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As a first-generation college student, I understand the financial burden that higher education can place on families. Receiving a scholarship would not only enable me to pursue my dreams and achieve my goals, but it would also alleviate the financial stress that my family currently faces. It would allow me to focus on my studies, participate in internships and volunteer opportunities, and ultimately make a greater impact on society. In addition, my passion for gun violence prevention and mental health advocacy has motivated me to apply my skills and knowledge in a meaningful way. As a scholarship recipient, I would have the opportunity to partner with organizations that share these values and work towards creating a safer and more equitable world. I am excited to continue learning, growing, and making a positive impact, and I believe that receiving a scholarship would empower me to do so.


MIAT College of Technology

Trade School
2022 - 2023
  • Majors:
    • Transportation and Materials Moving, Other
  • Minors:
    • Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians
  • GPA:

MIAT College of Technology

Trade School
2022 - 2023
  • Majors:
    • Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians, Other
  • GPA:

Lamar Institute of Technology

Associate's degree program
1997 - 1999
  • Majors:
    • Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians
  • Minors:
    • Social Sciences, Other
  • GPA:
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:


    • Dream career goals:

    • Freight Handler

      Fedex Freight
      2018 – Present6 years
    • Management

      2012 – 202210 years



    1982 – Present42 years


    • all district first team


    • Religion/Religious Studies

      St Joseph — Member
      1995 – 2003


    • Local media

      2006 – 2010

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      St Joseph Catholic Church — Manpower
      2009 – Present

