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Bio

At the possible expense of sounding too contrived, my goal is to change the world. I love the field of politics and public policy; I want to bring fair and justifiable equity/ inclusion / and diversity to my state and country. I have volunteered and represented my school as a page in both the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate. I was also chosen by my peers to represent our school as Key West High School's Homecoming Queen. Being from Key West, Florida has taught me how to live by our city’s adopted creed, “One Human Family”.

Education

The College of the Florida Keys

Associate's degree program
2021 - 2025
  • Majors:
    • Political Science and Government
    • Law
  • Minors:
    • Public Administration

Key West High School

High School
2020 - 2024

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Bachelor's degree program

  • Graduate schools of interest:

    -
  • Transfer schools of interest:

    -
  • Majors of interest:

    • Public Administration
    • Political Science and Government
    • Social Sciences, General
    • Law
    -
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Law Practice

    • Dream career goals:

      State Senator

    • Senate Page

      State of Florida
      2024 – 2024
    • House Page

      State of Florida
      2023 – 2023

    Sports

    Weightlifting

    Varsity
    2021 - Present3 years

    Awards

    • District Finalist

    Arts

    • Fringe Theatre

      Acting
      2018 – Present
    • Key West High Choir

      Performance Art
      2020 – Present
    • Keys Kids & Key West High Drama Club & Camp BRAVO

      Acting
      Wizard of Oz - Glenda the Good Witch / The Wiz - Evilene/ Moana - Gramma Talla
      2020 – Present

    Public services

    • Public Service (Politics)

      CAMPAIGN TO RE-ELECT CLAYTON LOPEZ CITY COMMISSIONERYOUTH VOTE LEADER
      2020 – 2020
    • Volunteering

      THE LEARNING CENTER DAY CAREAIDE WHERE NEEDED WITH CHILDREN RANGING IN AGES FROM 3- 5 PRIMARILY
      2017 – Present
    • Volunteering

      LADIES ON CAMPUS MEMBER
      2022 – Present
    • Advocacy

      ARCC (ANTI-RACISM COMMITTMENT COALITION) VOLUNTEER
      2024 – Present
    • Volunteering

      MLK JR. SCHOLARSHIP & CELEBRATION COMMITTEE VOLUNTEER
      2019 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Zonta
      2022 – Present

