. This scholarship would help me achieve my goals of attending college, graduating debt free, and improving the lives of myself and my family. This scholarship would unlock opportunities and make a lasting impact on our lives. With gratitude and determination, I look forward to embracing a future enriched with the spirit of selflessness.
    Reasons To Be - In Memory of Jimmy Watts
    Volunteering is a selfless act that involves offering your time, skills, and resources to help others in need. The primary goal of volunteering is to make a positive impact on the lives of those you help, it also has an effect on your own mindset and perspective. Engaging in volunteer work can bring about a change in the way you view the world, yourself, and your priorities. Volunteering exposes you to diverse experiences and challenges outside of your regular routine. This exposure broadens your horizons and allows you to see the world from different perspectives. As you interact with people from different backgrounds, cultures, and circumstances, you develop empathy and compassion. You gain a deeper understanding of the struggles and hardships that others face, which can lead to a greater appreciation for your own blessings and privileges. This newfound perspective gives you gratitude and humility, altering your mindset from self-centeredness to a more selfless outlook. Moreover, volunteering provides an opportunity for personal growth and skill development. By stepping out of your comfort zone and taking on new responsibilities, you acquire valuable skills and knowledge. Whether it's organizational, leadership, communication, or problem-solving skills, volunteering lays the foundation for learning and self-improvement. As you contribute efforts to a cause, you develop a sense of purpose and accomplishment, boosting your self-esteem and confidence. This shift in mindset empowers you to take on new challenges in other aspects of your life, which is exactly what happened to me. Currently, I volunteer at my local food bank and help give out food to the community. I also look to help promote local businesses by spreading the word or on social media. Since I live in a small, rural area, I know things like these should be supported. What also should be supported is the planning and coordinating of events that bring people together. This could include festivals, fundraisers, clean-up campaigns, or educational workshops to give people skills they can use to find work. Fostering a sense of community can help create a positive and inclusive environment. In elementary school, I used to tutor the lower grades in the mornings as a part of a program for gifted students there. Offering tutoring services, donating books or supplies to schools in the local area, or even helping organize after-school programs or workshops are all things I want to do to help my community in the future. Finally, I want to help out with organizing fundraisers for local charities or causes, pushing the will of community involvement to make a significant impact. I want there to be more opportunities to do things in community. Like for instance I want to be an engineer, there aren't any places that would take on people for things like internships around here. I want those, especially with the same life goals as me, to not have to travel elsewhere to find those opportunities and I believe it begins with volunteering.
    Richard P. Mullen Memorial Scholarship
    I am Brandon Foster, currently 17 years old and about to start my senior year of high school in less than three weeks. I love to play video games competitively, eat good food, lift weights, travel whenever I get the chance, and learn new things when it comes to science and mathematics. Finding scholarships and financial aid options available to support my higher education has been my main focus. Knowing this, I have researched local and national scholarships and made sure to meet application deadlines. The big thing for me isn't what I am going to do once I have been accepted into college; it is how I am going to pay for it. Even if I get into a college or university with most, if not all, my tuition covered, there may be other fees that arise that need to be accounted for. This scholarship could allow me to purchase textbooks, reference materials, or online resources that enhance my learning experience and help me excel academically. My goal for the future is to get a high paying job in the field of my choice, that being mechanical engineering. When I looked at colleges, I had this and another thing in mind when weighing and seeing which is a better option. I also had in mind whether or not the college has an esports program and how well-funded it is. These variables were what I used to pick the colleges that I plan to apply to. Those colleges are Purdue University Northwest, Boise State University, and Georgia Institute of Technology. As far as engineering goes, Georgia Tech is one of if not the best in the entire country. Meanwhile, Boise State is among the best when it comes to esports. Purdue University Northwest is a good mix of both. The professional career I am most likely to pursue after college is a mechanical engineer. I have always had a passion for figuring out how things work and why they work the way they do. This passion shifted into a love for machines and automobiles since they had me the most curious as to how they work with computers being a close second. Ever since then I've wanted to be an engineer and still to this day I want to be one. I most definitely see myself working as an engineer or in the engineering field post college. I have also always had an aptitude for science and mathematics. It was just easier for me to do work and tests related to the two subjects over subjects like english or history because I found math and science to be more interesting and intriguing. Due to being in a single-parent household, we often faced financial constraints. My mother had to juggle work and parenting responsibilities, which limited my family's financial resources. Growing up in such circumstances helped us learn how to budget, make sacrifices, and be mindful of expenses. These experiences shaped my perspective on money and gave me values that I use more and more every day like resourcefulness and financial discipline even when it comes to little things. Earning a scholarship would greatly contribute to covering the expenses that come with tuition among other things that my arise when the time comes.