    Future Interests


    Promising Pathways-Single Parent Scholarship
    Chasing Dreams: A Journey Through Adversity to an A&P Aviation Degree Academic Pursuit: My academic journey has been a relentless pursuit of a dream—a dream that is taking shape in the form of an A&P (Airframe and Powerplant) aviation degree. This degree represents not only my passion for aviation but also my unwavering commitment to achieving my goals in the aerospace industry. While I am still in the process of completing my degree, I stand on the cusp of realizing a lifelong ambition. Overcoming Obstacles: The path to this point has been fraught with extraordinary challenges, chief among them being my role as a single parent. The responsibilities of parenthood are demanding under ordinary circumstances, and when coupled with the rigors of academia, the challenges seemed insurmountable. Yet, I was determined to find a way. I had to learn the art of adaptation—a skill I honed over countless nights, strategically carving out time to study while ensuring that I was there for my son when he needed me. Late-night study sessions, early morning revisions, and an unwavering commitment to making the most of every available moment became my modus operandi. Balancing parenthood and academics was a high-wire act, and it required resilience and flexibility. Just when it seemed that my plate was already overflowing, life threw another curveball my way. I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma cancer, a diagnosis that could have easily shattered my aspirations. But, surrendering to adversity was never an option. If anything, the diagnosis steeled my resolve to pursue my educational goals despite the odds. Dealing with cancer while attending school was an entirely different battlefield. It entailed navigating a complex web of treatment schedules, managing debilitating side effects, and summoning the strength to attend classes even during the bleakest moments of my fight against the disease. It was a test not only of my academic prowess but also of my determination to keep moving forward, come what may. Future Plans and Goals: As I approach the culmination of this challenging yet rewarding journey, my goals remain steadfast. First and foremost, I am resolute in completing my A&P aviation degree—a testament to my dedication and resilience. The degree represents not just academic achievement but also a gateway to a promising career in aviation, where I can put my knowledge and skills to work in ensuring the safety and reliability of aircraft. However, my ambitions extend beyond professional success. One of my most cherished goals is to save enough to embark on a meaningful journey with my son. This trip signifies not only the realization of my academic dreams but also a profound celebration of our unbreakable bond. It is an opportunity to create lasting memories, explore new horizons, and deepen our connection. Furthermore, my determination to spend more quality time with my son is unwavering. Education has been a means to secure a better future for both of us, and now, I am committed to ensuring that our days are filled with shared experiences, laughter, and the simple joys of life. In conclusion, my academic journey is a testament to the power of determination and resilience. Despite the formidable challenges of single parenthood, the demands of education, and the arduous battle against cancer, I have persevered. Looking forward, I am eager to embark on a fulfilling career in aviation while cherishing every moment spent with my son, nurturing our relationship, and building a future enriched by shared experiences and lasting memories. My journey underscores that, even in the face of adversity, unwavering hope and determination can pave the path to success and fulfillment.
    Michael Valdivia Scholarship
    Overcoming the Odds: A Journey from Diagnosis to Pursuing Passion In 2016, my life took an unexpected turn when I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma plasma cancer. This devastating news not only posed physical challenges but also ushered in a tumultuous emotional battle with depression and anxiety. As I stand on the precipice of pursuing my passions through education or trade school, I reflect on the hurdles I've conquered and the resilience that has brought me to this point. The weight of a cancer diagnosis is profound, and its impact extends far beyond the physical realm. Depression and anxiety became constant companions on my journey, casting shadows over even the brightest moments. Waves of fear and sadness often washed over me, challenging my ability to see a future beyond the confines of illness. Every step forward was a triumph over the mental obstacles that threatened to hold me back. One of the most daunting hurdles was finding the delicate equilibrium between managing my health and pursuing my dreams. The unpredictable nature of my condition meant adapting to treatment regimens, enduring periods of physical weakness, and facing the uncertainty of remission. These challenges sometimes felt insurmountable, triggering waves of anxiety that questioned whether I could ever attain my goals. The journey demanded a newfound level of self-awareness and self-compassion. Amidst these trials, I found solace in my support network. Family, friends, and fellow survivors became pillars of strength, reminding me that I was not alone in my struggles. Their unwavering belief in my potential fueled my determination to rise above adversity. Professional counselors and therapists equipped me with coping strategies to navigate the labyrinth of emotions that accompanied my journey. Their guidance transformed the way I approached my mental health, enabling me to reframe setbacks as opportunities for growth. As the shadows began to recede, a glimmer of hope emerged. The desire to pursue my passions, which had long simmered beneath the surface, rekindled with newfound intensity. The prospect of education or trade school became a beacon of light, a testament to my resilience and an embodiment of my determination to shape my own narrative. Yet, the path forward was not without obstacles. Balancing my health with the demands of education required careful planning and unwavering commitment. Disclosing my condition to educational institutions and requesting accommodations was a pivotal step—one that required vulnerability but ultimately fostered an environment conducive to my success. The journey demanded an unyielding spirit, urging me to persevere in the face of challenges, setbacks, and doubts. In conclusion, my journey from diagnosis to the pursuit of my passions has been a testament to the strength of the human spirit. Depression and anxiety, once adversaries, have transformed into catalysts for growth and self-discovery. The hurdles I've surmounted have sculpted my character, infusing me with a tenacity that refuses to be defined by circumstance. As I step forward into the realm of education or trade school, I carry with me the wisdom of my journey—a reminder that the human spirit can rise, undefeated, even in the face of the most daunting challenges.