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Politics

    Volunteering

    Philanthropy

    Entrepreneurship

    Jaimeson Williams Legacy Scholarship
    Growing up in Key West High School, I immersed myself in a plethora of extracurricular activities that shaped my identity and fueled my passion for community service and social justice. From Girls Weightlifting to Drama, Choir to Student Council, I engaged in a diverse range of pursuits that allowed me to explore different facets of my interests and values. However, it was through my involvement in organizations such as ARCC (Anti-Racism Commitment Coalition) and Zonta that I truly found my calling. These experiences opened my eyes to the systemic injustices that plague our society and ignited a fire within me to advocate for change. As I stand on the cusp of graduation, I am acutely aware of the impact I hope to make in the world. My decision to pursue a major in Political Science was not arbitrary; it was a conscious choice driven by my desire to enact meaningful and lasting change in my community and beyond. I envision myself one day serving in the Florida State Senate, championing policies that prioritize equity, justice, and the well-being of all Floridians, especially those from working-class backgrounds. Having witnessed firsthand the struggles and triumphs of my Haitian immigrant father, I carry with me a deep-seated commitment to uplifting marginalized communities and amplifying their voices. My familial background, coupled with the lessons learned from my involvement in various leadership roles, has instilled in me a strong sense of duty to advocate for those who are often overlooked and underserved. In today's polarized political climate, where division and discord seem to reign supreme, I am steadfast in my belief that genuine understanding and empathy are the keys to fostering unity and progress. By cultivating a spirit of compassion and cooperation, I hope to bridge the gaps that separate us and work towards building a more inclusive and equitable society for all. As I embark on this journey towards realizing my aspirations, I am mindful of the challenges that lie ahead. However, fueled by my unwavering passion for justice and community service, I am confident that I possess the resilience and determination to effect positive change. With all that said, if I had to pick a quote that describes me, I would choose one directly from my Haitian heritage, " L'Union Fait La Force". which translates to, "Through Unity there is Strength"! I am dedicated to being a catalyst for transformation, a voice for the voiceless, and a beacon of hope for a brighter, more just future. I cannot make arbitrary promises to this committee but, what I can promise is that if given the opportunity I will represent the legacy Jaimeson through my hard work and continued dedication. Thank you for your consideration.
    Elevate Mental Health Awareness Scholarship
    Allow me to thank the scholarship committee for this opportunity and your generosity. I am Detra Dor I am currently concluding my educational journey at Key West High School where I was active in many extracurricular activities, including Girls Weightlifting, Drama, Choir, ARCC (Anti-Racism Commitment Coalition), Ladies on Campus, Executive Board, Student Council, Zonta, YEA (Young Entrepreneurs of America), and Take Stock Scholars. I have represented my school at Florida Girl’s State, as a Page in the State of Florida House of Representatives, and a Page in the Florida Senate, I was selected to represent my school as its 73rd Homecoming Queen. My experience with mental health has included multiple schizophrenia and autism diagnoses in the male members of my maternal family. Being that my family is very close, having watched my mother on multiple occasions trying to help her loved ones with no resolution has deeply impacted my life. She tried her hardest to shield us from the pain but could not keep all of it from us. In my sophomore year of high school, my mother tried to help her brother, my Uncle, by allowing him to live with us. In the beginning, it was not “bad,” but the longer he refused to follow up with clinical care because he did not see an issue, the worse it got. It even drove a deep wedge between my parents. My mother finally had to ask him to leave, which broke her heart. This experience made me realize how important mental health is. It is not just about the person who is struggling, but it affects everyone around them. Watching my family go through this made me want to do something to help. I want to use my future political aspirations to help finally address mental health and the need for affordable and even free healthcare. As a rising college sophomore at The College of the Florida Keys, majoring in Political Science/Government, I believe my mental health is important because it allows me to be my best self. When my mind is clear and healthy, I can focus better on my studies and activities. I was involved in Girls Weightlifting, Student Council, Executive Board, Anti-Racism Coalition, Zonta, BETA Club, and Ladies on Campus. Balancing these activities with my studies can be stressful, but maintaining my mental wellness helped me manage it all. To maintain my mental wellness, I make sure to take time for myself. I exercise regularly, which helps me clear my mind and reduce stress. I also make sure to stay connected with my friends and family.They provide a support system that I can lean on when things get tough. Being involved in activities like the Florida House of Representatives Page, Florida Senate Page, and Girls State Attendee has also helped me maintain my mental wellness. These experiences have given me a sense of purpose and direction. They have shown me that I can make a difference and have a positive impact on my community. In conclusion, my mental health is important because it affects every aspect of my life. Maintaining my mental wellness allows me to be my best self and achieve my goals. My experiences with my family have shown me the importance of mental health and inspired me to use my future political aspirations to help others. I hope to make a difference by advocating for affordable and free mental healthcare for all
    Abbey's Bakery Scholarship
    Allow me to thank the scholarship committee for this opportunity and your generosity. I am Detra Dor I am currently concluding my educational journey at Key West High School where I was active in many extracurricular activities, including Girls Weightlifting, Drama, Choir, ARCC (Anti-Racism Commitment Coalition), Ladies on Campus, Executive Board, Student Council, Zonta, YEA (Young Entrepreneurs of America), and Take Stock Scholars. I have represented my school at Florida Girl’s State, as a Page in the State of Florida House of Representatives, and a Page in the Florida Senate, I was selected to represent my school as its 73rd Homecoming Queen. My experience with mental health has included multiple schizophrenia and autism diagnoses in the male members of my maternal family. Being that my family is very close, having watched my mother on multiple occasions trying to help her loved ones with no resolution has deeply impacted my life. She tried her hardest to shield us from the pain but could not keep all of it from us. In my sophomore year of high school, my mother tried to help her brother, my Uncle, by allowing him to live with us. In the beginning, it was not “bad,” but the longer he refused to follow up with clinical care because he did not see an issue, the worse it got. It even drove a deep wedge between my parents. My mother finally had to ask him to leave, which broke her heart. This experience made me realize how important mental health is. It is not just about the person who is struggling, but it affects everyone around them. Watching my family go through this made me want to do something to help. I want to use my future political aspirations to help finally address mental health and the need for affordable and even free healthcare. As a rising college sophomore at The College of the Florida Keys, majoring in Political Science/Government, I believe my mental health is important because it allows me to be my best self. When my mind is clear and healthy, I can focus better on my studies and activities. I was involved in Girls Weightlifting, Student Council, Executive Board, Anti-Racism Coalition, Zonta, BETA Club, and Ladies on Campus. Balancing these activities with my studies can be stressful, but maintaining my mental wellness helped me manage it all. To maintain my mental wellness, I make sure to take time for myself. I exercise regularly, which helps me clear my mind and reduce stress. I also make sure to stay connected with my friends and family.They provide a support system that I can lean on when things get tough. Being involved in activities like the Florida House of Representatives Page, Florida Senate Page, and Girls State Attendee has also helped me maintain my mental wellness. These experiences have given me a sense of purpose and direction. They have shown me that I can make a difference and have a positive impact on my community. In conclusion, my mental health is important because it affects every aspect of my life. Maintaining my mental wellness allows me to be my best self and achieve my goals. My experiences with my family have shown me the importance of mental health and inspired me to use my future political aspirations to help others. I hope to make a difference by advocating for affordable and free mental healthcare for all
    David Foster Memorial Scholarship
    Throughout our lives, we encounter many individuals who leave a lasting impact on us. For me, that person was Mrs. Rech, my AVID teacher for three years of high school. Her influence on my life was profound and I am forever grateful for the role she played in shaping me into the person I am today. Mrs. Rech was not just a teacher to me, she was a mentor and a friend. From the moment I walked into her classroom, I knew that I was in a safe space. She had a way of making everyone feel welcomed and valued. Her warmth and kindness were evident in everything she did, from the way she greeted us each morning to the way she listened to our concerns and struggles. One of the things I admired most about Mrs. Rech was her honesty. She never sugar-coated things or told us what we wanted to hear. Instead, she challenged us to think critically, to question the world around us, and to strive for excellence in everything we did. Her tough love approach pushed me to be a better student and a better person. But it wasn't just her honesty that made Mrs. Rech such a special teacher. It was also her unwavering support and encouragement. When I decided to run for Student Council three times and lost each time, she was there to pick me up and remind me that failure is not the end of the road, but just a detour on the journey to success. And when I won Homecoming Queen (instead), she was the first person to congratulate me and remind me that blessings come in all shapes and sizes. I will never forget my Senior prom when I walked into the ballroom and saw Mrs. Rech standing there, chaperoning the event. Tears welled up in my eyes as I realized how much she truly cared about her students. She was not just there to teach us academics, but to support us in every aspect of our lives. Mrs. Rech taught me many valuable lessons during my time in her classroom. She taught me the importance of hard work, perseverance, and resilience. She taught me to never give up on my dreams, no matter how many obstacles stand in my way. But most importantly, she taught me the power of kindness and compassion, and the impact that a caring teacher can have on a student's life. As I look back on my high school years, I am filled with gratitude for having had Mrs. Rech as my teacher. She believed in me when I didn't believe in myself, she supported me when no one else did, and she inspired me to be the best version of myself. I will always cherish the memories I have of her classroom, the lessons she taught me, and the love and care she showed me. Mrs. Rech may have moved away at the end of my junior year, but her influence on my life will never fade. She will always hold a special place in my heart as a teacher, mentor, and friend. I am truly blessed to have had her in my life, and I will forever be grateful for the impact she had on me.
    God Hearted Girls Scholarship
    Throughout my high school journey, my relationship with Jesus has been the cornerstone of my faith and the guiding light in all of my endeavors. As a young Christian, navigating the challenges and uncertainties of teenage life can be daunting, but with Jesus by my side, I have found strength, hope, and purpose. Proverbs 3:6 and Matthew 6:33 have become more than just verses to me; they have become the principles that I strive to live by each day. Growing up in a Christian household, I was introduced to the teachings of Jesus from a young age. However, it wasn't until high school that I truly began to understand the depth of His love and the impact that faith could have on my life. As I became more involved in various extracurricular activities such as Choir, Theater, and Student Council, I realized that my faith in Jesus was not something separate from these activities but rather an integral part of who I was. One of the ways in which my relationship with Jesus has affected my faith is through the lens of Proverbs 3:6. Putting God first in everything I do has not only brought me peace and clarity but has also opened doors that I never thought possible. When faced with difficult decisions or challenges, I have learned to seek His guidance and trust that He will direct my path. This verse has been a constant reminder that success is not defined by worldly standards but by following God's will for my life. Similarly, Matthew 6:33 has been a guiding principle for me in my educational journey. As I strive to excel academically and pursue my passions in music and arts, I have learned the importance of seeking God's kingdom above all else. By prioritizing my relationship with Jesus and aligning my goals with His righteousness, I have found that He has been faithful in providing for all my needs. Whether it be academic success, personal growth, or opportunities for leadership, I have witnessed how God has blessed my efforts and crowned them with success. As I look towards the future and my aspirations beyond high school, I am determined to continue implementing my faith in every aspect of my educational journey. Whether it be in college, career choices, or personal relationships, I intend to walk with Jesus by my side, seeking His will and trusting in His plan for my life. Just as music and arts have been a part of shaping my identity and passions, so has my faith in Jesus been the foundation upon which I build my dreams and aspirations. In conclusion, my relationship with Jesus has been a transformative and empowering force in my high school experience. Through His guidance and love, I have grown in faith, strength, and resilience, and I am eager to see how He will continue to lead me in the years to come. As I embark on new adventures and challenges, I am confident that by putting God first and seeking His kingdom, He will direct my path and crown my efforts with success.
    Eleanor Anderson-Miles Foundation Scholarship
    Growing up as a plus-size girl in a society that places a high value on physical appearance has been a challenging journey for me. Throughout my high school years at Key West High School, I have faced numerous instances of adversity due to my size, which have tested my strength and resilience. However, there is one particular moment that stands out as a defining moment in my life when I had to confront and overcome adversity. It was during my senior year when I was nominated to run for Homecoming Queen at my high school. As excited as I was about the opportunity, I couldn't help but feel a sense of apprehension and doubt creeping in. Being a plus-size girl, I was well aware of the societal norms and standards of beauty that often influenced such competitions. I knew that I would be judged and compared to the other candidates, who were mostly of a different body type than mine. As the campaign for Homecoming Queen began, I found myself facing criticism and negative comments from some of my peers. I overheard whispers and saw judgmental looks directed towards me, and it was a constant reminder of the insecurities I had battled with for years. The pressure to conform to a certain standard of beauty was overwhelming, and I felt the weight of expectations bearing down on me. Despite the challenges and doubts that plagued my mind, I made a conscious decision to not let the negativity define me. I reminded myself of my worth, my accomplishments, and the qualities that made me who I am. I refused to let society's narrow definition of beauty dictate how I saw myself. Instead, I focused on being true to myself and embracing my uniqueness. On the night of the Homecoming Queen announcement, my heart was pounding with nervous anticipation standing there in front of our entire small town. As the name of the winner was called out, I braced myself for disappointment. To my surprise and joy, my name was announced as the 73rd Homecoming Queen of Key West High School. In that moment, a rush of emotions flooded through me – pride, relief, and a sense of triumph over adversity. Winning the Homecoming Queen title was not just a victory for me, but a victory for all the plus-size girls who have ever felt marginalized or belittled because of their appearance. It was a reminder that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, and that confidence and self-love are the most powerful weapons against adversity. That experience taught me a valuable lesson – that true strength comes from within, and that overcoming adversity is not about conforming to societal standards, but about embracing and celebrating our individuality. It was a turning point in my life that empowered me to stand tall, be proud of who I am, and face any challenge with resilience and grace.
    Scholarship Institute’s Annual Women’s Leadership Scholarship
    Leadership has always been a core aspect of my identity. From a young age, I was taught the importance of standing up for what is right and using my voice to advocate for those who may not have the same opportunities. This foundation has guided me throughout my life, leading me to take on various leadership roles in both my school and community. One of the ways in which I have demonstrated leadership is through my involvement in Girls Weightlifting. As the team captain, I not only worked to improve my own skills but also motivated and supported my teammates to reach their full potential. I led by example, showing dedication, perseverance, and a strong work ethic both on and off the field. Through my leadership, our team was able to achieve success and create a sense of camaraderie that extended beyond the weight room. In addition to sports, I have also demonstrated leadership in the arts through my participation in Drama and Choir. As a lead performer in school productions and a member of the choir, I have used my talents to inspire others and bring people together through the power of music and storytelling. I have organized performances, fundraisers, and community events that have not only showcased our talents but also raised awareness for important social issues. Beyond the arts and athletics, I have also been actively involved in various clubs and organizations that focus on social justice and community service. Through my participation in ARCC, Ladies on Campus, Zonta, and YEA, I have worked to address issues such as racism, gender inequality, and economic disparities. I have organized workshops, fundraisers, and awareness campaigns that have helped educate others and promote positive change within our community. As a member of the Executive Board and Student Council, I have had the opportunity to represent my peers and advocate for their needs and concerns. I have worked closely with school administrators, teachers, and fellow students to address issues such as mental health, diversity, and student engagement. I have organized events, initiatives, and programs that have fostered a sense of unity and inclusivity within our school community. Looking towards the future, I hope to continue to use my leadership skills to make a positive impact on the world around me. I aspire to pursue a career in law or public policy, where I can advocate for social justice and equality on a larger scale. I hope to work towards creating policies and programs that address systemic issues and promote equity and justice for all individuals, regardless of their background or circumstances. I also hope to continue my involvement in community service and activism, using my platform to raise awareness for important causes and inspire others to take action. I believe that through collective action and a commitment to social justice, we can create a more just and equitable society for all. By using my voice, my skills, and my passion for change, I hope to be a leader who empowers others, creates positive change, and leaves a lasting impact on the world.
    Building a Better World Scholarship
    As the youngest of four siblings, it was a unique blend of cultures and experiences. My mother, a fifth-generation Conch from Key West, and my father, a Haitian immigrant who came to the United States at a young age, instilled in me a deep sense of appreciation for diversity and a desire to make a positive impact on the world. Growing up in a household where Leviticus 19:34 was not just a verse, but a guiding principle, I learned the importance of treating all individuals with respect and compassion. The verse, which states, "The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt," resonated deeply with me and served as a foundation for my beliefs and values. My parents, through their own journeys and sacrifices, showed me the power of resilience and determination in the face of adversity. They were always my role models, inspiring me to pursue a career that would allow me to be a catalyst for positive change in the world. With a strong sense of purpose and a deep-rooted faith, I have embarked on my journey to create a better world through my educational career while also sharing my faith. I recognized that true change begins with understanding and empathy, and I was determined to be a voice for the marginalized and vulnerable in society. In my pursuit of political change, I aimed to advocate for policies that promoted inclusivity, equality, and justice for all. I envisioned a world where individuals from different backgrounds and cultures could come together in harmony, respecting and valuing each other's differences. My faith has played a central role in my life’s mission to create a better world. I believe that my actions and decisions should reflect the teachings of love, compassion, and acceptance that were at the core of my religious beliefs. By living out these values in my daily life, I have tried to inspire others to do the same and foster a more equitable and harmonious society. Through my dedication to serving others and my commitment to upholding the principles of my faith, I strove to be a beacon of hope and positivity in a world that often seemed divided and conflicted. I understand that change is a gradual process, but I’m was willing to work tirelessly to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those around me. My journey is not without challenges, but my unwavering faith and determination has carried me through the ups and downs. I remain steadfast in my belief that by staying true to my values I can make a positive impact without compromising my faith.
