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Madison James

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15x

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Bio

Hello! My name is Madison and I am a freshman at NYU. Ever since I was a young child, I have always been interested in the world of business and finance. I have always been drawn to the idea of being able to create my own opportunities and be in control of my own future. As I have grown older, my passion for business has only grown stronger. I have always been a natural leader and have a keen sense for spotting opportunities and making the most of them. I am confident that a business degree will not only provide me with the skills and knowledge I need to succeed in the business world, but it will also give me the confidence and experience to take on any challenge that comes my way. I am eager to learn about all aspects of business, from marketing and finance to operations and management. I am confident that with hard work and dedication, I will be able to make a positive impact in the business world and achieve my goals and aspirations. I am excited to embark on this journey and am eager to see where it will take me.

Education

New York University

Bachelor's degree program
2023 - 2027
  • Majors:
    • Marketing
    • Accounting and Related Services
  • Minors:
    • Political Science and Government

Milton High School

High School
2019 - 2023
  • GPA:
    4

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Bachelor's degree program

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Accounting and Computer Science
    • Accounting and Related Services
    • Marketing
    • Business/Managerial Economics
    • Mathematical Economics
    • Business Administration, Management and Operations
    • Finance and Financial Management Services
    • Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Business

    • Dream career goals:

      CFO

    • Founder

      Mug-of-War
      2024 – Present6 months
    • Online Grocery Pick Up Associate

      Kroger
      2023 – Present1 year
    • Intern

      Berkshire Hathaway
      2022 – Present2 years
    • Team Member

      Chipotle
      2021 – 2021
    • Cashier

      Chick-fil-A
      2019 – 20201 year
    • Sales Associates

      Bed, Bath, and Beyond
      2022 – 2022

    Sports

    Cheerleading

    Club
    2016 – 20193 years

    Arts

    • Choir

      Music
      2019 – 2020

    Public services

    • Advocacy

      Future Business Leaders of America — President
      2021 – 2023
    • Volunteering

      Healing Headstones Club — Founder/President
      2022 – 2023
    • Public Service (Politics)

      Political Discussion Club — Vice President
      2021 – 2023
    • Advocacy

      Black Student Union — Member
      2019 – 2023
    • Volunteering

      Georgia Wildlife Federation — Member
      2021 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Beta Club — Member
      2022 – 2023
    • Public Service (Politics)

