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Ismeily Cruz Vasquez

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Bio

Hi Bold.org Community, My name is Ismeily Cruz. I am a 19-year-old international student. I am currently enrolled in my third semester of college, which for me and my family has been the most challenging situation of our lives. We thought that we were going to be able to raise enough funds to pay for school but things changed unexpectedly. My mom lost her job and had a lot of debt, my college tuition increased, and for some reason many people who said they were going to help us, disappeared. Since then, we have seen it impossible for me to continue my education. Bold.org has allowed me to raise funds for the school through scholarships that let me express my aspirations and goals to impact the world positively. Despite working part-time jobs on campus, canvassing, and applying for scholarships, the expenses associated with tuition, accommodation, textbooks, meal plans, and other essentials are daunting. Winning scholarships will play a vital role in alleviating the financial strain my mom and I are currently facing. It will support my educational journey and affirm your commitment to the success of young individuals seeking to improve their lives through education. I genuinely believe that your investment in my education will have a lasting impact on me and the lives of those I can positively influence in the future. Thank you for taking the time to consider my request. Your support means the world to me, and I am truly grateful for your consideration. Warm regards, Ismeily Cruz Vasquez

Education

Oakwood University

Bachelor's degree program
2023 - 2026
  • Majors:
    • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Master's degree program

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

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

    • Dream career field:

      Executive Office

    • Dream career goals:

      Become a CEO who creates a positive change in the world.

    • Camp Office Assistant

      Big Lake Youth Camp
      2024 – 2024
    • Office Assistant

      Courthouse
      2019 – 20223 years
    • Residence Assistant (RA)

      Oakwood University
      2024 – Present6 months
    • Residence Life: Office Assistant

      Oakwood University
      2023 – Present1 year
    • Canvasser

      South Central Conference of Seventh Day Adventist
      2023 – Present1 year

    Sports

    Volleyball

    Intramural
    2018 – 20224 years

    Research

    • Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other

      Oakwood University — Bring strategies to protect production companies from online piracy
      2024 – 2024
    • Education, Other

      Model of the United Nations — Seek solutions to improve the situation of children who receive education in risk areas
      2019 – 2019

    Arts

    • Christian Church

      Dance
      2010 – 2022

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      Church — Provide food, health kits and spend valuable time with the orphans to make them feel happy.
      2018 – 2023
    • Volunteering

      Eva B. Dykes Library from Oakwood University — Unarchive all books related to Eva B. Dykes.
      2023 – 2023