    B.A.B.Y. L.O.V.E. Scholarship
    To embody the B.A.B.Y. L.O.V.E. spirit is to have a beautiful heart and a deep desire to help others. It is to be obedient to one's purpose, virtuous in all things, and to have a strong passion for education. African American female high school seniors or undergraduates who possess these qualities are encouraged to apply for this scholarship opportunity. In reflecting on the B.A.B.Y. L.O.V.E. spirit, I am reminded of a moment of realization I had during senior night. As I looked around and saw my peers on the field, I realized that I was not among them. In that moment, a profound truth struck me - that one does not have to be in a certain place to achieve greatness. Whether we are on the field of life, under the spotlight, or in the stands cheering and supporting others, we all have value and can make a difference. Leadership is not defined by a title or position, but by the impact we have on those around us. Just as the Presidents of great countries rely on the support of their citizens, we too can make a difference through our actions and words. We all have a part to play in making the world a better place, regardless of where we find ourselves in life. In the words of Disney's Little Mermaid, we are all part of this world and have the power to shape it for the better. Each of us has a unique role to play, and it is through our collective efforts that we can create positive change and impact the lives of others. As I apply for the Joyce Tolbert Scholarship, I am reminded of the importance of embodying the B.A.B.Y. L.O.V.E. spirit in all that I do. I strive to have a beautiful heart, to be obedient to my purpose, virtuous in my actions, and passionate about education. I am committed to making a difference in the lives of others and using my gifts and talents to serve those in need. I am grateful for the opportunity to apply for this scholarship and to continue Joyce Tolbert's legacy of love, faith, and service. I am inspired by her example and motivated to carry on her mission of empowering young women of color to pursue their dreams and make a positive impact on the world. In conclusion, I am honored to be considered for the Joyce Tolbert Scholarship and am excited about the opportunity to further my education and continue to serve others in the spirit of B.A.B.Y. L.O.V.E. Joyce Tolbert's legacy will live on through the lives of those she has inspired, and I am committed to honoring her memory through my own actions and service to others. Thank you for considering my application.
    Combined Worlds Scholarship
    Travel has always been known to broaden one's horizons, offering a unique opportunity for personal growth and development. The exposure to different cultures, perspectives, and environments can truly be a transformative experience for individuals, shaping their beliefs, values, and understanding of the world in profound ways. With a desire to explore beyond the borders of my hometown of Key West, I am eager to embark on a journey that will not only satisfy my curiosity but also contribute to my personal and professional growth. I firmly believe that true change and understanding come from immersing oneself in different communities and cultures, witnessing firsthand how people from diverse backgrounds come together for the greater good. Having been fortunate enough to witness how individuals from opposite political parties can collaborate effectively in my own community, I am now eager to explore other regions where this sense of unity may not be as prevalent. The media often portrays a "great divide" in society, and I am eager to challenge these perceptions by engaging directly with people from different walks of life. Through travel, I hope to gain a deeper appreciation for the complexities of societal issues and the importance of empathy and understanding in addressing them. By experiencing firsthand how different cultures approach challenges and celebrate successes, I aim to broaden my perspective and cultivate a sense of global citizenship. Furthermore, I am committed to integrating my learnings from my travels into meaningful community service initiatives back in my home state. As the Bible verse in James 2:14-26 reminds us, faith without deeds is dead. I am determined to not only learn from my experiences but also to take action and make a tangible impact on the lives of those around me. In the words of Halle Bailey from The Little Mermaid, "I wanna be where the people are," encapsulates my belief that true change and unification can only occur through meaningful connections and hands-on engagement with diverse populations. College may have equipped me with knowledge and skills, but it is through travel and direct involvement in communities that I believe I can truly make a difference. In conclusion, travel has the power to transform individuals by providing them with a deeper understanding of the world, fostering personal growth, and inspiring them to make a positive impact on society. I am excited to embark on this journey of discovery and look forward to the opportunities for growth and learning that lie ahead.
    Public Service Scholarship
    Growing up in a family that prioritizes community service and helping others has instilled in me a deep sense of responsibility towards making a positive impact in the world. Witnessing my mother’s selfless acts of kindness, such as working tirelessly to provide for us during tough times and organizing toy drives for families in need, has inspired me to follow in her footsteps and dedicate my career to public service. Moreover, observing my grandfather navigate the challenging world of politics as a city commissioner has shown me the power of effective leadership and the importance of advocating for the needs of the community. Despite facing opposition and criticism, he always remained steadfast in his commitment to serving the people and finding solutions to their problems. His resilience and determination have taught me valuable lessons about the significance of perseverance and integrity in the field of public service. My family’s dedication to helping others has fueled my passion for making a difference in the world. I believe that education plays a crucial role in empowering individuals to create positive change in their communities and beyond. By pursuing a career in public service, I hope to leverage my education to address pressing social issues, advocate for marginalized populations, and promote equality and justice for all. Through my studies, I aim to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively address the complex challenges facing society today. I plan to specialize in areas such as public policy, social work, or community development, where I can learn how to develop and implement sustainable solutions that benefit the greater good. By immersing myself in coursework that focuses on social justice, ethics, and leadership, I hope to gain a deeper understanding of the issues impacting our world and how I can contribute to positive change. In addition to my academic pursuits, I also intend to engage in hands-on experiences such as internships, volunteer work, and community service projects. By actively participating in initiatives that directly impact the lives of others, I hope to gain practical skills and insights that will enhance my ability to serve as a compassionate and effective public servant. Whether it’s working with at-risk youth, advocating for affordable housing, or promoting environmental sustainability, I am committed to using my education to make a tangible difference in the lives of those in need. Ultimately, my goal is to leverage my education and passion for public service to create a more equitable and inclusive society for all. I aspire to be a leader who listens to the voices of the marginalized, advocates for social justice, and works tirelessly to build a brighter future for generations to come. By embodying the values of compassion, integrity, and empathy, I hope to inspire others to join me in the pursuit of a world where everyone has the opportunity to thrive and succeed. My family’s legacy of service has instilled in me a deep sense of purpose and a commitment to making a meaningful impact in the world – and I am determined to honor that legacy through my career in public service.
    Sean Carroll's Mindscape Big Picture Scholarship
    As I stand under the vast expanse of the night sky, gazing up at the twinkling stars and distant galaxies, a sense of wonder and curiosity fills my being. The universe, with all its complexities and mysteries, holds a profound beauty that captivates me. It is this beauty that drives me to delve deeper into the nature of our universe, to unravel its secrets and understand our place within it. In a world that often emphasizes divisions and differences, the study of the universe serves as a powerful reminder of our interconnectedness. Just like the stars and planets are bound together by the forces of nature, so too are we, as human beings, connected by a shared source of existence. This realization is fundamental in shaping my belief that we are more alike than we are different. By better understanding the nature of our universe, we can gain a deeper appreciation for our common origins and shared experiences. Working to unravel the mysteries of the universe requires a multidisciplinary approach that incorporates ideas and concepts from various fields of study. I hope to employ a combination of scientific inquiry, philosophical contemplation, and creative thinking to deepen my understanding of the cosmos. Science provides the tools and methods to explore the physical laws that govern the universe, while philosophy offers a framework for reflecting on the deeper questions of existence and purpose. Creativity, on the other hand, allows for innovative thinking and new perspectives that can lead to breakthroughs in our understanding of the universe. In my pursuit of knowledge about the nature of our universe, I am also drawn to the field of public service and administration, as well as the political arena. I believe that by focusing on our similarities rather than our differences, we can bridge divides and work towards creating a more harmonious society. Just as the universe is a tapestry of diverse elements coming together in a grand symphony of existence, so too can we, as individuals, come together to create a better world for all. As I embark on this journey of exploration and self-discovery, I am grateful for the opportunities that this scholarship presents. It will enable me to pursue my dreams and aspirations, to continue my education and expand my horizons. I am Detra Dor, an outgoing senior of the class of 2024 at Key West High School, involved in a multitude of clubs and organizations that reflect my diverse interests and passions. Through my experiences and involvements, I have come to appreciate the power of unity and the importance of understanding our interconnectedness. In conclusion, the study of the universe serves as a profound reminder of our shared humanity and the interconnected nature of existence. By delving into the mysteries of the cosmos and embracing our similarities, we can work towards a more harmonious and enlightened world. I hope to employ a combination of scientific inquiry, philosophical contemplation, and creative thinking in my quest to better understand the universe and ourselves. It is through this exploration that we can unlock the secrets of the universe and, in turn, unlock the potential for a brighter future for all.
    El Jefe Entrepreneurial Scholarship
    As I reflect on my journey through the Young Entrepreneurs Academy and the impact it has had on my life, I am reminded of the passion and determination that has always fueled my ambition. From a young age, I have been driven by a desire to make a positive impact in the world, and it was through the YEA program that I found the perfect avenue to channel my entrepreneurial spirit. I vividly remember the first day of the program, surrounded by a group of like-minded individuals who shared my enthusiasm for innovation and change. Over the course of six intense months, we delved into the intricacies of starting and running a business, learning everything from market research to financial planning. It was a transformative experience that not only expanded my knowledge but also ignited a fire within me to pursue entrepreneurship as a means to create a meaningful difference in society. While my initial career goal was to enter the field of law, the YEA program opened my eyes to the endless possibilities that entrepreneurship offers. I realized that I could combine my passion for law with my entrepreneurial aspirations to create a unique path that aligned with my values and goals. My experience in the program solidified my desire to not only succeed in business but also to use my skills and resources to give back to my community. Looking ahead, I see my future as a blend of entrepreneurship and law, where I can leverage my legal expertise to make a positive impact on those in need. My long-term goal is to establish a law practice that incorporates pro-bono work, providing legal assistance to individuals who cannot afford representation. I believe that everyone deserves access to justice, regardless of their financial circumstances, and I am committed to using my skills to level the playing field for those who are marginalized and underserved. In addition to my professional aspirations, I am also dedicated to engaging in community activities that aim to address general legal challenges faced by individuals. Whether it is educating people about their rights, advocating for policy changes, or offering workshops on legal issues, I am determined to be a source of support and empowerment for those in need. Through my journey in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy and my vision for the future, I am confident that I can make a meaningful and lasting impact on society. By combining my entrepreneurial spirit with my passion for law, I hope to create a ripple effect of positive change that extends far beyond myself. I am excited to embark on this journey of innovation, advocacy, and service, knowing that I have the skills, determination, and heart to make a difference in the world.
    John Young 'Pursue Your Passion' Scholarship
    Allow me to thank the scholarship committee for this opportunity and your generosity. I am Detra Dor I am a senior attending Key West High School, where I have been active in many clubs and organizations, including; Girls Weightlifting, Drama, Choir, ARCC (Anti-Racism Commitment Coalition), Ladies on Campus, Executive Board, Student Council, Zonta, YEA (Young Entrepreneurs of America), and Take Stock Scholars. I have represented my school at Florida Girl’s State, as a Page in the State of Florida House of Representatives, and, a Page in the Florida Senate, and I was selected to represent my school as its 73rd Homecoming Queen. I want to change the world. I’ll allow you a moment to sigh, and pause but, honestly that is my life’s goal. When people think of changing the world they immediately find that comparable to names like Winfrey, Kennedy, Pele, or even Madonna. The reality is that changing the world begins with names like Smith, Madruga, Butler or even Dor. My immediate post-graduation goals include, attending a four year university where I can major in both public administration and government, or constitutional law. My long-term goals include to become a State of Florida Legislator, and help make long term impactful change that upholds our Constitutional belief that all men (and women) are created equal and have justifiable rights as such. My mother nor my father are college graduates but you see they are two of the greatest people I know. My father came to this country an immigrant from the country regarded as the poorest nation in the western hemisphere, Haiti. He began humbly working in the fast food service industry, but today he is the Assistant Director of Airport Security and Operations. That drive, that ethic is what was given to me, not a silver spoon and that’s why I feel I deserve this scholarship. I know you will review other scholarships with higher GPA’s and definitely higher standardized test scores but, I am so very proud of the hard-work and determination I put into every point of my 3.7 GPA, I never gave up. I don’t think you will find someone willing to work harder than I have. I have volunteered in my community from Fringe theater (perfect for a future career in politics), The Learning Center Daycare, with Zonta, and also with my Grandfather Clayton Lopez during his time on the City Commission. I have learned so much about the beautiful woven tapestry that is our town by working different niches within our community but the one thing I have learned and realized is just like a tapestry we are all weaved together in the end. In closing the one and only thing I can promise this scholarship committee if I am chosen to represent it as its recipient and that is that I will continue to work hard and never quit, I also promise to not let you down. Thank you again for this opportunity.
    Scholar Budget Define Your Dream Scholarship
    Allow me to thank the scholarship committee for this opportunity and your generosity. I am Detra Dor I am currently concluding my educational journey at Key West High School where I was active in many extracurricular activities, including; Girls Weightlifting, Drama, Choir, ARCC (Anti-Racism Commitment Coalition), Ladies on Campus, Executive Board, Student Council, Zonta, YEA (Young Entrepreneurs of America), and Take Stock Scholars. I have represented my school at Florida Girl’s State, as a Page in the State of Florida House of Representatives, and a Page in the Florida Senate, I was selected to represent my school as its 73rd Homecoming Queen. The answer(s) I am about to give may or may not be the right one(s) or the one(s) that this committee is looking for however they are the honest truth. When asked how I have financially prepared myself for post high school education, my answer is…I haven’t. I haven’t prepared in the traditional sense, meaning I have not worked a paying a job to save however, I have worked diligently, via my grades, advanced placement classes and scores, extra-curricular activities and volunteerism. My parents raised four kids in Key West and in public housing, I know I don’t have to expound to this scholarship committee the cost associated with simply living in “paradise”, nor do I need to explain the additional cost of raising four children and aiding in all of their career and educational goals. I say all that to say there is not much in the way of savings. What I have done and will continue to do throughout the summer heading formally into college is continuing to take advantage of the dual enrollment program which will allow me to receive (fully paid for) college credits to help lessen the overall cost at a four-year institution. Currently I will enter into college formally as a sophomore due to the number of college credits I have already received. My long-term goals and objectives include to one day serve in our Florida State Senate to bring equitable long-term change to Florida that works for working class Floridians. I am aware that “...the best laid plans of mice and men..”, but I also know my passion for justice and the well-being of my community, as well as knowing myself so someday I know I will make a positive difference. Immediately though I definitely want to attend a Florida College or University and my further preference is to attend an HBCU. My goal is to major in political science, and or public policy and post-graduate law school. Which is why this scholarship and any others I might receive are so important the cost of education is sky high, and my parents currently work two & three jobs a piece to provide a living for me and my siblings (not a lifestyle). This scholarship and any others like it that I am applying for mean so much. I have and will continue to put in the work, I was not given a silver spoon, I was given a spirit of resilience, and a strong work ethic. I know you have and will continue to get applications of students for this scholarship that will have better GPA’s and higher test scores than mine, but did they work for them? Every advanced class I insisted on challenging myself with I worked diligently for that grade, every hour of community I pushed myself to complete for involvement, which is why if given the opportunity to represent this scholarship I will not let you down. Thank you for your consideration and this opportunity in advance.
    Veerappan Memorial Scholarship
