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Gracy Chery

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Bio

My name is Gracy Chery, and I am a Haitian-American high school senior in Port Saint Lucie, Florida. I am a very ambitious and committed student. I am a straight-A student with a weighted GPA of 4.3 that I obtained by taking honor classes and dual enrolment at Indian River State College. I am currently enrolled in their business program for AA. I take part in community service in my neighborhood with the Key Club and volunteer service at my school in the library and events. I am also part of a math tutoring after school for middle schoolers. I have played the piano from a young age; performing at my schools and my church. I have unconditional love for tennis and I hope to have my own club one day. I found most of my joy in music. I also am that friend in the group that is always on alert. I hope that helped you get to know me a little more.

Education

Treasure Coast High School

High School
2019 - 2023

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Master's degree program

  • Majors of interest:

    • Education, Other
    • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Business Supplies and Equipment

    • Dream career goals:

      Becoming a business onwer.

      Sports

      Tennis

      Club
      2022 – Present2 years

      Public services

      • Volunteering

        Safe space — Volunteers with school
        2021 – Present
      • Volunteering

        Key Club — Member
        2021 – Present

      Future Interests

      Advocacy

      Volunteering

      Entrepreneurship

      Xavier M. Monroe Heart of Gold Memorial Scholarship
      As a Haitian immigrant, I can vividly recall the time when I faced a significant challenge while waiting for my green card to attend college in the United States. The anticipation and excitement of embarking on a new educational journey were met with an unexpected setback—the delay in receiving my green card. This obstacle had a profound impact on me, both emotionally and academically, and taught me valuable lessons that have shaped my perspective and approach to life. The arrival of my green card was delayed, causing a wave of disappointment and frustration. I had meticulously planned my transition to college, envisioning a seamless start to my academic pursuits. However, the unexpected setback disrupted my plans and left me in a state of uncertainty. The dream of pursuing higher education felt distant and out of reach, and I grappled with feelings of helplessness and frustration. This experience tested my resilience and taught me the importance of adaptability and patience. I had to reassess my plans, seeking alternative paths to achieve my educational goals while waiting for my green card. It was a period of self-reflection and soul-searching, as I realized that setbacks are an inevitable part of life, and how we respond to them determines our future success. The delay in receiving my green card also heightened my appreciation for the opportunities and privileges that come with legal status. It made me acutely aware of the challenges faced by immigrants who navigate complex immigration processes, often with limited resources and support. This newfound understanding fueled my passion for advocating for immigrant rights and promoting inclusivity in society. Moreover, the experience taught me the power of perseverance and the importance of having a strong support network. The unwavering encouragement from my family, friends, and mentors played a pivotal role in helping me maintain a positive mindset during these challenging times. Their belief in me and constant support reminded me of my own strength and capabilities. Ultimately, this setback propelled me to approach life with a growth mindset and an unwavering determination to overcome obstacles. It taught me the value of resilience, adaptability, and empathy. I learned to embrace uncertainty, seek alternative paths, and remain steadfast in pursuing my dreams. As a Haitian immigrant, this experience has shaped my perspective on the power of resilience, the significance of legal status, and the importance of advocating for immigrant rights. It has fueled my desire to make a positive impact on the lives of others and to contribute to creating a more inclusive and equitable society. Through my journey as an immigrant, I aspire to inspire others and be a voice for those who face similar challenges, empowering them to overcome setbacks and pursue their dreams with unwavering determination.
      Rose Ifebigh Memorial Scholarship