    Future Interests

    Volunteering

    Entrepreneurship

    American Dream Scholarship
    The general idea of the American dream has always been a big deal, promising that anyone, no matter where they come from, can achieve success and prosperity through hard work. As a low-income F-1 visa student in the United States, trying to get through college while my parents are back home, my version of the American dream is a bit different. To me, it's about doing well in school, gaining financial stability, and bridging the gap between my culture and the new experiences here. For me, education is the heart of the American dream. Studying in the U.S. means access to amazing resources and a chance to learn from different perspectives. Despite not having much money, doing well in school is super important. The challenge of a tough academic environment pushes me to do better and be more adaptable. On-campus part-time jobs and canvassing (colporteur), are lifelines that help me get through but still are not enough. Doing well in my studies isn't just a win for me; it's proof that my family's sacrifices are worth it. Financial stability is a huge part of my American dream. Coming from a low-income background, the cost of studying abroad can feel overwhelming. Balancing tuition and living expenses requires careful planning and a lot of persistence. With limited work options for F-1 visa students, things get tricky. Every dollar earned, whether from campus jobs, internships, or scholarships like this, is a step towards achieving my dreams. Living in the U.S. as an international student is a chance to dive into cultural exchange, helping build understanding between my home country and the U.S. This part of the American dream is about more than personal success; it's about being part of a bigger story of global connection. By sharing my culture and embracing the diversity here, I help bridge cultural gaps. This exchange makes me more empathetic and informed, ready to contribute positively to both my home and the community here. My American dream is also deeply connected to my family's hopes and sacrifices. My mom's support, even from afar, drives me to succeed. She has invested not just money, but also their hopes in my education, believing it will lead to a a better future for us. This dream is something we share, where my achievements reflect their dreams and efforts. The desire to make her proud and eventually provide her security and happiness keeps me going. Getting this scholarship would take a huge load off my shoulders, letting me focus more on my studies and personal growth. It would mean less worrying about money and more time for academics. Plus, it would help me keep contributing to my college community's cultural diversity and energy. This scholarship is a crucial step forward to achieving my American dream and making a meaningful impact on my home and host communities. -Ismeily Cruz Vasquez
    William R. Godfrey Scholarship
    My name is Ismeily, and I am a 19-year-old student originally from the Dominican Republic. Growing up in a medium-low-class environment, my mom filled me with values of hard work, perseverance, and the importance of education. These values have driven me to excel academically and pursue opportunities for personal and professional growth. Since moving to the United States, I have embraced the challenges of adapting to a new educational system. I am currently a college sophomore at Oakwood University, an HBCU school in Huntsville, Alabama, where I am majoring in Business Administration Management. Throughout my academic journey, I have maintained a 3.8 GPA, participated in many campus activities, and volunteered at my school serving food to the homeless, and helping clean orphan centers, demonstrating my commitment to both my studies and the community. As a non-US citizen, I have faced unique challenges, such as mastering a new language and navigating cultural differences. Despite these obstacles, I have excelled academically and become an active member of my school and community. For instance, I received the award for being enrolled in the Dean’s list, demonstrating my high academic achievements since my first year of college, and I have taken on leadership roles in clubs and student movement activities. This following semester, I will be leading the Management Club from my department which will challenge me to come up with ideas, plans, and strategies to get the club to be recognized all over the school. One of the most significant challenges has been financing my education. Without access to the same financial aid opportunities as US citizens, I have worked on-campus part-time jobs, I am currently a colporteur, this is a door-to-door salesperson who travels spreading the Word of God by selling Christian books, and sought out scholarships to support my academic pursuits. This experience has taught me resilience and the importance of perseverance. Receiving this scholarship would significantly alleviate the financial burden of my education. It would allow me to focus more on my studies and participate in academic enrichment opportunities, such as internships and research projects, that are essential for my career development. Specifically, the funding would cover my tuition and the cost of essential supplies, ensuring that I can continue to excel in my coursework. With my degree, my ultimate goal is to become the youngest Hispanic CEO in the United States, where I can encourage the next generations to follow their dreams and at the same time give away scholarships like this for them to achieve their goals. My experiences as a non-US citizen have given me a unique perspective and a strong desire to contribute to my community. I am committed to using my education to address ongoing issues or challenges in the world and to inspire others who face similar situations. In conclusion, this scholarship will not only support my immediate educational needs but also empower me to achieve my long-term goals and make a meaningful impact in my field and community. Thank you for considering my application. -Ismeily Cruz Vasquez
    Dreamers Scholarship
    My name is Ismeily, and I am a 19-year-old student originally from the Dominican Republic. Growing up in a medium-low-class environment, my mom filled me with values of hard work, perseverance, and the importance of education. These values have driven me to excel academically and pursue opportunities for personal and professional growth. Since moving to the United States, I have embraced the challenges of adapting to a new educational system. I am currently a college sophomore at Oakwood University, where I am majoring in Business Administration Management. Throughout my academic journey, I have maintained a 3.8 GPA, participated in many campus activities, and volunteered at my school serving food to the homeless, and helping clean orphan centers, demonstrating my commitment to both my studies and the community. As a non-US citizen, I have faced unique challenges, such as mastering a new language and navigating cultural differences. Despite these obstacles, I have excelled academically and become an active member of my school and community. For instance, I received the award for being enrolled in the Dean’s list, demonstrating my high academic achievements since my first year of college, and I have taken on leadership roles in clubs and student movement activities. This following semester, I will be leading the Management Club from my department which will challenge me to come up with ideas, plans, and strategies to get the club to be recognized all over the school. One of the most significant challenges has been financing my education. Without access to the same financial aid opportunities as US citizens, I have worked on-campus part-time jobs, I am currently a colporteur, this is a door-to-door salesperson who travels spreading the Word of God by selling Christian books, and sought out scholarships to support my academic pursuits. This experience has taught me resilience and the importance of perseverance. Receiving this scholarship would significantly alleviate the financial burden of my education. It would allow me to focus more on my studies and participate in academic enrichment opportunities, such as internships and research projects, that are essential for my career development. Specifically, the funding would cover my tuition and the cost of essential supplies, ensuring that I can continue to excel in my coursework. My ultimate goal is to become the youngest Hispanic CEO in the United States, where I can encourage the next generations to follow their dreams and at the same time give away scholarships like this for them to achieve their goals. My experiences as a non-US citizen have given me a unique perspective and a strong desire to contribute to the community. I am committed to using my education to address ongoing issues or challenges in the world and to inspire others who face similar situations. In conclusion, this scholarship will not only support my immediate educational needs but also empower me to achieve my long-term goals and make a meaningful impact in my field and community. Thank you for considering my application. -Ismeily Cruz Vasquez
    TEAM ROX Scholarship