    Allow me to thank the scholarship committee for this opportunity and your generosity. I am Detra Dor I am currently concluding my educational journey at Key West High School where I was active in many extracurricular activities, including Girls Weightlifting, Drama, Choir, ARCC (Anti-Racism Commitment Coalition), Ladies on Campus, Executive Board, Student Council, Zonta, YEA (Young Entrepreneurs of America), and Take Stock Scholars. I have represented my school at Florida Girl’s State, as a Page in the State of Florida House of Representatives, and a Page in the Florida Senate, I was selected to represent my school as its 73rd Homecoming Queen. The answer(s) I am about to give may or may not be the right one(s) or the one(s) that this committee is looking for however they are the honest truth. When asked how I have financially prepared myself for post high school education, my answer is…I haven’t. I haven’t prepared in the traditional sense, meaning I have not worked a paying a job to save however, I have worked diligently, via my grades, advanced placement classes and scores, extra-curricular activities and volunteerism. My parents raised four kids in Key West and in public housing, I know I don’t have to expound to this scholarship committee the cost associated with simply living in “paradise”, nor do I need to explain the additional cost of raising four children and aiding in all of their career and educational goals. I say all that to say there is not much in the way of savings. What I have done and will continue to do throughout the summer heading formally into college is continuing to take advantage of the dual enrollment program which will allow me to receive (fully paid for) college credits to help lessen the overall cost at a four-year institution. Currently I will enter into college formally as a sophomore due to the number of college credits I have already received, and I will be doing so by attending our local community college to further help cut costs. In order to help you understand my drive for political change I have to let you know a little more in about who Detra is. To begin with again, I am the youngest of four siblings, my mother is a fifth generation Conch, my father, a Haitian immigrant came to this country leaving behind my two older siblings to make a better way for them here. Our current political climate affords no leeway for two things understanding and resolution. My life experiences have firmly taught me we are more alike than different, we are just too busy: A) shouting over each other and B) needing to make someone else feel less than in order to make individual selves feel greater than. Why? So many in our country proudly boast their heritage; Italian, German, Polish, etc., but few acknowledge the bridge to their heritage started with immigrants and immigration from other countries to this one. I believe the only way to bring change and to be a voice for those marginalized by unfair immigration laws is to work across isles from the inside, while I understand there are viable concerns however, humanity and decency should be our guiding principle. In closing I just want to this scholarship committee know this is my life’s dream work. To work within government at either the State or National level to help. Sadly, I do not qualify for Bright Futures but I am trying my hardest to obtain scholarships to graduate without financial burden, which is why EVERY scholarship opportunity means so much to me.
    Advancement of Minorities in Finance Scholarship
    The answer(s) I am about to give may or may not be the right one(s) or the one(s) that this committee is looking for however they are the honest truth. When asked how I have financially prepared myself for post high school education, my answer is…I haven’t. I haven’t prepared in the traditional sense, meaning I have not worked a paying a job to save however, I have worked diligently, via my grades, advanced placement classes and scores, extra-curricular activities and volunteerism. My parents raised four kids in Key West and in public housing, I know I don’t have to expound to this scholarship committee the cost associated with simply living in “paradise”, nor do I need to explain the additional cost of raising four children and aiding in all of their career and educational goals. I say all that to say there is not much in the way of savings. What I have done and will continue to do throughout the summer heading formally into college is continuing to take advantage of the dual enrollment program which will allow me to receive (fully paid for) college credits to help lessen the overall cost at a four-year institution. Currently I will enter into college formally as a sophomore due to the number of college credits I have already received, and I will be doing so by attending our local community college to further help cut costs. My long-term goals and objectives include to one day serve in our Florida State Senate to bring equitable long-term change to Florida that works for working class Floridians. I am aware that “...the best laid plans of mice and men.”, but I also know my passion for justice and the well-being of my community, as well as knowing myself so, someday I know I will make a positive difference. Currently our political climate affords no leeway for two things understanding and resolution. My life experiences have taught me we are more alike than different, we are too busy: A) shouting over each other and B) needing to make someone else feel less than to make individual selves feel greater than. One of the hardest hit demographics to suffer at the hands of this political climate is that of the immigrant in America. Being born the daughter of a Haitian immigrant I have watched my father struggle, strive, and grow. I have watched both sides of my maternal family lead and leave a path of community servient leadership. That is what has made me the person I am today, and I know politics may not seem to have a direct tie to business at first glance, but commerce, health, and trade are all regulated by government entities. I do not want to limit knowledge or growth to one arena. In closing, while I may not have “traditionally” worked towards paying for my formal education I have none the less put in THE work and hopefully scholarships and committees such as this one will see that work and help me towards my goals. Thank you again for this opportunity and your time.
    TJ Crowson Memorial Scholarship
    Thank you foremost for this opportunity, I want to let this committee know that I hold no sense of entitlements, so bear with me as I try to explain why I feel I should be awarded this scholarship. My long-term goals and objectives include to one day serve in our Florida State Senate to bring equitable long-term change to Florida that works for working class Floridians. I am aware that “...the best laid plans of mice and men..”, but I also know my passion for justice and the well-being of my community, as well as knowing myself so, someday I know I will make a positive difference. Currently our political climate affords no leeway for two things understanding and resolution. My life experiences have taught me we are more alike than different, we are too busy: A) shouting over each other and B) needing to make someone else feel less than to make individual selves feel greater than. One of the hardest hit demographics to suffer at the hands of this political climate is that of the immigrant in America. Being born the daughter of a Haitian immigrant I have watched my father struggle, strive, and grow. I have watched both sides of my maternal family lead and leave a path of community servient leadership. That is what has made me the person I am today. Which is why this scholarship and any others I receive are so important the cost of education is riveting, and my parents currently work two and three jobs to provide a living for me and my siblings (not a lifestyle). I have and will continue to put in the work, I was not given a silver spoon, I was given a spirit of resilience, and a strong work ethic. I know you will continue to get applications of students for this scholarship that will have better GPA’s and higher test scores than mine, but, my hope is that you see my character. Every advanced class I insisted on challenging myself with I worked diligently for that grade, I pushed myself to remain involved and garner every hour of community service, which is why if given the opportunity to represent this scholarship I will not let you down, I will represent this scholarship with the tenacity that I have shown throughout my high school career. Thank you for your consideration and this opportunity in advance.
    Carol B. Warren, You are Loved Scholarship
    Allow me to thank the scholarship committee for this opportunity and your generosity. I am Detra Dor and currently I am concluding my educational journey at Key West High School where I was active in many extracurricular activities, including; Girls Weightlifting, Drama, Choir, ARCC (Anti-Racism Commitment Coalition), Ladies on Campus, Executive Board, Student Council, Zonta, YEA (Young Entrepreneurs of America), and Take Stock Scholars. I have represented my school at Florida Girl’s State, as a Page in the State of Florida House of Representatives, and a Page in the Florida Senate, I was selected to represent my school as its 73rd Homecoming Queen. In order to help you understand my drive for political change I have to let you know a little more about who Detra is. To begin with I am the youngest of four siblings, my mother is a fifth generation Conch, no not the mollusc a Conch is what we call people born and raised in Key West, she has been active in local community service since middle school, and last but far from least is my father, a Haitian immigrant who came to this country at the age of twenty leaving behind my two older sibling to make a better way and life for them here. And that man and that woman are the reason I want to be a conduit for change however, my route to my future endeavours may require me taking a less conventional route than directly attending a four-year university. Financially the burden of attending a four-year institution is not in my immediate future. We have the privilege of living in “Paradise”, sadly paradise is not always a dream for those that are struggling financially to live here. My parents work 2-3 jobs each to provide a living for me and my siblings (not a lifestyle) here in Key West, Florida. In Key West living in "affordable" housing means literally paying $3000 monthly for rent, it means a gallon of milk that's on the "mainland" is $2 is $4.50 to bring across the series of bridges. Which is why I am eternally grateful that our city has the excellent resource in College of the Florida Keys. Having taken 30 credit hours during my high school career I opted to minimize the cost to me and even more so my parents, by electing to stay in the City and complete my associates degree in one year. This will hopefully allow me ample time to save work and save, and further secure additional scholarships to offset the cost of my remaining two years. This option has been a life saver to me as I unfortunately do not qualify for the Bright Futures Scholarship which in Florida can cover anywhere from 75 to 100% of tuition and room and board, I however am not a test taker, and I did not realize until my senior year that I needed to complete a second year of a foreign language. My sincerest hope is to show other young people in my community that success can via many different paths, and it does not have to look the same for everyone. In closing I would just like to again thank you the committee for this opportunity, I promise if selected to receive this scholarship I will work hard and represent it proudly.
    #AuthenticallyYOU Scholarship
    "Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size But when I start to tell them, They think I’m telling lies..." My mother read me the words of the great Laureate Maya Angelou many days when or, if I was feeling down. Being a young woman in today's society is difficult enough growing up under the shadow of social media and perceived perfection. Longer hair, straighter teeth, smaller waist, plumper lips, take this miracle shot and you too can lose an extra 50 pounds, as long as you don't eat carbs and, never mind that the shot takes medication out of the hands of those that truly may need it. Hello, I'm me. My name is Detra Dor, I have a crooked smile and wear braces still, my waist is many things but tiny it isn't one of them, my skin is chocolate, but most of all I love every bit of me. For as long as I could remember I was what people in the south called "big boned" and, even at the ages of 7/8, I would hear, "oh she's going to be a thick little mama". Being raised in a household of mixed ethnicity that includes both Haitian and Cuban heritage there is no lack of carbs at mealtimes. At an early age my mother entered me into pageants, and I won... a lot. What I didn't of course know then that I do realize now is that my mom (who is also big-boned) was providing me with experiences to expand my confidence early because she knew I would need it. Currently I am still that "big girl" or as society has deemed politically correct "plus-sized" (sounds like a cute fluffy bunny) but who I am does not reside solely in how I look. I have heard and withstood the snickers and sometimes out-right jeers of school and classmates and, I would be lying if I said that some of those jeers never got to me because they did. What I never allowed to happen was let their opinions on me change who I am. You see I am authentically a really good friend, a friend without cliques or molds based on what or whom this society thinks we should be. I was raised in a home with varying political views and backgrounds. I AUTHENTICALLY, am a Christian at heart (I have seen and felt the peace my faith gives to me) but I understand how looking at the suffering and pain around us can cause some to question and with all those differences above anything that I learned and lived I do not judge, why because as long there is no harm being brought to someone EVERYONE deserves to live out their own authentic selves. My high school has a very long standing, traditional, and HUGE homecoming celebration. Where the homecoming attendees have to participate in; a formal introduction and guidelines dinner, a tea, a city-wide parade, a luncheon with our local Rotarians, speeches addressing the entire student body, a pep rally with your escort, and finally crowning where the attendants wear cotillion style wedding dresses (all white). It really is an amazing honour and experience. My senior year out of over 150 senior, young ladies our student body as a whole nominates the young women to move on to the "top 25". Thereafter from the top 25 list the senior class picks their top 5 to represent as the actual homecoming court attendants for the festivities. When I was fortunate enough to see my name on the top 25 I was so honoured that students even took the time to nominate me, when our principal called my name over the intercom a week later to include me as in the top 5 I suddenly became a little bewildered, how, me, really, this weirdo? Yes, this one. I have to let you know also being from a small, and tight-knit town like Key West, there were some voices of parents who let's just say were not the happiest to see me on that list. I didn't look like the other girls (all of whom could have switched wardrobes with each other), I wore my protected style braids or my natural afro, I was in the midst of the world's worst breakout ever, oh and just guess who decided to pay me a visit. During all of the above activities I remained true to the only person I knew how to be, me, that is up until the speeches, The very thought of addressing the entire student body actually rendered me "speech"less.for the first time in a very long time. I asked my mom, " What do I talk about?", I remember she looked in my eyes and said, "What would Detra want to hear? Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior Detra". The day finally came the other attendants gave great speeches where the majority of them spoke about how this was always a dream for them and what they did to get there. I got up, walked to the podium and immediately told the student body, " I'm not here to talk about me, this is about you..." I went on to remind them "Wherever you are in life regardless of if you're on field of life or in the stands cheering others on, you are all worthy and have value." I did remind them how important it is to stay true to themselves above anything. Thursday morning, we gave speeches, Thursday afternoon they voted. Friday night was crowning. We arrived at the school gym looking like extras from Bridgerton, every attendant in her beautiful white dress, each dress matched each personality, and white, satin opera-length gloves, every escort in their black tuxedos, and every father in their white tuxedos. We walked on the field welcomed by the band, the cheerleaders, and the "Conch"ettes, our principal began to speak, finally we heard, "the supervisor of elections has verified.." (yeah, the first time in school history that's how much a controversy it was that I was on the court), " and I am proud to announce our 2023/2024 Key West High School Homecoming Queen is.." I swallowed back so hard I thought I swallowed my tongue. "Miss Detra Dor!!" I couldn't hold it, and the tears just flowed. Tears of joy not for me but for ANYONE watching who also thought it could never be them. I chose this example to share on my authentic self because it was a time where I got to be my authentic self but also show others what can happen when they allow themselves to be theirs as well. Thank you to this committee for your consideration in advance and thank you for allowing me to relive this very authentic moment and share it.
    Peter and Nan Liubenov Student Scholarship
    How have a made a difference in my community? That in my opinion is an open-ended question, it is almost like the closing credits at the end of your favorite tv-show’s first season, TO BE CONTINUED. I honestly think at the tender age of seventeen it is hard to say or determine how the work you have done (or will continue to do) has made a difference. I can tell you however the majority of my service and time was dedicated to a place that I was and am deeply connected to, The Learning Center Daycare. The Learning Center is a non-profit daycare that provides day-care services for children from newborn- VPK age. I know that in this current economy many non-profits are unable to hire extra-staff and cover expenses, which can limit services provided. I know that being there allowed for extra hands when staff were sick and meant that no children were turned away. I know that meant a parent was able to go to work and ensure income for them and another employee on the job did not have to call out. I know that everything is cyclical, and although an immediate impact may not be seen or known the long-term and often unknown effect is greater. I also know that being a part of the homecoming court, there was one moment that the five of us were given to deliver speeches to the entire student body. I know that I used my time to not dwell on the things that I had done or participated in, instead I opted to use that once in a lifetime opportunity to remind every single student in attendance that they all mattered. I let them know that I didn’t fit into the boxes that people often tried to place me in, because I don’t fit into many molds, and they shouldn’t allow themselves to be placed there either. Finally I told them, “You don’t have to be there to get here, in life you don’t have to be there to get here.”, what I hoped to convey was that no matter where you are in life or your journey your time can and will come. With that being said, after speeches I will say I received multiple social media messages from students that I had not known before, simply saying thank you, or your words meant a lot to me. Please know that my answer(s) are not meant to be vague or evasive, rather they are honest. I don’t know how or whom I’ve impacted but I do know that I have put my best efforts forward to make a positive change, or leave my mark, like the song that my grandfather sings in church goes, “May the Work I’ve Done Speak for Me”. In closing the one and only thing I can promise this scholarship committee is, if I am chosen to represent it as its recipient I will continue to work hard and never quit, I also promise to not let you down. Thank you again for this opportunity.
    Hubert Colangelo Literacy Scholarship
    In order to help you understand my drive for political change I have to let you know a little more about who Detra is. To begin with I am the youngest of four siblings, my mother is a fifth generation Conch, a Conch is what we call people born and raised in Key West, and my father, a Haitian immigrant who came to this country at the age of twenty leaving behind my two older siblings to make a better way and life for them here. Our current political climate affords no leeway for two things: understanding and resolution. My life experiences have firmly taught me we are more alike than different, we are just too busy: A) shouting over each other and B) needing to make someone else feel less than to make individual selves feel greater than. One of the hardest hit demographics to suffer at the hands of this political climate is that of the immigrant in America. Being born the daughter of a Haitian immigrant I have watched my father struggle, strive, and grow. He began humbly working in fast food service industry when he came to this country, eventually he then got a job with Monroe County Sheriff’s office as an airport security technician where he worked for sixteen years. So many proudly boast their heritage; but few acknowledge the bridge to their heritage started with immigration. The only way to bring change and to be a voice for those marginalized by unfair immigration laws is to work across isles from the inside, while I understand there are viable concerns, humanity and decency should be our guiding principle. Making an equitable pathway for immigrants to this country is how I hope to use my education to one day bolster my political endeavours for change,
    Book Lovers Scholarship