    Hilliard L. "Tack" Gibbs Jr. Memorial Scholarship
    I am Brandon Foster, currently 17 years old and about to start my senior year of high school in less than three weeks. I love to play video games competitively, eat good food, lift weights, travel whenever I get the chance, and learn new things when it comes to science and mathematics. Finding scholarships and financial aid options available to support my higher education has been my main focus. Knowing this, I have researched local and national scholarships and made sure to meet application deadlines. The big thing for me isn't what I am going to do once I have been accepted into college; it is how I am going to pay for it. Even if I get into a college or university with most, if not all, my tuition covered, there may be other fees that arise that need to be accounted for. This scholarship could allow me to purchase textbooks, reference materials, or online resources that enhance my learning experience and help me excel academically. My goal for the future is to get a high paying job in the field of my choice, that being mechanical engineering. When I looked at colleges, I had this and another thing in mind when weighing and seeing which is a better option. I also had in mind whether or not the college has an esports program and how well-funded it is. These variables were what I used to pick the colleges that I plan to apply to. Those colleges are Purdue University Northwest, Boise State University, and Georgia Institute of Technology. As far as engineering goes, Georgia Tech is one of if not the best in the entire country. Meanwhile, Boise State is among the best when it comes to esports. Purdue University Northwest is a good mix of both. The professional career I am most likely to pursue after college is a mechanical engineer. I have always had a passion for figuring out how things work and why they work the way they do. This passion shifted into a love for machines and automobiles since they had me the most curious as to how they work with computers being a close second. Ever since then I've wanted to be an engineer and still to this day I want to be one. I most definitely see myself working as an engineer or in the engineering field post college. I have also always had an aptitude for science and mathematics. It was just easier for me to do work and tests related to the two subjects over subjects like english or history because I found math and science to be more interesting and intriguing.
    I Can Do Anything Scholarship
    The dream version of my future self is someone who isn't easily discouraged in the face of opposition, someone who has a strong work ethic and can stay motivated no matter what, someone who is very intelligent and has no trouble with not only finding the answer but also a way to convey it, someone who is able to work with anybody and bring together a team, and somebody who is surrounded by the fruition of his success due to having all the other traits I mentioned before.
    Overcoming Adversity - Jack Terry Memorial Scholarship
    I had to relocate to a rural town in the midst of my middle school tenure and say goodbye to people I had grown up with and known for around a decade. The decision to move wasn't out of the blue. We moved to ensure my ill grandmother could spend her final days surrounded by her loved ones. Adjusting to a new environment, away from the support systems and friendships I had developed, proved to be an immense challenge. Also, with going from a city location to a small town really hampered the opportunities I had to complete my future goals. However, I recognized the importance of family and embraced the opportunity to make a difference during a difficult time. It was also from this point on that I truly lived in a single-parent household, and not having my grandmother around whenever my mother was out. Growing up in a single-parent household, particularly with a single mother, created a strong bond between me and my mother. I believe this bond is much stronger than it would be had if I were to have two parents. My mother often takes on multiple roles, acting as a caregiver, provider, and emotional support person. My mother carried the weight of household responsibilities, including financial management, household chores, and watching over us. As a result, my brother and I were exposed to these responsibilities at an earlier age. We had to take on additional chores, contribute to family decisions, and become more independent in certain aspects of our lives. Due to being in a single-parent household, we often faced financial constraints. My mother had to juggle work and parenting responsibilities, which limited my family's financial resources. Growing up in such circumstances helped us learn how to budget, make sacrifices, and be mindful of expenses. These experiences shaped my perspective on money and gave me values that I use more and more every day like resourcefulness and financial discipline even when it comes to little things. There were defintely times where things got rough, but despite that my mother always found a way to pull through for us. Witnessing my mother's strength, determination, and perseverance in the face of challenges and adversity made me realize that I couldn't be reliant on her for everything. I had to learn to adapt to adversity and develop problem-solving skills just as she had done. These qualities will have long-lasting effects, and I will use them to overcome obstacles in various aspects of my life. The professional career I am most likely to pursue after college is a mechanical engineer. I have always had a passion for figuring out how things work and why they work the way they do. This passion shifted into a love for machines and automobiles since they had me the most curious as to how they work with computers being a close second. Ever since then I've wanted to be an engineer and still to this day I want to be one. I see myself working as an engineer or in the engineering field post college. The demand for engineers currently outpaces the supply, highlighting the urgency to encourage and support more individuals to pursue engineering careers. One of the key reasons for the growing demand for engineers is the rapid advancement of technology. As new technologies emerge and existing ones become more sophisticated, skilled engineers are required to design, develop, and implement these innovations. Fields such as artificial intelligence and automation are witnessing exponential growth, creating a need for specialized engineers with the knowledge and expertise to drive progress in these areas.