    Developing my skills hasn't been more than learning from every single one of my failures. From those failures, I knew that accomplishing anything that I wanted to achieve in life wasn't going to be an easy task. In life, we often find ourselves weaving threads of service, leadership, and personal growth. My journey embodies this specific pattern, where experiences such as community service, working as a Residence Assistant (RA) and receptionist has contributed to the development of my skills and ignited my passion for helping others to be their best selves. As a kid, I wanted to be many things, lawyer, teacher, and doctor... but, as I grew up I knew that no matter what I dedicated my life to I wanted to help people either to help them grow or to make them feel good about themselves.I could do that through volunteering at the activities done at school like Agape Day where I served at local shelters, organizing food drives, and participating in environmental cleanup efforts. I cultivated empathy, the cornerstone of my commitment to serving others. As an RA and receptionist, I embraced the opportunity to foster a supportive and inclusive community within the residence hall. Through building meaningful relationships with residents, organizing engaging activities, and providing guidance during challenging times. For me, these positions gave me a great opportunity to build a difference. As an international student, I understand that it can be hard sometimes to adapt to a new environment where your parents are not around to guide you so, I saw myself in the need to create a home away from home for every single one of my residents, and I served as a source of encouragement in moments of doubt. There, I recognized the power of empathy and genuine care in uplifting others. In my journey, I have always been driven by a desire to keep growing and learning more about myself. It has been important for me to actively seek feedback to improve, attend workshops, and take advantage of opportunities to develop personally and professionally. This mindset of always trying to improve gives me the energy to follow my passion. Each experience I've had has been like a building block, pushing me forward on a path where I can help others, lead with empathy, and discover more about myself as I go along. In conclusion, as an international student pursuing a business degree, there are many things I want to accomplish to make my mission a reality. But it is a matter of time, dedication, effort, and money to see my goals reflected in the future. My journey has been more than impulse to keep doing what I am doing that is committing myself to make a positive impact in the lives of others and creating a more compassionate and inclusive world for all. - Ismeily Cruz Vasquez
    Brian Lara Memorial Scholarship
    THE STRUGGLE IS REAL! Imagine coming from a low-income household in the Dominican Republic, where literally every saving was spent on an uncertain journey, that was me. In July 2022, I graduated from high school, and that is when I started this journey to be an international student. I thought it was the best way of reaching the "American Dream", because I would end up with an American degree and have more opportunities in the corporate world... fallacies! Since my first semester in January 2023, I saw myself in a real struggle where raising funds for school took my blood, sweat, and tears. I had to perform several activities such as working on campus, canvassing, and offering tutoring accounting classes. No one said it was going to be easy! Now, I have applied to over 96 internships, written over 15 scholarship essays, and been rejected from all of them. At first, I thought there was something wrong with my resume, or I was getting no scholarships because I was getting some help from AI (language barrier struggle) but I found out that most of the internships I applied to were not taking international students. I do not know if recruiters think that we need visa sponsorship when we don't but I did not "qualify" for none of them. The famous statement that many companies use is "We appreciate your interest in joining this program! At this time, we have decided to pursue other candidates for this position." really makes me sad. I am not sure about this, but I just feel they say it because they rather accept an US citizen than a Hispanic with English as a second language who left home, came to the US to start from 0, and spent every penny to have a better future. I might be wrong, but that's how I feel. If I get the opportunity to win a scholarship to help my mom who's back home sending me the money that is supposed to do groceries for me to pay for school, I would be very happy to "quitarle un peso de encima". And despite the challenges I have gone through, I keep my faith up and am committed to changing things. I am eager to advocate for equity and equality in all aspects of society. Brian Lara inspires me to give the best of me, not only for my benefit but for the whole community that I represent that is waiting for someone like me to make a change in the world. I recognize the importance of empowering underrepresented communities and providing them with the tools needed to succeed. I am dedicated to breaking down any barriers and creating opportunities for individuals like me. -Ismeily Cruz Vasquez
    Julius Quentin Jackson Scholarship
    Hello! My name is Ismeily. I'm an international student in the United States pursuing my bachelor's degree in Business Administration and I'm here to share my story. During my last year of high school, I wanted to pursue my career outside of the country. I applied to multiple universities until I got accepted at Oakwood. I did all the required paperwork, and in the blink of an eye, I started what today has cost me sweat and tears to continue. My mom and I never expected that the tuition fee was going to increase so unexpectedly. We passed from paying 2,500 dollars to almost 8,000/semester. I have overcome multiple financial challenges that at some point made me think that I was not going to be able to go back to school anymore. Coming from a low-class household, my journey hasn't been without struggles. To get to this point, I had to do canvassing, on-campus employment, and applying for scholarships like these. In conclusion, chasing my dreams might be challenging, but there is nothing that God cannot do. I trust that I'll be the winner of this scholarship and I'll be $2,000 closer to my goals. -Ismeily Cruz Vasquez
    Grand Oaks Enterprises LLC Scholarship
    Hey! My name is Ismeily but as it is hard to pronounce for many people, I let them call me Abigail. I am an international student in the United States pursuing my bachelor's degree in Business Administration. How did I get here? It's a long story but don't worry, I will make it as short as possible. During my last year of high school, I was going through the time where everybody was anxious because they didn't know what to do with their lives, and I was one of them. At first, I wanted to be a flight attendant, then a journalist. Later on, I wanted to be a polyglot. As many young people, I wanted to pursue my career outside of the country because my mom always told me that pursuing a career in my homeland won't get me nowhere or it was going to be hard to become someone important, and I believed so. With my mom's support, I was be able to apply to multiple universities, until I got accepted at Oakwood University, we found ourselves in shock because we always saw the chance of studying out of the country as a dream. We did all the required paper work, visa procedures, and in the blink of an eye, we found ourslves at the financial aid office paying 2,500 dollars to start what today has cost me blood, sweat, and tears to continue. My mom and I never expected that the tuition fee was going to increase so unexpectedly, where we pass from paying 2,500 dollars per semester to almost 8,000. I have overcome multiple financial challenges that at some point made me think that I was not going to be able to go back to school anymore. Coming from a low clase household in the Dominican Republic, my journey has not been with struggles. However, I believe that faith and our trust in God can move mountains no matter how hard your situation can become. To get to this point, in which I am already a sophomore, I had to do several things to raise funds for school, such as, canvassing, on-campus employement, and of course, applying for scholarships like these. Attending an HBCU, particularly Oakwood University, has allowed me to network with people from different backgrounds, which made me find out that I was not the only one struggling financially to become successful in the future. HBCU schools have something in common, and is that no matter how hard life could turn, they will always offer you an opportunity to continue and chase your dreams. I feel that HBCU schools are the best fit for any international students, because attending an HBCU signifies a similar sense of belonging. Even though many people might not share the same cultural background, the inclusive and supportive environment at HBCU's make anybody feel at home. By pursuing a degree in Business Administration Management, I am eager to learn skills and knowledge to become an effective leader and bring positive change to my homeland, Dominican Republic. I am passionate about everything related to business and I cannot wait to use my education and experiences to make a difference for not only my family but also for my beloved homeland. Through my actions, I plan to empower and uplift others by creating opportunities for economic growth and development. With my business degree, I would promote sustainable entrepreneurship and innovate business practices in the Dominican Republic. By supporting local businesses and encouraging economic self-sufficiency, I hope I can contribute to a better prosperity and well-being of my country. Furthermore, I believe that education is a poweful tool to change the world. Apart from my studies, I am planning to engage in community outreach programs, mentorship initiatives, and educational campaigns that promote the importance of education and empower the next generation to achieve their dreams. Imagine how awesome it will be changing the life of million of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, by bringing them the opportunity to grow in every aspect and network with people that can make them be a thousand steps closer to their dreams. In conclusion, chasing my dreams will be always be a challenging thing in my life, but there is nothing that God cannot do. I believe that I will be the winner of this scholarship to continue with my education and start helping my mom financially. By winning, I would be 550 dollars closer to accomplish my goals and make a lasting impact on my homeland and contribute to its growth and development. -Ismeily Cruz Vasquez
    Augustus L. Harper Scholarship