    Growing up, I was always captivated by the magical world created by J.K. Rowling in the Harry Potter series. From the moment I picked up the first book, I was transported into a realm of wizards, witches, spells, and adventure. The story of Harry Potter, a young wizard who discovers his true identity and battles dark forces, resonated with me in a way that no other book ever has. One of the reasons why I would choose Harry Potter as the one book I could read forever is because of the depth and complexity of the characters. Each character, from Harry himself to Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, is so well-developed and multi-dimensional that they feel like real people. I have grown up alongside these characters, facing challenges and triumphs with them, and their development throughout the series is truly remarkable. Moreover, the magical world that Rowling has created is so rich and detailed that every time I read the books, I discover something new. The spells, the creatures, the locations - everything is so vividly described that it feels like I am right there in Hogwarts, attending classes with Harry and his friends. The world-building in Harry Potter is unparalleled, and it never fails to transport me to a place of wonder and excitement. But perhaps the most important reason why I would choose Harry Potter as the one book I could read forever is the themes that run through the series. Friendship, love, bravery, and the battle between good and evil are all central themes in the books, and they are explored in such a profound and meaningful way. The lessons that Harry learns throughout his journey are ones that have stayed with me long after I finished reading the series, and they continue to inspire me to this day. In conclusion, if I could only read one book forever, it would undoubtedly be Harry Potter. The magic of the wizarding world, the depth of the characters, and the powerful themes that are woven throughout the series have made it a timeless classic that will always have a special place in my heart. Harry Potter is not just a book to me - it is a way to view the world.
    Mental Health Empowerment Scholarship
    My experience with mental health has included multiple schizophrenia and autism diagnoses in the male members of my maternal family. Being that my family is very close, having watched my mother on multiple occasions trying to help her loved ones with no resolution has deeply impacted my life. She tried her hardest to shield us from the pain but could not keep all of it from us. In my sophomore year of high school, my mother tried to help her brother, my Uncle, by allowing him to live with us. In the beginning, it was not “bad,” but the longer he refused to follow up with clinical care because he did not see an issue, the worse it got. It even drove a deep wedge between my parents. My mother finally had to ask him to leave, which broke her heart. This experience made me realize how important mental health is. It is not just about the person who is struggling, but it affects everyone around them. Watching my family go through this made me want to do something to help. I want to use my future political aspirations to help finally address mental health and the need for affordable and even free healthcare. As a rising college sophomore at The College of the Florida Keys, majoring in Political Science/Government, I believe my mental health is important because it allows me to be my best self. When my mind is clear and healthy, I can focus better on my studies and activities. I am involved in Girls Weightlifting, Student Council, Executive Board, Anti-Racism Coalition, Zonta, BETA Club, and Ladies on Campus. Balancing these activities with my studies can be stressful, but maintaining my mental wellness helps me manage it all. To maintain my mental wellness, I make sure to take time for myself. I exercise regularly, which helps me clear my mind and reduce stress. I also make sure to get enough sleep and eat healthily. Staying connected with my friends and family is also important. They provide a support system that I can lean on when things get tough. Being involved in activities like the Florida House of Representatives Page, Florida Senate Page, and Girls State Attendee has also helped me maintain my mental wellness. These experiences have given me a sense of purpose and direction. They have shown me that I can make a difference and have a positive impact on my community. In conclusion, my mental health is important because it affects every aspect of my life. Maintaining my mental wellness allows me to be my best self and achieve my goals. My experiences with my family have shown me the importance of mental health and inspired me to use my future political aspirations to help others. I hope to make a difference by advocating for affordable and free mental healthcare for all
    Mental Health Importance Scholarship
    My experience with mental health has included multiple schizophrenia and autism diagnoses in the male members of my maternal family. Being that my family is very close, having watched my mother on multiple occasions trying to help her loved ones with no resolution has deeply impacted my life. She tried her hardest to shield us from the pain but could not keep all of it from us. In my sophomore year of high school, my mother tried to help her brother, my Uncle, by allowing him to live with us. In the beginning, it was not “bad,” but the longer he refused to follow up with clinical care because he did not see an issue, the worse it got. It even drove a deep wedge between my parents. My mother finally had to ask him to leave, which broke her heart. This experience made me realize how important mental health is. It is not just about the person who is struggling, but it affects everyone around them. Watching my family go through this made me want to do something to help. I want to use my future political aspirations to help finally address mental health and the need for affordable and even free healthcare. As a rising college sophomore at The College of the Florida Keys, majoring in Political Science/Government, I believe my mental health is important because it allows me to be my best self. When my mind is clear and healthy, I can focus better on my studies and activities. I am involved in Girls Weightlifting, Student Council, Executive Board, Anti-Racism Coalition, Zonta, BETA Club, and Ladies on Campus. Balancing these activities with my studies can be stressful, but maintaining my mental wellness helps me manage it all. To maintain my mental wellness, I make sure to take time for myself. I exercise regularly, which helps me clear my mind and reduce stress. I also make sure to get enough sleep and eat healthily. Staying connected with my friends and family is also important. They provide a support system that I can lean on when things get tough. Being involved in activities like the Florida House of Representatives Page, Florida Senate Page, and Girls State Attendee has also helped me maintain my mental wellness. These experiences have given me a sense of purpose and direction. They have shown me that I can make a difference and have a positive impact on my community. In conclusion, my mental health is important because it affects every aspect of my life. Maintaining my mental wellness allows me to be my best self and achieve my goals. My experiences with my family have shown me the importance of mental health and inspired me to use my future political aspirations to help others. I hope to make a difference by advocating for affordable and free mental healthcare for all
    Udonis Haslem Foundation BDJ40 Scholarship
    My experience with mental health has included multiple schizophrenia and autism diagnoses in the male members of my maternal family. Being that my family is very close, having watched my mother on multiple occasions trying to help her loved ones with no resolution has deeply impacted my life. She tried her hardest to shield us from the pain but could not keep all of it from us. In my sophomore year of high school, my mother tried to help her brother, my Uncle, by allowing him to live with us. In the beginning, it was not “bad,” but the longer he refused to follow up with clinical care because he did not see an issue, the worse it got. It even drove a deep wedge between my parents. My mother finally had to ask him to leave, which broke her heart. This experience made me realize how important mental health is. It is not just about the person who is struggling, but it affects everyone around them. Watching my family go through this made me want to do something to help. I want to use my future political aspirations to help finally address mental health and the need for affordable and even free healthcare. As a rising college sophomore at The College of the Florida Keys, majoring in Political Science/Government, I believe my mental health is important because it allows me to be my best self. When my mind is clear and healthy, I can focus better on my studies and activities. I am involved in Girls Weightlifting, Student Council, Executive Board, Anti-Racism Coalition, Zonta, BETA Club, and Ladies on Campus. Balancing these activities with my studies can be stressful, but maintaining my mental wellness helps me manage it all. To maintain my mental wellness, I make sure to take time for myself. I exercise regularly, which helps me clear my mind and reduce stress. I also make sure to get enough sleep and eat healthily. Staying connected with my friends and family is also important. They provide a support system that I can lean on when things get tough. Being involved in activities like the Florida House of Representatives Page, Florida Senate Page, and Girls State Attendee has also helped me maintain my mental wellness. These experiences have given me a sense of purpose and direction. They have shown me that I can make a difference and have a positive impact on my community. In conclusion, my mental health is important because it affects every aspect of my life. Maintaining my mental wellness allows me to be my best self and achieve my goals. My experiences with my family have shown me the importance of mental health and inspired me to use my future political aspirations to help others. I hope to make a difference by advocating for affordable and free mental healthcare for all.
    Carlos F. Garcia Muentes Scholarship
    Foremost allow me to thank the scholarship committee for this opportunity and your generosity in offering this scholarship. My name is Detra Dor I am currently concluding my senior year attending Key West High school, where I was active in many clubs and extracurricular activities. Including Girls Weightlifting, Drama, Choir, ARCC (Anti-Racism Commitment Coalition), Ladies on Campus, Executive Board, Student Council, Zonta, YEA (Young Entrepreneurs of America), and Take Stock Scholars. I have represented my school at Florida Girl’s State, as a Page in the State of Florida House of Representatives, and a Page in the Florida Senate, I was selected to represent my school as its 73rd Homecoming Queen In order to help you understand my drive for political change I have to let you know a little more about who Detra is. To begin with I am the youngest of four siblings, my mother is a fifth generation Conch, no not the mollusc a Conch is what we call people born and raised in Key West, she has been active in local community service since middle school, and last but far from least is my father, a Haitian immigrant who came to this country at the age of twenty leaving behind my two older sibling to make a better way and life for them here, my parents are the reason I want to bring change. Our current political climate affords no leeway for two things: understanding and resolution. My life experiences have firmly taught me we are more alike than different, we are just too busy: A) shouting over each other and B) needing to make someone else feel less than to make individual selves feel greater than. One of the hardest hit demographics to suffer at the hands of this political climate is that of the immigrants in America. Being born the daughter of a Haitian immigrant I have watched my father struggle, strive, and grow. He began humbly working in the fast-food service industry when he came to this country. He then got a job with Monroe County Sheriff’s office as an airport security technician where he worked for sixteen years. Every Haitian child that I have attended Key West High school with has a very similar story about their parent(s) and their undying spirit, yet these hardworking people have the hardest time immigrating to this country. Why? So many in our country proudly boast their heritage; Italian, German, Polish, etc., but few acknowledge the bridge to their heritage started with immigrants and immigration from other countries to this one. I believe the only way to bring change and to be a voice for those marginalized by unfair immigration laws is to work across isles from the inside, while I understand there are viable concerns, humanity and decency should be our guiding principle. When asked what I have done to make change and what actions have I taken? I am learning about my government. I am participating in every program my family can afford and has made sacrifices for me to attend I.E., the State of Florida House Page and Messenger Program, and I have participated in the Senate program. As I stated to be a part of the resolution for change you have to have a champion inside the house, and I want to be that champion. Thank you for your consideration and this opportunity in advance. As I stated to be a part of the resolution for change you have to have a champion inside the house, and I want to be that champion.
    Boots and Heels Scholarship
    Allow me to thank the scholarship committee for this opportunity and your generosity. I am Detra Dor and currently I am concluding my educational journey at Key West High School where I was active in many extracurricular activities, including; Girls Weightlifting, Drama, Choir, ARCC (Anti-Racism Commitment Coalition), Ladies on Campus, Executive Board, Student Council, Zonta, YEA (Young Entrepreneurs of America), and Take Stock Scholars. I have represented my school at Florida Girl’s State, as a Page in the State of Florida House of Representatives, and a Page in the Florida Senate, I was selected to represent my school as its 73rd Homecoming Queen. In order to help you understand my drive for political change I have to let you know a little more about who Detra is. To begin with I am the youngest of four siblings, my mother is a fifth generation Conch, no not the mollusc a Conch is what we call people born and raised in Key West, she has been active in local community service since middle school, and last but far from least is my father, a Haitian immigrant who came to this country at the age of twenty leaving behind my two older sibling to make a better way and life for them here. And that man and that woman are the reason I want to be a conduit for change however, my route to my future endeavours may require me taking a less conventional route than directly attending a four-year university. Financially the burden of attending a four-year institution is not in my immediate future. We have the privilege of living in “Paradise”, sadly paradise is not always a dream for those that are struggling financially to live here. My parents work 2-3 jobs each to provide a living for me and my siblings (not a lifestyle) here in Key West, Florida. In Key West living in "affordable" housing means literally paying $3000 monthly for rent, it means a gallon of milk that's on the "mainland" is $2 is $4.50 to bring across the series of bridges. Which is why I am eternally grateful that our city has the excellent resource in College of the Florida Keys. Having taken 30 credit hours during my high school career I opted to minimize the cost to me and even more so my parents, by electing to stay in the City and complete my associates degree in one year. This will hopefully allow me ample time to save work and save, and further secure additional scholarships to offset the cost of my remaining two years. This option has been a life saver to me as I unfortunately do not qualify for the Bright Futures Scholarship which in Florida can cover anywhere from 75 to 100% of tuition and room and board, I however am not a test taker, and I did not realize until my senior year that I needed to complete a second year of a foreign language. My sincerest hope is to show other young people in my community that success can via many different paths, and it does not have to look the same for everyone. In closing I would just like to again thank you the committee for this opportunity, I promise if selected to receive this scholarship I will work hard and represent it proudly.
    Catrina Celestine Aquilino Memorial Scholarship
    Allow me to thank the scholarship committee for this opportunity and your generosity. I am Detra Dor I am currently concluding my educational journey at Key West High School where I was active in many extracurricular activities, including Girls Weightlifting, Drama, Choir, ARCC (Anti-Racism Commitment Coalition), Ladies on Campus, Executive Board, Student Council, Zonta, YEA (Young Entrepreneurs of America), and Take Stock Scholars. I have represented my school at Florida Girl’s State, as a Page in the State of Florida House of Representatives, and a Page in the Florida Senate, I was selected to represent my school as its 73rd Homecoming Queen. I am currently simultaneously an undergraduate at College of the Florida Keys. In order to help you understand my drive for political change I have to let you know a little more about who Detra is. To begin with I am the youngest of four siblings, my mother is a fifth generation Conch, no not the mollusk a Conch is what we call people born and raised in Key West, she has been active in local community service since middle school, and last but far from least is my father, a Haitian immigrant who came to this country at the age of twenty leaving behind my two older sibling to make a better way and life for them here. And that man and that woman are the reason I want to be a conduit for change. Our current political climate affords no leeway for two things: understanding and resolution. My life experiences have firmly taught me we are more alike than different, we are just too busy: A) shouting over each other and B) needing to make someone else feel less than to make individual selves feel greater than. One of the hardest hit demographics to suffer at the hands of this political climate is that of the immigrants in America. Being born the daughter of a Haitian immigrant I have watched my father struggle, strive, and grow. He began humbly working in fast food service industry when he came to this country, but that wasn’t enough, he learned how to work in hotels, and that wasn’t enough, he became a plumbers apprentice that wasn’t enough, he received his CDL license and drove the local city bus and you guessed it that was not enough, he then got a job with Monroe County Sheriff’s office as an airport security technician where he worked for sixteen years. Every Haitian child that I have attended Key West High school with has a very similar story about their parent(s) and their undying spirit, yet these hardworking people have the hardest time immigrating to this country. Why? So many in our country proudly boast their heritage but few acknowledge the bridge to their heritage started with immigration. I believe the only way to bring change and to be a voice for those marginalized by unfair immigration laws is to work across isles from the inside, while I understand there are viable concerns, humanity and decency should be our guiding principle. It was Martin Luther King Jr. that said, “A riot is the voice of the unheard”. Many of the “unheard” in Haiti are also uneducated, and not by choice but by imposed circumstance. It would cost the American government .1 of what they have invested in other countries with a plethora of oil and fossil fuels to end the suffering in Haiti but they chose not to, why? In closing my political and legal goes are to help return statesmanship and fairness to our American government. Thank you for this opportunity.
    In Memory of Liv Scholarship
    Allow me to thank the scholarship committee for this opportunity and your generosity. I am Detra Dor I am currently concluding my educational journey at Key West High School where I was active in many extracurricular activities, including Girls Weightlifting, Drama, Choir, ARCC (Anti-Racism Commitment Coalition), Ladies on Campus, Executive Board, Student Council, Zonta, YEA (Young Entrepreneurs of America), and Take Stock Scholars. I have represented my school at Florida Girl’s State, as a Page in the State of Florida House of Representatives, and a Page in the Florida Senate, I was selected to represent my school as its 73rd Homecoming Queen. In order to help you understand my drive for political change I have to let you know a little more about who Detra is. To begin with I am the youngest of four siblings, my mother is a fifth generation Conch, no not the mollusk a Conch is what we call people born and raised in Key West, she has been active in local community service since middle school, and last but far from least is my father, a Haitian immigrant who came to this country at the age of twenty leaving behind my two older sibling to make a better way and life for them here. And that man and that woman are the reason I want to be a conduit for change. Our current political climate affords no leeway for two things: understanding and resolution. My life experiences have firmly taught me we are more alike than different, we are just too busy: A) shouting over each other and B) needing to make someone else feel less than to make individual selves feel greater than. One of the hardest hit demographics to suffer at the hands of this political climate is that of the immigrants in America. Being born the daughter of a Haitian immigrant I have watched my father struggle, strive, and grow. He began humbly working in fast food service industry when he came to this country, but that wasn’t enough, he learned how to work in hotels, and that wasn’t enough, he became a plumbers apprentice that wasn’t enough, he received his CDL license and drove the local city bus and you guessed it that was not enough, he then got a job with Monroe County Sheriff’s office as an airport security technician where he worked for sixteen years. Every Haitian child that I have attended Key West High school with has a very similar story about their parent(s) and their undying spirit, yet these hardworking people have the hardest time immigrating to this country. Why? So many in our country proudly boast their heritage; Italian, German, Polish, etc., but few acknowledge the bridge to their heritage started with immigrants and immigration from other countries to this one. I believe the only way to bring change and to be a voice for those marginalized by unfair immigration laws is to work across isles from the inside, while I understand there are viable concerns, humanity and decency should be our guiding principle. It was Martin Luther King Jr. that said, “A riot is the voice of the unheard”. Many of the “unheard” in Haiti are also uneducated, and not by choice but by imposed circumstance. As to whose shoes I would walk in if given the opportunity it the answer is, the shoes of anyone with a loving heart because reaching just one person can make all the change in the world. Thank you to the scholarship committee for this opportunity and listening to my voice.