      As a Haitian girl who moved to America three years ago due to government problems in Haiti, my story is one of resilience and hope. Leaving my home country was not an easy decision, but I embarked on this journey seeking stability and opportunities. Since arriving in America, I have faced numerous challenges while adapting to a new culture, language, and education system. However, I am determined to overcome these obstacles and build a better future for myself. My Haitian heritage has instilled in me a strong sense of community, perseverance, and pride in my cultural roots. Being a foreign student has allowed me to engage with diverse perspectives, learn from people of different backgrounds, and expand my horizons. I have had the privilege of immersing myself in a new academic environment, embracing new knowledge, and developing cross-cultural communication skills. The experience has broadened my understanding of the world and fostered a sense of empathy and openness. While it is common to face challenges, it is also possible to feel a sense of dissatisfaction or frustration if the educational environment does not meet one's expectations. It is important to recognize that each person's experience may vary based on personal circumstances, individual goals, and the specific educational institution they attend. I felt that my academic experience as an immigrant has not been as fulfilling as I desired in the beginning due to the language barrier between my professors and classmates. I reached out to professors who can offer guidance and support. They had additional resources and suggest alternative learning opportunities that align with my interests and aspirations. The impact of the journey on one's life and career choices can vary greatly depending on personal experiences and aspirations. While some individuals may prioritize financial stability and seek career paths that offer quick financial gains, others may focus on long-term personal growth, pursuing fields they are passionate about, or making a positive impact in their communities. It's important to find a balance between financial goals and personal fulfillment. The journey of being an immigrant or a foreign student can shape one's perspective, values, and career aspirations, inspiring individuals to pursue careers that align with their passions, interests, and desire for making a positive contribution to society. Overall, life as an immigrant and foreign student is a transformative and multifaceted experience. It brings challenges, growth, and an opportunity to contribute to a diverse and inclusive society. It has shaped my character, expanded my worldview, and equipped me with valuable skills that will continue to influence my personal and professional journey.
      Servant Ships Scholarship
      Books and films have been my constant companions, opening doors to captivating narratives, thought-provoking ideas, and life-altering experiences. As an avid reader and film enthusiast, I have come to appreciate the transformative power of storytelling. In this essay, I will explore the valuable lessons I have gleaned from various literary and cinematic works, and how they have shaped my goals. Additionally, I will share my aspirations to make a positive impact on the world and my community through education, drawing inspiration from the book "Atomic Habits." I find myself drawn to non-fiction literature due to its alignment with my personal interests and intellectual curiosity. Exploring topics such as history, philosophy, and science has always been a captivating journey for me. While I acknowledge the power of fiction in sparking imagination and creativity, I tend to gravitate towards works that offer insightful perspectives, in-depth analysis, and real-world applications. I believe that both fiction and non-fiction have their unique merits, and my personal preference lies in the pursuit of knowledge and factual understanding As I embarked on my journey of personal and intellectual growth, I stumbled upon the book "Atomic Habits" by James Clear. This insightful guide delves into the profound impact that small, consistent habits can have on achieving meaningful goals. It taught me the importance of focusing on the process rather than fixating solely on the outcome. By applying the principles outlined in "Atomic Habits," I have come to realize that my goals are not insurmountable mountains to conquer but rather a series of intentional actions and habits to cultivate. Self-Improvement and Continuous Learning: Books and films have instilled in me a deep appreciation for self-improvement and lifelong learning. From autobiographies of remarkable individuals like Malala Yousafzai to biographical films like "The Pursuit of Happyness," these stories have emphasized the transformative power of knowledge and personal growth. I have learned that education extends beyond the confines of classrooms, and every experience is an opportunity to learn and grow. With this understanding, my goal is to pursue education as a lifelong endeavor, constantly seeking new knowledge and skills to broaden my horizons and make a positive impact. Beyond the confines of the classroom, I am committed to actively engaging with my community to effect positive change. Inspired by the narratives of social change depicted in books like Khaled Hosseini's "A Thousand Splendid Suns" and films like "Selma," I recognize the importance of addressing social injustices and advocating for marginalized voices. Through community service initiatives, awareness campaigns, and collaborations with local organizations, I aspire to create platforms that amplify underrepresented perspectives and initiate meaningful dialogue. By fostering empathy, understanding, and collaboration, I aim to contribute to a more inclusive and compassionate society. In conclusion, the books I have read and films I have seen have played a profound role in shaping my goals and aspirations. "Atomic Habits" has taught me the power of intentional actions and habits in achieving meaningful goals. Moreover, my passion for education and its transformative potential has driven my ambition to make a positive impact on the world and my community. By pursuing a career in education, fostering a love for continuous learning, and actively engaging with my community, I strive to create a more equitable and compassionate society. As I embark on this journey, I am grateful for the wisdom and inspiration imparted by literature and film, which continue to shape my path toward personal growth and meaningful contribution.