    Growing up in a small rural town in the Dominican Republic, education was always emphasized as the key to unlocking a brighter and better future. Even though I am not a first-generation college student in my family, I have witnessed the transformative power of education and how it has brought immense value to my life. Education is essential because it equips individuals with the necessary tools and knowledge to navigate through the complexities of the modern world. It provides us with the skills to critically think, problem-solve, and make informed decisions. Additionally, education allows us to broaden our horizons, develop our passions, and discover our true potential. It creates opportunities for personal growth and self-improvement, both intellectually and emotionally. For me, education has been a steeping stone to self-discovery and empowerment. As a child, I was curious and hungry for knowledge. School became my safe haven, a place where I could freely express myself and indulge in my third for learning. Throughout my education, I have been able to break free from the limitations as an international student. It has allowed me to dream big, aim high, and pursue my ambitions. Education has opened the door of opportunity, providing me with the chance to explore fields of study that I am passionate about and to cultivate a deeper understanding of the world around me. It has pushed me to step outside of my comfort zone and embrace challenges, ultimately helping me to grow both academically and personally. Moreover, education has instilled in me a sense of perseverance and resilience. It has taught me the value of hard work and dedication. The countless hours spent studying, the late nights writing essays, and the challenging exams have all shaped me into a disciplined and determined individual. Education has taught me to pick myself up, learn from my mistakes, and keep pushing forward. Education has not only brought value to my personal development, but it has also allowed me to make a positive impact on my community. With the education I have received, I aspire to inspire others to believe in the transformative power of education. I am passionate about fostering a love for learning in the next generation, particularly in underpriviledge communites where access to quality education may be limited. I believe that through education, we can break the cycle of poverty and empower individuals to create better futures for themselves and their communities. In conclusion, education is the conerstone of personal growth, opportunity, and empowerment. It has brought immense value to my life, allowing me to unlock my full potential and make a difference in the world. I am a firm believer that education is not only a privilege but a right that every individual should have access to. With the support of this scholarship, I can continue to pursue my educational journey and fulfill my aspirations of creating a more equitable and just society through the power of education.
    Milan Alexander Memorial Scholarship
    Growing up in the Dominican Republic, I have witnessed firsthand the resilience and determination of my community. As an international student studying in the United States, my journey has been filled with obstacles, particularly due to financial struggles resulting from my mother's job loss and my limited job opportunities due to my visa status. Therefore, I am writing this essay to express the dire need for financial assistance through this scholarship. Coming from a middle-class background, my family has always emphasized the importance of education and hard work. However, the unforeseen circumstances surrounding my mother's unemployment significantly impacted our financial stability. As the sole breadwinner before losing her job, my mother's income provided for our household and enabled me to pursue my education. However, ever since the job loss, we have been grappling with the difficulties of covering basic necessities, let alone the costs associated with my academic pursuits. Obtaining this scholarship is vital for me to continue my education and secure a brighter future. With the financial support it offers, I will be able to focus solely on my studies, rather than constantly worrying about how to make ends meet. This scholarship will provide much-needed relief, allowing me to fully immerse myself in my business studies while alleviating the burden my family carries. Looking ahead, I am ambitious and have clear goals for my future within the business industry. Having experienced the challenges faced in my community, I am determined to use my knowledge and skills to make a lasting impact. After completing my business degree, I plan to establish my own company that focuses on providing entrepreneurial opportunities and sustainable economic growth for underprivileged communities. My vision extends beyond attaining financial success; I aim to create a positive and inclusive work culture that embraces diversity, empowers employees, and fosters ethical practices. By fostering an environment that values innovation and community engagement, I believe businesses have the power to become agents of change, addressing societal issues and uplifting communities. Through my career, I hope to inspire other aspiring entrepreneurs and contribute to the economic development of not only the Dominican Republic but also other marginalized communities worldwide. In addition to my dedication to academic and career pursuits, I have also become actively involved in community service. During my time in the Dominican Republic, I volunteered at an orphanage where I witnessed firsthand the struggles faced by these vulnerable children. To address their immediate needs, I collaborated with a group of dedicated volunteers to provide nutritious meals and health kits. This experience instilled in me a deep sense of gratitude and a desire to serve those in need. Completing community service at the orphanage allowed me to witness the transformative power of support and compassion. It reinforced my commitment to making a difference in the lives of others and sparked a passion within me to continue engaging in meaningful community service initiatives. This scholarship would not only alleviate my financial burden but also enable me to further dedicate my time and efforts to community service, empowering marginalized individuals and fostering positive change. In conclusion, as an international student from the Dominican Republic, my journey to pursuing a business career has been marked by financial struggles resulting from my mother's job loss and my limited job opportunities due to my visa status. However, these challenges have only motivated me further to succeed academically and make a difference in my community. Moreover, it would enable me to continue engaging in community service, as part of my personal and professional goals, as I keep building a more inclusive and prosperous world through business.
    Crenati Foundation Supporting International Students Scholarship
    Receiving a Business Administration Management education at Oakwood University in the United States has equipped me with the tools to make a lasting impact in the Dominican Republic. It is my aspiration to contribute to my home country's growth, development, and prosperity through a multitude of avenues. To begin, I am passionate about entrepreneurship and job creation. Utilizing the knowledge and skills gained through my education, I aim to establish and nurture my own business ventures within the Dominican Republic. By doing so, I will not only create employment opportunities but also foster skill development and stimulate economic growth. Furthermore, I am dedicated to driving economic development within my home country. Drawing upon my business acumen, I plan to attract investments, implement effective business strategies, and advocate for sustainable development practices. Through these endeavors, I aim to contribute to the country's economic growth and facilitate a thriving business environment. With my education in business administration management, I possess the capability to pioneer efficient and effective management practices in the Dominican Republic. This entails introducing modern management techniques, enhancing operational processes, and optimizing productivity and efficiency across diverse sectors. By doing so, organizations within the country will benefit from streamlined operations and improved performance. Moreover, I strongly believe in the importance of corporate social responsibility. As businesses have the potential for immense impact, I intend to integrate socially responsible practices into my ventures. This involves supporting local communities, implementing environmentally friendly initiatives, and promoting social welfare through philanthropic activities. By prioritizing these initiatives, I hope to encourage a culture of responsible business practices within the Dominican Republic. Skill development and mentorship are also integral aspects of my plan to positively impact the Dominican Republic. Recognizing the power of education, I am committed to sharing my knowledge and experiences through mentorship programs, workshops, and collaborations with educational institutions. By contributing to the development of a capable and skilled workforce, I aim to empower the nation's future leaders and industry professionals. Lastly, I am confident that forming partnerships and collaborations between organizations, universities, and government bodies will drive knowledge sharing, innovation, and overall growth in the Dominican Republic. Leveraging my network and connections in both the United States and the Dominican Republic, I will facilitate collaborative efforts that foster progress in various sectors. By aligning my education, skills, and experiences with the unique needs and goals of the Dominican Republic, I am dedicated to contributing to my home country's development and creating a lasting positive impact. Through entrepreneurship, economic development, effective management practices, corporate social responsibility, skill development, mentorship, and collaboration, I aim to enhance the nation's economy, society, and overall well-being.
    Solomon Vann Memorial Scholarship
    Winner