    CATALYSTS Scholarship
    Allow me to thank the scholarship committee for this opportunity and your generosity. I am Detra Dor I am currently concluding my educational journey at Key West High School where I was active in many extracurricular activities, including Girls Weightlifting, Drama, Choir, ARCC (Anti-Racism Commitment Coalition), Ladies on Campus, Executive Board, Student Council, Zonta, YEA (Young Entrepreneurs of America), and Take Stock Scholars. I have represented my school at Florida Girl’s State, as a Page in the State of Florida House of Representatives, and a Page in the Florida Senate, I was selected to represent my school as its 73rd Homecoming Queen. In order to help you understand my drive for political change I have to let you know a little more about who Detra is. To begin with I am the youngest of four siblings, my mother is a fifth generation Conch, no not the mollusk a Conch is what we call people born and raised in Key West, she has been active in local community service since middle school, and last but far from least is my father, a Haitian immigrant who came to this country at the age of twenty leaving behind my two older sibling to make a better way and life for them here. And that man and that woman are the reason I want to be a conduit for change, Current political climates afford no leeway for: understanding and resolution. Life experiences have firmly taught me we share more ideology (as a whole),sadly we are too busy: A) shouting over each other and B) needing to make someone else feel less than to make individual selves feel greater than. One of the hardest hit demographics to suffer at the hands of this political climate is that of the immigrants in America. Being born the daughter of a Haitian immigrant I have watched my father struggle, strive, and grow. He began humbly working in fast food service industry when he came to this country, but that wasn’t enough, he learned how to work in hotels, and that wasn’t enough, he became a plumbers apprentice that wasn’t enough, he received his CDL license and drove the local city bus and you guessed it that was not enough, he then got a job with Monroe County Sheriff’s office as an airport security technician where he worked for sixteen years. Every Haitian child that I have attended Kschool with has a very similar story about their parent(s) and their spirit, yet these hardworking people have the hardest time immigrating to this country. Why? So many in our country proudly boast their heritage; but few acknowledge the bridge that started with immigration from other countries to this one. I believe the only way to bring change and to be a voice for those marginalized by unfair immigration laws is to work across isles from the inside, while I understand there are viable concerns, humanity and decency should be our guiding principle. It was Martin Luther King Jr. that said, “A riot is the voice of the unheard”. Many of the “unheard” in Haiti are also uneducated, and not by choice but by imposed circumstance. It would cost the American government .1 of what they have invested in other countries with a plethora of oil and fossil fuels to end the suffering in Haiti but they chose not to, why? When America can firmly hold a mirror to itself and further the discussions surrounding race and racism we can then tackle (fairly) the complexities of immigration. In closing thank you you for this opportunity.
    Priscilla Shireen Luke Scholarship
    How have a made a difference in my community? That in my opinion is an open-ended question, it is almost like the closing credits at the end of your favorite tv-show’s first season, TO BE CONTINUED.I honestly think at the tender age of seventeen it is hard to say or determine how the work you have done (or will continue to do) has made a difference. I can tell you however the majority of my service and time was dedicated to a place that I was and am deeply connected to, The Learning Center Daycare. The Learning Center is a non-profit daycare that provides day-care services for children from newborn- VPK age. I know that in this current economy many non-profits are unable to hire extra-staff and cover expenses, which can limit services provided. I know that being there allowed for extra hands when staff were sick and meant that no children were turned away. I know that meant a parent was able to go to work and ensure income for them and another employee on the job did not have to call out. I know that everything is cyclical, and although an immediate impact may not be seen or known the long-term and often unknown effect is greater. I also know that being a part of the homecoming court, there was one moment that the five of us were given to deliver speeches to the entire student body. I know that I used my time to not dwell on the things that I had done or participated in, instead I opted to use that once in a lifetime opportunity to remind every single student in attendance that they all mattered. I let them know that I didn’t fit into the boxes that people often tried to place me in, because I don’t fit into many molds, and they shouldn’t allow themselves to be placed there either. Finally, I told them, “You don’t have to be there to get here, in life you don’t have to be there to get here.”, what I hoped to convey was that no matter where you are in life or your journey your time can and will come. With that being said, after speeches I will say I received multiple social media messages from students that I had not known before, simply saying thank you, or your words meant a lot to me. Please know that my answer(s) are not meant to be vague or evasive, rather they are honest. I don’t know how or whom I’ve impacted but I do know that I have put my best efforts forward to make a positive change, or leave my mark, like the song that my grandfather sings in church goes, “May the Work I’ve Done Speak for Me” because any service I have given has been with an open and honest heart. I want to change the world. I’ll allow you a moment to sigh, and pause but, honestly that is my life’s goal. My life experiences have firmly taught me we are more alike than different, we are just too busy: A) shouting over each other and B) needing to make someone else feel less than in order to make individual selves feel greater than. When asked what I have done to make change and what actions have I taken? I am learning my government. I am participating in every program my family can afford. Given the opportunity to represent this scholarship I will not let you down, I will represent with the same tenacity that I have shown throughout my high school career.
    Janie Mae "Loving You to Wholeness" Scholarship
    Allow me to thank the scholarship committee for this opportunity and your generosity. I am Detra Dor I am a senior concluding my career at Key West High School, where I was active in many clubs and organizations, including Girls Weightlifting, Drama, Choir, ARCC (Anti-Racism Commitment Coalition), Ladies on Campus, Executive Board, Student Council, Zonta, YEA (Young Entrepreneurs of America), and Take Stock Scholars. I have represented my school at Florida Girl’s State, as a Page in the State of Florida House of Representatives, and a Page in the Florida Senate, and I was selected to represent my school as its 73rd Homecoming Queen. When asked to discuss my impact to family, school, and community, I am a little stumped to be honest because it’s difficult to summarize what you “have done” and determine the value of its contribution. As it pertains to my family, I am the youngest of four children so needless to say I am the light of my family’s life, seriously though I like to think that I am one piece of the puzzle that helps keep my family together. My siblings have dubbed me the information board, because if anything is going on or anyone needs to be reminded of upcoming family events, they all seem to come to me. My youngest brother, however, says I’m just nosey I prefer, inquisitive. Family and home are where everything starts the more, I think of it, the organizing, the picking up loose ends, the nurturing and even being the defender when needed at times, it all carries over outside of the home and into our everyday lives and the ways in which we interact with others. In school I have never had a “clique”. I have never allowed myself nor my surroundings to dictate to me who and / or what a friend should be and, not who or what clubs and organizations I should participate in. I believe there is more to accomplish by finding the ties that draw us together opposed to the walls that keep us apart. I sincerely feel that is why I was blessed to win homecoming queen 2023 because, the kids that may have never felt as though they fit in mold found someone in me. I’d like to think my contribution to my school is leading by setting my own example, as I said in my homecoming speech, “…In life you don’t have to be there to get here!” I don’t hold rank and file or office but even leadership requires support….” Everyone’s calling may not be in the spotlight, but everyone has a valuable calling, it’s up to us as individuals to recognize and fulfil it. Finally in my community I have actively volunteered in local government with my grandfather, a local non-profit daycare, Zonta, and the Dr. King Celebration Committee. As with all the areas asked to cover in this essay, I feel like the hymn we sing in church is honestly the best and only answer, “May the Work I’ve Done Speak for Me” and if you do good with a good heart it will speak positive. Since I am still working, I do not know that there is yet an answer to what impact I have made. I know you will get applications for this scholarship that will have better GPA’s and higher test scores than mine my hope is that you see my character. I pushed myself to remain involved and garner every hour of community service, which is why if given the opportunity to represent this scholarship I will not let you down.
    Jonas Griffith Scholarship
    Allow me to thank the scholarship committee for this opportunity and your generosity. I am Detra Dor I am currently concluding my educational journey at Key West High School where I was active in many extracurricular activities, including Girls Weightlifting, Drama, Choir, ARCC (Anti-Racism Commitment Coalition), Ladies on Campus, Executive Board, Student Council, Zonta, YEA (Young Entrepreneurs of America), and Take Stock Scholars. I have represented my school at Florida Girl’s State, as a Page in the State of Florida House of Representatives, and a Page in the Florida Senate, I was selected to represent my school as its 73rd Homecoming Queen. In order to help you understand my drive for political change I have to let you know a little more about who Detra is. To begin with I am the youngest of four siblings, my mother is a fifth generation Conch, no not the mollusk a Conch is what we call people born and raised in Key West, she has been active in local community service since middle school, and last but far from least is my father, a Haitian immigrant who came to this country at the age of twenty leaving behind my two older sibling to make a better way and life for them here. And that man and that woman are the reason I want to be a conduit for change. Our current political climate affords no leeway for two things: understanding and resolution. My life experiences have firmly taught me we are more alike than different, we are just too busy: A) shouting over each other and B) needing to make someone else feel less than to make individual selves feel greater than. One of the hardest hit demographics to suffer at the hands of this political climate is that of the immigrants in America. Being born the daughter of a Haitian immigrant I have watched my father struggle, strive, and grow. He began humbly working in fast food service industry when he came to this country, but that wasn’t enough, he learned how to work in hotels, and that wasn’t enough, he became a plumbers apprentice that wasn’t enough, he received his CDL license and drove the local city bus and you guessed it that was not enough, he then got a job with Monroe County Sheriff’s office as an airport security technician where he worked for sixteen years. Every Haitian child that I have attended Key West High school with has a very similar story about their parent(s) and their undying spirit, yet these hardworking people have the hardest time immigrating to this country. Why? So many in our country proudly boast their heritage; Italian, German, Polish, etc., but few acknowledge the bridge to their heritage started with immigrants and immigration from other countries to this one. I believe the only way to bring change and to be a voice for those marginalized by unfair immigration laws is to work across isles from the inside, while I understand there are viable concerns, humanity and decency should be our guiding principle. It was Martin Luther King Jr. that said, “A riot is the voice of the unheard”. Many of the “unheard” in Haiti are also uneducated, and not by choice but by imposed circumstance. It would cost the American government .1 of what they have invested in other countries with a plethora of oil and fossil fuels to end the suffering in Haiti but they chose not to, why? When asked what I have done to make change and what actions have I taken? I am learning about my government. I am participating in every program my family can afford and has made sacrifices for me to attend I.E., the State of Florida House Page and Messenger Program, and I have applied to participate in the Senate program, and late last year I helped found a club that brings cultural awareness. As I stated to be a part of the resolution for change you have to have a champion inside the house, and I want to be that champion. Thank you all for this opportunity again.
    Snap EmpowHER Scholarship
    In order to help you understand my drive for political change I have to let you know a little more about who Detra is. To begin with I am the youngest of four siblings, my mother is a fifth generation Conch, no not the mollusk a Conch is what we call people born and raised in Key West, she has been active in local community service since middle school, and last but far from least is my father, a Haitian immigrant who came to this country at the age of twenty leaving behind my two older sibling to make a better way and life for them here. And that man and that woman are the reason I want to be a conduit for change. Our current political climate affords no leeway for two things: understanding and resolution. My life experiences have firmly taught me we are more alike than different, we are just too busy: A) shouting over each other and B) needing to make someone else feel less than to make individual selves feel greater than. One of the hardest hit demographics to suffer at the hands of this political climate is that of the immigrants in America. Being born the daughter of a Haitian immigrant I have watched my father struggle, strive, and grow. He began humbly working in fast food service industry when he came to this country, but that wasn’t enough, he learned how to work in hotels, and that wasn’t enough, he became a plumbers apprentice that wasn’t enough, he received his CDL license and drove the local city bus and you guessed it that was not enough, he then got a job with Monroe County Sheriff’s office as an airport security technician where he worked for sixteen years. Every Haitian child that I have attended Key West High school with has a very similar story about their parent(s) and their undying spirit, yet these hardworking people have the hardest time immigrating to this country. Why? So many in our country proudly boast their heritage; Italian, German, Polish, etc., but few acknowledge the bridge to their heritage started with immigrants and immigration from other countries to this one. I believe the only way to bring change and to be a voice for those marginalized by unfair immigration laws is to work across isles from the inside, while I understand there are viable concerns, humanity and decency should be our guiding principle. It was Martin Luther King Jr. that said, “A riot is the voice of the unheard”. Many of the “unheard” in Haiti are also uneducated, and not by choice but by imposed circumstance. It would cost the American government .1 of what they have invested in other countries with a plethora of oil and fossil fuels to end the suffering in Haiti but they chose not to, why? When asked what I have done to make change and what actions have I taken? I am learning about my government. I am participating in every program my family can afford and has made sacrifices for me to attend I.E., the State of Florida House Page and Messenger Program, and I have applied to participate in the Senate program, and late last year I helped found a club that brings cultural awareness. As I stated to be a part of the resolution for change you have to have a champion inside the house, and I want to be that champion. Thank you all for this opportunity again.
    Concrete Rose Scholarship Award
    In order to help you understand my drive for political change I have to let you know a little more about who Detra is. To begin with I am the youngest of four siblings, my mother is a fifth generation Conch, no not the mollusk a Conch is what we call people born and raised in Key West, she has been active in local community service since middle school, and last but far from least is my father, a Haitian immigrant who came to this country at the age of twenty leaving behind my two older sibling to make a better way and life for them here. And that man and that woman are the reason I want to be a conduit for change. Our current political climate affords no leeway for two things: understanding and resolution. My life experiences have firmly taught me we are more alike than different, we are just too busy: A) shouting over each other and B) needing to make someone else feel less than to make individual selves feel greater than. One of the hardest hit demographics to suffer at the hands of this political climate is that of the immigrants in America. Being born the daughter of a Haitian immigrant I have watched my father struggle, strive, and grow. He began humbly working in fast food service industry when he came to this country, but that wasn’t enough, he learned how to work in hotels, and that wasn’t enough, he became a plumbers apprentice that wasn’t enough, he received his CDL license and drove the local city bus and you guessed it that was not enough, he then got a job with Monroe County Sheriff’s office as an airport security technician where he worked for sixteen years. Every Haitian child that I have attended Key West High school with has a very similar story about their parent(s) and their undying spirit, yet these hardworking people have the hardest time immigrating to this country. Why? So many in our country proudly boast their heritage; Italian, German, Polish, etc., but few acknowledge the bridge to their heritage started with immigrants and immigration from other countries to this one. I believe the only way to bring change and to be a voice for those marginalized by unfair immigration laws is to work across isles from the inside, while I understand there are viable concerns, humanity and decency should be our guiding principle. It was Martin Luther King Jr. that said, “A riot is the voice of the unheard”. Many of the “unheard” in Haiti are also uneducated, and not by choice but by imposed circumstance. It would cost the American government .1 of what they have invested in other countries with a plethora of oil and fossil fuels to end the suffering in Haiti, but they chose not to, why? When asked what I have done to make change and what actions have I taken? I am learning about my government. I am participating in every program my family can afford and has made sacrifices for me to attend I.E., the State of Florida House Page and Messenger Program, and I have applied to participate in the Senate program, and late last year I helped found a club that brings cultural awareness. As I stated to be a part of the resolution for change you have to have a champion inside the house, and I want to be that champion. Thank you all for this opportunity again.
    ESOF Academic Scholarship
    Foremost allow me to thank the scholarship committee for this opportunity and your generosity in offering this scholarship. My name is Detra Dor I am currently a senior attending Key West High school, active in many clubs and extracurricular activities. I won’t go into them individually here, as my resume is attached, and I look forward to being able to share with you about my drive and dedication to political justice and social reform, as well as where my drive and dedication came from. I want to be a conduit for change. Our current political climate affords no leeway for two things: understanding and resolution. My life experiences have firmly taught me we are more alike than different, we are just too busy: A) shouting over each other and B) needing to make someone else feel less than to make individual selves feel greater than. One of the hardest hit demographics to suffer at the hands of this political climate is that of the immigrants in America. Being born the daughter of a Haitian immigrant I have watched my father struggle, strive, and grow. He began humbly working in fast food service industry when he came to this country, but that wasn’t enough, he learned how to work in hotels, and that wasn’t enough, he became a plumbers apprentice that wasn’t enough, he received his CDL license and drove the local city bus and you guessed it that was not enough, he then got a job with Monroe County Sheriff’s office as an airport security technician where he worked for sixteen years. Every Haitian child that I have attended Key West High school with has a very similar story about their parent(s) and their undying spirit, yet these hardworking people have the hardest time immigrating to this country. Why? So many in our country proudly boast their heritage; Italian, German, Polish, etc., but few acknowledge the bridge to their heritage started with immigrants and immigration from other countries to this one. I believe the only way to bring change and to be a voice for those marginalized by unfair immigration laws is to work across isles from the inside, while I understand there are viable concerns, humanity and decency should be our guiding principle. It was Martin Luther King Jr. that said, “A riot is the voice of the unheard”. Many of the “unheard” in Haiti are also uneducated, and not by choice but by imposed circumstance. It would cost the American government .1 of what they have invested in other countries with a plethora of oil and fossil fuels to end the suffering in Haiti but they chose not to, why? When asked what I have done to make change and what actions have I taken? I am learning about my government. I am participating in every program my family can afford and has made sacrifices for me to attend I.E., the State of Florida House Page and Messenger Program, and I have applied to participate in the Senate program, and late last year I helped found a club that brings cultural awareness. As I stated to be a part of the resolution for change you have to have a champion inside the house, and I want to be that champion. Thank you all for this opportunity again.