      Alma J. Grubbs Education Scholarship
      Gracy Chery Friday, May 5, 2023 ''Develop a passion for studying,'' is a well-known proverb. If you do, your growth will never stop. I completely concur. I clearly remember myself as a child always being eager to learn and explore. Now I stand in the state where I can proudly say that this passion has driven my growth, motivated me to grow even further, and augmented my hunger for quality education. When people would ask me what I wanted to do with my life, I would often remain perplexed, thinking back to when I was a child. Perhaps because, in contrast to other kids, my heart did not quite say that I would want to be a doctor or a pilot. Gradually while growing up, I was very much interested in the education side of the world. Teachers' aims and actions in the classroom are guided by their ideals. Additionally, values can enhance a person's sense of subjective well-being and self-efficacy. Teachers' self-efficacy, or their confidence in their ability to successfully manage the responsibilities, demands, and challenges associated with their professional activity, has a significant impact on important academic outcomes (like student achievement and motivation) and workplace wellbeing. This study attempted to investigate the relationships between teachers' values (i.e., preservation, openness to change, self-transcendence, and self-enhancement) and their self-efficacy based on Schwartz's well-known theory of human values. Whether they are children, adolescents, or adults, students can express their place in the world in the classroom as a place for professional and student development. I put my enthusiasm for education into practice by helping students to learn, find, and achieve their potential while promoting a positive self-image and self-worth. Later this year, I will continue my studies obtaining a bachelor's in education. As an educator, I plan to leave a lasting impact on the students I teach by being a positive role model and mentor. I believe that every student has the potential to succeed, and it is my responsibility to help them realize their full potential. I plan to do this by creating a safe and inclusive learning environment where students feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and ideas. Additionally, I plan to incorporate real-world examples into my lessons to help students understand the relevance of what they are learning. Finally, I plan to provide students with opportunities to develop their critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills, which are essential for success in any field.
      Rev. Frank W. Steward Memorial Scholarship
      The world of business has come decreasingly important in our daily lives. As similar, pursuing a career in business presents an occasion to learn how to deal with colorful challenges and make fast and effective opinions. Business requires cooperation, which is are things I enjoy. I love working with others, communicating, and agitating ideas. Hearing other people's ideas is a things that fascinates me, and I'm thrilled to broaden my knowledge in this field. The field of business is both laborious and instigative to me, which is why I would like to follow in the steps of those who have come before me. My decision to pursue a business career was not taken overnight. I have other ambition before hand. I made it through the 2020 quarantine and also since I was enrolled in the business academy in my high school. I was around 13 years old and remember going down a rabbit hole of what was going on with the country’s economy. In my school, I never had any issue with the tack I was assigned in the academy and I enjoyed it. While this won't be an easy task, I'm confident that when I achieve my pretensions, I'll be more proud of myself. The idea of studying business administration has always appealed to me. I have a keen enthusiasm to pursue a degree in Business Administration because I enjoy the challenges it presents and the numerous different areas of business that you can fan out into. I'm agitated to learn how to manage finances, develop marketing strategies, and dissect data to make informed opinions. Also, I'm interested in learning about the legal and ethical aspects of business, which will be important for me as I develop my own business. Regarding my interests, I feel that all passions eventually lead to serving oneself and those around you. Having said that, there are many things that I will be able to offer to the general public and that will be satisfactory. Overall, I'm eager to broaden my knowledge in the field of business. Pursuing a degree in business administration is a stylish way for me to achieve my pretensions. I'm confident that studying business administration will give me the chops and knowledge I need to be successful in the business world. I'm agitated to learn from educated professionals in the field and to develop my ideas and strategies. Pursuing a business career is a grueling but satisfying path, and I'm agitated to take the first way towards achieving my pretensions.