    For someone who has experienced mental health issues, not myself but my mom, which affected me indirectly. Because at my early age I had to look for options to help my mom without her getting mad at me but until today, it's been impossible to make her seek for help or follow a treatment. So, I know how difficult could become a situation like that not only because is hard itself but because there's no resources to treat it. And I'm so glad that I am applying for this scholarship because this list of caucuses can help me a lot to get some help for my mom and make her see live from a different perspective and not like living is a "hell". I would say that improving prevention and early intervention should be the first caucus on the list. By focusing on strategies that stop mental health problems from developing or worsening, we can potentially save many lives from long-term negative consequences and reduce the overall burden on the mental health system. The second caucus on the list should be increasing access to evidence-based mental health treatment and common-sense solutions. This way, we can ensure that people have access to effective treatments and be aware of how different their lives can turn once they complete treatments successfully. The third caucus that should be enhancing the nation's crisis response services. Again, providing immediate support and intervention can save many lives during mental health emergencies. Many people don't know who to rely on when they are having a mental health emergency. So, it is crucial to improve the capacity, coordination, and accessibility of crisis response services to ensure timely and appropriate care for individuals suffering mental health issues. Lastly, expanding the country's mental health professional workforce is in this place because it is based on the understanding that without adequate prevention efforts, access to treatment, and crisis response services, simply increasing the workforce may not address the larger systemic challenges. However, it should be acknowledged that a well-trained and sufficient mental health workforce is vital to support the delivery of quality mental health services. In conclusion, it is essential to recognize that different perspectives and experiences may lead yo different prioritization orders. Some might argue that expanding the mental health professional workforce should be higher on the list, recognizing the need for more providers to meet the growing demand for mental health services. Others might argue for placing crisis response services higher due to the immediate and lifr-saving nature of THEIR interventions. Ultimately, the prioritization order should be determined through robust discussions and considering various stakeholders' opinions.
    Eras Tour Farewell Fan Scholarship
    Unveiling My True Self through Taylor Swift's Eras Tour Music has an inexplicable power to touch our hearts and souls, resonating with our emotions in ways we cannot comprehend. Among the numerous artists who have left an indelible mark on millions of lives, Taylor Swift stands out as a true luminary. Her enchanting melodies and poignant lyrics have captured the hearts of millions, including mine. The Eras Tour, in particular, became a transformative journey for me, unveiling a newfound understanding of myself. Through Taylor Swift's music, I learned to embrace vulnerability, find strength in my emotions, and celebrate my journey of growth. Taylor Swift's music has always been known for its emotional vulnerability and raw authenticity. During the Eras Tour, she took her audience on a musical expedition through her personal growth and experiences, unafraid to lay bare her heart and soul before thousands of people. Witnessing her willingness to share her highs and lows with such honesty, I realized the significance of embracing vulnerability in our lives. Through her songs, Taylor showed me that acknowledging and accepting our emotions, even the painful ones, is a sign of strength, not weakness. I began to let go of the fear of judgment and allowed myself to feel and express my emotions more openly. This newfound vulnerability fostered deeper connections with others, as they, too, were encouraged to embrace their emotions. Taylor Swift's music became a catalyst for me to break down emotional barriers, leading me to discover a version of myself I had long suppressed. One of the most powerful lessons I derived from the Eras Tour was the notion that emotions, even those perceived as negative, are not adversaries but rather stepping stones to growth and self-awareness. Swift's songs conveyed a profound sense of emotional intelligence, allowing me to understand that my feelings were valid and essential for my evolution. For instance, her song "Clean" portrayed the process of healing and moving forward after a heartbreak, empowering me to find strength amidst adversity. Similarly, "Shake It Off" taught me to embrace my quirks and imperfections, celebrating the uniqueness that makes me who I am. I learned that emotions could be sources of motivation and resilience, guiding me through life's challenges instead of weighing me down. The Eras Tour was a testament to Taylor Swift's artistic evolution over the years, showcasing her various phases and transformations. As I observed her growth as an artist and individual, I began to reflect on my journey. Swift's music became a soundtrack to my life, mirroring my experiences, aspirations, and dreams. From the innocence of her early country hits to the self-discovery of her pop era, Taylor Swift's music mirrored my evolution. Witnessing her unapologetically embracing change and growth encouraged me to do the same. I started to appreciate my journey, with its highs and lows, and to cherish the person I was becoming. In conclusion, Taylor Swift's music, especially during the Eras Tour, has been a profound influence on my life, helping me to unearth facets of myself I had long ignored or misunderstood. Through her vulnerability, I learned to embrace my own. By recognizing the strength in my emotions, I discovered that they were my allies, not my adversaries. And as I celebrated her journey of growth, I began to appreciate my path and the person I was becoming. - Ismeily Cruz Vasquez
    SulawithSula
    From the Court to the Boardroom Throughout my years of playing volleyball, I have learned invaluable lessons that extend far beyond the court. Volleyball has taught me not only about the importance of teamwork, perseverance, and dedication but also about overcoming challenges to elevate my capabilities. These experiences have prepared me for success as a business major student in college, equipping me with the skills and mindset necessary to thrive in the competitive world of business. Volleyball, like any team sport, thrives on effective communication, trust, and cooperation among teammates. Learning how to communicate with different personalities and contribute to a cohesive unit has honed my interpersonal skills. The sport has taught me to listen actively, provide constructive feedback, and embrace diversity in perspectives. Additionally, I have come to understand that success is not solely dependent on individual talent but on collective effort. In volleyball, each player has a role, and everyone's contribution is vital to the team's overall performance. This principle has instilled in me a sense of responsibility and accountability, knowing that my actions and decisions impact those around me. In the world of business, this translates to recognizing the importance of collaboration and understanding how to leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals. My journey in volleyball has not been without its obstacles. From dealing with injuries and setbacks to facing tough opponents, I have learned the importance of resilience and perseverance. When faced with adversity, I embraced a growth mindset, viewing challenges as opportunities for learning and improvement rather than insurmountable barriers. To take my capabilities to the next level, I had to invest countless hours in training and refining my skills. It required commitment, sacrifice, and the willingness to push beyond my comfort zone. These experiences have taught me the value of hard work and the rewards it can bring. I have learned that excellence is not a result of natural talent alone but rather the combination of passion, dedication, and continuous self-improvement. As I transition into my college career as a business major student, I intend to apply the lessons I have learned from volleyball to excel in my academic and professional pursuits. Effective teamwork will be crucial in group projects, as I will seek to create a positive and collaborative environment where every member's contributions are valued. By fostering open communication and embracing diverse viewpoints, I aim to create a strong and unified team that can tackle complex challenges together. The resilience I cultivated through volleyball will be essential when facing academic pressures and navigating the competitive landscape of business studies. I understand that setbacks and failures are inevitable, but they serve as stepping stones toward success. I will use these experiences to learn from my mistakes, adapt my strategies, and keep pushing forward with determination. Furthermore, the discipline and time management skills I developed in volleyball will play a pivotal role in balancing my academic commitments and extracurricular activities. Staying organized and focused will be essential in managing coursework, participating in clubs or organizations, and pursuing internships or career opportunities. As I enter the world of business, I will carry the spirit of collaboration and perseverance with me. I believe that combining the knowledge gained from my volleyball journey with the insights from my business education will enable me to approach problems creatively, lead with empathy, and strive for excellence in everything I do. By applying these principles, I am confident that I will be well-prepared to thrive as a business professional and make a positive impact in the dynamic and competitive world of business. - Ismeily Cruz Vasquez
    Dr. Alexanderia K. Lane Memorial Scholarship