    Our Destiny Our Future Scholarship
    Foremost allow me to thank the scholarship committee for this opportunity and your generosity in offering this scholarship. My name is Detra Dor I am currently a senior attending Key West High school, active in many clubs and extracurricular activities. I won’t go into them individually here, as my resume is attached, and I look forward to being able to share with you about my drive and dedication to political justice and social reform, as well as where my drive and dedication came from. I want to be a conduit for change. Our current political climate affords no leeway for two things: understanding and resolution. My life experiences have firmly taught me we are more alike than different, we are just too busy: A) shouting over each other and B) needing to make someone else feel less than to make individual selves feel greater than. One of the hardest hit demographics to suffer at the hands of this political climate is that of the immigrants in America. Being born the daughter of a Haitian immigrant I have watched my father struggle, strive, and grow. He began humbly working in fast food service industry when he came to this country, but that wasn’t enough, he learned how to work in hotels, and that wasn’t enough, he became a plumbers apprentice that wasn’t enough, he received his CDL license and drove the local city bus and you guessed it that was not enough, he then got a job with Monroe County Sheriff’s office as an airport security technician where he worked for sixteen years. Every Haitian child that I have attended Key West High school with has a very similar story about their parent(s) and their undying spirit, yet these hardworking people have the hardest time immigrating to this country. Why? So many in our country proudly boast their heritage; Italian, German, Polish, etc., but few acknowledge the bridge to their heritage started with immigrants and immigration from other countries to this one. I believe the only way to bring change and to be a voice for those marginalized by unfair immigration laws is to work across isles from the inside, while I understand there are viable concerns, humanity and decency should be our guiding principle. It was Martin Luther King Jr. that said, “A riot is the voice of the unheard”. Many of the “unheard” in Haiti are also uneducated, and not by choice but by imposed circumstance. It would cost the American government .1 of what they have invested in other countries with a plethora of oil and fossil fuels to end the suffering in Haiti but they chose not to, why? When asked what I have done to make change and what actions have I taken? I am learning about my government. I am participating in every program my family can afford and has made sacrifices for me to attend I.E., the State of Florida House Page and Messenger Program, and in the Senate program, and late last year I helped found a club that brings cultural awareness. As I stated to be a part of the resolution for change you have to have a champion inside the house, and I want to be that champion. Thank you all for this opportunity again.
    Zamora Borose Goodwill Scholarship
    Allow me to thank the scholarship committee for this opportunity and your generosity. I am Detra Dor I am a senior attending Key West High school, active in many clubs and organizations, including; Girls Weightlifting, Drama, Choir, ARCC (Anti-Racism Commitment Coalition), Ladies on Campus, Executive Board, Student Council, Zonta, YEA (Young Entrepreneurs of America), and Take Stock Scholars. I have represented my school at Florida Girl’s State, as a Page in the State of Florida House of Representatives, a Page in the Florida Senate, and Homecoming Queen, In order to help you understand my drive for political change I have to let you know a little more about who Detra is. To begin with I am the youngest of four siblings, my mother is a fifth generation Conch (someone born and raised in Key West), and my father, a Haitian immigrant who came to this country at the age of twenty leaving behind my two older sibling to make a better way of life for them here. My parents are the reason I want to be a conduit for change. One of the hardest demographics to suffer at the hands of our political climate is the immigrant in America. Being born the daughter of a Haitian immigrant I have watched my father struggle, strive, and grow. He began humbly working in fast food service industry when he came to this country, but that wasn’t enough, he learned how to work in hotels, and that wasn’t enough, he became a plumbers apprentice that wasn’t enough, he received his CDL license and drove the local city bus and you guessed it that was not enough, he then got a job with Monroe County Sheriff’s office as an airport security technician where he worked for sixteen years. Every Haitian child that I have attended school with has a very similar story about their parent(s) and their undying spirit, yet these hardworking people have the hardest time immigrating to this country. So many in our country proudly boast their heritage; Italian, German, Polish, etc., few acknowledge the bridge to their heritage started with immigrants and immigration from other countries. I believe the only way to bring change and to be a voice for those marginalized by immigration laws is to work across isles from the inside, while I understand there are viable concerns, humanity and decency should be our guiding principle. As I stated to be a part of the resolution for change you have to have a champion inside the house, and I want to be that champion. My family struggles to make ends meet. My father works two jobs and my mother has three. My biggest obstacle in achieving my education is going to be financial. I have the head, heart, and will and my parents are doing everything right but they are completely honest with us all about their financial situation(s). That is why this scholarship and any others like it that I am applying for mean so much. I have and will continue to put in the work, I was not given a silver spoon, I was given a spirit of resilience, and a hard work ethic, which is why if given the opportunity to represent this scholarship and will not let you down. Thank you for your consideration and this opportunity.
    Onward and Upward Scholarship
    Allow me to thank the scholarship committee for this opportunity and your generosity. I am Detra Dor I am a senior attending Key West High school, active in many clubs and organizations, including; Girls Weightlifting, Drama, Choir, ARCC (Anti-Racism Commitment Coalition), Ladies on Campus, Executive Board, Student Council, Zonta, YEA (Young Entrepreneurs of America), and Take Stock Scholars. I have represented my school at Florida Girl’s State, as a Page in the State of Florida House of Representatives, a Page in the Florida Senate, and Homecoming Queen, In order to help you understand my drive for political change I have to let you know a little more about who Detra is. To begin with I am the youngest of four siblings, my mother is a fifth generation Conch (someone born and raised in Key West), and my father, a Haitian immigrant who came to this country at the age of twenty leaving behind my two older sibling to make a better way of life for them here. My parents are the reason I want to be a conduit for change. One of the hardest demographics to suffer at the hands of our political climate is the immigrant in America. Being born the daughter of a Haitian immigrant I have watched my father struggle, strive, and grow. He began humbly working in fast food service industry when he came to this country, but that wasn’t enough, he learned how to work in hotels, and that wasn’t enough, he became a plumbers apprentice that wasn’t enough, he received his CDL license and drove the local city bus and you guessed it that was not enough, he then got a job with Monroe County Sheriff’s office as an airport security technician where he worked for sixteen years. Every Haitian child that I have attended school with has a very similar story about their parent(s) and their undying spirit, yet these hardworking people have the hardest time immigrating to this country. So many in our country proudly boast their heritage; Italian, German, Polish, etc., few acknowledge the bridge to their heritage started with immigrants and immigration from other countries. I believe the only way to bring change and to be a voice for those marginalized by immigration laws is to work across isles from the inside, while I understand there are viable concerns, humanity and decency should be our guiding principle. As I stated to be a part of the resolution for change you have to have a champion inside the house, and I want to be that champion. My family struggles to make ends meet. My father works two jobs and my mother has three. My biggest obstacle in achieving my education is going to be financial. I have the head, heart, and will and my parents are doing everything right but they are completely honest with us all about their financial situation(s). That is why this scholarship and any others like it that I am applying for mean so much. I have and will continue to put in the work, I was not given a silver spoon, I was given a spirit of resilience, and a hard work ethic, which is why if given the opportunity to represent this scholarship and will not let you down. Thank you for your consideration and this opportunity.
    Jerzee Foundation Scholarship
    Allow me to thank the scholarship committee for this opportunity and your generosity. I am Detra Dor I am a senior attending Key West High school, active in many clubs and organizations, including Girls Weightlifting, Drama, Choir, ARCC (Anti-Racism Commitment Coalition), Ladies on Campus, Executive Board, Student Council, Zonta, YEA (Young Entrepreneurs of America), and Take Stock Scholars. I have represented my school at Florida Girl’s State, as a Page in the State of Florida House of Representatives, a Page in the Florida Senate, and Homecoming Queen, In order to help you understand my drive for political change I have to let you know a little more about who Detra is. To begin with I am the youngest of four siblings, my mother is a fifth generation Conch (someone born and raised in Key West), and my father, a Haitian immigrant who came to this country at the age of twenty leaving behind my two older siblings to make a better way of life for them here. My parents are the reason I want to be a conduit for change. One of the hardest demographics to suffer at the hands of our political climate is the immigrant in America. Being born the daughter of a Haitian immigrant I have watched my father struggle, strive, and grow. He began humbly working in fast food service industry when he came to this country, but that wasn’t enough, he learned how to work in hotels, and that wasn’t enough, he became a plumbers apprentice that wasn’t enough, he received his CDL license and drove the local city bus and you guessed it that was not enough, he then got a job with Monroe County Sheriff’s office as an airport security technician where he worked for sixteen years. Every Haitian child that I have attended school with has a very similar story about their parent(s) and their undying spirit, yet these hardworking people have the hardest time immigrating to this country. So many in our country proudly boast their heritage; Italian, German, Polish, etc., few acknowledge the bridge to their heritage started with immigrants and immigration from other countries. I believe the only way to bring change and to be a voice for those marginalized by immigration laws is to work across isles from the inside, while I understand there are viable concerns, humanity and decency should be our guiding principle. As I stated to be a part of the resolution for change you have to have a champion inside the house, and I want to be that champion. My family struggles to make ends meet. My father works two jobs, and my mother has three. My biggest obstacle in achieving my education is going to be financial. I have the head, heart, and will and my parents are doing everything right, but they are completely honest with us all about their financial situation(s). That is why this scholarship and any others like it that I am applying for mean so much. I have and will continue to put in the work, I was not given a silver spoon, I was given a spirit of resilience, and a hard work ethic, which is why if given the opportunity to represent this scholarship and will not let you down. Thank you for your consideration and this opportunity.
    Kalia D. Davis Memorial Scholarship
    Thank you foremost for this opportunity, I want to let this committee know that I hold no sense of entitlements, so bear with me as I try to explain why I feel I should be awarded this scholarship. My long-term goals and objectives include to one day serve in our Florida State Senate to bring equitable long-term change to Florida that works for working class Floridians. I am aware that “...the best laid plans of mice and men..”, but I also know my passion for justice and the well-being of my community, as well as knowing myself so, someday I know I will make a positive difference. Currently our political climate affords no leeway for two things understanding and resolution. My life experiences have taught me we are more alike than different, we are too busy: A) shouting over each other and B) needing to make someone else feel less than to make individual selves feel greater than. One of the hardest hit demographics to suffer at the hands of this political climate is that of the immigrant in America. Being born the daughter of a Haitian immigrant I have watched my father struggle, strive, and grow. I have watched both sides of my maternal family lead and leave a path of community servient leadership. That is what has made me the person I am today. Which is why this scholarship and any others I receive are so important the cost of education is riveting, and my parents currently work two and three jobs to provide a living for me and my siblings (not a lifestyle). I have and will continue to put in the work, I was not given a silver spoon, I was given a spirit of resilience, and a strong work ethic. I know you will continue to get applications of students for this scholarship that will have better GPA’s and higher test scores than mine, but, my hope is that you see my character. Every advanced class I insisted on challenging myself with I worked diligently for that grade, I pushed myself to remain involved and garner every hour of community service, which is why if given the opportunity to represent this scholarship I will not let you down, I will represent this scholarship with the tenacity that I have shown throughout my high school career. Thank you for your consideration and this opportunity in advance.
    Rev. Ethel K. Grinkley Memorial Scholarship
    Foremost allow me to thank the scholarship committee for this opportunity and your generosity in offering this scholarship. My name is Detra Dor I am currently a senior concluding my educational career at Key West High school, where I was active in many clubs and extra-curricular activities. In order to help you understand my drive for political change I have to let you know a little more in about who Detra is. To begin with I am the youngest of four siblings, my mother is a fifth generation Conch, a Conch is what we call people born and raised in Key West are, she has been active in local community service since middle school, and last but far from least is my father, a Haitian immigrant who came to this country at the age of twenty leaving behind my two older sibling to make a better way and life for them here. And that man and that woman are the reason I want to be a conduit for change. Our current political climate affords no leeway for two things understanding and resolution. My life experiences have firmly taught me we are more alike than different, we are just too busy: A) shouting over each other and B) needing to make someone else feel less than to make individual selves feel greater than. One of the hardest hit demographics to suffer at the hands of this political climate is that of the immigrant in America. Being born the daughter of a Haitian immigrant I have watched my father struggle, strive, and grow. He began humbly working in fast food service industry when he came to this country, eventually he received a job with Monroe County Sheriff’s office as an airport security technician where he worked for sixteen years. Every Haitian child that I have attended Key West High school with has a very similar story about their parent(s) and their undying spirit, yet these hardworking people have the hardest time immigrating to this country, why? So many in our country proudly boast their heritage; Italian, German, Polish, etc., but few acknowledge the bridge to their heritage started with immigrants and immigration from other countries to this one. I believe the only way to bring change and to be a voice for those marginalized by unfair immigrations laws is to work across isles from the inside, while I understand there are viable concerns, humanity and decency should be our guiding principle. When asked what I have done to make change and what actions have I taken? I am learning my government. I am participating in every program my family can afford and has made sacrifices for me to attend I.E., the State of Florida House Page and Messenger Program, and I have applied to participate in the Senate program, and late last year I helped found a club that brings cultural awareness. As I stated to be a part of the resolution for change you have to have a champion inside the house, and I want to be that champion. Thank you all for this opportunity again.
    Derk Golden Memorial Scholarship
    . Our class is the graduating inaugural class of COVID. My freshman year was all online so there was very few extra-curricular activities that were available to us, there was some clubs and activities that were available via Zoom and Teams for example; choir, executive board, and student council though those online activities did help keep us grounded the lack of direct interaction was obvious and detrimental. By my sophomore year we began “rotating schedules” with limited sports and in person extra-curricular activities. It was that year my mom saw a notice about the try-outs for the girls weightlifting team and she said she thought I should do it but of course what do parents know? “Eww girls lifting weights…mom”, she said she really thought I’d like and she even put me in contact with a friend of hers whose daughter was on the team, “No thanks, I’ll pass”. By my junior year school was back in full-swing and, what COVID? It was then one of my friends suggested we try out together and reluctantly I did. Best decision I’ve made. The interactions at meets are unlike anything I’ve experienced, it’s not like more popular sports where fans and players are oppositional, literally girls weightlifting has us cheering each other on regardless of the team or which school you are actually “competing” for, and there is a lesson in there that our world can learn from. Even more personally, as someone that has been…”big boned” her entire life it provided me a place of acceptance and comfort, a place where my size finally wasn’t the brunt of the joke or jeers. Girls’ weight-lifting changed my physical health as well, I was pre-diabetic coming into the sport, and I never met a gym that I liked but, now I no longer have to take medications. Please don’t get me wrong as I am still…”big-boned” but this sport has given me a confidence I cannot quite explain or put in words. This sport gave me the confidence to go on and become Key West High School’s 73rd homecoming queen. Strength can be built one of two ways, from the inside-out or the outside in, weight-lifting allowed me to do both work on both at the same time. My plans include to attend an undergraduate program in Florida where I want to major in either political sciences or public administration. If asked what I have done to make change and what actions have I taken, I am diligently learning my government from the inside. I am participating in every program my family can afford and has made sacrifices for me to attend I.E., the State of Florida House Page and Messenger Program, and I have participated in the Senate messenger program in 2024. I have attended Florida’s Girls State Program. Locally I have worked and volunteered with my Grandfather Commissioner Clayton Lopez which has given me the ability to see local government in action. To be a part of the resolution for any change(s) you have to have a champion from inside “the house”, and I want to be that champion for the working people of Florida, in its government. My parents work diligently to provide for my siblings and myself, two jobs each. My parent’s goal for us is to make sure that we all obtain our degrees, I have seen their sacrifices and I want you to know this committee that you will not find a more grateful or humble recipient if I am selected to represent Derk Golden and his memory. Thank you all for your time and consideration.
    Eunice Richardson Scholarship for Girls