    Humanize LLC Gives In Honor of Shirley Kelley Scholarship
    I had to relocate to a rural town in the midst of my middle school tenure and say goodbye to people I had grown up with and known for around a decade. The decision to move wasn't out of the blue. We moved to ensure my ill grandmother could spend her final days surrounded by her loved ones. Adjusting to a new environment, away from the support systems and friendships I had developed, proved to be an immense challenge. Also, with going from a city location to a small town really hampered the opportunities I had to complete my future goals. However, I recognized the importance of family and embraced the opportunity to make a difference during a difficult time. It was also from this point on that I truly lived in a single-parent household, and not having my grandmother around whenever my mother was out. Growing up in a single-parent household, particularly with a single mother, created a strong bond between me and my mother. I believe this bond is much stronger than it would be had if I were to have two parents. My mother often takes on multiple roles, acting as a caregiver, provider, and emotional support person. My mother carried the weight of household responsibilities, including financial management, household chores, and watching over us. As a result, my brother and I were exposed to these responsibilities at an earlier age. We had to take on additional chores, contribute to family decisions, and become more independent in certain aspects of our lives. Due to being in a single-parent household, we often faced financial constraints. My mother had to juggle work and parenting responsibilities, which limited my family's financial resources. Growing up in such circumstances helped us learn how to budget, make sacrifices, and be mindful of expenses. These experiences shaped my perspective on money and gave me values that I use more and more every day like resourcefulness and financial discipline even when it comes to little things. There were defintely times where things got rough, but despite that my mother always found a way to pull through for us. Witnessing my mother's strength, determination, and perseverance in the face of challenges and adversity made me realize that I couldn't be reliant on her for everything. I had to learn to adapt to adversity and develop problem-solving skills just as she had done. These qualities will have long-lasting effects, and I will use them to overcome obstacles in various aspects of my life.
    Frantz Barron Scholarship
    Winner
    I had to relocate to a rural town in the midst of my middle school tenure and say goodbye to people I had grown up with and known for around a decade. The decision to move wasn't out of the blue. We moved to ensure my ill grandmother could spend her final days surrounded by her loved ones. Adjusting to a new environment, away from the support systems and friendships I had developed, proved to be an immense challenge. However, I recognized the importance of family and embraced the opportunity to make a difference during a difficult time. Due to being in a single-parent household, we often faced financial constraints. My mother had to juggle work and parenting responsibilities, which limited my family's financial resources. Growing up in such circumstances helped us learn how to budget, make sacrifices, and be mindful of expenses. These experiences shaped my perspective on money and gave me values that I use more and more every day like resourcefulness and financial discipline even when it comes to little things. Witnessing my mother's strength, determination, and perseverance in the face of challenges and adversity made me realize that I couldn't be reliant on her for everything. I had to learn to adapt to adversity and develop problem-solving skills just as she had done. These qualities will have long-lasting effects, and I will use them to overcome obstacles in various aspects of my life. My family being African American plays a crucial role in shaping our understanding and appreciation of cultural identity. My mother instilled a strong sense of pride in our heritage, made sure we knew about our history and helped us through the challenges we may face as black individuals in society. This was especially so when we moved to a more rural area. In a rural area, the community played a more significant role in our family's life. We rely on neighbors, friends, and community organizations for support as well as create a strong support system for us through giving back to the community. This sense of community provided a nurturing environment and opportunities for us to develop relationships and learn valuable social skills. Moving to a rural area exposed us to a different way of life, diverse cultural backgrounds, and alternative perspectives. This exposure to a new place broadened our understanding of the world and showed us different lifestyles and experiences. It is these experiences that have shaped me into the person I am today.