      Affordable College Prep's First Time Winners Scholarship
      Scholarships are significant because they give prospective students the chance to pursue an education that they might not otherwise be able to do due to financial limitations. Scholarships are another great way to recognize students who have excelled academically, show their well-roundedness, and demonstrated their commitment to their field of study. I've been applying for scholarships for a while and over that time I've learned to emphasize my unique attributes, stay prepared, and be patient. I know that I have had unique experiences growing up, and unique interests as a high school student, that allow me to find scholarships suited to my individuality. I usually start with a voice memo to listen to myself talk about the topic the sponsor is asking to write about. It is just a way for me to stay focused on the topic and not bring in any irrelevant information and to also point out a way to personalize it. This method has helped tremendously and helped me save time and to move on to another essay. I have been including scholarship applications in my schedule for the past couple of months. I assigned several applications to myself over a week, without limiting myself and sticking to them. I treat it like I would a class or scheduled event so that I am much more likely to follow through and use that time beneficially. I also check if I am completely eligible so I don't waste my time applying. Last but not least I stay patient. Even though I haven't won any scholarship yet but I will keep doing what I found to be helpful. It is a learning process and so far people around me, my parents, my teachers, and my advisor have always provided me answers to my questions. I also dedicate my time to finding more scholarships and exploring different apps. Applying for a scholarship is a chance to show who I am as an individual. It's a way to explain to people the things I am passionate about and why while also working towards an amazing opportunity that will eventually pay off remarkable dividends in the future. Scholarships will give me money to take care of school fees, my books and supplies, and sometimes living expenses so that I can spend more time on my studies.
      Francis “Slip” Madigan Scholarship
      Musician Riley King once said, “The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.” I consider myself a lifelong learner. I don't intend to limit myself in any way. I believe that attending college and obtaining a higher degree will be beneficial to me, my family, and the world as a whole. I am part of a first-generation immigrant. I currently reside in the home of a family friend who also serves as my legal guardian. I know a lot of people would agree with me that it is not a relatively easy process trying to adapt to a new environment. That's where one of the goals that I wrote down during my freshman year in high school comes in. Due to the communication gap I experienced with the students in my promotion when I first arrived, I was automatically enrolled in the ESOL program at my former school. I set a goal for myself to pass my ESOL test my sophomore year since I reasoned that failing it would have prevented me from enrolling in a certain advanced course with college credit. I made an effort to enroll in dual enrollment after learning about all the advantages. Now that I am currently a dual-enrolled student working towards an AA in Business Administration, I can proudly say that this is where I start mapping out my career I believe that everything my parents did for me when I was growing up will be advantageous to me because of their guidance and teachings. They believed that setting an example for me to follow and doing all the morally right things are good for me and they were.  I saw my parents work so hard and challenge the social mores of immigrants. Due to the lack of security in Haiti, my parents and I left. All I want to do is make them proud and demonstrate to them that the time and effort they invested in me weren't in vain and that I can one day thank them in my graduation speech. The dictionary defines success as the accomplishment of an aim or purpose. Success makes us more confident and happier in life. It also provides us great inner satisfaction as attaining success means getting the thing that we desire and love doing in our life. Just like many entrepreneurs out there, making progress in humanity and influencing people, I hope one day I can be a part of their movement. I dream of a profession in business administration that is prosperous. I wish to continue my education beyond high school because I understand that degrees open up more career opportunities. This scholarship will help by allowing me to put more of my time into my studies; it will allow me to continue my academic and career goals. It will also give me more time to get internships and have a smooth transition after college. I am willing to push as for as I can with academics and my career. Going to college aligns with my values, my interests, and my priorities.