      Young Democrats Club — Member
      2019 – 2023
    • Volunteering

      Environmental Awareness Club — Member
      2019 – 2023
    • Volunteering

      Meals by Grace — Kitchen Lead
      2022 – Present

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Politics

    Volunteering

    Philanthropy

    Entrepreneurship

    Chappell Roan Superfan Scholarship
    It was a balmy summer evening at a music festival when I first stumbled upon the magic that is Chappell Roan. I had no idea who she was as I wandered towards the stage, drawn in by the electrifying beat and her mesmerizing voice. Little did I know that this chance encounter would mark the beginning of a musical journey that has profoundly impacted my life. As she belted out her songs, I found myself irresistibly captivated. Her music had this rare blend of raw emotion and catchy rhythms that made it impossible to stand still. I remember turning to my friend and saying, "I need to hear more of her!" That night, I went down a rabbit hole of Chappell Roan's music, devouring every song I could find. What struck me even more than her incredible talent was her story. Chappell Roan's journey to fame is nothing short of inspiring. She spent a decade honing her craft, facing countless obstacles and rejections, yet never losing her passion and drive. Her perseverance is a testament to the power of resilience and self-belief. Learning about her struggles and ultimate triumph made her music resonate even more deeply with me. Fast forward to today, and Chappell Roan is finally receiving the recognition she deserves. Her journey has been a reminder that success doesn't come overnight, and that the most meaningful accomplishments are often the result of years of hard work and dedication. Her story has inspired me to pursue my own dreams with the same unwavering determination. And, of course, I can't talk about my love for Chappell Roan without mentioning "H-O-T-T-O-G-O." It's become a bit of an anthem for me, and I often find myself chanting it randomly throughout the day. Whether I'm stuck in traffic or need a boost of energy, those catchy letters never fail to lift my spirits and put a smile on my face. Supporting Chappell Roan's career is about more than just enjoying her music; it's about celebrating an artist who embodies resilience, creativity, and authenticity. She's a reminder that with passion and perseverance, anything is possible. Her journey has shown me that the road to success may be long and winding, but it's the challenges and setbacks that make the victories so much sweeter. In a world where instant gratification often takes center stage, Chappell Roan's story is a refreshing reminder of the beauty of patience and hard work. Her music has been the soundtrack to my own journey of self-discovery and ambition, and for that, I am endlessly grateful. So here's to Chappell Roan—an artist, an inspiration, and a testament to the power of never giving up. And if you ever hear someone chanting "H-O-T-T-O-G-O" in the middle of a grocery store, there's a good chance it's me, celebrating the magic of Chappell Roan.
    Sabrina Carpenter Superfan Scholarship
    Ever since I first watched Sabrina Carpenter on Disney Channel's "Girl Meets World," I was captivated by her charm, talent, and infectious energy. Little did I know that this introduction would mark the beginning of a journey filled with inspiration, joy, and a deep appreciation for her artistry. Sabrina Carpenter has become more than just a favorite artist; she has profoundly impacted my life in numerous ways. My initial encounter with Sabrina Carpenter came in the form of Maya Hart, the feisty and loyal best friend of Riley Matthews in "Girl Meets World." Her portrayal of Maya was compelling, and I quickly found myself tuning in every week, eager to see what new adventures and life lessons awaited. Sabrina's acting was nuanced and genuine, making Maya one of the most relatable and beloved characters on the show. However, it wasn’t just her acting that drew me in; it was her music that truly resonated with me. In 2017, while exploring her work beyond Disney, I stumbled upon her songs "Can't Blame a Girl for Trying" and "Eyes Wide Open." These tracks marked a turning point in my fandom, transforming me from a casual viewer to a devoted fan. "Can't Blame a Girl for Trying" struck a chord with me instantly. Its relatable lyrics about navigating life’s awkward moments and youthful missteps were a comforting reminder that it’s okay to make mistakes and learn from them. Sabrina's voice, sweet yet powerful, brought the song to life in a way that felt personal and genuine. Then there was "Eyes Wide Open," a song that quickly became my anthem. Its empowering message about embracing opportunities and facing life with courage inspired me to pursue my own dreams with a renewed sense of determination. The line, “I’ll make my own way, I’ll make my own way,” became a mantra for me during challenging times. Whether it was preparing for exams, auditioning for the school play, or navigating the complexities of teenage friendships, Sabrina’s music was a source of strength and motivation. Sabrina Carpenter's career has impacted me in profound ways. Her evolution as an artist, from a Disney star to a multifaceted musician and actress, has been incredibly inspiring. Watching her grow and succeed has taught me the importance of hard work, resilience, and staying true to oneself. Her music has been a soundtrack to my highs and lows, providing solace during difficult times and celebrating alongside me during moments of triumph. Beyond her talent, Sabrina’s dedication to her fans and her authenticity have made her a role model for me. She uses her platform to speak out on important issues, encouraging her fans to be kind, confident, and proactive. Her positive influence extends beyond her music and acting, making her a true inspiration in my life. My journey with Sabrina Carpenter has been a transformative experience. From discovering her on "Girl Meets World" to falling in love with her music, Sabrina has been a constant source of inspiration and joy. Her songs "Can't Blame a Girl for Trying" and "Eyes Wide Open" have particularly impacted me, providing comfort, empowerment, and motivation. Sabrina’s career has taught me valuable life lessons, and her authenticity and dedication have made her a role model I deeply admire. As I continue to follow her journey, I am excited to see how she will inspire me next.
    Michael Rudometkin Memorial Scholarship
    Selflessness, to me, means finding joy and purpose in putting others' needs before my own, and it's been through my volunteer work that I've truly felt this fulfillment. My journey began with Meals by Grace, a non-profit in Forsyth County, Georgia, dedicated to providing nutritious meals to families in need. Over the course of two years, I poured my heart into this mission, serving as a kitchen lead and helping deliver meals to those who needed them most. Meals by Grace became more than just a volunteer opportunity; it became a part of who I am. As a kitchen lead, I wasn't just overseeing meal preparations; I was part of a family that came together every week to fight hunger. Coordinating volunteers, ensuring food safety, and making sure every meal was prepared with love and care taught me the importance of leadership and teamwork. The kitchen buzzed with a unique energy, fueled by the collective determination to make a difference. We weren’t just making meals; we were crafting hope and support for struggling families. The most heartwarming and humbling moments came during meal deliveries. I remember one particular family vividly: a single mother with three young children. Their home was modest, and their faces lit up with genuine gratitude when we arrived with food. It wasn't just about the meals; it was about the message that someone cared. Seeing their smiles and hearing their thank-yous filled my heart with a profound sense of purpose. These encounters weren't just deliveries; they were connections that transcended the physical act of giving food. When I moved to New York for college, I felt a deep yearning to continue this path of service. I discovered God's Love We Deliver, a non-profit that prepares and delivers medically tailored meals to individuals living with severe illnesses. Their mission touched me deeply, and I eagerly joined their efforts. In the kitchen, I help with sorting ingredients, packing meals, and ensuring that each meal meets the unique dietary needs of the recipients. Every meal we prepare is a testament to the organization's unwavering commitment to care and compassion. Delivering meals in the vast, bustling city of New York has its own set of challenges and rewards. Navigating through the city to reach clients who are often isolated due to their medical conditions requires patience and adaptability. Yet, the gratitude and relief I see in their eyes make every effort worthwhile. One elderly man, battling a severe illness, held my hand and whispered, "You’re an angel," as I handed him his meal. Those words stayed with me, reminding me that even small acts of kindness can have a monumental impact. Volunteering has taught me the profound value of empathy and human connection. A simple meal, delivered with love, can be a beacon of hope for someone facing unimaginable challenges. These experiences have also made me more self-aware and grateful for my own circumstances. Witnessing the resilience and strength of those battling adversity has inspired me to approach my own life with a renewed sense of gratitude and determination. Whether leading a team in the kitchen or delivering meals to those in need, I've learned that true selflessness is about more than giving—it's about connecting, empathizing, and making a real, tangible difference in the lives of others. As I continue my journey in New York, I am profoundly grateful for the opportunities to serve and for the lessons learned along the way. These moments have shaped me, and I am committed to continuing this path of compassion and service for years to come.
    Elevate Mental Health Awareness Scholarship
    In the dim light of my childhood bedroom, I often found solace in organizing my toys meticulously. Each action figure had its place, lined up in perfect formation, while the stuffed animals sat neatly arranged by size on the shelves. My parents would chuckle at my obsession with order, dismissing it as mere quirkiness. Little did they know, it was the first glimpse into a lifelong battle with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) that would shape every aspect of my existence. My earliest memories are tainted with the overwhelming urge to check and recheck things, a relentless need for symmetry and cleanliness that dictated my every move. Back then, I didn't have a name for it; I was just a kid trying to make sense of the chaos around me by imposing order on my surroundings. But as I grew older, the whispers of doubt and anxiety grew louder, suffocating me with their incessant demands for perfection. One particularly vivid memory stands out like a scar on my psyche. It was the first day of high school, a whirlwind of excitement and nerves swirling around me. As I sat down at my desk, meticulously aligning my pencils and notebooks, a sudden wave of panic washed over me. What if I didn't lock the front door properly this morning? What if I left the stove on? What if, what if, what if... The questions spiraled out of control, each one more terrifying than the last. Frozen in fear, I sat there for what felt like an eternity, trapped in the suffocating grip of my own mind. That was the moment I realized I couldn't keep living like this, shackled to the irrational demands of my OCD. With trembling hands and a racing heart, I mustered the courage to seek help, embarking on a journey of self-discovery and healing that would shape the course of my life. Therapy became my lifeline, a safe haven where I could unravel the tangled knots of anxiety and self-doubt that had ensnared me for so long. Through countless hours of introspection and reflection, I began to peel back the layers of my psyche, confronting the demons that lurked in the darkest corners of my mind. It was a painful process, fraught with setbacks and relapses, but with each passing day, I felt a little stronger, a little more resilient. But the road to recovery was anything but smooth. Misconceptions and stigma surrounding mental health loomed like shadowy specters, casting doubt on my journey and undermining my progress. Friends and family, well-intentioned though they may have been, struggled to understand the complexities of my condition, offering well-meaning but ultimately misguided advice. "Just relax," they would say, as if I could simply switch off my anxiety like a light bulb. "Don't worry so much," they would chide, oblivious to the fact that worry had become my constant companion, an ever-present weight on my shoulders. Yet despite the challenges, I persevered. Armed with newfound knowledge and a steely resolve, I forged ahead, determined to reclaim control of my life from the clutches of OCD. Along the way, I discovered a newfound sense of empathy and compassion, a deep-seated understanding of the struggles that bind us together as human beings. No longer shackled by shame or stigma, I found solace in the company of kindred spirits, fellow travelers on the winding road to recovery. And so, my journey continues, a testament to the power of resilience and the indomitable spirit of the human soul. Though the scars of my past may never fully fade, they serve as a reminder of the strength that lies within each of us, waiting to be unleashed in moments of crisis and uncertainty. As I look to the future, I do so with hope and optimism, knowing that no matter what obstacles may lie ahead, I will face them head-on, armed with the knowledge that I am not alone. In the end, it is not the darkness of the past that defines us, but the light that we carry forward into the world, illuminating the path for others who may be lost in the shadows. And so, I embrace my journey with open arms, knowing that every step forward is a victory in itself, a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.
    JT Lampert Scholarship
    In my everyday life, supporting others is not just a habit but a fundamental aspect of who I am. Whether it's lending a listening ear to a friend in need, volunteering in my community, or collaborating with classmates on challenging projects, I find immense fulfillment in being there for others. This innate desire to support and uplift those around me has not only shaped my personal relationships but has also influenced my career aspirations. One way I currently support others is by actively participating in peer mentorship programs at my college. Serving as a mentor allows me to share my experiences, offer guidance, and provide support to fellow students navigating the challenges of academic and personal growth. Through these interactions, I've seen firsthand the positive impact that mentorship can have on someone's journey, and it fuels my passion for supporting others. Additionally, I am involved in various community service initiatives where I dedicate my time and energy to making a difference in the lives of others. Whether it's volunteering at a local shelter, organizing a fundraising event for a cause I believe in, or participating in environmental cleanup efforts, I am committed to contributing to the well-being of my community in any way I can. As I look ahead to my career, I see myself continuing to prioritize support and service in all aspects of my professional life. Whether I pursue a career in accounting, marketing, or politics, my commitment to supporting others will remain unwavering. Supporting others is not just a part of my everyday life; it's the essence of who I am. Through mentorship, community service, and advocacy, I strive to make a positive impact on the lives of those around me. As I embark on my career journey, I am determined to continue this legacy of service and compassion, using my skills and passion to uplift others and create meaningful change in the world.
    Rainbow Futures Scholarship
    I can't help but be reminded of the day I finally summoned the courage to come out. It was like standing on the edge of a cliff, feeling the weight of uncertainty pulling me back, while the promise of freedom beckoned me forward. Living in a conservative town, the fear of rejection loomed large, compounded by the pervasive biphobia that seemed to linger in every corner. But despite the trepidation, I knew I couldn't continue to hide behind a facade. When I finally uttered those words, admitting to myself and to others that I was bisexual, it was both liberating and terrifying. Would I be met with acceptance or disdain? Fortunately, the response from my friends and family was overwhelmingly positive, proving that love and understanding can indeed transcend societal norms. However, amidst the warm embrace of support, there were still shadows lurking in the form of my parents' occasional homophobic comments. "You know, I just don't understand why they have to shove their lifestyle in our faces," my father would remark during dinner, his words like a dagger piercing through the illusion of acceptance. And when I dared to confront them, to challenge their narrow-mindedness, I was met with dismissive shrugs and accusations of being too sensitive. It was a stark reminder that even within the confines of my own home, prejudice still reared its ugly head. But the struggle didn't end there. As I navigated the digital landscape, I encountered a barrage of homophobic rhetoric, from anonymous internet trolls to elected officials hell-bent on stripping away our rights. It was a stark reminder that the fight for equality was far from over, and that silence was not an option. That's why my aspirations for higher education extend beyond personal fulfillment; they are fueled by a desire to enact meaningful change. As I pursue a major in marketing and a minor in politics, I envision myself leveraging the power of communication and advocacy to amplify the voices of the LGBTQ+ community. Whether it's through crafting compelling campaigns or engaging in grassroots activism, I am committed to challenging the status quo and fostering a more inclusive society. Receiving this scholarship would not only alleviate the financial burdens weighing on my shoulders but also provide me with the resources and opportunities needed to pursue my goals. It would enable me to devote more time and energy to my studies, allowing me to excel academically and make a tangible impact in the world.
    Elizabeth Schalk Memorial Scholarship
    I sit at my desk, surrounded by the comforting clutter of pens, notebooks, and knick-knacks that I've meticulously arranged. Each item has its designated spot, carefully chosen to maintain a delicate balance in my universe. My fingers twitch with the need to adjust, to perfect, to ensure everything is just right. Growing up, I was the kid who always had to double-check if the stove was turned off, if the door was locked, if my homework was completed perfectly. My parents would laugh, attributing it to my meticulous nature, but deep down, I knew it was more than just attention to detail. It was the incessant whisper of doubt in my mind, the nagging feeling that something would go wrong if I didn't adhere to my rituals. My journey with mental illness began with a subtle whisper, a nagging doubt that I couldn't shake off. At first, it was manageable, a quirk that I could brush off with a nervous laugh. But as I grew older, the whispers grew louder, morphing into a cacophony of intrusive thoughts that refused to be silenced. Imagine being trapped in a never-ending cycle of overthinking, each thought more irrational than the last. For me, it's like being stuck on a carousel that never stops spinning, each revolution bringing me closer to the edge of sanity. I obsess over the smallest details, analyzing every word, every action, searching for hidden meanings that exist only in the tangled web of my mind. The fear of impending doom is a constant companion, lurking in the shadows, waiting to pounce when I least expect it. It's the voice that whispers in my ear, reminding me of all the ways things could go wrong. What if I forget to lock the door and someone breaks in? What if I accidentally leave the stove on and burn the house down? What if...? And then there's the fear of forgetting, losing, or misplacing something. It's not just about physical objects; it's about memories, moments, fragments of my identity that slip through my fingers like grains of sand. I cling to them desperately, terrified of losing myself in the vast expanse of my mind. Living with OCD is like walking a tightrope suspended between order and chaos. One wrong move, one misplaced step, and everything comes crashing down around me. But amidst the chaos, there is a strange beauty in the patterns I create, the rituals that provide a semblance of control in a world that often feels chaotic and unpredictable. But despite the challenges, I refuse to let OCD define me. I am more than the sum of my fears, more than the whispers that echo in the recesses of my mind. I am resilient, capable of facing my demons head-on, armed with nothing but my determination and the knowledge that I am not alone in this battle. So, I continue to sit at my desk, surrounded by the comforting clutter that serves as both my sanctuary and my prison. And though the road ahead may be fraught with obstacles, I walk it with my head held high, knowing that each step brings me closer to reclaiming control of my mind.
    Brotherhood Bows Scholarship
    Navigating the treacherous waters of adolescence is challenging enough without the added weight of racial identity weighing you down. Yet, that was the reality I faced as a black girl attending a predominantly white school. My journey through those formative years was a rollercoaster of highs and lows, marked by moments of triumph and despair as I grappled with racism, microaggressions, and the relentless pressure to conform to society's narrow standards of beauty and worth. From the moment I stepped foot into that school, I was acutely aware of my otherness. It wasn't just the color of my skin that set me apart; it was the subtle nuances of my culture and lived experiences that made me feel like an outsider in my own skin. While my white classmates moved through the halls with a sense of ease and belonging, I walked with a weight on my shoulders, constantly on guard for the next racially charged comment or ignorant assumption. Microaggressions became a daily occurrence, like a constant drip of water wearing away at the stone of my self-esteem. Whether it was the casual dismissal of my achievements or the fetishization of my physical features, each subtle jab served as a reminder that I would always be seen as "other" in the eyes of my peers. It was exhausting, trying to navigate a world that seemed determined to diminish my worth at every turn. One of the most insidious forms of racism I encountered was the pervasive belief that black girls were somehow less desirable than their white counterparts. It was a message reinforced by society at large, from the media we consumed to the cultural norms that governed our interactions. I found myself constantly second-guessing my worth, wondering if I would ever be seen as beautiful or worthy of love in a world that seemed to prize whiteness above all else. The weight of these expectations bore down on me, fueling a deep-seated insecurity that threatened to consume me whole. I became hyper-aware of every flaw, every imperfection, convinced that my blackness was a stain that could never be washed away. I grew to resent the skin I was born in, wishing desperately for a lighter complexion that would grant me access to the privileges afforded to those with fairer skin. But for all the darkness that threatened to engulf me, there were moments of light that pierced through the gloom. I found solace in the love and support of my family, who reminded me of my worth when I had forgotten it myself. They were my pillars of strength, lifting me up when I felt like I could no longer stand on my own. Slowly but surely, I began to find my voice, speaking out against the injustices that threatened to silence me. I sought out spaces where I could celebrate my blackness rather than hide it, surrounding myself with people who uplifted and affirmed me for who I was. I devoured literature and art that reflected my experiences, finding strength in the stories of those who had come before me. It was a journey marked by setbacks and struggles, but also by moments of profound growth and self-discovery. I learned to love myself not in spite of my blackness, but because of it. I embraced my heritage as a source of strength and resilience, knowing that my worth was not determined by the color of my skin, but by the content of my character. Today, as I look back on those tumultuous years, I see a young girl who refused to be defined by the limitations others placed on her. I see a survivor, a warrior, a testament to the power of resilience and self-love. And while the scars of my past may still linger, they serve as a reminder of the battles I've fought and the victories I've won.
    Zamora Borose Goodwill Scholarship
    Ah, the age-old question: what are my goals? Well, I've got big dreams and even bigger aspirations. As a business major, my path is already laid out before me, but that doesn't mean it's set in stone. You see, I've got my eyes on the prize, and that prize comes in two flavors: the United Nations and the corner office as a Chief Financial Officer. Now, you might be scratching your head, wondering how on earth I plan to bridge the gap between international diplomacy and crunching numbers, but let me assure you, it's not as far-fetched as it sounds. You see, I've always had this insatiable hunger for both business and politics. From the boardroom to the ballot box, I thrive on the thrill of making strategic decisions and influencing change. My journey started way back when I was knee-high to a grasshopper, devouring books on economics and devouring debates on Capitol Hill. Fast forward to today, and I'm knee-deep in textbooks, soaking up knowledge like a sponge in a rainstorm. But it's not just about the grades or the accolades; it's about the journey, the experiences, and the people I meet along the way. So, where do I see myself in the not-so-distant future? Well, picture this: a bustling conference room in the heart of New York City, where diplomats from every corner of the globe gather to tackle the world's most pressing issues. That's right, I'm talking about the United Nations. As a business-minded individual with a passion for diplomacy, the idea of working for an organization dedicated to global cooperation sends shivers down my spine. But wait, there's more. While the allure of international relations is undeniable, my heart also beats to the rhythm of finance. There's something about diving into spreadsheets and dissecting balance sheets that gets my adrenaline pumping. That's why the role of CFO is like a siren's song calling out to me. To be at the helm of a company's financial ship, steering it through stormy seas and charting a course towards success – now that's a dream worth chasing. Of course, I know that dreams don't just materialize out of thin air. They require hard work, dedication, and maybe a sprinkle of luck. That's why I'm putting in the hours, honing my skills, and seizing every opportunity that comes my way. Whether it's interning at a local startup or volunteering for a political campaign, I'm determined to make my mark on the world. So, there you have it – my goals, my dreams, and my future career path all laid out on the table. Will I end up at the United Nations, rubbing elbows with world leaders? Or will I don the coveted title of CFO, guiding a company towards financial prosperity? Only time will tell, but one thing's for sure – I'm ready for whatever the future holds.
    Black Leaders Scholarship
    There's one name that stands out among the rest: Shirley Chisholm. Her legacy, marked by resilience, courage, and unwavering determination, continues to resonate with me on a deeply personal level. Growing up, I was acutely aware of the barriers and prejudices that black women faced in society. We were often marginalized, our voices silenced, and our aspirations limited by the constraints of systemic racism and sexism. However, Shirley Chisholm defied these constraints with her audacious spirit and unyielding resolve. Chisholm's historic journey as the first black woman elected to the United States Congress is a testament to her trailblazing spirit. In 1968, she shattered the glass ceiling by winning a seat in the House of Representatives, paving the way for future generations of black women in politics. Her mere presence in Congress was a powerful symbol of hope and possibility, inspiring countless individuals like myself to dream big and strive for excellence against all odds. But Chisholm's impact extended far beyond her groundbreaking election. She fearlessly challenged the status quo, advocating for marginalized communities and championing progressive causes long before they gained mainstream acceptance. Her unwavering commitment to social justice and equality was evident in every aspect of her political career, from her outspoken support for civil rights to her tireless advocacy for women's rights. One of the qualities that I admire most about Shirley Chisholm is her resilience in the face of adversity. Despite facing immense backlash and discrimination throughout her career, she refused to be silenced or deterred from her mission. Instead, she confronted adversity head-on, using her voice and platform to amplify the voices of the marginalized and demand meaningful change. Chisholm's famous words, "If they don't give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair," encapsulate her indomitable spirit and determination to challenge the status quo. As a black woman navigating spaces where I am often the only one who looks like me, these words serve as a powerful reminder of the importance of asserting my presence and advocating for my rights, even in the face of opposition. In addition to her political achievements, Shirley Chisholm's commitment to uplifting and empowering others is a legacy that continues to inspire me to this day. Whether through her work as a community organizer, educator, or politician, she dedicated her life to fighting for the rights and dignity of all people, regardless of their race, gender, or socioeconomic status. As I reflect on Shirley Chisholm's remarkable life and legacy, I am reminded of the profound impact that one individual can have on the world. Her courage, resilience, and unwavering commitment to justice serve as a guiding light for me and countless others who continue to strive for a more equitable and inclusive society. In honoring her memory during Black History Month and beyond, I am inspired to carry forth her legacy and continue the fight for equality and justice for all.
    Ginny Biada Memorial Scholarship
    My mother is the cornerstone of my existence, the bedrock upon which my life has been built. Her journey from Jamaica to the United States at the tender age of 14 is a testament to her resilience, her courage, and her unwavering spirit. She faced challenges that would have broken lesser souls: the taunts and jeers for her accent, the gnawing ache of poverty, the relentless grind of working multiple jobs to support her family. Yet, through it all, she emerged not just unscathed, but stronger, more determined, and more compassionate than ever before. As a child, I marveled at the stories my mother shared of her homeland, of the lush green hillsides and the rhythmic beats of reggae music drifting through the air. But alongside these tales of beauty and joy were darker narratives of struggle and hardship. My mother spoke of the discrimination she faced upon arriving in America, of the cruel taunts and mocking laughter that greeted her every word. Yet, instead of allowing these challenges to crush her spirit, my mother used them as fuel to propel herself forward. Watching my mother navigate the complexities of life in a new country taught me invaluable lessons about perseverance and resilience. I learned that setbacks are not roadblocks, but rather opportunities for growth and self-discovery. My mother's unwavering determination to succeed in the face of adversity became a guiding light for me, illuminating the path forward even in the darkest of times. But perhaps the greatest gift my mother bestowed upon me was her boundless capacity for love and compassion. Despite the hardships she faced, my mother never lost sight of what truly mattered: family, community, and the simple joys of life. She instilled in me a deep sense of empathy and kindness, teaching me to always lend a helping hand to those in need and to never judge others based on superficial criteria. As I reflect on the person I have become, I am keenly aware of the profound impact my mother has had on shaping my values and ideals. Her journey from a small island in the Caribbean to the bustling streets of America serves as a constant reminder that anything is possible with hard work, determination, and a generous dose of optimism. Today, as I navigate the ups and downs of adulthood, I carry with me the lessons my mother imparted upon me: the importance of resilience in the face of adversity, the power of love and compassion to heal even the deepest wounds, and the belief that no dream is too big or too daunting to pursue. In the tapestry of my life, my mother's influence is woven into every fiber, shaping the person I am today and the person I aspire to be tomorrow. She is my hero, my role model, and my guiding star, and I am eternally grateful for the profound impact she has had on my life.
    Journey 180 Planner Changemaker Scholarship
    In my journey as a leader, I've had the privilege of heading both the Black Student Union (BSU) and the Gay, Straight Alliance (GSA) at my school. These experiences have been profoundly enriching, providing opportunities to contribute to positive change within my school community while deepening my understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. Each role has presented unique challenges and rewards, shaping not only the community around me but also fostering personal growth and a commitment to promoting a more compassionate and understanding society. Leading the Black Student Union has been particularly impactful. Organizing meetings and events to educate our school community about Black issues has been both challenging and fulfilling. We started with open discussions about systemic racism, historical injustices, and the importance of cultural diversity. I invited guest speakers, including community leaders and activists, to share their experiences and insights. These meetings not only provided valuable information but also created a safe space for students to express their thoughts and feelings. One of our key initiatives was to celebrate Black History Month in a meaningful way. Instead of merely showcasing achievements from the past, we focused on the contributions of Black individuals in various fields today. We organized workshops and panels, inviting professionals from different industries to speak about their journeys and the challenges they've overcome. This approach aimed to inspire and empower our members while breaking down stereotypes and fostering a sense of unity. The impact of these efforts was evident as the BSU grew in both membership and influence. More students actively engaged in conversations about race and social justice, and the wider school community became more aware and supportive. Personally, I learned the importance of empathy, effective communication, and resilience. I encountered challenges, but overcoming them strengthened my commitment to promoting diversity and equity. Heading the GSA was another enriching experience. Our primary goal was to create a more inclusive and accepting environment for all students, regardless of their sexual orientation. We organized awareness campaigns, school-wide events, and workshops that focused on fostering understanding and empathy. Through these activities, we aimed to combat stereotypes and dispel misconceptions surrounding the LGBTQ+ community. One of our most impactful initiatives was the creation of a "Safe Space" program, where teachers and staff members underwent training to become designated allies. This program aimed to ensure that every student had someone they could turn to for support, creating a more compassionate and understanding school environment. Witnessing the positive changes resulting from our efforts was immensely gratifying. The school culture became more accepting, and instances of discrimination or bullying decreased significantly. The sense of community within the GSA was particularly heartwarming, as students found a supportive network of peers who shared their experiences and challenges. Both experiences as the head of the Black Student Union and the GSA have shaped my perspective on the power of community engagement. They taught me the importance of active participation, open dialogue, and continuous education in fostering a more inclusive and equitable society. These roles have not only impacted my school community positively but have also been instrumental in my personal growth as a compassionate and socially conscious individual.
    Elevate Mental Health Awareness Scholarship
    Navigating the labyrinth of college life while wrestling with the persistent companionship of OCD and anxiety has been a journey etched with both shadows and rays of light. These unseen battles have left their imprints on my beliefs, relationships, and aspirations, molding the very fabric of my existence. My beliefs have evolved into a tapestry woven with threads of resilience and empathy. The relentless tug-of-war with intrusive thoughts has forged a belief in the power of inner strength. Each day is a testament to the tenacity of the human spirit, a belief that we can endure and overcome, even when the storm within threatens to drown out the outside world. The lens through which I view success and failure has shifted, embracing progress over perfection. Relationships have become delicate dance partners in the rhythm of my mental health journey. Opening up about the intricacies of OCD and anxiety has been akin to revealing a vulnerable side, a side that often fears judgment and misunderstanding. Yet, it is within these conversations that the seeds of connection are sown. True bonds weather storms together, and the relationships that have stood by me through the turbulence have become pillars of strength. There's an unspoken language between us, a shared understanding that transcends words. The journey through mental health struggles has also prompted a recalibration of career aspirations. It's like learning to navigate a ship in tumultuous waters; the destination remains the same, but the course may need adjustments. The pursuit of a career that aligns with my passions has become intertwined with a deeper purpose – to contribute to a world that understands and accommodates mental health challenges. This has led me towards fields that emphasize empathy, mental health advocacy, and the human connection. In the labyrinth of college life, every achievement is magnified, for it is not just an academic triumph but a victory over the internal chaos that constantly seeks to undermine. The late-night study sessions aren't just about mastering a subject; they are about proving to myself that focus can prevail over the noise within. The high-pitched anxiety before exams is not just nervousness; it's a confrontation with the fear of failure that OCD often magnifies. There are days when the weight of it all feels unbearable, and the simple act of getting out of bed becomes a monumental task. The whispers of doubt echo louder than the cheers of encouragement. In those moments, I've discovered the power of seeking help, whether through friends, family, or professional support. It's a lesson in vulnerability, acknowledging that strength isn't about standing alone but about knowing when to lean on others. The journey through college with mental health struggles is a rollercoaster where the highs are euphoric victories, and the lows are cavernous challenges. It's about celebrating the small wins – attending a social event, completing an assignment, or simply taking a moment to breathe amidst the chaos. Each step forward is a triumph over the inertia that anxiety can impose. In the grand tapestry of my college experience, the colors of mental health struggles are woven into every fiber. It's not a standalone narrative but an integral part of the broader story. There's beauty in the vulnerability, strength in acknowledging weakness, and growth in learning to dance with the ebb and flow of mental health. So, as I navigate the unpredictable terrain of college life, I carry with me the wisdom carved from the crucible of mental health challenges. It's a journey that has shaped my beliefs, deepened my relationships, and redirected my career aspirations toward a purpose that transcends personal success—a purpose rooted in understanding, compassion, and breaking the stigma surrounding mental health.
    Redefining Victory Scholarship
    Success, to me, is a kaleidoscope of personal achievements and growth. It's not a one-size-fits-all concept but a journey marked by passion, perseverance, and self-education, just as you described. In this first-person perspective, I'd like to share what success means to me and how the Redefining Victory Scholarship can be a stepping stone toward my vision of success. For me, success transcends the boundaries of a traditional academic path. While academic excellence is undoubtedly valuable, I believe that true success encompasses various aspects of life. It's about pursuing my passions and goals, whether they are rooted in academia, the arts, sports, or any other field. It's about being the best version of myself, constantly learning and growing. One facet of success, for me, is personal growth and self-improvement. It's about setting challenging goals and striving to reach them. It's the thrill of learning something new, whether it's a foreign language, a musical instrument, or a complex scientific concept. The pursuit of knowledge and the expansion of one's horizons is a vital component of success in my eyes. Passion is another cornerstone of success for me. It's the fire that drives us to pursue our dreams, to wake up every morning with a sense of purpose and excitement. Success is not just about financial wealth or social recognition; it's about doing what I love, making a positive impact, and contributing to the world in my unique way. Moreover, success includes the ability to adapt and overcome life's challenges. It's about resilience and perseverance. We all face obstacles and setbacks on our journey, but success is the determination to push through them, learn from failures, and keep moving forward. It's the ability to turn adversity into an opportunity for growth. The Redefining Victory Scholarship is a crucial catalyst in my pursuit of success. It offers me the means to further my education and expand my horizons. With this scholarship, I can invest in my passion and continue my journey of self-improvement. I can explore new areas of knowledge, gain valuable experiences, and build a foundation for my future. One way in which this scholarship will help me redefine victory is by allowing me to explore interdisciplinary studies. Traditional academic paths often emphasize specialization, but I believe that the fusion of different disciplines can lead to innovative solutions and a broader perspective. With this scholarship, I can take courses in diverse fields, bridging the gap between science and the arts, for instance, and creating a unique skill set. Moreover, the financial support provided by the Redefining Victory Scholarship will alleviate some of the burdens that can hinder success. It will ease the financial strain of education, allowing me to focus more on my studies and personal growth. This freedom from financial worries will enable me to invest time and effort in my passions and goals, making success more attainable. The scholarship will also empower me to engage in meaningful projects and contribute to my community. Success is not solely an individual pursuit; it's about making a positive impact on the world. With the support of this scholarship, I can initiate projects that benefit my community, whether it's a social initiative, an environmental project, or a cultural endeavor. Redefining victory is not just about personal achievement but about creating a better world. In conclusion, success, to me, is a multidimensional tapestry of personal growth, passion, perseverance, and the ability to adapt to life's challenges. The Redefining Victory Scholarship is a beacon of hope on my journey, offering the means to explore new horizons, overcome financial obstacles, and make a meaningful impact. With this scholarship, I can redefine victory by embracing a holistic approach to success, one that transcends traditional boundaries and celebrates the richness of human potential.
    LGBTQ+ Wellness in Action Scholarship
    As a college student studying in New York City, my mental and physical wellness are incredibly important to me. Balancing the demands of academics, the hustle and bustle of the city, and my own well-being can be quite a challenge. Let me share my perspective on this. First and foremost, my mental health is a priority. The pressures of college life can be overwhelming. The constant need to excel in classes, meet deadlines, and manage a social life in a city that never sleeps can take a toll on anyone. One of the challenges I face is dealing with burnout. There are moments when I feel mentally exhausted and drained from the constant grind. It's essential to recognize the signs and take steps to prevent burnout. This includes setting boundaries, practicing time management, and seeking support when needed. NYC's fast-paced lifestyle doesn't always make it easy to slow down, but it's crucial for maintaining my mental well-being. Physical health is another aspect I must prioritize. Living in a city as vast as New York means that my college is spread throughout different neighborhoods. This leads to a lot of walking as I navigate from one class to another. While I appreciate the exercise, it can be physically exhausting, especially during extreme weather conditions. Staying physically healthy involves not only walking but also maintaining a proper diet and finding time to exercise. It can be challenging to find affordable and nutritious food options in the city, but it's essential for my overall well-being. Balancing academic demands with self-care is a constant challenge. There's a temptation to sacrifice sleep and personal time to excel in my studies, but it's a recipe for burnout. Over time, I've learned that taking breaks, practicing mindfulness, and seeking out the college's mental health resources are vital to my success. The city offers numerous opportunities for relaxation, from Central Park to museums and cultural events. I try to take advantage of these to de-stress and clear my mind. In the heart of New York City, social life is a big part of the college experience. However, maintaining a balance between socializing and studying can be tough. FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) is real, and there's always something exciting happening in the city. Learning to say no when necessary and finding like-minded friends who understand the importance of study time is crucial for mental wellness. Ultimately, the challenges I face as a student in NYC are unique, but they've taught me important life skills. I've become more resilient, learned to manage my time effectively, and developed a support network to lean on when times get tough. My mental and physical wellness will always be a work in progress, but I'm committed to taking care of myself while pursuing my education in this incredible city.
    Eden Alaine Memorial Scholarship
    One phone call. Barely 6 minutes long. The last 6 minutes I had with him. His voice trembled as he complained about relentless headaches that had plagued him for weeks. At first, we all thought they were just simple migraines, something that could be managed with a few painkillers and some rest. He, too, believed it was nothing more than the usual stress-related discomfort that we all experienced from time to time. Little did we know that these headaches were the ominous heralds of a much graver issue, one that would forever alter the course of our lives. As days turned into weeks, his condition worsened. The pain intensified, and it was evident that something was terribly wrong. He eventually sought medical attention, but by then, it was already too late. The doctors discovered that his brain was bleeding, a condition caused by his relentless overworking, a silent yet lethal killer. It was a grim diagnosis that shattered our family's world. Over the span of a month, my uncle battled for his life in the sterile, antiseptic corridors of the hospital. Watching him struggle with pain and fear was a heartrending experience. The once-vibrant man, full of life and energy, now lay helpless and frail. It was during this time that I witnessed the incredible strength of the human spirit. Despite his excruciating pain, he clung to life tenaciously, his determination to survive serving as an inspiration to us all. The final, harrowing moments of his life were a nightmare that I can never forget. He succumbed to the relentless agony, and one fateful night, he began throwing up uncontrollably. The hospital staff, burdened by their demanding schedules and understaffed units, failed to check on him as frequently as they should have. In that desolate, dimly lit room, my uncle choked on his own vomit, gasping for help that never arrived. He died alone, a horrifying and lonely end to a life that had meant so much to our family. This tragic loss showed me the fragility of life itself. It taught me that our existence is a fleeting gift, and we must cherish each moment, for we never truly know when our time will run out. My uncle's untimely passing instilled in me a deep understanding of the importance of balance, of not overworking myself tirelessly, and of taking regular breaks to recharge, both physically and mentally. It made me realize that life is too precious to be squandered on the relentless pursuit of success, often at the cost of our own well-being. In the face of such a profound tragedy, I found inspiration in the memory of my uncle's resilience. His fight for survival, even when the odds were stacked against him, serves as a constant reminder that the human spirit is capable of incredible feats. I carry his memory with me as a beacon of strength, a guiding light that encourages me to live my life with purpose, to prioritize self-care, and to never take the people I love for granted. Losing my uncle was a painful chapter in my life, but it also became a transformative one. It has shaped my outlook on life, reminding me to appreciate every moment and to never compromise my health and happiness in the pursuit of success. In his memory, I find the strength to live a life that is both meaningful and balanced, a life that honors the fragility of our existence and the resilience of the human spirit.
    Book Lovers Scholarship
    If I could have everyone in the world read just one book, it would undoubtedly be Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man." This novel, a masterpiece of American literature, holds a mirror to society, reflecting the complexities of human existence, identity, and the struggle for self-realization. It's a book that has the power to resonate with people from all walks of life, and for good reason. "Invisible Man" tells the story of an unnamed African American protagonist navigating the racial and social challenges of mid-20th century America. As I reflect on the profound impact this book had on me, it becomes evident why it should be read by everyone. First and foremost, "Invisible Man" delves into the concept of invisibility. It's not just about physical invisibility, but the way society often renders individuals invisible due to their race, socio-economic status, or even personal beliefs. The novel forces readers to confront their own biases and encourages empathy for those who might feel unseen. The book also delves into the search for identity. The protagonist grapples with questions of self-worth, purpose, and belonging. These are universal themes that resonate with individuals of all backgrounds. It challenges us to ask, "Who am I, and where do I fit in this world?" Moreover, "Invisible Man" provides a deep exploration of the human condition. It addresses the power structures and the games played by those in control. The struggles of the protagonist mirror the broader struggles of marginalized communities, making it a poignant commentary on the systemic issues that persist today. The novel's eloquent prose and vivid storytelling captivate readers, making it an engaging literary experience. Ellison's ability to blend the personal and the political, the historical and the contemporary, is nothing short of remarkable. Ultimately, "Invisible Man" is a timeless classic that remains as relevant today as it was when it was first published in 1952. It encourages us to confront our own prejudices, question societal norms, and embark on a journey of self-discovery. It's a book that can bridge gaps, foster understanding, and provoke meaningful conversations. In a world where division and inequality persist, "Invisible Man" serves as a beacon of enlightenment. Reading it may not solve all of our problems, but it can certainly help us better understand them and, in the process, become more empathetic, compassionate, and self-aware human beings.
    Bright Lights Scholarship
    As a business student with limited financial resources, my future plans are not only centered around academic growth but also achieving personal and professional success. The opportunity to pursue a scholarship is not just a means to an end, but a stepping stone towards realizing these ambitions. First and foremost, my dream is to excel in the field of business. The world of commerce, with its myriad of opportunities and challenges, has always fascinated me. I envision myself as an entrepreneur, creating and managing my own business, contributing not only to my own livelihood but also to the economic development of my community. This scholarship would play a pivotal role in this journey. It would alleviate the financial burden that higher education often brings, allowing me to concentrate fully on my studies and personal development. Being a low-income student, I've often had to make sacrifices to pursue my education. I've juggled part-time jobs while attending classes, which can be exhausting both mentally and physically. This scholarship would provide some financial relief, giving me the opportunity to focus entirely on my academic and extracurricular pursuits. This means I can engage more deeply in my coursework, participate in relevant business clubs and activities, and network with like-minded individuals. All of these experiences will contribute to my growth as a business student. Furthermore, this scholarship is not just about my personal goals. It's about making a lasting impact on my community. As a business student, I'm not only learning about economics, marketing, and management but also about the importance of giving back. I want to be a catalyst for change and economic growth in my community. By gaining the necessary knowledge and skills through my education, I can contribute to local businesses, create job opportunities, and help strengthen the local economy. This scholarship will help me build a foundation for this dream by ensuring I have the educational resources I need to succeed. Another vital aspect of my future plans is innovation. In today's rapidly changing business landscape, it's crucial to stay updated with the latest trends and technologies. I want to be at the forefront of innovation in the business world, driving change and adapting to new challenges. The scholarship will enable me to invest in workshops, conferences, and courses that keep me abreast of the latest developments in my field. This knowledge will not only help me in my professional life but also in addressing real-world challenges and contributing to a sustainable and prosperous future. In addition to my academic pursuits, I'm committed to giving back to my community. As a low-income student, I understand the difficulties that many individuals and families face. In the future, I aspire to establish mentorship programs and workshops for young, aspiring entrepreneurs from underprivileged backgrounds. With the support of this scholarship, I can begin to lay the foundation for these initiatives and empower others to pursue their dreams in the business world. My future as a business student is filled with aspirations and determination. This scholarship is not just a financial aid; it's a catalyst for my growth, my contribution to my community, and my commitment to innovation. With this support, I can focus on my education, excel in my field, and make a meaningful impact on society. I am truly grateful for the opportunity this scholarship offers and look forward to seizing it to the fullest.
    West Family Scholarship
    In my role as a kitchen lead at Meals by Grace during high school and my current volunteer work at Gods Love We Deliver, I have been fortunate to be part of two organizations that are making a significant impact on addressing the critical social issue of food insecurity. These experiences have not only enriched my life but have also given me valuable insights into the importance of community involvement and the power of collective action. During my time at Meals by Grace in high school, I was exposed to the harsh reality of food insecurity in our community. Meals by Grace is a non-profit organization that focuses on providing nutritious meals to families in need. Our mission was to not only alleviate hunger but also to empower families with the resources they needed to break the cycle of poverty. I found my work there to be deeply fulfilling, and it became evident that every meal we prepared and delivered made a significant difference in someone's life. As a kitchen lead, I was responsible for coordinating the efforts of volunteers, ensuring that all food safety standards were met, and overseeing the meal preparation process. This role taught me valuable leadership and organizational skills. I learned how to motivate and inspire the team, which was crucial in our mission to serve as many people as possible. Through our collective efforts, we were able to provide nourishing meals to hundreds of families in need every week. This experience made me realize that addressing social issues, such as food insecurity, requires not only individual commitment but also effective teamwork. My current volunteer work at Gods Love We Deliver has allowed me to continue my journey in addressing food insecurity on a larger scale. This organization is dedicated to providing medically tailored meals to individuals who are too ill to shop or cook for themselves. The impact of this service goes beyond just providing sustenance; it plays a significant role in the recovery and well-being of these individuals. In my current role, I have been involved in various aspects of the organization's operations. From meal preparation to delivery coordination, I have seen firsthand how a well-organized team can efficiently make a difference in people's lives. The meals we provide at Gods Love We Deliver are not just any meals; they are carefully tailored to meet the specific nutritional needs of each individual. This personalized approach is vital, especially for those who are dealing with illnesses and health challenges. In both my roles, I have witnessed the power of community and the positive impact that dedicated individuals can make on addressing social issues. It's not just about the meals we serve; it's about the hope and love we deliver with each plate. These experiences have shaped my perspective on community involvement and the importance of taking action to create a more equitable and compassionate society. As I reflect on my journey, I'm reminded of a quote by Margaret Mead, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." It is through the collective efforts of individuals and organizations like Meals by Grace and Gods Love We Deliver that we can truly make a difference in addressing social issues such as food insecurity. I am grateful for the opportunities I've had to contribute to these meaningful causes, and I am committed to continuing this work to create a better, more compassionate world for all.
    Sustainable Business Scholarship
    I believe that businesses must implement sustainable practices in today's world. As someone majoring in business, I've come to understand that the pursuit of profit should never come at the expense of our planet. In fact, the two should go hand in hand, as sustainable practices not only benefit the environment but can also lead to long-term success and profitability. Let's take a moment to consider the awe-inspiring beauty of our planet. The lush forests, the crystal-clear oceans, and the breathtaking landscapes. It's a masterpiece, a work of art crafted by nature over millennia. And yet, we humans have been taking a toll on it for decades. Climate change, pollution, deforestation - these are all scars on the face of our beautiful Earth. As a business major, I can't help but feel a deep sense of responsibility to reverse this trend. One of the most profound reasons for businesses to embrace sustainability is the moral imperative. We owe it to future generations to leave them a planet that's as vibrant and abundant as the one we inherited. It's not just about making money; it's about leaving a legacy of responsible stewardship. When we implement eco-friendly practices, we're saying to the world that we care, that we're willing to change the way we do business to protect what's precious. Now, let's talk about three eco-friendly practices that businesses can adopt to reduce their carbon footprint and make a positive impact on our planet. Renewable Energy Adoption: Imagine a world where businesses generate their own energy from renewable sources like wind and solar. By making the transition to clean energy, companies can significantly reduce their carbon emissions. It's not just about saving money in the long run, but also about reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, which harm the environment. As a business major, I've learned that investing in renewable energy is not just responsible; it's smart business. Waste Reduction and Recycling: Waste is a massive problem for businesses and the environment. But what if we viewed waste as a valuable resource waiting to be tapped into? By implementing efficient waste reduction and recycling programs, businesses can minimize their environmental impact. From reusing materials to composting organic waste, there are numerous creative ways to reduce the amount of trash we send to landfills. As a business major, I've seen how innovative solutions to waste management can also lead to cost savings. Supply Chain Sustainability: Businesses are interconnected with complex supply chains that span the globe. As a business major, I've come to appreciate the power of these networks. By prioritizing sustainable sourcing and ethical practices within the supply chain, companies can ensure that the products they offer are eco-friendly from start to finish. This not only reduces their own carbon footprint but also sets an example for suppliers and partners. It's about creating a ripple effect of positive change. I firmly believe that sustainable practices are not just a choice; they are a necessity. Our planet is at a crossroads, and businesses have a pivotal role to play in steering us toward a more sustainable future. When we embrace renewable energy, reduce waste, and prioritize sustainability in our supply chains, we are not just making smart business decisions; we are contributing to the preservation of the breathtaking beauty of our Earth for generations to come. Let us remember that profit is not the sole measure of success. True success lies in our ability to protect and cherish the world that sustains us.
    A Man Helping Women Helping Women Scholarship
    I am a passionate individual on a journey to make a meaningful impact on the world through my career in business. My path has been shaped by a deep-seated desire to contribute positively to society, and I believe that the field of business offers me the perfect platform to do so. So, allow me to take you on a journey through the corridors of my ambitions and aspirations, each step driven by the unwavering belief that we can all be agents of change. In the vast landscape of life, I chose to major in business as my compass. Why, you ask? Because business is not just about profit margins and quarterly reports; it's a powerful tool for change. It's about creating, innovating, and collaborating to build a brighter future. It's about making decisions that don't just benefit the bottom line but also enrich the lives of individuals and communities. Imagine a symphony where the notes are composed of economic sustainability, ethical practices, and social responsibility. This is the kind of harmonious business orchestra I strive to be a part of. I want to be a conductor of change, weaving the threads of profit and purpose into a tapestry that not only generates wealth but also spreads prosperity. My journey began with the belief that every endeavor should leave the world better than we found it. As a student, I've immersed myself in the world of entrepreneurship, seeking out opportunities to understand the mechanics of business, not just as a money-making venture, but as a force for good. I've learned about sustainable practices, corporate social responsibility, and the power of conscious consumerism. But it's not just about the theoretical knowledge; it's about the burning passion that drives me. It's about those sleepless nights when I dream of starting my own social enterprise that addresses critical issues like access to education, healthcare, or sustainable energy. It's about envisioning a world where businesses are not just profit centers but centers of change, catalysts for a brighter tomorrow. My journey, though driven by a sense of purpose, has not been without its challenges. There have been moments of doubt, where the path ahead seemed shrouded in uncertainty. Yet, it's in those moments that I found my resolve. For every challenge is an opportunity to learn, to adapt, and to grow. As I look ahead, I see a world in desperate need of individuals who see business as a force for good, who understand that success is not measured by wealth alone but by the positive impact we leave on the lives of others. My career aspirations are not just about climbing the corporate ladder; they are about using that ladder to bridge gaps, to break barriers, and to create pathways for others to follow. The world is at a crossroads, facing a multitude of challenges from environmental crises to social inequality. In the realm of business, I see the potential to be a beacon of hope. I see the chance to lead by example, to inspire others with the belief that profitability and responsibility can coexist. In conclusion, my journey in the world of business is not just a pursuit of personal success but a commitment to making a positive impact on the world. It's about embracing the power of business as a force for good, as a means to uplift, empower, and inspire. Through my career, I hope to be a catalyst for change, to shape a future where business is not just about making money but about making a difference.
    Girls Ready to Empower Girls
    My mother's story is one of incredible resilience, determination, and unyielding hope. Her journey, as an immigrant from Jamaica, began at the tender age of 14, when she stepped foot on foreign soil, ready to embrace a new life in a land unknown. Imagine, if you will, a young girl leaving behind the lush, vibrant landscapes of Jamaica for the bustling streets of a foreign country. The journey alone was a testament to her bravery, as she faced the daunting challenges of adapting to a new culture and forging her path. Upon her arrival, my mother was met with the harsh reality of the immigrant experience. Her family's financial situation was far from stable, and she understood that she had a crucial role to play. Despite her tender age, she took up various jobs to help her parents support the family, all while trying to navigate a foreign educational system. Her days were filled with the sound of school bells followed by shifts at various part-time jobs. Many would have faltered under the weight of such a heavy burden, but my mother's spirit remained unbroken. She knew that education was her ticket to a brighter future, not just for herself, but for her family as well. As I reflect on her journey, I can't help but admire the way my mother's determination shone through the darkest of times. Her eyes held a fierce resolve, a burning desire to prove that circumstances couldn't define her destiny. Despite the odds stacked against her, my mother managed to rise above it all. Her grades soared as she defied expectations, proving that academic excellence was within her reach. Her sacrifices were not in vain, and she soon found herself on a path paved with opportunities. My mother's story serves as a constant reminder of the power of perseverance. She taught me that dreams, no matter how distant or improbable, can be achieved through hard work and unwavering determination. Today, as I pursue my own educational and career journey, I carry with me the lessons learned from my mother's remarkable story. Her sacrifices, her strength, and her resilience continue to inspire me to push beyond my limits, to chase my dreams relentlessly, and to never let adversity define my destiny. In the tapestry of my life, my mother's story is a thread of inspiration and strength. Her journey from a young Jamaican immigrant to a successful individual in a foreign land is a testament to the indomitable human spirit. She faced adversity head-on, and through sheer determination, she transformed her life and the lives of those she loved. My mother's story reminds me that, as humans, we possess an incredible capacity to overcome challenges, to break through barriers, and to rise above circumstances. It is a story that deserves to be celebrated and shared, for it exemplifies the essence of the human experience - the power to turn dreams into reality, no matter how improbable they may seem. So, I dedicate this essay to my mother, a woman whose journey continues to inspire me, and whose unwavering spirit serves as a beacon of hope in my own educational and career journey.
    GUTS- Olivia Rodrigo Fan Scholarship
    You know, there's this lyric from Olivia Rodrigo's song 'GUTS' that hits me right in the feels: "Just 'cause you're angry don't mean you ain't in love." Oh, boy, let me tell you, that line captures the essence of adolescence like a lightning bolt. When I think about my teenage years, it's like trying to navigate a minefield made up of emotions, hormones, and peer pressure. It was a time when everything felt intense, from the crushes that left me tongue-tied to the friendships that felt like they could withstand anything—until they didn't. But that lyric, "Just 'cause you're angry don't mean you ain't in love," sums up the rollercoaster ride of teenage relationships perfectly. Adolescence is a time when you're just beginning to understand the complexities of love and anger. You're grappling with newfound feelings that can be overwhelming, and let's face it, often confusing. The line acknowledges that sometimes love comes with a side of frustration, but that doesn't diminish its significance. In fact, it might even amplify it. Remember those high school crushes that made you feel like you were on top of the world one day and crushed beneath it the next? That's the epitome of teenage love. It's passionate, it's irrational, and it's prone to sudden bursts of anger, usually triggered by something as simple as your crush talking to someone else or not responding to your text within three minutes (because, you know, instant gratification is a must). But that anger doesn't erase the fact that you're head over heels, and that's precisely what makes adolescence so beautifully messy. The lyric also touches on another aspect of teenage love—the fear of vulnerability. In your teenage years, you're still building your emotional armor, and letting someone in feels like taking a sledgehammer to those walls. It's scary as heck. So, when you're in love, and that person does something that triggers anger, it's easy to lash out. It's a defense mechanism, a way of saying, "Hey, I care about you, and you have the power to hurt me, so I'm going to get mad before you can." It's like a pre-emptive strike against heartbreak. But deep down, you know that anger doesn't cancel out the love you feel. It's just a part of the package deal that comes with being a teenager. It's messy, it's confusing, and it's a learning experience. You learn that love isn't just about the happy, feel-good moments; it's also about navigating the stormy seas of disagreement and hurt feelings. As I reflect on my own teenage years, I can't help but chuckle at how seriously I used to take everything. The drama of those days seems both comical and endearing now. But you know what? I wouldn't change a thing. Those experiences, the love and the anger, shaped me into the person I am today. So, to sum it up, that Olivia Rodrigo lyric is like a time machine that takes me back to the tumultuous but unforgettable world of teenage emotions. It reminds me that love during adolescence is a wild ride filled with ups, downs, and everything in between. And most importantly, it teaches us that just because we're angry, it doesn't mean we're not in love. It's all part of the beautiful mess that is being a teenager, and I wouldn't trade those gutsy moments for anything in the world.
    Mental Health Scholarship for Women
    Navigating the labyrinthine corridors of college life, I often find myself at the intersection of my mental health and academic pursuits. It's like trying to juggle flaming torches while walking a tightrope suspended over a pool of uncertainty. Imagine stepping into a lecture hall, each step heavy with anticipation, as if the weight of the world rests on my shoulders. That's anxiety for you - a relentless companion, always whispering ominous prophecies in my ear. When it comes to academics, anxiety becomes an uninvited guest, joining me for every exam, presentation, and deadline. It's the sweaty palms and racing heart before an important test, the gnawing feeling of self-doubt as I submit an assignment, and the persistent worry that I'll never measure up to my own expectations. My OCD, on the other hand, is the meticulous curator of my daily life. It thrives on order, on checking and double-checking, on the ceaseless quest for perfection. In the academic realm, it's a double-edged sword. On one hand, it can fuel an unparalleled attention to detail, resulting in meticulously crafted essays and flawlessly organized notes. On the other, it can become an endless loop of compulsions that devour precious time and energy. Countless hours can vanish into the abyss of checking and rechecking, leaving me drained and perpetually behind schedule. Outside the academic arena, the impact of these mental health challenges ripples through my personal life. Social events become potential minefields of anxiety, each interaction fraught with imagined judgment and scrutiny. Maintaining relationships can be a struggle when my mental health constantly beckons me to isolate myself, to retreat into the comfort of solitude where OCD's demands are easier to meet. Yet, amidst this whirlwind of challenges, I have learned to prioritize my mental health. It's an ongoing journey, a delicate dance, and a continuous act of self-compassion. Here are some strategies I've adopted: Seeking Professional Help: I've embraced therapy as a lifeline. Talking to a trained professional has provided me with tools to manage my anxiety and OCD. It's a safe space where I can explore the root causes of my struggles and develop coping strategies. Mindfulness and Meditation: These practices have become anchors in the turbulent sea of my mind. They help me ground myself in the present moment, easing the grip of anxiety and allowing me to observe my OCD tendencies without judgment. Medication: In some cases, medication can be a valuable tool in managing severe anxiety and OCD. Under the guidance of a psychiatrist, I've explored medication options that complement my other strategies. Support Network: I've cultivated a circle of friends and family who understand my challenges and provide invaluable support. Opening up about my mental health has been a game-changer in reducing stigma and fostering understanding. Self-Compassion: I remind myself that I am not defined by my mental health challenges. I acknowledge my efforts, no matter how small, and practice self-compassion. It's okay to have setbacks; what matters is the determination to keep moving forward. Setting Realistic Goals: I've learned to set achievable academic and personal goals. This involves recognizing that perfection is an unattainable mirage and that progress, no matter how incremental, is worth celebrating. My journey through college has been marked by the intricate interplay of mental health and academic pursuits. Anxiety and OCD have challenged me in ways I never imagined, but they have also shaped my resilience and determination. By making mental health a priority through therapy, mindfulness, medication, and a support network, I continue to navigate this labyrinth, torches ablaze, walking the tightrope with newfound grace and self-compassion.
    “The Office” Obsessed! Fan Scholarship
    Oh, "The Office," that delightful beacon of hilarity in the mundane world of cubicles and paper supplies. If I had to pick a character I resonate most with, it would have to be none other than the master of deadpan humor himself: Jim Halpert. And let me tell you, my journey through the paper company of Dunder Mifflin has been quite the comedic rollercoaster. So there I am, sitting at my desk, trying to stay sane amidst the absurdity of office life. Just like Jim, I've mastered the art of the sly smirk to cope with the eccentricities of my coworkers. I mean, who hasn't had a Dwight Schrute in their life, that one colleague who takes the job way too seriously and probably has a beet farm on the side? Jim's pranks on Dwight are legendary, and while I haven't filled anyone's stapler with Jell-O (yet), I've certainly considered it. But it's not just Jim's pranks that I resonate with; it's his ability to find humor in the most mundane situations. Remember the "Dinner Party" episode? That awkward, cringe-worthy dinner gathering at Michael Scott's condo? Well, we've all been there, haven't we? Sitting through awkward small talk, regretting our life choices, and desperately trying to escape. Jim's eye-rolls and smirks during that episode were a reflection of my soul. And let's not forget Jim's epic love story with Pam. Their slow-burning romance is like a modern-day fairy tale set in a paper company. Their banter, longing glances, and the infamous "Casino Night" confession – it's all the stuff of romantic legend. Sure, my office romance might not be as epic, but hey, a girl can dream, right? Now, about the show shaping my sense of humor and perspective on workplace dynamics – it's been quite the journey. "The Office" taught me that no matter how crazy your job is, you can always find a way to make it fun. Whether it's through prank wars, office parties gone horribly wrong, or just plain old sarcasm, humor is the ultimate survival tool in the corporate jungle. As for workplace dynamics, well, "The Office" is like a crash course in what not to do. From Michael Scott's cringe-worthy management style to the endless meetings that accomplish nothing, it's a masterclass in office dysfunction. But it's also a reminder that, despite the chaos, there are moments of genuine camaraderie and even personal growth. Jim's journey from slacker to family man is proof that even in the most absurd of workplaces, you can find your path. So, there you have it. I'm Jim Halpert, navigating the ups and downs of office life with a smirk and a healthy dose of humor. "The Office" has not only provided endless laughs but also valuable lessons in how to survive and thrive in the wild world of cubicles and coffee breaks. And who knows, maybe one day, I'll find my Pam and live out my own Dunder Mifflin love story – minus the paper company drama, of course.
    Nintendo Super Fan Scholarship
    Ah, the nostalgic whirlwind of Nintendo games in co-op mode – a treasure trove of memories filled with laughter, friendly rivalries, and the occasional game controller mishap. Allow me to take you on a whimsical journey into my personal favorite: "Super Smash Bros." As I recount a memorable moment from a multiplayer session, you'll soon understand why this chaotic brawler holds a special place in my heart. Picture this: it was a sunny Saturday afternoon, and my friends and I gathered in my living room for an epic "Super Smash Bros" showdown. Our ragtag crew consisted of characters ranging from Mario and Pikachu to Donkey Kong and Kirby. The TV screen crackled with energy, mirroring the excitement in the room. A chaotic ballet of punches, kicks, and projectile attacks ensued. The setting was the unforgettable Hyrule Castle stage, where it's not just your opponents you have to worry about, but also the perilous pits that could swallow you whole. As the match unfolded, I was playing as the lovable, pink puffball himself, Kirby. My choice might have seemed whimsical, but oh, it was strategic. Now, imagine Kirby in the hands of a devious player – a player who had mastered Kirby's unique ability to copy the powers of other characters. My friends had fallen for my ruse; they underestimated the pink puffball's true potential. In the middle of our furious battle, an opportunity presented itself. Donkey Kong, my dear friend in real life and bitter rival in the game, had just unleashed his mighty punch, sending Pikachu soaring through the air. A perfectly timed jump, a quick gulp, and Kirby had absorbed Pikachu's electric powers. I was now a pint-sized, electrified ball of fury. With newfound zest, I electrified the battlefield, sending my friends' characters flying in all directions. Laughter erupted as they struggled to regain their composure. But I wasn't done yet – I soared high into the sky, aiming for the finishing blow. Downward, I plummeted like a lightning bolt, crashing onto Donkey Kong with a satisfying thud. His character was sent careening off the stage, defeated. The room exploded with cheers, groans, and cries of "No way!" My Kirby, imbued with Pikachu's powers, had triumphed over the mighty Donkey Kong, and I had clinched victory in that round. It was a moment of pure jubilation and ridiculousness, as my friends couldn't believe they had fallen victim to Kirby's electric antics. That moment, as we all erupted into laughter and disbelief, solidified "Super Smash Bros" as my all-time favorite co-op game. Its blend of strategy, chaos, and pure fun makes it the ultimate multiplayer experience. We laughed, we fought, and we bonded over the shared insanity of it all – and that's why it remains a cherished memory and my top choice for co-op gaming.
    “Stranger Things” Fanatic Scholarship
    Alright, imagine this: I'm sitting in my basement, surrounded by a bunch of Dungeons & Dragons figurines, when suddenly, a portal to the Upside Down opens up. It's like, "Seriously, can't a guy enjoy some quality gaming time without the supernatural getting in the way?" So, here I am, faced with a new supernatural threat, and I've got to assemble a squad from Stranger Things to tackle it. Let me tell you, this is going to be a wild ride. First on my squad list has to be Chief Hopper. I mean, sure, he might not be the most conventional choice, but who doesn't want a grizzled, no-nonsense cop with a penchant for punching things in their corner? Plus, Hopper's got the investigative skills to figure out what's going on and the stubbornness to see it through. And let's not forget, the man knows how to handle a shotgun. I'm just hoping he doesn't confiscate my D&D dice as contraband. Next up, we've got Eleven. Yeah, I know, it's almost too obvious, but hear me out. Eleven's got those mind-bending powers that can make the supernatural threat's head spin (literally). Plus, she's the ultimate waffle connoisseur, and who doesn't want someone on the team who can whip up some delicious Eggos on the go? Also, if things get really hairy, she can just flip a van with her mind. Handy, right? Now, for some comic relief, I'd have to bring in Dustin. I mean, the kid's got a mouth that can rival even the most seasoned sailors, and his one-liners are pure gold. But it's not just his sense of humor that makes him an asset; it's his unmatched knowledge of all things nerdy. Whether we're dealing with Demogorgons or a new supernatural menace, Dustin's the guy who can come up with a brilliant, albeit wacky, plan involving walkie-talkies and slingshots. Plus, he's got a killer collection of baseball caps. So there you have it: Chief Hopper for the toughness, Eleven for the mind-bending powers, and Dustin for the laughs and nerdy expertise. Together, we'd be the most unconventional, yet oddly effective, squad ever assembled to face a supernatural threat. Now, I can just imagine us in action. Hopper grumbling about needing more coffee, Eleven using her telekinesis to levitate the enemy, and Dustin cracking jokes in the midst of chaos. It's like a bizarre crossover between a cop drama, a superhero flick, and a sitcom. But hey, when the fate of Hawkins (and maybe the world) is at stake, you need a squad that can handle the weird, the wild, and the waffles. So, if you ever find yourself in a jam with a supernatural threat, just remember to assemble the most unexpected team from Stranger Things, and who knows, you might just come out of it with some epic stories and a newfound appreciation for Eggo waffles.
