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Faith-Amber Townsend

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My name is Faith Townsend and I am a senior at Buena High School. My #1 goal in life is to ensure that the majority of the kids of our future will be able to live a secure, successful, and safe life. Because of the challenges I have faced throughout my childhood, it is my lifelong mission to aid those in need and provide society with the proper resources. With my empathetic depth, I believe that I will be most successful in the field of social work and I aspire to have a positive impact in each and every soul I am lucky to come across!

Education

Buena High School

High School
2020 - 2024

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Master's degree program

  • Majors of interest:

    • Social Work
    • Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions
    • Neurobiology and Neurosciences
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Mental Health Care

    • Dream career goals:

      Social Worker

    • Barista

      Starbucks, Target
      2022 – Present2 years
    • Crew Member

      Cold Stone
      2022 – 2022

    Sports

    Track & Field

    Junior Varsity
    2022 – 2022

    Arts

    • International Thespian Society

      Theatre
      2021 – 2022

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      DECA — Member
      2022 – 2023
    • Volunteering

      Yearbook — Copy Editor
      2023 – Present
    • Volunteering

      SADD — Historian
      2023 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Key Club — Member
      2021 – 2023

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Volunteering

    Philanthropy

    Mental Health Empowerment Scholarship
    At the age of fourteen, I found myself in hysterics in the corner of a room at a mental hospital. I remember the day like it was yesterday. As I played card games with my fellow patients, my heart began to race out of nowhere. My surroundings blended into each other as I was engulfed by the waves of a panic attack. In a corner, I wailed until every last bit of liquid that my body could produce coursed out of me. At first, I didn't believe anyone could save me from the trauma and neglect of my childhood. There I was, drowning in the flurry of my mind when Holly´s presence came to rescue me and instilled hope in my mind with her delicate understanding. Holly was a social worker at the facility where I was institutionalized. With every promising word she breathed, she inspired me to shatter the chains of Filipino generational trauma to provide my children with the life I wasn't able to have. Because of her, I discovered that mental illness is a sickness just like physical illness, and just as people can recover from a broken bone or cold, those who struggle with mental health issues can alleviate their internal conflicts with the right tools. Leaving the mental hospital made me acknowledge that there are countless children everywhere with parallel experiences and need someone to count on. From there on, I made it my mission to be that person for them. Becoming a social worker takes more than just passion; you have to put in the work to get there. Recognizing this, I initiated therapy following the mental hospital. Talking to my therapist acted like a mirror that reflected the experiences and emotions I suppressed. With every preceding session, it was as if I was sewing up the wounds of the past, contriving a new narrative for myself. By having access to these resources, I was able to identify patterns in the problems of my friends and family and help them navigate through the peril. We are all connected; by taking the time to understand oneself, one can aid in the healing of others. Because of mental health workers, I never had to navigate the labyrinth of my challenges alone. Their unwavering dedication to helping others inspired me to do the same. With the help of my therapist, I can tackle obstacles better than ever before, and it aids in the process of identifying the emotions and patterns of those around me, which enables me to help my loved ones. By becoming a social worker, I will make my inner child proud because she knows that no one else in the world should have gone through what she went through alone.
    VonDerek Casteel Being There Counts Scholarship
    My name is Faith Townsend, and I am a senior at Buena High School in Sierra Vista, Arizona. On the outside, many take my cheerful character for a grain of salt. However, underneath my bubbly personality, I have risen from the depths of trauma, neglect, addiction, abuse, and mental health challenges. The trials and tribulations I have faced push me to make a positive impact on the lives of others. My transformative journey from weed dependency to aspiring social worker has fueled my lifelong mission to assist individuals in need who have faced experiences parallel to mine. Ultimately, I yearn of pursuing a Master of Social Work degree at Arizona State University to supply myself with the wisdom and mastery necessary to be an influential agent of change. My decision to pursue a career in social work is deeply rooted in my life experiences. Overcoming my struggles with chronic substance abuse and mental illness has been a turning point in my life. I have personally seen what the right amount of support, empathy, and professional guidance can do from being sent to mental hospitals six times. With the help of social workers, my therapist, and like-minded companions, I developed a profound desire to return the favor and dedicate my life to helping others find their paths to recovery and resilience. Receiving this scholarship would be one step further to fulfilling my dream of becoming an MSW. Not only would it alleviate the financial burden associated with pursuing an advanced degree, it would allow me to focus wholeheartedly on my schooling and professional evolution. With your help, I can contribute meaningfully to the field of social work. Moreover, your support would empower me to participate in internships and fundamental research, which are crucial in gaining practical experience and making a tangible impact in the lives of those who need it most. By investing in my education, you would be investing in a future social worker dedicated to breaking the cycle of adversity and poverty, one life at a time. I would have never gotten to this point in my life if I was not faced with lifelong adversity and financial hardship. Growing up in poverty with an immigrant mother from the Philippines who fell victim to generational trauma exposed me to the harsh realities of life. However, these experiences have not defined me; they have fueled my determination to break the cycle of generational poverty and trauma to aid in navigating others with similar experiences and instill hope back into the hearts of those in hardship. Pursuing an MSW at ASU is the next step in my mission to create positive change in the lives of individuals and communities. I believe I am not only capable of excelling in this field, but also making a significant difference. With your support through this scholarship, I can turn my dreams into reality and, in turn, help transform the lives of countless others. Thank you for your time and consideration.
    Trudgers Fund