    Slater Miller Memorial Fund
    Title: Exploring the Skies of Passion: A Commitment to Aviation and Social Causes Since the dawn of human history, flight has captured the imagination, symbolizing both technological advancement and the human spirit's unyielding quest for exploration. As someone deeply passionate about aviation and its potential for positive change, I find myself drawn to the aviation trade with a purpose that extends beyond the skies themselves. Furthermore, I am committed to contributing to social causes through my engagement in the aviation industry, striving to make a meaningful impact on the world. The allure of aviation lies not only in the mechanics of aircraft but also in the possibilities it holds for global connectivity, economic growth, and cultural exchange. My fascination with aviation began as a child, nurtured by stories of pioneering aviators and the transformative power of flight. This intrigue evolved into a genuine desire to contribute to an industry that shapes the way societies interact and evolve. Pursuing a career in aviation trades allows me to merge my passion with practical skills, channeling the spirit of exploration into tangible advancements in aerospace technology and operations. While my connection to aviation is undeniable, my commitment to social causes within the industry stems from a larger perspective. Aviation serves as a gateway to cross-cultural experiences, facilitating the exchange of ideas and fostering mutual understanding among diverse communities. This aspect of aviation aligns with my belief in the importance of global cooperation and unity. By advocating for initiatives that promote cultural exchange and education through aviation, I aim to bridge divides and promote a sense of shared humanity, ultimately contributing to a more peaceful and interconnected world. Additionally, the aviation industry presents unique opportunities to address environmental concerns. With sustainability at the forefront of global discourse, the aviation trades offer a platform to drive innovation in eco-friendly technologies and practices. As a supporter of environmental causes, I am dedicated to advocating for research and development aimed at reducing aviation's carbon footprint. Through collaboration with industry stakeholders and advocating for cleaner, more efficient aviation solutions, I endeavor to contribute to a more sustainable future for both aviation and the planet. In conclusion, my choice to pursue a career in the aviation trade is rooted in a lifelong fascination with flight and the belief that aviation can catalyze positive change. I am committed to leveraging my passion for aviation to contribute to meaningful social causes, such as cultural exchange and environmental sustainability. By intertwining my passion with purpose, I aspire to not only explore the skies but also inspire others to look beyond horizons and work collectively toward a brighter future, both within the aviation industry and beyond.
    Craig Huffman Memorial Scholarship
    A little about myself, born and raised in Vietnam my family has to endure the hardship of fleeing our country, my journey as a refugee, starting anew in a different country and adapting to new circumstances. The experience of being a refugee often involves significant challenges and changes, including cultural adjustments, language barriers, and building a new life in an unfamiliar environment, with a unique perspective and insight that can be valuable in various aspects of life. Leaders often draw on their personal experiences to connect with others, build empathy, and inspire change. The challenges I faced and overcome can demonstrate to others the importance of embracing change, learning from different cultures, and finding strength in challenging situations. Adapting to a new country requires resilience, open-mindedness, and the ability to learn and grow in the face of adversity. These qualities are often seen as elements of leadership, as leaders must be able to navigate change and guide others through difficult situations. My experience as a refugee might have given insights into empathy, adaptability, and problem-solving – all of which are valuable attributes in both personal and professional contexts. Aviation has been a field of incredible innovation and human achievement, and many people are drawn to it due to its combination of engineering, technology, and the sheer wonder of flight. From the early days of aviation pioneers to the modern aerospace industry, the evolution of aircraft and aviation technologies has been remarkable. Regarding leadership qualities, I can provide information about leadership qualities in a general sense. Leadership often involves qualities like effective communication, strategic thinking, empathy, problem-solving, decision-making, and the ability to inspire and motivate others toward a common goal. A leader in the aviation industry might need to guide teams through complex situations, prioritize safety, make informed decisions quickly, and maintain a strong professional demeanor. My feeling about leadership qualities in a general sense. Leadership often involves qualities like effective communication, strategic thinking, empathy, problem-solving, decision-making, and the ability to inspire and motivate others toward a common goal. A leader in the aviation industry might need to guide teams through complex situations, prioritize safety, make informed decisions quickly, and maintain a strong professional demeanor. Leaders often draw on their personal experiences to connect with others, build empathy, and inspire change. The challenges I faced and overcome can demonstrate to others the importance of embracing change, learning from different cultures, and finding strength in challenging situations.
    Carlos F. Garcia Muentes Scholarship