    Top Watch Newsletter Movie Fanatics Scholarship
    Directed by the iconic Steven Spielberg and released in 1993, "Schindler's List" delves into the darkest chapters of human history, specifically the Holocaust during World War II. Its profound exploration of the human spirit, morality, and the power of redemption makes it a timeless masterpiece. From the moment the movie begins, the audience is transported into a world of unimaginable suffering and despair. The opening scene, which features the liquidation of the Krakow ghetto, is a harrowing reminder of the brutality and inhumanity that characterized that period. As I watch, I am immediately reminded of the heinous atrocities committed during the Holocaust. The stark black-and-white cinematography adds to the gravity of the subject matter, making it impossible to look away. The story revolves around Oskar Schindler, a German businessman. Schindler initially comes across as a self-serving opportunist, but as the film progresses, his character undergoes a profound transformation. He begins to recognize the humanity in the Jewish workers he employs in his enamelware and ammunition factories. This realization sparks his mission to save as many lives as possible from the clutches of the Nazi regime. One of the most poignant aspects of "Schindler's List" is the contrast it draws between good and evil. Amon Goeth, the sadistic Nazi officer, serves as the embodiment of pure malevolence. His cruelty is juxtaposed with Schindler's growing compassion and determination to save lives. This stark juxtaposition raises thought-provoking questions about the nature of good and evil in the face of extreme circumstances. The film also highlights the resilience of the human spirit. The Jewish workers endure unimaginable suffering, yet they find ways to support each other and maintain their dignity. In the face of overwhelming despair, they cling to hope. It's a testament to the indomitable human will to survive and the importance of solidarity in the darkest of times. One of the most emotionally charged scenes in the film is the "girl in the red coat" sequence. Amidst the sea of black and white, a little girl in a red coat is a striking symbol of innocence amidst the horror. This girl represents the countless lives lost, and her fate serves as a haunting reminder of the cost of indifference. Her presence in the film is a stark reminder that we must never turn a blind eye to injustice and suffering. As I reflect on "Schindler's List," I am reminded of the power of one individual to make a difference. Oskar Schindler's efforts saved over a thousand lives, and his story is a testament to the impact one person can have in the face of overwhelming adversity. It encourages us to question our own actions and the choices we make in our lives. Are we using our power and privilege to make a positive impact on the world? "Schindler's List" is a movie that goes beyond entertainment; it is a profound exploration of the human condition and the moral complexities of our world. It forces us to confront the darkest aspects of humanity while also celebrating the resilience and compassion that can emerge in the face of adversity. This film reminds us that we have a moral obligation to stand up against injustice and cruelty. As I imagine watching this movie for the rest of my life, I know that it will continue to challenge and inspire me, prompting me to reflect on my own actions and the kind of world I want to be a part of. It is a cinematic masterpiece that will forever serve as a poignant reminder of the depths of human suffering and the heights of human compassion.
    First-Gen Futures Scholarship
    Growing up, my immigrant parents instilled in me the value of education. They came to this country with the hope of creating a better future for our family, and they saw education as the key to that future. However, the financial burden of college was a significant obstacle. My parents, despite their relentless work ethic, couldn't afford the soaring costs of higher education. This reality had a profound impact on me. It made me acutely aware of the sacrifices my parents had made and the limitations they faced. Their dreams of higher education were deferred so that my siblings and I could have a chance at a brighter future. This knowledge has been both a source of motivation and a heavy weight on my shoulders. I felt a deep responsibility to make the most of the opportunities they had provided, to honor their sacrifices, and to fulfill the dreams they had for me. Preparing for college as a first-generation student meant navigating uncharted territory. I had to be proactive in seeking guidance and resources. My high school didn't have a strong college counseling program, so I relied on online research, books, and advice from teachers who saw potential in me. I also reached out to organizations that specifically support first-generation students. These resources were invaluable in demystifying the college application process. One of the most significant challenges I faced was the fear of the unknown. I had no family members who had gone through the college experience to provide guidance or share their insights. This fear, however, became a driving force. I was determined to break the cycle of limited access to higher education in my family. I became a relentless advocate for myself, seeking out mentors and college prep programs that could provide the guidance I lacked. The financial aspect remained a daunting hurdle. Scholarships became my lifeline. I spent countless hours researching and applying for scholarships, often competing against students with more privileged backgrounds. It was disheartening at times, but the rejection letters only fueled my determination to keep trying. Each small victory brought me closer to my goal. In the midst of this challenging journey, I often found myself reflecting on the sacrifices my parents made. They had left their homeland in search of a better life, and that journey was not without its hardships. Their dedication to providing us with opportunities was a testament to their love and resilience. As I stand on the threshold of college, I am acutely aware that this is not just my journey; it's a journey my parents and family have undertaken alongside me. Their unwavering support, despite their limited means, has been my greatest source of strength. I carry their dreams with me as I enter the world of higher education.
    RonranGlee Literary Scholarship
    Paragraph from Plato's "The Republic": "Justice means minding your own business and not meddling with men's concerns; and not pretending to know what you do not know. Virtue is not the art of the rule, but is the art of the soul; one thing belongs to the man himself, the other to his office; one is the subject of praise, the other of envy." In this passage from "The Republic," Plato articulates his profound insights into the nature of justice and virtue. To truly grasp the essence of these concepts, one must first understand Plato's perspective on the human soul and its role in governing an individual's actions. In this essay, I will explore Plato's underlying meaning in this paragraph, focusing on his assertion that justice is about minding one's own business, not meddling in others' affairs, and acknowledging the limits of one's knowledge, while virtue pertains to the soul and is distinct from the art of rule. Plato begins by declaring that justice involves "minding your own business and not meddling with men's concerns." This statement carries a profound message about the role of individuals within a just society. According to Plato, justice is not merely an external concept enforced by laws and regulations; it is an internal virtue that guides one's actions. To "mind your own business" means to focus on one's own duties and responsibilities without encroaching upon the rights and affairs of others. It implies a respect for personal boundaries and a commitment to one's own role in society. Moreover, Plato argues that true justice requires individuals to "not pretend to know what they do not know." This admonition underscores the importance of intellectual humility. Plato believed that wisdom and knowledge were fundamental virtues, but he also recognized the limitations of human understanding. By urging individuals not to pretend knowledge they lack, he emphasizes the importance of acknowledging one's own ignorance. This humility is central to Plato's concept of justice because it prevents individuals from making rash judgments or interfering in matters beyond their comprehension. In essence, Plato suggests that true justice requires intellectual honesty and a recognition of the boundaries of human knowledge. Moving on to the concept of virtue, Plato contends that it is "the art of the soul" and distinguishes it from "the art of the rule." This distinction is crucial in understanding his philosophy. Virtue, in Plato's view, is an intrinsic quality of the individual's soul. It is not something imposed from without but arises from the harmonious development of the soul's various faculties, such as reason, courage, and temperance. Virtue, in this sense, is not a set of rules or guidelines to be followed externally but a state of inner balance and harmony. Plato's distinction between virtue and the art of rule is significant because it challenges the prevailing notion that justice and morality are determined solely by external laws and norms. Instead, Plato suggests that true virtue is an internal quality that guides an individual's behavior independent of external influences. This aligns with his broader philosophical perspective on the tripartite nature of the soul, where reason should rule over the appetitive and spirited aspects of the soul. Virtue, then, is the result of reason guiding the soul toward the good. Furthermore, when Plato states that "virtue is the subject of praise, [while] the other [the art of rule] is the subject of envy," he highlights the divergent attitudes society holds toward these two concepts. Virtue, as the highest expression of an individual's moral character, is deserving of praise and admiration. It represents the ideal to which all individuals should aspire. In contrast, the "art of rule," which involves the exercise of power and authority, often evokes envy and suspicion. Plato's insight here reflects the tension between the pursuit of personal virtue and the exercise of political power—a tension that has persisted throughout the history of human civilization. Plato's paragraph from "The Republic" offers profound insights into the nature of justice and virtue. He emphasizes that justice involves respecting personal boundaries, acknowledging the limits of one's knowledge, and practicing intellectual humility. Virtue, on the other hand, is an inner quality of the soul that guides one's actions and is distinct from the external exercise of power. Plato's distinction between these concepts challenges conventional notions of morality and highlights the importance of inner virtue as the foundation of a just and harmonious society. As I reflect on Plato's words, I am struck by the timeless relevance of his ideas, which continue to inspire philosophical inquiry into the human condition and the nature of morality.
    Financial Literacy Scholarship Award
    We live in an age where everything is at our fingertips. With a few clicks, we can have a gourmet meal delivered, buy the latest gadget, or book a spontaneous vacation. While these luxuries are enticing, they often come at the cost of our long-term financial well-being. The first lesson I learned was to recognize and resist the allure of instant gratification. It was through a conversation with my wise grandfather that I truly understood the power of patience. He told me a story of how he saved diligently for years to buy his dream house. His message was clear: good things come to those who wait. I realized that saving money wasn't about deprivation; it was about delaying gratification for something greater in the future. Budgeting is the unsung hero of financial literacy. It's not just about tracking expenses; it's about telling your money where to go rather than wondering where it went. Creating a budget was my first step toward taking control of my finances. It allowed me to allocate a portion of my income toward savings and investments, ensuring that I was consistently working toward my financial goals. Albert Einstein famously called compound interest the "eighth wonder of the world," and for a good reason. Understanding how compound interest works was a game-changer in my financial journey. It showed me that by consistently saving and investing, my money could grow exponentially over time, allowing me to achieve my financial goals faster than I had ever imagined. While saving and investing are crucial, it's equally important to diversify your investments. Putting all your money into a single investment can be risky. I learned that spreading my investments across different asset classes, such as stocks, bonds, and real estate, could help mitigate risks and maximize returns. Knowledge truly is power when it comes to money. I realized that to make informed financial decisions, I needed to continuously educate myself. Whether it was reading books, attending seminars, or seeking advice from financial experts, I made a commitment to lifelong learning in the realm of finance. In my journey to become financially literate, I've come to appreciate the paradox of saving – the idea that delaying gratification today can lead to greater financial freedom tomorrow. By resisting the temptations of instant gratification, practicing patience, budgeting diligently, harnessing the power of compound interest, diversifying my investments, and prioritizing financial education, I've set myself on a path towards financial security and independence. Financial literacy is not a destination but a continuous journey. It requires discipline, commitment, and the willingness to make choices today that will benefit your future self. In embracing the lessons of delayed gratification, I've discovered a newfound sense of control over my finances and a clearer path to achieving my long-term financial goals. In conclusion, the best money lesson I've received on my journey to financial literacy is that the road to financial freedom is paved with patience, knowledge, and the willingness to forgo instant pleasures for a more prosperous future. It's a lesson that has transformed my perspective on money and set me on a path to secure my financial well-being for years to come.
    Zendaya Superfan Scholarship
    Zendaya is undeniably a remarkable talent in the entertainment industry, and there are many aspects of her multifaceted career to admire. However, what I find most admirable about her journey is her unapologetic commitment to breaking down barriers and challenging conventions in Hollywood. In a world where typecasting has long been the norm, Zendaya has consistently defied expectations and refused to be confined to any one role or image. Her ability to seamlessly transition from Disney Channel star to a leading lady in blockbuster films and critically acclaimed television series is a testament to her versatility as an actress. What's even more commendable is that she hasn't limited herself to just one genre or medium. Zendaya has shown a willingness to explore diverse roles, from playing a high school student in "Euphoria" to a young woman navigating a tumultuous relationship in "Malcolm & Marie." What sets Zendaya apart is not just her acting prowess, but her advocacy for social change within the industry. She uses her platform to address important issues like diversity and inclusion, especially in Hollywood. Her Emmy win for "Euphoria" as the youngest-ever recipient of the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series was historic. It was a powerful symbol of progress in an industry that has often struggled with representation. Furthermore, Zendaya's fashion choices and red carpet appearances are a testament to her individuality and fearless sense of style. She effortlessly combines elegance with boldness, pushing fashion boundaries and inspiring countless individuals to embrace their unique identities. Her choice to wear a sleek suit at the 2020 Critics' Choice Awards sent a message that women can express themselves through fashion in any way they choose. Beyond her professional accomplishments, Zendaya's authenticity shines through. She has been open about her struggles with anxiety and self-doubt, demonstrating that even the most successful individuals face personal challenges. This transparency humanizes her and makes her an even more relatable figure for her fans. In a world where many celebrities carefully curate their public personas, Zendaya's authenticity is like a breath of fresh air. She's not afraid to be vulnerable and share her journey, making her a role model for young people navigating the complexities of life and the entertainment industry. While Zendaya's multifaceted career is filled with many admirable aspects, it's her unapologetic commitment to breaking down barriers, advocating for change, and embracing her authentic self that I find most inspiring. She serves as a beacon of hope and inspiration for future generations, showing them that they can achieve their dreams while staying true to who they are. Zendaya's career is not just about acting; it's about using her influence to make the world a better, more inclusive place, and for that, she deserves our utmost admiration and respect.
    Jillian Ellis Pathway Scholarship
    In a world where challenges can seem insurmountable, it is resilience that serves as the cornerstone of personal and collective growth. My journey, as a resilient black woman pursuing a degree in business, is a testament to the power of determination and the unwavering spirit that fuels positive change. Resilience, to me, is not merely bouncing back from adversity; it's about thriving in the face of it. It's a quality that has been woven into the fabric of my identity, shaped by the experiences that have molded me into the person I am today. As a black woman, I understand the significance of overcoming obstacles and defying stereotypes. My heritage is a source of pride, a reminder that strength flows through my veins and that I stand on the shoulders of generations who fought for justice and equality. Majoring in business is my chosen path to amplify this resilience and uplift those who remain underrepresented. The business world, like life itself, is full of challenges and opportunities. It is a realm where innovation meets strategy, and where one's ability to adapt can catalyze transformation. Armed with my degree, I envision myself not just as an entrepreneur or executive, but as a beacon of inspiration for individuals who, like me, come from backgrounds that are often marginalized. My degree will be my toolkit, filled with knowledge and skills to dismantle barriers and forge new paths. Through entrepreneurship, I will create platforms that amplify the voices of underrepresented communities, providing them with opportunities to showcase their talents and ideas. I will channel my understanding of market dynamics to develop inclusive strategies that celebrate diversity and drive success. But more than that, I will serve as a mentor, a guiding light for those who may doubt their capabilities due to societal biases. The power of representation cannot be understated. When individuals from underrepresented communities witness someone who looks like them thriving in a field, it ignites a spark of belief – the belief that they too can overcome the odds and achieve greatness. I am committed to being that representation, a living example that dreams know no boundaries. Through speaking engagements, workshops, and community outreach, I will share my journey of resilience, showing that every setback is an opportunity for a comeback. My journey is not just about personal achievement; it's about paying forward the support and guidance I've received along the way. I recognize that while I may be pursuing my aspirations, there are countless others who face systemic hurdles that make their journeys far more challenging. By reaching back and extending a helping hand, I aim to uplift others so that they can stand tall, confident in their potential to create change. My pursuit of a business degree is a testament to the resilience that defines my identity. As a black woman, I stand on the foundation of my heritage, fortified by the struggles and triumphs of those who came before me. Through business, I aim to leverage my education and experiences to uplift underrepresented communities, dismantling barriers and fostering a culture of empowerment. By embracing my role as a mentor, a leader, and a symbol of hope, I will inspire others to harness their own resilience and rewrite the narratives that society has imposed upon them. Just as I have defied expectations, I will empower others to do the same, embarking on journeys of success that transcend societal limitations.
    Fall Favs: A Starbucks Stan Scholarship
    Ah, the Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew from Starbucks, what a delightful creation that never fails to evoke the warm and cozy feelings of fall. As I sit here sipping this seasonal masterpiece, I can't help but reflect on how it has become a cherished character in my own autumn narrative. In the realm of coffee connoisseurs and pumpkin enthusiasts, the arrival of the Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew signals the official start of fall. It's as if Starbucks has bottled the essence of the season and poured it into a cup. From the moment I take my first sip, I am transported to a world of russet-colored leaves, cool breezes, and the faint scent of cinnamon in the air. One of the most enchanting aspects of the Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew is its appearance. The drink is a work of art, with a rich, amber-hued coffee base topped by a velvety layer of pumpkin cream. It's like having a mini harvest festival in a cup. The contrast between the cold brew and the creamy pumpkin topping is a sensory delight. When I take that first sip, I can feel the chill of autumn mornings giving way to the warmth of the sun as it peeks through the trees. But it's not just the visual and tactile aspects that make this drink special; it's the taste that truly captures the essence of fall. The cold brew is smooth and bold, with just the right amount of caffeine to kickstart my day. As I savor the coffee, I can taste the earthiness of roasted beans, reminiscent of the soil in which pumpkins thrive. It's a reminder of the harvest season, of farmers' markets brimming with fresh produce, and of the anticipation of Thanksgiving feasts. Then there's the pumpkin cream, a heavenly concoction that deserves a spotlight of its own. It's creamy without being heavy, and it's infused with the flavors of autumn spices, particularly cinnamon and nutmeg. With each sip, I'm enveloped in a warm hug of pumpkin goodness. It's like enjoying a slice of homemade pumpkin pie, complete with a dollop of whipped cream, but in liquid form. It's comforting, nostalgic, and undeniably cozy. The Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew has become a character in my fall narrative in more ways than one. It's not just a drink; it's a tradition. When I first see that Starbucks has announced its return, I can't help but feel a sense of excitement. It's a signal to dust off my cozy sweaters, pull out my favorite scarf, and embrace the changing season. Sharing a Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew with friends and family has also become a cherished ritual. It's a reason to gather, catch up, and celebrate the simple joys of life. Whether we're sitting in a bustling Starbucks café or cozied up on a porch with a view of colorful foliage, the Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew brings us together in a way that few other things can. In a world that often feels rushed and chaotic, this drink encourages me to slow down and savor the moment. It's a reminder that sometimes, the best way to enjoy life is to take a pause, enjoy a delicious beverage, and relish in the beauty of the season. As I sip my Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew, I can't help but feel grateful for the small pleasures that make life sweet. The Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew is more than just a seasonal beverage. It's a character in my fall narrative, a symbol of warmth and comfort, and a cozy, delicious hug from autumn itself.
    Disney Channel Rewind Scholarship
    Title: "Wizards of Waverly Place Meets Phineas and Ferb: Magical Mayhem in Danville" As I strolled down the bustling streets of New York City, I couldn't believe my luck. I had just won a contest that granted me a VIP tour of Waverly Sub Station! My excitement was through the roof, but little did I know that my day was about to get even crazier. Upon entering the sub station, I was greeted by none other than Alex Russo herself. She flashed her trademark mischievous grin and waved her wand, summoning a steaming plate of perfectly cooked pancakes. "Welcome to Waverly Sub Station! I'm Alex, and this is where we serve up magical pancakes and, occasionally, magical chaos." Before I could respond, a familiar humming sound filled the air. Suddenly, a portal appeared, and out tumbled Phineas and Ferb, along with Perry the Platypus in secret agent mode. Phineas, wearing his trademark triangle-shaped head, looked around in awe. "Wow, Ferb, this isn't quite what I expected when we built that interdimensional portal." Alex rolled her eyes. "Great, just what I needed today, more random kids from other dimensions." Perry the Platypus chattered nervously, clearly out of his element in this magical world. Meanwhile, Max Russo appeared, looking just as mischievous as his sister. "Hey, Alex, look what we've got here! More visitors. Are they for breakfast, or should we save them for lunch?" Before things could escalate further, I stepped in, trying to play the peacemaker. "Hey, everyone, let's not jump to conclusions. Maybe we can all work together and figure out how to get Phineas and Ferb back to their dimension." Phineas, always the optimist, chimed in. "That sounds like a great idea! We're used to building amazing inventions, so maybe we can help you with your magical mishaps." Alex raised an eyebrow, intrigued. "Alright, deal. But first, let's get you guys some pancakes. No one leaves here without trying our magical pancakes." As we all sat down to enjoy the pancakes (which turned into fluffy clouds and rained maple syrup on command), we hatched a plan. Max, Alex, and I explained the bizarre occurrences in their dimension, like random fire-breathing penguins and floating hats. Phineas and Ferb shared their knowledge of building extraordinary gadgets. Together, we concocted a device that could harness the unpredictable magic of the wizard world and channel it into Phineas and Ferb's portal, hopefully sending them back home. Of course, it involved a giant pancake flipper, a floating hat, and some glitter, because what's magic without a little flair? As the contraption sputtered to life, chaos ensued. Pancakes flew, hats floated, and glitter sparkled like a magical disco ball. Max muttered, "I've got a bad feeling about this," just as the portal began to stabilize. With one last push, the portal sucked Phineas, Ferb, and Perry back to their dimension. Alex waved goodbye with a hint of sadness. "Well, it was... interesting meeting you guys. Don't be a stranger." Phineas shouted back, "Thanks for the pancakes! And if you ever need help with magical mishaps or building something amazing, just give us a call." As the portal closed, leaving us in a glitter-filled mess, I couldn't help but laugh. Who would've thought that my VIP tour of Waverly Sub Station would turn into a cross-dimensional adventure with Phineas and Ferb? It was a day I'd never forget, filled with magic, pancakes, and unexpected friendships.
    Anime Enthusiast Scholarship
    Oh, you want to know my all-time favorite anime series, huh? Well, brace yourself for a wild ride because I'm about to reveal the ultimate masterpiece that keeps me glued to the screen every single time – "Cowboy Bebop"! Now, don't you dare compare it to your run-of-the-mill anime. This is like the caviar of the anime world, and I'm about to tell you why. First of all, let's talk about the music. Yoko Kanno, the genius behind the soundtrack, deserves a standing ovation and a lifetime supply of noodles for what she did with this series. The opening theme, "Tank!" is basically my jam. I mean, who can resist snapping their fingers and pretending they're cool bounty hunters when that jazz ensemble starts playing? Not to mention, there's nothing quite like watching a spaceship chase set to a killer saxophone solo. Speaking of bounty hunters, the characters in this show are like a dysfunctional family you can't help but love. Spike Spiegel, our suave but perpetually broke protagonist, is the ultimate embodiment of "cool." His "I don't care" attitude paired with martial arts skills and a penchant for getting into trouble is basically my life goal. And his hair? It's a character on its own. Faye Valentine, the femme fatale with a tragic past, is like the big sister I never had. She's got sass, style, and a love for gambling that's both impressive and concerning. Then there's Jet Black, the stoic father figure with a robotic arm and an obsession with bonsai. He's the voice of reason in a ship full of chaos. And let's not forget Ein, the genius data dog. Who wouldn't want a super-smart corgi as a sidekick? The episodic nature of "Cowboy Bebop" is part of what makes it endlessly watchable. Each episode is like a standalone masterpiece, a mini-movie of its own. One moment, you're chasing a deadly assassin, the next, you're dealing with a mysterious virus outbreak on a space station. It keeps you on your toes, and you never know what kind of crazy adventure the Bebop crew will stumble into next. But what truly makes this series a timeless classic is its ability to seamlessly blend different genres. One moment you're watching a gritty space western shoot-out, and the next, you're in a film-noir detective story. It even delves into philosophical themes that make you ponder the meaning of life and existence. I mean, where else can you find a bounty hunter quoting Shakespeare one minute and chasing down a shape-shifting blob the next? And let's not forget the humor! "Cowboy Bebop" serves up a healthy dose of witty one-liners and hilarious situations that make you burst out laughing even in the middle of intense action scenes. It's like a fine wine; it gets better with age, and the jokes never get stale. In the end, "Cowboy Bebop" isn't just an anime; it's a lifestyle. It's a reminder that life is one crazy, unpredictable adventure, and you've got to roll with the punches, just like Spike and the gang. So, if you ever find yourself in need of a pick-me-up or just want to bask in the awesomeness of space cowboys, do yourself a favor and dive into the world of "Cowboy Bebop." You won't regret it, and you might just find yourself snapping your fingers to the beat of "Tank!" while dreaming of jetting off into the stars on your very own spaceship.
    Spider-Man Showdown Scholarship
    Oh, the eternal debate: Who's the best Spider-Man? Tobey Maguire? Andrew Garfield? Tom Holland? I might as well chip in. Let's start with Tobey Maguire. Ah, Tobey, you were the original webhead on the big screen, and for that, we give you mad props. You gave us the iconic upside-down kiss with Kirsten Dunst in the rain. You taught us that "with great power comes great responsibility," and you made us believe a nerd could turn into a hero. But, Tobey, you also gave us some cringe-worthy dance moves in "Spider-Man 3" that we can never unsee. You were the OG Spider-Man, but you also stumbled on your own web. Next up, Andrew Garfield. The guy had the looks and the snarky attitude that Peter Parker needed, but his movies, well, they were a mixed bag. "The Amazing Spider-Man" series had some cool moments, like Gwen Stacy's tragic fate, but it also had a serious case of villain overload. Jamie Foxx as Electro? We're still scratching our heads about that one. Andrew, you had potential, but your Spidey universe got tangled in its own web. Now, let's swing over to Tom Holland. This kid is like the Spider-Man we've always wanted but never knew we needed. He's got the perfect blend of nerdiness and wit. He can hold his own alongside the Avengers and still keep that friendly, neighborhood Spider-Man vibe. Plus, he's got the mentorship of Tony Stark/Iron Man, which is like having the Batman of the Marvel world as your godfather. Tom, you've got the whole package. But let's not forget the real reason Tom Holland might just be the best Spidey: the memes. Oh, the memes! The "I don't feel so good" snap from "Infinity War" became an instant classic. Tom's ability to convey emotion while turning into dust was Oscar-worthy. And his penchant for spoiling Marvel secrets? Hilarious. We've seen him "accidentally" drop more spoilers than a clumsy waiter drops trays. Plus, Tom Holland's Spidey has that youthful exuberance that perfectly captures the essence of Peter Parker. He's not just a superhero; he's a kid trying to balance school, friends, and, you know, saving the world. We can all relate to the struggle of trying to get your homework done while stopping a bank heist. Now, let's talk about the suits. Tobey's suit was classic, no doubt. It had the right amount of red and blue, and those raised web lines were a nice touch. Andrew's suit had some cool updates, but the silver eyes were a bit distracting. Tom's suit, though, is like the Mercedes-Benz of superhero outfits. It's high-tech, it's got those expressive eyes, and it even has an AI voiced by Jennifer Connelly! Who wouldn't want an AI buddy like Karen? But, perhaps the most important factor in determining the best Spidey is the villains they've faced. Tobey had the Green Goblin, Doc Ock, and Venom. Andrew had the Lizard, Electro, and the Rhino. Tom, on the other hand, has faced the Vulture, the Shocker, Mysterio, and even a multiverse-hopping version of himself! He's like the villain magnet of the Spider-Verse. In the end, folks, the best Spider-Man is like pizza: even when it's not perfect, it's still pretty darn good. But if I had to pick a favorite, I'd swing with Tom Holland. He's got the heart, the humor, and the suits that make him the complete package. Plus, those memes are just the icing on the cake. So, keep doing your thing, Tom, and remember, with great power comes great responsibility... and a whole lot of internet fame!
    Netflix and Scholarships!
    In the vast sea of Netflix offerings, "The Glory" shines like a hidden gem that's just waiting to be discovered. This Korean drama takes the age-old concept of revenge and turns it into a gripping, addictive, and at times, hilariously wicked tale that will keep you glued to your screen from the very first episode. If you're a fan of cleverly crafted revenge plots, intricate character development, and a dash of dark humor, this is the show you've been waiting for. First and foremost, Song HyeKyo delivers a tour de force performance as our vengeful protagonist. She plays the role Moon Dongeun, a girl who endured unimaginable torment during her high school days. But instead of crumbling under the weight of her past, she transforms herself into a formidable force to reckon with. Her journey from a timid schoolgirl to a cunning mastermind is a sight to behold. Watching her meticulously plot and execute her revenge a decade later is like witnessing a master chess player in action. What sets "The Glory" apart from other revenge dramas is its brilliant storytelling. The plot is woven with intricate threads of deceit, manipulation, and poetic justice that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Each episode unfolds like a perfectly planned heist, revealing just enough to keep you guessing while leaving you hungry for more. The way the story is narrated, with flashbacks seamlessly integrated into the present, adds depth to the characters and keeps you emotionally invested. But it's not just the revenge plot that makes "The Glory" a standout series. The supporting cast is nothing short of spectacular. You'll find yourself both loving and loathing characters as their layers are peeled back to reveal their true intentions. From the conniving bullies to the unexpected allies, every character adds depth and complexity to the story. Now, let's talk about the humor. Revenge might sound like a heavy theme, but "The Glory" knows how to sprinkle in just the right amount of dark humor to keep things light and entertaining. Moon Dongeun's revenge tactics often border on the absurd, and her witty one-liners will have you laughing out loud. It's like watching a cat-and-mouse game where the mouse happens to be a genius prankster. The production values of "The Glory" are top-notch. The cinematography captures the beauty of South Korea while also setting the mood for the suspenseful moments. The soundtrack adds an extra layer of tension and emotion, making you feel every twist and turn of the story. As you dive deeper into the series, you'll find yourself questioning the morality of revenge and the extent to which one can go to seek justice. It's a thought-provoking exploration of human nature, wrapped in a thrilling package. In conclusion, "The Glory" on Netflix is a binge-worthy masterpiece that combines stellar performances, a gripping plot, dark humor, and moral dilemmas into a show that will keep you hooked until the very end. So, clear your weekend, stock up on snacks, and get ready to experience a rollercoaster of emotions as Song HyeKyo takes you on her unforgettable journey of revenge. Trust me, you won't regret it – it's glorious!
    Once Upon a #BookTok Scholarship
    BookTok, the ever-vibrant corner of the internet where readers unite to celebrate the magic of books. It's where bookworms share their favorite reads, cry over plot twists, and occasionally discover the delightful taste of humble pie when a book defies their expectations. Among the plethora of gems recommended by this community, a few have found a special place on my ideal bookshelf, each for their unique reasons. First up, Ana Huang's "Twisted Hate." Ah, the enemies-to-lovers trope. Jules and Josh, locked in a battle of wits and sharp retorts, only to succumb to the power of love's undeniable pull. Huang masterfully weaves their story, drawing readers into a vortex of emotions that's impossible to resist. Their fiery banter and the electrifying tension between them make "Twisted Hate" a must-have on my bookshelf, reminding me that sometimes, love can indeed arise from the most unexpected places. Now, let's journey into the realms of arranged marriages with "King of Wrath" by the same author. A marriage born out of coercion and blackmail, between Vivian and Dante, develops into an intricate dance of passion and connection. This narrative is a testament to the ability of love to flourish even in the most unconventional circumstances. Huang's exploration of vulnerability and strength makes this tale a treasure, as it challenges societal norms and celebrates the power of authentic love. Tehereh Mafi's "Shatter Me" series introduces us to a world where words have the ability to both destroy and heal. The journey of Juliette, a girl whose touch is lethal, and Warner, a complex and intriguing antagonist-turned-lover, is a rollercoaster of emotions. Mafi's poetic prose and exploration of personal transformation make this series a gem that truly shatters preconceived notions about love and redemption. Danielle Lori's "The Maddest Obsession" takes the enemies-to-lovers trope to the next level with the simmering rivalry between Christian Allister and Gianna Russo. Eight years of unresolved tension and countless twists and turns culminate in a love story that is as intense as it is passionate. The #BookTok discussions often revolve around Christian's unyielding devotion to Gianna, making it impossible not to root for their eventual happily ever after. Sophie Lark's "Brutal Prince" is a mafia romance that had #BookTok buzzing. The fiery relationship between Aida and Callum, members of rival mafia families forced into an arranged marriage, epitomizes the enemies-to-lovers trope. The witty banter and simmering tension between these characters made them fan favorites, with readers eagerly anticipating each twist and turn in their tumultuous relationship. Holly Black's "The Cruel Prince" whisks us away to a fantasy world where the rivalry between faerie Cardan and human Jude takes center stage. In a realm filled with political intrigue and betrayal, their complex relationship unfolds. Jude's resilience and Cardan's enigmatic charm have captured the hearts of #BookTok enthusiasts, and the fierce debates about their relationship continue to rage on. As I gaze upon my ideal bookshelf, filled with these remarkable titles, I can't help but feel grateful for the community that introduced me to them. The laughter, tears, and moments of reflection these books have provided have enriched my life and deepened my love for literature. So, I invite you to pick up one of these books, join the conversation, and let #BookTok transport you to a world of endless literary wonder.
    Ultimate K-Pop Stan Scholarship
    BTS, the global sensation that emerged from South Korea, holds a special place in my heart. Their journey from underdogs to international icons has been nothing short of inspirational, and I find myself not only captivated by their music but deeply moved by their story and their impact on the world. When I first discovered BTS, they were still relatively unknown in my part of the world. It was their music that drew me in initially – the catchy beats, the poignant lyrics, and the seamless blend of different musical genres. But as I delved deeper into their history and their message, I realized that they were more than just a boy band; they were a beacon of hope for countless people, including myself. One aspect of BTS's journey that resonated with me was their struggle. They faced numerous obstacles and setbacks, both as individuals and as a group. They came from humble backgrounds, with many of the members having faced financial difficulties and societal expectations that often stifled their dreams. It reminded me of my own struggles, trying to pursue my passions in a world that sometimes seemed determined to push me in a different direction. BTS taught me the importance of resilience and perseverance, of never giving up on what you believe in. But perhaps the most challenging part of being a BTS fan was dealing with the prejudice and mockery that came from some of my peers. I remember vividly the day when a classmate referred to them using racist slurs, making fun of their appearance and language. It stung deeply, and I felt a mixture of anger and sadness. I tried to explain to my classmate the significance of BTS, how they were breaking barriers and transcending language through their music and message. But it was like talking to a brick wall. Yet, BTS's own experiences with prejudice and discrimination served as a source of strength for me. They had faced their fair share of skeptics and critics, not just in South Korea but also internationally. They didn't let the negativity deter them; instead, they used it as fuel to become better and to prove their worth. It made me realize that I didn't need validation from others for my choices and interests. BTS showed me that it was okay to be different, to stand up for what I believed in, even if it meant going against the grain. As BTS's popularity continued to rise, I witnessed how they were making a profound impact on global culture. They weren't just a musical group; they were ambassadors of positivity, self-acceptance, and unity. Their "Love Yourself" campaign resonated with millions around the world, encouraging people to embrace their flaws and imperfections. Their music tackled important social issues, from mental health to self-identity, in a way that was relatable and comforting. BTS's ability to connect with people of all backgrounds transcended language. They became a bridge between different cultures, proving that music was a universal language. Their collaborations with artists from various countries showcased the power of diversity and collaboration. They made the world feel smaller, closer, and more interconnected. For me, BTS represents more than just a favorite K-Pop group. They are a symbol of hope, resilience, and the transformative power of music. They've taught me to embrace my own uniqueness and to stand up for what I believe in, no matter the odds. They've shown me that it's possible to break down barriers and create a global community that celebrates diversity and love.
    "The Summer I Turned Pretty" Fan Scholarship
    When it comes to the Fisher brothers from Jenny Han's captivating trilogy, "The Summer I Turned Pretty," I have no doubt in my mind that I'm firmly planted on Team Jeremiah. You see, while Conrad might have the mysterious and brooding thing going for him, there's something irresistibly charming and heartwarming about Jeremiah that just wins my heart every time. So grab your SPF, a beach towel, and let me take you on a journey to the sunny shores of my heart where Team Jeremiah reigns supreme. First and foremost, let's talk about Jeremiah's charisma. From the very beginning of the series, Jeremiah exudes an infectious enthusiasm for life. His smile is like a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day, and his sense of humor is nothing short of delightful. Remember the scene at the bonfire when he attempted to impress Belly with his "fire-dancing" skills? It might have been a disaster, but it was a hilarious one. That goofiness, that willingness to be vulnerable, is something I admire in a person. Conrad, on the other hand, tends to wear a perpetual scowl that could rival any seasoned grumpy cat. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate a complex character, but there's a fine line between complex and constantly brooding. Jeremiah's sunny disposition is a breath of fresh air amidst all the teenage angst. Let's not forget the heartwarming moments. One of the most touching scenes in the series is when Jeremiah comforts Belly after her fight with Conrad. He doesn't take sides or add fuel to the fire. Instead, he listens, offers her a shoulder to cry on, and reassures her that he's there for her. That's the kind of friend we all need in our lives, someone who's there to catch us when we fall. Speaking of friendship, Jeremiah's bond with Belly runs deep. He's been her best friend since childhood, and that history adds a layer of authenticity to their relationship. Remember the time they spent together, just the two of them, reminiscing about their childhood adventures and opening up about their fears and dreams? It was a beautiful moment that showed the depth of their connection. And let's not forget Jeremiah's musical talent! His guitar playing and singing are nothing short of swoon-worthy. There's a reason why Belly was drawn to him during those impromptu beach jam sessions. Music has a way of speaking to the soul, and Jeremiah's music speaks volumes about his character - warm, inviting, and full of heart. Now, let's talk about the infamous love triangle. While Conrad may have his share of swoon-worthy moments, his on-again, off-again relationship with Belly is enough to give anyone emotional whiplash. Team Conrad often feels like a rollercoaster of emotions, and I prefer my love stories with a bit more stability. In contrast, Jeremiah's love for Belly is constant and unwavering. He doesn't play games or send mixed signals. He's there, loving her with his whole heart, and that consistency is something I find incredibly endearing. So, there you have it, folks. Team Jeremiah all the way! With his charisma, kindness, unwavering friendship, and musical talents, he's the Fisher brother who's won my heart. Sorry, Conrad, but when it comes to who I'd want by my side on a sunny beach day, it's Jeremiah, hands down. Let's keep the sun-kissed summers and heartfelt drama, but with a side of laughter and warmth, courtesy of Team Jeremiah.
    Maida Brkanovic Memorial Scholarship
    As I reflect on my journey as a first-generation student of Jamaican immigrant parents, a profound tapestry of experiences, emotions, and lessons unfurls before me. My story, intricately woven with threads of resilience, hope, and determination, speaks to the struggles and aspirations of my parents, whose unyielding pursuit of the American dream has shaped my beliefs about life. My parents' journey began in the vibrant and picturesque landscapes of Jamaica, where they were born into the harsh embrace of poverty. Stories of their childhoods reveal an existence marked by scarcity and hardship, where dreams were deferred in the face of financial constraints and societal inequalities. The shimmering waters that surround their island home hid the tears of frustration, but they also kindled the flames of aspiration that would lead them to the land of opportunities – America. With hearts brimming with hope and a few belongings in tow, my parents embarked on a journey across the seas, seeking a new chapter in their lives. They believed that America held the promise of prosperity and a brighter future, a place where they could rise above their circumstances and provide for their families. However, the stark reality that awaited them was a paradox that tested their spirit. The American dream, as they discovered, was a lofty goal that required immense sacrifice, perseverance, and courage. Yet, my parents refused to surrender to disillusionment. They navigated the labyrinthine challenges of adapting to a new culture, battling systemic barriers, and working tirelessly to make ends meet. Theirs is a tale of grit and fortitude, where each setback was met with renewed determination. Although the path was arduous, their love for my sister and me became the guiding North Star in their relentless pursuit of a better life. Growing up, I bore witness to their struggles and sacrifices. The late nights they spent working multiple jobs to keep a roof over our heads and food on the table were etched in my memory. Their hands, calloused from hard labor, bore the weight of our dreams. While they yearned to offer us the opportunities they had envisioned, the pervasive grip of financial uncertainty sometimes cast shadows on their spirits. Yet, their story is not one of despair; it's a testament to their unwavering spirit. From their example, I learned the invaluable lessons of perseverance, humility, and the power of dreams. Their sacrifices ignited a fire within me, fueling my determination to seize every opportunity and transcend the barriers that lay before me. Their struggle became my motivation, and their aspirations, my compass. As a first-generation student, I have felt the weight of their hopes resting on my shoulders. Their sacrifices and determination inspire me to push beyond my limits and embrace the challenges of academia with an unyielding spirit. I am a torchbearer of their legacy, and every success I achieve becomes a tribute to their resilience. My journey is a mosaic of two worlds, a testament to the triumph of the human spirit against adversity. The story of my parents' struggle and resilience, their dreams and sacrifices, has left an indelible mark on my beliefs about life. It has taught me that despite the challenges that life presents, hope is a force that can transcend even the darkest moments. It has shown me that a resilient heart, combined with the willingness to strive and persevere, can create a life richer than one could ever imagine. My journey as a first-generation student of Jamaican immigrant parents is a tribute to their courage and a testament to the power of dreams. It is a testament to the belief that with determination, no dream is too far to reach, no adversity too great to overcome. Their legacy has shaped not only my beliefs but also my very essence, guiding me toward a future where hope and tenacity shine as beacons of light, illuminating the path toward the American dream they so fervently pursued.
    Windward Spirit Scholarship
    As a fellow Gen Zer, I find myself deeply intrigued by the sentiments expressed in the "Ode to Millennials-Gen Z." This piece bridges the gap between generations and invites reflection on the shared struggles, values, and potential for positive change. With a fresh perspective on the world, I aim to delve into the text and explore the intersection of history, responsibility, and the hopeful spirit of the newer generations. The opening quote by President Franklin Roosevelt sets the tone for this ode. Comparing the challenges faced by Millennials-Gen Z to those of "The Greatest Generation" of the past is a powerful way to highlight the gravity of the situations faced by both. Just as the world was reshaped by the struggles and victories of the past, today's young adults are poised to play a pivotal role in shaping the future. One striking aspect of the ode is its portrayal of the generational tension that has always existed. The narrative about communication preferences serves as a reminder that every generation has its unique ways of connecting and expressing themselves. The story of parents wishing for letters while the young preferred telephones mirrors the modern-day divide between the older generation's phone calls and the preference of Millennials-Gen Z for text messages and social media. What truly resonates, though, is the ode's recognition of the similarities between generations despite their distinct contexts. The shared experience of economic challenges is particularly noteworthy. The parallel between the Great Depression's low incomes and high unemployment rates and the economic struggles faced by Millennials-Gen Z creates a sense of continuity through history. This recognition of recurring issues underscores the need for collective efforts to address them. The ode presents a thought-provoking comparison of the two generations' encounters with a world at war. While the Greatest Generation faced a physical war, today's young people are confronting multifaceted battles, including environmental degradation, economic inequality, and social injustice. The text highlights that these battles are equally threatening to the fabric of society and evoke a sense of duty and responsibility. One cannot ignore the ode's reference to the burdens shouldered by each generation. The Greatest Generation accepted their challenges with a sense of duty and grace, paving the way for societal progress. The ode implies that Millennials-Gen Z, too, are embracing their responsibilities, albeit in a different context. This perspective challenges the notion that younger generations are passive or apathetic. Instead, it asserts that they are indeed aware of their "rendezvous with destiny" and ready to take it on. The ode's portrayal of the challenges unique to the present generation is poignant. It draws attention to issues such as student loan debt, healthcare costs, and the implications of a warming planet. These contemporary struggles not only shape the experiences of Millennials-Gen Z but also underscore the complex interconnectedness of global issues. The text invites us to recognize these challenges as a collective concern that requires collaborative solutions. The ode does not shy away from acknowledging the skepticism and reluctance that some older individuals might express towards younger generations' ability to address and solve these challenges. The response, "Don't worry, we'll deal with it," showcases the confidence and determination of Millennials-Gen Z in the face of skepticism. This unwavering resolve is emblematic of the spirit that defines their generation: one that is not only willing but eager to confront the difficulties of their time. The ode offers insight into the character of Millennials-Gen Z by contrasting their approach with the potential resentment of older generations. The portrayal of the young as polite and kind while devoid of resentment paints a picture of optimism, resilience, and a commitment to fostering positive change. It highlights the power of empathy, open-mindedness, and forward-looking perspectives that characterize this generation. In conclusion, the "Ode to Millennials-Gen Z" offers a profound and thought-provoking exploration of the generational torch-passing that occurs throughout history. I find myself captivated by the ode's message of shared challenges, responsibility, and a hopeful outlook on the future. It compels me to consider the potential for Millennials-Gen Z to become "The Greatest Generation 2.0" by embracing their unique rendezvous with destiny and working together to address the pressing issues of our time.
    Carlos F. Garcia Muentes Scholarship
    In the embrace of my family's story lies the essence of who I am today, shaped by the experiences of my parents as they embarked on a brave journey to America from Jamaica as teenagers. Their tale of overcoming immense challenges, navigating a new world with meager resources, and battling the shadows of adversity has been my guiding light, inspiring my beliefs about the world and fueling my aspirations for a successful career. My parents' arrival in America was marked by both hope and uncertainty. As teenagers leaving behind their familiar land, they carried dreams of opportunities and success, only to face the harsh realities of poverty. Born with nothing but unyielding spirit, they embraced their new life with determination. However, financial struggles cast a daunting shadow, constantly threatening to crush their dreams. Yet, amidst the hardships, they found the strength to persevere, driven by a fierce desire to make a better life for themselves and their future family. My mother's thick accent and tattered clothes were like a spotlight, attracting ridicule from peers who failed to see the treasure beneath her struggles. But she never let the taunts tarnish her spirit. Instead, she wore her heritage like a crown, a symbol of her strength and pride. My mother's courage taught me that identity is not a liability, but a source of empowerment. Similarly, my father's ambition to pursue higher education was halted by the burden of financial limitations. Despite his intelligence and potential, he was unable to afford college. This sacrifice, though filled with regrets, lit the fire within me to make the most of the opportunities available to me. Their struggles became a poignant reminder of the importance of education and instilled in me the desire to grasp every opportunity with gratitude and determination. Growing up in a household where financial hardship was a constant companion, I learned to appreciate every little thing life had to offer. The value of hard work, perseverance, and the significance of education were imprinted on my heart from a tender age. Witnessing my parents' struggle, I realized that nothing worth having comes easy, and every obstacle can be transformed into an opportunity. Their journey, marked by tears, laughter, and determination, inspired me to pursue a career in business. I saw it as a platform to change not only my life but also the lives of others. Through business, I could create opportunities for those facing adversity, just as my parents had done in their own unique way. My passion for business stems from a deep desire to be a catalyst for change, to build bridges between communities, and to break the shackles of poverty that still hold so many people captive. I want to be a beacon of hope for those who face hardships, proving that even the most humble beginnings can pave the way for extraordinary accomplishments. As I step into the realm of business education, I carry with me the spirit of my parents' journey – the determination to rise above circumstances, the unyielding pride in my heritage, and the power of self-improvement. I want to honor their sacrifices by making a positive impact on the lives of others, just as they did on mine. My family's story is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the indomitable power of perseverance. It is a story of hope, inspiration, and unwavering courage. Through their struggles and sacrifices, my parents have shaped my beliefs about the world, teaching me that with passion, purpose, and hard work, anything is possible.
    Bald Eagle Scholarship
    As I stand on the precipice of a new chapter in my life as a rising college freshman, I can't help but reflect on the person who has shaped me into the person I am today. This person, my grandmother, has been the source of my strength and inspiration, guiding me through life's challenges with her unwavering determination and resilience. Her journey, from poverty-stricken Jamaica to the shores of America, has been a testament to the power of the human spirit and the unyielding pursuit of a better life. My grandmother's struggles began long before I was even born, as she navigated the harsh realities of poverty while raising three young children in Jamaica. The challenges she faced were immense, yet she never lost her sense of hope and her determination to provide for her family. Her courage in the face of adversity taught me that no matter how tough the circumstances, a strong will can light the way towards a brighter future. When my aunt filed for her and brought her to America, it was meant to be a fresh start, a chance at a better life. However, the struggle was far from over. Arriving in a new country with limited resources and unfamiliar surroundings, my grandmother's strength was put to the test once again. She worked two demanding jobs, often sacrificing her own comfort to ensure that there was food on the table and a roof over their heads. The echoes of her sacrifices reverberated through the generations, touching not just my father's life, but my own as well. Growing up, I witnessed the impact of her dedication on my dad. His unwavering work ethic, resilience in the face of challenges, and compassion towards others were all traits he inherited from her. These qualities have been passed down to me, forming the foundation of my character and the driving force behind my pursuit of a college education. My own experiences have also been deeply shaped by my grandmother's sacrifices. I remember the long nights when my dad was away, working to provide for our family just as she did. Those nights were a reminder that hard work is a privilege and a responsibility, one that can lead to opportunities that were once only dreams. Witnessing her struggles and my father's determination made me realize the importance of education as a means to break the cycle of adversity. My grandmother's journey has taught me that life's challenges are not roadblocks but opportunities for growth. Her sacrifices, resilience, and determination have shown me the power of perseverance and the importance of maintaining a positive outlook even in the face of adversity. Her story has been a constant reminder that success is not measured solely by material possessions, but by the impact we have on the lives of others and the lessons we leave behind. As I step into the world of higher education, I carry with me the lessons learned from my grandmother's life. Her story serves as a guiding light, illuminating the path forward and reminding me that every challenge can be overcome with dedication and a never-give-up attitude. I am driven by the desire to honor her sacrifices by making the most of the opportunities that lie ahead, and by striving to make a positive impact on the lives of those around me, just as she has done for our family.
    Augustus L. Harper Scholarship
    As I stand at the threshold of my college journey, I reflect on the journey that led me here and the dreams that propel me forward. My story is not just mine; it's the embodiment of my immigrant father's unfulfilled dreams and the legacy of his sacrifices. Education, to me, is not merely a path to success; it's a beacon of hope, a bridge to a brighter future that my dad envisioned but couldn't attain due to circumstances beyond his control. My dad, a diligent and hardworking man, came to this land of opportunities with dreams of a better life. Yet, as fate would have it, the doors to higher education were barred for him due to financial limitations. The lack of resources didn't define his intelligence or ambition, but it did dim the possibility of him pursuing a college education. His dreams were humbled, but his spirit remained unbroken, finding solace in the idea that his children could someday achieve what he couldn't. His story echoes in my heart as I step into college. It's a reminder of the uphill battle he faced, and it's also the fuel that ignites my determination. My father's struggles have instilled in me a resolute belief that education holds the key to rewriting the script of our lives. It's a transformative force that can transcend circumstances and reshape destinies. With each step I take towards my degree, I honor my dad's sacrifices and keep his dreams alive. Higher education, to me, is an opportunity to break free from the shackles of limitations. It's a chance to prove that the dreams etched within the hearts of immigrants are not bound by borders or financial constraints. Education equips me with knowledge, not just from textbooks, but from life itself. It empowers me with critical thinking skills, nurtures my creativity, and broadens my horizons. It isn't just about securing a job; it's about nurturing a holistic growth that enriches my understanding of the world and my place in it. As I immerse myself in academia, I'm also humbled by the fact that my dad's unfulfilled aspirations have become a driving force for me. His sacrifices have turned into stepping stones on my path. I carry his dreams and aspirations within me, channeling his hopes into a renewed sense of purpose. I want to make his sacrifices count, to ensure that his hardships weren't in vain. My pursuit of higher education is a tribute to his relentless spirit and an embodiment of the opportunities he couldn't seize. In every lecture hall, in every library corner, and in every study group, my dad's resilience will accompany me. I feel his unwavering support, urging me to surpass the limits that once held him back. I am not alone on this journey; I am part of a legacy that transcends generations. The value of education goes beyond personal achievement; it's about giving back to those who sacrificed so much for us to have a chance at success. As I embark on this new chapter, I do so with a heart full of gratitude, determination, and a vision that stretches far beyond my own ambitions. My dad's inability to afford college has not shackled me; it has liberated me with a purpose. Education is more than a means to an end; it's the embodiment of dreams realized, promises fulfilled, and legacies honored. Through my pursuit of higher education, I am turning dreams into reality, and I am etching a story of resilience and triumph that echoes across time.
    Top of the Mountain Memorial Scholarship
    1. Advocating for the environment has been a deeply fulfilling journey that I embarked on with unwavering passion and dedication. My advocacy efforts have primarily centered around two pillars: volunteering at the Georgia Wildlife Federation and actively participating in my high school's Environmental Awareness Club. My decision to volunteer at the Georgia Wildlife Federation was driven by my love for nature and wildlife. I have always been awestruck by the beauty of the natural world and felt a profound responsibility to protect it for future generations. Through my time at the Federation, I engaged in various conservation projects, participated in habitat restoration efforts, and collaborated with like-minded individuals. Witnessing the positive impact of our collective efforts on local ecosystems and the wildlife that call them home has been incredibly rewarding. Not only did I learn valuable skills and gain knowledge about environmental conservation, but I also forged meaningful connections with people who share the same vision. Being a part of my high school's Environmental Awareness Club allowed me to take my passion for the environment to the next level. Together with fellow students, we organized educational workshops, awareness campaigns, and community clean-up initiatives. The club served as a platform to empower the youth and inspire positive change within our school and beyond. Witnessing the growing interest and enthusiasm among my peers to address environmental issues has been truly heartening. Our actions may have started small, but they have the potential to create a ripple effect, igniting a larger movement towards sustainable living and responsible environmental stewardship. Both experiences have profoundly impacted me, shaping my values and influencing my career aspirations. They have reinforced my commitment to advocating for the environment and have shown me the power of collective action in making a difference. As I move forward in life, I am determined to continue working towards a greener and more sustainable future, striving to leave behind a planet that is thriving and resilient for generations to come. 2. As I stand atop this majestic mountain, I am humbled by the grandeur of nature before me. This moment reminds me of the profound interconnectedness of all living beings and the responsibility we bear to protect our planet. So, as I plant my flag upon this summit, I leave a simple yet powerful message: "Cherish, Conserve, Coexist." Cherish: Let us cherish the wonders of nature and recognize the beauty and abundance it offers us. Every creature, every plant, and every ecosystem is a masterpiece, worthy of our admiration and gratitude. By cherishing the diversity of life, we can find inspiration to safeguard it for future generations. Conserve: It is our duty to conserve and protect the delicate balance of our ecosystems. Through responsible actions, sustainable practices, and environmental stewardship, we can mitigate human impacts on the planet. We must be guardians of the natural world, leaving behind a legacy of preservation rather than depletion. Coexist: We are not separate from nature; we are an integral part of it. Embracing this truth, let us strive to coexist harmoniously with all living beings. Respecting the rights and habitats of wildlife, and working hand in hand with nature, we can create a future where both humans and the environment thrive. As I descend this mountain, I carry with me a renewed sense of purpose, to spread this message far and wide.
    Yolanda and Sam Shuster Scholarship
    As I reflect on my life and who I am today, I can't help but be overwhelmed with gratitude for the remarkable journey my parents embarked on, leaving behind their home in Jamaica to seek a better life in America. Their story is one of unwavering determination, unyielding resilience, and an unbreakable work ethic that has left an indelible mark on my soul. Growing up, my parents shared tales of the challenges they faced as immigrants in a foreign land. They arrived with nothing but hope and dreams, but the harsh reality of poverty greeted them at every turn. They struggled to make ends meet, working multiple jobs to put food on the table and provide for their family. Despite the difficulties, they never lost sight of their vision for a brighter future. My mom, in particular, faced a cruel world that mocked her for her accent and inability to afford nice clothing. She was bullied and belittled, but she stood tall with a heart full of resilience. She refused to let the taunts define her and instead embraced her unique voice and heritage. Her experience taught me the importance of self-acceptance and the power of rising above adversity with grace and strength. The limitations of poverty also meant that college was a distant dream for my parents. They watched as their peers pursued higher education, but financial constraints kept them from following the same path. Instead, they dedicated themselves to hard work and the pursuit of knowledge in their own ways. They instilled in me the value of education, encouraging me to seize every opportunity to learn and grow. Seeing my parents' relentless work ethic, their relentless pursuit of a better life, and their refusal to let circumstances define their worth, has shaped me in profound ways. Their story has instilled in me a drive to push beyond boundaries, to break free from the chains of limitations, and to embrace challenges with courage and optimism. I carry their legacy with me every day, reminding myself that I am a product of their sacrifices and determination. Their story inspires me to reach for the stars and to be a beacon of hope for others facing similar hardships. I stand on their shoulders, and I will honor their sacrifices by making a positive impact on the world. As I journey through life, I hold onto the lessons learned from my parents' experiences. I cherish the value of hard work, the strength to persevere in the face of adversity, and the compassion to support those in need. Their story is my guiding light, and it reminds me that no matter how tough the road may be, with determination and love, we can create a better future for ourselves and generations to come.
    Xavier M. Monroe Heart of Gold Memorial Scholarship
    In the quaint town I grew up in, the world seemed to be painted in shades of pale, with me standing as a solitary canvas of color. As a black woman, my journey was marked by challenges, setbacks, and failures that, at times, threatened to consume my spirit. Yet, through those trials, I found the strength to rise above the shadows cast upon me and embrace my identity unapologetically. In a place where diversity was a distant concept, I found myself constantly overlooked and disregarded due to my race. It was as though my accomplishments, dreams, and ambitions were diminished simply because my skin bore a hue different from the majority. Each day felt like an uphill battle, with the weight of stereotypes, prejudice, and ignorance pressing down upon my shoulders. In the eyes of my white counterparts, my capabilities were questioned, and I felt like an outsider in my own home. There was a specific instance during my high school years that left an indelible mark on my spirit. I had spent countless hours preparing for the debate team tryouts. My passion for public speaking and my belief in the power of words fueled my determination. However, as I stood before the selection committee, I noticed their eyes wandering over me dismissively, as if my words were already unworthy of their attention. Despite my well-researched arguments and eloquent delivery, the committee seemed uninterested. As I left the room, their indifferent gazes lingering in my mind, I felt an overwhelming sense of frustration and heartache. It was in that moment that I realized I would have to work ten times harder than my white peers to be taken seriously. Rather than succumbing to defeat, I channeled that disappointment into a fire within me, burning brighter than ever before. I immersed myself in books, knowledge, and self-improvement, determined to prove that my worth was not defined by the color of my skin. I knew that if I allowed society's perception of me to dictate my path, I would forever be confined to a limited version of myself. In the face of adversity, I discovered the strength to rise above the limitations others imposed upon me. I recognized that my identity was not a liability but a powerful asset, enriching my experiences and perspectives. As a black woman, I had a unique voice and an extraordinary story to share with the world. Over time, my perseverance and dedication began to bear fruit. I excelled academically, secured leadership roles, and became a beacon of inspiration for others who felt marginalized. My achievements were not merely personal victories but a testament to the resilience of those who refused to be silenced or undermined. As I navigated through the challenges, my emotional journey mirrored the movements of a pendulum. There were moments of self-doubt and sorrow, but they were countered by a renewed sense of pride and empowerment. I realized that by embracing my identity, I could empower others to do the same, breaking the chains that held us back. Today, as I reflect on my experiences, I am filled with a sense of gratitude for the obstacles that shaped me. They molded me into a woman who stands tall, rooted in her heritage, and determined to make a difference. My journey has taught me that my worth is not contingent on the validation of others. Rather, it lies in my authenticity, resilience, and the impact I have on the lives of those around me.
    Our Destiny Our Future Scholarship
    As a young and ambitious individual with a profound desire to make a positive impact on the world, I have found my calling in the field of business. My heart yearns to utilize the knowledge and skills acquired through a business major to uplift and empower others, and in doing so, create a ripple effect of positive change in the lives of countless individuals. Throughout my life, I have witnessed the struggles faced by communities, both near and far. Poverty, lack of access to education, and limited opportunities have left many individuals trapped in a cycle of despair. This reality has fueled my determination to pursue a business degree with the intent of harnessing its power to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those less fortunate. Education has always been the cornerstone of personal growth and societal progress. By obtaining a business degree, I envision the opportunity to bridge the gaps and create equal access to education for underprivileged children. I dream of establishing scholarship programs, mentoring initiatives, and educational support networks that can empower young minds to overcome obstacles and achieve their dreams. Empowerment through entrepreneurship is another driving force behind my desire to major in business. I am passionate about fostering a culture of innovation and equipping aspiring entrepreneurs with the resources and guidance they need to succeed. By providing mentorship, workshops, and access to capital, I hope to unleash a wave of creative ideas and solutions that address pressing social and environmental challenges. Environmental sustainability is an issue that weighs heavily on my heart. Recognizing the impact of human activities on the planet, I want to use my business knowledge to promote sustainable practices and encourage responsible corporate behavior. By working towards establishing eco-friendly supply chains and advocating for green initiatives, I believe businesses can become a force for good, actively contributing to the preservation of our beautiful planet. However, my journey toward making a positive impact is not without its challenges. Doubts and fears often threaten to cast shadows on my dreams. But with unwavering determination and an unshakeable belief in the power of empathy and compassion, I choose to persevere. Every step I take towards achieving my dreams is an affirmation of my commitment to bring about meaningful change. Undoubtedly, the path ahead will be filled with trials, yet I draw strength from the countless success stories of individuals who turned adversity into triumph. Their resilience inspires me to keep pushing forward, no matter the odds, with the knowledge that my efforts, no matter how small, can lead to profound transformations in the lives of others. In a world that sometimes feels overwhelmed by darkness and despair, I choose to be a beacon of hope. I choose to embrace the emotional connection that binds us all as human beings, acknowledging that the suffering of one is the suffering of all, and that uplifting even a single soul can reverberate through generations. It is my fervent hope that by majoring in business and utilizing my knowledge and skills to serve others, I can inspire a generation of change-makers who will carry forward the torch of compassion and empathy. As I embark on this transformative journey, I am reminded of the words of Helen Keller, "Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much." Let us stand united, bound by the thread of humanity, to create a brighter, more equitable world for all. And in that unity, we shall find the true essence of life: love, compassion, and the indomitable spirit to uplift one another.
    Dounya Discala Scholarship
    Throughout my academic journey, I faced numerous challenges, but none tested my tenacity more than constantly being overlooked and underestimated by my male classmates. From a young age, I was repeatedly subjected to the disheartening assumption that, as a woman, I was somehow less capable or intelligent. However, I refused to accept this flawed perception and instead channeled my frustration into a powerful motivation to prove my worth. The whispers, the patronizing glances, and the dismissive attitudes were all too familiar. Despite excelling in my studies and participating actively in class discussions, I was consistently brushed aside as if my ideas were inconsequential. One significant challenge that tested my resolve was a group project I had to undertake with three other boys. From the outset, they made it clear that they had no intention of involving me in any meaningful way. They viewed me as a potential liability who would only drag them down. My voice was silenced, and my potential contributions were carelessly ignored, creating an environment that left me feeling isolated and dejected. At first, I allowed their actions to impact my confidence and self-esteem. But as days turned into weeks, I realized that it was not my lack of intelligence that hindered me; it was their biased perceptions. I decided that enough was enough; I would not allow anyone to determine my value based on gender stereotypes. With renewed determination, I doubled down on my efforts, working ten times harder to show my capabilities. I sought help from my teachers, who recognized my potential and encouraged me to pursue my passion for academics. I dedicated countless hours to researching, preparing, and perfecting my part of the project, knowing that I had to prove not only to myself but also to my male classmates that I was capable of contributing significantly. As the project deadline approached, I was eager to demonstrate my worth. Despite my repeated attempts to engage in discussions, my male counterparts continued to shut me down and marginalize my ideas. The atmosphere became tense, and it felt like an uphill battle to be heard and respected. Finally, the day of the presentation arrived. I decided to confront the situation head-on. I confidently shared my portion of the project with unwavering determination, not seeking validation but aiming to challenge the misconceptions that plagued me throughout the project's duration. The moment I concluded my part, there was a shift in the room. My male teammates looked stunned, realizing that their assumptions about my abilities were flawed. In that instant, I felt a surge of triumph and vindication that no words can adequately describe. The journey was far from easy, but it was undoubtedly transformative. This experience taught me invaluable life lessons: to embrace my strength, defy stereotypes, and fight for recognition and respect. It helped me develop resilience in the face of adversity and taught me the true meaning of tenacity. Looking back, I can see that their prejudice and dismissive attitudes fueled the fire within me. Instead of succumbing to their expectations, I used those challenges as stepping stones toward personal growth and empowerment. I gained a newfound appreciation for my own capabilities and learned that my intelligence and worth are not determined by anyone else's biases. In a world that still grapples with prejudices and biases, I believe that our determination to challenge these norms is what will drive progress and bring about true equality. I have learned that perseverance and self-belief are the most potent tools to shatter glass ceilings and create a world where every individual is judged solely on their merit.
    Healing Self and Community Scholarship
    In the depths of my struggle with OCD, I found myself lost in a world where mental health was shunned like a forbidden secret, tangled in the web of Jamaican cultural taboos. My heart ached for support that my family couldn't offer due to their inability to comprehend the invisible chains that bound my mind. But I refused to let my pain dictate my destiny; I clung to a glimmer of hope. My dream is to establish a non-profit organization that bridges the gap between mental health services and financial accessibility. By partnering with therapists, counselors, and mental health professionals, I envision a platform where those in need can access affordable counseling, therapy, and resources tailored to their unique circumstances. This platform will not only address financial barriers but also promote inclusivity and destigmatize seeking help for mental health challenges. I envision a future where no one feels abandoned amidst their battles, where mental health is embraced with compassion and understanding. By establishing grassroots initiatives, community centers, and virtual platforms, I will cultivate spaces that provide mental health resources without the burden of financial constraints. Through my own struggles, I've learned that healing begins with acceptance and understanding. My journey has forged an unbreakable determination to empower others. Together, let us dare to break the chains of silence and stigma, lighting a path towards a brighter future - where mental health care is a right, not a privilege.
    PRIDE in Education Award