    Building a Stronger and Compassionate Society Throughout human history, the act of helping others has been an essential component of our social fabric. Whether it is providing aid during natural disasters, offering a listening ear to a friend in need, or contributing to a charitable cause, helping others plays a pivotal role in shaping a compassionate and cohesive society. This essay explores the significance of helping others and highlights the numerous ways in which it positively impacts individuals, communities, and the world at large. Helping others cultivates empathy, the ability to understand and share the feelings of others. When we extend a helping hand, we place ourselves in another person's shoes, allowing us to comprehend their struggles and emotions better. This empathetic connection fosters a sense of unity and solidarity, reducing the barriers that divide us. By relating to the experiences of others, we develop a profound understanding of the human condition, creating a more compassionate and inclusive society. Engaging in acts of kindness and assisting others has a significant impact on our mental well-being. Moreover, helping others can provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment, leading to increased self-esteem and a positive outlook on life. In a world that increasingly relies on digital connections, genuine human interactions are crucial. Helping others strengthens social bonds and fosters a sense of community. When individuals come together to assist each other, they form stronger relationships and build trust. These connections create a support system during times of difficulty, promoting resilience and providing a safety net for everyone involved. Acts of kindness have a powerful ripple effect. When one person helps another, the recipient is more likely to extend kindness to someone else, thus perpetuating a chain of positive actions. This ripple effect can lead to widespread societal changes, making the world a better place. Whether it is volunteering, donating to a cause, or simply showing kindness to strangers, every small act contributes to a greater collective impact. When we help others, we gain a deeper appreciation for the blessings and privileges we possess in our lives. Recognizing that we are in a position to make a difference instills gratitude and humility. By understanding the value of what we have, we become more mindful of our actions and decisions, leading to a more responsible and caring approach to the world around us. Helping others plays a crucial role in addressing societal challenges and inequalities. Whether it is supporting the marginalized, empowering the disadvantaged, or advocating for social justice, acts of assistance contribute to building a fairer and more equitable society. By working together to uplift the less fortunate, we create an environment where everyone can thrive and reach their full potential. The importance of helping others cannot be overstated. It is the foundation upon which compassionate societies are built. By fostering empathy, promoting positive mental health, strengthening social bonds, and addressing societal challenges, acts of assistance have far-reaching benefits for individuals, communities, and the world at large. Embracing the spirit of altruism and extending a helping hand not only improves the lives of those in need but also enriches our own lives, making the world a better place for everyone. - Ismeily Cruz Vasquez
    Charles E. Nettles Continued Graduate Scholarship
    My Pursuit of Post-Graduate Education Continuing education post-graduation is a decision that holds immense significance in shaping one's personal and professional growth. For me, the pursuit of further education is not just an option; it is a conscious choice driven by my passion for learning, the desire for career advancement, and the thirst for intellectual fulfillment. In this essay, I will delve into the reasons behind my decision to continue my education post-graduation and outline the field of study I plan to embark upon. Throughout my academic journey, I have come to realize that learning is not just a means to an end but a lifelong process that enriches the mind and broadens perspectives. Education has been an empowering force that has allowed me to explore various subjects and develop a deeper understanding of the world around me. The joy of uncovering new knowledge and acquiring valuable skills has fueled my desire to continue my education. While my undergraduate studies provided a solid foundation, I recognize that the ever-evolving job market demands continuous upskilling and specialization. I am eager to gain deeper expertise in a specific area that aligns with my career aspirations. A post-graduate degree or certificate program will equip me with the necessary tools to excel in my chosen field, opening doors to new opportunities and career advancement. I believe that continuing education is not solely about academic achievements, but also about personal growth and self-discovery. Engaging in higher studies challenges us to think critically, solve complex problems, and refine our communication and collaboration skills. It encourages adaptability, resilience, and a willingness to embrace change, all of which are crucial qualities for success in today's fast-paced world. Having explored various fields of interest during my undergraduate studies, I have developed a profound fascination with sustainability and environmental issues. I plan on enrolling in a Master's program in Sustainable Development, which combines my passion for environmental conservation with the goal of contributing to a more sustainable and equitable future. Through this program, I aim to gain a comprehensive understanding of the social, economic, and environmental aspects of sustainability. I want to learn about innovative strategies and policies to address global challenges like climate change, resource depletion, and social inequality. Armed with this knowledge, I aspire to work with organizations, governments, or NGOs that share the vision of creating a sustainable world and making a positive impact on communities and ecosystems. Continuing my education post-graduation is not only a means to improve my employability but also an intrinsic part of my journey toward personal fulfillment and meaningful contributions to society. My passion for learning, combined with the drive to excel in my chosen field, has led me to pursue a Master's program in Sustainable Development. As I embrace the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, I am excited about the transformative impact that this continued education will have on both my personal growth and the broader goal of building a sustainable and thriving world for future generations.
    I Can Do Anything Scholarship
    The dream version of my future self is a dedicated and accomplished individual whose relentless pursuit of knowledge and innovation empowers communities and shapes a brighter, more equitable world.
    “Be the Change” Essay Scholarship
    Be The Change Volunteering has granted me the unique opportunity to interact with people from various walks of life, each grappling with distinct challenges. By immersing myself in their realities, I have developed a profound sense of empathy and compassion. These interactions have highlighted the shared humanity we all possess, regardless of our differences. One key aspect of community service is its emphasis on collective action. I have come to realize that to create significant and lasting change, it is essential to collaborate with others who share similar goals. Volunteering has taught me the importance of teamwork, effective communication, and compromise in achieving common objectives. These lessons have proven invaluable, not just in community service but also in various aspects of life and future endeavors. During my community service at Eva B. Dykes Library, I met such a nice person that helped me understand the importance of leaving a legacy in the world we live in. She was the one that gave me the opportunity to do this amazing service. I’m not sure if this service benefitted the others that had helped in this project before but, I’m sure that this service definitely helped me. Something that I could notice in the place of service was the interest that everybody put in what they were doing, letting me understand the great importance that the project has over Oakwood University. Volunteering has been a humbling experience. It has taught me to appreciate the blessings in my life while acknowledging the challenges faced by others. This sense of humility has also reinforced my belief in the interconnectedness of humanity, inspiring me to contribute my skills and time to create a positive impact. As my involvement in community service deepened, so did my sense of responsibility towards society. Volunteering has revealed the potential we each possess to drive change and improve the lives of others. This realization has led me to recognize that, as members of a global community, we have a collective duty to address pressing social issues. My experiences have ignited a fire within me to be an active agent of change, rather than a passive observer. The purpose of the service was to collect all the books written by Eva B. Dykes or the books that were related to her, in order to have her entire collection and that it can be presented to some individuals who are coming from Harvard University, so they can learn about the contributions of Eva B. Dykes over the young people of her times and how those contributions have left a legacy in the history of Oakwood University. Even though it was only a two-hour service, I found out that I greatly admire all the people who have contributed to Black History and teaching young people about the Lord. For me, knowing our history and learning about our Savior are two fundamental pillars for the good development of the human being. I know that the people who contributed to this service felt as fulfilled as I did, knowing that I am helping to keep the legacy of such an amazing person. My personal philosophy of service is personal growth in intellect, a better perspective on society, and an approach to it. Additionally, my experiences have sparked a keen interest in international development and humanitarian aid. I aspire to work with organizations that promote sustainable development. By combining my passion for helping others with my desire for global impact, I aim to contribute to a more just and equitable world. My journey through volunteering and participating in community service has been transformative, shaping my perspective on humanity in profound ways. These experiences have taught me the importance of empathy, collaboration, gratitude, and responsibility. They have influenced my ambitions, leading me to pursue a career in social work and international development. As I move forward, I am committed to using my skills and dedication to make a positive difference in the lives of others and contribute to building a more compassionate and equitable society. Volunteering has not only given me a purpose but has also revealed the potential we all hold to be forces of positive change in the world. As I step into this new chapter of my life, I carry with me the invaluable lessons learned from my service experience. I am confident that the empathy, understanding, and determination I have gained will not only guide me in my career but also shape me into a more compassionate and socially conscious individual. I look forward to contributing my efforts to the betterment of society and being part of a collective force that strives to build a more just and compassionate world for all. - Ismeily Cruz Vasquez
    Barbie Dream House Scholarship