    Lauren Czebatul Scholarship
    Volunteering is a selfless act that involves offering your time, skills, and resources to help others in need. The primary goal of volunteering is to make a positive impact on the lives of those you help, it also has an effect on your own mindset and perspective. Engaging in volunteer work can bring about a change in the way you view the world, yourself, and your priorities. Volunteering exposes you to diverse experiences and challenges outside of your regular routine. This exposure broadens your horizons and allows you to see the world from different perspectives. As you interact with people from different backgrounds, cultures, and circumstances, you develop empathy and compassion. You gain a deeper understanding of the struggles and hardships that others face, which can lead to a greater appreciation for your own blessings and privileges. This newfound perspective gives you gratitude and humility, altering your mindset from self-centeredness to a more selfless outlook. Moreover, volunteering provides an opportunity for personal growth and skill development. By stepping out of your comfort zone and taking on new responsibilities, you acquire valuable skills and knowledge. Whether it's organizational, leadership, communication, or problem-solving skills, volunteering lays the foundation for learning and self-improvement. As you contribute efforts to a cause, you develop a sense of purpose and accomplishment, boosting your self-esteem and confidence. This shift in mindset empowers you to take on new challenges in other aspects of your life, which is exactly what happened to me. Currently, I volunteer at my local food bank and help give out food to the community. I also look to help promote local businesses by spreading the word or on social media. Since I live in a small, rural area, I know things like these should be supported. What also should be supported is the planning and coordinating of events that bring people together. This could include festivals, fundraisers, clean-up campaigns, or educational workshops to give people skills they can use to find work. Fostering a sense of community can help create a positive and inclusive environment. In elementary school, I used to tutor the lower grades in the mornings as a part of a program for gifted students there. Offering tutoring services, donating books or supplies to schools in the local area, or even helping organize after-school programs or workshops are all things I want to do to help my community in the future. Finally, I want to help out with organizing fundraisers for local charities or causes, pushing the will of community involvement to make a significant impact. Finding scholarships and financial aid options available to support my higher education has been my main focus. Knowing this, I have researched local and national scholarships and made sure to meet application deadlines. The big thing for me isn't what I am going to do once I have been accepted into college; it is how I am going to pay for it. Even if I get into a college or university with most, if not all, my tuition covered, there may be other fees that arise that need to be accounted for. This scholarship could allow me to purchase textbooks, reference materials, or online resources that enhance my learning experience and helps me excel academically.
    Bright Lights Scholarship
    As an up-and-coming high school senior, my priorities in academics are excelling in mathematics, and I have already taken a course in Physics. Physics and mathematics form the foundation of mechanical engineering. I am researching and identifying reputable universities or colleges offering a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. I am considering factors such as faculty expertise, research opportunities, facilities, and alumni success. I have made a list of my top choices and will soon start working on the application process. In addition to academic achievements, I have been made aware that engaging in extracurricular activities can demonstrate your passion for engineering. Joining science or engineering clubs, participating in competitions, or taking on leadership roles are among the things that I am or will be doing in the future. Also, preparing for critical standardized tests like the SAT or ACT and aiming for competitive scores. My previous score differed from my expectations, so I am using online practice tests to help me improve. While I am still in high school, I want to seek opportunities to gain practical experience in engineering. Internships or part-time positions at local engineering firms, manufacturing companies, or research institutions could be possibilities. These experiences would enhance my understanding of engineering principles and help me build a strong foundation for my future studies. Finding scholarships and financial aid options available to support my higher education has been my main focus as of late. Many institutions and organizations offer scholarships specifically for engineering students. Knowing this, I have researched local and national scholarships and made sure to meet application deadlines. Additionally, I have explored opportunities for work-study programs or internships that can provide financial assistance. The big thing for me isn't what I am going to do once I have been accepted into college; it is how I am going to pay for it. In the eyes of many, five hundred dollars may not seem like a large sum of money, but in my eyes, earning five hundred dollars gets me that much closer to getting the education I need to pursue the career of my dreams without worrying about student loans. Even if I get into a college or university with most, if not all, my tuition covered, there may be other fees that arise that need to be accounted for. Five hundred dollars could allow me to purchase textbooks, reference materials, or online resources that enhance my learning experience and helps me excel academically.