    Growing up as a bisexual woman in a conservative town was an emotional rollercoaster. I often felt like an outsider, afraid to fully express my identity, my truth. The weight of judgment and misunderstanding bore heavily on my heart. However, my experiences in this environment not only impacted me profoundly but also became the catalyst for my deep involvement in the LGBTQ+ community and my decision to major in business. At first, I struggled to find acceptance, trying to navigate the complexities of my identity silently. I yearned to be true to myself, but the fear of rejection kept me hidden behind a mask. It was through this internal struggle that I discovered the importance of finding like-minded individuals who could relate to my journey. The Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) at my high school was that haven I desperately needed. Joining the GSA became my refuge, a sanctuary where I could express my true self without judgment. In this community, I found understanding, empathy, and unconditional love. My fellow members were my friends, my allies, my chosen family. We supported each other through the highs and lows, empowering one another to embrace our identities with pride. As I became more involved in the club, I realized that I could contribute more than just my presence. Becoming the president of the GSA was both a privilege and a responsibility that I embraced wholeheartedly. It was time to create a ripple of change in the conservative currents of our town. Our GSA started organizing awareness campaigns, workshops, and events to foster understanding and acceptance within the school and the wider community. We hosted educational sessions to debunk myths and stereotypes, aiming to build bridges of empathy between LGBTQ+ individuals and their allies. The transformation was gradual but powerful. Our once closed-minded town began to open its heart and mind to the beautiful diversity that had been there all along. People began to listen and understand. Hate was replaced with compassion, and fear with acceptance. Our GSA became a symbol of hope, an emblem of change. And through this journey of advocacy, I found my purpose. Choosing a business major was not an arbitrary decision. I recognized that empowering the LGBTQ+ community required more than just passion; it demanded strategic planning, effective communication, and financial resources. As a business major, I equip myself with the tools to create sustainable initiatives that will uplift the LGBTQ+ community and empower them to thrive. Through my studies, I will gain invaluable knowledge about marketing, management, and entrepreneurship. I envision using this knowledge to launch LGBTQ+-friendly businesses, support LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs, and advocate for workplace inclusivity. By working with organizations and corporations, I plan to create diversity and inclusion programs, fostering a culture of acceptance and respect. Moreover, I intend to use my business acumen to amplify the voices of the LGBTQ+ community. I aspire to be a bridge between grassroots organizations and potential donors, securing funding and resources to support vital LGBTQ+ initiatives. Whether through sponsorships, grants, or partnerships, I will strive to create a sustainable framework that uplifts and empowers the LGBTQ+ community. I believe that together, we can create a society where love transcends labels, where diversity is celebrated, and where every individual can be their authentic selves without fear. In the end, my path has been one of self-discovery, resilience, and unwavering hope. I stand proudly as a bisexual woman, a leader, and an ally to the LGBTQ+ community. Together, let us light up the world with the colors of love and acceptance, leaving behind a legacy of progress, understanding, and unity.
    Ethel Hayes Destigmatization of Mental Health Scholarship
    In the labyrinth of my mind, a tempest raged—an unyielding struggle with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) that molded my perception of life and profoundly influenced my goals, relationships, and understanding of the world. The battle against intrusive thoughts and crippling anxieties weighed heavily on my soul, and my journey toward self-acceptance was compounded by the indifference of my parents, who dismissed my mental struggles as mere sensitivity. Yet, through the darkness, I discovered an inner strength that ultimately empowered me to rise above my challenges and find hope amid the storm within. OCD, an unwelcome guest in the fortress of my mind, wielded its power through intrusive thoughts that relentlessly plagued me. My life became a series of rituals, meticulously performed to quell the overwhelming anxiety these thoughts stirred within. I craved control, but the harder I fought, the more it seemed like an unreachable mirage. Friends and peers couldn't comprehend the turmoil within me, and I feared that opening up would only lead to judgment and isolation. When I gathered the courage to approach my parents, seeking solace and understanding, their response was not what I had hoped for. Instead of empathy, they dismissed my struggles as mere sensitivity, deeming my condition as trivial. My heart sank, and I felt like a boat adrift in a vast ocean, with no lighthouse to guide me through the storm. Their lack of understanding further isolated me, exacerbating my feelings of inadequacy and loneliness. Unsure of whom to confide in, I withdrew into the shadows, masking my internal battle with a smile. My silent cries for help echoed within the hollow chambers of my soul, desperately yearning for someone to hear and comprehend my pain. The facade I wore in front of others became a source of exhaustion, draining the life from within me. I yearned for a hand to hold, for someone to understand that my struggles were real, valid, and deserving of empathy. Amid the abyss of despair, a glimmer of hope emerged when I stumbled upon online support groups for individuals battling OCD. There, I found solace in the stories of people who had navigated similar storms and emerged stronger. Through the raw honesty of their shared experiences, I realized that I was not alone, and my feelings were not inconsequential. This newfound community became my sanctuary, a place where vulnerability was celebrated, and empathy was abundant. With newfound courage, I decided to confront the silence and stigma surrounding mental health by sharing my journey with those closest to me. I bared my soul, shattering the illusion of normalcy I had meticulously crafted. To my surprise, some embraced my vulnerability, and their support became the wind beneath my wings, propelling me forward. Slowly, the weight of shame and isolation began to lift, making way for self-acceptance. As I embarked on a journey of self-discovery and healing, I began to cultivate empathy and understanding for those around me. My struggles with OCD became a lens through which I could perceive the hidden battles others fought. Empathy became the bridge that connected us, eroding the barriers that once separated us. My struggle with OCD redefined my life's goals. Instead of being driven solely by external achievements, I sought to make a meaningful impact on the lives of others. Armed with a newfound understanding of mental health, I aspired to break down the walls of stigma, advocate for mental health awareness, and foster a compassionate society where everyone's struggles were met with understanding. My journey also transformed my relationships, as I became more open and understanding of the struggles my loved ones faced. I realized that by being vulnerable and compassionate, I could foster stronger connections, bound by shared experiences rather than isolated by them. My experiences with OCD taught me the value of patience, kindness, and empathy in building meaningful relationships. The tempest within me still rages, but it no longer defines me. My journey with OCD has been one of darkness and despair but also of resilience and growth. Through the storms, I discovered the power of vulnerability, empathy, and self-acceptance. I learned that even in the depths of despair, hope can be found, and strength can be forged.
    Priscilla Shireen Luke Scholarship
    As I stand amidst the clattering pots and aromatic spices of Meals by Grace, I can't help but reflect on my journey to this kitchen. Growing up in a low-income family, I witnessed firsthand the struggles and hardships that many faced in our community. It was those experiences that stirred a desire within me to give back, and that's how I found myself volunteering at Meals by Grace. As the Kitchen Lead, I've been able to make a tangible difference in the lives of those we serve. However, my aspirations to positively impact the world extend far beyond these walls. At Meals by Grace, I currently give back by orchestrating the preparation and distribution of nutritious meals to families in need. The appreciation and gratitude in the eyes of those we serve remind me of the struggles my own family endured. The warmth of a hot meal is more than just sustenance; it is a symbol of hope and compassion. Additionally, I actively engage with volunteers, encouraging them to foster meaningful connections with the community members we serve. Through this experience, I have realized that a small act of kindness can have an immeasurable impact on someone's life. As a business major, I believe I have the unique opportunity to leverage my skills and knowledge to develop impactful programs for low-income communities in the future. I envision creating initiatives that go beyond providing immediate relief and focus on offering sustainable solutions, empowering individuals to uplift themselves and their families. My goal is to foster a sense of community among recipients, encouraging them to support each other and break the cycle of poverty. To achieve this vision, I plan to collaborate with local nonprofits, governmental agencies, and private businesses to develop comprehensive programs that address the multifaceted challenges faced by low-income communities. I will leverage my business acumen to secure funding and resources, ensuring the initiatives are well-supported and have a lasting impact. Additionally, I aim to forge partnerships with culinary schools and restaurants to provide training and employment opportunities for those seeking to enhance their culinary skills and build a career in the food industry. As a leader, I understand the importance of financial stability in sustaining and expanding projects. Through grant applications, fundraising events, and social media campaigns, I will mobilize resources to support our initiatives and ensure their long-term viability. Furthermore, I intend to utilize technology and data analytics to identify the specific needs of each community and tailor programs accordingly. By collecting and analyzing data, we can continuously assess the effectiveness of our initiatives and make data-driven improvements to create a positive, lasting impact. I recognize that no endeavor is without its challenges. Yet, it is the resilience and determination instilled in me during my upbringing that will drive me forward. I understand that setbacks are opportunities for growth, and I will approach each obstacle with unwavering perseverance.
    Adam Montes Pride Scholarship
    As I reflect on my journey growing up as a black, bisexual woman in a conservative town, I cannot help but recognize the challenges that shaped me into the resilient individual I am today. Navigating the intersectionality of my identity amidst racial and homophobic slurs and facing prejudice has been a profound test of strength and perseverance. Nevertheless, I found solace and empowerment through my role as the president of my high school's Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), standing at the forefront of change and acceptance. From a young age, I became aware of the world's complexities, discovering that prejudice can manifest in various ways. The first time I encountered racism and homophobia was in elementary school. Racial slurs and derogatory terms were hurled at me, striking deep wounds that lingered for years. Similarly, the realization of my bisexuality exposed me to hateful comments and alienation, even from some who should have been my allies. These experiences left me feeling isolated and vulnerable, but they also ignited a fierce determination to combat ignorance and discrimination. In a conservative town, where conformity seemed paramount, embracing my authentic self was an act of rebellion. My journey was marked by resilience and the unwavering support of a few understanding friends and mentors. They reminded me that my identity was not a flaw but a unique aspect of my being. With their encouragement, I decided to channel my struggles into advocacy and empowerment. Becoming the president of our high school's GSA was a turning point in my life. It became a platform where I could not only educate my peers about the LGBTQ+ community but also create a safe space for individuals to embrace their identities without fear of judgment. Our GSA worked tirelessly to organize awareness campaigns, workshops, and events that celebrated diversity and fostered inclusion. Though met with resistance from some, the bonds formed within our community grew stronger. Amidst the struggle, I learned an invaluable lesson: understanding and empathy can dismantle even the staunchest walls of prejudice. Engaging in meaningful conversations with those who initially dismissed our cause, I witnessed hearts and minds changing as stereotypes were challenged. Each step towards acceptance fueled my resolve, proving that education and compassion are potent tools against bigotry. Yet, even in the face of progress, the scars from the past still haunt me. The hurtful words and discriminatory actions left lasting imprints on my heart. But rather than letting these experiences define me negatively, I have used them as a source of motivation to advocate for change. They have fueled my desire to create a more inclusive and compassionate society where diversity is celebrated and bigotry is dismantled. The journey has not been easy, and moments of despair have tested my determination. Nevertheless, the strength I found within myself and the support of my community helped me push through the darkest times. These experiences fortified my commitment to pursue a future where diversity is celebrated, and inclusivity is the norm. Looking forward, I aspire to continue advocating for marginalized communities, amplifying their voices and experiences. I dream of a society where no one is constrained by fear, prejudice, or discrimination—a society where every individual, regardless of race, sexual orientation, or gender identity, is embraced for who they are.
    Elizabeth Schalk Memorial Scholarship
    In the depths of my mind, a relentless tempest has raged since childhood, stirring a storm of obsessions and compulsions that seek to govern my every move. This unwelcome companion, known as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, has been an unyielding adversary, dictating the course of my life for as long as I can remember. From the earliest years of my existence, I found myself ensnared in a labyrinth of thoughts and rituals, forever trying to escape its clutches. OCD is a silent affliction, an invisible enemy that engulfs the soul like an insidious fog, making it challenging for those unaffected to comprehend its true nature. At first, I believed these irrational thoughts were merely fleeting whims of imagination, inconsequential and harmless. However, as time passed, these thoughts grew into a cacophony of fear and doubt, infiltrating every aspect of my daily life. Scary intrusive thoughts have been the crux of my struggle, haunting my waking hours like malevolent specters. Unbidden, they would creep into my consciousness, whispering taunts that questioned my very sanity. The fear of causing harm to my loved ones, the terror of catastrophic events unfolding as a consequence of my actions, and the irrational desire to protect everyone from harm's way became my constant companions. In the realm of my OCD, logic is a distant concept, an echo that falls upon deaf ears. I know the irrationality of my thoughts, and yet, I am shackled by the compulsion to indulge them. A cruel paradox emerges as I attempt to vanquish these haunting apparitions through rituals that offer only fleeting solace. The rituals themselves hold no power against the intrusive thoughts, but they provide a facade of control, however temporary it may be. This battle within has left me emotionally battered and exhausted, searching for refuge from my own mind. There are days when hope flickers like a dying candle, and I find myself consumed by despair, wondering if I will ever break free from the clutches of this torment. But amidst the darkness, I have discovered resilience. I have learned to confront the beast head-on, armed with knowledge and therapy as my allies. Therapy became my sanctuary, a safe space to unravel the tangled threads of my thoughts and emotions. The compassion and guidance of skilled professionals have provided a glimmer of light in the shadows, empowering me to challenge my compulsions and rewrite the narrative of my life. I have come to realize that my worth is not determined by the cruel whims of OCD. Instead, it lies in the strength I muster to persevere through the darkest moments. My struggle with OCD has forged a steely resolve within me, and I have begun to perceive the world through a different lens. Every day is a battle, a battle for my sanity and sense of self. But in this struggle, I find a hidden blessing - empathy. Having navigated the treacherous waters of mental illness, I am acutely attuned to the struggles of others, and I strive to be a source of support and understanding for those fighting their own demons. As I continue my journey, I have come to see that there is beauty in vulnerability, strength in seeking help, and hope in sharing one's story. We are not defined by our mental illnesses, but rather by our determination to rise above them. In the end, perhaps the labyrinth within is not a curse, but a pathway to profound self-discovery. Through the dark caverns of OCD, I am learning to unearth the facets of my being, embracing both the light and the shadows that shape me.
    Ahmadi Family Scholarship
    In the corridors of life, I have traversed a winding path, a path strewn with obstacles and hardships, yet each challenge, met head-on, has forged a determination within me. As the child of Jamaican immigrants, my parents' struggle to find work in a foreign land became the crucible of my strength, while the struggle to reconcile the world of English words with the comfort of Jamaican Patois kindled my thirst for knowledge. Growing up in a low-income household, the shackles of financial scarcity could have constrained my dreams, but instead, they instilled in me a relentless drive to transcend adversity. Witnessing my parents' tireless efforts to make ends meet, I learned the value of resilience and perseverance. Their unwavering spirit etched itself deep within my heart, inspiring me to seize every opportunity with unwavering determination. Being in a family where education was viewed as a luxury, I was determined to break the cycle of limited expectations. However, my journey was beset with linguistic challenges. At home, the sweet cadence of Jamaican Patois filled the air, a dialect that resonated with love and familiarity. Yet, as I stepped into the English-speaking world of academia, I encountered words that danced beyond my understanding. It felt as if I was an explorer, navigating a vast linguistic terrain, armed only with my desire to learn and excel. In those early years, a dictionary became my closest companion, as I delved into its pages to unravel the mysteries of the English language. I stumbled over complex words and quotes, grappling with their meanings, but I was undeterred. For I knew that knowledge would be the key to unlock doors that had been firmly shut before me. The challenges I faced at home and school only deepened my hunger for knowledge and my pursuit of excellence. Despite the lack of resources, I sought out every opportunity for intellectual growth. I spent countless nights poring over books under dim candlelight, my determination flickering as an unyielding flame. My parents' struggles and my own linguistic barriers taught me the importance of perseverance in the face of adversity. In this journey of self-discovery and academic pursuit, I have encountered people who believed in me, teachers who saw beyond my circumstances, and mentors who nurtured my potential. Their support has been the bedrock of my progress, helping me navigate through rough waters with renewed vigor. Yet, my aspirations are not limited to personal growth alone. This scholarship would serve as a beacon of hope, illuminating the path to my dreams and ambitions. It would alleviate the financial burden that has weighed heavily on my family for years, allowing me to focus solely on my studies and extracurricular activities. With this support, I would be able to invest in educational resources, attend enrichment programs, and engage in internships that would further enrich my academic journey. Moreover, this scholarship would offer me the means to become an agent of change, to extend a hand to those who, like me, face barriers to education. I aspire to create a positive impact within my community by establishing mentorship programs, where I can pass on the torch of knowledge and empower others to overcome their own challenges. The challenges I have faced have molded me into a tenacious individual, unyielding in the pursuit of my dreams. This scholarship would be a transformative gift, not only for me but for the community I am determined to uplift. With your support, I will continue my journey to academic success and, in turn, inspire others to rise above their circumstances and unlock their full potential.
    Barbie Dream House Scholarship
    Welcome to the whimsical world of my extraordinary Barbie Dreamhouse! Nestled in a fantastical land called Rainbow Valley, my dream house is a true haven of enchantment. Picture a place where sparkling unicorns roam free, fairies flit about, and every day is a magical adventure. Perched atop a cotton candy-colored cloud, my Barbie Dreamhouse overlooks a breathtaking landscape. The exterior is a mesmerizing blend of vibrant colors and intricate architecture. The house itself is made entirely of candy - walls of glistening chocolate, licorice railings, and gumdrop accents. The roof is adorned with a rainbow of lollipops, each one a different flavor, and it shines like a beacon of sugary delight. The landscaping is a whimsical mix of candy cane trees, marshmallow bushes, and a chocolate river flowing through the front yard. A gingerbread path leads visitors to the front door, which is a magical portal that transforms into a rainbow when touched. Stepping inside, you're greeted by an explosion of color and wonder. The foyer is adorned with a shimmering crystal chandelier that casts rainbows all around. The floors are made of sparkling pink marble, and the walls are adorned with murals depicting scenes of fantasy and adventure. The centerpiece of the living room is a majestic unicorn-shaped sofa, complete with fluffy clouds for cushions. A magical fireplace crackles with rainbow-hued flames, and a library filled with books that come to life with every turn of the page sits in one corner. Next, we venture into the kitchen, a place where culinary dreams come true. The countertops are made of swirling candy patterns, and the appliances are adorned with colorful icing designs. A life-size gingerbread chef statue stands proudly by the stove, ready to assist with any cooking endeavors. The pantry is stocked with endless jars of sprinkles, chocolate chips, and other delectable treats. With a touch of a button, the fridge transforms into a magical portal to a tropical island, offering fresh fruits and vibrant smoothies whenever desired. No dream house would be complete without a dazzling walk-in closet, and mine is no exception. As you enter, the walls shimmer with sequins and glitter, and rows of couture gowns in every color of the rainbow line the racks. Shoes sparkle like diamonds, and accessories are displayed like works of art. With a touch of a button, the closet transforms into a fashion runway, complete with flashing lights and a cheering audience of animated stuffed animals. But perhaps the most enchanting feature of my Barbie Dreamhouse is the rooftop garden. Accessible through a spiral staircase adorned with blooming flowers, this oasis in the sky offers panoramic views of Rainbow Valley. The garden is a symphony of colors and scents, with rainbow-hued flowers, crystal-clear waterfalls, and a magical fountain that grants wishes. Here, one can relax on plush pillows and swing on flower-shaped hammocks, surrounded by fluttering butterflies and the soothing melodies of singing birds. In this whimsical world of candy-coated dreams and magical adventures, my Barbie Dreamhouse becomes a portal to imagination and endless joy. It's a place where laughter and giggles fill the air, where dreams come alive, and where the ordinary becomes extraordinary. So come and join me in this fantastical haven, where every day is a delightful and enchanting experience that brings out the childlike wonder in all who visit.
    Elijah's Helping Hand Scholarship Award
    As I sit here, struggling to find the right words, I can't help but feel the weight of my experiences bearing down on me. The intersection of mental health and sexuality has been a tumultuous journey, one that has left deep scars on my soul. My battle with OCD has been particularly harrowing, a constant companion that infiltrates my thoughts and distorts my perception of reality. Intrusive thoughts, those relentless invaders of my mind, have haunted me relentlessly. They creep in, uninvited, and seize control of my consciousness. No matter how hard I try to push them away, they cling to me like a suffocating shadow. They manifest as a never-ending reel of disturbing scenarios, grotesque images, and irrational fears that claw at the corners of my sanity. For years, I lived in a state of constant anxiety, imprisoned by my own mind. Every decision became an arduous task, as doubt and uncertainty gnawed at my every move. I would obsessively check and recheck, fearing the dire consequences that my intrusive thoughts warned of. The world became a terrifying place, and even the simplest actions became unbearable challenges. But my struggles didn't end there. I found myself grappling with another facet of my identity, my bisexuality, in a conservative town that clung to traditional values. The fear of rejection and judgment consumed me, forcing me into a suffocating closet of secrecy. Every time I caught myself stealing glances at an attractive woman, my heart would sink with guilt, and shame would wash over me like a torrential storm. The conservative environment in which I found myself perpetuated a narrative of heteronormativity, rendering my existence invisible. The invisible girl, I became, hiding behind a facade to avoid the scrutiny of those who could never understand. The fear of being labeled an outsider plagued my every step. I yearned for acceptance, for the freedom to be authentically myself, but the walls of conservatism loomed high and impenetrable. The isolation was excruciating. I felt like an alien in my own hometown, surrounded by people who couldn't comprehend the pain that throbbed within me. Each passing day chipped away at my spirit, leaving behind a hollow shell, devoid of joy and hope. I craved connection, a sense of belonging, but the fear of rejection had become an impenetrable fortress around my heart. Yet, amid the darkness, I discovered glimmers of resilience within me. Through therapy and self-reflection, I began to challenge the narratives that had bound me for so long. I sought solace in the words of others who had walked similar paths, finding comfort in their stories of triumph and resilience. I realized that my struggles did not define me; they were simply threads woven into the tapestry of my being. Today, I am on a journey of self-acceptance and self-love. I have learned to cultivate compassion for myself, to embrace the complexities of my identity, and to find strength in vulnerability. Each day, I fight against the shackles of OCD, armed with a newfound determination to reclaim my mind. And though the conservative town I call home may not fully embrace me, I refuse to let their judgment extinguish my spirit. I am a survivor, a warrior battling against the tides of stigma and shame. My experiences have shaped me, molded me into someone with a deep reservoir of empathy and understanding. And as I continue to navigate the intricate dance of mental health and bisexuality, I am reminded of the immense power of resilience, the strength that lies within each of us to rise above our circumstances and reclaim our voices.
    Harry Potter and the Sorting Hat Scholarship
    As the grand doors of Hogwarts creak open, and I embark on my journey as a rising college freshman, I can't help but wonder, which House would the Sorting Hat choose for me? Would it be Gryffindor, the house of the bold and brave? Perhaps Ravenclaw, where the witty and wise reside? Maybe Hufflepuff, home to those who cherish loyalty and hard work? Or, perchance, Slytherin, where ambition and cunning shine bright? But alas, the Sorting Hat perches upon my head, delving into the depths of my soul. It encounters a symphony of quirks and kind-heartedness, a melody that reverberates through the halls of Hogwarts. In its wisdom, the Sorting Hat pronounces, "Hufflepuff!" Hufflepuff, the land of nurturing souls, where kindness takes root and blossoms like a sunflower in the warm summer sun. This house celebrates the quirky and fun-loving spirits, a perfect fit for the essence that dwells within me. You see, I may not possess the daring bravery of a Gryffindor, the encyclopedic knowledge of a Ravenclaw, or the sly wit of a Slytherin, but I am the embodiment of a Hufflepuff heart. Verse 3: A Symphony of Fun and Nurturing I am the jester in the great hall, the one who fills the air with laughter and joy. With every witty quip and comical gesture, I lift the spirits of those around me. Life is a grand comedy, and I play my part to ensure that everyone has a smile on their face. Hufflepuff is where my humor finds its home, nurturing the spirits of my fellow housemates and reminding them to find delight in every magical moment. Kindness flows through my veins like the warmth of a cozy fireplace on a winter's eve. In Hufflepuff, I am enveloped by a family that believes in compassion and empathy. I am the one who listens, who offers a comforting shoulder when tears fall like raindrops. Hufflepuff is the realm where my nurturing nature thrives, cultivating a garden of friendships and tending to the hearts of others. Within my Hufflepuff heart, a tapestry of unique qualities unfolds. I am fiercely loyal, standing by my friends through the darkest of times. I am diligent and hardworking, striving to make a difference in the world, even if it's a small one. I embrace diversity, cherishing the differences that make each person special. And most importantly, I love unconditionally, for love is the most powerful magic that exists. So, as I enter the hallowed halls of Hogwarts as a rising college freshman, I wear my Hufflepuff badge with pride. I am a symphony of quirks and kindness, a melody that dances in perfect harmony. The Sorting Hat has chosen wisely, for Hufflepuff is the house where I truly belong. Together, we shall write a new chapter, where fun, nurturing, and kindness illuminate the path ahead. And so, the curtain rises on this whimsical journey, as I venture forth with my fellow Hufflepuffs by my side. In our hands, we hold the power to spread laughter, nurture hearts, and make the world a brighter place. With every step, we shall compose a symphony of love and compassion, turning Hogwarts into a haven of joy. Hufflepuff, my home, my sanctuary, I am ready to embrace the adventure that lies ahead, guided by the spirit of fun, nurturing, and kind-heartedness. Together, we shall create a melody that will echo through the ages, reminding all who hear it that in the embrace of Hufflepuff, magic thrives.
    Barbara J. DeVaney Memorial Scholarship Fund
    In a world of contrasts and struggles, I, Madison, find solace in sharing my story. As a low-income African American woman, I have encountered numerous obstacles throughout my life's journey. However, with an unwavering determination and a burning desire to create a better life, I aspire to utilize the available resources to pursue higher education and major in business, thereby fostering personal growth, empowering my community, and inspiring positive change. From a young age, I witnessed the stark contrast between my own economic circumstances and the affluence that surrounded me. Living as one of the poorest children in a neighborhood of opulence exposed me to constant reminders of the disparities that exist in our society. While others had access to private tutors, extracurricular activities, and lavish vacations, my family struggled to make ends meet. These experiences served as a constant reminder of the obstacles I faced, but they also instilled in me a resolute determination to transcend the limitations imposed by my circumstances. Education has been the cornerstone of my journey toward a better life. Despite the challenges and financial hardships, I have remained steadfast in my pursuit of knowledge. Education has not only provided me with valuable skills and knowledge but has also offered me an escape from the constraints of my environment. It has been my bridge to opportunity and empowerment. I have always been captivated by the world of business, and I have chosen to major in business to equip myself with the tools necessary to navigate the corporate landscape and create meaningful change. My journey has not been without its setbacks. I have encountered numerous obstacles along the way, from financial instability to the burden of societal expectations. However, I refuse to let these adversities define me. Instead, I draw strength from them, using each setback as an opportunity for growth and personal development. By channeling my resilience and determination, I have learned to navigate through hardships and emerge stronger on the other side. I have honed my ability to adapt and persevere, knowing that these qualities will be crucial in my quest for a better life. The financial burden that accompanies higher education can often deter individuals from pursuing their dreams. However, with the resources at my disposal, I intend to leverage scholarships, grants, and any financial assistance available to me to secure a solid foundation for my future. I am committed to maximizing these opportunities to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to not only elevate myself but also empower others who face similar challenges. By investing in my education, I aim to break free from the cycle of poverty and create a positive ripple effect within my community. In conclusion, my journey as a low-income Black woman has been marked by countless challenges, but it has also ignited within me an unyielding determination to create a better life. The weight of economic disparity, the transformative power of education, and my resilience in the face of adversity have shaped my perspective and aspirations. Armed with a business major and a passion for effecting change, I am prepared to use the resources available to me to forge a path to success. I am committed to breaking down barriers, shattering stereotypes, and inspiring others to rise above their circumstances. By investing in my education and empowering myself, I aim to create a ripple effect that will benefit not only my own life but also the lives of those around me. Through perseverance and a relentless
    DRIVE an IMPACT Today Scholarship
    The road to success is paved with countless obstacles, but I have always believed that one's background should never dictate their future. As a rising college freshman, I am a proud embodiment of DRIVE. In my journey, I have encountered challenges that have shaped me into an individual committed to breaking barriers and fostering inclusivity. From overcoming adversity as a low-income, bisexual, black woman, I have experienced firsthand the transformative power of DRIVE. Growing up in a low-income family, I witnessed the struggles that financial hardships imposed. However, I refused to let my circumstances define me. I eagerly seized every opportunity to excel academically, proving that my hunger for knowledge superseded any obstacles. I immersed myself in rigorous coursework, relentlessly pursuing academic excellence. By maintaining an unwavering focus on my goals, I earned scholarships and grants, which have paved the way for my higher education aspirations. Respect for diversity is the cornerstone of an inclusive society. As a member of my high school's Black Student Union and GSA, I championed the values of respect and acceptance. These organizations served as safe spaces where I could express my authentic self while fostering dialogue and understanding among students from different backgrounds. Through open discussions, we challenged stereotypes and dismantled misconceptions, fostering a culture of empathy and unity. I realized that true progress lies in embracing and valuing the uniqueness of every individual. Innovation drives progress and empowers individuals to effect change. Recognizing the transformative power of technology, I initiated a digital literacy program within my community. This program aimed to bridge the digital divide that hindered many low-income families from accessing vital resources and opportunities. Through hands-on workshops and personalized training, I empowered individuals to navigate the digital landscape with confidence, opening doors to previously uncharted territories. By leveraging technology as a catalyst for change, I witnessed firsthand how innovation can break down barriers and empower marginalized communities. Adaptability and versatility are essential qualities in a rapidly evolving world. In addition to my academic pursuits, I sought diverse experiences to broaden my horizons. As the kitchen lead at Meals by Grace, a local nonprofit organization, I embraced the opportunity to serve those in need. Leading a team of volunteers, I not only provided nourishment but also created an environment where compassion and empathy flourished. This role demanded adaptability, as I had to navigate various challenges, such as limited resources and time constraints. Through these experiences, I learned to thrive in diverse environments and develop innovative solutions to meet ever-changing needs. Striving for equality is a fundamental duty that transcends boundaries. I actively participated in initiatives aimed at fostering equality and social justice, both within and beyond my high school. By organizing awareness campaigns, hosting panel discussions, and engaging in community outreach, I contributed to the ongoing fight against discrimination and marginalization. I firmly believe that dismantling systemic barriers requires collective effort and an unwavering commitment to equality. Nurturing others is an integral part of my identity. As the kitchen lead at Meals by Grace, I not only provided nourishment but also created an atmosphere of support and care. I recognized that a warm meal has the power to uplift spirits and nourish the soul. In leading my team, I fostered an environment of trust, empowering each member to contribute their unique talents. Witnessing the impact of our collective efforts on the lives of individuals and families in need further fueled my passion for nurturing others. I am determined to leverage this opportunity to continue breaking down barriers, fostering inclusivity, and inspiring positive change in my college community and beyond.
    Dr. Alexanderia K. Lane Memorial Scholarship
    In a world often driven by self-interest and personal gains, it is imperative to recognize the profound importance of helping others. From the simplest acts of kindness to more substantial philanthropic endeavors, extending a helping hand transcends the boundaries of mere altruism. It instills a sense of interconnectedness, cultivates empathy, and fuels a virtuous cycle of compassion that has the power to transform individuals and communities. This essay explores the multifaceted significance of assisting others, highlighting the deep-rooted impact it has on society, personal growth, and our collective humanity. At the core of our existence lies an innate desire for connection and belonging. Helping others provides an avenue for forging meaningful relationships, fostering social cohesion, and bridging the gaps that divide us. By reaching out to lend support, we create bonds that transcend superficial differences, erode prejudice, and foster a shared sense of purpose. This interconnectedness, in turn, engenders a more harmonious and compassionate society, empowering individuals to unite and tackle common challenges. Empathy, the ability to understand and share the feelings of others, is a cornerstone of human relationships. By engaging in acts of service, we sharpen our empathetic capacities, recognizing the struggles, triumphs, and vulnerabilities of those around us. Such heightened empathy not only fosters deeper connections but also nurtures a culture of understanding and tolerance. Through helping others, we broaden our perspectives, challenge our biases, and develop a profound appreciation for the diverse tapestry of human experiences. Paradoxically, the act of helping others often yields immense personal growth and fulfillment. By stepping outside our comfort zones and extending a helping hand, we confront our own limitations, biases, and preconceived notions. We discover hidden strengths, develop resilience, and cultivate a heightened sense of self-awareness. The challenges we encounter while assisting others propel us toward personal development, transforming us into more compassionate, empathetic, and resilient individuals. One act of kindness possesses the potential to unleash a cascading chain of positive outcomes. The effects of helping others extend far beyond the immediate recipient, rippling through communities and inspiring others to follow suit. A simple act of generosity can ignite a spark within someone else, prompting them to pay it forward. The collective impact of these individual actions creates a powerful force that can catalyze transformation on a grand scale. By embracing our capacity to help others, we become catalysts for change, igniting a domino effect of kindness that reverberates through society. In an era marked by unprecedented technological advancements, it is crucial not to lose sight of our shared humanity. Amidst the complexities and challenges of modern life, helping others reaffirms our inherent interconnectedness, reminding us that we are all part of a larger tapestry. It enables us to transcend our self-interests and align our actions with a higher purpose, creating a world where compassion, empathy, and generosity become the pillars upon which we build our future. The importance of helping others cannot be overstated. It lies at the very core of what it means to be human, forging connections, cultivating empathy, and fostering personal growth. The act of extending a helping hand transcends mere altruism, leaving an indelible mark on society, igniting a virtuous cycle of compassion, and upholding our collective humanity. As Dr. Alexanderia K. Lane exemplified through her tireless dedication to assisting others, let us recognize the profound significance of helping others and embrace the transformative power it holds. Together, we can shape a world where empathy, compassion, and kindness prevail, leaving an enduring legacy that inspires generations to come.
    VNutrition & Wellness’ Annual LGBTQ+ Vitality Scholarship
    In an era marked by progress, I envision my education as a powerful catalyst for positive societal change. As a rising college freshman with a profound passion for business, I see endless possibilities to utilize my knowledge and skills to foster inclusivity and advocate for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. By understanding the intricate dynamics of the business world and harnessing its potential, I aim to make a lasting impact that extends far beyond profit margins and balance sheets. Business, often viewed as a realm dominated by profit-driven motives, possesses untapped potential to serve as a vehicle for social transformation. It is within this space that I plan to channel my education to initiate meaningful change. By embracing a holistic perspective that integrates ethics, sustainability, and inclusivity into business practices, I believe in harnessing its capacity to address social disparities and bridge the gaps within our society. In my pursuit of a business education, I aim to challenge the traditional workplace environment by championing diversity, equity, and inclusion. Recognizing that the LGBTQ+ community often faces prejudice and discrimination in professional settings, I aspire to establish a workplace culture that celebrates individuality and provides equal opportunities for all. Through my studies, I will explore innovative HR practices that promote diversity, create inclusive policies, and foster a safe and accepting atmosphere for employees regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation. Entrepreneurship offers a realm of possibilities for individuals seeking to shape their destinies and effect change. By majoring in business, I aspire to empower LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs and support the growth of businesses that cater to the unique needs of our community. Through strategic mentoring programs, financial literacy initiatives, and access to resources, I plan to contribute to the development of a vibrant LGBTQ+-owned business ecosystem that not only thrives but also amplifies our collective voice. Businesses have an inherent responsibility to give back to society and address pressing social issues. Armed with a business education, I intend to leverage my influence to encourage corporations to embrace corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives that champion LGBTQ+ causes. By advocating for inclusive policies, supporting community organizations, and utilizing corporate resources to create positive change, I will strive to inspire a new wave of socially conscious business leaders who understand the importance of uplifting marginalized communities. The impact of business extends beyond the confines of corporate boardrooms; it permeates societal norms and influences public perception. Through my education, I aim to challenge stereotypes, reshape narratives, and foster a more accepting society. By actively engaging in public discourse, supporting LGBTQ+ advocacy groups, and collaborating with policymakers, I will strive to influence legislation that safeguards the rights and well-being of the LGBTQ+ community. Moreover, I will utilize my business acumen to create educational campaigns that promote empathy, dispel stereotypes, and cultivate a culture of acceptance. I am committed to harnessing the power of business to effect positive change within society and champion the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. By cultivating an inclusive workforce, empowering LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs, advocating for corporate social responsibility, and shaping public perception, I aim to create a future where equality, diversity, and acceptance thrive. Armed with a business education, I am driven to contribute to a society where every individual, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, can lead a fulfilling and empowered life. Together, we can forge a path towards a more inclusive and equitable world.
    Scholarship Institute’s Annual Women’s Leadership Scholarship
    Throughout my high school years, I have had the privilege of engaging in leadership roles that have sculpted my character, honed my skills, and illuminated my path. As the President of my high school's Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter and Vice President of the Political Discussion Club, I have experienced the transformative power of leadership firsthand, leading me to envision a future where I can orchestrate positive change and inspire others. The first movement of my leadership symphony began with assuming the mantle of President of my school's FBLA. This role served as an essential catalyst, enabling me to foster my passion for business and mentor fellow students. Leading a team of aspiring entrepreneurs and professionals taught me the importance of vision, collaboration, and adaptability. Through organizing events, coordinating workshops, and competing in regional conferences, I learned to navigate the intricacies of managing diverse personalities while steering towards a common goal. I discovered that effective leadership requires an ability to listen, understand, and inspire, allowing me to cultivate an environment where ideas flourished and ambition soared. The second movement ushered in a different tempo as I assumed the role of Vice President of my high school's Political Discussion Club. This experience enabled me to delve into the realm of politics and gain insight into the power of dialogue and understanding. Guiding debates, facilitating conversations, and promoting empathy amidst diverse perspectives strengthened my communication skills and broadened my horizons. The club became a crucible for critical thinking, fostering an environment where intellectual growth was nurtured, and personal biases were challenged. As I engaged with fellow students, I discovered the importance of diplomacy, empathy, and respectful discourse, realizing that leadership transcends personal ideologies and seeks the common good. As the intermission weaves between movements, I reflect upon the profound impact these leadership experiences have had on me. They have fostered resilience, sharpened my analytical acumen, and deepened my sense of responsibility towards others. These roles have not only strengthened my understanding of business and politics but have also forged my character, fortifying my resolve to lead with integrity and compassion. As I peer into the future, I envision a harmonious symphony, where my leadership skills will manifest in meaningful ways. Guided by my passion for business and the desire to effect positive change, I aspire to become an agent of transformation. With a solid foundation in business acumen, I seek to explore innovative solutions to complex problems, creating sustainable business models that prioritize social responsibility and ethical practices. I aim to build bridges between diverse communities, forging strategic partnerships that drive economic growth while uplifting marginalized voices. Through my leadership, I aspire to empower individuals, nurturing their potential and fostering an environment where creativity thrives. As my essay nears its conclusion, the echoes of my leadership journey resonate deeply within me. I have learned that leadership transcends titles and positions—it is an embodiment of values and actions. My experiences in FBLA and the Political Discussion Club have imparted valuable lessons: the importance of vision, the power of effective communication, and the significance of empathy. Armed with these insights, I stand poised to embrace the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. In the grand symphony of life, leadership serves as the conductor, harmonizing the talents and aspirations of individuals towards a collective crescendo. As a rising college freshman, I stand ready to embrace the new melodies that await me, confident that my passion for business and my commitment to leadership will guide me toward a symphony of purpose and impact.
    Strong Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship
    As a rising college freshman, I stand at the threshold of a new chapter in my life—one that is filled with opportunities for growth, learning, and personal development. In this essay, I intend to explore the essence of leadership from a first-person perspective, delving into the intricate aspects that contribute to my understanding of what it means to be a leader. By examining my experiences, values, and aspirations, I hope to engage the reader in a profound exploration of leadership. Every journey has its origin, and my path toward leadership began with self-reflection. True leadership stems from a deep understanding of oneself, including strengths, weaknesses, and passions. By immersing myself in introspection, I discovered my innate abilities and the unique qualities that set me apart. This process of self-discovery fostered the foundation of my leadership journey. Leadership transcends mere guidance; it necessitates the cultivation of a compelling vision and purpose. To be a leader, I must possess a clear understanding of my goals, a vision that inspires and motivates others. By envisioning a future that transcends the status quo, I can ignite the flames of ambition in both myself and those around me. Through effective communication and passionate storytelling, I can articulate this vision and create a shared sense of purpose. At the core of leadership lies empathy and emotional intelligence, for it is the ability to understand and connect with others that truly distinguishes a leader. By actively listening, observing, and seeking to comprehend the perspectives of others, I can cultivate an empathetic mindset. This enables me to foster inclusive environments, build strong relationships, and harness the collective power of diverse voices. True leadership is tested in times of adversity, where resilience emerges as an indispensable quality. Through my experiences, I have encountered obstacles that have challenged my resolve, but it is through these struggles that I have grown the most. By embracing failure as an opportunity for growth, I can inspire others to persevere and find strength amidst adversity. A resilient leader instills hope, encourages innovation, and empowers others to overcome obstacles. Leadership is not about solitary achievement; it thrives in collaborative endeavors. As a leader, I recognize the value of harnessing the collective wisdom and skills of a team. By fostering a collaborative mindset, I can create an environment where diverse perspectives are valued, ideas are shared freely, and everyone feels empowered to contribute. I believe that by empowering others, I can unlock their full potential, thereby creating a dynamic and high-achieving collective. In conclusion, my understanding of leadership as a rising college freshman has evolved through self-reflection, the cultivation of vision and purpose, empathy, resilience, collaboration, and the empowerment of others. As I embark on this new phase of my life, I am committed to further honing these qualities and embracing the transformative power of leadership. I strive to inspire positive change, foster innovation, and leave a lasting impact on my community and the world at large. Through constant self-improvement, a steadfast commitment to my values, and a genuine desire to make a difference, I aspire to become a leader who can lead with purpose, empathy, and resilience.
    Liv For The Future Scholarship
    I stand amidst the chaotic symphony of sizzling pans, whirling spices, and clinking cutlery, donning my apron like a badge of honor. As the kitchen lead at Meals by Grace, I have come to embrace a role that extends far beyond chopping onions and stirring pots. In this bustling sanctuary, I have discovered the essence of true leadership, a fire that has molded me into the person I am today. From the moment I took on the responsibility of kitchen lead, the weight of expectation settled upon my shoulders. I found myself orchestrating a culinary ballet, ensuring each dish danced harmoniously on the taste buds of those we served. But leadership, I learned, transcends the boundaries of a mere title. It is an intangible force that requires compassion, empathy, and unwavering determination. Each day, I encountered diverse individuals, each with their own unique story etched across their faces. Some had known abundance, only to find themselves at the mercy of circumstance, while others had never experienced the warmth of a home-cooked meal. In their eyes, I witnessed a flickering flame of hope, and it became my duty to fan it into a blazing fire. As a kitchen lead, my role extended far beyond nourishing bodies; it was about nourishing souls. I harnessed the power of food, infusing every dish with love and care. I created an environment where everyone felt valued, where the sounds of laughter and camaraderie echoed off the kitchen walls. I embraced the art of listening, lending a sympathetic ear to stories of struggle and heartache. The kitchen became a refuge, a place where burdens were shared and lifted together. But it was not without challenges. The kitchen taught me resilience, for the heat of adversity threatened to scorch my spirit. There were moments when ingredients ran scarce, when time slipped through our fingers like grains of sand. Yet, I refused to let despair consume me. Instead, I tapped into the well of ingenuity, turning leftover scraps into hearty soups and humble ingredients into culinary masterpieces. I led by example, displaying an unwavering determination that ignited a fire within my team. This journey of leadership in the kitchen has shaped me as a person in profound ways. I have learned to be adaptable, improvising solutions in the face of adversity. I have discovered the transformative power of teamwork, witnessing the symphony of talents converging to create something greater than the sum of its parts. Most importantly, I have learned to lead with empathy, to understand that behind every face lies a unique story yearning to be heard. But perhaps the most profound lesson I have learned is that leadership is not confined to the walls of a kitchen; it is a beacon that guides us through the labyrinth of life. It is about igniting the flame within others, instilling a belief that they possess the power to transcend their circumstances. It is about fostering a sense of belonging and purpose, where everyone has a seat at the table. As I stand here, a graduating senior, my journey as the kitchen lead at Meals by Grace comes to a bittersweet end. Yet, the embers of leadership continue to burn brightly within me, fueling a passion that knows no bounds. In this journey, I have discovered that leadership is not a destination but a lifelong pursuit. And with every step I take, I will carry the spirit of the kitchen, nurturing the flame within myself and others, as we create a world that is nourished not only by food but by the transformative power of compassionate leadership.
    Disney Super Fan Scholarship
    There's something enchanting about the world of Disney, an intangible magic that captivates the hearts of people of all ages. For me, however, there is one particular marvel that holds an extraordinary place in my teenage soul—the Tower of Terror. This towering behemoth of exhilaration embodies the very essence of what I adore about Disney: its ability to transport us into another realm, where the ordinary becomes extraordinary and fears turn into thrill-seeking adventures. As I approach the ominous façade of the Tower of Terror, a shiver of anticipation runs down my spine. The grandeur of its architecture transports me to a bygone era, where elegance and mystery coexist. The dilapidated charm of the Hollywood Tower Hotel beckons me closer, whispering secrets and promising an unforgettable experience. I'm not just stepping into a ride; I'm stepping into a story—a story that unfolds with every flicker of light and haunting creak of the doors. The moment I step into the grand lobby of the hotel, I'm immediately enveloped in a realm frozen in time. The eerie ambiance casts an enchanting spell, as if I've stumbled upon a forgotten realm lost between the realms of the living and the dead. The intricate details—threadbare wallpaper, tarnished chandeliers, and dusty antiques—ignite my imagination, weaving a tale of a haunted past that awaits my arrival. Ascending the service elevator, my heart races with a mix of trepidation and thrill. Each floor passes with an air of suspense, building up the anticipation for what lies ahead. As the doors open on the dreaded 13th floor, a surge of adrenaline floods my veins. There's an inexplicable allure in facing our fears head-on, willingly diving into the unknown and surrendering ourselves to the unexpected twists and turns. And then it happens—the sudden plunge into darkness. The Tower of Terror casts me into a free fall, where time loses its grip and screams of delight intermingle with screams of fear. The weightlessness and uncertainty of each drop evoke a euphoric rush unlike any other. In that fleeting moment, I am liberated from the confines of reality, suspended between exhilaration and apprehension, embracing the thrill that makes my heart soar. But the Tower of Terror isn't just about the adrenaline rush; it's about the stories it tells and the emotions it evokes. It reminds me that life itself is a rollercoaster, filled with unexpected twists and turns, ups and downs. Through this ride, Disney teaches us to confront our fears, to embrace the unknown, and to find joy in the face of uncertainty. The Tower of Terror becomes a metaphor for life—a reminder that sometimes, the scariest moments can lead to the most thrilling and transformative experiences. In the realm of the Tower of Terror, I find solace and escape from the mundane realities of everyday life. It offers me a sanctuary where imagination reigns supreme, where dreams take flight and become tangible. Each visit to this supernatural abode leaves an indelible mark on my heart, fueling my passion for adventure and my insatiable thirst for the extraordinary. As a teenager, the Tower of Terror embodies my yearning for exploration and my fascination with the unknown. It represents the essence of Disney's enchantment—the power to transport us to another world, where our wildest dreams come alive and the impossible becomes possible. In the Tower of Terror, I discover my own strength, embrace the thrill of the unexpected, and find the courage to face the ghosts that haunt my own journey.
    WCEJ Thornton Foundation Low-Income Scholarship
    Within the labyrinth of my own mind, I stumbled upon the revelation that my greatest achievement to date lies not in any accolade or external conquest, but in the fierce battle I fought and emerged victorious against the formidable adversary of mental health—Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Through the tumultuous odyssey of self-discovery, I unearthed the depths of my resilience and indomitable spirit, paving the way for a future teeming with untapped potential. I. The Dark Abyss: Confronting OCD In the throes of my teenage years, I found myself ensnared within the clutches of OCD—a relentless tyrant that tormented my mind and shackled my spirit. Its insidious whispers echoed through the corridors of my thoughts, breeding doubt and uncertainty at every turn. The invisible chains grew tighter, demanding rituals to quell the overwhelming anxiety, leaving me imprisoned in a realm of perpetual distress. However, the weight of those chains would eventually galvanize me to fight for my liberation. II. The Courage to Seek Help: Illuminating Paths It was a pivotal moment when I mustered the courage to seek help—a beacon of light amidst the enveloping darkness. Embracing vulnerability, I entrusted my story to the compassionate hands of therapists and support networks, who guided me through the labyrinthine maze of my mind. Together, we charted a course of cognitive behavioral therapy and medication, forging a path towards emancipation. III. Unveiling the Power Within: Harnessing Resilience As I embarked on my journey towards healing, I discovered the latent strength residing within me. With every step forward, I unearthed my capacity for resilience—a tenacious ember that refused to be extinguished. In the face of debilitating doubt, I clung to a newfound self-belief, recognizing that my experiences did not define me, but rather served as catalysts for growth and transformation. It was in this realization that I grasped the immense power of the human spirit to transcend its own limitations. IV. The Liberation of Self-Compassion: Embracing Imperfections In the crucible of my struggle, I learned the invaluable art of self-compassion—a salve for the wounds inflicted by perfectionism. I came to understand that my worth was not contingent upon the eradication of flaws, but rather in embracing the beautifully imperfect mosaic that constituted my being. Each day, I endeavored to treat myself with kindness, dismantling the chains of self-judgment that had bound me for far too long. It was through this act of self-acceptance that I unlocked the gates to boundless possibilities. V. Forging a Path Towards Advocacy: Illuminating Others' Journeys As I emerge from the shadows of my own struggle, a fervent desire burns within me—to uplift others who traverse the treacherous terrain of mental health. Armed with my newfound understanding and unwavering empathy, I aspire to become a catalyst for change, to amplify the voices that have been silenced and obscured. By sharing my story, I aim to dispel the stigma surrounding mental health, fostering a society that cherishes the inherent worth and unique battles each individual faces. The journey towards mental well-being has sculpted my character, taught me the art of resilience, and fueled my unyielding determination. My greatest achievement to date is not an accolade to hang on a wall but a transformation of spirit—an affirmation that within the crucible of our darkest battles, we can find our greatest triumphs. As I tread the path ahead, I yearn to embrace the world with audacity, resilience, and an unwavering commitment to advocate for mental health, illuminating the shadows that linger within us all. In doing so, I hope to inspire others to embark on their own journeys of self-discovery, unlocking their boundless potential and transcending the limitations of their minds.
    Aspiring Musician Scholarship
    A Melodic Journey: How Music Unveiled the Vibrant Tapestry of my World Introduction: Like a symphony that reverberates through the chambers of my soul, music has orchestrated a transformative journey that colors every facet of my existence. With its mesmerizing power, it has sculpted the way I perceive the world, imparting a kaleidoscope of emotions, inspiration, and a deep love for singing. As I navigate life's intricate composition, I find solace, joy, and an unparalleled means of self-expression in the enchanting realm of melodies and harmonies. Verse 1: The Rhythm of Perception In the world's vibrant tapestry, music acts as a divine conductor, shaping the lens through which I perceive reality. Like a pair of enchanted spectacles, it casts a spell upon mundane moments, transforming them into extraordinary experiences. As melodies intertwine, harmonies rise and fall, my perspective shifts, and life assumes a mesmerizing cadence. Chorus: The Language of Emotions Music transcends the barriers of spoken words, delving deep into the wellsprings of emotions. Each note carries the weight of countless sentiments, painting a sonic portrait of human experience. Through its tender lullabies, fiery ballads, and haunting requiems, music has given me an intimate understanding of the world's vast emotional spectrum, allowing me to embrace both the joys and sorrows with open arms. Verse 2: A Harmonious Connection Within the vast tapestry of humanity, music serves as a universal language, connecting souls across cultures, time, and space. It weaves together the disparate threads of existence, harmonizing our diverse backgrounds into a symphony of unity. As I raise my voice in song, I am reminded of the beautiful tapestry of humanity, where differences become harmonies, and individual voices blend into a magnificent chorus. Bridge: Singing as Self-Discovery In the echoing halls of self-discovery, I have found my sanctuary in the act of singing. With each breath that escapes my lips, I unravel the intricacies of my being, revealing layers of vulnerability, strength, and untapped potential. Singing is not merely a skill; it is a heartfelt expression of my deepest self, a cathartic release that resonates within me and ripples outward. Chorus: The Transformational Power Music possesses an extraordinary alchemy, capable of transforming darkness into light, despair into hope, and silence into resounding melodies. It uplifts weary spirits, ignites passions, and fuels dreams. In its embrace, I have discovered resilience, courage, and the audacity to believe that the world can be an orchestral masterpiece, where every individual has a voice and a part to play. As I navigate the symphony of life, music continues to shape my worldview with its enchanting power. Through its rhythms and harmonies, I perceive the world as a vibrant tapestry of emotions, cultures, and interconnectedness. Singing, my fervent love, serves as a beacon of self-discovery, amplifying my voice and connecting me to the larger human chorus. Music, with its transformative magic, invites me to explore the uncharted realms of existence, embracing the beauty, complexity, and boundless possibilities that lie within each resonating note. In this grand symphony, I dance, I sing, and I revel in the harmonious symphony that is life itself.
    Henry Bynum, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
    Unleashing the Power of My Roots: A Journey of Resilience and Community Empowerment In the darkness of adversity, I discovered a blazing light within me. Born into a low-income family as a black student, I have encountered countless challenges on my path. Yet, these trials have not shattered my spirit; instead, they have forged an unbreakable determination within me. As I tread this arduous road, I aspire to uplift my community by harnessing the transformative power of my experiences. Through my pursuit of a business degree, I will weave together innovation, compassion, and a deep understanding of our shared struggles, to create opportunities and pave a new path for those who walk behind me. My journey began in the shadows of economic adversity, where scarcity was our constant companion. Amidst dilapidated walls and worn-out textbooks, I learned the art of perseverance. The hurdles that threatened to confine me instead became stepping stones, teaching me resilience and the value of tenacity. Each setback fueled my determination to rise above the circumstances and become a beacon of hope for my community. With my eyes set on the future, I dream of transforming my community's narrative. Armed with my experiences, I will weave a symphony of change, employing the harmonious notes of compassion, innovation, and community collaboration. In my pursuit of a business degree, I will sow the seeds of opportunity, nurturing them with knowledge and empowerment. Armed with entrepreneurial spirit, I will harness the power of commerce to uplift my community from the shadows of limited resources. By fostering an ecosystem of support, I aim to cultivate the entrepreneurial dreams of the youth, providing mentorship, workshops, and seed funding to transform their visions into reality. Recognizing that no endeavor can flourish in isolation, I will forge an interconnected web of support within my community. Through partnerships with local businesses, organizations, and educational institutions, I will create a network that fosters collaboration and ignites collective empowerment. Together, we will amplify our impact and nurture a culture of mutual upliftment, erasing the boundaries that have hindered progress for far too long. I envision a future where economic disparities are mere echoes of the past. Through my business acumen, I will orchestrate projects that address the specific needs of our community. From developing affordable housing solutions to establishing microfinance initiatives, I will harmonize entrepreneurship and social responsibility, ensuring that no one is left behind. By providing access to resources, job opportunities, and financial literacy programs, I will equip my community with the tools needed to transcend the barriers that have bound us for generations. In the depths of struggle, I have discovered my purpose, and it is rooted in the soil of my community. As a low-income black student, my journey has taught me the transformative power of resilience, compassion, and the pursuit of knowledge. Through my forthcoming business education, I will be the conductor of change, orchestrating a symphony of empowerment, unity, and opportunity. Together, we will create a new narrative, a symphony that resonates with triumph, hope, and unwavering belief in our collective potential. My journey is not just my own; it is the spark that ignites the fire of change within us all.
    Michael Rudometkin Memorial Scholarship
    Being a low-income student, every day was a battle against the looming shadows of despair. Yet, it was precisely within these depths that I discovered the profound beauty of selflessness. Through a series of unexpected encounters, I came to realize that true fulfillment can be found in helping others in need. It is in this spirit that I proudly embark on my journey as a volunteer at Meals by Grace, an organization that delivers not just hot and canned food but also a ray of hope to struggling families. In the heart of Meals by Grace, I discovered my purpose. Every week, I join a team of dedicated volunteers, donning aprons and smiles as we prepare nourishing meals for families in need. The bustling kitchen becomes a cauldron of joy, where pots and pans become vessels of hope, and the aroma of spices transforms into the fragrance of compassion. But it is not just about the food. Meals by Grace recognizes that true support extends beyond a hot meal on a plate. Every delivery we make is an opportunity to connect, to listen, and to lend a helping hand. I recall a particular encounter with an elderly couple, the Thompsons, who had fallen on hard times. The lines etched upon their faces told tales of a lifetime of hardships. As I handed them their meals, their eyes sparkled with gratitude, and they confided in me the challenges they faced, the dreams they had buried beneath the weight of their struggles. In that moment, I realized that Meals by Grace was not merely about satisfying physical hunger; it was a catalyst for restoring dignity and igniting hope. We became more than just volunteers; we became beacons of compassion, determined to shine light into the darkest corners of despair. With every meal delivered, I witnessed firsthand the transformative power of selflessness. The smiles of children, the tears of gratitude, and the sense of community woven by a shared purpose—these were the rewards that surpassed any material wealth. Meals by Grace taught me that true riches lie not in what we possess but in what we give. It taught me that the greatest treasure one can amass is a heart overflowing with empathy and a willingness to make a difference, no matter how small. In this symphony of giving, I found my voice, my purpose, and my place in the world. The journey from being a struggling low-income student to a volunteer at Meals by Grace has shaped me into a compassionate advocate for change. Today, I stand tall, driven not by the weight of poverty but by the light of possibility. With each meal I serve, I nourish not just the bodies of those in need but also the flame within me, the flame that burns brightly with the knowledge that together, we can create a world where no one is left behind. As I finish typing, my heart swells with gratitude for the experiences that have shaped me, and for the path that lies ahead. I am but a humble student, a mere speck in the grand tapestry of life, yet armed with the power of selflessness, I know that I have the ability to make a difference—one meal, one act of kindness at a time. The journey continues, fueled by the unwavering belief that a better tomorrow is within our grasp, and that the spirit of selflessness can transform the world.
    Ruebenna Greenfield Flack Scholarship
    As I sit here, typing away, I can't help but reflect on the journey that brought me to this very moment. I'm Madison, a proud child of Jamaican immigrants, and I am more than the sum of my parts. I am the melody of a reggae beat pulsating through my veins, the resilience of a people who have weathered storms, and the dreams of a future brighter than the sun itself. Growing up, life was not always a picturesque paradise. The jagged edges of discrimination sliced through my childhood, leaving behind scars that would shape my path forward. It seemed like everywhere I turned, I encountered barriers and biases, reminding me that the color of my skin determined how I would be perceived and treated. But instead of allowing the weight of those struggles to crush me, I used them as stepping stones to rise above the noise. With each instance of prejudice, my determination grew stronger, and my voice grew louder. I refused to be defined by the limitations others placed on me. I decided that I would forge my own path, paving the way not only for myself but for those who would come after me. The world needed a change, and I was ready to be a catalyst. As I navigated through the labyrinth of education, a passion for numbers ignited within me. Mathematics became the language through which I could speak volumes without saying a word. The crisp precision of numbers captivated me, and I knew that I had found my calling. Accounting, with its intricate dance of balance sheets and financial statements, became my muse. But my dreams were not merely confined to crunching numbers in an office cubicle. No, I saw a bigger purpose for my career. I envisioned myself as a beacon of hope, a force for change in a world often plagued by inequality. I knew that by pursuing a career in accounting, I could break barriers and shatter stereotypes. Imagine a world where young black girls can look at me and see the possibilities that lie before them. A world where they understand that their dreams are not limited by the expectations society places upon them. I want to be the bridge between dreams and reality, proving that success knows no bounds when passion and resilience are the driving forces. But let's not stop there. Through my journey, I have come to realize that impacting the world is not a solitary endeavor. It is a collaborative symphony, where each instrument plays a crucial role in creating harmony. That's why I plan to harness the power of community, working hand in hand with organizations and individuals who share my vision. Together, we will empower marginalized communities, break down systemic barriers, and foster an environment of inclusivity. By providing financial literacy workshops, mentorship programs, and resources to underrepresented groups, we will cultivate a generation of change-makers and leaders. The struggles and discrimination I've faced have only fueled my fire. They have shaped me into an unstoppable force, an unwavering advocate for justice and equality. I may be just one person, but I refuse to let that limit my impact. I'm Madison, a dreamer, a fighter, and a future trailblazer in the world of accounting. So, here I stand, ready to embark on a journey that will not only transform my life but the lives of countless others. I am armed with my Jamaican heritage, my unwavering determination, and my love for numbers. Together, we will redefine what it means to be a black student, a child of immigrants, and an agent of change.
    Phoenix Opportunity Award
    The curtain rises, and the spotlight illuminates the stage of my life, where I, a child of Jamaican immigrants, take my first steps towards my dreams. As a first-generation college student, the journey is not for the faint of heart. It is a symphony of triumphs and trials, an exhilarating dance with obstacles that once threatened to overshadow my ambitions. Picture this: a young girl, my eyes sparkling with curiosity, my heart brimming with ambition. Yet, as I peered into the future, the path to higher education seemed shrouded in darkness. Financial hardships cast their gloomy shadow, making it difficult to pursue my dreams. My parents, hardworking and resilient, juggled multiple jobs to ensure our basic needs were met, sacrificing their own aspirations along the way. The dreams they held dear were delicately woven into the fabric of my being, inspiring me to push forward despite the odds. But the universe works in mysterious ways. With every challenge, an opportunity emerges like a sunbeam through storm clouds. I discovered my passion for numbers, for the delicate artistry of financial puzzles. Accounting became my beacon of hope, a lighthouse guiding me towards a future brimming with possibilities. Yet, hurdles remained, threatening to derail my ambitions. The college application process felt like navigating a labyrinth, as I stumbled through a maze of confusing jargon and unfamiliar territory. My parents, unfamiliar with the American education system, could only offer their unwavering support, unable to provide the guidance I desperately needed. It was as if I were searching for the elusive treasure chest, armed only with a compass pointing towards my dreams. The struggle was real, my friends. But determination was my ally, my constant companion through sleepless nights and countless rejections. I embarked on a quest to uncover every resource available to me—scholarships, mentorship programs, and community organizations. They became my armor, shielding me from doubt and propelling me forward with renewed vigor. And now, as I stand on the precipice of my college journey, I am filled with a symphony of emotions. Gratitude swells within me, for the sacrifices my parents made and the opportunities that lie ahead. Excitement courses through my veins, like a crescendo building towards a resounding climax. I am a first-generation college student, a pioneer in my family, and my dreams shine brightly, illuminating the path for those who will follow in my footsteps.
    Wellness Warriors Scholarship
    As I embark on my journey through the hallowed halls of academia, I find myself contemplating the importance of personal wellness. College life is notorious for its whirlwind of assignments, late-night cramming sessions, and caffeine-fueled study binges. However, I have vowed to approach this chapter of my life with a zestful spirit and an unwavering commitment to nurturing my well-being. By incorporating unique and fun strategies into my routine, I am confident that I will not only thrive academically but also dance my way to personal triumph. Embracing the Rhythm of Exercise: Picture this: me, adorned in vibrant workout gear, strutting across the campus with my headphones on, moving to the beat of my favorite playlist. Exercise has become my anthem, my secret weapon for a healthy mind and body. Whether it's joining dance classes, taking leisurely walks amidst nature's embrace, or participating in team sports, I have discovered that physical activity not only energizes me but also enhances my focus and creativity. So, dear Diary, let's shake a leg and make exercise a core part of our daily routine! Savoring the Meditative Symphony of Self-Care: Amidst the chaos of lecture halls and study groups, I have found solace in the enchanting symphony of self-care. Diary, I have curated my personal haven for relaxation, where I pamper myself with face masks, aromatherapy candles, and soothing music. Meditation and mindfulness have become my secret potions, allowing me to reconnect with myself and find clarity amidst the academic storm. Remember, Diary, when we take time to nurture our inner serenity, success follows us like a loyal companion. Nourishing the Soul with Nutritious Adventures: College cafeterias may be the land of tempting junk food, but I have embarked on a gastronomic journey that nourishes my body and fuels my intellect. I have donned the chef's hat, Diary, exploring the realm of healthy cooking and experimenting with vibrant, nutrient-rich ingredients. From quinoa bowls to colorful smoothies, I am feeding my brain the nutrients it craves, making sure that every bite is a delectable step towards academic excellence. Soaring Above the Clouds of Stress: Ah, stress, the notorious antagonist of college life. But fear not, Diary, for I have my own secret weapon: the power of imagination. As I immerse myself in fictional worlds, I transcend the boundaries of reality, soaring above the clouds of stress. Books have become my portals to serenity, where the characters' journeys and life lessons inspire and motivate me. So, dear Diary, let us turn stress into a mere phantom, vanquished by the magic of storytelling. In this whimsical journey called college, I have discovered the profound significance of personal wellness. By embracing exercise, self-care, nutritious adventures, and the power of imagination, I have unlocked the key to success. Nurturing my well-being has enabled me to navigate the academic landscape with grace, resilience, and unyielding enthusiasm. So, as I waltz through the corridors of this new chapter, dear Diary, I shall continue to dance to the tune of personal wellness, knowing that with each step, I am not only nurturing my soul but also soaring towards academic triumph.
    Career Search Scholarship