    The Enchanted Oasis: My Barbie Dream House In the heart of a lush and secluded tropical island lies my Barbie Dream House, a paradisiacal retreat that transcends imagination and embodies true extravagance. This architectural masterpiece sits atop a gentle hill, surrounded by vibrant flora and fauna that seem to dance to the symphony of nature. With its unique fusion of modern design and whimsical elements, the house stands as a testament to the seamless blend of luxury and enchantment. The exterior of the dream house emanates an ethereal charm, showcasing a fairytale-like structure that gleams under the golden rays of the sun. Soft, pastel hues dominate the façade, reflecting the shades of the surrounding natural beauty. The walls adorned with intricate carvings and cascading vines lend a touch of mystique as if hinting at the secrets that lie within. The windows, dressed in lavish floral patterns, create a playful yet elegant look that enhances the overall enchanting appeal. A picturesque pathway leads up to the entrance of the Barbie Dream House, adorned with twinkling fairy lights, guiding the way for visitors. Alongside the path, a majestic fountain serves as the centerpiece, with its sculpted cherubs playfully spouting water, creating a soothing symphony that adds to the ambiance of the island paradise. As the grand doors open, visitors are greeted by an opulent foyer, embellished with shimmering chandeliers and a breathtaking floral arrangement. The interior spaces feature an open-concept design, seamlessly merging various rooms with different functions while maintaining their distinctive identities. One of the most captivating features of the house is the walk-in closet, a fashion lover's utopia filled with glamorous outfits and accessories. The cabinet boasts a state-of-the-art wardrobe management system that magically organizes and presents outfits based on personal preferences. A floor-to-ceiling mirror stands at the end, allowing one to admire themselves in all their resplendent attires. Adjacent to the closet is a fully equipped kitchen fit for a culinary master. This culinary haven incorporates modern appliances and technology while exuding a rustic charm with exposed brick walls and wooden accents. The kitchen island serves as both a workspace and a gathering spot, where friends and family can join in on cooking adventures or simply enjoy delectable meals. Up a spiraling staircase adorned with hanging plants, the rooftop garden awaits, offering a breathtaking panoramic view of the tropical island and its surrounding turquoise waters. The park features a mix of lush greenery, vibrant flowers, and fragrant herbs. Cozy lounge chairs and hammocks are strategically placed to provide an oasis of relaxation, encouraging moments of serenity while marveling at the boundless beauty of nature. To further enhance the magical experience, hidden passages, and secret rooms are scattered throughout the house, accessible only to those who hold the knowledge of their existence. These hidden nooks become a sanctuary for solitary contemplation or playful gatherings, sparking wonder and curiosity in all who venture within. In conclusion, my Barbie Dream House nestled on a tropical island is a testament to the merging of luxury, modernity, and enchantment. With its fairytale-like exterior, meticulously designed interiors, and unique features such as the glamorous walk-in closet, fully equipped culinary haven, and rooftop garden, the dream house becomes a haven of beauty and imagination. Here, the boundaries between reality and fantasy blur, and anyone who steps through its doors is transported to a world of wonder, warmth, and endless possibilities. - Ismeily Cruz Vasquez
    Dreamer's Midpoint Scholarship
    Embracing the Journey: Challenges and Triumphs as a Non-U.S. Citizen in Education As a non-U.S. citizen pursuing education in the United States, my journey has been marked by both unique challenges and rewarding triumphs. Navigating a foreign education system, cultural differences, and legal complexities has required resilience and adaptability. In this essay, I will explore the challenges I faced, the strategies I employed to overcome them, and the driving force behind my career aspirations and pursuit of post-secondary education in the U.S. One of the initial hurdles I encountered was the language barrier. English being my second language, I faced difficulty in comprehending lectures, expressing ideas, and communicating effectively with peers. Adapting to a new cultural environment, with different customs, social norms, and educational practices, presented its own set of challenges. I often felt like an outsider trying to assimilate into a diverse student community. As a non-U.S. citizen, I had to navigate complex visa processes and adhere to stringent legal requirements to ensure my education and stay in the U.S. were compliant with immigration laws. Pursuing education in a foreign country can be financially demanding, and as a non-U.S. citizen, I faced limited access to scholarships and financial aid, making it necessary to find alternative sources of funding like this. To conquer the language barrier, I engaged in language workshops, and language exchange programs, and sought additional tutoring. Immersing myself in English-speaking environments helped me enhance my language skills significantly. To overcome cultural adjustments, I actively participated in campus clubs and events that celebrated cultural diversity. Engaging in conversations with students from various backgrounds fostered a sense of inclusivity and belonging. Seeking guidance from international student services and legal advisors helped me navigate visa and legal complexities. Staying informed about changing regulations enabled me to maintain compliance with immigration laws. I diligently researched scholarships, grants, and part-time job opportunities available to international students. Additionally, I explored collaborations with organizations and foundations that support education for non-U.S. citizens. My career aspirations are rooted in my passion for business, marketing, and sales, and its transformative impact on society. I aim to pursue a degree in Business Administration Management, as it offers endless possibilities for innovation and problem-solving. My interest in this field has been nurtured through experiences with connections, building trust, closing deals, and witnessing my parents skillfully negotiate their way through challenging situations in their respective careers. Furthermore, pursuing post-secondary education in the U.S. provides me with unparalleled opportunities for personal and professional growth. The country's reputation for academic excellence, innovative research facilities, and exposure to diverse perspectives make it an ideal destination to foster my aspirations. As a non-U.S. citizen pursuing education in the United States, my journey has been shaped by numerous challenges, from overcoming language barriers to adapting to a new cultural environment. However, with determination, resilience, and a supportive community, I have triumphed over these obstacles. My passion for business and the desire to make a meaningful impact on society drive my career aspirations, making post-secondary education in the U.S. a pivotal step in achieving my goals. I embrace the journey with an open heart, ready to seize every opportunity and contribute my best to the world of sales and marketing. - Ismeily Cruz Vasquez
    Solomon Vann Memorial Scholarship
    Building a Comprehensive Framework to Address the Mental Health Crisis in America The mental health crisis in America is an urgent and multifaceted issue that demands a comprehensive approach at various levels of society. From the national level down to the personal level, it requires a collective effort to create a supportive environment for those struggling with mental health challenges. This essay explores potential strategies and existing successful approaches to tackle the crisis on the national, state, school, community, family, and personal levels. Thinking about what can be done nationally, it is important and improvement accessing to Mental Health Services. The federal government should allocate more resources to expand mental health services and ensure that everyone has access to affordable and quality mental health care. Initiatives like the Affordable Care Act have made some progress, but further steps are needed to remove barriers and increase the availability of mental health professionals. Implementing comprehensive mental health education programs in schools and communities to raise awareness, reduce stigma, and promote early intervention. Enforcing strict laws that ensure mental health coverage is on par with physical health coverage, preventing insurance discrimination and promoting mental wellness. State governments should invest in mental health services, ensuring proper funding and coordination among mental health organizations and facilities. States can learn from successful models like Massachusetts' strong investment in community-based mental health services. Mandating crisis intervention training for law enforcement officers to enable more compassionate and appropriate responses to individuals experiencing mental health crises, reducing the number of tragic incidents. It is important to enhance the community mental health centers to serve as accessible resources for individuals struggling with mental health issues. Community-based interventions, like the "Stepped Care Model," have proven effective in providing targeted support to those with mild to moderate mental health concerns. Establishing peer support groups and networks to create safe spaces for individuals to share experiences, exchange coping strategies, and seek emotional support. Programs like "NAMI Connection" are successful examples of such networks. Families play a huge role in this situation so it is necessary to provide accessible family therapy and support services to address family dynamics that might contribute to or exacerbate mental health issues. Family-oriented interventions, such as "Family Psychoeducation," can be effective in improving communication and understanding among family members. Educating families about mental health conditions to reduce stigma and create an open environment for seeking help. Successful campaigns like "Time to Change" in the UK have shown significant improvements in public attitudes towards mental health. No matter what situation you are going through and how much you want to improve your environment, but prioritize your own mental health, you will not be able to help those around you, therefore, we must encourage individuals to prioritize self-care, stress management, and mental wellness practices. Promote mindfulness techniques, regular exercise, and adequate sleep, which are scientifically proven to have positive effects on mental health. Advocate for open discussions about mental health and encourage seeking help when needed. Personal testimonials and mental health awareness campaigns, like "Bell Let's Talk" in Canada, have successfully sparked conversations and reduced stigma. In conclusion, The mental health crisis in America requires a multi-faceted approach that encompasses actions at the national, state, school, community, family, and personal levels. By combining existing successful approaches with innovative strategies, we can foster a society that values mental health and prioritizes the well-being of all its members. Empowering individuals to seek help, promoting early intervention, and building a supportive environment will undoubtedly contribute to reducing the mental health crisis and creating a mentally healthier nation. - Ismeily Cruz Vasquez