    Liv For The Future Scholarship
    To be a leader, you have to develop strong communication with your peers to convey ideas clearly and listen attentively to others if they have them. I have been taught that effective leaders are able to articulate their thoughts, provide feedback constructively, and encourage open dialogue. Instead of waiting for someone else to take action, leaders are proactive in identifying problems or opportunities and propose solutions. You have to be willing to take on responsibilities and go the extra mile when necessary, and emonstrate flexibility and resilience in the face of challenges or setbacks. Maintaining a positive attitude and motivating others to persevere through difficult parts of games can be tough as a leader and challenging when you have to change. As a leader I embraced change and encouraged my teammates to strive for progress. Continuously trying to improve yourself by acquiring new knowledge, skills, and experiences is just something a leader must do. I learned through my experience that by constantly growing, you inspire others to do the same. I showed leadership in my life when I took on a bigger role for my high school's esports team. When we first started out, we just played the games using our own styles and our own strategies without really coordinating anything. Since we were decent at the game, it came with mixed results. I, however, wanted us to win and have success, so I decided to give everyone a role to play and gave myself the hardest one of them all. I also took the role of doing callouts to keep everyone focused and aware of what's going on. We began to win much more but ended up missing the playoffs by a small margin of points. Despite missing the playoffs, my teammates appreciated the work I put into making gameplans and giving everyone advice on what to do or where to be at, my coach certainly did too. My effort also instilled the will for my other teammates for a different game to become more envolved as well. My other teammates used the spark I gave and turned it into a fire. Much different than last year, this year we are going to different local and regional tournaments in order to improve our game and gain experience. We are also getting together and practicing a lot more, even once the season was over. By exemplifing leadership, I caused lots of good change to happen and we are now better because of it.
    Sola Family Scholarship
    Growing up in a single-parent household, particularly with a single mother, created a strong bond between me and my mother. I believe this bond is much stronger than it would be had if I were to have two parents. My mother often takes on multiple roles, acting as a caregiver, provider, and emotional support person. My mother carried the weight of household responsibilities, including financial management, household chores, and child-rearing. As a result, my brother and I were exposed to these responsibilities at an earlier age. We had to take on additional chores, contribute to family decisions, and become more independent in certain aspects of our lives. Due to being in a single-parent household, we often faced financial constraints. My mother had to juggle work and parenting responsibilities, which limited my family's financial resources. Growing up in such circumstances helped us learn how to budget, make sacrifices, and be mindful of expenses. These experiences shaped my perspective on money and gave me values that I use more and more every day like resourcefulness and financial discipline even when it comes to little things. Witnessing my mother's strength, determination, and perseverance in the face of challenges and adversity made me realize that I couldn't be reliant on her for everything. I had to learn to adapt to adversity and develop problem-solving skills just as she had done. These qualities will have long-lasting effects, and I will use them to overcome obstacles in various aspects of my life. My family being African American plays a crucial role in shaping our understanding and appreciation of cultural identity. My mother instilled a strong sense of pride in our heritage, made sure we knew about our history and helped us through the challenges we may face as black individuals in society. This was especially so when we moved to a more rural area. In a rural area, the community played a more significant role in our family's life. We rely on neighbors, friends, and community organizations for support as well as create a strong support system for us through giving back to the community. This sense of community provided a nurturing environment and opportunities for us to develop relationships and learn valuable social skills. Moving to a rural area exposed us to a different way of life, diverse cultural backgrounds, and alternative perspectives. This exposure to a new place broadened our understanding of the world and showed us different lifestyles and experiences. It is these experiences that have shaped me into the person I am today.