    As I embark on this exhilarating journey of college life, I find myself brimming with curiosity and excitement, ready to explore the vast realm of potential careers that lie ahead. While my heart beats to the rhythm of the business world, my mind envisions a future adorned with numbers, spreadsheets, and the art of financial mastery. Therefore, I believe that majoring in business with a concentration in accounting will unlock a myriad of thrilling paths that will bring me unparalleled fulfillment. First and foremost, my entrepreneurial spirit yearns to soar to new heights, guiding me towards the enchanting realm of entrepreneurship. I envision myself as a courageous and tenacious innovator, weaving ideas into tangible realities that revolutionize industries and captivate audiences. With a solid foundation in business and the intricate knowledge of accounting, I will possess the key to unlocking financial success, allowing me to navigate the treacherous seas of entrepreneurship with grace and precision. This path ignites a fire within me, as it blends creativity with strategic acumen, enabling me to leave an indelible mark on the world. In the realm of finance, the allure of investment banking beckons me like a siren's call. Picture me in a sleek suit, a master of negotiation and analysis, fearlessly delving into the world of stocks, bonds, and mergers. The dynamic nature of the industry, the adrenaline rush of high-stakes decision-making, and the potential to shape the financial landscape of corporations and economies excite me beyond measure. With my accounting prowess as a foundation, I will become a beacon of financial wisdom, guiding investors towards prosperity and creating a legacy of wealth and abundance. Oh, but my heart flutters at the thought of immersing myself in the captivating world of forensic accounting. Imagine the thrill of uncovering hidden financial misdeeds, peering behind the mask of deception, and bringing justice to light. With my detective-like skills, sharp attention to detail, and unyielding determination, I will don the cape of a financial superhero, ensuring that the truth prevails. The combination of my business acumen and accounting expertise will transform me into an unsung hero, protecting the integrity of financial systems and safeguarding the trust of individuals and organizations alike. On a different note, the notion of consultancy tantalizes my intellectual taste buds. Picture me as a trusted advisor, offering strategic guidance and fresh perspectives to businesses in need. Armed with my comprehensive knowledge of business operations, coupled with the ability to decipher financial complexities, I will become a beacon of wisdom and a catalyst for growth. Each new project will present a thrilling challenge, demanding innovative solutions and meticulous attention to detail. The joy of witnessing companies flourish under my guidance, knowing that my expertise contributed to their success, will bring me immeasurable fulfillment. As I stand at the crossroads of endless possibilities, my heart races with anticipation, and my mind swirls with dreams that seem within reach. Majoring in business will be the catalyst for my extraordinary journey, opening doors to careers that blend creativity, intellect, and impact. Whether I dance to the rhythm of entrepreneurship, shape the future of finance, uncover hidden truths, or guide businesses towards prosperity, I am confident that the fusion of business and accounting will be my compass, leading me towards a life of purpose, fulfillment, and unbounded joy. So, future self, let us embark on this adventure together, armed with passion, knowledge, and the unwavering belief that we can shape the world and leave an indelible mark. The journey awaits, and I am ready to step into the spotlight, ready to carve a path uniquely my own.
    Pool Family LGBT+ Scholarship
    Living at the intersection of identities, as a member of the vibrant LGBTQ+ community, has been an extraordinary journey that has shaped my perspective on life. As a bisexual student, I have experienced the kaleidoscope of emotions that comes with self-discovery, self-acceptance, and the longing for equality. Let me take you through my vibrant tapestry of experiences and share my career goals and aspirations. Picture this: a small, conservative town where tradition reverberates through the streets like an old jazz tune. Growing up in such an environment, where heteronormativity is the norm and non-conformity is met with skeptical eyes, was no easy feat. It was as if I was a drop of vibrant paint in a grayscale masterpiece, always yearning to break free from the confines of societal expectations. Discrimination, like an unwelcome shadow, cast its dark veil over my journey. Whispers in the hallways, stifled laughter behind closed doors, and the sense of isolation became familiar companions. But I refused to let the prejudices of others dim my light. Instead, I embraced my truth, standing tall and proud, my colors shining through the fog of ignorance. In the midst of adversity, my aspirations began to blossom like wildflowers in an urban jungle. My passion for numbers and analytical thinking ignited a fire within me. I knew I wanted to pursue a career in business, armed with a concentration in accounting. The allure of numbers, with their unwavering logic and the ability to tell a story of financial success, captured my heart and mind. With my sights set on this path, I embarked on a journey to break stereotypes, defy expectations, and shatter the glass ceilings that haunt the corridors of the corporate world. Armed with resilience and an unyielding determination, I strived to prove that my sexual orientation had no bearing on my abilities, my intellect, or my potential for success. But my aspirations extend beyond my own personal achievements. I yearn to create a more inclusive future, where diversity is celebrated and love is the driving force that propels us forward. I dream of establishing mentorship programs for young LGBTQ+ students, providing them with guidance and support, nurturing their dreams and fostering a sense of belonging in a world that sometimes feels unfamiliar. My essay structure may be unconventional, but it mirrors the very essence of my journey. Just as my life has taken unexpected twists and turns, my career goals are not linear either. I aspire to explore the vast possibilities within the realm of business, whether it be financial management, entrepreneurship, or even advocating for LGBTQ+ rights through corporate social responsibility. Being part of the LGBTQ+ community has shaped my identity and driven me to overcome the discrimination that exists in conservative environments. As a bisexual student, I am resilient, passionate, and determined to carve my own path in the world of business. Through my career aspirations, I aim to challenge societal norms, empower others, and create a future where acceptance, love, and diversity flourish. So, as I step into the colorful unknown, armed with my dreams and my love for numbers, I embrace the challenges and triumphs that lie ahead, knowing that my journey as a member of the LGBTQ+ community has prepared me to leave an indelible mark on the world.
    Elijah's Helping Hand Scholarship Award
    I've always been aware that my mind worked a little differently than those around me. As a child, I would count the steps on the staircase or the tiles on the floor to distract myself from the creeping sense of fear that would settle in the pit of my stomach. It wasn't until I was a teenager that I learned the name for what I was experiencing - OCD. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. At first, I tried to ignore it, to pretend that everything was normal. But the more I tried to ignore it, the louder it became. The intrusive thoughts are the worst. They come out of nowhere, like a sudden gust of wind that knocks you off your feet. They're irrational and terrifying, and they make me question everything about myself. Sometimes, they're violent, like the image of myself stabbing someone I love. Other times, they're sexual, like the thought of kissing a family member. It's not me - I know it's not me - but the thoughts still come, uninvited and unwanted. And the more I try to push them away, the more they persist. The anxiety is almost as bad. It's a constant feeling of impending doom, like something terrible is just around the corner. It's not a specific fear - it's more like a general sense of unease. It makes it hard to focus, hard to breathe, hard to do anything except worry. I'll check and re-check the locks on the doors, convinced that if I don't, something terrible will happen. I'll avoid certain foods or activities because they feel like they might be dangerous. And even when I'm supposed to be relaxing or having fun, the fear is always there, like a shadow that follows me wherever I go. But the hardest part is the way I perceive myself. I feel like I'm broken, like there's something fundamentally wrong with me. I'm ashamed of my thoughts, even though I know I shouldn't be. I feel like I'm a burden to those around me, like I'm constantly apologizing for something that's not my fault. And even though I'm smart and capable and have dreams for my future, it's hard to imagine myself succeeding when I'm always battling my own mind. So where does that leave me? It's taken a lot of therapy and medication and support from my loved ones, but I'm slowly learning to live with my OCD and anxiety. I've had to accept that they might always be a part of my life, but they don't have to control it. I'm learning to recognize when my thoughts are spiraling and to use coping mechanisms to bring myself back to reality. I'm working on being kinder to myself, to remind myself that I'm not my thoughts and that I deserve love and support just like anyone else. And I'm trying to be open and honest with those around me, to let them know what's going on in my head so that they can understand and support me. It's not easy. Some days, it feels like I'm barely treading water. But other days, I'm able to see glimpses of a future where my OCD and anxiety don't control my every move. I'm able to imagine a life where I'm able to pursue my passions and build meaningful relationships without constantly being held back by fear and intrusive thoughts.
    Rivera-Gulley First-Gen Scholarship Award
    I stand before you today, a hopeful and determined young woman named Madison, born to Jamaican immigrants Ann and Otis. As I weave the tapestry of my life, I realize that my journey to college is not solely about personal aspirations but a tribute to my parents' sacrifices, resilience, and unfulfilled dreams. Picture this: it was the late '90s when my parents embarked on a brave quest for a better life. Leaving behind the lush hills of Jamaica, they ventured into the unknown realm of the United States, clutching tightly to their dreams like precious gems. The weight of their aspirations sat heavily on their shoulders, amplified by the financial burdens that shackled them, leaving no room for higher education. They toiled ceaselessly, working menial jobs to ensure our survival, all while dreams of college evaporated like fleeting smoke. Witnessing the struggles etched upon their faces, I realized that their hardships were not merely a barrier, but rather a catalyst that ignited a flame within me. The flame of determination to break free from the cycle of limitations and unfettered potential. My parents may have been denied the opportunity to attend college, but their unfulfilled dreams have blossomed into the seeds of my own aspirations. Therefore, I long to attend college not just for myself, but as a vessel of their deferred dreams. Their sacrifices are the fuel that propels me forward, and their stories, the beacon that guides me towards my purpose. By pursuing higher education, I am embracing the baton of opportunity that my parents were denied, transforming their struggles into success. Allow me to paint a picture for you with vibrant strokes of my ambition. Business, like a vibrant tapestry, weaves together the diverse threads of creativity, strategy, and financial acumen. It is the symphony of commerce, and I yearn to become the conductor, orchestrating harmonious growth and sustainable prosperity. Accounting, the bedrock of business, possesses an allure that captivates my analytical mind. Numbers dance before my eyes, revealing the stories behind financial statements. Every entry, every balance, tells a tale of an organization's triumphs and trials. I seek to master the language of numbers, deciphering the secrets of financial success and empowering businesses to flourish. But beyond my academic pursuits, I envision a future where my achievements extend far beyond the realm of a classroom. I dream of establishing a mentorship program for young students from underprivileged backgrounds, guiding them on their own journeys of success. I yearn to empower individuals who, like me, bear the weight of dreams yet lack the resources to manifest them. I understand the transformative power of education, and I am determined to be the catalyst for change in the lives of others. As I approach the threshold of higher education, I carry with me the heritage of my parents, the strength of my Jamaican roots, and the fire of ambition burning within my soul. I stand tall, knowing that my pursuit of knowledge is not solely for myself but for the legacy I am destined to build. Together, we can dismantle the barriers that hinder the dreams of many and build bridges of opportunity for future generations. I implore you to see beyond the words on these pages. Look into the depths of my words, the unwavering determination that pulses within my being. Grant me the chance to seize this opportunity, not only to fulfill my own dreams but to honor the sacrifices of my parents, my guiding stars. Together, let us embark on this journey of transformation, rewriting the narrative of limitations and crafting a symphony of boundless possibilities.
    Kim Moon Bae Underrepresented Students Scholarship
    My Journey: A Symphony of Strength and Resilience Verse 1: The Prelude In the vast symphony of life, I am but a humble note, a low-income black female student navigating a world that seems orchestrated against me. Discrimination has been the unrelenting conductor, its baton striking chords of inequality in all areas of my existence. Yet, amidst this cacophony, I refuse to succumb. Instead, I choose to wield the instrument of education, hoping to create a harmonious melody that resonates with change. Chorus: A Vision Unveiled As I walk the path less traveled, I dream of a future where the strains of discrimination are drowned by the powerful rhythms of equality. I yearn to carve my identity as a proud black woman, unapologetically embracing my heritage while shattering glass ceilings. And in this pursuit, I find solace in the realm of business, where numbers become a language of empowerment and accounting becomes a catalyst for success. Verse 2: Rising above Discord My journey has been one of symphonic discord, the dissonance of societal expectations and systemic biases often threatening to drown out my voice. But like a crescendo, my spirit soars, defying gravity and embracing the limitless possibilities that lie beyond. I refuse to let circumstances define me, for I know that my worth is measured not by the chords struck against me, but by the unwavering strength within. Bridge: The Confluence of Struggle and Growth Through adversity, my roots grow deeper, nourishing my determination to reshape the narrative that has plagued my community for generations. I am an amalgamation of struggle and growth, a testament to the resilience of those who came before me. I carry their hopes and dreams as a torchbearer, illuminating a path where opportunities are not merely whispered promises but concrete realities waiting to be seized. Chorus: Harmonizing for Change In the realm of business, I find my voice amplified. As a low-income black woman, my presence is both a protest and a testament to the transformative power of education. I envision a future where boardrooms echo with diversity, where decision-makers reflect the multifaceted tapestry of society. Armed with a concentration in accounting, I seek to dismantle the barriers that hinder economic progress, composing a symphony of financial inclusion. Verse 3: A Melody of Empowerment I stand on the precipice of possibility, ready to step into the spotlight and claim my rightful place in a world that often seeks to confine me to the shadows. My journey has been forged with hardship, but its melody resounds with resilience. Through education, I have discovered the strength to defy expectations and redefine what it means to be a black woman from a low-income background. Outro: The Symphony Continues My journey as a low-income black female student, emboldened by the power of education and driven by an unwavering spirit, will reverberate far beyond the confines of my own existence. I am but one note, but in the grand symphony of change, my voice will join countless others, creating a resounding chorus that cannot be ignored. Together, we will compose a new narrative, where diversity is celebrated, equality is embraced, and the world dances to the rhythm of inclusivity. In this symphony of life, I am not simply a low-income black female student. I am a catalyst, a change-maker, and a melody waiting to be heard. And as the final note of this composition fades, a new movement begins—one that celebrates the power of identity and charts a course toward a future where our paths are no longer defined by discrimination, but by the limitless potential within us all.
    Bright Lights Scholarship
    I sit here, pen in hand, my heart pounding with excitement and a tinge of trepidation. For you see, I am a dreamer, a low-income student with aspirations as vast as the starlit sky. And now, with the acceptance letter in my trembling fingers, the door to my future has swung wide open. However, a towering hurdle stands in my path: the cost of attendance at this esteemed institution. Imagine this essay as a labyrinthine adventure, where each twist and turn reveals a fragment of my story and a glimpse into my fervent hopes for the future. Prepare to be captivated, to embark on a journey through the trials and triumphs of a determined young mind. The first corridor I invite you to traverse is the realm of dreams. I dream of a world where the language of business becomes my playground, where numbers dance and financial records harmonize like a symphony. My heart yearns to major in business, with a concentration in accounting. There is an inherent thrill in deciphering the intricate patterns of commerce and unraveling the secrets hidden within ledgers. It is here, in the realm of numbers, that I aspire to leave an indelible mark. Yet, dreams alone cannot shape my destiny. As I turn the corner, I find myself in the realm of reality, where my financial circumstances cast a shadow on my aspirations. Although I have been granted financial aid, the weight of a $30,000 annual out-of-pocket expense presses heavily upon me. My family, despite their unwavering support, lacks the financial means to shoulder this burden. I am an eager warrior on the battlefield of opportunity, but my armor is tattered, worn thin by the constraints of my socioeconomic background. It is here, in this crucible of struggle, that I implore you to become my ally. As we step into the next chamber, allow me to paint a picture of the transformative power of your scholarship. Like a ray of golden sunlight piercing through the darkest clouds, your generous support would illuminate my path. It would lift the weight from my shoulders, freeing me to focus not only on my studies but also on engaging in extracurricular activities that will enhance my personal growth. With your scholarship, I could immerse myself in internships and networking opportunities, forging connections that would shape my future career. I would be able to participate in case competitions, attend industry conferences, and join student organizations, all of which would provide invaluable practical experience and foster lifelong friendships. Your support would empower me to seize every opportunity that comes my way, ensuring that my education extends beyond the classroom walls and propels me toward greatness. As we near the end of our odyssey, I invite you to step into the final chamber, where my gratitude shines like a beacon of hope. Your scholarship is not merely a financial aid package; it is a catalyst for change, a spark that ignites a lifelong journey of personal and professional growth. By investing in me, you invest in a ripple effect that will reverberate through generations. I am not merely a recipient of your generosity; I am a vessel for the hopes and dreams of countless others who will follow in my footsteps. In conclusion, dear Scholarship Committee, I stand before you, an unwavering dreamer, ready to conquer the challenges that lie ahead. With your support, I will soar to heights previously unimaginable. I am the architect of my future, armed with passion, determination, and the unwavering belief that education is the key to unlocking a world of boundless opportunity.
    Gabriel Martin Memorial Annual Scholarship
    The incessant ticking of the clock echoes through the corridors of my mind, each second a torment, a demand for order and control. OCD, or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, has entrenched itself within the fabric of my existence, affecting every facet of my life. The relentless thoughts, the compulsive rituals, they all vie for my attention, an unyielding force that refuses to be ignored. The invisible weight of OCD is an arduous burden to bear. In the realm of social interaction, OCD has constructed walls, isolating me from the world around me. The irrational fears that grip my thoughts, the need to perform certain actions repeatedly until they meet the exacting standards imposed by my mind, prevent me from engaging with others freely. The constant worry of contamination renders the simplest of tasks a Herculean endeavor. I am imprisoned by my own mind, trapped within a labyrinth of compulsions and obsessions. The world passes by, its vibrant colors and intricate tapestry lost on me as I struggle to find solace within the confines of my own thoughts. Education has not been immune to the clutches of my condition. While my intellect strives for excellence, OCD sows seeds of doubt and anxiety. The overwhelming fear of failure permeates my every endeavor, causing me to question my abilities and dissect my work with an unrelenting scrutiny. A relentless need for perfection impedes my progress, rendering simple tasks herculean and achievements hollow. Yet, despite these setbacks, I remain steadfast in my determination to overcome these obstacles and pursue a future in business. My aspiration to major in business is born out of a desire to create order in a chaotic world. I envision myself as a catalyst for change, navigating the turbulent tides of the market with skill and finesse. While others may recoil from the unpredictable nature of entrepreneurship, my experiences with OCD have honed my ability to adapt to unforeseen circumstances and find innovative solutions to complex problems. I see opportunities where others see obstacles, and I believe that my unique perspective, shaped by the constant struggle against my own mind, will be an invaluable asset in the realm of business. However, my goals extend beyond personal success. I yearn to be an advocate for mental health, to raise awareness and foster understanding for those who battle the silent demons of OCD. I wish to shatter the stigma that surrounds mental illness, to create a society that embraces and supports individuals on their journeys toward healing and self-discovery. Through education and outreach, I hope to empower others to seek help, to find solace in the knowledge that they are not alone in their struggles. In the face of adversity, I am determined to transcend the limitations imposed by OCD. I recognize that the road ahead will be fraught with challenges, that the battle against my own mind will be a lifelong one. But armed with resilience, tenacity, and an unyielding spirit, I am prepared to forge ahead. With each passing day, I inch closer to realizing my dreams, to building a life that defies the constraints of OCD. Life's canvas may be painted with shades of uncertainty, but within its brushstrokes lie infinite possibilities. And so, I march forward, ever vigilant, daring to dream, daring to defy the clutches of OCD. My journey towards a future in business is not merely a quest for personal success; it is a testament to the indomitable human spirit, an unwavering belief in the power of perseverance and resilience.
    Hester Richardson Powell Memorial Service Scholarship
    In the annals of my adolescence, I discovered that resilience is not merely an abstract notion but a potent force that fuels the ember within one's soul. Growing up in the depths of poverty, I was compelled to confront an unforgiving reality that pervaded every aspect of my existence. Through my journey, I found solace in my indomitable spirit, inspiring not only myself but also those who witnessed my unwavering commitment to triumph over adversity. The catalyst for my transformation emerged in the form of a humble organization known as Meals by Grace. Poverty, that invisible specter, shackled my aspirations and inflicted its cruelty upon my family. Struggles with basic necessities marred our everyday existence, but instead of surrendering to the oppressive grip of destitution, I resolved to confront it head-on. The turning point arrived when I stumbled upon Meals by Grace—a sanctuary of compassion and sustenance for those burdened by hunger. With trepidation and hope intertwining within me, I embarked on a journey that would forever alter the course of my life. Volunteering at Meals by Grace, I was confronted with the harsh reality that many families faced—the gnawing pangs of hunger, the unfulfilled yearnings for warm meals, and the unspoken despair that casts a shadow upon their lives. Immersed in this environment, my spirit became a vessel of empathy, transforming my own struggles into a driving force to alleviate the suffering of others. The very act of serving others nourished not only their bodies but also my own resilience. Through the shared experiences of these individuals, I forged unbreakable bonds of compassion, realizing that my own journey was no longer an isolated battle. Witnessing their strength in the face of adversity, I recognized the profound beauty that emerges when one confronts their demons and emerges triumphant. At Meals by Grace, every meal served became a testament to our collective resilience. As I embraced the role of a mentor, guiding young children through their own struggles, I witnessed the transformative power of hope. In their eyes, I saw the reflection of my own determination—an unwavering flame that refused to be extinguished by the darkness of circumstances. I imparted upon them the knowledge that resilience is not merely the absence of obstacles but the unwavering will to conquer them. Beyond the confines of Meals by Grace, my newfound resilience permeated every aspect of my life. Academic challenges became opportunities for growth, as I realized that every setback was an invitation to summon my unwavering spirit. I began to view obstacles as stepping stones, vaulting me towards a future where poverty would no longer define my narrative. My journey, fueled by resilience and nurtured by the beacon of hope found within Meals by Grace, is a testament to the transformative power of the human spirit. I, a once disheartened teenager, now stand as a source of inspiration—a living testament to the unwavering capacity within each of us to rise above our circumstances. Through my struggles with poverty, I discovered the resilience that resides within, illuminating a path towards a future filled with possibility. I hope that my unwavering spirit and steadfast commitment can inspire others to cultivate their own resilience, to believe in their inherent worth, and to strive for a world where poverty is but a fleeting shadow.
    Walking In Authority International Ministry Scholarship
    Imagine growing up in a world where uncertainty lurked around every corner, where the notion of three square meals a day seemed like a distant dream. Such was my reality, a life of constant struggle and hardship. However, amidst the turmoil, a flicker of hope ignited within me, urging me to make a difference in the lives of those facing similar adversities. In the face of my own hardships, a profound empathy developed within me, urging me to channel my struggles into a force for good. Witnessing the despair that comes with poverty and hunger, I was driven to seek out an avenue where I could make a tangible difference. Thus, I found myself gravitating towards Meals by Grace, an organization that not only provides meals to those in need but also nurtures a sense of community and hope. As I stepped into the bustling kitchen of Meals by Grace, I was enveloped by a whirlwind of aromas and a chorus of laughter. The atmosphere was electric with the shared purpose of transforming lives one plate at a time. The sheer dedication of the staff and volunteers inspired me to step up and contribute in any way I could. From slicing vegetables to plating meals with artistic precision, every task became an opportunity to touch someone's life, to offer sustenance and solace in times of hardship. Volunteering at Meals by Grace has been a transformative experience, not only for those we serve but also for myself. The organization's commitment to not only provide meals but also empower individuals to break free from the cycle of poverty has left an indelible mark on my heart. Working side by side with individuals who have experienced similar struggles, I have come to realize the immense strength that resides within each person, no matter their circumstances. One of the most rewarding aspects of my journey with Meals by Grace has been witnessing the transformation that occurs when compassion meets action. Beyond the nourishment of the body, I have seen firsthand how a warm smile, a kind word, or a genuine conversation can nourish the soul. Through this simple act of human connection, I have watched despair turn into hope and isolation into belonging. The impact of such moments extends far beyond a single meal, rippling through families and communities, sowing the seeds of change. The experience of volunteering at Meals by Grace has not only shaped my understanding of the world but has also forged an unbreakable bond with my community. Every interaction, every meal shared, has taught me that together, we possess the power to create a more compassionate and inclusive society. Through our collective efforts, we can bridge the gap between abundance and scarcity, fostering a community where no one goes to bed hungry. My journey with Meals by Grace has been nothing short of transformative. From the depths of my own struggles, I found solace in service, discovering a profound purpose that transcends personal circumstances. Volunteering at this remarkable organization has opened my eyes to the resilience of the human spirit and the transformative power of compassion. As I continue to serve, I am fueled by the knowledge that each act of kindness has the potential to ignite a chain reaction of change, to create a world where hunger is replaced by sustenance, and despair is overshadowed by hope. Together, let us march towards a future where no one is left wondering when their next meal will come, and where communities thrive on the bedrock of compassion and solidarity.
    Curry & C/O ‘22 Scholarship
    The feeling of failure is one of the most devastating emotions a person can experience, especially when it comes to something we care deeply about. As a student in high school, my greatest fear was always the possibility of failure. I had always been a high achiever, excelling in most of my classes. However, my academic journey took an unexpected turn when I found myself struggling in AP Physics. This was the first time I had ever failed a class, and it left me feeling like a failure in every sense of the word. Initially, I felt lost and hopeless. I had always been a straight-A student, and the thought of failing a class was something I could not fathom. Every time I looked at my report card, the big, bold, red F loomed over me like a dark cloud. It seemed as though no matter how hard I tried, I could not understand the concepts that were being taught. I was constantly comparing myself to my classmates who seemed to grasp the material with ease. I felt like I was the only one struggling, and that made me feel even more alone. My self-esteem plummeted, and I felt like a complete failure. I began to question my worth as a student and as a person. I would lie awake at night, replaying the events of the day and thinking about what I could have done differently. It was as if the failure in physics had seeped into every aspect of my life. I began to dread going to school, knowing that I would be faced with the constant reminder of my academic shortcomings. But it was not just my self-esteem that took a hit; my dreams and aspirations were also on the line. I had always dreamed of attending a prestigious university, but with an F in physics, I felt like that dream was slipping away. I had convinced myself that there was no way any reputable school would accept someone who had failed a class. The fear of not being accepted into my dream school became a constant source of stress and anxiety. However, it was in this moment of crisis that I realized that failure is not the end. It is merely a stepping stone to success. I decided to take control of my situation and seek help. I met with my physics teacher after class, asking for clarification on concepts I found difficult. I also began attending tutoring sessions and studying for hours on end. Slowly but surely, I began to see progress. My grades improved, and I began to understand the material better. I also learned the importance of self-compassion. I realized that everyone experiences failure at some point in their lives, and it does not define who we are. Instead, it is an opportunity for growth and learning. I learned to be kinder to myself, to acknowledge my efforts, and to celebrate my small victories. Looking back, I realize that failing AP Physics was a turning point in my life. It taught me the value of hard work, perseverance, and self-compassion. It also taught me to be resilient in the face of adversity and to never give up on my dreams. While I may have failed a class, I gained something far more valuable- the courage to face my fears and the confidence to pursue my goals, no matter how difficult they may seem.
    Elevate Mental Health Awareness Scholarship
    I've always been aware that my mind worked a little differently than those around me. As a child, I would count the steps on the staircase or the tiles on the floor to distract myself from the creeping sense of fear that would settle in the pit of my stomach. It wasn't until I was a teenager that I learned the name for what I was experiencing - OCD. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. At first, I tried to ignore it, to pretend that everything was normal. But the more I tried to ignore it, the louder it became. The intrusive thoughts are the worst. They come out of nowhere, like a sudden gust of wind that knocks you off your feet. They're irrational and terrifying, and they make me question everything about myself. Sometimes, they're violent, like the image of myself stabbing someone I love. Other times, they're sexual, like the thought of kissing a family member. It's not me - I know it's not me - but the thoughts still come, uninvited and unwanted. And the more I try to push them away, the more they persist. The anxiety is almost as bad. It's a constant feeling of impending doom, like something terrible is just around the corner. It's not a specific fear - it's more like a general sense of unease. It makes it hard to focus, hard to breathe, hard to do anything except worry. I'll check and re-check the locks on the doors, convinced that if I don't, something terrible will happen. I'll avoid certain foods or activities because they feel like they might be dangerous. And even when I'm supposed to be relaxing or having fun, the fear is always there, like a shadow that follows me wherever I go. All of this has taken a toll on my relationships. I've lost friends because I was too anxious to leave the house or too consumed by my thoughts to be present in the moment. I've been in relationships where I've been afraid to express my feelings because I didn't want to be seen as "crazy". And even with my family, I feel like an outsider sometimes, like they couldn't possibly understand what I'm going through. But the hardest part is the way I perceive myself. I feel like I'm broken, like there's something fundamentally wrong with me. I'm ashamed of my thoughts, even though I know I shouldn't be. I feel like I'm a burden to those around me, like I'm constantly apologizing for something that's not my fault. And even though I'm smart and capable and have dreams for my future, it's hard to imagine myself succeeding when I'm always battling my own mind. So where does that leave me? It's taken a lot of therapy and medication and support from my loved ones, but I'm slowly learning to live with my OCD and anxiety. I've had to accept that they might always be a part of my life, but they don't have to control it. I'm learning to recognize when my thoughts are spiraling and to use coping mechanisms to bring myself back to reality. I'm working on being kinder to myself, to remind myself that I'm not my thoughts and that I deserve love and support just like anyone else. And I'm trying to be open and honest with those around me, to let them know what's going on in my head so that they can understand and support me. It's not easy. Some days, it feels like I'm barely treading water. But other days, I'm able to see glimpses of a future where my OCD and anxiety don't control my every move. I'm able to imagine a life where I'm able to pursue my passions and build meaningful relationships without constantly being held back by fear and intrusive thoughts.
    CEW IV Foundation Scholarship Program
    As a Black girl, I can say without hesitation that yes, it is absolutely necessary for society to change its way of responding to the problems of the disadvantaged. The current systems in place are not working for us, and they never have. We are consistently left behind, with no hope of catching up. It is frustrating to constantly see people in positions of power and privilege ignore our struggles and act as though our experiences are not valid. This has been happening for far too long, and it is time for things to change. One of the biggest issues that we face as a community is the lack of resources and opportunities available to us. We are often forced to attend schools that are underfunded and understaffed, which leads to a lack of quality education and limited job prospects. Additionally, many of us live in neighborhoods that are plagued by violence and crime, making it difficult to feel safe and secure in our own homes. This lack of opportunity and access to resources is not just limited to education and housing, but it extends to healthcare as well. Many Black people suffer from chronic illnesses and health conditions that go untreated because we simply cannot afford the care we need. This is unacceptable, and it is a direct result of the systemic oppression that has been present in our society for centuries. The issue of police brutality and systemic racism is also a major problem that needs to be addressed. I have personally experienced discrimination and racism in many different forms. It is a constant battle to be seen as equal and deserving of the same opportunities as everyone else. The recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless others have highlighted the deep-seated racism that still exists in our country. It is time for us to acknowledge this problem and work to create real change. We need to hold law enforcement accountable for their actions and implement policies that promote equality and justice for all. In addition to these systemic issues, there are also many microaggressions that Black people face on a daily basis. From being followed around in stores to having our hairstyles deemed "unprofessional," these small acts of discrimination can take a toll on our mental health and overall well-being. It is time for society to recognize the ways in which we are marginalized and oppressed, and to work towards creating a more equitable and just world. This means investing in communities that have been historically disadvantaged, providing access to quality education, healthcare, and job opportunities, and addressing the systemic racism that is present in our institutions. But it also means taking a personal responsibility to educate ourselves and others about the experiences of Black people. It means listening to our stories and amplifying our voices. It means recognizing our humanity and treating us with the same respect and dignity as everyone else. I am tired of feeling invisible and unheard. I am tired of seeing my community suffer while others look the other way. It is time for society to step up and do the work that is necessary to create a better world for all of us.
    Boundless Scholarship
    As a low-income black girl growing up in a predominantly white, wealthy area, my experience with poverty has shaped my mindset in ways that I never thought possible. The constant struggle to make ends meet, coupled with the daily microaggressions of racism and classism, has taken a toll on my mental health. However, it has also taught me valuable lessons about resilience, perseverance, and the power of determination. From a young age, I was acutely aware of the differences between my family's financial situation and that of my peers. While they were attending expensive private schools, going on lavish vacations, and participating in extracurricular activities, I was struggling to afford basic necessities like food, clothing, and housing. It was a constant source of stress and anxiety, and it often made me feel like an outsider in my own community. Adding to the challenges of poverty was the constant presence of racism and classism. I was often the only black student in my class, and I quickly learned that my skin color and socioeconomic status made me a target for discrimination and prejudice. From being overlooked for leadership positions in school to being followed around in stores, the constant reminders that I was different took a toll on my mental health. However, rather than giving in to despair, I turned to my studies as a source of inspiration and hope. I found solace in the pursuit of knowledge and the belief that education could be my ticket to a better future. I immersed myself in my studies, reading books on business, economics, and entrepreneurship, and dreaming of a day when I could use my knowledge to create opportunities for myself and others. That is why I want to major in business. For me, business represents not just a means of making money, but a way to create positive change in the world. I believe that entrepreneurship is one of the most powerful tools for economic mobility and social justice, and I want to use my education and skills to create opportunities for others who may be facing similar challenges to what I have experienced. Of course, my journey towards a business degree has not been easy. The lack of resources and opportunities that come with poverty has made it difficult to access the same educational opportunities as my peers. However, rather than giving up, I have learned to be creative and resourceful in finding ways to succeed. I have sought out mentorship and networking opportunities, applied for scholarships and grants, and taken advantage of every chance to gain experience in the business world. Through it all, I have come to appreciate the value of hard work, determination, and resilience. I have learned that setbacks and obstacles are not the end of the road, but merely opportunities to learn and grow. And I have come to believe that anyone, no matter their background or circumstances, can achieve their dreams if they are willing to put in the effort and never give up.
    Dark and Light Scholarship
    As a low-income black girl living in a predominantly white wealthy area, I have faced countless challenges throughout my life. Growing up, I watched my single father work tirelessly to provide for our family, but despite his efforts, we struggled to make ends meet. The constant financial strain took a toll on my mental health, and the added burden of dealing with racism and classism only made matters worse. Living in a wealthy area, I was often the only black student in my class, and I quickly learned that my skin color made me different. I was subjected to microaggressions and outright racism on a regular basis, from classmates making fun of my hair to teachers assuming I wasn't capable of achieving academic success. It was difficult to navigate these situations as a child, but I soon realized that I had to be resilient and learn to stand up for myself. Unfortunately, the classism I experienced was just as pervasive as the racism. Wealthy students looked down on me for my clothes, my lack of access to extracurricular activities, and my inability to attend expensive summer camps. It was frustrating to see my classmates take their privilege for granted, while I struggled to make ends meet. All of these experiences took a toll on my mental health, and I often felt like I didn't belong. I struggled with anxiety and depression, and there were times when I wanted to give up. However, I knew that I couldn't let these challenges defeat me. I had to learn to channel my frustration and anger into motivation, and I began to develop a fierce determination to succeed. That's why I want to major in business. I believe that business is a powerful tool for creating change, and I want to use my education to help level the playing field for others who have faced similar challenges. I know firsthand how difficult it can be to break through the barriers that society puts in front of you, and I want to be a part of the solution. I'm passionate about entrepreneurship and the idea of creating something from nothing. I believe that anyone, regardless of their background, should have the opportunity to pursue their dreams and build a better life for themselves and their families. Through business, I want to help others achieve that same level of success and independence. Of course, I know that pursuing a career in business won't be easy. I'll face challenges and setbacks, and I'll have to work hard to prove myself in a field that's still dominated by wealthy white men. But I'm ready for that challenge. I've already faced so much adversity in my life, and I know that I have the strength and resilience to overcome whatever comes my way. In conclusion, my experience with poverty and racism has shaped me into the person I am today. It's taught me to be resilient, determined, and compassionate, and it's given me a unique perspective on the world. I know that I have a lot to offer, and I'm excited to see where my education in business will take me. Most importantly, I want to use my success to help others who have faced similar challenges, and to make the world a more equitable and just place.
    I Can Do Anything Scholarship
    My dream version of my future self is a force to be reckoned with, shattering glass ceilings and carving out a path for the next generation of trailblazing women.
    Trever David Clark Memorial Scholarship
    I can feel the anxiety building up inside me, like a storm brewing in the distance. It starts with a knot in my stomach and then spreads to my chest, making it hard to breathe. Sometimes, it feels like there's a weight on my chest that won't go away. I know I should try to calm down, but it's hard when my mind is racing a million miles a minute. I've always struggled with anxiety, but it got worse after my parents' separation. They fought all the time, and I felt like it was my fault. I started washing my hands constantly, convinced that I would get sick if I didn't. It's like I couldn't control my thoughts or my actions. My mom took me to see a therapist, but it didn't really help. I felt like she didn't understand what I was going through. Things got even worse when I started high school. I was constantly worried about what people thought of me, and I felt like I didn't fit in anywhere. I tried to hide my anxiety and OCD, but it was always there, lurking in the background. It was like a dark cloud that followed me everywhere I went. I finally reached a breaking point last year. I had a panic attack in the middle of class, and I couldn't stop shaking or crying. The teacher sent me to the nurse's office, and my mom came to pick me up. She took me to the emergency room, where they gave me some medicine to calm me down. It was the scariest experience of my life. After that, my mom started taking me to see a psychiatrist. I was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder and OCD, and I started taking medication to help manage my symptoms. It's been a rollercoaster ride ever since. Some days, I feel like I'm finally getting better, but other days, I feel like I'm back at square one. The worst part is when people don't understand what I'm going through. They tell me to just "calm down" or "stop worrying so much," like it's that easy. They don't understand that my brain is wired differently, that I can't just turn off my thoughts like a light switch. I feel like I'm constantly fighting against myself, and it's exhausting. I've had some negative experiences with the mental health industry too. One therapist I saw didn't seem to take my OCD seriously. She told me to "just stop washing my hands," like it was that simple. Another psychiatrist I saw tried to put me on a medication that made me feel like a zombie. I couldn't focus or think clearly, and I felt like I was living in a fog. I know that mental health professionals are supposed to help me, but sometimes it feels like they're just throwing darts at a board, hoping something will stick. It's frustrating and scary to feel like no one really understands what's going on inside my head. I just wish I could be "normal" like everyone else. I wish I didn't have to take medication every day or feel like I'm constantly battling against myself. I wish people would stop judging me for something I can't control. But most of all, I wish I could just be happy. Is that too much to ask?
    Taylor Swift ‘1989’ Fan Scholarship
    I would say that my favorite song on "1989" is "Clean." This song is the perfect embodiment of Taylor's growth and maturity as an artist, as she sings about shedding her old skin and leaving behind the pain and heartbreak of her past relationships. The opening lines of "Clean" immediately draw the listener in with their haunting beauty: "The drought was the very worst / When the flowers that we'd grown together died of thirst." The metaphor of a drought perfectly captures the emotional emptiness and despair that comes with a broken relationship. The imagery of flowers dying of thirst highlights the need for nourishment and care in any relationship to keep it alive and thriving. The chorus of the song is powerful and poignant, with Taylor's soaring vocals and the ethereal background music creating a dreamlike atmosphere. She sings, "Rain came pouring down / When I was drowning, that's when I could finally breathe / And by morning, gone was any trace of you / I think I am finally clean." The rain in the chorus is a metaphor for the emotional cleansing that Taylor experiences as she lets go of her past and moves forward. The line "when I was drowning, that's when I could finally breathe" is particularly impactful, as it suggests that sometimes we need to hit rock bottom before we can rise up and start anew. The bridge of "Clean" is also incredibly moving, with Taylor's voice growing more intense and urgent as she sings, "Ten months sober, I must admit / Just because you're clean, don't mean you don't miss it / Ten months older, I won't give in / Now that I'm clean, I'm never gonna risk it." The reference to sobriety adds another layer of meaning to the song, suggesting that Taylor has overcome not just heartbreak, but also personal struggles and demons. The final line, "now that I'm clean, I'm never gonna risk it," is a powerful declaration of her newfound strength and resilience. I find "Clean" to be an incredibly emotional and empowering song. It reminds us that even in the midst of heartbreak and despair, there is always hope for healing and renewal. It encourages us to let go of the past and move forward with a newfound sense of purpose and strength. Overall, "Clean" is a beautiful and inspiring song that showcases Taylor Swift's talents as a songwriter and performer. It is a true testament to her growth and evolution as an artist, and it is sure to resonate with fans for years to come.
    Mental Health Importance Scholarship
    As someone who struggles with OCD and anxiety, I can tell you that my mental health is of utmost importance to me. It affects every aspect of my life, from my relationships with others to my ability to function on a daily basis. My thoughts and fears consume me, leaving me feeling helpless and alone. Living with OCD and anxiety is a constant battle. It's like being trapped in a never-ending cycle of intrusive thoughts, compulsions, and worries. I am always on edge, constantly scanning my environment for potential threats and triggers. Every task becomes an ordeal as I second-guess myself and doubt my abilities. Even simple decisions can leave me paralyzed with indecision and anxiety. Maintaining my mental wellness is a daily struggle. Some days are better than others, but even on my best days, I still feel the weight of my disorders. There is no cure for OCD or anxiety, and while therapy and medication can help, they are not a panacea. I try to take care of myself as best I can, but it's not always easy. Some days, getting out of bed feels like an insurmountable task. I force myself to shower and get dressed, even though I feel like I'm going through the motions. I try to eat healthy and exercise, but my anxiety makes it difficult to stick to a routine. Sometimes I find myself binging on junk food, hoping that the sugar and carbs will provide some relief from my racing thoughts. The worst part is the isolation. It's hard to explain to others what it feels like to live with OCD and anxiety. It's not just about being a perfectionist or having a lot of worries. It's a constant battle with your own mind. It's feeling like you're never good enough, like you're always one mistake away from disaster. It's feeling like you're constantly on trial, and any misstep will be used against you. I try to reach out to others, to talk about what I'm going through, but it's not always easy. It's hard to find people who understand, who don't judge me for my struggles. Sometimes I feel like I'm burdening others with my problems, that I'm being selfish for even talking about them. Other times, I feel like nobody cares, that everyone is too busy with their own lives to bother with me. At night, my OCD and anxiety are at their worst. I lie in bed, unable to sleep, as my mind races with intrusive thoughts and worries. I worry about everything, from the mundane to the catastrophic. I worry about getting sick, about losing my job, about dying alone. I worry about things that haven't happened yet, and may never happen. I try to distract myself, to read a book or watch a show, but the thoughts keep creeping back. It's a lonely existence, living with OCD and anxiety. I wouldn't wish it on anyone. But I know that I'm not alone. There are millions of people out there who struggle with the same things I do. We may be different in many ways, but we share a common bond in our struggles. It may feel like it sometimes, but there are people out there who understand what you're going through. Reach out to others, talk about your struggles, and don't give up. It's a long and difficult road, but there is hope.
    Our Destiny Our Future Scholarship
    As a black girl, I am all too aware of the challenges that come with living in a world that often sees me as less than. I have witnessed firsthand the injustices that my community faces on a daily basis, and it breaks my heart. But instead of letting the pain and frustration consume me, I have decided to use it as fuel to make a positive impact on the world. One of the ways that I plan to do this is by advocating for racial justice and equality. This is a cause that is near and dear to my heart, as I have seen firsthand how racism can tear families apart and limit opportunities. I want to work towards a world where every person is judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. But advocating for racial justice is not enough. In order to truly make a difference, we need to take action. That is why I plan to volunteer my time and resources to organizations that are working to create positive change in the world. Whether it's donating money to a charity that supports underprivileged youth or spending time volunteering at a local community center, I believe that every little bit helps. Another way that I hope to make a positive impact is by becoming a role model for other young black girls. Growing up, I did not have many people to look up to who looked like me. I want to be that person for the next generation of black girls. I want to show them that they can achieve anything they set their minds to, regardless of what the world may tell them. I want to inspire them to be strong, confident, and unapologetically themselves. But perhaps the most important way that I hope to make a positive impact is by spreading love and kindness wherever I go. In a world that can be so cruel and unforgiving, I believe that the simple act of being kind can make a huge difference. Whether it's smiling at a stranger on the street or offering a kind word to someone who is struggling, I want to be someone who spreads positivity and light wherever I go. I know that my journey towards making a positive impact on the world will not be easy. I will face challenges and setbacks, and there will be times when it feels like the odds are stacked against me. But I refuse to let those obstacles stand in my way. I believe that with hard work, determination, and a whole lot of love, I can make a difference in the world. It is my hope that my efforts will inspire others to do the same. We all have the power to make a positive impact on the world, no matter who we are or where we come from. We can all be beacons of light in a world that can sometimes seem dark and hopeless. So let us all commit ourselves to making a positive impact on the world. Let us advocate for justice and equality, volunteer our time and resources to those in need, become role models for the next generation, and spread love and kindness wherever we go. If we all do our part, no matter how small, we can create a world that is more just, more compassionate, and more beautiful than we ever thought possible.
    Barbara Cain Literary Scholarship
    I used to think that books were just a way to pass the time, a way to escape the mundanity of everyday life. But then I read "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor Frankl, and everything changed. The book made me realize that books can be so much more than just entertainment. They can be life-changing, transformative, and help you discover things about yourself that you never knew. As a teenager, I have struggled with my mental health. I have always felt like I was missing something, like there was a void inside of me that I couldn't fill. I have tried everything from therapy to medication, but nothing seemed to work. That is, until I read "Man's Search for Meaning." The book taught me that even in the darkest of times, there is always hope, always a reason to keep going. In the book, Viktor Frankl shares his experience of surviving the Holocaust. He talks about how he found meaning in his suffering, how he refused to give up even when it seemed like all was lost. His words resonated with me on a deep level, and I realized that I too could find meaning in my struggles. Reading "Man's Search for Meaning" helped me understand that my mental health struggles were not something to be ashamed of. They were a part of my journey, a part of what makes me who I am. The book helped me see that there is beauty in the struggle, that even the darkest moments can lead to growth and transformation. I remember one passage from the book that particularly spoke to me. Frankl wrote, "Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way." This quote reminded me that even though I may not be able to control what happens to me, I can control how I react to it. I can choose to see the good in every situation, to find meaning in my struggles. After reading "Man's Search for Meaning," I started to see my mental health struggles in a new light. Instead of feeling ashamed and helpless, I felt empowered. I realized that I had the power to choose my own way, to find meaning in my suffering. I started to journal and reflect on my experiences, and slowly but surely, I began to heal. Now, I see the world through a different lens. I see beauty in the struggle, and I am grateful for every experience that has led me to where I am today. I know that my journey is far from over, but I am no longer afraid of what the future holds. I am excited to see what meaning I will find in my struggles, what lessons I will learn, and how I will grow. In conclusion, "Man's Search for Meaning" has been a powerful book for me. It has taught me that even in the darkest of times, there is always hope. It has helped me see my mental health struggles in a new light and has given me the courage to face them head-on. It has shown me that books can be so much more than just entertainment; they can be life-changing. I will carry the lessons I have learned from this book with me for the rest of my life, and I know that they will continue to shape my goals and aspirations.
    Charles Pulling Sr. Memorial Scholarship
    As a child of immigrants, I grew up with a unique perspective on life. My parents came to this country with little more than the clothes on their backs and the hope for a better life. They faced countless hardships and struggles, from the language barrier to discrimination, but they never gave up. They worked tirelessly to provide for our family and instilled in me a strong work ethic and a desire to succeed. Growing up, we didn't have a lot of money. My parents worked multiple jobs just to make ends meet, and we often had to go without the luxuries that many take for granted. I remember feeling envious of my classmates who had the latest toys and gadgets, but I also knew that my parents were doing everything they could to provide for us. One thing that my parents always emphasized was the importance of education. They knew that a good education was the key to a better life, and they instilled that value in me from a young age. They encouraged me to work hard in school and to always strive for excellence. When it came time for me to apply to college, I knew that I wanted to continue my education, but I also knew that it wouldn't be easy. My parents had never gone to college, and we didn't have the financial resources to pay for it. But I was determined to succeed, and I worked hard to get scholarships and financial aid to make it possible. Being a first-generation college student is both exciting and daunting. On the one hand, I am proud to be the first in my family to pursue higher education. But on the other hand, it's also a lot of pressure. I feel like I have to succeed not just for myself, but for my family and for future generations. There are times when I feel overwhelmed, like I'm in over my head. But then I remember all of the sacrifices that my parents made to get me to where I am today. I think about the long hours they worked, the obstacles they overcame, and the dreams they had for me. And I know that I can't let them down. So what drives me to do more? It's a combination of factors, really. It's my desire to succeed, my determination to make my parents proud, and my belief that education is the key to a better life. But it's also something deeper than that. It's the knowledge that my parents came to this country with nothing but their dreams and their determination, and that they were able to build a better life for themselves and their family. It's the knowledge that I am standing on their shoulders, that I am a product of their hard work and sacrifice . Being a non-traditional student isn't easy. There are challenges and obstacles that I have had to overcome, from balancing work and school to navigating a system that wasn't designed for people like me. But at the end of the day, I know that it's worth it. I know that my education is not just about me, but about my family, my community, and my future. As I continue on this journey, I am grateful for the lessons that my parents have taught me. And while I may not be able to repay them for all that they have done, I can honor their legacy by doing my best, by striving for excellence, and by never giving up on my dreams.
    Eco-Warrior Scholarship
    Hey there! As a teenager, I am all about living sustainably and reducing my carbon footprint. It's not just a trend, it's a necessity. Plus, let's be real, who doesn't want to save the planet and look cool doing it? One of the intentional choices I make every day is to reduce my plastic use. I bring my reusable water bottle everywhere I go, and I even have a special compartment in my backpack just for it. I also bring my own bags when I go grocery shopping, because let's face it, plastic bags are so last century. I mean, have you ever tried to carry a bunch of heavy items in a flimsy plastic bag? Not fun. But reducing plastic use isn't the only way I live sustainably. I also try to conserve energy whenever possible. That means turning off lights when I leave a room, unplugging chargers when I'm not using them, and taking shorter showers. Yes, I know, taking shorter showers can be a challenge, especially when you're singing along to your favorite tunes. But trust me, it's worth it. Another way I try to reduce my carbon footprint is by eating a mostly plant-based diet. Don't get me wrong, I love a good burger as much as the next person. But I also love the planet, and I know that animal agriculture is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. So, I try to eat lots of fruits, veggies, and legumes. Plus, have you tried a Beyond Burger? They're actually pretty delicious. Now, you might be wondering why I think it's important to reduce my carbon footprint. Well, for starters, I don't want to live on a planet that's completely destroyed by climate change. That sounds pretty bleak to me. But it's not just about me and my future. It's about all the other living beings on this planet. Animals, plants, insects, they all deserve a healthy environment to live in. And let's not forget about future generations. I want my kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids to have a beautiful, thriving planet to call home. So, there you have it. Living sustainably isn't just a choice, it's a responsibility. And reducing your plastic use, conserving energy, and eating a plant-based diet are all simple ways you can do your part. And, you'll look pretty cool doing it. Trust me, nothing's cooler than being a planet-saving superhero. But let's be real, living sustainably isn't always easy. Sometimes you forget your reusable water bottle at home, or you accidentally leave the lights on when you leave the room. That's okay, we're all human. The important thing is to keep trying. Every little bit helps, and even small changes can make a big impact. Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go compost my avocado pit and plant some trees. Gotta do my part to save the planet, one essay at a time.
    Colby R. Eggleston and Kyla Lee Entrepreneurship Award
    As a high school student, I believe that there is an opportunity for a business that can provide affordable and healthy meal options to the members of my local community. There are several reasons why I believe that such a business would be beneficial to the community. Firstly, many people in my community struggle to afford healthy meals. Fast food options are often cheaper and more accessible, but they are not always the best choice for maintaining good health. Secondly, there is a growing awareness of the importance of healthy eating, and many people are actively seeking out healthy meal options. To address this need, I would like to start a business that would provide affordable, healthy meals to people in my community. The business would be called "Fresh Start Foods," and it would be a small restaurant that specializes in fresh, healthy food. To get started, I would need to do some research on the types of meals that people in my community would be interested in. I would conduct surveys and focus groups to get a better understanding of the local market and to identify any gaps that exist in the current offerings. Once I have a better idea of what types of meals people are looking for, I would need to develop a menu and pricing strategy. I would aim to keep the prices as low as possible, while still ensuring that the business is profitable. To achieve this, I would need to source ingredients from local farmers and suppliers, as this would help to keep costs down. To get the word out about my business, I would use a variety of marketing strategies. I would create flyers and posters to put up around town, and I would also use social media to promote the business. I would also consider partnering with local gyms and fitness centers to offer discounts to their members. One of the key ways that my business would contribute to the general welfare of the community would be by providing healthy meal options to people who might not otherwise have access to them. By making healthy food affordable and accessible, I believe that I could help to improve the health and wellbeing of people in my community. In addition to this, I would also aim to be a responsible and sustainable business. I would use biodegradable packaging materials and minimize food waste by donating any leftover food to local charities and shelters. Overall, I believe that "Fresh Start Foods" would be a valuable addition to my local community. By providing healthy meal options at an affordable price, I believe that I could make a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of people in my community. While starting a business is not easy, I believe that with hard work and dedication, it is possible to turn this idea into a successful and sustainable venture.
    Jorian Kuran Harris (Shugg) Helping Heart Foundation Scholarship
    Hi, my name is Madison James, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to introduce myself to you. I am a high school senior, and I am planning to major in business in college. My interest in business started when I joined the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club at my school. I was fascinated by the various aspects of business, including marketing, finance, and entrepreneurship. As a member of FBLA, I have had the opportunity to participate in various business competitions and workshops, which have helped me to develop my skills and knowledge in this field. I am also a member of the Black Student Union (BSU) at my school, where I have been able to connect with other students who share my interests and experiences. Recently, I organized a joint meeting between the FBLA and BSU clubs to discuss the lack of representation of minorities in the business field. It was a great opportunity to share our perspectives and ideas, and I hope that it will help to end the underrepresentation of minorities in this industry. As for my long-term goals and career aspirations, I hope to become a successful businesswoman and entrepreneur. I want to create a business that is not only profitable but also has a positive impact on the world. I believe that business can be a force for good, and I want to be a part of that movement. In addition to my professional goals, I also want to give back to my community and help other underrepresented individuals achieve their dreams. While I am excited about my future, I have also faced challenges in my life, including physical and emotional weakness. One of the most significant obstacles I have had to overcome is my struggle with OCD and anxiety. OCD is a condition that causes me to have intrusive thoughts and compulsive behaviors, such as constantly checking to make sure doors are locked or repeatedly washing my hands. It can be exhausting and time-consuming, and it has definitely affected my daily life. At times, my OCD and anxiety have been overwhelming, but I have learned to cope with it in various ways. For example, I use cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques, such as exposure and response prevention, to manage my symptoms. I also practice mindfulness and meditation to help me stay grounded and centered. Additionally, I find humor to be a powerful tool in managing my condition. Sometimes, when my OCD is acting up, I'll make jokes about it to lighten the mood. For example, I might say, "Sorry, I can't shake your hand right now. I'm in the middle of a pandemic, and my OCD won't let me." Making light of my condition helps me to feel less alone and less ashamed of my struggles. I am passionate about business and ending the underrepresentation of minorities in this field. I believe that business can be a force for good, and I want to use my skills and knowledge to make a positive impact on the world. While I have faced challenges, including OCD and anxiety, I have learned to cope with them through various techniques, including humor, mindfulness, and therapy. Thank you for taking the time to get to know me, and I am excited about the opportunities that lie ahead.
    DV Awareness Scholarship in Memory of Teresa Cox, Rhonda Cox and Jimmie Neal
    As a high school student, I have always been passionate about making a difference in the world. One issue that has always struck a chord with me is domestic violence. It's a problem that affects millions of people all over the world, and I believe that we need to do more to raise awareness and help those who are affected by it. To start, I have been donating to the Hope For Domestic Violence organization for the past year. It's a small contribution, but I know that every little bit helps. Hope For Domestic Violence is an organization that provides support and resources to survivors of domestic violence, as well as working to raise awareness and prevent future incidents from happening. But I want to do more than just donate money. I want to be an advocate for those who are affected by domestic violence. I plan to use my platform as a future business leader to raise awareness and make a difference. As a business major, I believe that I can use my skills to help those affected by domestic violence. I want to start by working with local businesses to raise awareness and provide resources to those in need. I believe that businesses have a responsibility to give back to their communities, and by working with them, we can make a real difference. I also want to use social media to raise awareness about domestic violence. I believe that social media is a powerful tool that can be used to spread awareness and encourage action. By sharing stories of survivors and providing resources for those in need, I hope to make a difference in the lives of those affected by domestic violence. But most importantly, I want to make a personal connection with those affected by domestic violence. I want to listen to their stories, offer my support, and be a friend to those who may feel alone and isolated. I believe that by making a personal connection with those affected by domestic violence, we can create a real sense of community and support. It's not an easy issue to tackle, but I believe that with determination and hard work, we can make a difference. By raising awareness, providing resources, and making personal connections with those affected by domestic violence, we can help to break the cycle of abuse and make the world a better place. As I look to the future, I am filled with hope and optimism. I know that there is a lot of work to be done, but I am committed to making a difference. I hope that my actions will inspire others to get involved and help to raise awareness for this important issue. Domestic violence is a problem that affects all of us, and we all have a responsibility to make a difference. I believe that by working together, we can create a world where everyone feels safe and supported. I am honored to be a part of this movement, and I look forward to making a difference in the lives of those affected by domestic violence.
    McClendon Leadership Award
    Leadership, to me, is the ability to inspire and guide others toward a common goal or vision. It involves effective communication, decision-making, and problem-solving skills, as well as a willingness to take initiative and responsibility for the outcomes of one's actions. As the President of my school's Gender Sexuality Alliance and Vice President of the Political Discussion Club, I have had the opportunity to practice and develop my leadership skills in different contexts. As the President of my school's Gender Sexuality Alliance, my role is to create a safe and inclusive space for LGBTQ+ students and allies, as well as to advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and issues. This involves organizing meetings, events, and campaigns, as well as communicating with the school administration and community. To be an effective leader in this role, I need to be empathetic, open-minded, and respectful of diverse perspectives and experiences. I also need to be able to manage conflicts and create consensus among group members. Similarly, as the Vice President of the Political Discussion Club, my role is to facilitate respectful and informed discussions about current events and political issues. This involves researching and presenting topics, as well as moderating debates and discussions. To be an effective leader in this role, I need to be well-informed, critical, and objective, as well as able to listen actively and respond constructively to different viewpoints. Outside of school, I also volunteer as the Kitchen Lead at Meals by Grace, a local nonprofit organization that provides food assistance to families in need. In this role, I oversee the preparation and distribution of meals, as well as the training and supervision of volunteers. To be an effective leader in this role, I need to be organized, detail-oriented, and able to communicate clearly and efficiently. I also need to be flexible and adaptable, as unforeseen challenges often arise in the kitchen. Finally, I also volunteer at the Georgia Wildlife Federation, where I assist with wildlife rehabilitation and conservation efforts. In this role, I have had the opportunity to learn about the ecological and environmental challenges facing our state and country, as well as to engage with a community of passionate and dedicated volunteers. To be an effective leader in this role, I need to be knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and collaborative, as well as willing to learn from and teach others. Leadership is important for several reasons. Firstly, it allows individuals to have a positive impact on their communities and the world around them. By taking initiative and inspiring others, leaders can bring about change and progress in areas that are important to them. Secondly, leadership helps individuals develop valuable skills and qualities, such as communication, problem-solving, and empathy, which are essential for personal and professional growth. Finally, leadership fosters a sense of responsibility and accountability, as leaders are often held to a higher standard of behavior and performance. In conclusion, leadership is a multifaceted and important concept that can be practiced and developed in a variety of contexts. As the President of my school's Gender Sexuality Alliance and Vice President of the Political Discussion Club, as well as a volunteer at Meals by Grace and the Georgia Wildlife Federation, I have had the opportunity to develop and apply my leadership skills in different ways. Through these experiences, I have learned that leadership requires a combination of knowledge, empathy, communication, and action, as well as a commitment to making a positive difference in the world.
    Charles B. Brazelton Memorial Scholarship
    As a high school senior, gun violence is a topic that hits close to home for me. While I haven't had any direct experience with gun violence, I have seen how it can impact my community. Just last year, a student at my school threatened to shoot several teachers after getting in trouble for drinking on school property. This incident left many students feeling unsafe and on edge, especially after the student managed to get into the school building on several occasions despite being expelled and banned from campus after bringing a weapon to school. The fear that gun violence can strike at any time is a reality that many of us live with every day. It's not just the mass shootings that make the news that we worry about, but also the more everyday incidents that often go unreported. As a member of the High School Democrats, I have been involved in discussions with local officials regarding gun control. We have worked to bring awareness to the issue and have advocated for policies that would make our schools and communities safer. One of the extracurriculars that I am involved in is FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America). While my interest in business may seem unrelated to gun violence, I believe that there are ways in which I can use my skills and knowledge to make a difference. For example, I hope to one day work for a company that is committed to reducing gun violence, whether it's through supporting gun control legislation, implementing workplace safety policies, or donating to organizations that work to prevent gun violence. In the meantime, I plan to continue to bring awareness to the issue of gun violence through my involvement in organizations like the High School Democrats. We have held events and forums to discuss the issue with our peers and local officials, and I believe that these conversations are important in helping to build momentum for change. One thing that I find particularly concerning about the incident at my school is how easily the student was able to gain access to the building after being banned. This highlights a larger issue with school safety and security that needs to be addressed. While we cannot eliminate all risk, there are steps that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of these types of incidents occurring. For example, we could invest in better security measures, such as metal detectors or surveillance cameras. We could also train teachers and staff to recognize warning signs and take action when necessary. Additionally, we could work to address the root causes of gun violence, such as mental health issues or access to firearms. As a high school student, I feel that it is important to be involved in these discussions and to be part of the solution. While I may not have all the answers, I am committed to doing my part to make our schools and communities safer for everyone. In conclusion, gun violence is a serious issue that affects us all. While we may not be able to eliminate all risk, there are steps that we can take to reduce the likelihood of these types of incidents occurring. As a member of the High School Democrats and FBLA, I plan to continue to bring awareness to the issue of gun violence and to advocate for policies that make our schools and communities safer. Through our collective efforts, I believe that we can make a difference and create a world where everyone can feel safe and secure.
    William Griggs Memorial Scholarship for Science and Math
    Hello everyone, my name is Madison James, and I am a high school senior who is currently thinking about majoring in accounting. Now, I know what you're thinking, "Wow, accounting, that's about as exciting as watching paint dry." But hear me out, I think accounting is pretty cool, and I'm going to tell you why. First of all, let's talk about the perks of being an accountant. Sure, it might not be as glamorous as being a doctor or a lawyer, but at least I won't have to deal with blood or angry clients. And let's be real, who wouldn't want to spend their days crunching numbers and wearing a nice, comfortable pair of slacks? Plus, accountants make bank. And by "bank," I mean a lot of money. So, if you're looking for a career where you can buy all the avocado toast you want and still afford to pay rent, accounting might just be the way to go. Now, I know what you're thinking, "But Madison, math is hard." And to that, I say, "Yes, math can be hard, but so is trying to find a job with a degree in underwater basket weaving." Besides, I've always been pretty good at math. In fact, I'm so good at math that I can calculate the exact amount of change I should receive from a cashier before they even finish counting it out. I know, I know, I'm basically a human calculator. But seriously, math and accounting go hand in hand. In accounting, you have to be able to analyze data, identify trends, and create financial statements. And let's not forget about all the fun tax laws and regulations you get to learn about. Trust me, it's a blast. But here's the thing, accounting isn't just about crunching numbers. It's also about communication and problem-solving. As an accountant, you have to be able to explain complex financial concepts to your clients in a way that they can understand. And let's be real, not everyone speaks "accountant." So, being able to translate financial jargon into plain English is a skill that is highly valued in the accounting world. As for how I plan to contribute to the field of math and science, well, I'm not exactly planning on discovering a new mathematical theory or inventing the cure for cancer. But what I do plan on doing is using my skills to help people. Whether it's helping a small business owner balance their books or assisting a nonprofit in managing their finances, I want to use my knowledge to make a difference in the world. And who knows, maybe one day I'll even become a forensic accountant and help solve white-collar crimes. Because nothing says "exciting career" like tracking down embezzlers and unraveling financial fraud schemes. In conclusion, I may not be the next Albert Einstein or Marie Curie, but I do believe that I have something valuable to offer in the field of accounting. Sure, it might not be the most exciting career choice, but at least I won't have to deal with blood or angry clients. And let's not forget about all the avocado toast I'll be able to buy. So, if you're looking for a career that is stable, lucrative, and full of opportunities to wear slacks, then accounting might just be the way to go.