    Neal Hartl Memorial Sales/Marketing Scholarship
    The Road to Sales and Marketing: A Journey of Inspiration, Passion, and Motivation Choosing a career path is a profound decision that often stems from a combination of personal experiences, ambitions, and aspirations. For me, the allure of sales and marketing lies in its dynamic nature, the potential for personal growth, and the opportunity to make a significant impact on a business and its customers. In my case, my journey into sales and marketing has been guided by a strong inspiration, a deep passion, and an unyielding motivation to excel in this exciting and ever-evolving field. The roots of my inspiration are traced back to my childhood, where I was exposed to the power of persuasion and effective communication through various experiences. One such encounter was witnessing my parents skillfully negotiate their way through challenging situations in their respective careers. Their ability to establish meaningful connections, build trust, and close deals left an indelible mark on me, igniting a desire to develop those very same skills. Furthermore, I was fascinated by successful marketers who crafted compelling stories and engaging campaigns that left a lasting impression on audiences. From captivating advertisements to persuasive social media campaigns, I admired their creativity and strategic thinking, understanding that their work was integral to a company's success. As I grew older, my passion for sales and marketing only intensified. I found myself devouring books, articles, and podcasts on sales techniques, consumer behavior, and market trends. The concept of identifying consumer needs, developing solutions, and crafting persuasive messages to meet those needs became an enchanting puzzle I was eager to solve. Additionally, I realized that sales and marketing allowed for a unique blend of both art and science. It challenged me to leverage my creative instincts while relying on data-driven insights to make informed decisions. This balance resonated deeply with me, and I yearned to channel my creativity and analytical skills into a profession that could have a tangible impact. My motivation to pursue a career in sales and marketing goes beyond personal interest; it's also fueled by a desire to contribute positively to society. In a world inundated with products and services, ethical marketing plays a vital role in ensuring that customers make informed decisions. I aspire to be part of a movement that prioritizes transparency, authenticity, and empathy in marketing practices, aiming to build long-lasting relationships between businesses and their customers. Furthermore, the fast-paced nature of sales and marketing presents a constant challenge, which I perceive as an opportunity for growth and self-improvement. The prospect of facing diverse situations, adapting to changing market landscapes, and continuously learning excites me, pushing me to remain agile and resourceful. In conclusion, my decision to pursue a career in sales and marketing is a culmination of inspiration, passion, and motivation. From early childhood observations of my parents' negotiation skills to a burning passion for creativity and strategic thinking, I have been driven to explore this dynamic field fully. Additionally, the opportunity to impact businesses positively, contribute to ethical marketing practices, and embrace continuous growth motivates me to embark on this journey with enthusiasm and determination. As I step into the world of sales and marketing, I carry with me the knowledge that this career path will challenge and stretch me in ways that will ultimately shape me into a better professional and person. My inspiration, passion, and motivation converge into a powerful force that propels me forward, ready to seize every opportunity and make a mark in the exciting realm of sales and marketing. -Ismeily Cruz Vasquez
    Ethel Hayes Destigmatization of Mental Health Scholarship
    My Mental Health Story In 2016, when I was 11 years old, I had to face a harsh reality that to this day only nightmares that I don’t want to remember. My mother was going through economic and health problems that, in one way or another, ended up affecting my mental health. As for the economy, I spent a whole year of high school without being able to pay tuition, and at the time of the final exams, my mom had to look for all the money because if not, I could not move on to the next grade; By parting with so much money, for five months, we spent much precariousness of food and physical care, until a person from his work helped her get out of that problem. In the healthy aspect, in that same year, due to the same economic problem, my mother began a depressive stage in which she no longer wanted to continue with her life, affecting her physical well-being, she could not eat anything, her stomach was closed, everything she ate, she vomited, and she did not have the strength to get out of bed. For me, every day that passed, it was like an hourglass with a leak in the bottom making extinguishing time come faster than established. My mother even said goodbye to me because she thought she would die. It was like a miracle of God that one day my mother tried again to eat and this time her body did not refuse food. For 3 months, she ate the same dish, fearing that other dishes would make her fall again; He regained his muscle mass and energy, but it wasn't the case for me. During that process, my immature mind didn’t process that all this was happening and that it was very likely that I would be orphaned at an early age. That creates in me the habit of overthinking everything and worrying about the slightest problem that may be happening in my life. In the middle of that process, I didn't eat in front of my mother because I didn't want her to feel bad because she couldn't; I walked away from my school friends because I didn't want to be asked how I felt and because of that I lost most of them but, what was I going to answer? At my young age, I didn't know what it meant to feel how I was feeling, I only knew that my life became a torment at someone else's expense and because of that I saw most of my dreams impossible to reach. Today, my mother is a renewed person thanks to the therapy sections she attended, and therefore I started seeing the world from another perspective and found out that life is not as easy as I thought it was when I was a child. I hope everyone reaches their goals without having to suffer as my mom and I did and if they do, they could show the world that everything is possible no matter how hard life gets. - Ismeily Cruz Vasquez
    Maggie's Way- International Woman’s Scholarship
    Maggie Kwiecien and I Conquering the World Being born in a place full of difficulties and that lacks opportunities for dreamers and determined to achieve their goals like Maggie and me, is a challenging task but possible. Growing up in a home where only your mother is present, where the need abounds plus the desire to excel is abundant, was where I lived for 18 years of my life. My desire to excel, to be someone important in the future as Maggie was, was what drove me to achieve many recognitions throughout my adolescence. Throughout my school life I was a merit student and, when I reached high school, I became interested in the United Nations models, which opened my eyes to reality. Having to debate real issues of global problems and seek solutions for them made me understand how difficult it is to live in this world when you have no one to give you by the hand and that solutions cannot be carried out as easily as they are presented. Education in risk areas was one of the topics discussed in one of the United Nations models that most marked me, when I realized that I was one of those people who lived in that situation. Finding a solution to that problem was quite difficult for me, but nevertheless I did my best and managed to win as the best delegation and the best draft resolution. From there, I started to apply my own solutions in my life and then everything started to be different. Upon graduating from high school, I decided to apply to a university in the United States, more than a goal it was a dream that I thought almost impossible, but deep down I was confident that all my efforts would be enough to fit into a foreign university. I was accepted and from there I began to doubt. My mother did not earn enough to cover the expenses, and even if I won a scholarship, I knew it would not be complete, but even so, my mother decided to risk everything and send me to study in the United States. In my first semester I saw everything as a movie; Going out with friends, night getaways, romances, fights, etc. While I gave my all-in classes, worked on campus, and went out to sell books three times a week, my mother was splitting her back to send me money to pay my tuition. All the effort was worth it, I was able to pay the difference in tuition and I was ready to start a new semester in the same way, until, the notification by the university of the increase in tuition, meal plan and housing arrived, all my energies went to the ground, but I decided not to give up and start applying for scholarships like this to help my mother and me get ahead. I am confident that I will win this scholarship because only God and I know everything my mother and I have been through to get here. “The dream of every international student is to stand out to represent their homeland and give that hope to those who see everything lost.” -Ismeily Cruz Vasquez