    Learner.com Algebra Scholarship
    As an essential discipline with numerous practical applications and benefits, math more than proves why it is so important. Math's presence in everyday life is often overlooked and under appreciated. There are numerous aspects of our daily lives that would be impossible without math. Banking and finance rely heavily on mathematical principles such as arithmetic, calculus, and probability. The entire financial system, including banking operations, interest calculations, investments, loans, and stock market analysis would be nonexistent. This can boil down to making it fuitile to purchase things with credit. Without banks there would be massive issues with having money secured, and it would break the bridge created between those who save and those who borrow money by taking loans since there's no deposit to give them. If this were the case, the only option is to accept it and drive home. That is, if you know the way. Without math you can say goodbye to important pieces of technology like the Global Positioning System. No math means no almost instant calculations of distance using signal speed and time and no being able to calculate your position using triangulation. So many other things require math to operate or to be functional. Architects and engineers rely on mathematical principles to build and design structures, calculate weight and straining capacities, determine dimensions, create blueprints, and ensure stability and safety in construction projects. Sports involve various mathematical concepts, including scoring systems different types of points are scored, statistics for box scores, probabilities for pre-games and during the game, trajectory calculations to see how well players might play in a season, and strategy planning. Many board games, card games, and puzzles also rely on mathematical logic and reasoning. You may not realize it but math is crucial for measuring and organizing time. Concepts like seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years, as well as calendars and how time zones work, all involve mathematical calculations and structures. If math is this important, why wouldn't you love learning math? I love learning math since it has so much to do with the field that I look to study and earn work in in the near future. Mathematical concepts form the foundation of software tools, allowing engineers to visualize and test their designs before commission. Engineering requires precise measurements, calculations, and analysis of data. Math provides the foundation for these tasks, enabling engineers to quantify physical quantities, perform statistical analysis, and make informed decisions based on numerical results.
    Henry Bynum, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
    To overcome adversity, I had to keep a positive mindset. I had to acknowledge that challenges are a natural part of life and that they are opportunities for growth. Adopting a mindset of resilience and optimism makes it much easier to know that every obstacle presents a chance to learn and develop valuable skills. I like to focus on the possibilities rather than dwelling on the setbacks and maintain a persistent belief in my ability to overcome hardship. Breaking down the challenge into smaller, manageable tasks, created a roadmap to success. In order to overcome adversity, I also had to have a set goal in mind that was realistic. By setting achievable goals, I kept a sense of progress and momentum, even in the face of difficulties. Celebrating success along the way, even the small victories, can serve as stepping stones toward ultimate triumph. Above all, knowing that adversity can provide valuable lessons that shape our character and strengthen our abilities. Embracing the opportunity to learn from each setback or failure. Reflecting on the experience we get from going through struggles, identify areas where we can improve, and adjust our approach accordingly. I look at failure as not a reflection of worth but rather a path toward growth and success. Currently, I volunteer at my local food bank and help give out food to the community. In the future, I would like to promote economic growth in my community by supporting local businesses. Shopping at local stores, dining at local restaurants, and using local services whenever possible. I also look to help promote local businesses by spreading the word or on social media. Since I live in a small, rural area, I know things like these should be supported. What also should be supported is the planning and coordinating of events that bring people together. This could include festivals, fundraisers, clean-up campaigns, or educational workshops to give people skills they can use to find work. Fostering a sense of community can help create a positive and inclusive environment. In elementary school, I used to tutor the lower grades in the mornings as a part of a program for gifted students there. Offering tutoring services, donating books or supplies to schools in the local area, or even helping organize after-school programs or workshops are all things I want to do to help my community in the future. Finally, I want to help out with organizing fundraisers for local charities or causes, pushing the will of community involvement to make a significant impact.