      Maida Brkanovic Memorial Scholarship
      I was given the opportunity to seek higher education here in the US and maintain a higher standard of living than I would have in my own country. In 2019 I emigrated from Haiti to the US with my brother. I was 13 years old. We were sent to different family houses; my brother staying my gramma and me with a guardian. Due to the lack of security, school closing for months, and many other issues, many kids and their families sought refuge elsewhere. The alarming things that I witnessed on the roads on my way to school in the morning would just get worse when it was time to go back home in the afternoon. My peers and I were all smelling the tires that were being burned down the street. The people were burning those tires to show their ferocity toward their corrupted government. On the other hand, there were people putting lemon under their noses to block the smell of the tires burning and wearing a mask, and people fainting. I always kept my family and friends in my prayers, to one day it could go back to being safe again. Having lived in a country that is listed as part of a third-world country open my eyes to how fortunate I was, and this appreciation is push me and motivate me to work hard, especially in school. Coming into a completely new environment with different culture and language was truly stressful. I embrace it with an open mind because I knew that I needed to adapt. Due to the communication gap I experienced with the students in my promotion when I first arrived, I was automatically enrolled in the ESOL program at my former school. I set a goal for myself to pass my ESOL test my sophomore year since I reasoned that failing it would have prevented me from enrolling in a certain advanced course that my peers were benefiting from. I made an effort to enroll in dual enrollment after learning about all the advantages. I believe that everything my parents did for me growing up is and will be advantageous to me because of their guidance and teachings. They believed that setting an example for me to follow and doing all the morally right things are good for me. I saw my parents work so hard and get challenged by the social mores of immigrants. All I want to do is make them proud and demonstrate to them that the time and effort they invested in me were not in vain. "Being a student of the first generation means that you take the chance, step beyond your comfort zone, and do something you've never seen anyone do before in your family.” Nehme G. Melhem
      Yan Scholarship
      Gracy Chery 10/04/2022 Musician Riley King once said, “The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.” I consider myself a lifelong learner. I don't intend to limit myself in any way. I believe that attending college and obtaining a higher degree will be beneficial to me, my family, and the world as a whole. I am part of a first-generation immigrant. I currently reside in the home of a family friend who also serves as my legal guardian. I know a lot of people would agree with me that it is not a relatively easy process trying to adapt to a new environment. That's where one of the goals that I wrote down during my freshman year in high school comes in. Due to the communication gap I experienced with the students in my promotion when I first arrived, I was automatically enrolled in the ESOL program at my former school. I set a goal for myself to pass my ESOL test my sophomore year since I reasoned that failing it would have prevented me from enrolling in a certain advanced course with college credit. I made an effort to enroll in dual enrollment after learning about all the advantages. Now that I am currently a dual-enrolled student working towards an AA in Business Administration, I can proudly say that this is where I start mapping out my career I believe that everything my parents did for me when I was growing up will be advantageous to me because of their guidance and teachings. They believed that setting an example for me to follow and doing all the morally right things are good for me and they were.  I saw my parents work so hard and challenge the social mores of immigrants. Due to the lack of security in Haiti, my parents and I left. All I want to do is make them proud and demonstrate to them that the time and effort they invested in me weren't in vain and that I can one day thank them in my graduation speech. The dictionary defines success as the accomplishment of an aim or purpose. Success makes us more confident and happier in life. It also provides us great inner satisfaction as attaining success means getting the thing that we desire and love doing in our life. Just like many entrepreneurs out there, making progress in humanity and influencing people, I hope one day I can be a part of their movement. I dream of a profession in business administration that is prosperous. I wish to continue my education beyond high school because I understand that degrees open up more career opportunities. I am willing to push as for as I can with academics and my career. Going to college allignes it self with my values, my interests and my priorities.