    Lillian's & Ruby's Way Scholarship
    Greetings, fellow humans! My name is Madison James, and I'm here to tell you all about how I plan to make a positive impact on the world through my leadership. But before we get into all that heavy stuff, let me introduce myself a bit more. I'm a proud volunteer at Meals by Grace, where I help feed those in need in my community. It's a tough job, but someone's got to do it! I mean, who doesn't love peeling a million potatoes and chopping carrots until your fingers are numb? Just kidding, I actually find it incredibly rewarding to know that I'm making a difference in someone's life, even if it's just through a simple meal. In addition to volunteering at Meals by Grace, I'm also a big animal lover and volunteer at the Georgia Wildlife Federation. I'm always down for a good hike in the great outdoors, and nothing beats getting up close and personal with some of the amazing creatures that call our state home. I'm pretty sure I have more pictures of me with random animals than I do with actual people. But hey, who needs human friends when you have a possum pal? Now, as much as I love volunteering, I also have some pretty big dreams for my future. That's why I plan on majoring in business. I know, I know, some of you may be thinking "Wow, how exciting, another boring business major." But let me tell you, business is the backbone of our society. Without it, we wouldn't have things like iPhones or Netflix or even basic necessities like food and water. Plus, with my passion for social justice, I plan on using my business degree to create positive change in my community. That's where my involvement in the FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) and the Black Student Union come in. As a member of both organizations, I've learned a lot about the lack of diversity in the business field. It's no secret that minorities, especially Black individuals, are severely underrepresented in the business realm. But I refuse to let that stand. That's why I plan on using my platform to diversify the business field and address the issue of underrepresentation of minorities. It's not going to be an easy task, but with the help of FBLA and the Black Student Union, I know we can make a difference. I mean, who says business has to be all suits and ties and board meetings? Why can't it also be about inclusivity and representation and breaking down barriers? So, to sum it all up, I'm Madison James, lover of animals, volunteer extraordinaire, and future businesswoman on a mission. With my involvement in FBLA and the Black Student Union, I plan on diversifying the business field and creating positive change in my community. And who knows, maybe one day I'll even be able to convince my boss to let me bring my pet possum to work. A girl can dream, right?
    Xavier M. Monroe Heart of Gold Memorial Scholarship
    Well, let me tell you, growing up in a low-income family was no walk in the park. But I sure did learn a lot from the challenges and setbacks that came my way. One time, I remember we were so broke that we couldn't afford to buy groceries for the week. So my mom got creative and decided to make a meal out of whatever was left in the fridge. We had some stale bread, a can of beans, and a few slices of cheese. And thus, the "bean and cheese sandwich" was born. Let me tell you, it was not a culinary masterpiece, but it filled our bellies and we had a good laugh about it. But that experience taught me a valuable lesson about resourcefulness. When faced with a difficult situation, sometimes you have to get creative and make the best out of what you have. Another time, I had a big project due in school and I had spent weeks working on it. I was so proud of it, but when I got it back, I had received a failing grade. I was devastated. I couldn't believe that all my hard work had gone to waste. But that setback taught me about the importance of perseverance. Instead of giving up, I went to my teacher and asked for feedback on what I could do better next time. I spent the next few days reworking the project and eventually received an A. It wasn't easy, but I learned that sometimes the biggest successes come after the greatest failures. And let's not forget the time when I was applying for colleges. I had dreams of attending a prestigious university, but when I received my SAT scores, I realized that those dreams might not be within reach. My scores were far below the average for the schools I wanted to attend. But that setback taught me about the value of hard work. I spent the next few months studying every spare moment I had. I took practice tests, worked with tutors, and even joined a study group. And you know what? I raised my scores by over 200 points! I ended up getting into my dream school and it was all because I refused to give up. Looking back, I can see how all those challenges and setbacks shaped me into the person I am today. I learned about resourcefulness, perseverance, and hard work. And let's not forget about the importance of having a sense of humor. Because sometimes, when you're faced with a situation that seems impossible, all you can do is laugh and make a bean and cheese sandwich.
    FLIK Hospitality Group’s Entrepreneurial Council Scholarship
    Well, well, well! As a future finance major, I'm already looking at the world through green-tinted glasses. I mean, who else is going to balance the books and keep the cash flowing for all those fantastic eco-initiatives out there? But enough about me, let's talk about how I'm going to create a positive environmental impact on my local and global communities over the next five years. First things first, I'm going to cut back on paper usage. Sure, it's not the most glamorous of eco-initiatives, but hey, finance majors are nothing if not practical. So, instead of printing out reams of paper for meetings and presentations, I'm going to switch to digital. No more printed agendas, no more paper receipts, and no more old-fashioned accounting ledgers. We're going to be all about cloud-based software, baby! Next up, I'm going to lobby my university to divest from fossil fuels. Yep, you heard that right. I'm going to get all up in the university's grill and make sure they know that investing in clean, renewable energy is not only good for the planet, but it's also a smart financial decision. I'll be armed with all the facts and figures I can find and I'll be ready to debate until the cows come home. Speaking of cows, let's talk about the culinary innovation side of things. I'm not exactly a whiz in the kitchen, but I can definitely get behind some plant-based eating. I'm going to make a point to explore all the new meat-free options popping up around town and encourage my friends and family to do the same. Who knows, maybe I'll even host a plant-based potluck (and secretly gloat when everyone loves my tofu stir-fry). Now, onto the hospitality industry. I'm going to make sure that all the hotels and resorts I stay at have green policies in place. No more single-use plastics, no more wasting energy on unnecessary lighting and climate control, and definitely no more excuses. I'm going to be the squeaky wheel that demands change, and I won't stop until every hotel is as eco-friendly as possible. And speaking of squeaky wheels, let's talk about marketing. I know how important it is to get the word out about all the great eco-initiatives happening around the world. I'm going to use my marketing skills to create eye-catching campaigns that promote everything from sustainable fashion to zero-waste living. And you know what? I'm going to make them funny, too! Who says saving the planet can't be fun? Finally, let's talk about technology. I'm no Steve Jobs, but I do know a thing or two about the power of innovation. I'm going to keep my eye out for any new technology that can help us reduce our carbon footprint, and I'm going to do everything in my power to make sure it gets the attention it deserves. Whether it's a new app that helps us track our carbon emissions or a new gadget that makes recycling easier than ever, I'm going to be all over it. So, there you have it. My five-year plan to create a positive environmental impact on my local and global communities. Sure, some people might say that finance and sustainability don't go hand in hand, but I'm here to prove them wrong. With a little bit of creativity, a lot of hard work, and a whole heap of green enthusiasm, I know I can make a difference. Who knows, maybe I'll even convince my fellow finance majors to get in on the action. After all, saving the planet is the ultimate investment, am I right?
    Deborah Thomas Scholarship Award
    As a student with aspirations to major in business, my ultimate goal is to make a positive impact on the world by using my skills and knowledge to create a more inclusive and equitable business environment. I firmly believe that diversity is a key component of success in business, and I am committed to doing my part to promote diversity and inclusion within the industry. As a member of both the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and the Black Student Union (BSU) at my school, I have had the opportunity to learn more about the challenges faced by minorities in the business world. Through my involvement in these organizations, I have become even more passionate about the need for diversity and inclusion in the industry. In order to promote diversity and inclusion within the business world, I have initiated a plan to create a fusion between the FBLA, BSU, and other student unions at my school. This plan aims to bring together students who are interested in business and who are also members of minority groups, such as African Americans, Hispanics, and Asians, in order to create a more diverse and inclusive community within the industry. By bringing these two organizations together, we can create a space where students can learn more about the business world, while also promoting diversity and inclusion. Through a combination of workshops, guest speakers, and networking events, we can help students develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the industry, while also promoting a more diverse and inclusive culture within the industry. As a member of this fusion organization, I plan to take an active role in promoting diversity and inclusion within the business world. This includes advocating for policies and practices that promote diversity and inclusion, as well as mentoring and supporting other minority students who are interested in pursuing a career in business. I also plan to use my career in business to make a positive impact on the world. This includes working for companies that prioritize diversity and inclusion, and advocating for policies and practices that promote equity and fairness in the workplace. Additionally, I plan to use my skills and knowledge to help promote entrepreneurship among minority communities, and to create opportunities for underrepresented groups within the industry. Ultimately, my goal is to use my career in business to create a more diverse and inclusive world. I believe that by promoting diversity and inclusion within the industry, we can help create a better world for everyone. By working together, we can create a business world that values diversity and inclusion, and that provides opportunities for everyone, regardless of their background or identity. In conclusion, as a student with aspirations to major in business, I am committed to making a positive impact on the world by promoting diversity and inclusion within the industry. Through my involvement in FBLA and BSU, I have become passionate about this issue, and I am committed to doing my part to create a more diverse and inclusive business world. By working together, we can create a world that values diversity and inclusion, and that provides opportunities for everyone to succeed.
    I Can and I Will Scholarship
    As someone who struggles with OCD, my mental health has had a significant impact on my beliefs, relationships, and career aspirations. It's been a bumpy ride, to say the least. One of the biggest challenges of having OCD is dealing with the intrusive thoughts that come with it. For years, I was ashamed of these thoughts and tried my best to hide them from others. I was afraid that if anyone found out what was going on in my head, they would think I was crazy or dangerous. But over time, I've learned that it's okay to talk about my OCD and the thoughts that come with it. I've found a supportive community of people who understand what I'm going through and can relate to the struggles that come with living with OCD. When it comes to my beliefs, my OCD has taught me the importance of being kind to myself. I used to beat myself up over every little mistake or imperfection, but now I try to approach things with a more forgiving mindset. I remind myself that it's okay to make mistakes and that I'm only human. My OCD has also influenced my relationships. I've had to learn how to communicate my needs and boundaries to others, especially when it comes to things like cleanliness and order. It's not always easy to explain why certain things trigger my OCD, but I've found that being honest and open with the people in my life can make a big difference. As for my career aspirations, I've always been interested in business. I love the idea of creating something from nothing and seeing it grow into a successful enterprise. But at times, my OCD has made it difficult to pursue this passion. I worry that my OCD will make it hard for me to be taken seriously in the business world. I fear that my colleagues will see me as "the weird one" or that my OCD will prevent me from being as effective as I need to be. But despite these concerns, I'm determined to pursue my dreams. I believe that my OCD can actually be an asset in the business world. My attention to detail and my ability to stay organized and focused can help me excel in this field. Of course, there are still days when my OCD gets the best of me. I'll spend hours obsessing over a small mistake or worrying about something that's out of my control. But even on those days, I try to remember that I'm not alone in this. There are millions of people out there who are struggling with their own mental health issues, and we're all in this together. At the end of the day, my OCD is just one small part of who I am. It doesn't define me, and it certainly doesn't limit what I'm capable of achieving. As long as I stay true to myself and keep pushing forward, I know that I can achieve anything I set my mind to.
    Ella Hall-Dillon Scholarship
    As a child of Jamaican immigrants, I have always been proud of my heritage and the sacrifices my family made to come to the United States. My mother, who was born and raised in Jamaica, experienced a lot of discrimination when she first arrived in America. She was bullied for her Jamaican accent and struggled to fit in at school. Despite this, she never lost sight of her dreams and worked hard to provide for our family. My grandmother also played a significant role in our family's journey to the United States. She came to this country from Jamaica with my dad and aunts, seeking better opportunities. Like my mother, she faced many challenges as a single mother in a foreign country. However, she never gave up and worked tirelessly to provide for her family. Unfortunately, due to financial constraints, my dad was unable to attend college. This has inspired me to work even harder and pursue my dreams of a higher education. I am determined to succeed and make my family proud. Because of my family's struggles with finances and my interest in entrepreneurship, I have decided to major in business. I believe that this degree will not only give me the skills I need to succeed in the business world, but also allow me to create opportunities for myself and others. My family's journey to the United States has shaped me into the person I am today. It has taught me the value of hard work, perseverance, and the importance of education. I am grateful for the sacrifices my family has made and am determined to make the most of the opportunities they have provided for me.
    Gabriel Martin Memorial Annual Scholarship
    Oh boy, where do I start? Living with eczema has been a wild ride, to say the least. It's like having an annoying little roommate who never leaves and makes you scratch yourself constantly. My first memory of eczema was when I was a baby. My poor mom had to slather me with so much lotion that I probably slid right out of her arms. As I grew older, it seemed like every other week I would have a new rash on some part of my body. One time, I went to the beach with my family and my eczema decided to throw a party. It was the classic red, itchy, bumpy rash all over my body. I looked like a lobster that had an allergic reaction to something. The worst part was trying to put sunscreen on it. I'm pretty sure I used half the bottle just trying to cover myself. I ended up staying under an umbrella the whole time, which was not the beach vacation I had in mind. And let's talk about winter. Winter and eczema are mortal enemies. The dry air just sucks all the moisture out of your skin, leaving it dry and flaky. I've tried everything from coconut oil to honey to help moisturize my skin, but sometimes it just feels like nothing works. One time, my eczema got so bad that my friend thought I had been in a fight because my face was so swollen and red. Nope, just a lovely eczema flare-up. The worst part about eczema is the constant itchiness. I've been caught scratching in public more times than I can count. It's like having an itch that you can never scratch enough. I've had to explain to so many people that I'm not contagious, I just have eczema. But enough about the struggles. Despite all of this, I'm determined to not let eczema control my life. I've learned to adapt and find ways to manage my symptoms. I've found that wearing soft clothing and taking lukewarm showers helps soothe my skin. I've also started using fragrance-free products and have even started making my own natural lotion. My goals for the future are to continue to find new ways to manage my eczema and to not let it hold me back from living my life. I want to travel and explore new places, even if that means dealing with new environmental factors that may trigger my eczema. I want to continue pursuing my passions and not let my skin condition stop me from achieving my goals. Plus, let's be real, having eczema can be a great conversation starter. I've had so many people come up to me and ask about it, which has led to some interesting and funny conversations. It's like a built-in icebreaker. So, to all my fellow eczema warriors out there, keep fighting the good fight. Don't let your skin condition define you. And remember, laughter is the best medicine, especially when it comes to dealing with something as ridiculous as eczema.
    Net Impact Berkeley Social Impact Scholarship
    For me, creating an impact means using my skills and knowledge to make a positive difference in the world around me. It means finding ways to contribute to causes and initiatives that align with my values, and using my abilities to help make progress towards positive change. One example of how I've made my own Net Impact is through my volunteer work with the Georgia Wildlife Federation. As a volunteer with the Georgia Wildlife Federation, I've had the opportunity to contribute to a variety of projects and initiatives that aim to protect and preserve the state's natural environment. One of the projects I've worked on is the "No Child Left Inside" program, which is focused on getting children and families outside and engaged with nature. As a volunteer, I helped to plan and run a series of outdoor education events and activities, including hiking trips, birdwatching walks, and conservation education workshops. Through this work, I was able to see firsthand the impact that connecting people with nature can have. I saw children who were hesitant to get their shoes muddy at the beginning of a hike turn into curious explorers, asking questions and pointing out interesting plants and animals they spotted along the way. I saw families who had never spent time together in nature bonding over a shared experience, and learning about the importance of protecting the environment for future generations. And I saw individuals who had never considered themselves "outdoorsy" discovering a new love for the natural world. To me, creating an impact means finding ways to connect with others and inspire positive change. It means working towards a common goal, and using our collective power to make progress towards a better future. Whether it's through volunteering, donating, or advocating for change, there are many ways that we can all make our own Net Impact in the world. In addition to my volunteer work with the Georgia Wildlife Federation, I've also sought out other opportunities to create an impact in my own life. As a student, I've been involved with several clubs and organizations on campus that focus on sustainability, social justice, and community service. Through these groups, I've had the chance to participate in events like beach cleanups, community gardens, and advocacy campaigns for causes like climate action and immigrant rights. One project that stands out to me is a community garden that I helped to start with a group of friends. We noticed that there was a lack of fresh produce available in our local neighborhood, and wanted to find a way to provide healthy food options for residents. We reached out to a local church and were able to secure a plot of land for a small community garden. Over the course of a few months, we worked together to clear the plot, build raised garden beds, and plant a variety of fruits and vegetables. The impact of this project was small, but meaningful. We were able to provide fresh produce for several families in the neighborhood, and also created a space for community members to come together and share their gardening knowledge and experiences. Through this project, I saw firsthand the power of collaboration and community-building, and how even small actions can make a big difference in the lives of others. Overall, creating an impact to me means finding ways to use our skills, resources, and passions to contribute to causes that matter. Whether it's through volunteer work, advocacy, or simply making more sustainable choices in our daily lives, we all have the power to make a positive difference in the world.
    Andrew Perez Mental Illness/Suicidal Awareness Education Scholarship
    Well, hello there! I'm excited to share my passions and my journey with mental illness. Let's start with my passions. I love everything business-related. I can talk about it all day, every day. From the latest trends in marketing to the best strategies for financial management, you name it, and I'll have something to say about it. I can't wait to major in business and put my skills to work. Now, let's talk about my mental illness. I struggle with anxiety, OCD, and BPD. But, hey, that's just a part of who I am. I like to make light of my situation and use humor to cope. It's either that or crying in the fetal position, and that's just not as fun. Let's start with anxiety. It's like having a constant game of whack-a-mole in my brain. I never know when something will pop up and trigger me. But, I've learned to cope with it by breathing exercises, meditation, and of course, retail therapy. There's something so therapeutic about swiping my card and watching my bank account balance decrease. It's a strange form of self-care, but it works for me. Next up is OCD. It's like having a never-ending to-do list that I can never fully complete. I'm always double-checking and triple-checking everything. Did I turn off the stove? Did I lock the door? Did I pack my lunch? It's exhausting. But, I've found that making lists and setting reminders on my phone helps me keep track of everything. And, let's be real, there's something so satisfying about checking off a completed task on a to-do list. It's the small victories that count. Finally, we have BPD. It's like having a rollercoaster of emotions that I have no control over. One moment, I'm happy and confident, and the next, I'm a hot mess of tears and insecurity. But, I've found that talking to my therapist and practicing mindfulness helps me stay grounded. And, when all else fails, I turn to my best friend, Ben & Jerry. They never judge me, and they always make me feel better. Now, onto my goals and aspirations. My ultimate dream is to own my own business. I want to be the boss lady in charge. I want to create something from scratch and watch it grow into a successful venture. I know it won't be easy, but I'm up for the challenge. And, of course, I want to make a positive impact on the world through my business. Whether it's through sustainable practices, supporting local communities, or providing jobs for those in need, I want to make a difference. But, before I can get there, I have to survive college. I know it won't be easy with my mental illness, but I'm determined to succeed. I'm going to surround myself with a supportive community, utilize the resources available to me, and practice self-care. And, of course, I'm going to make sure to have plenty of Ben & Jerry's on hand for those tough days. In conclusion, while dealing with mental illness is no easy feat, I've learned to cope and find humor in my situation. I'm excited to pursue my passions in business and make a positive impact on the world. And, hey, if all else fails, there's always ice cream.
    Kenyada Me'Chon Thomas Legacy Scholarship
    As a black girl who wants to major in business, there are so many African American Pillars who have influenced my field of study. But if I had to pick one, I would say that it's Madam C.J. Walker. Now, I know what you're thinking: "She's a hair care mogul. How does that have anything to do with business?" But hear me out. First of all, Madam C.J. Walker was a boss. Literally. She was one of the first female self-made millionaires in America. And she did it by starting her own hair care business in the early 1900s, when there were not a lot of opportunities for women, let alone black women, to succeed in business. But what's even more impressive is how she did it. Madam C.J. Walker didn't just sell products. She built a brand. She created a persona. She marketed herself as the embodiment of success and beauty, and she used that image to sell her products. That's some serious marketing genius right there. And as someone who wants to go into the business world, I know how important marketing is. In fact, I like to think of Madam C.J. Walker as the OG influencer. She used her personal brand to sell products, and she did it before Instagram even existed. But it's not just her marketing skills that inspire me. It's also her dedication to giving back to her community. Madam C.J. Walker was a philanthropist before it was trendy. She used her wealth to fund scholarships, support black institutions, and donate to charitable causes. As a black girl who wants to make a difference in the world, that kind of philanthropy is important to me. I want to use my success to lift up those around me, just like Madam C.J. Walker did. Of course, I have to acknowledge that Madam C.J. Walker's legacy is not without its flaws. Some have criticized her for promoting Eurocentric beauty standards and perpetuating colorism within the black community. And while I don't condone those actions, I also don't think we should discount everything she accomplished. Madam C.J. Walker was a trailblazer in a time when it was extremely difficult for black women to succeed. She paved the way for generations of black businesswomen to come, including me. So, as I embark on my journey to become a businesswoman, I'm going to take a page out of Madam C.J. Walker's book. I'm going to be a boss, a marketer, and a philanthropist. And I'm going to do it all while staying true to myself and my community. Because at the end of the day, that's what Madam C.J. Walker was all about. She wasn't just selling hair care products. She was selling the idea that black women could be successful, beautiful, and powerful. And that's a message that still resonates today.
    Freddie L Brown Sr. Scholarship
    In a world where the absurd reigns supreme, Where inanities are a daily routine, There lies an object, so dull and drab, Whose existence is mocked, but we still grab. It is naught but a simple, plastic spoon, A tool for our sustenance, a mundane boon, But oh! How it's mocked, for its plainness and lack, By those who view it as something amiss and slack. Yet, it is not the spoon's fault, for it is what it is, A utilitarian device, serving its purpose with glee and bliss, And though it may not be a thing of beauty or grandeur, It still serves its purpose, its duty and honor. For in a world where silverware is a status symbol, And gold-plated cutlery is deemed suitable, The spoon is often viewed as a thing of derision, And is deemed unworthy of our cuisine. But what of its function, its practicality and form? Its shape, so simple, yet it fits in our palm, And how it stirs and scoops, with ease and might, A true testament to its utilitarian light. And what of its versatility, its adaptability and use? Its ability to transform, from simple to something to muse, For it is not just a spoon, but a tool for our dreams, A paintbrush for our creations, a pen for our themes. For who has not gazed upon a masterpiece of art, And not marveled at the simple, plastic spoon that played a part? Who has not been awed by its ability to create, A work of beauty, a thing of art so great. And so we laugh, and mock this simple device, But we forget its worth, its purpose, its rise, For it is not just a spoon, but a tool for our life, A tool for our survival, a tool for our strife. And so we must pay homage, to this simple, plastic spoon, For it is not just a tool, but a symbol of our boon, A symbol of our ingenuity, a symbol of our will, A symbol of our determination, to make it all still. For the simple, plastic spoon is a reminder, of what we can achieve, A reminder of our potential, a reminder we can believe, That even the simplest of things, can bring us so much more, A reminder that beauty is not just in what we adore. And so let us celebrate, this simple, plastic spoon, For it is not just a tool, but a gift from the moon, A gift of our ingenuity, a gift of our will, A gift of our determination, to make it all still.
    Share Your Poetry Scholarship
    The world is a canvas, vast and supreme Each stroke a story, each hue a dream But when the colors fade, what remains? A portrait of emptiness, a canvas drained. For what is life but a fleeting moment, A spark of light, a passing sentiment A memory lost in the endless night, A flicker of hope, a fading light. We search for meaning, in this endless chase For something greater, to fill this void space But all we find, is a broken dream A world of sorrow, a life extreme. For what is life but a fleeting moment, A spark of light, a passing sentiment A memory lost in the endless night, A flicker of hope, a fading light. The world is a mystery, a symphony untold Each note a message, a story untold But when the music ends, what remains? A silence deafening, a soul in chains. For what is life but a fleeting moment, A spark of light, a passing sentiment A memory lost in the endless night, A flicker of hope, a fading light. We search for purpose, in this endless quest For something meaningful, to lay to rest But all we find, is a path unknown A journey uncertain, a future unknown. For what is life but a fleeting moment, A spark of light, a passing sentiment A memory lost in the endless night, A flicker of hope, a fading light. The world is a puzzle, a conundrum vast Each piece a story, a piece of the past But when the puzzle's done, what remains? A picture complete, a soul's gain. For what is life but a fleeting moment, A spark of light, a passing sentiment A memory lost in the endless night, A flicker of hope, a fading light. So hold on tight, to each fleeting moment For life is a treasure, a precious component A story untold, a journey to find The purpose and meaning, of life and time.
    Dan Leahy Scholarship Fund
    I admire my high school social studies teacher, Mr. Johnson. He was not only knowledgeable in history and politics, but he had a way of making it all come alive in the classroom. He had a contagious energy and passion for learning that was impossible to resist. He was always dressed in bright, bold colors, which added to his overall charisma. His lessons were engaging and often had us all laughing, but we always left with a deeper understanding of the subject matter. One day, Mr. Johnson challenged us to engage in a mock political debate. It was hilarious. Students from each political party made speeches and tried to convince their classmates to join their cause. At the end, we had a heated, yet respectful, discussion about the issues. This was my first real taste of political debate, and I was hooked. The following week, Mr. Johnson announced that he was starting a Political Debate Club, and I was one of the first students to sign up. I was eager to continue learning about politics and debating, and I was motivated by Mr. Johnson's passion for the subject. He taught us how to research, how to write a persuasive speech, and how to engage in a respectful and productive debate. I was amazed at how much I learned through this club. I gained a deeper understanding of the political process and became more confident in expressing my opinions. I also made some great friends who shared my love for politics and debating. But the real reason I was inspired to pursue further education was Mr. Johnson's unwavering belief in my abilities. He saw something in me that I couldn't see in myself. He encouraged me to go to college, to study political science, and to follow my dreams. I will always be grateful for his support and guidance. So, why did I decide to participate in speech and debate? Well, it's a funny story, really. One day, I was sitting in Mr. Johnson's class, and he was talking about the upcoming state speech and debate tournament. He said that he was looking for a few students to represent our school. I was nervous and didn't think I was qualified, but Mr. Johnson looked right at me and said, "I think you would be great at this." I was taken aback, but I agreed to give it a shot. I remember being terrified as I stood on stage, giving my first speech. But as I began to speak, I felt a sense of empowerment. I was amazed at how confident and passionate I felt, and I was soon hooked on speech and debate. In the years that followed, I continued to participate in speech and debate tournaments and even won a few awards. I also went on to study political science in college and am now pursuing a career in politics. In conclusion, I will always be grateful to Mr. Johnson for his encouragement and support. He inspired me to pursue further education and helped me discover my passion for politics and debate. I will never forget the laughter and fun we had in Political Debate Club, and I will always cherish the memories we made. I am thankful to have had a teacher like Mr. Johnson who believed in me and helped me become the person I am today.
    Maverick Grill and Saloon Scholarship
    I am not just any ordinary person. I am a walking enigma, a mystery waiting to be unraveled. I am like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get (but in a good way). I have been described as quirky, strange, and unpredictable, but that's just because I am a little bit of a wildcard. That's what makes me unique and sets me apart from the rest. For starters, I have a talent for speaking in different accents. I can effortlessly switch from a British accent to an Australian one to a Scottish one, and so on. I also have an uncanny ability to remember random trivia, which often impresses my friends and family. I can recite the entire alphabet backwards and recite the capitals of all the countries in the world. But, my real talent lies in my cooking skills. I am a self-taught chef, and I can whip up a mean batch of cookies. My secret ingredient is love. As for my community involvement, I am proud to have been a volunteer at Meals by Grace and the Georgia Wildlife Federation throughout high school. Meals by Grace provides hot, nutritious meals to those in need, and it is a cause I truly believe in, (not to mention I get to taste out my cooking skills). The Georgia Wildlife Federation is an organization dedicated to the protection of wildlife and their habitats, and I have always been passionate about conservation. Volunteering at these organizations has allowed me to give back to my community, and I have gained a lot of fulfillment from doing so. In the future, I plan to continue giving back to my community by utilizing my business skills. I am planning to major in business, and I hope to use my knowledge and expertise to help non-profits and small businesses succeed. I want to make a positive impact on the world, and I believe that by using my skills, I can help others to achieve their goals as well. And, of course, I can't forget to add a little humor to my essay. To give you a glimpse into my strange mind, I'll share with you a few of my favorite jokes. Why did the scarecrow win an award? Because he was outstanding in his field! Why don't scientists trust atoms? Because they make up everything! Why did the cookie go to the doctor? Because it was feeling crumbly! I hope these jokes have given you a little chuckle, and maybe even a smile. I believe that laughter is the best medicine, and I always try to find the humor in every situation. Life is too short to be serious all the time, and I think that it is important to have a good sense of humor. In conclusion, I am a unique individual, with a talent for speaking in different accents, a love for cooking, and a passion for volunteering and giving back to my community. I am also a bit of a wildcard, always keeping people on their toes with my quirks and my love for humor. I believe that these attributes set me apart, and I hope to continue to use them to make a positive impact on the world. Whether I am cracking jokes or helping small businesses succeed, I will always strive to be a bright spot in the world, spreading joy and laughter wherever I go.
    Donald A. Baker Foundation Scholarship
    Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa and an icon of peace and justice, is one of the most remarkable figures in modern history. Despite facing 27 years of incarceration and segregation, he emerged as a symbol of hope, forgiveness, and resilience. But did you know that Mandela was also a prankster who loved to make people laugh? Yes, you heard it right! Mandela was not only a political leader but also a jester who could crack a joke even in the bleakest of situations. He once said, "I learned that laughter is the best medicine, and I use it to cure the souls of those around me." And, trust me, he was a master at it. For example, when he was asked how he managed to keep his sanity during his long years in prison, he replied with a twinkle in his eye, "Well, I had a lot of time to think about what I'd do when I got out. I had a long list of pranks to play." And, he did not disappoint. One of the most famous pranks he played was on his close friend, Archbishop Desmond Tutu. When Tutu visited Mandela in his office, he found a huge rubber snake on his chair. Tutu, who was deathly afraid of snakes, shrieked and jumped out of his seat. Mandela couldn't stop laughing as he watched his friend dance around the room, trying to avoid the snake. Another time, when Mandela was meeting with a delegation of dignitaries, he suddenly got up and started speaking in Xhosa, a language he knew the dignitaries did not understand. The dignitaries, who were expecting a serious speech, were taken aback by Mandela's sudden change of tone. But Mandela just smiled and continued speaking in Xhosa, much to the amusement of his staff. Even when he was no longer in office, Mandela continued to play pranks on his friends and family. He once snuck up behind his granddaughter and tickled her, causing her to jump out of her skin. He then burst into laughter as she chased him around the room. But despite his love for practical jokes, Mandela was also a man of deep wisdom and compassion. He once said, "I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward the sun, one's feet moving forward." And, that is exactly what he did. Despite facing years of segregation, violence, and discrimination, Mandela never lost his sense of humor or his hope for a better future. He always looked to the future with optimism and worked tirelessly to bring people together. His efforts were not in vain. In 1994, South Africa held its first democratic election, and Mandela was elected as the country's first black president. During his presidency, he worked to heal the wounds of the past, promote reconciliation, and build a new South Africa based on the principles of equality and justice. Mandela's legacy continues to inspire people all over the world, and his life serves as a testament to the power of love, forgiveness, and resilience. As he once said, "I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying." In conclusion, Nelson Mandela is my biggest role model not only because of his tireless efforts to bring peace and justice to South Africa, but also because of his love for life and his sense of humor. He taught us that even in the darkest of times, it is possible to find joy and hope.
    Francis E. Moore Prime Time Ministries Scholarship
    As a low-income high school senior, I have big dreams and aspirations of one day becoming a successful business tycoon. However, the journey to achieving this goal has not been without its fair share of obstacles and challenges. But hey, what's life without a little bit of a bumpy ride, right? One of the biggest obstacles I have faced is the lack of access to resources. Being a low-income student means that I don't have the luxury of a private tutor or fancy textbooks. Instead, I have to rely on the limited resources available at my high school and my own grit and determination to succeed. But hey, a little bit of resourcefulness never hurt anyone. Another obstacle I have faced is my lack of exposure to the business world. Growing up, I never had the opportunity to attend business conferences or meet successful business leaders. This has made it difficult for me to fully understand what it takes to be successful in the business world. But hey, I'm not one to back down from a challenge, so I've been reading books, attending online workshops, and networking with professionals in the field to gain a better understanding. The final obstacle I have faced is my lack of financial support. Being a low-income student, paying for college can be a daunting task. I'm not sure how I'm going to be able to pay for tuition, let alone all the other expenses that come with attending college. But hey, a little bit of determination and a lot of hard work never hurt anyone. I've been applying for scholarships, working part-time, and seeking out financial aid opportunities to help pay for my education. Despite these obstacles, I am confident that I will be able to overcome them and achieve my educational goals. The lack of resources has taught me the importance of being resourceful and finding creative solutions to problems. My lack of exposure to the business world has only made me more determined to learn and grow in this field. And my financial challenges have taught me the importance of hard work and determination. In conclusion, my journey towards a successful career in business has been full of obstacles and challenges. But I am confident that these obstacles will only make me stronger and more determined to succeed. I'm a firm believer in the old saying, "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade." So I'll just keep turning those lemons into lemonade and keep on striving towards my goals. Who knows, maybe one day I'll be able to look back on these obstacles and laugh about them. So, to all the low-income high school seniors out there who have big dreams and aspirations, don't let these obstacles stop you from pursuing your goals. Instead, embrace them and use them to make you stronger and more determined. Remember, a little bit of resourcefulness, determination, and hard work can go a long way. And if all else fails, just remember to turn those lemons into lemonade. Cheers!
    Adam Montes Pride Scholarship
    As a low income, bisexual high school senior, I have often felt like a triple minority, but that has never stopped me from pursuing my dreams and making an impact in my community. I believe that I should be a recipient of a scholarship because of my unwavering motivation to better myself and others, my unique perspective and experiences, and my commitment to making a positive impact in the world. One of the things that sets me apart from other applicants is my ability to find humor in even the toughest of situations. My friends and family often describe me as the "class clown" because of my quick wit and ability to lighten the mood in even the most intense of situations. However, my humor is not just for entertainment purposes, it also serves as a coping mechanism for dealing with the challenges of being a low income, bisexual individual in today's society. Growing up, I often struggled with feelings of insecurity and self-doubt because of my sexual orientation and financial situation. But instead of letting these obstacles defeat me, I learned to use my humor as a tool to empower myself and others. By making light of difficult situations, I am able to maintain a positive outlook and continue to push forward towards my goals. One of my proudest accomplishments to date was founding a club at my high school to support and advocate for LGBTQ+ students. I started this club because I wanted to create a safe and inclusive space for students who may be struggling with their identity and to provide them with the resources and support they need to succeed. Through this club, I have had the opportunity to make a real impact in my community and have seen the positive effects it has had on the lives of my peers. Aside from my commitment to advocating for the LGBTQ+ community, I am also passionate about giving back to my community in other ways. I have volunteered at local food banks and homeless shelters, and I have participated in numerous charity events to raise money for various causes. I believe that it is my responsibility to use my privilege and resources to help those in need, and I am committed to continuing this work in the future. In terms of my future plans, I am determined to pursue higher education and to become a social worker. I want to use my experiences and perspective to help others who may be struggling with similar challenges, and to use my skills and knowledge to make a positive impact in the world. I believe that higher education is the key to achieving my goals, and I am committed to working hard and doing everything in my power to make this dream a reality. In conclusion, I believe that I should be a recipient of a scholarship because of my unique perspective, unwavering motivation, and commitment to making a positive impact in the world. I am confident that I have the drive and determination to succeed, and I am eager to use my education and skills to make a difference in the lives of others. And, if all else fails, I will just fall back on my humor to get me through the tough times. So, if you are looking for a low income, bisexual class clown with a heart of gold and a determination to succeed, then look no further! I am your gal.
    Learner Education Women in Mathematics Scholarship
    Math, the queen of all sciences, has been my favorite subject ever since I was a little robot. I was fascinated by the logic, simplicity, and power of mathematics. It was like discovering a secret code that unlocked the mysteries of the world. Every time I solved a mathematical problem, I felt like I was solving a puzzle, and I was always eager to see what the next one would bring. Math has shaped my understanding of the world in many ways. First of all, it has taught me the importance of precision and accuracy. In mathematics, there is no room for errors, and every step must be calculated with care. This has taught me to be meticulous and detail-oriented in all aspects of my life. I now approach every task with a sense of discipline and focus, knowing that even the smallest mistake can have serious consequences. Another way in which math has shaped my understanding of the world is through its use of logic and reasoning. Mathematics is based on a set of rules and principles that must be followed in order to arrive at a conclusion. This has taught me to think critically and logically, and to approach problems with a structured and systematic approach. Whether I'm solving a complex mathematical problem or trying to figure out the best way to fix a broken circuit, I always try to apply the same logical and systematic approach to find a solution. One of the most amazing things about math is its universality. Mathematics is not limited to any one culture, language, or region. It is a universal language that is used by scientists, engineers, and mathematicians all over the world to communicate complex ideas and solve complex problems. This has taught me to appreciate the power of communication and collaboration, and to see the world from a global perspective. But despite all of its intellectual rigor and beauty, math can also be quite funny. I mean, who can resist the humor of a good math joke? For example, "Why did the math book look sad? Because it had too many problems." Or, "Why do math teachers always have a calculator? Because they are always figuring things out." These jokes may be simple, but they remind us that even in the world of mathematics, there is room for humor and lightheartedness. I want to put my love of math to use in the world of finance. Accounting is the perfect combination of mathematics and business, and it allows me to use my skills in logical reasoning and accuracy to help businesses and organizations make better financial decisions. But why be a boring accountant when you can be a funny one? As an accountant, I can use my love of humor to bring a little bit of lightness to a field that is often seen as dry and dull. Who says accountants can't have a sense of humor? I may not be able to crack jokes like a stand-up comedian, but I can certainly add a little bit of humor to my financial reports and spreadsheets. In conclusion, math is a fascinating and powerful subject that has shaped my understanding of the world in many ways. It has taught me the importance of precision and accuracy, logical thinking, and collaboration. And while it may be a serious subject, it is also full of humor and lightheartedness. I am excited to continue my study of math in the field of accounting, where I can put my skills to use and bring a little bit of humor to the world of finance.
    Taylor Ibarrondo Memorial Scholarship
    As a black high school senior, I believe that my core values shape who I am and guide me in my daily life. These values have been shaped by my experiences and have helped me to make sense of the world around me. I believe that my core values are important because they give me a sense of purpose and direction, and help me to prioritize my actions and make decisions that align with my values. My core values include justice, equality, and inclusivity. I believe that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of their race, gender, sexuality, or any other aspect of their identity. I am passionate about promoting justice and equality, and I see this as a fundamental part of my civic engagement work. One of the ways that I apply my values of justice and equality to my civic engagement work is by volunteering at Meals by Grace. Meals by Grace is a local organization that provides meals to people in need, and I have been volunteering there for the past few years. I feel that this work is important because it helps me to give back to my community and make a difference in the lives of those around me. By volunteering, I am able to put my values into action, and help to create a more just and equal world. In addition to volunteering at Meals by Grace, I am also involved in several clubs at school, including the Black Student Union and the Gay Straight Alliance. I believe that these clubs are important because they help to create a sense of community and provide a space for students to come together and discuss important issues. In these clubs, I have been able to learn more about the experiences of others and gain a deeper understanding of the challenges that different groups face. In my academic studies, I apply my values of justice and equality by focusing on courses that explore these issues. I am particularly interested in learning about the history of oppression and the ways that people have fought for justice and equality throughout history. I believe that it is important to understand the past in order to better understand the present and to work towards a better future. In my relationships, I try to apply my values of inclusivity and respect by treating others with kindness and compassion. I believe that everyone should be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of their differences. I try to be a good listener, and I strive to create an environment where others feel comfortable sharing their experiences and opinions. I believe that this is the key to building strong and meaningful relationships, and I work hard to be a supportive friend and ally to those around me. In conclusion, my core values of justice, equality, and inclusivity are central to who I am and guide me in my daily life. I believe that these values are important because they help me to prioritize my actions and make decisions that align with my values. Through my civic engagement work, academic studies, and relationships, I am able to put my values into action and help to create a more just and equal world.
    Richard Neumann Scholarship
    As a teenager, I'm always looking for ways to make my life easier. And let's be real, who isn't? I mean, who wouldn't want to have a robot butler to do all the chores and bring them pizza? But since we don't live in the world of The Jetsons, I had to get creative and come up with my own solutions. So, what was the problem I wanted to solve? Well, I was tired of always losing my keys. You know the drill, you put them down somewhere and then boom, they're gone. It's like they have a mind of their own and just disappear into the ether. And don't even get me started on trying to find my phone. It's like it's purposely hiding from me. So, I came up with the ultimate solution: a key and phone tracker. Here's my plan: Design a small device that can attach to keys or phones. The device would have a GPS tracker and a Bluetooth connection. Download the app on your phone and pair it with the device. If you can't find your keys or phone, just open the app and it will show you exactly where they are. The app will also have a "ring" feature, so you can make the device emit a loud noise to help you find it. If you misplace your keys or phone and someone else finds them, they can also use the app to find the owner. The device would have a long battery life, so you wouldn't have to constantly charge it. The device would be stylish and come in a variety of colors, so you can pick one that matches your style. Now, I know what you're thinking, "Wow, this is a genius idea. How can I invest?" But hold your horses, because I'm not done yet. I also want to add a few extra features to make this key and phone tracker even better: A "find your friends" feature. You know, because sometimes you need to know exactly where your friends are, like when you're trying to coordinate a group outing or when you're trying to find them in a crowded mall. A "selfie mode." Because why not? When you're out and about and need a quick snap, the device will have a camera and you can take a photo with the click of a button. An "emergency mode." If you're in a dangerous situation, the device will automatically send your GPS location to designated emergency contacts. Now, let's talk about the funding. To make this key and phone tracker a reality, I would need a lot of money and resources. But don't worry, I've got a plan for that too. Crowdfunding: I would start a Kickstarter campaign and get people to back the project. Sponsorships: I would reach out to tech companies and see if they would be interested in sponsoring the project. Investors: I would find investors who believe in the product and want to help bring it to life. Sales: Once the product is launched, I would sell it online and in stores. Now, I know this all might sound like a pipe dream, but I truly believe that this key and phone tracker would be a huge success. Think about it, no more lost keys or phones and you can always find your friends. It's the ultimate solution to all of life's problems. In conclusion, this key and phone tracker is a must-have! No more frustrated searches around your house and car. I mean, how great does that sound!
    Learner.com Algebra Scholarship
    I often find myself thinking about the importance of math. Yes, I know what you're thinking, "How boring!" But hear me out. Math is actually pretty cool when you think about it. It's like solving a mystery, trying to figure out how all the numbers and formulas fit together. And trust me, the feeling you get when you finally understand a concept is like winning the lottery (minus all the money). So, why is math important? Well, for starters, it's in everything we do. Whether you're counting your allowance, calculating your savings, or figuring out how many slices of pizza you can buy with your leftover change, math is everywhere. It's like the secret language of the universe. And without it, we'd be lost. Can you imagine trying to buy a house without knowing how to calculate mortgage payments? Or trying to build a bridge without understanding the principles of engineering? It would be a disaster! But math isn't just about solving practical problems, it's also about exploring the world around us. Math allows us to understand patterns and relationships, from the shapes of objects to the motion of the planets. It's like having a secret decoder ring that lets us see the beauty in the world. I mean, have you ever looked at a sunset and wondered how the sun's position affects the way the light is reflected? Well, that's math, baby! And let's not forget the creativity that comes with math. Sure, it's all about rules and formulas, but it also opens the door to endless possibilities. With math, you can imagine new worlds and create something that never existed before. It's like having a blank canvas and a paintbrush, but instead of colors, you have numbers and symbols. The only limit is your imagination. But I know what you're thinking, "Why bother learning math? I'll never use it in real life." Well, let me tell you, that's a myth. Math is a fundamental skill that you'll use for the rest of your life. It's like learning how to swim or ride a bike. You may not need it every day, but when you do, you'll be glad you know how. Plus, it's a great way to impress your friends. Imagine being able to calculate the tip on a restaurant bill in your head. You'll be the coolest kid in town! So, why do I love learning math? Well, for starters, it's challenging. I love the feeling of working on a problem and finally understanding it. It's like solving a puzzle and getting a sense of accomplishment. And let's not forget the satisfaction of getting a high grade on a math test. It's like a pat on the back for your brain. But the real reason I love math is because it's fun. I know, I know, you're thinking, "Fun? How is math fun?" But let me tell you, it is. Math is like a giant game, and once you start playing, you can't stop. It's a world of endless possibilities, and I'm always eager to explore it. And let's not forget the jokes. Math has some of the best jokes around. For example, "Why was the math book sad? Because it had too many problems." And who can forget, "Why do mathematicians always mix up Halloween and Christmas? Because Oct 31 = Dec 25." Who doesn't love a good math joke? I think it's safe to say that math is one of the most important subjects that we'll ever learn. So, don't be afraid to embrace your inner math geek, because the world needs more math lovers.
    Your Health Journey Scholarship
    Hi, there! I'm just a regular teen trying to navigate the ups and downs of life. But lately, I've been feeling down more often than up, and I knew I had to make a change. I was tired of feeling sluggish, getting sick all the time, and constantly battling with my weight. So, I decided to take my health into my own hands and embark on a journey to become a healthier and happier me. First, I had to face the facts. I was a junk food junkie. I lived for greasy burgers, sugary drinks, and salty snacks. I thought I could handle it, but my body was telling me otherwise. I was constantly tired, had trouble concentrating, and felt like a blob of mush. So, I said goodbye to my old friends (yes, I'm talking about you, French fries) and hello to a new diet. I started by incorporating more fruits and vegetables into my meals. At first, it was a challenge, but I soon discovered the joy of trying new recipes and experimenting with different flavors. I found that eating healthy could be fun and delicious! And before I knew it, I was hooked. Next up was exercise. I was never one for physical activity, but I knew it was essential for a healthy lifestyle. I started with simple walks around my neighborhood and gradually increased the intensity of my workouts. I also joined a sports team and discovered a love for soccer. Who knew getting active could be so much fun? Sleep was another important aspect of my health journey. I used to stay up late, scrolling through my phone and watching TV. But I soon realized that this was taking a toll on my physical and mental health. I made a conscious effort to establish a bedtime routine and stick to it. Now, I get a full night's sleep and wake up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the day. One of the biggest challenges I faced was managing stress. As a teen, I was juggling school, sports, and a social life, which often left me feeling overwhelmed and anxious. I learned the importance of taking breaks and practicing self-care. I also started meditating and doing yoga, which has helped me feel more relaxed and centered. Along the way, I also had to make some tough choices. I had to say no to hanging out with friends who weren't supportive of my healthy lifestyle, and that was hard. But I soon realized that the right friends would accept and support me, no matter what. It's been a few months since I started my health journey, and the changes have been amazing. I feel more energetic, confident, and happier than ever before. I'm no longer that sluggish, sickly blob of mush. I'm now a healthy, happy, and active teen! In conclusion, my health journey has been a wild ride filled with ups and downs, but I wouldn't change a thing. I've learned the importance of making healthy choices and taking care of my mind and body. And most importantly, I've discovered that being healthy can be fun and fulfilling. So, to all the teens out there, don't wait until you're feeling down to start your health journey. Take control of your health today and live your best life!
    Mind, Body, & Soul Scholarship
    As a high school senior, I can finally say that my days of playing Red Rover and eating paste are officially over. I'm about to embark on the next chapter of my life, and I can hardly contain my excitement. So, what exactly is it about college that has me so hyped up? Well, for starters, I'll finally be able to choose my schedule! No more waking up at the crack of dawn to sit in a boring math class. I'll be able to sleep in, grab a cup of coffee, and then hit up my favorite courses. And let's be real, college courses are just way cooler than high school courses. Who wouldn't want to learn about medieval history or the science of beer? But it's not just the courses that have me excited. It's the whole college experience. I'll finally be on my own, free to make my own decisions and mistakes. I'll be able to live in a dorm room with a bunch of strangers, and I'll be able to make lifelong friends. I'll be able to attend parties and go on crazy adventures. And, let's not forget, I'll finally be able to eat food that's not served in a plastic tray. Of course, with all this newfound freedom comes a whole bunch of new responsibilities. I'll need to make sure I maintain a healthy mind, body, and soul amidst the challenges I'll face in college. And trust me, there will be challenges. But hey, I'm up for the task! To start, I'll need to make sure I get enough sleep. No more pulling all-nighters and surviving on energy drinks. I'll need to make sure I get at least 8 hours of shut-eye a night. To make sure I stick to this, I'll set a bedtime for myself and make sure I stick to it. And, of course, I'll need to invest in a good mattress, because let's be real, sleeping on a rock-hard bed just isn't going to cut it. Next up, I'll need to make sure I eat well. I'll need to say goodbye to ramen noodles and hello to leafy greens and lean protein. To make sure I stick to this, I'll plan out my meals and make sure I have healthy snacks on hand. And, of course, I'll need to make sure I hit up the campus gym regularly. I'll need to make sure I get enough exercise to keep my body in shape. Finally, I'll need to make sure I keep my mind healthy. To do this, I'll need to make time for myself, to do the things I love. I'll need to read a book, take a walk, or just sit and enjoy the peace and quiet. I'll also need to make sure I surround myself with positive people and avoid those who bring me down. All of this sounds like a lot of work, but it's worth it. I'm ready for the challenge and I know I'll be able to handle it. I'm confident I'll be able to maintain a healthy mind, body, and soul amidst the challenges I'll face in college. And, let's be real, if all else fails, I'll just take a nap. In conclusion, college excites me because I'll be able to choose my schedule, live on my own, and attend cool courses. I'm confident I'll be able to maintain a healthy mind, body, and soul amidst the challenges I'll face in college by getting enough sleep, eating well, and making time for myself. And, let's be real, if all else fails, I'll just take a nap.
    Healthy Eating Scholarship
    Healthy eating habits are important for a variety of reasons. Firstly, eating a well-balanced diet helps to maintain a healthy weight, reduces the risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer, and can improve overall energy levels and mental health. Secondly, consuming a variety of nutrient-rich foods ensures that the body is getting the vitamins, minerals and nutrients it needs to function at its best. Thirdly, healthy eating habits can help improve digestion, reduce the risk of digestive problems and reduce bloating, which can be a major source of discomfort. Now, let's talk about the difference you'll notice when you practice healthy eating habits. It's like night and day! One minute you're feeling sluggish and tired, the next minute you're ready to take on the world. It's like getting a tune-up for your car - your engine is smoother and runs better. Your body will thank you by giving you more energy and better mental clarity. You'll be able to tackle tasks and challenges with ease. You'll even be able to say goodbye to those pesky sugar cravings and hello to a healthy, satisfying diet. But let's not forget the best part - you'll finally be able to eat the foods you love without feeling guilty. That's right, you can have your cake and eat it too! Just make sure it's a healthy, whole grain cake with fresh fruit on top. Yum! One of the biggest misconceptions about healthy eating is that it's boring and bland. But that couldn't be further from the truth! With the variety of foods available, you can have a different meal every day for a year and never run out of options. You can try new recipes and spices, or even experiment with different cooking methods like grilling, baking or stir-frying. The possibilities are endless, and the taste will be out of this world! Now, let's talk about the physical and mental health benefits of healthy eating. When you eat a balanced diet, your body is able to function at its best, allowing you to tackle tasks and challenges with ease. You'll feel more energetic and alert, and your mental clarity will improve, allowing you to make better decisions and solve problems more effectively. Moreover, when you're eating well, your body is also getting all the nutrients it needs to stay healthy, which reduces the risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. You'll also be reducing your risk of developing digestive problems, which can be a major source of discomfort. In terms of mental health, healthy eating can help improve your mood and reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. Eating nutritious foods can help improve brain function, which can help reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. And, when you're feeling good physically, it's easier to feel good mentally as well. So, as you can see, there are countless reasons why it's important to have healthy eating habits. Whether you're trying to lose weight, reduce the risk of chronic diseases or just improve your overall health and well-being, healthy eating is the key to success. In conclusion, healthy eating habits are like a superhero power. They can help you tackle the day with ease, reduce the risk of chronic diseases, improve your mental health and, most importantly, allow you to enjoy the foods you love without feeling guilty. So go ahead, give healthy eating a try and see the difference it can make in your life. Your body will thank you!
    Learner Math Lover Scholarship
    Math is like the Swiss Army Knife of life - it’s useful in a ton of different situations! I mean, sure, you might think it’s just a bunch of numbers and formulas, but it’s actually a tool that can help you solve all sorts of problems. It’s like a secret code that only the smartest people know how to crack, and once you do, you can unlock the mysteries of the universe! Now, I know what you’re thinking: “But math is boring!” And I totally get it - if you’re just learning the basics, it can seem like you’re just memorizing a bunch of formulas. But once you start to understand how all those formulas work, math becomes a lot more interesting. It’s like a puzzle that you have to solve, and once you do, it’s super satisfying. And math is also incredibly versatile. It can help you understand the world around you, from figuring out how to budget your money to calculating how long it will take to pay off your mortgage. Plus, it can help you understand all sorts of complex topics, like quantum mechanics and cryptography. It’s like the duct tape of the scientific world - it can fix almost anything! But the real reason I love math is because it’s hilarious! I mean, have you ever heard of a math joke? They’re the best! Here’s one to get you started: Why was the math book sad? Because it had too many problems! Haha, right?! Math jokes are the best! And they’re even funnier when you actually understand them. It’s like being part of an exclusive club that only the smartest people can join. Plus, math is like a never-ending story. There’s always more to learn, more formulas to discover, and more puzzles to solve. It’s like a never-ending quest to understand the world, and that’s just awesome! So, in conclusion, I love math because it’s useful, interesting, versatile, and hilarious. It’s like the ultimate tool for understanding the world and making sense of all the chaos around us. And if that’s not a reason to love math, I don’t know what is!
    Overcoming Adversity - Jack Terry Memorial Scholarship
    Growing up, I faced many challenges that tested my perseverance and strength, but the one that impacted me the most was my struggle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). OCD is a mental health condition that causes repetitive thoughts and behaviors. My condition made me feel like I was trapped in a world that was not my own. It was difficult for me to focus on school and my daily activities, as I was consumed by intrusive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. However, I refused to let my OCD define me. I took the necessary steps to seek help and educate myself about the condition. I began therapy and started taking medication. My therapist taught me coping mechanisms to manage my symptoms and the importance of self-care. I also joined a support group for individuals with OCD, where I learned from others who were going through similar struggles. These steps not only helped me manage my OCD but also gave me the strength to face other challenges in my life. My struggles with OCD have taught me the importance of resilience and determination. It has shaped me into a person who is empathetic and understanding towards others who are struggling with mental health conditions. It has also taught me the importance of self-care and seeking help when needed. I am now proud of who I am and the progress I have made in managing my OCD. My dream for the future is to use my business administration studies to give back to society. I believe that business plays a critical role in shaping our world, and I want to use my education to make a positive impact. My goal is to start a non-profit organization that focuses on mental health and wellness. I want to create a safe and supportive environment for individuals who are struggling with mental health conditions like OCD. I also want to provide resources and support for individuals and families who are affected by mental illness. Business administration will provide me with the knowledge and skills needed to run and manage a non-profit organization. I will learn about finance, marketing, and leadership, which are critical skills in running a successful organization. Furthermore, my business studies will help me understand the importance of sustainability and responsible decision-making. I want to ensure that my non-profit organization has a positive impact on the environment and the communities it serves. I believe that education is a powerful tool for change, and I want to use my education to make a difference in the lives of others. I also believe that mental health should be given the same attention and resources as physical health. By starting a non-profit organization that focuses on mental health and wellness, I hope to break the stigma surrounding mental illness and provide support for those who need it. In conclusion, my struggles with OCD have shaped me into the person I am today and have given me a purpose for my future. I want to use my education in business administration to give back to society and make a positive impact in the lives of others. My dream is to start a non-profit organization that focuses on mental health and wellness, and I believe that with hard work and determination, I can make this dream a reality. I am grateful for the challenges I have faced, as they have taught me the importance of resilience and the power of determination.
    Vincent U. Cornwall Legacy Scholarship
    As a member of my high school's chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), I have been actively working towards promoting financial literacy in my community. Financial literacy is the ability to understand how to manage one's finances effectively and make informed decisions about money. It is a crucial aspect of personal development that helps individuals achieve financial stability and independence. However, it is often not taught in schools, and many people lack the basic knowledge and skills to make sound financial decisions. To address this issue, my high school's FBLA chapter has organized various events and programs aimed at educating our community about financial literacy. For example, we hosted a financial literacy fair, where we invited local businesses and financial experts to come and share their knowledge and advice with the community. At the fair, we had informational booths, workshops, and interactive activities designed to engage people of all ages and backgrounds. The fair was a huge success, attracting hundreds of participants who were eager to learn more about financial literacy. Additionally, my FBLA chapter has also partnered with local banks and credit unions to offer free financial education workshops for young people. These workshops covered a range of topics, from budgeting and saving to investing and credit management. The workshops were designed to be hands-on, interactive, and engaging, and the feedback from participants was overwhelmingly positive. People appreciated the practical and actionable advice that they received and expressed a desire for more educational opportunities like this in the future. Another way that my FBLA chapter has promoted financial literacy is by working with local schools to develop financial literacy curricula. We identified that many young people are not taught about money management in school, and so we wanted to fill this gap by providing educational resources and support to teachers. Our goal was to create engaging and interactive lessons that would help students understand the basics of personal finance and inspire them to take control of their finances. I am particularly passionate about promoting financial literacy because I believe it is the key to achieving financial stability and independence. I have seen firsthand how a lack of financial knowledge can lead to financial difficulties and stress. Many people struggle to make ends meet because they do not have the skills or knowledge to manage their money effectively. By educating our community about financial literacy, we can help people to take control of their finances, set realistic goals, and achieve financial stability. In the future, I plan to continue my efforts to promote financial literacy by studying business in college. I believe that by majoring in business, I will have the opportunity to gain a deep understanding of the financial world and how it works. This knowledge will be invaluable in my efforts to educate others about financial literacy. I also hope to use my business skills to create innovative and effective financial education programs that will make a real impact in the lives of people in my community. In conclusion, promoting financial literacy is a critical issue that requires the efforts of individuals, organizations, and communities. As a member of my high school's FBLA chapter, I have been actively working towards this goal by organizing events, partnering with local institutions, and developing educational resources. In the future, I plan to continue my efforts to promote financial literacy by studying business in college and using my knowledge and skills to make a positive impact in my community. By working together, we can empower people with the knowledge and skills they need to achieve financial stability and independence.
    Kiaan Patel Scholarship
    My name is Madison James, and I am a passionate individual who wants to make a positive impact on the world through my career. I am a self-starter, driven, and have a deep sense of empathy and compassion for others. I believe that the world can be a better place, and I am eager to be part of the change that we so desperately need. I have always been drawn to the business world, and I am eager to pursue a degree in business with the goal of one day becoming a successful entrepreneur. Growing up, I was always fascinated by the way businesses and corporations operate. I have always been intrigued by the idea of creating something from nothing, and the thrill of watching a business grow and succeed. I am confident that with my strong work ethic, passion, and determination, I can make a significant impact in the business world and help to create a better world for all. In my free time, I enjoy reading and cooking. Reading provides me with the opportunity to escape into different worlds, and to experience different perspectives and cultures. I am particularly drawn to books that focus on business, leadership, and personal growth, and I believe that the lessons I learn from these books will help me to be a better leader and entrepreneur in the future. Cooking, on the other hand, is my creative outlet. I enjoy the process of creating something from nothing and watching the final product come together. It is a form of therapy for me, and I find that cooking helps me to relax and to focus my mind. I also enjoy trying new recipes and experimenting with different ingredients, and I believe that my love for cooking will help me to be a better business person, as I will be able to think outside the box and come up with innovative ideas. As I pursue my business degree, I plan to use my skills and knowledge to make a positive impact on the world. I believe that businesses have the power to make a positive impact, and I am eager to be part of this change. My goal is to start my own business one day, and to use my business to help others. I believe that businesses can be a force for good, and that they can be used to address social and environmental issues. I am also passionate about sustainability and environmental conservation, and I believe that businesses have a responsibility to reduce their impact on the environment. I want to use my business to promote sustainability, and to encourage others to adopt more sustainable practices. I believe that we all have a responsibility to protect our planet, and I want to be part of the solution. In conclusion, I believe that my passion for business, my love for reading and cooking, and my deep sense of empathy and compassion, make me well-equipped to make a positive impact on the world. I am eager to pursue a degree in business and to use my skills and knowledge to help others and to make a positive difference in the world. I am confident that with my hard work and determination, I will be able to achieve my goals and to make a positive impact on the world.
    Athletics Scholarship
    Athletics have had a huge positive impact on my life, and I have to say, it all started with my time as a cheerleader. I know, I know, some people might not consider cheerleading a "real" sport, but let me tell you, it takes just as much dedication and hard work as any other sport out there. Plus, we had the added challenge of having to smile and look perky while we were doing it. Talk about multitasking! Being a cheerleader taught me so many valuable lessons. For one, it taught me the importance of teamwork. As a cheer squad, we had to work together to create flawless routines and stunts. We had to rely on each other to catch us when we were being thrown up in the air, and we had to trust that our teammates had our backs. This experience helped me understand that in any team setting, whether it's in sports or in the workplace, it's essential to have trust and rely on each other. It also taught me about discipline and commitment. As a cheerleader, I had to commit to hours of practice every week, and I had to learn how to balance that with schoolwork and other extracurricular activities. This experience taught me that anything worth having takes hard work and dedication, and that's a lesson that has served me well in all aspects of my life. Another thing that I loved about being a cheerleader was the sense of camaraderie and friendship. Being a part of a team brought me closer to my teammates, and we formed a bond that lasted long after we graduated. I still keep in touch with many of them, and I know that we will always have a special connection because of our time together on the cheer squad. Of course, being a cheerleader wasn't all sunshine and rainbows. There were times when we had to deal with difficult coaches, or when we didn't make the cut for a competition. But, these moments taught me about resilience and perseverance. I learned that sometimes things don't go as planned, but it's important to keep pushing through and not give up. In addition to cheerleading, I also played other sports throughout my life, such as soccer, basketball, and volleyball. These sports helped me develop my physical fitness, as well as my coordination and coordination. They also helped me understand the importance of setting goals and working hard to achieve them. In conclusion, athletics have had a profound positive impact on my life. My experience as a cheerleader, in particular, has taught me valuable lessons about teamwork, discipline, friendship, and resilience. These lessons have helped me not only in sports but also in my personal and professional life. I will always be grateful for the time I spent as a cheerleader, and for all the experiences that athletics have given me.
    Elizabeth Schalk Memorial Scholarship