    Curry & C/O ‘22 Scholarship
    Being a part of a high school esports club has been an experience that shaped me into the person I am today. Before, I had been on my school's football team from the beginning of my freshman year to around a month into my junior year. After my sophomore season, I joined the esports club in the spring for the very first time and I couldn't have made a better decision. There, I felt like I was actually a part of a team. Whereas on the football team, I rarely got any play time if any at all. Going to practice every day started to feel like a chore instead of a passion like it was coming out of middle school. I asked myself, what was the point of showing up to practice if I was not going to receive any play time for my efforts? Esports was different, they immediately recognized my strengths and the things I was good at. From day one I had got along with the members of the club and became close with them. As for the football team, I didn't even know the names of many players, let alone know them personally. There were even fewer that I regularly talked to and that was only because I had classes with them. I fully understood where I belonged when I went on a miniature field trip to the GHSA High School Esports Championship with the rest of the esports club. The trip there and the trip back was the most fun I have ever had going somewhere for something important. The experience I have had as a member of my high school's esports team helped me realize that effective communication is crucial for any team to be successful. Being a part of an esports team demands constant communication, whether it's conveying strategies during gameplay, coordinating movements, or offering formative feedback. In intense environments like the one found in competitive gaming, I learned to maintain team cohesion and make quick decisions. These skills will help me beyond competitive gaming platforms. I now am able to communicate openly and empathetically in personal and professional situations. In addition to effective communication, I have learned the value of teamwork. It involves appreciating the strengths and weaknesses of my teammates and helping them to achieve collective goals. These frameworks have shaped me through my high school years and will forever influence how I connect with my peers in the future.
    Learner Math Lover Scholarship
    I love math because of its presence in our daily lives. Math underlies various fields, including science, technology, engineering, and finance. From calculating the distance between two points to understanding the laws of physics, math allows people to comprehend the world and everything that happens in it. With math, it is possible for us to make informed decisions, whether managing personal finances or interpreting data for research. I love math because the more I know, the more it can be used as a powerful tool that promotes critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and the ability to analyze complex situations. I also love math because it feels endless with things you can discover. Solving a challenging math problem makes me feel a sense of excitement and accomplishment. Using a formula or algorithm to solve an equation can sometimes be grueling, but once it's done, you feel great that you've finally arrived at an answer. It's like running a marathon and then finishing the race. Every year of school, I learn new formulas and new algorithms. They get tougher and tougher each time, which makes figuring them out more rewarding. I love that every time I am taught something new in math, it is added to prior knowledge and can be used to help me with my future career.
    WCEJ Thornton Foundation Low-Income Scholarship
    When asked what your greatest achievement is, very few narratives stand out, and mine is no different. Those who have done many great things for themselves, their schools, and their communities have many excellent things to write about. This is not the case for me. I have just finished my junior year of high school and am looking forward to finishing my senior career. Despite this, when you ask me, Brandon Foster, what my most outstanding achievement is, nothing during high school comes to mind. It was back in middle school when I truly felt I had achieved something worth titling my greatest achievement. Sure, I've maintained a 4.0 GPA so far during high school. That's not anything special. I've had an A average my entire life. In middle school, however, I earned the very thing that signifies excellence, valedictorian. It didn't come easy. I had to relocate to a rural town in the midst of my middle school tenure and say goodbye to people I had grown up with and known for around a decade. The decision to move wasn't out of the blue. We moved to ensure my ill grandmother could spend her final days surrounded by her loved ones. Adjusting to a new environment, away from the support systems and friendships I had developed, proved to be an immense challenge. However, I recognized the importance of family and embraced the opportunity to make a difference during a difficult time. Despite the emotional toll and disruption caused by the move, I remained focused on his academics. I recognized that my education would serve as the foundation for a better future for myself and my family. I put effort into my studies, diligently completed assignments, sought extra help when needed, and consistently exceeded expectations. This tenacious work ethic laid the groundwork for my future extraordinary accomplishments. It was also around this time that I realized what this experience had taught me. The lesson I learned was the significance of taking pride in my work. It was something that my mother preached day in and day out, but it didn't click until the final stretch of my 8th-grade year. Rather than viewing my assignments as mere obligations, I approached them with enthusiasm, dedication, and devotion to making a score I could be proud of. My journey from a rural town to becoming the valedictorian of my middle school stands as a testament to the will of those who put in the time in order to achieve their goals. His story exemplifies the impact of hard work, resilience, and the ability to find purpose when facing obstacles.