    Foremost allow me to thank the scholarship committee for this opportunity and your generosity. My name is Detra Dor I am currently a senior attending Key West High school, active in many clubs and extra-curricular activities. My immediate post graduate goals are two-part. First, I would like to travel to see other communities that have been able to produce successful legislation and bring the aforementioned lasting impactful legislation. College is great, it’s a necessary tool in today’s world, however true change and understanding only comes from getting out amongst the people. I have had the privilege of growing up and flourishing in my hometown of Key West, and I already have garnered a perspective where I have seen how people of opposite political parties have the ability to work together for the greater good and being able to look past personal and party ideologies. Now what I need to see for myself is what national media shows us as this “great divide”. The second part of my immediate post college requirements include community service. I cannot just learn what works and what doesn’t and not put it into action right here in my home state that has given so much to me. In James 2:14-26 in the Bible it says, “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” Many on both sides of the isle often enter into politics hoping to represent people they do not know, looking to meet needs they cannot understand. College is a great tool, and a great launching pad, but the diversity of our state let alone our country needs an understanding and hands on approach to its diverse populations. Summarizing like Halle Bailey said in the Little Mermaid, “I wanna be where the people are” that’s where true change and unification can happen. I know that to some extent my words may come across as somewhat naïve and I’m sure some of you reading this have chuckled at some point, and even said to yourself easier said than done, and I get that, but I also get what Mother Teresa meant when she said, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” My post collegiate goals are basically to be a ripple that becomes a tsunami of change. I would love to represent Florida as a State Senator, or Representative. I am also not so egotistical as to not be aware that even the best laid plans of mice and men can go astray, but should that occur I will find a way through the plethora of behind the scenes avenues and political career opportunities to still be that ripple. Do I have it all figured out statistically and analytically how I can bring about meaningful legislation and change, absolutely not, but even more than having a plan are the goals of unification, understanding, and implementation of that faith into good works. Thank you and while I do hope it’s me that receives this scholarship however, if it’s not then my sincerest of hopes is that the person chosen holds this opportunity to represent Eunice Richardson with the same reverence I would. Thank you.
    Ryan T. Herich Memorial Scholarship
    Winner
    Foremost thank you to the Ryan T. Herlich Scholarship committee for this opportunity. I look forward to using this time in this essay to provide an understating of how my I will use my education to support not only my future but, also the future of my state and country. In order to help you understand my drive for political change I have to let you know a little more in about who Detra is. To begin with I am the youngest of four siblings, my mother is a fifth generation Conch, no not the mollusk a Conch is what we call people born and raised in Key West, she has been active in local community service since middle school, and last but far from least is my father, a Haitian immigrant who came to this country at the age of twenty leaving behind my two older sibling to make a better way and life for them here. And that man and that woman are the reason I want to be a conduit for change. I grew up in a home where you could find FOX NEWS, CNN, BBC, or MSNBC playing at any time. Road trips we listened to music and played games but we also listened to NPR and hosted our own theoretical, philosophical and most times heated debates. Even being the youngest of four very individual siblings I was never one to back down from expressing my own views, even when mom and dad joined the conversation. I can still hear my mom yell from the front seat, “Stick to the facts!” It also helped that I loved spending time with my grandparents, my mother’s father is a local politician and I love seeing him in action. I love watching him get his point across, in a room that could be a sea of discontent, my grandfather could walk out with people seeing his perspective and understanding…even if their feathers were still ruffled, there is respect. Something that is desperately missing from today’s political climate, respect, respect for differences of opinions. Much like on those road trips where me and my siblings and parents would get our heated points across but still love and respect each other while not losing site of the ultimate goal. I do feel as though we as a country have lost that respect and sight of an ultimate goal, with the help of this scholarship my education will help me learn more about the roots of my country, the ability to communicate effectively and help me and others like me that know the gap is not as great as “the spin” makes it out to be close it. I have already embarked on a path there, I have participated in Florida’s Girls State Program, Florida’s House Page and Messenger Program, and Florida’s Senate Page Program. My sincerest intention is to double major in political science, and constitutional law, currently I’m a theater kid so with all my tools I feel as though I’ll be a natural politician. I want to use my very dynamically diverse background to help prove politically we all have a meeting place and even if feathers are ruffled when we leave that space we can leave each other with respect.
    Marie Jean Baptiste Memorial Scholarship
    In order to help you understand my drive for political change I have to let you know a little more in about who Detra is. To begin with I am the youngest of four siblings, my mother is a fifth generation Conch, no not the mollusk a Conch is what we call people born and raised in Key West, she has been active in local community service since middle school, and last but far from least is my father, a Haitian immigrant who came to this country at the age of twenty leaving behind my two older sibling to make a better way and life for them here. And that man and that woman are the reason I want to be a conduit for change. Our current political climate affords no leeway for two things understanding and resolution. My life experiences have firmly taught me we are more alike than different, we are just too busy: A) shouting over each other and B) needing to make someone else feel less than to make individual selves feel greater than. One of the hardest hit demographics to suffer at the hands of this political climate is that of the immigrant in America. Being born the daughter of a Haitian immigrant I have watched my father struggle, strive, and grow. He began humbly working in fast food service industry when he came to this country, but that wasn’t enough, he learned how to work in hotels, and that wasn’t enough, he became a plumbers apprentice that wasn’t enough, he received his CDL license and drove the local city bus and you guessed it that was not enough, he then got a job with Monroe County Sheriff’s office as an airport security technician where he worked for sixteen years. Every Haitian child that I have attended Key West High school with has a very similar story about their parent(s) and their undying spirit, yet these hardworking people have the hardest time immigrating to this country, why? So many in our country proudly boast their heritage; Italian, German, Polish, etc., but few acknowledge the bridge to their heritage started with immigrants and immigration from other countries to this one. I believe the only way to bring change and to be a voice for those marginalized by unfair immigrations laws is to work across isles from the inside, while I understand there are viable concerns, humanity and decency should be our guiding principle. I am learning my government. I am participating in every program my family can afford and has made sacrifices for me to attend I.E., the State of Florida House Page and Messenger Program, and I have participated in the Senate page program, and late last year I helped found a club that brings cultural awareness. As I stated to be a part of the resolution for change you have to have a champion inside the house, and I want to be that champion. Thank you all for this opportunity again.
    Aserina Hill Memorial Scholarship
    Allow me to thank the scholarship committee for this opportunity and your generosity. I am Detra Dor I am a senior attending Key West High school, active in many clubs and organizations, including; Girls Weightlifting, Drama, Choir, ARCC (Anti-Racism Commitment Coalition), Ladies on Campus, Executive Board, Student Council, Zonta, YEA (Young Entrepreneurs of America), and Take Stock Scholars. I have represented my school at Florida Girl’s State, as a Page in the State of Florida House of Representatives, a Page in the Florida Senate, and I selected to represent my school as its 73rd Homecoming Queen, In order to help you understand my drive for political change I have to let you know a little more in about who Detra is. To begin with I am the youngest of four siblings, my mother is a fifth generation Conch (someone born and raised in Key West…not the literal mollusk), and my father, a Haitian immigrant who came to this country at the age of twenty forced to leave behind my two older siblings in order to make a better way of life for them here. My parents are the reason I want to be a conduit for change because for as long as I can remember I have watched my family who financially have had the least to give always find a way to help others. My mother and father raised us to believe and understand that we are born into a world only 1 part of whole, and that we have responsibility to help make that whole better. My long-term goals and objectives include to one day serve in our Florida State Senate to bring equitable long-term change to Florida. I am aware that “..the best laid plans of mice and men..”, but I also know my passion for justice as well as knowing myself so someday I will make a positive difference. Immediately though I definitely want to attend a Florida College or University and my further preference is to attend an HBCU. My goal is to major in political science, and or public policy and post-graduate law school. Which is why this scholarship and any others I might receive are so important the cost of education is sky high, and my parents currently work two jobs a piece to provide for me and my siblings. That brings me to the question posed, “if I could start a charity what would it be”, it would be a charity that helps working class families in Florida. The families that do not receive assistance via insurance or any other subsidy, the families that sacrifice time at home with their children to put meals on the table and a roof over their heads. My charity would help make sure that any child who wanted to participate in extra-curricular activities could without their parents having to take out a loan to cover expenses, and parents would be able to actually attend the children’s events opposed to having to work just to afford them. In my observation having volunteered with many organizations the breakdown is not in physically supplying goods but rather financially supporting needs. I would just like to again thank you the committee for this opportunity, I promise if selected to receive this scholarship I will work hard and represent it proudly.
    Rev. Frank W. Steward Memorial Scholarship
    Allow me to thank the scholarship committee for this opportunity and your generosity. I am Detra Dor I am a senior attending Key West High school, active in many clubs and organizations, including Girls Weightlifting, Drama, Choir, ARCC (Anti-Racism Commitment Coalition), Ladies on Campus, Executive Board, Student Council, Zonta, YEA (Young Entrepreneurs of America), and Take Stock Scholars. I have represented my school at Florida Girl’s State, as a Page in the State of Florida House of Representatives, a Page in the Florida Senate, and Homecoming Queen, In order to help you understand my drive for political change I have to let you know a little more in about who Detra is. To begin with I am the youngest of four siblings, my mother is a fifth generation Conch (someone born and raised in Key West), and my father, a Haitian immigrant who came to this country at the age of twenty leaving behind my two older siblings to make a better way of life for them here. My parents are the reason I want to be a conduit for change. One of the hardest demographics to suffer at the hands of our political climate is the immigrant in America. Being born the daughter of a Haitian immigrant I have watched my father struggle, strive, and grow. He began humbly working in fast food service industry when he came to this country, but that wasn’t enough, he learned how to work in hotels, and that wasn’t enough, he became a plumbers apprentice that wasn’t enough, he received his CDL license and drove the local city bus and you guessed it that was not enough, he then got a job with Monroe County Sheriff’s office as an airport security technician where he worked for sixteen years. Every Haitian child that I have attended school with has a very similar story about their parent(s) and their undying spirit, yet these hardworking people have the hardest time immigrating to this country. So many in our country proudly boast their heritage; Italian, German, Polish, etc., few acknowledge the bridge to their heritage started with immigrants and immigration from other countries. I believe the only way to bring change and to be a voice for those marginalized by immigrations laws is to work across isles from the inside, while I understand there are viable concerns, humanity and decency should be our guiding principle. As I stated to be a part of the resolution for change you have to have a champion inside the house, and I want to be that champion. In the spirit of complete transparency, I know that what my parents make on paper looks good but, when you add in the factors of four children (all pursuing higher education) and living in a city where the cost of living is literally 4x the national average my family struggles to make ends meet. My father works two jobs, and my mother has three. My biggest obstacle in achieving my educational is going to be financial. I have the head, heart, and will and my parents are doing everything right, but they are completely honest with us all about their financial situation(s). That is why this scholarship and any others like it that I am applying for mean so much. I have and will continue to put in the work, I was not given a silver spoon, I was given a spirit of resilience, and a hard work ethic, which is why if given the opportunity to represent this scholarship and will not let you down. Thank you for your consideration and this opportunity.
    Goobie-Ramlal Education Scholarship
    Allow me to thank the scholarship committee for this opportunity and your generosity. I am Detra Dor I am a senior attending Key West High school, active in many clubs and organizations, including Girls Weightlifting, Drama, Choir, ARCC (Anti-Racism Commitment Coalition), Ladies on Campus, Executive Board, Student Council, Zonta, YEA (Young Entrepreneurs of America), and Take Stock Scholars. In order to help you understand my drive for political change I have to let you know a little more in about who Detra is. To begin with I am the youngest of four siblings, my mother is a fifth generation Conch (someone born and raised in Key West), and my father, a Haitian immigrant who came to this country at the age of twenty leaving behind my two older sibling to make a better way and life for them here, that man and that woman are the reason I want to be a conduit for change. One of the hardest demographics to suffer at the hands of this political climate is that of the immigrant in America. Being born the daughter of a Haitian immigrant I have watched my father struggle, strive, and grow. He began humbly working in fast food service industry when he came to this country, but that wasn’t enough, he learned how to work in hotels, and that wasn’t enough, he became a plumbers apprentice that wasn’t enough, he received his CDL license and drove the local city bus and you guessed it that was not enough, he then got a job with Monroe County Sheriff’s office as an airport security technician where he worked for sixteen years. Every Haitian child that I have attended school with has a very similar story about their parent(s) and their undying spirit, yet these hardworking people have the hardest time immigrating to this country. So many in our country proudly boast their heritage; Italian, German, Polish, etc., few acknowledge the bridge to their heritage started with immigrants and immigration from other countries. I believe the only way to bring change and to be a voice for those marginalized by immigrations laws is to work across isles from the inside, while I understand there are viable concerns, humanity and decency should be our guiding principle. I have family that has built towns, orphanages, and schools in Haiti, and today it is just not safe for them. My father told us how, he had to hide in the “jungle” until his brothers could get him out of the country to come to America seeking asylum. Today the gangs have been given power over the country, people go without food, or peace, PTSD is now a way of life there. We cannot send supplies, corruption keeps it out of the hands of those it’s intended for, and yet I cannot hate the “leaders” of the gangs, they lived without for so long no aide, no relief, after the Presidential assassination they saw an opening. It was Martin Luther King Jr. that said, “A riot is the voice of the unheard”. Many of the “unheard” in Haiti are also uneducated, and not by choice but by imposed circumstance. It would cost the American government .1 of what they have invested in other countries with a plethora of oil and fossil fuels to end the suffering in Haiti, but they chose not to, why? As I stated to be a part of the resolution for change you have to have a champion inside the house, and I want to be that champion. Thank you all for this opportunity again.
    Marques D. Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship
    Foremost allow me to express my extreme gratitude and appreciation to the scholarship committee and the family and loved ones of Marques D. Rodriguez. You all have elected to turn your pain into opportunity for another high school student and that in and of itself takes a certain kind of selflessness not many posses to be able to do that. My name is Detra Dor, in my high school career I have been active in; Choir, Theater, Executive Board, Student Council, Zonta, Ladies on Campus, ARCC (Anti-Racism Commitment Coalition), Take Stock Scholars, Girls Weightlifting, and I was crowned Key West High School Homecoming Queen. I look forward in the forthcoming essay in letting you know how I love music and arts and how it has impacted my life. From a very young age I was introduced to the stage through pageants when my mom entered me in my first one at the age of one. From that early time forward the stage, performance, and music has provided me with a place that is a safe haven, a place where I can literally be anyone that I wanted to be including my most honest self. When I perform I feel as though it's my chance to give back, not to the audience but instead to the arts themselves. Performance and the arts have given me a confidence that I cannot be more grateful for and will take forward in every aspect of my life. Having grown up a "plus-size" girl and always hyper-aware of my presence, pageants and performing in our local Camp Bravo bolstered my confidence giving me a place where I belong. I tried out for my elementary school choir in the third grade and I made it...well actually everyone made it but I digress. When I hit that stage being a part of the ensemble made me feel as though I had a place where I belonged. I was looking to stand out, I had feeling that my voice contributed to an overall sound, a harmony, a togetherness not just of sound but the music of everything...does that make sense? I felt connected. That summer I joined Camp Bravo and I had my first starring role as the bumble bee in the Wizard of Oz (I bet you didn't know there was a bumble bee in the Wizard of Oz) ok maybe it wasn't a starring role. From there I participated in the Camp Bravo summer programs for the six years where I've had the opportunity to dedicate myself to characters like Glenda the Good Witch, to Evilline (The Wiz), and most recently Grandma Tala in Moana. I have loved every moment of how the stage has given so much to me including the confidence to navigate through a world where we often hear we aren't enough and need to be more, instead finding a place where I have been accepted for who I am and being more than enough. I have to say I did a little research into Marques and saw where one of his favorite movies was Sing 2, and I love that movie! My favorite character Johnny portrayed by actor and singer Taron Egerton. Johnny also had to break away from "norms" and he too found his place in music and the stage. In Sing 1 Johnny sang I'm Still Standing..."looking like a true survivor feeling like a little kid". Theater art and music has allowed me to stand and find my place in the world today, yeah, yeah, yeah. Thank you in advance for any consideration.
    Spider-Man Showdown Scholarship
    Foremost, allow me to thank the committee for this opportunity and your generosity. My name is Detra Dor, currently, I’m a senior attending Key West High School, active in many clubs and extra-curricular activities. Thank you for this chance to explain to the world once and for all why Thomas Stanley Holland is hands down the best Spider-Man to date. Thomas or as he is affectionately known by me as Tom was made for the role of Spiderman. He possesses the youth and charisma that is reflected in today's generation and the MCU's vision for a wide-eyed neophyte known as Peter Parker. While I have a deep-seeded respect for Andrew Garfield's dark and brooding characterization of Spider-Man it fell short of the target audience I felt for Spider-Man. Now coming in at a close second Tobey Maguire brought a coming-of-age Spider-Man more traditional and in line with the comic book version. of everyone's favorite superhero. Tom Holland has had the emotional range and growth to take us on a full-circle journey with the characters of both Peter Parker and Spiderman. Yes, Tom plays the role so intently he gives validation to Peter Parker and where many have only portrayed Spider-Man I feel Tom Holland has done an equitable job portraying both. One final singular word why Mr. Holland is the undisputed best Spider-Man, "Zendaya". Thank you again for this opportunity.