    My name is Faith Townsend, and I am from Oxnard, California—a city infamous for its struggles with gangs and immigration. I believe that our experiences, no matter how challenging, have the power to shape us into stronger individuals. My journey from a life overcome by poverty, substance abuse, and suffering to one filled with determination, academic success, and community engagement is my testament to the transformative power of self-improvement and perserverance. Oxnard was a problematic environment to navigate. Poverty was an ongoing presence that limited my opportunities and surrounded me with negative influences. One of the most consequential challenges I faced was the exposure to marijuana when I was barely in the sixth grade. Eventually, it became a way for me to escape the harsh realities of my surroundings. While some argue that marijuana is not physically addictive, I experienced the emotional grip it had on me as I struggled with depression and used it as a coping mechanism. I found myself in a vicious cycle of smoking weed daily, trapping me in the darkest period of my life. My dependence isolated me from friends and family as I secluded myself in my bed everyday, having leisurely access to my wax pen. The anger and despair I felt consumed me, culminating in a mental breakdown that landed me in a mental hospital. It was during this challenging time that I began to reflect on my past, particularly the trauma I endured as a child when my mother physically abused and neglected me. This revelation forced me to confront the deep-rooted traumas that had contributed to my struggles. Recovery was a slow and demanding process, but it was during this period that I discovered the resilience within myself. I dedicated myself to sobriety and sought therapy to address the emotional scars left by my childhood. As I gradually reconstructed my life, I found new outlets for my energy and devotion. Determined to make up for lost time, I began to excel academically, earning good grades in honors, AP, and regular classes like I did as a child. Simultaneously, I became involved in community service, becoming an avid club member of the Key Club at my high school. Today, I am proud to say that I have not only overcome the adversity that once held me captive, but have also become an advocate for positive change within my community. My commitment to academic excellence and community service has opened up new opportunities for me, including the possibility of obtaining a scholarship to further my education. I am determined to continue my educational journey, not only for my personal growth, but also to be a beacon of hope for others facing similar challenges. With your support, I aspire to make the most of this scholarship opportunity and continue striving for a better life, not only for myself, but for my community as well. Thank you for considering my application.
    Marian Haley Memorial Scholarship
    To me, education extends far beyond the walls of a college or university. It is a lifelong pursuit of knowledge; an ongoing quest to understand and grow. Every day presents an opportunity to broaden my horizons. The desire to be educated goes beyond a diploma; it is a commitment to personal and intellectual growth that will accompany me throughout my journey in life. Attending college is a crucial step in my educational journey. One day, I would like to go to ASU to earn my MSW because it has been my lifelong journey to help others. A higher education opens doors to career opportunities and allows individuals to pursue their passions, college can foster personal growth, independence, and a broader perspective on the world. I realized this because of my mother, an immigrant from the Philippines, who never had the guidance or opportunity to obtain a college education. My mother, like many immigrants, worked tirelessly under the table, in jobs that offered no job security or benefits. Despite these unsafe work conditions, she never hesitated to secure a roof over our heads. Up until I was a teenager, I shared a bed with my mom, washing our dishes in the bathroom sink. Living like this made me realize that education was the key to unlocking opportunities in life. Every day I went to school, she planted a seed of unwavering perseverance in me, which would eventually fuel my mission to obtain a college degree. Another profound factor in my decision to attend college is the everlasting desire to have security in my life. Growing up in a financially unstable environment, I often found myself caught in the web of poverty and familial inconsistency. The unpredictability and instability in my youth made me realize I was the only person I could rely on. Realizing that a higher education was the ticket to a secure future, I set my sights on obtaining a MSW at Arizona State University. Education is sacred; it is the key to having a secure future. Going to college is not only a ticket to a better future but an opportunity to expand my insights and gain opportunities from and with those around me. Ultimately, the importance of education lies in its ability to empower individuals to reach their full potential and contribute meaningfully to society. With my MSW, my mission is to help children with parallel experiences who need someone to count on.
    Fishers of Men-tal Health Scholarship
    At the age of fourteen, I found myself in hysterics in the corner of a room at a mental hospital. I remember the day like it was yesterday. As I played card games with my fellow patients, my heart began to race out of nowhere. My surroundings blended into each other as I was engulfed by the waves of a panic attack. In a corner, I wailed until every last bit of liquid that my body could produce coursed out of me. At first, I didn't believe anyone could save me from the trauma and neglect of my childhood. There I was, drowning in the flurry of my mind when Holly´s presence came to rescue me and instilled hope in my mind with her delicate understanding. Holly was a social worker at the facility where I was institutionalized. With every promising word she breathed, she inspired me to shatter the chains of Filipino generational trauma to provide my children with the life I wasn't able to have. Because of her, I discovered that mental illness is a sickness just like physical illness, and just as people can recover from a broken bone or cold, those who struggle with mental health issues can alleviate their internal conflicts with the right tools. Leaving the mental hospital made me acknowledge that there are countless children everywhere with parallel experiences and need someone to count on. From there on, I made it my mission to be that person for them. Becoming a social worker takes more than just passion; you have to put in the work to get there. Recognizing this, I initiated therapy following the mental hospital. Talking to my therapist acted like a mirror that reflected the experiences and emotions I suppressed. With every preceding session, it was as if I was sewing up the wounds of the past, contriving a new narrative for myself. By having access to these resources, I was able to identify patterns in the problems of my friends and family and help them navigate through the peril. We are all connected; by taking the time to understand oneself, one can aid in the healing of others. Because of mental health workers, I never had to navigate the labyrinth of my challenges alone. Their unwavering dedication to helping others inspired me to do the same. With the help of my therapist, I can tackle obstacles better than ever before, and it aids in the process of identifying the emotions and patterns of those around me, which enables me to help my loved ones. By becoming a social worker, I will make my inner child proud because she knows that no one else in the world should have gone through what she went through alone.