    From Struggle to Empathy: A Refugee Journey Shaping My Beliefs and Career Aspirations My family's journey as refugees fleeing Vietnam was a tale of resilience, sacrifice, and hope. Escaping the ravages of war and seeking a better future, we embarked on a perilous journey that forever shaped my beliefs about the world and influenced my career aspirations. As we navigated the uncertain waters of the South China Sea, my family faced daunting challenges. Crowded in a small boat with other desperate souls, we clung to each other, relying on faith and determination to brave the treacherous journey to safety. The memories of fear, uncertainty, and the pain of leaving behind everything we knew still linger in my mind. Our arrival in a foreign land marked the beginning of a new chapter, but it was not without its struggles. Adapting to a new culture, language, and way of life was a humbling experience. We encountered prejudice and misunderstanding, but it only deepened our resolve to overcome adversities. Growing up as a refugee in a foreign land opened my eyes to the world's complexities. Witnessing firsthand the struggles faced by marginalized communities, including other refugees, ignited a passion for social justice and empathy. I realized that my story was not unique; countless others faced similar trials and deserved compassion and understanding. These experiences have profoundly shaped my beliefs about the world. I firmly believe in the power of empathy, kindness, and inclusivity. My family's journey has taught me that we are all interconnected, regardless of our backgrounds or circumstances, and that we have a responsibility to uplift and support one another. My journey as a refugee has also significantly influenced my career aspirations. I am determined to pursue a profession that allows me to make a positive impact on the lives of others. Whether it be in fields like humanitarian aid, social work, or public policy, I want to dedicate my efforts to helping marginalized communities and advocating for the rights of refugees and immigrants. Moreover, I am passionate about raising awareness of the struggles faced by refugees and promoting a more compassionate and inclusive society. I want to use my voice and experiences to challenge stereotypes and foster understanding among diverse communities. In conclusion, my family's struggle as refugees fleeing Vietnam has deeply influenced my beliefs about the world and shaped my career aspirations. It has taught me the value of empathy, resilience, and the importance of making a positive difference in the lives of others. Through my journey, I am committed to promoting empathy and inclusivity and working towards a world where all individuals are treated with dignity and respect, regardless of their backgrounds or circumstances.
    Ethel Hayes Destigmatization of Mental Health Scholarship
    Mental health can indeed shape a person's goals, relationships, and understanding of the world. Our mental well-being greatly affects how we perceive ourselves, others, and the world around us. For example, if someone struggles with anxiety, it may impact their ability to form and maintain relationships or pursue certain goals due to fear or worry. On the other hand, someone who has experienced personal growth through therapy or self-reflection may have a more positive outlook on life and stronger relationships. It's important to prioritize mental health and seek support when needed to ensure a healthier and more fulfilling life. It's worth noting that mental health also plays a crucial role in our overall well-being. When we prioritize our mental health, we can improve our emotional resilience, cope with stress more effectively, and maintain a better overall quality of life. Additionally, mental health affects various aspects of our daily functioning, such as our productivity, decision-making abilities, and even physical health. For example, chronic stress or untreated mental health conditions can lead to physical health problems like headaches, digestive issues, and weakened immune systems. By taking care of our mental health, we can enhance our self-awareness and develop healthier coping mechanisms to navigate life's challenges. This may involve practices such as mindfulness, therapy, exercise, or engaging in hobbies and activities that bring us joy. It's important to remember that everyone's mental health journey is unique, and seeking professional help is never a sign of weakness but rather a step towards empowerment and growth. So, if you or someone you know is struggling with mental health concerns, don't hesitate to reach out for support from qualified professionals or trusted individuals in your life.
    Special Delivery of Dreams Scholarship
    1. Challenge Overcoming Multiple Myeloma: One of the challenges I had to overcome was being diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a type of cancer that affects plasma cells. To tackle this challenge, I adopted various strategies. Firstly, I sought support from my loved ones, who provided emotional strength and encouragement throughout my journey. Additionally, I educated myself about the disease, treatment options, and holistic approaches to managing symptoms. I also sought medical advice from multiple specialists to develop a comprehensive treatment plan, which included chemotherapy, radiation, and stem cell transplantation. Alongside conventional treatment, I explored complementary therapies such as acupuncture, meditation, and dietary changes to support my overall well-being. Throughout this experience, I learned a great deal about my resilience and the power of a positive mindset. I discovered an inner strength that helped me face the physical and emotional challenges associated with cancer. This journey taught me the importance of self-care, perseverance, and the ability to find silver linings even in the most challenging circumstances. 2. Scholarship and Career Goals: This scholarship would significantly help me further my dreams and career goals in the field of medical research and cancer treatment. As a survivor, I am deeply passionate about advancing our understanding of cancer and finding more effective treatment options. With this scholarship, I would be able to pursue higher education in the field of oncology or biomedical research, allowing me to contribute to the scientific community and make a difference in the lives of cancer patients. By obtaining advanced knowledge and skills through education, I aim to be part of finding breakthrough solutions and improving treatment outcomes for individuals battling cancer. This scholarship would provide me with the financial support needed to access quality education, research opportunities, and mentorship, ultimately enabling me to achieve my long-term career aspirations. 3. Hobbies and Interests: One of my hobbies and interests is playing 3-cushion carom pool. This strategic and challenging game requires precision, patience, and strategic thinking. I enjoy the mental stimulation it provides, as well as the opportunity to engage in friendly competition with others. It allows me to take a break from the rigors of daily life and immerse myself in a recreational activity that brings both joy and a sense of accomplishment. Additionally, playing carom pool helps me enhance my focus, concentration, and problem-solving skills. It serves as a reminder that in every game or challenge, perseverance and strategic thinking are crucial for success. This hobby allows me to unwind, connect with others who share the same interest, and create a balanced lifestyle that supports both my physical and mental well-being.