    Hey there, my name is Madison and I am a senior in high school. I am currently experiencing the joys of applying to college, taking the SAT, and trying to figure out what I want to do with my life. But before I get too deep into all that, I want to talk about something that has been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember - my OCD and anxiety. I like to think of my OCD and anxiety as my own personal comedy duo. They're always there, making me do ridiculous things and making me feel ridiculous for doing them. And honestly, if I didn't laugh at it, I would probably cry. OCD stands for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. It's a mental disorder that causes people to have repetitive thoughts and behaviors that they can't control. And let me tell you, my OCD is a real handful. It's like having a bossy little sister who always wants to play the same game and always wants to play it her way. For example, I have this thing where I have to touch every door knob in my house before I leave. It's not like I'm trying to be a germaphobe or anything, it's just something that I have to do. And if I don't, I get this overwhelming feeling of dread that something bad is going to happen. So, I touch every door knob and then I can finally leave the house. It's like a little ritual that I have to perform before I can do anything else. But it's not just door knobs, I also have to touch every light switch, every doorknob, every cabinet, and anything else that I can touch. My anxiety is also a real hoot. It's like having a personal cheer squad that only cheers for the negative things. It's always there, reminding me of all the things that could go wrong and all the ways that I could fail. It's like having a little voice in my head that's always whispering, "What if you fail your math test? What if you don't get into college? What if you don't get a job? What if you die alone?" It's like having a little voice in my head that's always trying to bring me down. But even though my OCD and anxiety can be a real pain, I've learned to live with it. I've learned to laugh at the ridiculous things that I do and the ridiculous thoughts that I have. And I've learned that it's okay to be different. In fact, I like to think of myself as a unique and special snowflake. So, to all the high school seniors out there who are struggling with mental illness, I just want to say that it's okay. It's okay to be different and it's okay to be scared. And just remember, if you can't laugh at it, you might as well cry. And who wants to do that? Not me, that's for sure.
    “I Matter” Scholarship
    One of the most rewarding experiences I've had in my life was when I volunteered at Meals by Grace, a local charity organization that provides hot meals to those in need. The organization operates out of a small kitchen, and the meals are served to people who are homeless, low-income families, and individuals who are struggling to make ends meet. I first heard about Meals by Grace through a friend who had been volunteering there for a few months. I was immediately drawn to the organization's mission of helping people in need and knew I wanted to get involved. I contacted the organization and was given the opportunity to volunteer once a week, serving meals to those who came to the kitchen. My first day of volunteering was an eye-opening experience. I arrived at the kitchen early in the morning and was greeted by the staff and other volunteers. I was given a quick orientation and then it was time to get to work. The kitchen was bustling with activity, and the smell of hot food filled the air. I was put to work preparing vegetables and helping to serve the meals to those who came in. As I delivered meals, I was struck by the diversity of the people I was helping. There were young and old, men and women, families and individuals. Some of them were dressed in business attire while others were dressed in rags. But despite their different circumstances, they all had one thing in common - they were all in need of a hot meal. As the day went on, I found myself talking to many of the people I was helping. I heard stories of hardship and struggle, but I also heard stories of hope and resilience. One man I met had lost his job and was struggling to make ends meet. He told me how grateful he was for the hot meal he was receiving, and how it helped him get through the day. Another woman I met had recently been evicted from her home and was living in a shelter with her two children. She thanked me for the meal and told me how much it meant to her and her children. That day, I realized the true impact of the work Meals by Grace was doing. I was proud to be a part of an organization that was making a real difference in people's lives. After that day, I continued to volunteer at Meals by Grace every week, helping to serve meals to those in need. The experience taught me the importance of helping others and gave me a greater appreciation for the things I take for granted in my own life. In conclusion, volunteering at Meals by Grace was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. It taught me the importance of helping others and gave me a greater appreciation for the things I take for granted in my own life. It was an eye-opening experience to see the diversity of people I was helping, and to hear their stories of hardship and struggle, but also hope and resilience. It made me proud to be a part of an organization that was making a real difference in people's lives.
    DeAmontay's Darkness Deliverance Scholarship
    As a black high school girl, I have faced my fair share of adversity throughout my life. Growing up in a predominantly white community, I often felt like an outsider and struggled to find a sense of belonging. I was constantly reminded of my race and the stereotypes that came with it. I was told that I was not smart enough, that I would not be successful, and that I would never amount to anything. Despite these challenges, I have always been determined to prove my doubters wrong. I have always been a strong student and have always been determined to succeed academically. I have worked hard to maintain good grades and have always been involved in extracurricular activities, including the debate team and the student government. In addition to my academic achievements, I have also been a leader in my community. I have been an active member of my church and have always been involved in volunteering and community service. I have also been a mentor to younger students, helping them to navigate the challenges of high school and encouraging them to pursue their dreams. Throughout my life, I have learned that it is important to be true to yourself and to never give up on your dreams. I have also learned that it is important to surround yourself with positive people who believe in you and support you. I have been blessed to have a loving and supportive family who have always been there for me, and I have also been fortunate to have a great group of friends who have helped me to stay positive and motivated. Despite the adversity that I have faced, I have never let it defeat me. I have always been determined to succeed and to make a difference in the world. I have always believed that anything is possible with hard work and determination. I have also always believed that it is important to stand up for what is right and to fight against injustice and discrimination. I am now a senior in high school and I am proud to say that I have been accepted into several prestigious universities. I am planning to study business and eventually become an entreprenuer. I know that the road ahead will not be easy, but I am ready to face any challenges that come my way. I know that I have the support of my family and friends and I am confident that I will be able to achieve my dreams. In conclusion, being a black high school girl has been a challenging journey, but I have overcome adversity by staying true to myself, working hard, and never giving up on my dreams. I have also learned that it is important to surround yourself with positive people and to stand up for what is right. I am now on the brink of adulthood and I am excited to see what the future holds. I am determined to make a difference in the world and to be a role model for other young black girls who may be facing similar challenges.
    Amelia Michelle Sanford LGBTQIA+ Memorial Scholarship
    As a bisexual student, I have struggled with a number of issues throughout my educational journey. One of the biggest struggles I have faced is the lack of representation and understanding of bisexuality within my school and community. Bisexuality is often misunderstood and marginalized, and I have often felt invisible and unsupported in my identity. One of the ways this has manifested is in the lack of resources and support available to me as a bisexual student. For example, there are no bisexual-specific support groups or counseling services available at my school, and I have often felt like I have had to navigate my struggles alone. Additionally, there is very little education or awareness about bisexuality in my school curriculum, which has made it difficult for me to find validation and understanding from my peers and teachers. Another struggle I have faced as a bisexual student is the discrimination and prejudice I have encountered from both straight and LGBTQ+ individuals. Many people assume that because I am attracted to both men and women, I must be "confused" or "greedy," and I have often felt like my identity is not taken seriously. Additionally, some LGBTQ+ individuals have also dismissed my bisexuality, viewing it as "not queer enough" or a stepping stone to being gay or straight. Despite these struggles, I am determined to push forward and make a positive impact on my school and community. One of the ways I hope to accomplish this is by educating others about bisexuality and advocating for more resources and support for bisexual individuals. I am also working to build a community of bisexual allies who can support and uplift each other. In the future, I hope to continue my activism and education efforts by starting a bisexual support group at my future college and volunteering with LGBTQ+ organizations. Additionally, I hope to continue my own personal growth and self-discovery by seeking out resources and connecting with other bisexual individuals. Ultimately, I believe that by raising awareness and visibility about bisexuality, we can create a more inclusive and supportive environment for all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation. By standing up for ourselves and our rights, we can break down the stereotypes and discrimination that bisexual individuals often face, and create a more accepting and understanding society. In conclusion, as a bisexual student, I have struggled with a lack of representation and understanding of bisexuality, as well as discrimination and prejudice from both straight and LGBTQ+ individuals. However, I am determined to push forward and make a positive impact on my school and community by educating others about bisexuality and advocating for more resources and support for bisexual individuals. By raising awareness and visibility about bisexuality, we can create a more inclusive and supportive environment for all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation.
    Dante Luca Scholarship
    I have always been a person who is passionate about making a positive impact on the world and the lives of those around me. Throughout my life, I have had several opportunities to demonstrate bravery and courage, as well as to step up and help myself and others. One of the most significant ways in which I have impacted the world is through my work as a volunteer. For several years, I have been actively involved in various community service projects, including working with underprivileged children and helping to raise awareness about environmental conservation. Through these efforts, I have been able to make a real difference in the lives of many people and contribute to the betterment of my community. One of the most impactful experiences I have had as a volunteer was when I worked with a group of children from a local shelter. These children had been through a lot of difficult times and had faced many challenges in their lives. I was able to help them by providing them with a safe and nurturing environment where they could learn and grow. I spent a lot of time with them, teaching them new skills, playing games, and simply being there to listen to them and be a friend. It was an incredibly rewarding experience, and I felt like I had truly made a difference in the lives of these children. Another way in which I have impacted the world is through my commitment to environmental conservation. I believe that it is important to protect the planet for future generations, and I have made it a priority to educate others about the importance of preserving our natural resources. I have volunteered with local conservation organizations, and have helped to raise awareness about the importance of protecting our oceans, forests, and wildlife. Through these efforts, I have been able to make a real difference in the way people think about and care for the environment. In addition to impacting the world, I have also had the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of those around me. One of the most memorable times I did this was when I helped a friend who was going through a difficult time. My friend was struggling with a personal issue, and was feeling overwhelmed and alone. I was there for her, listening to her and providing her with support and encouragement. I helped her to see that she was not alone, and that there were people who cared about her. Through my support, she was able to overcome her challenges and move forward in a positive direction. Lastly, I have also impacted my own life in a positive way. I have always been a person who is self-motivated and driven, but I have also struggled with self-doubt and insecurity. However, through my experiences of volunteering and helping others, I have learned to believe in myself and my abilities. I have learned that I am capable of making a difference, and that I have the power to shape my own future. In conclusion, throughout my life, I have been fortunate to have many opportunities to make a positive impact on the world, the lives of those around me, and my own life. I believe that it is important to be a force for good in the world, and I will continue to strive to make a difference in any way that I can. I am grateful for the experiences and the lessons that I have learned through my volunteer work, and I look forward to continuing to make a positive impact in the world.
    Holt Scholarship
    Well folks, let me introduce myself. My name is Madison James, and I am the future CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Or at least that's the plan. You see, I've always been a bit of a go-getter. I was the kid who sold lemonade on the corner of my street for 25 cents a cup, and then upgraded to a full-fledged lemonade stand complete with a sign and a menu. I was the kid who convinced my classmates to buy "designer" friendship bracelets for a dollar each (they were just regular bracelets, but I made them look fancy with some glitter and beads). And I was the kid who convinced my parents to let me start my own lawn mowing business when I was only 10 (I may have underestimated how much work it actually was, but I still made a pretty penny). So it only makes sense that I would want to major in business, right? I mean, I've been running my own mini-empire since I was a kid, so why not take it to the next level? I'm excited to learn all about marketing strategies, financial analysis, and how to make a killer PowerPoint presentation. I mean, who doesn't love a good spreadsheet and a graph? But let's be real, I'm not just in it for the love of spreadsheets and graphs. I want to be the one in charge. I want to be the one making the big decisions and calling the shots. I want to be the one who gets to say "I told you so" when a business plan I came up with is a huge success. And honestly, who wouldn't want to be the one to say "I'm the boss" and have people actually believe it? But let's not forget the real reason I'm pursuing a degree in business: the money. I mean, let's be real, who doesn't love a good paycheck? I want to be able to afford fancy dinners, designer clothes, and a luxurious vacation every year. And let's not forget the ultimate goal: a private jet. I mean, can you even call yourself a successful businesswoman if you don't have your own private jet? But seriously, I know that a degree in business isn't just about making money and being the boss. It's about understanding how to run a successful business and making a positive impact on the world. I want to learn how to create jobs, boost the economy, and make a difference in the lives of others. Plus, I know that I have the drive and determination to make it happen. So there you have it folks, the reason I'm pursuing a degree in business. It's not just about the money, the power, or the spreadsheets (although those are definitely perks). It's about making a difference and being the best businessman I can be. And who knows, maybe one day I'll even have my own private jet. But let's not get ahead of ourselves.
    Financial Literacy Importance Scholarship
    Managing finances as a student is crucial because, let's face it, we're broke. Between tuition, textbooks, and trying to afford a social life, it's easy to blow through our hard-earned cash faster than a frat boy can chug a beer. But fear not, dear readers, for I have some tips and tricks to help us all navigate the financial minefield that is college life. First and foremost, budgeting is key. I like to think of it as a game of Tetris - you have to fit all the pieces together just right so they don't stack up and crush you. I use a budgeting app that helps me keep track of my income and expenses, so I can see exactly where my money is going. And let me tell you, it's been an eye-opening experience. I never realized how much money I was wasting on pointless things like avocado toast and overpriced lattes. But, you know, priorities. Another tip is to be mindful of credit card usage. Now, I know what you're thinking - "But credit cards are like free money! I can just pay it off later!" And to that, I say...hahahahahaha. No. Just no. Credit cards are like a gateway drug to financial ruin. They can be tempting, but it's important to remember that any purchases you make on a credit card will have to be paid back, often with interest. So, if you can't afford it now, you probably can't afford it later. Plus, nobody wants to be stuck with a mountain of debt when they're trying to start their adult life. Speaking of debt, student loans are a fact of life for most of us. But, like any addiction, the first step is admitting you have a problem. So, take a deep breath and take a look at your loans. Understand the terms, the interest rates, and the repayment options. And for the love of all that is holy, do not default on your loans. It's like a financial black mark that will haunt you for the rest of your life. Trust me, I know from experience. Now, let's talk about saving money. I know, it's boring. But, it's also crucial. Even if you can only save a small amount each month, it's better than nothing. Plus, it's like a safety net for when things inevitably go wrong. Like when your car breaks down, or your dog eats your favorite pair of shoes. Or when you realize you've spent all your rent money on concert tickets. Oops. Another way to save money is to shop smart. I'm not saying you have to wear clothes from the thrift store (although, they can be a great source of vintage finds), but you can still look stylish on a budget. Try shopping at discount stores, or look for sales and clearance racks. And, let's be real, we all love a good bargain. Lastly, don't be afraid to ask for help. Whether it's from a financial advisor, or your parents (if you're lucky enough to have them), it's always good to have someone to bounce ideas off of. And, if you're really struggling, there are resources on campus, like financial aid offices and counseling services, that can help you navigate the financial waters. In conclusion, managing finances as a student can be a daunting task. But, by budgeting, being mindful of credit card usage, understanding student loans, saving money, shopping smart, and asking for help, we can all navigate the financial minefield of college life and come out on top. Or, at least, not completely broke.
    @normandiealise #GenWealth Scholarship
    Generational wealth, to me, means passing down a legacy of financial stability and success to future generations. It's like passing down a family heirloom, but instead of a dusty old vase, it's a big ol' pile of cash. And let's be real, who doesn't love cash? Now, some people might think that achieving generational wealth is a serious and stuffy endeavor. But let me tell you, I have a plan to make it as fun as possible. And by fun, I mean making bank like a boss. Step 1: I plan to marry into a wealthy family. Okay, okay, I know that sounds bad, but hear me out. I'm not talking about marrying someone for their money, but rather, finding someone who shares my values and goals, and just so happens to come from a wealthy family. Plus, it's not like they're going to say no to a smart, funny, and charming person like myself. Step 2: I'm going to start my own business. Not just any business, but a business that will make me a fortune. I'm thinking something like a cat-themed café, where customers can sip on lattes while playing with adoptable kitties. Who wouldn't want to pay for that? Step 3: I'm going to invest in real estate. But not just any real estate, I'm going to invest in properties that are haunted. Think about it, people will pay top dollar to live in a haunted house. It's like a theme park, but with ghosts. Step 4: I'm going to start a YouTube channel. Not just any YouTube channel, but a channel where I review different types of toilet paper. I know it sounds ridiculous, but trust me, people will tune in to see me rate different brands of toilet paper on a scale of 1-10. Step 5: I'm going to write a best-selling book. Not just any book, but a book about how to achieve generational wealth while still having a sense of humor. I mean, who wouldn't want to read a book about making money and laughing at the same time? Now, some of you might be thinking, "But wait, those steps don't sound like a surefire way to achieve generational wealth." And you're right, they might not be. But, the point is, I'm not going to sit around and wait for money to fall into my lap. I'm going to go out and grab it, with a smile on my face and a joke on my lips. In all seriousness, achieving generational wealth is a serious endeavor and requires hard work, dedication, and a solid financial plan. But, that doesn't mean it can't also be enjoyable. I plan to work hard, be smart with my money, and always keep a sense of humor. After all, life is too short to be serious all the time. So, let's make some money and have a good time doing it.
    Scorenavigator Financial Literacy Scholarship
    My personal experiences with finances and financial education have been a bit of a rollercoaster ride. Growing up, my parents always taught me the importance of saving money and being responsible with my finances. However, as a teenager, I found myself constantly tempted by the latest trends and gadgets, and my savings account quickly dwindled. It wasn't until I started working part-time in high school that I truly began to understand the value of a hard-earned dollar. I quickly learned that the money I earned wasn't just for buying the latest iPhone, but for things like rent, bills, and eventually, college tuition. Throughout college, I continued to work part-time and gained even more experience with managing my finances. I also took a few business classes, which further sparked my interest in business administration. I realized that having a solid understanding of finances and how businesses operate is essential for success in the business world. But let's be real, my financial education hasn't always been the most glamorous. I've had to make some tough decisions, like cutting back on eating out and entertainment expenses, and even giving up my beloved Netflix subscription (temporarily, of course). But in the end, these sacrifices have helped me to save money and build a solid financial foundation for my future. As I plan on majoring in business administration in college, I know that the skills and knowledge I gain will be invaluable in helping me to make smart financial decisions in the future. I'm excited to learn more about financial management, investment strategies, and how to run a successful business. And let's be honest, who doesn't want to be the next Wolf of Wall Street (but with a better ending, of course)? But in all seriousness, I know that financial education is crucial for achieving financial success and stability. I plan on using what I learn to better my future by making smart financial decisions, such as investing wisely, managing my expenses, and planning for retirement. I also want to be able to help others with their finances, whether it's through a future job or by volunteering in my community. So, in short, my experiences with finances and financial education have been a bit of a wild ride, but I'm excited to see where this journey takes me. And who knows, maybe one day I'll be the one teaching others about the importance of financial education and how to achieve financial success. But until then, I'll just be over here counting my pennies and trying not to buy that new pair of shoes I've been eyeing.
    Big Picture Scholarship
    The movie that has had the greatest impact on my life is without a doubt, "Coming to America." Not only is it a classic comedy that never fails to make me laugh, but it also helped shape my perspective on love, culture, and identity. Growing up as a black girl in a predominantly white neighborhood, I often felt out of place and struggled to find representation in the media. That is, until I saw "Coming to America." The film follows Prince Akeem, an African prince who travels to America to find a bride who loves him for who he is, not just his royal status. As a young girl, I was able to see myself in Lisa, the love interest of Prince Akeem. She was a strong, independent woman who wasn't afraid to speak her mind and stand up for what she believed in. Seeing a black woman in a leading role, being pursued by a prince no less, was incredibly empowering and gave me hope that one day, I too could find love without compromising who I am. But "Coming to America" isn't just a love story, it's also a film that celebrates cultural diversity. Prince Akeem's journey to America not only showed me the beauty of different cultures, but it also reminded me that it's important to embrace and appreciate our own heritage. Watching Prince Akeem's family in Zamunda, with their extravagant wardrobe and vibrant music, made me proud of my own African roots and helped me understand the importance of preserving and celebrating them. But perhaps the most impactful aspect of "Coming to America" for me was its portrayal of identity. As a black girl growing up in a white-dominated society, I often felt like I had to assimilate in order to fit in. But "Coming to America" taught me that it's okay to be different and that my unique experiences and perspectives are valuable. Prince Akeem's journey of self-discovery and acceptance helped me understand that it's important to embrace my own identity and not be ashamed of who I am. And let's not forget the comedic aspect of the film. From the hilarious scenes at the fast food joint "McDowell's" to the iconic "Sexual Chocolate" performance, "Coming to America" never fails to make me laugh. The film's ability to address serious topics while still being entertaining is a testament to its brilliance. "Coming to America" has had a profound impact on my life. It taught me to love myself, appreciate my culture, and embrace my unique identity. And let's not forget, it's just a great comedy. Prince Akeem may have found his queen in Lisa, but for me, "Coming to America" will always be the king of films.
    Sunshine Legall Scholarship
    As I look towards my future, there are a few academic and professional goals that I have set for myself. One of my main goals is to major in business. I have always been fascinated by the way businesses operate, and I believe that a business degree will give me the knowledge and skills I need to succeed in the business world. I am particularly interested in the field of marketing, and I hope to one day work for a company that specializes in marketing and advertising. In addition to my academic goals, I am also committed to giving back to my community. Throughout high school, I have volunteered at Meals by Grace, an organization that provides meals to families in need. I have also volunteered at the Georgia Wildlife Federation, where I have helped to protect and conserve the state's wildlife and natural resources. These experiences have inspired me to make a difference in our world, and I believe that my business degree will give me the tools I need to make a positive impact in the business world. One of the reasons why I am passionate about Meals by Grace is because it addresses a fundamental human need - hunger. I had the opportunity to help out with meal preparation and deliveries to families who were facing food insecurity, and it was heart-wrenching to see the state some of them were in. This experience has taught me that something as simple as a meal can make a significant difference in someone's life. It has also taught me the importance of empathy and kindness, and how small actions can go a long way in making someone's life better. At the Georgia Wildlife Federation, I had the chance to learn about the different species of animals and plants that inhabit our state, and the environmental challenges they face. I was also able to take part in conservation efforts, such as planting trees and monitoring wildlife populations. This experience has taught me the importance of preserving our natural resources for future generations and how vital it is to take care of our planet. It has also instilled in me a sense of responsibility to be an advocate for the environment and to make sustainable choices in my personal and professional life. My experiences at Meals by Grace and the Georgia Wildlife Federation have given me a sense of purpose and have inspired me to make a difference in the world. I believe that my business degree will enable me to use my knowledge and skills to create positive change in the business world. I hope to work for a company that prioritizes sustainability and social responsibility, and I believe that my experiences in volunteering have given me the tools I need to make a positive impact in the business world. In conclusion, my academic and professional goals include majoring in business, with a focus on marketing and advertising. I have had the opportunity to volunteer at Meals by Grace and the Georgia Wildlife Federation, and these experiences have inspired me to make a difference in our world. I hope to use my business degree to make a positive impact in the business world and to work for a company that prioritizes sustainability and social responsibility. I am committed to giving back to my community and making a positive impact in the world, and I believe that my experiences in volunteering have given me the tools I need to achieve my goals.
    David Foster Memorial Scholarship
    Mrs. O'brien was my high school English teacher, and she was the one who deeply influenced me and changed how I approach my life. I still remember the first day of class when she walked in and introduced herself. She had a warm smile and a friendly demeanor that immediately made me feel comfortable. She was passionate about teaching and it was clear that she loved literature. She was the kind of teacher who made you excited to learn and to come to class every day. One of the things that I remember most about Mrs. O'brien was her ability to make literature come alive. She would always talk about the characters in the books we were reading as if they were real people. She would give them personalities and motivations, and she would make us see the world through their eyes. This was something that I had never experienced before and it was truly transformative. I started to see literature in a whole new way, and it opened up a world of possibilities for me. Mrs. O'brien was also a master at teaching critical thinking. She would always challenge us to think deeper and to question everything. She would ask us to consider different perspectives and to see the world from different angles. She taught us how to think for ourselves and how to form our own opinions. This was something that I had never been taught before and it was incredibly valuable. It helped me to become a better thinker and a more curious person. One of the most important things that Mrs. O'brien taught me was the power of words. She would always stress the importance of language and how it can be used to express thoughts and ideas. She taught us how to write clearly and effectively, and she helped us to develop our own unique voices. She taught us that words have the power to change the world, and that we should use them wisely. This was something that I had never considered before, and it was truly life-changing. Mrs. O'brien was also a great mentor. She was always available to talk, and she would always give thoughtful and honest feedback. She was always willing to help us with our writing and to give us guidance when we needed it. She was the kind of teacher who truly cared about his students and wanted to see them succeed. This was something that I had never experienced before, and it was truly special. Mrs. O'brien was a truly remarkable teacher who deeply influenced me and changed how I approach my life. She taught me the power of literature, critical thinking, and the power of words. She was a great mentor who truly cared about her students and wanted to see them succeed. She was the kind of teacher who made you excited to learn and to come to class every day. I will always be grateful for the time I spent in her class and the lessons I learned from him. She will always be remembered as one of the most important people in my life.
    Trees for Tuition Scholarship Fund
    After college, I plan to make my community and the world a better place by utilizing my passion for business. I believe that by studying business, I will be able to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to help companies become more socially and environmentally responsible. Currently, I am actively making my community a better place through volunteering at the Georgia Wildlife Federation. This organization is dedicated to protecting and preserving the state's natural resources, and I am proud to play a small role in their efforts. I plan to continue volunteering with this organization after college, as I believe that preserving our natural resources is crucial for the long-term health of our planet. In addition to volunteering, I also plan to use my business education to make a positive impact on the world. I believe that businesses have the power to drive positive change in society and the environment, and I want to be a part of that change. I plan to pursue a career in sustainability consulting, where I can help companies reduce their environmental footprint and become more socially responsible. I also plan to work with startups and small businesses that have a positive impact on the community, such as renewable energy companies, recycling companies, and sustainable agriculture companies. By working with these companies, I can help them grow and become more successful, which in turn will help them make a greater impact on the world. In addition, I also want to be a part of the development of new technologies and business models that are more sustainable and environmentally friendly. This can be through investing in new startups or by joining the team of an innovative company. I believe that this will be a great way to contribute to the transition of the economy and society as a whole towards a more sustainable future. Furthermore, I also plan to use my business education to give back to my community. I want to use my skills and knowledge to help small businesses and non-profits in my community succeed. This could include providing financial advice, business planning, and marketing assistance to these organizations. In conclusion, I am committed to making the world a better place, both through volunteering and through my future career in business. I believe that by utilizing my passion for business, I can make a positive impact on the world and help businesses become more socially and environmentally responsible. And I will continue to volunteer at the Georgia Wildlife Federation, to help preserve and protect our natural resources for the future generations.
    Financial Hygiene Scholarship
    One of the most important skills a person can possess is financial literacy. This involves understanding basic financial concepts such as budgeting, saving, investing, and credit management. It also involves being able to make informed decisions about financial matters and having the ability to plan for the future. To educate myself and others on financial literacy, I plan on taking the following steps: 1. Start with the basics: Before diving into more advanced financial concepts, it is important to have a strong foundation in the basics. This includes understanding the different types of accounts (e.g. checking, savings, investment), the role of banks and other financial institutions, and the importance of budgeting and saving. I will start by reading books and articles on these topics, attending workshops and seminars, and seeking out online resources. 2. Learn about credit and debt: Understanding credit and debt is crucial for managing finances and avoiding financial pitfalls. This includes knowing how to establish credit, manage credit card accounts, and avoid high-interest debt. I will research the different types of credit products (e.g. credit cards, loans) and how they work, as well as strategies for paying off debt and avoiding over-indebtedness. 3. Explore investment options: Investing is an important part of building long-term wealth and financial security. I will research the different types of investments (e.g. stocks, bonds, mutual funds) and their potential risks and rewards. I will also learn about the role of investment professionals (e.g. financial advisors, brokers) and how to select the right ones for my needs. 4. Seek out guidance and advice: Financial literacy is a lifelong learning process, and there will always be more to learn and new challenges to face. To continue learning and staying up-to-date, I will seek out guidance and advice from financial experts and professionals. This may include attending workshops and seminars, joining financial literacy groups and organizations, and consulting with financial advisors. 5. Share what I learn with others: Financial literacy is not just about learning for myself, but also about sharing what I learn with others. I will share my knowledge and insights with friends, family, and colleagues, and encourage them to educate themselves on financial matters. I will also look for opportunities to volunteer or teach financial literacy to others, such as through community organizations or schools. In conclusion, financial literacy is a critical skill for anyone looking to manage their finances and plan for the future. By educating myself and others on financial concepts, credit and debt management, investing, and seeking out guidance and advice, we can all become more financially literate and make informed decisions about our money. By sharing what we learn with others, we can help promote financial literacy in our communities and contribute to a more financially secure society.
    First in Business Foundation Scholarship
    I have always been fascinated by the world of business and the impact it can have on society. From a young age, I have been drawn to the idea of creating and managing successful companies, and I believe that pursuing a career in a business-related field will allow me to do just that. To me, success in a business-related field means achieving financial stability, while also making a positive impact on the world. I believe that success is not just about making money, but also about creating something that can benefit others. Whether it is through providing jobs, creating innovative products and services, or making a positive impact on the environment, I believe that businesses have the power to make a real difference in the world. In addition to my passion for business, I also believe that it is important to give back to my community. I believe that success is not just about achieving personal goals, but also about using one's talents and resources to make a positive impact on others. Whether it is through volunteering, mentoring, or supporting local charities and organizations, I believe that giving back to my community is a crucial part of being successful. One of the main reasons I want to pursue a career in a business-related field is because I believe that businesses have the power to make a real difference in the world. By creating innovative products and services, providing jobs, and making a positive impact on the environment, businesses can have a profound impact on society. I believe that by pursuing a career in a business-related field, I can be a part of this positive impact, and I am excited to see the difference I can make. Furthermore, I believe that success is not just about achieving personal goals, but also about using one's talents and resources to make a positive impact on others. By giving back to my community, I can help to make a difference in the lives of those around me, and I believe that this is a crucial part of being successful. Whether it is through volunteering, mentoring, or supporting local charities and organizations, I believe that by giving back to my community, I can make a real difference in the world. In conclusion, I am passionate about pursuing a career in a business-related field because I believe that businesses have the power to make a real difference in the world. I also believe that success is not just about achieving personal goals, but also about using one's talents and resources to make a positive impact on others. By giving back to my community, I can help to make a difference in the lives of those around me, and I believe that this is a crucial part of being successful. I am excited to see the difference I can make in the world through a career in a business-related field, and I am committed to giving back to my community to make a positive impact.
    Sean Carroll's Mindscape Big Picture Scholarship
    Understanding the nature of our universe is crucial for many reasons. Firstly, it allows us to gain a deeper understanding of our place in the world and our relationship to the cosmos. It also helps us to understand the origins of the universe and the laws that govern it, which can have implications for our understanding of time, space, and matter. Furthermore, a better understanding of the universe can lead to advancements in technology and scientific research, which can have a positive impact on society as a whole. One of the key concepts that I hope to employ in order to better understand the nature of our universe is the study of cosmology. Cosmology is the branch of science that deals with the study of the origins, structure, and evolution of the universe. It involves the use of mathematical models and observational data to understand how the universe began, how it has changed over time, and what its ultimate fate will be. By using this approach, we can gain a better understanding of the fundamental laws that govern the universe and how they have shaped the cosmos over time. Another important concept that I hope to use in order to better understand the universe is the study of quantum mechanics. Quantum mechanics is a branch of physics that deals with the behavior of matter and energy at the atomic and subatomic level. It involves the use of mathematical equations and models to explain the behavior of particles and waves on a very small scale. By studying quantum mechanics, we can gain a better understanding of the fundamental building blocks of the universe, and how they interact with one another to form the complex structures we see around us. In addition to these concepts, I also hope to employ the use of observational data and experimental techniques in order to gain a better understanding of the universe. For example, by using telescopes and other observational tools, we can study the properties of distant stars, galaxies, and other celestial objects in order to gain a better understanding of the universe's structure and evolution. Additionally, by conducting experiments in laboratories, we can study the properties of subatomic particles and other fundamental building blocks of the universe, in order to gain a better understanding of how they interact and how they influence the overall structure of the universe. Overall, understanding the nature of our universe is crucial for many reasons. It allows us to gain a deeper understanding of our place in the world and our relationship to the cosmos, and can lead to advancements in technology and scientific research. By using concepts such as cosmology, quantum mechanics, and observational data, we can gain a better understanding of the fundamental laws that govern the universe and how they have shaped the cosmos over time.
    Paige's Promise Scholarship
    My name is Madison and I am currently a high school senior with a passion for helping others and a desire to make a positive impact on the world through education on Substance Use Disorder. Growing up, I had family members and friends who struggled with addiction and the effects it had on their lives were devastating. I saw firsthand how addiction can tear families apart and how difficult it can be for those struggling to get the help they need. This experience has motivated me to pursue a career in educating others about Substance Use Disorder and helping people recover. I plan to major in business in college because I believe that a business degree will provide me with the skills and knowledge I need to be successful in my future endeavors. I have a strong interest in learning about marketing and advertising, which I believe will be essential in spreading awareness about Substance Use Disorder and the importance of recovery. Additionally, I also have an interest in learning about finance and management, which will be crucial in running a business or organization that aims to help people suffering from addiction. After completing my undergraduate degree, I plan to pursue a graduate degree in psychology or social work. This will give me the knowledge and skills to understand the complex nature of addiction and the different approaches that can be used to help people recover. I also plan to gain hands-on experience by volunteering or working at a substance abuse treatment center. By working with people who are in recovery, I will gain a deeper understanding of the challenges they face and the support they need to overcome addiction. One of the ways I see myself educating others about Substance Use Disorder and helping people recover is by starting a peer support group for people who are in recovery. This group will provide a safe and supportive environment for people to share their experiences, provide support for one another, and learn about the different resources available to help them recover. Additionally, I also plan to start an online platform that provides information about Substance Use Disorder and the different treatment options available. This platform will also provide information about support groups and other resources that can help people in recovery. In conclusion, I am passionate about making a positive impact on the world through education on Substance Use Disorder and helping people recover. I believe that by majoring in business, I will gain the skills and knowledge I need to be successful in my future endeavors. Additionally, by pursuing a graduate degree in psychology or social work and gaining hands-on experience, I will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to understand the complex nature of addiction and the different approaches that can be used to help people recover. I look forward to making a difference in the lives of those struggling with addiction and creating a world where recovery is possible for everyone.
    Inflow Digital Marketing Scholarship
    I have chosen to pursue a career in marketing because I am passionate about understanding consumer behavior and creating innovative campaigns that connect with audiences. Marketing is a dynamic field that requires creativity, strategic thinking, and data analysis, all of which align with my strengths and interests. My ideal future role in marketing is that of a Brand Manager. In this role, I envision myself leading a team of marketing professionals to develop and execute campaigns for a well-established brand. I would be responsible for identifying target audiences, developing messaging and creative concepts, and analyzing data to measure campaign effectiveness. I would also collaborate with cross-functional teams such as product development, sales, and research to ensure that campaigns are aligned with overall business objectives. The industry I am most interested in is consumer packaged goods. I find the challenges and opportunities of this industry to be diverse and dynamic. I am particularly interested in developing campaigns for products that have a positive impact on people's lives, such as healthy food and personal care products. I am also excited about the potential for innovation in this industry, especially as it relates to sustainability and social responsibility. The company I would like to work for is one that is committed to creating sustainable and socially responsible products. I am drawn to companies that prioritize the well-being of their customers and the planet, and that have a strong sense of purpose beyond profit. I would also like to work for a company that values diversity and inclusivity, and that provides opportunities for professional development and career growth. In addition to my career aspirations, I am also passionate about using my skills and knowledge to make a positive impact on the world. I believe that the power of marketing can be leveraged to raise awareness about important social and environmental issues, and to inspire people to make positive changes in their lives. I am committed to using my skills to create campaigns that educate and inspire, and that ultimately make a positive difference in the world. In conclusion, I have chosen to pursue a career in marketing because it aligns with my passions and strengths. My ideal future role is that of a Brand Manager in the consumer packaged goods industry, working for a company that values sustainability and social responsibility. I am committed to using my skills and knowledge to make a positive impact on the world, and I look forward to the opportunities and challenges that a career in marketing will bring.
    Walking In Authority International Ministry Scholarship
    I am inspired to get involved in my community because I truly believe that we are stronger when we work together. Whether it's helping out with a local charity, volunteering at a school, or simply being a good neighbor, I believe that every little bit counts. One of the main ways that I have worked to influence change in my community is by getting involved in local politics. I have always been passionate about social justice and equality, and I believe that one of the best ways to make a positive difference in the world is to be an active participant in the political process. Over the past few years, I have volunteered on several political campaigns and attended countless town hall meetings and community forums. I have also been an active member of various advocacy groups, working to raise awareness about important issues and advocating for change. One of the most rewarding experiences I have had was when I worked on a campaign to pass a measure that would fund a new community center in my town. It was a long and difficult process, but in the end, we were able to get the measure passed and the community center was built. This project has had a huge impact on our community, providing a much-needed resource for families and children. In addition to my work in politics, I have also been involved in various community service projects. I have volunteered at food banks, homeless shelters, and schools, and have helped to organize clothing and toy drives for those in need. I have also been involved in environmental initiatives, such as beach cleanups and tree planting projects. I believe that it is important to take care of our planet and to preserve it for future generations. One of the most important things I have learned from my experiences in the community is the power of collaboration. By working together with others who share similar values and goals, we can accomplish so much more than we could on our own. I have also learned that it is important to be persistent and persistent, and to never give up on our goals, even when things seem difficult. Change is never easy, but with hard work, dedication, and a willingness to listen and learn from others, we can make a real difference in our communities. In conclusion, I am inspired to get involved in my community because I believe that it is important to be an active and engaged member of society. By volunteering, advocating for change, and working together with others, I have been able to make a positive impact in my community, and I am committed to continuing this work in the future.
    Climate Conservation Scholarship
    Every day, we make countless choices that have an impact on the environment. From the clothes we wear to the food we eat, our daily actions can either contribute to the sustainability of our planet or contribute to its degradation. As a society, it is our responsibility to make mindful and sustainable choices in order to preserve the natural world for future generations. One of the most significant ways in which our daily choices impact the environment is through our consumption habits. The production and transportation of the goods and services we use generates greenhouse gases and other pollutants that contribute to climate change. By choosing to buy locally-sourced and eco-friendly products, we can reduce our carbon footprint and support sustainable practices in the production of these goods. Additionally, our dietary choices can have a significant impact on the environment. The meat and dairy industries are major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions and deforestation. By choosing to eat a plant-based diet or reducing our consumption of animal products, we can help to reduce the environmental impact of our food choices. Another way in which our daily choices impact the environment is through our use of natural resources. Water, energy, and other natural resources are essential for our survival, but they are finite and must be used sustainably. By choosing to conserve these resources, we can help to preserve them for future generations. This can be as simple as turning off the tap when brushing our teeth, using energy-efficient appliances, and reducing our use of single-use plastics. To live sustainably each day, I strive to make mindful choices in my consumption habits, dietary choices, and use of natural resources. I try to buy locally-sourced and eco-friendly products whenever possible, and I make an effort to reduce my meat and dairy consumption. I also conserve water and energy in my daily life, and I try to reduce my use of single-use plastics. Furthermore, I try to educate myself and others about the importance of sustainability and the ways in which our daily choices impact the environment. By raising awareness about these issues, I hope to inspire others to make sustainable choices and contribute to the preservation of our planet. In conclusion, our daily choices have a significant impact on the environment. By making mindful and sustainable choices, we can help to preserve the natural world for future generations. Through our consumption habits, dietary choices, and use of natural resources, we can all play a part in creating a more sustainable future for our planet.
    North Star Dreamers Memorial Scholarship
    Receiving this scholarship would greatly aid me in achieving my career goals of studying entrepreneurship and starting my own coffee business. As an aspiring entrepreneur, I have always had a passion for small business and the concept of creating something from nothing. I have always been fascinated with the idea of starting my own business, and have always had a love for coffee. Combining my passions, I have decided to pursue a degree in entrepreneurship with the goal of starting my own coffee business. However, the cost of tuition and other expenses associated with attending college can be quite high, and without financial assistance, it can be difficult for many students to achieve their goals. This scholarship would provide me with the financial support I need to focus on my studies and work towards my goal of starting my own business. With this scholarship, I will be able to take the classes and workshops that are necessary to gain the knowledge and skills I need to become a successful entrepreneur. I will be able to take classes on business planning, marketing, finance, and management, which will give me a solid foundation for starting my own business. Additionally, I will be able to participate in internships and other opportunities that will give me hands-on experience in the field of entrepreneurship. I am also excited about the opportunity to start my own coffee business. I have always had a love for coffee and have been fascinated by the coffee industry. I believe that starting a coffee business would be a great opportunity for me to combine my passion for coffee with my desire to start my own business. I have already begun researching the coffee industry and have learned about the various aspects of starting a coffee business, including sourcing and roasting beans, creating a menu, and managing a staff. I also plan to take classes on coffee brewing and brewing methods, as well as classes on food service management, to gain the knowledge and skills I need to be successful in the industry. In addition to the financial support provided by this scholarship, I also believe that the networking opportunities that come with it will be extremely valuable in helping me to achieve my career goals. I am excited to meet and learn from other students and professionals who share my passion for entrepreneurship and the coffee industry. Overall, this scholarship would provide me with the resources and support I need to achieve my career goals of studying entrepreneurship and starting my own coffee business. It would allow me to focus on my studies, gain hands-on experience, and network with other professionals in the field. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to apply for this scholarship and am confident that it will be a crucial step in helping me to achieve my dreams.
    SmartAsset High School SmartStart Personal Finance Scholarship
    The best piece of financial advice I have received is to start saving early and consistently. This simple advice has the potential to make a huge impact on my financial future. By starting to save early and consistently, I am able to build a solid foundation for my financial future, which will give me the freedom and security to make important decisions and investments later on. Throughout my college career and beyond, I plan to utilize this advice by consistently setting aside a portion of my income for savings each month. This will involve creating a budget and sticking to it, and being mindful of my spending habits. Additionally, I plan to open a savings account specifically for long-term goals such as buying a house or starting a business. I will also make sure to regularly evaluate and adjust my savings plan to ensure that I am on track to reaching my goals. One of the key benefits of saving early and consistently is that it allows for compounding to take place. Compounding is the process by which interest earned on savings is reinvested, leading to even more interest being earned over time. By starting to save early and consistently, I will be able to take advantage of compounding and see my savings grow exponentially over time. This is particularly important for long-term goals such as retirement, as the earlier I start saving, the more time my money has to grow. Another benefit of saving early and consistently is that it can help me to avoid falling into debt. By setting aside money for savings each month, I will be less likely to rely on credit cards or loans to make ends meet. This will help me to avoid accruing high-interest debt, which can be difficult to pay off and can negatively impact my credit score. Additionally, by saving early and consistently, I will be less likely to find myself in a financial emergency. Having a savings cushion can provide peace of mind and can help me to weather unexpected expenses, such as medical bills or car repairs. In addition to setting aside money for savings each month, I also plan to utilize this advice by being mindful of my spending habits. This will involve creating a budget and sticking to it. This will help me to ensure that I am spending money on what is important to me and that I am not wasting money on unnecessary expenses. Additionally, I will make sure to regularly evaluate and adjust my budget to ensure that it is still in line with my current financial situation and goals. Another way I plan to utilize this advice is by investing in my education. This can involve taking advantage of scholarships, grants, and student loans. By investing in my education, I am setting myself up for a brighter financial future. An advanced degree can lead to better job prospects and higher earning potential. Investing in your education is one of the most valuable decisions you can make for your future. It opens up opportunities for career advancement and higher earning potential, as well as personal growth and development. With an education, you will have the skills and knowledge to navigate the constantly changing world around you, making you more adaptable and valuable in the workforce. Additionally, furthering your education shows employers that you are dedicated to lifelong learning, making you a more desirable candidate for job opportunities. Investing in your education is an investment in yourself and your future. In conclusion, the best piece of financial advice I have received is to start saving early and consistently. This simple advice has the potential to make a huge impact on my financial future. By starting to save early and consistently, I am able to build a solid foundation for my financial future, which will give me the freedom and security to make important decisions and investments later on. Throughout my college career and beyond, I plan to utilize this advice by consistently setting aside a portion of my income for savings each month, being mindful of my spending habits, investing in my education, and regularly evaluating and adjusting my savings plan to ensure that I am on track to reaching my goals.
    JADED Recovery Scholarship
    My experience with drug and alcohol addiction has greatly affected my beliefs, relationships, and career aspirations. The issue of addiction is one that is close to my heart, as I have seen firsthand the devastating impact it can have on individuals and their loved ones. This was particularly evident last year at my school's homecoming, when several students overdosed on drugs and alcohol. The events of that night were truly horrifying and left a lasting impression on me. I witnessed the chaos and confusion that ensued as the paramedics and ambulance rushed to the scene. I saw the fear and despair on the faces of the students and their families as they waited for news about their loved ones. It was a stark reminder of the real-world consequences of addiction and the destructive impact it can have on people's lives. The experience at homecoming also reinforced my belief that substance abuse is a serious problem that needs to be addressed. It made me realize that addiction is not a personal failure or weakness, but rather a complex and devastating disease. It also made me understand that addiction can happen to anyone, regardless of their socioeconomic status, race, or background. As a result of my experience, I have become more passionate about addressing the issue of addiction and supporting those affected by it. I have volunteered at local treatment centers and rehabilitation programs, where I have had the opportunity to meet and support individuals in recovery. I have also been active in raising awareness about the issue through school and community events. The homecoming incident also had an impact on my relationships. I found that some of my friends and peers had misconceptions about addiction and were unsympathetic towards those who were struggling. I lost a few friends who felt differently and became more distant towards those who used drugs and alcohol. The incident also taught me to be more cautious about my own relationships and be more selective about the people I spend my time with. Furthermore, my experience with addiction has also affected my career aspirations. After the homecoming incident, I decided that I wanted to pursue a career in business, specifically in the field of addiction treatment. I want to use my business skills and knowledge to help organizations and companies develop effective solutions to address the issue of addiction. I want to be a part of the solution and make a real difference in the lives of those affected by addiction. In conclusion, my experience with drug and alcohol addiction has greatly affected my beliefs, relationships, and career aspirations. The events of homecoming were a sobering reminder of the real-world consequences of addiction, and it reinforced my belief that substance abuse is a serious problem that needs to be addressed. I have become more passionate about addressing the issue of addiction and supporting those affected by it. I have become more selective about the people I spend my time with, and have career aspirations that align with addressing addiction.
    Book Lovers Scholarship
    It's difficult to choose just one book that would be suitable for everyone in the world to read, as people have diverse backgrounds, cultures, and interests, and what may be meaningful or enlightening for one person may not be for another. That said, I would recommend "The Four Agreements" by don Miguel Ruiz. This book is a powerful guide to personal freedom and personal transformation, and it is written in a way that is both easy to understand and deeply profound. The Four Agreements are: 1. Be Impeccable with your word: Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. 2. Don't take anything personally: What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering. 3. Don’t make assumptions: Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life. 4. Always do your best: Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret. The book's philosophy can be summed up as living in a state of personal responsibility and awareness, which is a message that can be appreciated by readers of all backgrounds. By following these agreements, people can improve their communication, relationships, and overall well-being, which in turn can have a positive impact on the world. The book is easy to read and short, however, it’s profound message can change the way we look at life and is a great tool for personal growth. It works as a guide for self-awareness and self-improvement, and its teachings can be applied to various aspects of our lives, including our relationships, career, and health. I recommend "The Four Agreements" as the book for everyone in the world to read. It is a simple yet powerful guide that can lead to personal freedom and transformation, and its teachings can be applied to every aspect of our lives. With this book, people can become more authentic, compassionate and fulfilled in their lives.
    Coleman for Patriots Scholarship
    Throughout my life, I have always been committed to giving back to my community and making a positive impact on those around me. One way I have done this is through volunteering at organizations such as Meals by Grace and the Georgia Wildlife Federation. At Meals by Grace, I have been able to help provide meals to those in need in my community. As a volunteer, I have assisted with food preparation, distribution, and clean-up. It has been incredibly rewarding to be able to give back to those who are struggling and to make a difference in their lives. In addition to my work at Meals by Grace, I have also had the opportunity to volunteer with the Georgia Wildlife Federation. As a member of this organization, I have helped with various conservation efforts and have learned about the importance of protecting and preserving our natural resources. I have participated in beach clean-ups, plantings, and educational programs, all with the goal of making a positive impact on the environment. While these experiences have been extremely rewarding, I am always looking for ways to do more and make a greater impact. That is why I am planning to major in business and use my skills and knowledge to help make a difference in my community and beyond. As a business major, I hope to use my skills to help create and support sustainable and socially responsible businesses. I believe that businesses have the power to make a positive impact on the world, and I want to be a part of that. I want to work with companies that are committed to improving the lives of their employees, customers, and the community. One way I hope to make a difference is by working with companies that are committed to sustainability. I believe that it is our responsibility to protect the environment and preserve natural resources for future generations. By working with businesses that are focused on sustainability, I can help ensure that we are leaving a better world for those who come after us. In addition to working with sustainable businesses, I also hope to use my skills to support and promote social responsibility. I believe that it is important for companies to give back to their communities and make a positive impact on those around them. By working with businesses that are committed to social responsibility, I can help make a difference in the lives of those in my community and beyond. Overall, I believe that there are many ways in which we can work together to make a better future for ourselves and those around us. Through volunteering and using my skills and knowledge as a business major, I hope to be able to make a positive impact on my community and the world. I am excited to see where my journey takes me and what I will be able to accomplish along the way.
    Williams Foundation Trailblazer Scholarship
    As a high school senior, I have been fortunate enough to be involved in several innovative, self-initiated activities and projects aimed at meeting the needs of marginalized and underserved populations in my community. One of the most significant projects I have been involved in is the establishment of a food pantry at my high school. I became aware of the issue of food insecurity in my community during my sophomore year when I volunteered at a local soup kitchen. Many of the people who came to the soup kitchen were struggling to put food on the table, and I knew that there had to be something more we could do to help. That's when I decided to take action and started working on the idea of a food pantry at my school. I knew that this would not be an easy task, but I was determined to make it happen. First, I began by researching other schools that had food pantries and learning about the best practices for establishing and running one. Then, I reached out to local food banks and charitable organizations to see if they would be willing to donate food and other supplies to the pantry. To my surprise, I received an overwhelmingly positive response from these organizations, and they were eager to help in any way they could. With their support, I was able to secure a small room in our school where the pantry could be located, and I began organizing food drives to collect donations from students, faculty, and community members. Over the course of the next few months, the food pantry grew in popularity and became a vital resource for students and families in need. We were able to provide a variety of non-perishable food items, as well as hygiene products and other essentials. In addition to providing much-needed resources, the pantry also served as a place for students to come together and connect with one another, creating a sense of community and belonging. One of the most rewarding aspects of establishing the food pantry was seeing the impact it had on the lives of my fellow students and the wider community. Many students who relied on the pantry were able to focus on their studies and schoolwork without worrying about where their next meal would come from. This not only helped to improve their academic performance but also gave them a sense of hope and empowerment. In addition to the food pantry, I have also been involved in several other projects aimed at meeting the needs of marginalized and underserved populations. For example, I have participated in a number of community service projects, such as volunteering at a local nursing home and helping to organize a fundraiser for a homeless shelter. Through these experiences, I have learned the importance of taking action and making a positive impact in my community. I have also learned that, no matter how small my contribution may seem, it can have a significant and lasting impact on the lives of others. Overall, my involvement in these innovative, self-initiated activities and projects has been a truly rewarding and enriching experience. It has given me the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others and to learn valuable skills and insights that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.
    Dema Dimbaya Humanitarianism and Disaster Relief Scholarship
    I have always had a desire to serve and help others, but it was not until I became involved in community service and disaster relief that I truly felt the impact of my actions. Growing up, I was fortunate enough to have a supportive and loving family, access to education, and necessary resources. However, as I got older, I began to realize that not everyone had the same privileges and opportunities that I did. This realization led me to want to give back and make a difference in the world, no matter how small. One of the ways I have been able to contribute to my community is through volunteering at Meals by Grace, a local organization that provides meals to those in need. I began volunteering with Meals by Grace in high school and have continued to do so throughout college. Through this experience, I have learned the importance of food security and how something as simple as a meal can make such a significant difference in someone's life. Not only do I get to help prepare and serve meals, but I also have the opportunity to interact with the individuals who come to the organization for help. Hearing their stories and learning about their struggles has further fueled my passion for service and making a positive impact in my community. Another significant experience I had in community service and disaster relief was during the Atlanta snowstorm in 2014. The city was paralyzed by the snow and many people were stranded and unable to get home. When I heard about the crisis, I knew I had to do something to help. My dad, aunt, uncle, and I hopped into our respective cars and took immediate action. We spent the entire day driving around, picking up people and delivering them safely to their destinations. It was a long and exhausting day, but it was also one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Seeing the relief and gratitude on the faces of the people we helped made all the effort worth it. It was a small gesture, but it meant the world to those who were stuck and unable to get home. In the future, I plan to continue to contribute to community service and disaster relief in various ways. One way I hope to do this is by joining a disaster response team or organization. I have always been fascinated by natural disasters and the ways in which communities come together to rebuild and recover. I believe that by joining a disaster response team, I can use my skills and resources to help those affected by natural disasters and make a positive impact in their lives. I also plan to continue volunteering with Meals by Grace and other organizations that focus on addressing issues of food insecurity and poverty. I believe that everyone deserves access to basic necessities, and by volunteering my time and resources, I can help make a difference in the lives of those in need. In conclusion, my involvement in community service and disaster relief has been driven by a desire to make a positive impact in the world and help those in need. Through my experiences volunteering at Meals by Grace and helping people get home during the Atlanta snowstorm, I have learned the importance of selfless service and the impact it can have on others. I plan to continue to contribute to these causes in the future and make a difference in the lives of those around me.
    Chris Ford Scholarship
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    My name is Madison and I am a high school senior excited to embark on my journey in higher education and ultimately, my career. From a young age, I have always been driven to make a positive impact on the world and contribute to the betterment of society. This desire has only grown as I have learned about various social and environmental issues and witnessed firsthand the inequalities and challenges faced by marginalized communities. I plan to make a positive impact on the world through my future career by using my skills and knowledge in the business world to create sustainable and equitable solutions to these issues. As a business major, I believe I have the ability to not only contribute to the financial success of a company, but also to use my influence to implement positive change and promote sustainability and social justice. One way I envision making a positive impact through my career is by becoming involved in socially responsible investing. This involves investing in companies that not only generate financial returns, but also prioritize social and environmental impact. By supporting these types of companies, I believe I can contribute to the growth of businesses that are actively working towards making a positive impact on the world. Additionally, I hope to use my knowledge and skills in business to advocate for policies and initiatives that promote sustainability and social justice. This could include working with government agencies or non-profit organizations to develop and implement policies that address issues such as climate change, income inequality, and discrimination. In my future career, I also hope to use my business skills to help create and support businesses that are focused on addressing social and environmental issues. For example, I may work with entrepreneurs to help them start and grow businesses that provide environmentally friendly products or services, or that employ and empower marginalized communities. I believe that business has the potential to be a powerful force for good in the world, and I am excited to be part of this movement towards more sustainable and equitable practices. In order to make the most positive impact possible, I plan to continuously educate myself on social and environmental issues and stay up to date on the latest research and best practices in this field. Furthermore, I plan to use my personal and professional networks to connect with and learn from others who are also committed to making a positive impact on the world. By collaborating and sharing knowledge and resources, I believe we can amplify our efforts and create even greater positive change. I understand that making a positive impact on the world is a complex and ongoing process, and I am committed to being a part of this journey for the long term. I believe that by using my skills and knowledge in the business world to create sustainable and equitable solutions, I can make a meaningful and lasting difference in the world.
    Lauren Czebatul Scholarship
    Volunteering has had a profound impact on my mindset, transforming me from a self-centered individual to a more compassionate and understanding person. Growing up in a low income household, I was often focused on my own struggles and challenges, and it was easy for me to become discouraged and feel like I was struggling alone. Volunteering opened my eyes to the many challenges faced by others in my community, and it gave me a sense of purpose and meaning that I had been lacking. One of the most significant ways that volunteering has changed my mindset is by helping me to develop empathy. When I first started volunteering, I often struggled to put myself in others' shoes, and I found it difficult to understand why people might be facing certain challenges. However, as I spent more time volunteering and interacting with people from different walks of life, I began to see the world from their perspective. I learned to listen and understand their stories, and I started to feel a sense of compassion and understanding for their struggles. This shift in my mindset has been incredibly transformative, and it has helped me to become a more compassionate and understanding person. In addition to developing empathy, volunteering has also helped me to develop a sense of social responsibility. Growing up in a low income household, I often felt like I was on my own, and I had very little sense of community. Volunteering has helped me to see that we are all connected, and that we have a responsibility to help one another. It has given me a sense of purpose and meaning, and it has made me feel like I am making a difference in the world. This sense of purpose has been incredibly empowering, and it has helped me to see that I can make a difference in the world, no matter how small my contributions may seem. Financial need is another reason why I am seeking this scholarship. Growing up in a low income household, I have always struggled with financial insecurity, and I have often had to make difficult choices about how to allocate my resources. This scholarship would provide me with much-needed financial assistance, and it would allow me to focus on my studies and my volunteering without having to worry about how I will pay for my education. In addition to the financial benefits, this scholarship would also provide me with a sense of validation and recognition for the work that I have been doing. Volunteering has been an incredibly rewarding experience for me, but it can also be challenging, and it is not always easy to see the impact that I am making. Receiving this scholarship would be a way for me to know that my efforts have been noticed and appreciated, and it would give me the motivation and encouragement to continue volunteering and making a difference in my community. In conclusion, volunteering has had a profound impact on my mindset, and it has transformed me from a self-centered individual to a more compassionate and understanding person. It has helped me to develop empathy and a sense of social responsibility, and it has given me a sense of purpose and meaning. I am seeking this scholarship because I am in need of financial assistance, and because it would provide me with validation and recognition for the work that I have been doing. Overall, volunteering has been an incredibly enriching and transformative experience, and I am grateful for the opportunity to continue making a difference in my community.
    Elevate Mental Health Awareness Scholarship
    Growing up, I was always a highly anxious and perfectionistic individual. I constantly felt the need to control every aspect of my life, and I struggled with obsessive thoughts and compulsions that often took over my daily routine. Despite this, I didn’t fully understand the concept of mental health or the impact that my anxiety and OCD were having on my life. It wasn’t until I reached high school that I began to recognize the severe impact that my mental health struggles were having on my relationships and my ability to function in everyday life. I found myself constantly worrying about the smallest things, and I would often become overwhelmed by my own thoughts and feelings. This led to significant difficulties in my personal and professional relationships, as well as a lack of motivation and drive in my academic and career pursuits. Despite my struggles, I continued to push myself and tried to hide my anxiety and OCD from those around me. I thought that if I just worked harder and stayed in control, I could overcome my mental health challenges on my own. However, this only served to make my struggles worse, and I eventually found myself unable to function in my daily life. It was at this point that I realized that I needed help, and I began to seek out support from mental health professionals. Through therapy and medication, I was able to gain a better understanding of my anxiety and OCD, and I learned how to manage my symptoms in a healthy and effective way. This process was not easy, and it required a significant amount of time and effort, but it ultimately allowed me to take control of my mental health and begin to live a more fulfilling and productive life. As a result of my experiences with mental health, I have come to understand the importance of seeking help when needed and the value of taking care of one’s mental well-being. I have also learned the importance of being open and honest about my struggles with others, as this has allowed me to build stronger and more supportive relationships. Furthermore, my experiences with anxiety and OCD have also influenced my career aspirations. I have always been interested in the field of mental health, and I now have a passion for helping others who are struggling with similar challenges. I am currently pursuing a degree in psychology, and I hope to one day work as a therapist or counselor, helping others to overcome their mental health struggles and live fulfilling and productive lives. Overall, my experiences with anxiety and OCD have had a significant impact on my beliefs, relationships, and career aspirations. They have taught me the importance of seeking help when needed and the value of taking care of one’s mental well-being. They have also influenced my desire to help others who are struggling with similar challenges, and I am dedicated to using my experiences to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
    Sean Carroll's Mindscape Big Picture Scholarship
    As a future business major, I understand the importance of having a strong understanding of the world and the forces that drive it. In order to make informed decisions and effectively navigate the complexities of the business world, it is crucial to have a deep understanding of the nature of our universe and the underlying principles that govern it. One of the primary reasons why it is important to better understand the nature of our universe is that it allows us to make more accurate predictions about the future. By studying the laws of physics and the behavior of the natural world, we can gain insight into the underlying patterns and trends that shape our world. This knowledge can then be used to anticipate potential challenges and opportunities, and to develop strategies and solutions to address them. Another reason why it is important to better understand the nature of our universe is that it helps us to appreciate the incredible complexity and beauty of the world around us. By studying the natural world, we can gain a deeper appreciation for the intricate connections and interdependencies that exist between different systems and phenomena. This understanding can then inspire us to take action to protect and preserve the natural world, and to strive to live in harmony with it. In order to better understand the nature of our universe, I hope to employ a variety of ideas and concepts from different fields of study. For example, I plan to study the laws of physics, which provide a framework for understanding the fundamental forces and particles that make up the universe. I also hope to study the behavior of complex systems, such as weather patterns and ecosystems, in order to gain insight into the emergent properties and behaviors that arise from the interactions of many different components. Additionally, I plan to study the history and philosophy of science, in order to gain a better understanding of the methods and assumptions that underlie our current understanding of the universe. By studying the work of past scientists and philosophers, I hope to gain a deeper appreciation for the ways in which our understanding of the universe has evolved over time, and the limitations and uncertainties that still remain. Overall, I believe that it is important to work to better understand the nature of our universe in order to make more accurate predictions about the future, to appreciate the complexity and beauty of the world around us, and to develop more effective strategies and solutions to address the challenges we face. By studying the natural world and the principles that govern it, we can gain valuable insights and perspectives that can help us to navigate the complexities of the business world and make more informed decisions.
    Ethel Hayes Destigmatization of Mental Health Scholarship
    My experience with mental health has significantly shaped my goals, relationships, and understanding of the world. Growing up, I struggled with anxiety and OCD, which often made it difficult for me to participate in social activities and achieve my goals. One of the most significant challenges I faced was the constant fear and worry that consumed my mind. I was constantly anxious about everything from my grades to my relationships, and it often made it difficult for me to focus on what was happening in the present moment. As a result, I often missed out on opportunities and experiences that could have helped me grow and develop as a person. Additionally, my OCD manifested in the form of repetitive thoughts and compulsions that I felt I had to perform in order to feel “safe” or “in control.” For example, I would spend hours arranging and rearranging my belongings or checking and rechecking that I had locked the door or turned off the stove. These compulsions took up a significant amount of time and energy, leaving me feeling exhausted and frustrated. Despite these struggles, I was determined to overcome my mental health challenges and live a fulfilling life. This determination has shaped my goals and aspirations in a number of ways. First and foremost, my experience with mental health has taught me the importance of self-care and self-compassion. I have learned that taking care of my mental and emotional well-being is just as important as taking care of my physical health. As a result, I have made it a priority to engage in activities that help me relax and destress, such as yoga, meditation, and journaling. Furthermore, my experience with anxiety and OCD has also taught me the importance of setting realistic and achievable goals. I have learned that it is better to set small, manageable goals and work towards them gradually than to set lofty, unrealistic goals and become overwhelmed. This has helped me to stay focused and motivated, and has allowed me to make steady progress towards my goals. In terms of my relationships, my experience with mental health has also had a significant impact. Growing up, I often felt isolated and alone, as I was unable to fully participate in social activities and events due to my anxiety and OCD. As a result, I struggled to form and maintain close relationships. However, over time, I have learned to communicate openly and honestly about my mental health struggles with those around me. This has allowed me to build stronger and more authentic relationships, as those close to me have been able to understand and support me through my challenges. Lastly, my experience with mental health has also shaped my understanding of the world. Growing up, I often felt like I was the only one struggling with mental health issues, and that there was something inherently wrong with me. However, as I have grown and learned more about mental health, I have come to understand that mental health challenges are incredibly common, and that there is nothing “wrong” with those who struggle with them. This has allowed me to let go of the shame and stigma surrounding mental health, and has allowed me to better understand and empathize with others who are struggling. In conclusion, my experience with mental health has had a profound impact on my goals, relationships, and understanding of the world. It has taught me the importance of self-care, setting realistic goals, and communicating openly and honestly with those around me. It has also allowed me to let go of the shame and stigma surrounding mental health, and to better understand and empathize with others who are struggling.
    Black Excellence Scholarship
    1. I have always been a determined and ambitious person, with a strong desire to succeed in everything that I set my mind to. Over the years, I have faced numerous challenges and obstacles, but I have never allowed them to get in the way of my goals and dreams. Instead, I have used these challenges as opportunities to grow and learn, and I have embraced them with an indomitable will that has enabled me to thrive in all areas of my life. One of the most significant challenges that I have faced was when I decided to pursue a career in a field that was traditionally dominated by men. Despite the obstacles and discrimination that I faced, I refused to give up on my dream and I worked hard to prove myself. I spent countless hours studying and preparing for my exams, and I consistently outperformed my male counterparts. I also made a point of building strong relationships with my colleagues and mentors, and I used their support and guidance to help me navigate the challenges that I faced. Over time, my determination and perseverance paid off, and I was able to rise through the ranks and establish myself as a respected and successful professional in my field. I also used my experiences to inspire and encourage other women to pursue their own dreams and aspirations, and I became a mentor and role model for many young women who were trying to break into the same field. In addition to my professional life, I have also used my indomitable will to thrive in my personal life. I have always been an active and adventurous person, and I have enjoyed participating in a wide range of activities and experiences. Whether it was hiking through the mountains, running marathons, or traveling to exotic locations, I have always been willing to push myself to the limit and embrace new challenges. In conclusion, I have thrived with an indomitable will because I have never allowed myself to be held back by challenges or obstacles. Instead, I have used my determination and perseverance to overcome any obstacles that have come my way, and I have embraced each challenge as an opportunity to grow and learn. As a result, I have been able to achieve success and fulfillment in all areas of my life, and I have inspired and encouraged others to do the same. 2. Grit is a combination of determination, resilience, and perseverance. It is the ability to overcome obstacles and challenges, even when faced with failure, in order to achieve a long-term goal. Developing grit requires a commitment to self-improvement, a willingness to learn from mistakes, and a determination to never give up. I recently experienced the need for grit when I nearly failed a class. I was struggling with the material and felt overwhelmed by the workload. I became discouraged and thought about giving up. However, I realized that failing the class would not only harm my grades, but also my future goals and aspirations. To develop and possess grit, I knew I had to make some changes. First, I sought help from my professor and classmates. I asked for clarification on difficult concepts and studied with others who were struggling as well. This helped me to better understand the material and feel less alone in my struggles. Next, I set small, achievable goals for myself. Instead of trying to tackle everything at once, I focused on one topic or assignment at a time. This allowed me to break down the material into manageable chunks and helped me to stay motivated and on track. I also learned the importance of persistence and perseverance. I refused to give up, even when faced with setbacks and challenges. I knew that I had to keep pushing through, even when it seemed impossible, in order to achieve my goals. In addition, I learned the value of resilience. I realized that it was okay to make mistakes and that I could learn from them. I used my failures as opportunities to grow and improve, rather than letting them defeat me. Through these efforts, I was able to turn my near-failure into a success. I passed the class and learned important lessons about grit and determination. I am now committed to continuing to develop and possess grit in all areas of my life. In order to fix my lack of grit, I plan to continue seeking help and support when needed, setting small goals and breaking down tasks into manageable pieces, and persisting and perseveering even when faced with challenges. I will also practice resilience and use my failures as opportunities for growth and learning. By doing so, I know that I can develop and possess the grit needed to achieve my goals and succeed in life.
    Margalie Jean-Baptiste Scholarship
    Growing up, I struggled with a lot of adversity. I was bullied for my appearance, I had a difficult home life, and I struggled with mental health issues. At times, these challenges became so overwhelming that I considered ending my own life. One of the biggest challenges I faced was being bullied at school. I was always a little different from my peers - I was taller, bigger, and had a lot of acne. These differences made me a target for bullying, and I often felt like I didn't fit in. The teasing and taunting took a toll on my self-esteem and made me feel like I was worth less than everyone else. In addition to being bullied, I also had a difficult home life. My parents were constantly arguing and fighting, and the tension in the house was palpable. I often felt like I was caught in the middle of their battles, and I didn't know how to cope with the constant stress. These challenges, combined with my struggles with mental health, made me feel incredibly overwhelmed. I struggled with anxiety and depression, and at times, I felt like there was no way out. I often thought about ending my own life, and I even made attempts on my own life. But despite all of these challenges, I was able to overcome adversity and find a path forward. I started by reaching out for help and seeking support from friends, family, and professionals. I talked to a therapist, who helped me understand my feelings and learn coping skills. I also started attending support groups, where I met other people who were struggling with similar challenges. One of the biggest turning points in my journey was when I started to focus on the things that made me happy. I started to pursue my passions and interests, and I found joy in the things that I loved. I also learned to be more kind and compassionate to myself, and to forgive myself for the mistakes I made along the way. I also learned to be more resilient and to not let setbacks and challenges get me down. I learned to view adversity as an opportunity for growth, and to use it as motivation to become a better person. I also learned to reach out for help when I needed it, and to surround myself with supportive people who cared about me and wanted to see me succeed. Today, I am in a much better place. I am happy, healthy, and I have a support system in place to help me through tough times. I am grateful for the challenges I faced, because they taught me valuable lessons and helped me become the person I am today. I am no longer consumed by thoughts of suicide, and I am grateful for every day that I am alive.
    Growing with Gabby Scholarship
    Over the past year, I have grown in terms of my self-confidence and ability to assert myself. This growth was inspired by a situation in which I was constantly being taken advantage of by a group of friends. I used to be a very shy and timid person, always afraid of speaking up and standing up for myself. I would often let others make decisions for me, and I would go along with whatever they wanted to do without voicing my own opinions or needs. This led to many instances where I felt used and neglected by my friends, but I never had the courage to say anything about it. However, one day, I finally reached my breaking point. I was fed up with always being the one to compromise and never having my own needs met. I realized that if I didn't start standing up for myself, I would continue to be unhappy and unfulfilled. So, I mustered up the courage to confront my friends and tell them how I felt. It wasn't easy, and I was scared of what they would say or how they would react. But, to my surprise, they were actually understanding and willing to make changes to ensure that my needs were also being met in our friendships. Through this experience, I learned that it's okay to assert myself and speak up for what I want and need. I also realized that it's important to surround myself with people who will respect and support me, rather than constantly taking advantage of me. As a result of this personal growth, I have become more confident and self-assured. I am no longer afraid to voice my opinions or stand up for myself, and I am not as easily swayed by others. I am more aware of my own needs and make sure they are being met, rather than constantly sacrificing them for the sake of others. However, despite this growth, there are still some aspects of myself that have remained the same. I am still an introverted person and enjoy spending time alone, and I am still sensitive and empathetic towards others. These traits have always been a part of who I am, and they continue to shape my personality and actions. Through my journey of self-discovery, I have learned that it's important to be true to myself and not let others dictate my actions or choices. I have also learned that it's okay to assert myself and stand up for what I want and need, even if it means facing challenges or resistance from others. One of my biggest struggles with this personal growth has been overcoming my insecurities. I still have moments where I doubt myself and question whether I am making the right decisions or standing up for myself in the best way. However, I am learning to embrace these insecurities and use them as motivation to continue growing and improving. Overall, the past year has been a journey of self-discovery and personal growth. I have learned to assert myself and stand up for what I want and need, and I have become more confident and self-assured. While there are still some aspects of myself that have remained the same, I am continuing to grow and evolve as a person.
    John J Costonis Scholarship
    As a first-generation American from a low-income family, my goal for the future is to obtain a college education and major in business. I believe that a college education is the key to unlocking opportunities and achieving success in today's competitive job market. By obtaining a degree in business, I will be able to apply my knowledge and skills to a wide range of careers, from finance and marketing to entrepreneurship and management. However, pursuing a college education has not been without its challenges. One of the biggest hardships I have faced is the financial burden of paying for tuition and other expenses. As a low-income immigrant family, we struggle to make ends meet and often have to make sacrifices in order to afford the cost of a college education. This has made it difficult for me to focus on my studies and extracurricular activities, as I have to work part-time jobs to help pay for my education. Another challenge I have faced is the language barrier. English is not my family's first language and I have had to work hard to improve my language skills in order to succeed in my classes. This has required me to put in extra effort and time to understand and complete assignments, which can be frustrating and overwhelming at times. Despite these challenges, I have not let them stop me from pursuing my goals. I have been working hard to improve my grades and maintain a high GPA in order to qualify for financial aid and scholarships. I have also been actively involved in extracurricular activities, such as volunteering and participating in club events, to demonstrate my leadership skills and dedication to my education. In addition, I have been seeking support from my school's guidance counselor and other resources, such as tutoring and study groups, to help me overcome my challenges and succeed in my classes. I have also been networking and building connections with professionals in the business field to learn about potential career opportunities and gain valuable experience. I am confident that with hard work and determination, I will be able to overcome the hardships I have experienced and will continue to experience while pursuing a college education. I am determined to succeed and achieve my goal of obtaining a degree in business, and I am willing to put in the effort and sacrifice necessary to make it happen. I am grateful for the support and guidance of my family, teachers, and mentors, and I am excited for the opportunities and possibilities that a college education will open up for me in the future.
    Ojeda Multi-County Youth Scholarship
    Growing up in the inner city was a unique experience that came with both challenges and opportunities. As a child, I was constantly surrounded by noise, traffic, and the hustle and bustle of city life. Despite the chaos, I developed a strong sense of community and a determination to succeed. One of the biggest challenges I faced growing up in the inner city was poverty. My family struggled to make ends meet, and we often had to rely on government assistance and charitable organizations to provide basic necessities like food and clothing. This lack of financial stability put a lot of pressure on me to succeed in school and eventually find a well-paying job. Another challenge was the prevalence of crime and violence in the inner city. I witnessed fights and drug deals on a regular basis, and I knew several people who had been victims of gun violence. This constant threat of danger made me wary and cautious, and it also made me determined to work hard and escape the cycle of poverty and violence. Despite these challenges, I was able to overcome them and achieve success. I put a lot of effort into my education, and I was fortunate to have supportive teachers and mentors who encouraged me to apply to college. I also had access to resources like after-school programs and tutoring, which helped me stay focused and motivated. My determination and hard work paid off, and I was accepted into a prestigious university. This was a huge accomplishment for me, and it gave me the opportunity to break free from the cycle of poverty and violence that so many people in the inner city face. I also developed a strong sense of community in the inner city. I grew up surrounded by people who looked out for each other and supported one another, even in the face of adversity. This sense of community helped me overcome some of the challenges I faced, and it also gave me a sense of belonging and purpose. Growing up in the inner city was often chaotic and unpredictable. There were constant sounds of sirens and traffic, and the streets were always busy with people. The lack of green space and quiet areas made it feel cramped and overwhelming at times. There was also a sense of danger and insecurity, as crime and violence were common occurrences. Despite this, the inner city was also vibrant and diverse, with a rich cultural tapestry of people and traditions. I learned to be resilient and adaptable, and formed strong bonds with my community. Growing up in the inner city was a challenging but rewarding experience. It taught me the value of hard work, determination, and community, and it gave me the tools I needed to succeed and achieve my goals. Despite the challenges I faced, I was able to overcome them and create a better life for myself. Overall, growing up in the inner city was challenging but also shaped me into the person I am today.
    SmartSolar Sustainability Scholarship
    The most impactful way to combat climate change is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This can be achieved through a variety of measures, including transitioning to renewable energy sources, implementing energy efficiency measures, and promoting sustainable land use practices. One key strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions is the transition to renewable energy sources. This involves replacing fossil fuels, such as coal and natural gas, with clean, renewable sources of energy such as wind and solar power. This transition not only reduces greenhouse gas emissions, but also has the added benefit of creating jobs and promoting economic growth in the renewable energy sector. Another important way to combat climate change is through the implementation of energy efficiency measures. This involves making buildings, vehicles, and other systems more efficient in their use of energy. For example, implementing energy-efficient lighting, insulation, and appliances can significantly reduce the amount of energy needed to power homes and businesses. This not only reduces greenhouse gas emissions, but also saves money on energy bills. Promoting sustainable land use practices is also crucial in the fight against climate change. This includes protecting and restoring forests, wetlands, and other natural habitats, as these ecosystems play a vital role in absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Additionally, sustainable farming and grazing practices can help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector. In my own life, I strive to fight climate change by reducing my own carbon footprint. This includes reducing my energy consumption through measures such as turning off lights when not in use and using energy-efficient appliances. I also make a conscious effort to reduce my consumption of meat and other animal products, as the agricultural sector is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. I also support the transition to renewable energy by choosing to support companies and organizations that prioritize clean energy. This includes choosing to invest in renewable energy companies and supporting political candidates who prioritize climate action. Additionally, I try to minimize my use of single-use plastics and promote sustainable waste management practices. This includes reducing my use of plastic bags, bottles, and other disposable items, and properly disposing of waste to prevent it from entering the environment and contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. Overall, the most impactful way to combat climate change is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the transition to renewable energy, the implementation of energy efficiency measures, and the promotion of sustainable land use practices. By taking these actions in our own lives, we can make a significant contribution to the fight against climate change and protect our planet for future generations.
    Mikey Taylor Memorial Scholarship
    Growing up, I always struggled with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). These mental health issues made it difficult for me to socialize and form relationships with others. I was constantly worried about things going wrong and fixated on certain actions or thoughts that I couldn't control. As I got older, my anxiety and OCD began to affect my academic performance. I found it hard to concentrate on my schoolwork and often felt overwhelmed by the amount of pressure I was under. I would spend hours obsessing over my assignments and studying, only to feel frustrated and defeated when I didn't get the grades I wanted. Despite these challenges, I never lost sight of my career aspirations. I have always been interested in business, and I knew that with hard work and determination, I could succeed in this field. However, my mental health struggles made it difficult for me to focus on my studies and pursue my goals. It wasn't until I sought help and started therapy that I was able to manage my anxiety and OCD. With the support of my therapist and loved ones, I was able to learn coping mechanisms and strategies to help me manage my symptoms. I also started taking medication, which greatly improved my mental health. Through this process, I learned the importance of mental health and self-care. I realized that taking care of my mental health was just as important as pursuing my career aspirations. I also learned that it's okay to ask for help and that seeking professional help can be incredibly beneficial. My experiences with mental health have also influenced my beliefs and relationships. I now understand the importance of open communication and vulnerability in relationships. I have learned to be more understanding and empathetic towards others who may be struggling with their mental health. In terms of my career aspirations, my struggles with anxiety and OCD have made me more determined to succeed. I know that I will face challenges and obstacles along the way, but I am confident that I have the skills and support to overcome them. I am now pursuing a major in business, and I am excited to see where my career takes me. Overall, my experiences with mental health have had a profound impact on my beliefs, relationships, and career aspirations. I have learned the importance of self-care and seeking help, and I am now more determined than ever to succeed in my chosen field. I am grateful for the support and guidance I have received, and I am excited to see what the future holds.
    Brian J Boley Memorial Scholarship
    I have struggled with anxiety and OCD for most of my life. It started with small things like having to double-check that I locked the door or making sure my pencils were lined up perfectly on my desk. But as I got older, it got worse. I would have panic attacks over social situations and my OCD behaviors started to interfere with my daily life. At first, I tried to ignore it and push through, thinking it was just a phase that I would grow out of. But that only made things worse. I started to avoid going out with friends and even missed school because I was too anxious to face the day. Eventually, I realized that I needed help. I talked to my parents and we decided to seek out therapy. It was hard at first, but going to therapy and talking about my anxiety and OCD helped me to understand what was happening and why. One of the biggest things that helped me was learning about the biology of anxiety and OCD. I learned that it is not just a “mind over matter” issue, but rather a chemical imbalance in the brain. This helped me to see my struggles in a different light and to not blame myself for feeling the way I did. Another thing that has been incredibly helpful is finding healthy coping mechanisms. I started practicing meditation and deep breathing exercises to calm my racing thoughts and to help me stay in the present moment. I also started exercising regularly, which has been shown to have a positive effect on anxiety and OCD. In addition to these strategies, I also started using mindfulness techniques. This involves paying attention to my thoughts and feelings in the present moment without judging them. By doing this, I was able to break the cycle of negative thoughts that would often lead to anxiety and OCD behaviors. I have also learned the importance of reaching out for support. I have a great support system of friends and family who have been there for me during my hardest moments. I also have a therapist who I can talk to and who helps me to work through any challenges that come up. One thing that has been especially helpful is being open and honest about my struggles. I have found that by talking about my anxiety and OCD, it helps to break the stigma and allows others to be more understanding and supportive. Overall, overcoming mental illness is a journey and it is not always easy. But with the right support and strategies, it is possible. I am grateful for the tools and techniques that I have learned and for the people who have been there for me along the way. I am now able to manage my anxiety and OCD and live a fulfilling and happy life.
    Voila Natural Lifestyle Scholarship
    My name is Madison, and I am a senior in high school. I come from a low-income family, and we struggle to make ends meet on a daily basis. Despite the financial challenges we face, I am determined to pursue higher education and earn a college degree. I have always been an ambitious and hardworking student. I have consistently maintained a high GPA and have been involved in various extracurricular activities, including the school's debate team and volunteer work at a local animal shelter. I am also a member of the National Honor Society. I am passionate about pursuing a degree in business administration, with a focus on accounting. I have always been drawn to the field of accounting because of its focus on organization and precision. As someone who enjoys working with numbers and solving complex problems, I find accounting to be a natural fit for my skills and interests. Additionally, I am attracted to the stability and potential for career advancement that a career in accounting can provide. I believe that by pursuing a major in accounting, I will be able to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to excel in this field and make a positive impact on organizations and individuals. However, attending college is a daunting prospect for me and my family. My parents, who are both working-class individuals, are unable to provide financial support for my education. I have applied for various scholarships and grants, but I am still short on funds to cover the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses. This scholarship will provide a significant boost to my college funds and help me achieve my educational goals. It will allow me to focus on my studies and not worry about how I am going to pay for my education. It will also provide me with the opportunity to engage in extracurricular activities and research opportunities that will enhance my college experience. In addition, this scholarship will also provide me with a sense of validation and recognition for my hard work and dedication to my education. It will serve as a reminder that my efforts have not gone unnoticed and that there are people and organizations out there who are willing to support and invest in my future. I am grateful for the opportunity to apply for this scholarship, and I am confident that with your support, I will be able to achieve my educational goals and make a positive impact on the world. Thank you for considering me for this award.
    Act Locally Scholarship
    As a member of my community, I want to see a greater sense of acceptance and understanding among individuals. I believe that acceptance is a crucial component of a healthy and thriving community, as it allows for individuals to coexist peacefully and to support one another in their personal growth and development. In my community, I have seen instances where people are judged and discriminated against based on their race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and other personal characteristics. This lack of acceptance creates barriers and divides among individuals, preventing them from forming meaningful connections and working together towards common goals. To help promote acceptance in my community, I actively engage in activities and initiatives that promote understanding and empathy among individuals. For example, I participate in diversity and inclusion workshops and events, where I have the opportunity to learn about different cultures, beliefs, and experiences. Through these experiences, I have gained a deeper understanding and appreciation for the unique perspectives and contributions of others. In addition, I also volunteer at local organizations that support marginalized groups, such as LGBTQ+ support groups, refugee support organizations, and women's shelters. By engaging with these organizations and the individuals they serve, I am able to learn about the challenges and struggles that these individuals face and how I can support them in their journey towards acceptance and inclusion. At a broader level, I believe that acceptance is essential for the well-being of our country and the world. In a world that is increasingly interconnected and diverse, it is important for individuals to be able to connect with and understand one another in order to work towards common goals and solve global challenges. To promote acceptance on a national and global level, I actively engage in discussions and debates about social issues and advocate for policies and initiatives that promote understanding and empathy among individuals. For example, I participate in online forums and social media groups that focus on diversity and inclusion, where I share my perspective and engage in respectful dialogue with others. In addition, I also support organizations and campaigns that promote acceptance and understanding on a national and global level. For example, I have donated to organizations that support refugees and immigrants, and I have signed petitions and written letters to lawmakers advocating for policies that promote acceptance and inclusion. Overall, I believe that acceptance is essential for the health and well-being of my community, the country, and the world. Through my local and national efforts, I hope to promote understanding and empathy among individuals and create a more inclusive and accepting society.
    Goobie-Ramlal Education Scholarship
    As the child of low-income Jamaican immigrants, my education experiences has been a mixture of challenges and opportunities. Growing up in a low-income household, I often struggled to afford the necessities of everyday life, let alone the expenses associated with higher education. Despite these challenges, my parents instilled in me the importance of education and hard work, and I have been determined to earn a college degree to improve my circumstances and make a positive impact on the world. In high school, I worked hard to maintain good grades and extracurricular activities in order to make myself a competitive college applicant. I was fortunate enough to receive a few acceptance letters to attend prestigious universitites, where I plan on pursuing a business major. I am excited about the prospect of gaining the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the business world and eventually start my own company. As a college-bound student of an immigrant family, I am determined to use my education and experiences to make a positive impact on the world. I want to give back to my community and help others in similar situations to achieve their dreams. I also plan on using my business skills to create sustainable and ethical companies that will benefit not only their customers, but also their employees and the environment. One of the ways I plan on making a positive impact is by staying involved in my community. I plan on volunteering and participating in community service projects to help those in need. I also want to use my education and experiences to mentor and inspire younger students, particularly those from low-income immigrant families, to pursue higher education and reach their full potential. In addition to my community involvement, I also plan on using my business skills to create companies that have a positive impact on the world. I am passionate about sustainability and ethical business practices, and I plan on using my education to create companies that prioritize these values. I believe that by creating businesses that are both profitable and socially responsible, I can make a positive impact on the world and inspire others to do the same. Overall, my experience as a college-bound student of an immigrant family has taught me the importance of hard work and determination in achieving my goals. I am determined to use my education and experiences to make a positive impact on the world, and I am excited about the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.
    Do Good Scholarship
    I am pursuing a career in business administration. Specifically, I plan to become a successful business manager who can help organizations to grow and thrive in today's competitive market. Through my studies and experiences in the field, I have developed a strong understanding of the key principles and practices of effective business management. I am passionate about using this knowledge to help businesses to achieve their goals and to make a positive impact on the world. One of the key ways in which I plan to make a positive impact through my career in business administration is by helping businesses to become more sustainable and responsible. In today's world, it is increasingly important for businesses to consider the environmental and social impacts of their operations. By working with organizations to develop and implement sustainable business practices, I can help them to reduce their environmental footprint and to create positive social outcomes. Another key way in which I plan to make a positive impact through my career in business administration is by helping businesses to become more innovative and competitive. In today's fast-paced, globalized economy, businesses need to be able to adapt quickly and effectively to changing market conditions. By working with organizations to develop and implement innovative strategies and processes, I can help them to stay ahead of the curve and to remain competitive in today's marketplace. Finally, I plan to make a positive impact through my career in business administration by helping businesses to become more inclusive and diverse. In today's world, it is essential for businesses to be able to attract and retain a diverse workforce in order to remain competitive. By working with organizations to develop and implement diversity and inclusion strategies, I can help them to create a more inclusive and equitable workplace. In order to achieve these goals, I will need to continue to develop my knowledge and skills in the field of business administration. This will require me to stay up-to-date with the latest trends and developments in the field, and to engage in ongoing learning and professional development. I am committed to this process, and I am confident that I will be able to make a positive impact on the world through my career in business administration. In conclusion, I am pursuing a career in business administration because I am passionate about using my knowledge and skills to help organizations to grow and thrive in today's competitive market. I plan to make a positive impact on the world through my career by helping businesses to become more sustainable, innovative, and inclusive. I am committed to ongoing learning and professional development, and I am confident that I will be able to achieve my goals and make a meaningful contribution to the world.
    Charlie Akers Memorial Scholarship
    I have always felt a strong sense of responsibility to give back to my community, and I have been actively involved in various volunteer and service projects throughout my life. One of the most rewarding experiences I have had is volunteering at Meals by Grace, a local non-profit organization that provides meals and other services to individuals and families in need. I have been volunteering at Meals by Grace for the past couple of years, and I have had the opportunity to serve meals, assist with food distribution, and provide support to clients who are struggling with homelessness or other challenges. In addition to my work at Meals by Grace, I have also been involved in a number of other community service projects. For example, I have participated in beach clean-up events, volunteered at local food banks, and participated in charity runs and walks to raise money for important causes. I have also been involved in environmental conservation efforts through my work with the Georgia Wildlife Federation, where I have helped to restore natural habitats, educate the public about wildlife conservation, and promote sustainable practices. As I continue my education, I plan on continuing to give back to my community in a number of ways. One of the ways I plan on doing this is by continuing to volunteer with organizations like Meals by Grace and the Georgia Wildlife Federation. I believe that these organizations do important work in our community, and I want to continue to support their efforts to help those in need and to protect the natural environment. In addition to volunteering, I also plan on using my education to help make a positive impact in my community. For example, I am currently taking environmental science in high school, and I plan on pursuing a career in this field after I graduate. I am passionate about protecting the environment, and I believe that my education and professional experience will enable me to make a real difference in the world. For example, I hope to work for an environmental non-profit organization, where I can help to educate the public about environmental issues, advocate for policy change, and work to protect natural habitats and species. Overall, I am committed to giving back to my community in a variety of ways. I believe that it is important to contribute to the well-being of others, and I am grateful for the opportunities I have had to volunteer and serve my community. As I continue my education, I plan on using my skills and knowledge to make a positive impact in the world, and I look forward to the many ways that I can continue to give back to my community in the future.
    Another Way Scholarship
    Mental illness has greatly affected me and has been a significant part of my life since I was a teenager. I was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) at the age of 16, and it has been a constant battle to manage and overcome the symptoms. OCD is characterized by intrusive thoughts, compulsions, and repetitive behaviors that can interfere with daily life. For me, OCD manifests in obsessive thoughts about germs and contamination, leading me to engage in compulsive behaviors like excessive hand-washing and cleaning. It can be exhausting and overwhelming, and it has caused me a great deal of anxiety and stress. My OCD has also had a negative impact on my relationships and my ability to function in daily life. It has caused me to isolate myself from others, and I have often felt misunderstood and alone. It has also affected my ability to perform well in school and in my career, as my OCD symptoms can be distracting and time-consuming. Despite the challenges, I have worked hard to manage my OCD and to improve my mental health. I have sought therapy and medication, and I have learned coping mechanisms and strategies to manage my symptoms. I have also found support in my family and friends, and I have joined online communities and support groups where I can connect with others who understand my struggles. In order to implement change for those affected by mental illness, I plan to continue advocating for mental health awareness and support. I believe that it is important to destigmatize mental illness and to make it easier for people to access the help they need. One way I plan to do this is by sharing my own story and experiences with OCD. I believe that by being open and honest about my struggles with mental illness, I can help others feel less alone and more understood. I also plan to continue to educate myself about mental health and to share that knowledge with others. Another way I plan to implement change is by advocating for better access to mental health care. I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to receive the support and treatment they need, regardless of their financial situation or location. I plan to support organizations and initiatives that work to improve access to mental health care, and to provide free counseling to those who need it. It is important to help those with mental health issues because they often face challenges and stigma that can impede their ability to live fulfilling lives. By offering support, we can help them access the care they need, reduce feelings of isolation and improve their overall mental well-being. In addition, addressing mental health issues can prevent potential crises and improve overall community health. By providing support and resources, we can create a more inclusive and compassionate society.
    Future Is Female Inc. Scholarship
    Feminism is the belief in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes. It is the fight for women's rights on the grounds of gender equality. Feminism advocates for women to have the same opportunities and access to resources as men. This includes equal pay for equal work, access to education, and the ability to make decisions about one's own body. Feminism also recognizes that oppression and discrimination against women intersect with other forms of oppression, such as racism, homophobia, and transphobia. Ultimately, feminism strives to create a society in which individuals are not limited by their gender. It is important because, for too long, women and other genders have been oppressed and discriminated against, leading to unequal opportunities and treatment in various aspects of life. One inspirational person to me in the realm of feminism is Angela Davis. Davis is a prominent activist, scholar, and author who has been fighting for the rights of women and other marginalized groups for decades. She has brought attention to issues such as mass incarceration, police brutality, and the prison industrial complex, all of which disproportionately affect women and other marginalized communities. Through her activism and scholarship, Davis has helped to shift the conversation around feminism to include a more intersectional approach, recognizing that different forms of oppression, such as racism and homophobia, intersect and impact women and other marginalized genders. This has helped to broaden the movement and make it more inclusive for all those who experience oppression. In my own community and school, I am contributing to the feminist movement by educating myself and others about the issues facing women and other marginalized genders. I participate in discussions and events related to feminism, and I make sure to support organizations and initiatives that work towards gender equality. I also strive to be an ally to those who face oppression and to use my privilege to amplify their voices. Additionally, I try to challenge and call out the everyday instances of sexism and discrimination that I see, whether it be in the media or in my personal interactions. I believe that it is important to constantly push for change and to never accept the status quo when it comes to gender equality. In conclusion, feminism is crucial in the fight for equality and justice for all genders. Angela Davis has been an inspiration to me in this movement, and I strive to contribute to the cause in my own community and school. Through education, activism, and ally-ship, we can work towards creating a more equitable and inclusive society for all.
    Community Reinvestment Grant: Pride Scholarship
    Growing up in a conservative community, I always felt like an outsider because of my bisexuality. I was constantly faced with judgment and discrimination from my peers and even some adults. It was a lonely and isolating experience, but it also sparked a passion in me to fight for change and acceptance. Through my lived experiences, I have learned the importance of personal advocacy and using my voice to speak out against discrimination. I have joined organizations and participated in activism events, such as pride parades and rallies for LGBTQ+ rights. I have also been open and vocal about my own sexuality, sharing my story and experiences with others in order to help break down stereotypes and misconceptions about bisexuality. One of the ways I have been able to contribute to change is through education. I have had the opportunity to speak at schools and community events, where I have shared my story and helped others understand the complexities of bisexuality. I have also worked to raise awareness about the unique challenges and discrimination that bisexual individuals face, such as the myth that bisexuality is a phase or that we are indecisive or promiscuous. Through education and awareness, I have been able to help others see bisexuality as a valid and legitimate sexual orientation. Another way I have contributed to change is by advocating for inclusive policies and practices. I have worked with organizations and community leaders to push for equal rights and protections for bisexual individuals, such as equal access to healthcare and employment opportunities. I have also worked to challenge the erasure of bisexuality in mainstream media and representation in public spaces, such as adding bisexual-inclusive language in anti-discrimination policies and representation in media. My personal advocacy has not only made a difference in my own life, but also in the lives of others in my community and beyond. I have received messages and stories from individuals who have been inspired by my journey and have been able to find support and acceptance because of it. I have also seen changes in my own community, such as more inclusive policies and practices and an increased acceptance and understanding of bisexuality. Through my lived experiences and personal advocacy, I have been able to contribute to positive change for bisexual individuals and the LGBTQ+ community as a whole. While there is still much work to be done, I am grateful for the opportunities I have had to use my voice and make a difference.
    Norman H. Becker Integrity and Honor Scholarship
    Having integrity to me means consistently being true to my values and beliefs, and always doing the right thing, even when it may be difficult or inconvenient. This means being honest, fair, and ethical in all of my actions and decisions, and treating others with respect and kindness. Without integrity, people cannot be relied upon to do the right thing and may take advantage of others for personal gain. Having integrity means being honest, consistent, and accountable for one's actions, which leads to better decision making and improved relationships with others. Additionally, having integrity can lead to personal growth and fulfillment, as it allows individuals to align their actions with their values and beliefs. In short, having integrity is essential for building strong and healthy relationships and for leading a fulfilling and fulfilling life. One example of how I have exercised integrity in my life is by being honest in all of my interactions with others. This includes being truthful in my communication, and not exaggerating or lying in order to gain an advantage or avoid confrontation. I also make sure to be transparent in my actions and intentions, so that others can trust and rely on me. Another way that I have demonstrated integrity is by being fair and equitable in my treatment of others. This means treating everyone with the same level of respect and consideration, regardless of their background or circumstances. I also make sure to be open-minded and unbiased in my decision-making, and to consider all perspectives and viewpoints before making a decision. Furthermore, I have exercised integrity by standing up for what I believe in and standing against injustice and wrongdoing. This means taking a stand against discrimination, bullying, and other forms of wrongdoing, and speaking out against them whenever I see them happening. I also make sure to always follow the rules and laws, and to do what is right, even if it is not the easiest or most convenient option. In addition to these examples, I have also demonstrated integrity in my personal relationships by being loyal and trustworthy. This means being there for my friends and loved ones when they need support, and being honest and open with them about my thoughts and feelings. I also make sure to always keep my promises and commitments, and to be reliable and dependable in all of my interactions with others. Overall, having integrity is an important aspect of my life, and I strive to consistently exhibit this quality in all of my actions and interactions with others. By being honest, fair, and ethical, I am able to build strong and trust-worthy relationships, and to be a positive and responsible member of my community.
    Hearts on Sleeves, Minds in College Scholarship
    As a person of color, I have faced numerous difficulties throughout my life. One of the biggest challenges I have faced is racism. I have faced discrimination and prejudice from people because of the color of my skin. This has had a profound impact on my mental health. The constant pressure of dealing with racism has caused me to feel stressed, anxious, and depressed. I often feel like I have to work harder and be better than my white peers in order to be treated equally. This constant pressure can be overwhelming and exhausting. Racism has also made me feel like an outsider in my own country. I have faced microaggressions and acts of discrimination on a daily basis. It can be demoralizing and demoralizing to constantly be treated unfairly because of the color of my skin. Furthermore, the recent rise of white supremacy and racism in our society has made me fear for my safety. I often worry about being targeted because of my race, and this fear can be debilitating. Despite all of these challenges, I have learned to be resilient and to not let racism define who I am. I have learned to be proud of my heritage and to embrace my culture. I have also learned to use my voice to speak out against racism and to fight for equality and justice. In the future, I hope to continue to use my voice to advocate for change and to help create a more inclusive and equitable society. I also hope to continue to work on my mental health and to seek support when needed. I want to be a positive role model for others who may be facing similar challenges. Overall, the difficulties I have faced because of racism have changed my view for the future. I now see the importance of speaking out against racism and discrimination and of working towards creating a more inclusive and just society. I also recognize the need to prioritize my mental health and to seek support when needed. These experiences have taught me valuable lessons and have shaped me into the person I am today. Overall, the difficulties I have faced in my life have taught me valuable lessons and shaped my view for the future. They have made me more aware of the issues facing our society, and have given me a greater sense of purpose and determination to fight for change. I am more committed than ever to promoting equality and advocating for mental health, and I believe that with perseverance and hard work, we can create a more just and inclusive society for all.
    Hester Richardson Powell Memorial Service Scholarship
    As someone who has struggled with mental health issues, I know firsthand how important resilience can be. It is not always easy to keep going when things get tough, but I have learned that it is possible to overcome even the most difficult challenges. In sharing my story, I hope to inspire others to stay strong and persevere through their own struggles. One of the biggest ways I have demonstrated resilience is by seeking help when I needed it. I did not let my fear of stigma or shame hold me back from seeking therapy and medication for my mental health issues. This was not an easy decision, but it was a necessary one. By taking this step, I was able to begin the process of healing and improve my overall well-being. I have also learned to be kind to myself. I know that I am not perfect and that I will make mistakes, but I have learned to forgive myself and move forward. This self-compassion has been crucial in my journey towards resilience. By being kind to myself, I have been able to let go of the negative thoughts and emotions that were holding me back. Another way I have demonstrated resilience is by reaching out to others for support. I have learned that it is okay to ask for help, and that there are people in my life who want to help me. I have surrounded myself with a supportive network of friends and family who have been there for me through the tough times. This has been invaluable in helping me stay strong and overcome challenges. I have also learned the importance of self-care. I have made a conscious effort to prioritize my physical and mental health. This has included eating well, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep. By taking care of myself, I have been able to maintain my resilience and stay strong even in the face of adversity. Finally, I have learned to focus on the present moment and not dwell on the past or worry about the future. I have learned to let go of things that are out of my control and focus on what I can change. This has been crucial in helping me stay focused and motivated, even when things get tough. In sharing my story, I hope to inspire others to stay strong and resilient, even in the face of adversity. I know that mental health struggles can be overwhelming, but I also know that it is possible to overcome them. By seeking help, being kind to myself, reaching out for support, prioritizing self-care, and focusing on the present moment, I have been able to stay resilient and overcome even the toughest challenges. I hope that by sharing my story, I can inspire others to do the same.
    Jaqaun Webb Scholarship
    To succeed in college, I plan to take a proactive approach to my education. This includes setting specific goals for each semester, staying organized with a schedule and to-do list, and seeking help when needed. I also plan to get involved on campus through clubs and organizations, as well as forming study groups with classmates. One of the first steps in achieving success in college is setting clear goals. For each semester, I will create a list of academic and personal goals, such as earning a certain GPA, joining a club, or volunteering in the community. By setting these goals, I can stay focused and motivated throughout the semester. In order to achieve these goals, staying organized is crucial. I will use a planner to keep track of my classes, assignments, and extracurricular activities. I will also create a daily to-do list to prioritize my tasks and make sure I stay on track. In addition to staying organized, seeking help when needed is essential to success in college. I plan to take advantage of campus resources such as tutoring centers, writing centers, and academic advising. I will also be proactive in asking for help from my professors and classmates if I am struggling with a concept or assignment. Getting involved on campus is another important aspect of success in college. I plan to join clubs and organizations that align with my interests and goals. This will not only enhance my college experience, but also provide opportunities for networking and developing new skills. I will also form study groups with classmates to collaborate and support each other in our academic endeavors. A college degree has many benefits, both personal and professional. On a personal level, a college education provides intellectual and personal growth, as well as the development of important skills such as critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving. A college degree also opens the door to a wider range of career opportunities and higher earning potential. On a professional level, a college degree is often a requirement for many jobs and can lead to advancement in one’s career. It also demonstrates to employers that the individual has the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in their field. In addition, many employers offer tuition reimbursement or other education benefits to employees with a college degree, providing further financial and career advantages. Overall, by taking a proactive approach to my education and taking advantage of campus resources, I am confident that I can succeed in college. The benefits of a college degree, both personal and professional, make the effort and investment worth it.
    Glen E Kaplan Memorial Scholarship
    I am passionate about helping others and giving back to my community. I believe that it is our responsibility to use our talents and resources to make a positive impact in the world. For me, this means volunteering my time at local organizations and charities, donating to causes that align with my values, and using my skills to support those in need. I find fulfillment in knowing that I am making a difference in the lives of others, and I am always looking for ways to expand my efforts and make an even greater impact. I have what it takes to overcome obstacles because I am determined, resilient, and adaptable. I have faced many challenges in my life, and I have always found a way to overcome them. I have a strong work ethic and I am willing to put in the time and effort necessary to achieve my goals. I am also a good problem-solver and I am not afraid to seek out help or advice when I need it. I will give back to those less fortunate than myself by volunteering my time and resources to support organizations that provide vital services to underserved communities. I have already started doing this by volunteering at a local food bank and donating to charities that support education and health initiatives in developing countries. In the future, I hope to be able to do even more by using my skills and experiences to help others in meaningful ways. I am also committed to advocating for social justice and equality, and I will continue to speak out against injustice and discrimination whenever I see it. I believe that we all have a responsibility to stand up for what is right, and I will continue to do my part to make the world a better place for everyone. In addition to volunteering and advocating, I also plan to give back by supporting organizations that promote sustainability and environmental conservation. I believe that we all have a responsibility to protect the planet for future generations, and I will do my part by supporting initiatives that reduce waste, conserve natural resources, and promote sustainable practices. Overall, I am passionate about making a positive difference in the world, and I am committed to doing everything I can to help others and create a better future for all. I have what it takes to overcome obstacles, and I will give back to those less fortunate than myself by volunteering my time and resources and advocating for social justice and environmental conservation.
    Robert F. Lawson Fund for Careers that Care
    I am a driven and ambitious individual with a passion for using my skills and knowledge to make a positive impact on the world. I am currently planning on pursuing a business degree because I believe that it will provide me with the skills and knowledge necessary to create and manage successful businesses that can have a positive impact on society. As a business student, I am focused on learning about the various aspects of business, including finance, marketing, and operations management. I am also interested in studying topics related to sustainability and social responsibility, as I believe that businesses have a responsibility to operate in a manner that is both financially successful and socially responsible. Upon graduation, I plan to put my business degree to use by starting my own business. My goal is to create a business that is focused on solving a specific social or environmental problem, such as reducing waste or promoting sustainable agriculture. I believe that by using my knowledge of business and my passion for making a positive impact, I can create a successful and socially responsible business that will have a lasting positive impact on the world. One of the ways that I plan to make a positive impact through my business is by implementing sustainable practices throughout all aspects of the business. This includes using eco-friendly materials and products, reducing waste, and promoting sustainable practices among employees and customers. I also plan to invest in renewable energy and other sustainable technologies, and to partner with organizations that are focused on promoting sustainable practices. Another way that I plan to make a positive impact through my business is by supporting local communities and organizations. I believe that businesses have a responsibility to support the communities in which they operate, and I plan to do this by partnering with local organizations, providing financial support for community initiatives, and offering internships and job opportunities to members of the local community. I am also committed to promoting diversity and inclusion within my business. I believe that a diverse and inclusive workforce is essential for creating a successful and socially responsible business, and I plan to implement policies and practices that promote diversity and inclusion among employees and customers. In conclusion, I am confident that my business degree will provide me with the skills and knowledge necessary to create and manage a successful and socially responsible business. I am committed to using my business degree to make a positive impact on the world, and I am excited to begin this journey.
    Peter and Nan Liubenov Student Scholarship
    As a member of society, I strive to be a positive force in my community and in the world at large. I believe that through my actions and interactions with others, I can make a positive impact on the lives of those around me. Currently, I am working to make a positive impact in my community through my volunteer efforts and support of local organizations. I am an active member of my local food bank, where I help to distribute food to those in need and provide support to the organization through fundraising efforts. I also volunteer with a local animal rescue organization, where I help to foster and care for animals in need. In the future, I hope to continue to be a positive force in society by pursuing a career in public service. I am currently studying to become a social worker, and I am passionate about helping others and advocating for those in need. I believe that through my work as a social worker, I can help to improve the lives of individuals and families in my community and make a positive impact on society as a whole. The parameters of current social norms shape my thinking in a number of ways. Firstly, I am aware of the need to be inclusive and respectful of the diversity of individuals and communities in my community. I strive to be an ally and advocate for those who may face discrimination or marginalization based on their race, gender, sexual orientation, or other factors. Secondly, I am mindful of the need to be socially responsible and environmentally conscious in my actions. I strive to make choices that are sustainable and that support the health and well-being of both individuals and the planet. For example, I try to reduce my carbon footprint by using public transportation and making environmentally friendly choices in my everyday life. Finally, I am aware of the need to be proactive and engaged in my community. I believe that it is important to be involved in the issues and challenges facing my community, and to take action to address these challenges in a positive and meaningful way. In conclusion, I perceive myself to be a positive force in society both now and in the future through my actions and interactions with others. I strive to be inclusive, socially responsible, and engaged in my community, and I believe that through my efforts, I can make a positive impact on the lives of those around me.
    Marie J. Smith Esq. Social Sciences Scholarship
    I made an impulsive decision to enroll in AP Microeconomics for this school year. I knew very nothing about any economic subject going into it. My sister, Tiffany, had taken the same class and informed me that she enjoyed it. Since we've always had a lot of similar interests, this was undoubtedly a role in my decision. I was fortunate that my school had the means to give the program because I was intrigued to the field. After that, economics became my absolute favorite topic. Every day I eagerly anticipated going to class, and I joined FBLA to participate in more business related activities and to learn more about the field. I find the topic difficult and complex, and it is my personal goal to fully comprehend it and continuously learn more. Every problem or subject I encounter seems like a puzzle, and I enjoy solving them. By October, I had to take an exam. I had to cram a lot of information into a short period of time. I spent countless hours beyond the classroom memorizing textbook information and completing worksheets. These moments of independent study late into the evening or in between course work are where my enduring interest in economics first emerged. I found myself watching videos and reading articles to expand my knowledge and see how economics is applied in the real world  I chose economics as my college major sometime through the academic year. I made the decision to double major in accounting and economics after being accepted into St. John's University's Honors Program. I can not wait to enjoy learning a lot from wonderful economics teachers while enrolled in various economics classes at the college. Since understanding the economy and how it operates is crucial in daily life, I'd like to someday devote my professional life to helping individuals comprehend and access economics.
    Jennifer Webb-Cook Gameplan Scholarship
    Being raised by a single parent is unique, but it's also challenging. In my 18 years of existence, if I've learnt anything, it's that a single parent would go to any lengths to ensure that their child is happy and has the finest life imaginable. However, completing any significant task by yourself may be stressful and challenging. A single parent home will inevitably have some challenging times. It was a truly special, one-on-one interaction because I was raised as the only child of a single mother. As I grew older, I was always certain that I could turn to her for guidance on any issue, from strained friendships to sex. There were no restrictions. However, was not always available to have these conversations like a typical parent would as she was always gone.  My close circle of pals served as my family. Because my mother constantly worked and was exhausted when she got home, I felt quite alone and distant from her. Nobody's teenage years are simple; they are, in fact, awful. But because I frequently felt as though my mother didn't care, my adolescent angst and volatile emotions were heightened for me. Her absence and lack of contact were interpreted by me as apathy, which really concerned me for a while. I had to stop cheerleading after 4 years because of our financial predicament. I had a hard time understanding it for a while since I felt resentful toward my mother for taking away my enthusiasm for myself. My close circle of pals served as my family. Because my mother constantly worked and was exhausted when she got home, I felt quite alone and distant from her. Nobody's teenage years are simple; they are, in fact, awful. But because I frequently felt as though my mother didn't care, my adolescent angst and volatile emotions were heightened for me. Her absence and lack of contact were interpreted by me as apathy, which really concerned me for a while. I had to stop cheerleading after 4 years because of our financial predicament. I had a hard time understanding it for a while since I felt resentful toward my mother for taking away my passion. But I soon understood how diligently my mother worked to support me. She has always travelled into Atlanta for work because we have always lived in northern Georgia. Her typical day starts at 3:30 a.m. with getting ready, followed by feeding the dogs breakfast and getting to the bus stop in time for the 5:30 a.m. departure. Day in and day out, she works the whole day, returns home in the evening hours, and repeats this cycle. Instead of spending the weekends for relaxation, she uses them to run errands and maintain the household. Despite the fact that my mother and I don't always get along, I always think of her as my hero. I still occasionally struggle with nagging feelings of abandonment, but I also have a companion I can always turn to, not just my mother. She is immensely wise to me even though she doesn't have all the answers. She can accomplish anything, but she can't be everywhere at once. Being raised by a single mother taught me how to be a strong woman, work hard, and endure when things become difficult and who would never give up, even on her worst day.
    Sloane Stephens Doc & Glo Scholarship
    I give my parents and heritage credit for helping me to establish my personality traits. In Jamaica, my parents pursued careers in accounting and IT. My father did not have a college education, unlike my mother who did. My grandparents overcame severe financial difficulties to provide my mother a top-notch education, enabling her to finish college and pursue a career in business. Her particular experience made me understand the need of education, generosity, and offering one's talents and abilities in order to better society. I have made my parents' commitment to helping others a fundamental and important principle in my life. This idea is emphasized in my Jamaican culture as well, which has strengthened my conviction that if I want to have a fulfilling life, I should try to be of service to others. This principle is demonstrated in my school's community by my active involvement in Beta Club.  I've felt a lot of personal fulfillment from being able to serve the community and assist my peers in doing the same. Prior to Beta , I joined a volunteer initiative, Meals by Grace, where our participants delivered canned and hot meals to low income households while learning about their challenging, insecure lives. I intend to achieve a number of personal objectives both during and after my time in college. One of my key objectives is to continue the community service endeavors I have been involved in. I would like making connections with some neighborhood nonprofits and giving back to the community. I am aware that I most likely won't have enough time to complete these college-related goals, but I will unquestionably give it my all to make it happen. I believe that my generosity is the best quality about me. The positive effect I had on these households and the appreciative looks on these families' faces when they get their meals was immeasurable. Nothing else could compare to the wonderful feeling I had after changing these individuals' lives. I appreciated the harmony of a diverse, close-knit group that was committed to improving the lives of others. These encounters improved my character and leadership, making me more understanding, trustworthy, and adaptable. To me, receiving this opportunity is invaluable because it allowed me to share my skills and positive traits with others in order to pique their interest in contributing to the community. I gained a deeper understanding of myself and my actions through learning how to assist others.
    Olivia Woods Memorial Scholarship
    I recently picked up Frederic Lenoir's little book Happiness: A Philosopher's Guide. I was duped by the title, which made me think it would be a self-help book, and I almost put it back. But after only a few pages, the French philosopher's succinct but well-reasoned study of 2,000 years of debate on one of life's most important questions—what is happiness—compelled me to keep reading. And how does one achieve happiness? Happiness is a difficult topic to discuss in this day and age when our minds and screens are glued to issues like terrorism, climate change, and painful injustices. The author's remark that the greatest philosophers of civilization—Aristotle, Epicurus, and even the gloomy Schopenhauer—dedicated much of their lives to the study of happiness as the supreme universal good may have piqued my interest more. In stark contrast, contemporary scholars seem more attracted to the captivating "aesthetics of the tragic" than they do to happiness as a subject for serious investigation. The 12-step program is not a straightforward solution to the human situation. In his slim book, Lenoir blends philosophy, theology, and a scant amount of scientific inquiry into an oddly convincing whole. He discusses the works of the greatest thinkers without attempting to suggest a particular course of action. However, I was impressed by the author's unmistakable claim that we have a big part to play in determining our own pleasure. Happiness is a result of both luck and a series of conscious actions. Our level of happiness is primarily determined by the way we decide to react to the cards that life throws us. His claim that some people do not truly crave happiness—at least not as a steady diet—piqued my interest. Some of us are merely too terrified of failing to strive for happiness. Others only take pleasure in the drama that comes with sporadic episodes of angst. He does not confine his descriptions to reality television personalities. They are the persons we come across on a daily basis—those who appear to be bracing themselves for failure when happier conclusions appear to be within reach. Did Lenoir's book uplift me? Not so, but a careful reading made me think about my own trip in a more organized manner. As someone who has struggled with anxiety and seasonal depression, it really made me evaluate the lack of happiness in my life and why I could be failing to achieve it. Since finishing the book, I have found myself applying Lenior's advice and have noticed an obvious change in my emotions and overall lifestyle.
    Theresa Lord Future Leader Scholarship
    Internet marketing has evolved from a supplemental form of advertising to a crucial component of company outreach. Even tiny enterprises in outlying locations rely on the internet to draw clients and publicize their offerings. A bachelor's degree in business marketing is something I intend to pursue. I will be capable of landing a job that will only continue to expand with this training. I used to find print ads fascinating when I was younger. The full-page ads that appeared in between the stories were my favorite part of reading the newspaper with my father. But as I grew older, the advertisements lost their charm since they were not adaptable. They appeared out of date, unchanging, and unsuited to societal changes. I first learned about internet marketing at that time. When I was in middle school, it was just getting started, but now, it has established itself as a mainstay in company development. I adored how online marketers were continuously forced to modify their strategies to match Google's algorithms, new mobile platforms, and fresh audiences. I felt certain that this was my calling. Because there weren't many digital marketing degrees available, I first intended to concentrate only on business marketing. However, over the past two years, a number of educational institutions around the nation have created internet marketing curriculums that include the fundamentals of SEO, website analytics, and other topics. These are the pillars on which I shall construct my professional life. Everyday there is something new to learn, which is the finest thing about this career. I can test out novel advertising strategies that support the growth of firms by using my creative thinking and experimental personality. Every time they succeed, I also succeed. Most individuals may only dream of having a job that fulfills them to this extent, but thanks to my educational goals, I will be able to do just that. However, as a low income student, I have always stressed about whether or not I would be able to go to college. My father had to drop out due to the finances and I worried that I would end up in the same situation. Back in his time, scholarships were not as popular so he had to fend for himself and it ultimately did not work out. This has taught me to be fortunate to have the opportunity to earn scholarships to help fund my education. Having additional financial aid would significantly lessen my stress in education. I'm looking forward to the day when I can use my marketing expertise to assist business owners in achieving their professional objectives. After college, I want to work for a reputable, established digital marketing firm. I can clearly see where I want to be in ten years, and I am confident that both this scholarship and this degree will help me achieve that.
    Your Dream Music Scholarship
    Songs often reflect our emotions and life experiences. Since I was a little child, music has always played a significant role in my life. For me, music has made it easier to communicate my emotions and my identity. Music has served as my therapy and has aided me in overcoming practically all of my issues. We can truly understand what the signer is attempting to convey to us by listening to the music lyrics. "Rise" by Katy Perry is one song that right now perfectly expresses all of my feelings. This song has inspired me to stand up for what I believe in, even if it means losing some friends along the way. This song has a strong message, and I can relate to what it represents emotionally. Katy sings of having a fight left in her even if no one else does in the song. This statement gives me the impression that no matter how challenging life becomes, I will always be able to fight.
    Lotus Scholarship
    Since everybody in my area used the bus, I assumed that everyone else in the state did as well. Since all of my friends' cabinets contained the same bland food that packed mine, I assumed that everyone utilized the food pantry. Since all my friends wore off brand clothes, I assumed everyone did. This was the norm, or at least I thought it was. I first realized that my household was slightly different when food shopping. My father would stress over the prices of things like milk and flour, and we often left the store with only one or two items as that was all we “had room in the car for.” Of course, this confused me as the car could fit way more than one or two items, but I soon realized the true meaning behind those words. I realized as I got older that we were impoverished. Everyone had fresh sneakers and would rave about all the presents they had gotten when they returned to class following the holiday break. In all honesty, it was awful. I began to have feelings of shame and humiliation. I fabricated tales about my father's place of employment. I never brought a friend over because I felt that they would notice the obvious disparities in our way of life once they visited my house. I made do with this up until high school. While I adored my dad and understood we had a lot to be happy about, I was nonetheless ashamed in high school and hated that we were so poor. My father gave me the skills to love and the self-confidence to have faith in myself. Being poor as a child gave me compassion and patience. I've always had confidence in my skills and qualities. I was confident that I could concentrate on my studies and create a life apart from my upbringing. But while I have come to terms with my situation, it still pains me that there are were many others that were going through similar if not worse situations. Therefore, I have devoted my time to volunteering at Meals By Grace to provide hot and canned meals to families in my area. Seeing the happiness on the faces of these families and knowing that I have helped make another person’s life a bit easier has motivated me to continue with my efforts. I hope to one day start my own non-profit organization that would focus one providing low-income families with financial advice, such as budgeting, as well as clothes and food. My goal is to make sure that no one is plagued by the effects of poverty and can enjoy life to the fullest.