For DonorsFor Applicants
user profile avatar

Mikaylea Glaeser

6085

Bold Points

7x

Nominee

2x

Finalist

Bio

I am a queer nursing student & student midwife passionate about helping people bring their babies earthside safely! I am committed to my rigorous academics and giving back to the community through various volunteer opportunities. I enjoy the arts as well as various sports, and currently educate families on birth, postpartum, and how to wear their babies. Midwifery school was an automatic calling for me as soon as I experienced midwifery care during my first pregnancy. I already had been working with pregnant people as a lay-support person, and crossing into the professional world of midwifery/obstetrics was a no-brainer for me. Knowing how special and important a time pregnancy is driving me to provide intimate, holistic care for patients as a midwife. Midwifery school is very rigorous academically, as well as with working long, odd, unsure hours. I am committed to my calling to care for families in this way. My love for people and my community leads me to spend my extra time volunteering with my local pride chapter, inspiring young people and LGBT families to be themselves. I also volunteer with the Civic Engagement Alliance, encouraging people to get involved with the community and do things like vote in local elections. I hope to one day open my own birth center, and women's health clinic aimed at LGBTQIA individuals, and specialize in twin and breech birth. I will obtain my bachelor of science in nursing, and then I will be entering a doctorate of nursing practice program specializing in nurse-midwifery and as a women's health nurse practitioner.

Education

Lewis-Clark State College

Bachelor's degree program
2023 - 2027
  • Majors:
    • Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing
  • Minors:
    • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other

Midwives College of Utah

Bachelor's degree program
2021 - 2023

North Idaho College

Trade School
2017 - 2017
  • Majors:
    • Practical Nursing, Vocational Nursing and Nursing Assistants

Idaho Distance Education Academy

High School
2014 - 2017

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Doctoral degree program (PhD, MD, JD, etc.)

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing
    • Medicine
    • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Alternative Medicine

    • Dream career goals:

      Business owner

    • Student/Apprentice

      Dayspring Midwifery
      2022 – Present2 years
    • Janitorial

      Hazeltree Midwifery
      2021 – Present3 years
    • Owner/Founder

      Northwest Inclusive Birth Services
      2017 – Present7 years
    • Peer Lactation Counselor

      Panhandle Health District
      2020 – 20211 year
    • Certified Nursing Assistant

      Kootenai Health
      2018 – 20191 year

    Sports

    Basketball

    Junior Varsity
    2009 – 20123 years

    Research

    • Public Health

      Panhandle Health — Researcher
      2020 – 2020
    • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other

      Panhandle Health
      2020 – 2020
    • Astronomy and Astrophysics

      2017

    Arts

    • Music
      2014 – Present

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      International Medical Relief — Volunteer
      2018 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Christian Center School — Basketball Volunteer
      2017 – 2019
    • Volunteering

      North Idaho Christian School — Basketball Volunteer
      2021 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Zion Baptist Church — Volunteer
      2011 – 2017
    • Volunteering

      Coeur d’Alene Church of the Nazarene — Volunteer
      2020 – 2021
    • Volunteering

      Cocolalla Lake Bible Camp — Volunteer
      2012 – 2019
    • Volunteering

      Civic Engagement Alliance — Volunteer
      2021 – Present
    • Volunteering

      North Idaho Pride Alliance — Core Volunteer
      2021 – Present

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Politics

    Volunteering

    Philanthropy

    Entrepreneurship

    Mental Health Importance Scholarship
    Mental health is important because it affects our overall well-being. When we are mentally healthy, we are able to think clearly, make good decisions, and cope with stress. We are also able to have better relationships with others and enjoy life more. There are many things we can do to maintain our mental wellness. Here are some of the coping skills I use: Get enough sleep. When we are well-rested, we are better able to handle stress and make sound decisions. I aim for 7-8 hours of sleep per night at minimum. I struggle with insomnia so I do take medication for sleep as well as having a CPAP machine for obstructive sleep apnea. Eat a healthy diet. Eating healthy foods gives us the energy we need to function at our best. I try to focus on eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. I have celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that causes my body to attack itself when exposed to gluten, thusly I have a strictly gluten-free diet. Exercise regularly. Exercise helps to reduce stress, improve our mood, and boost our energy levels. I aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week. This helps stabilize my mood so much, as well as making me feel more energized! Spend time in nature. Being in nature helps to relax and de-stress. I love to go for a walk in the park, hike in the woods, or simply sit in my backyard and enjoy the fresh air. I love to be barefoot and feel grounded with the earth. Practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to the present moment without judgment. It can help to calm our minds and reduce stress. There are many different ways to practice mindfulness, such as meditation, yoga, or simply taking a few deep breaths when you feel stressed. I personally use chest tapping along with "wave" breathing when stressed, and then I have a daily meditation time that helps me to stay grounded throughout the day. I also do 5-10 minutes of yoga every night directly before bed to help increase blood flow and allow me to fall asleep stretched and calm. Connect with others. Social interaction is important for mental health. I make an effort to stay connected with friends and family. I have 14 siblings, and I love to be close to them. In fact, I live with one of them. I love to visit friends often, and I love to see people every day. Socialization is very important for my mental health. Seek professional help if needed. If you are struggling with your mental health, don't be afraid to seek professional help. A therapist can provide you with support and guidance as you work to improve your mental health. My therapist has been essential to my healing journey, as has my psychiatrist. Taking care of our mental health is just as important as taking care of our physical health. By following these methods, we can all improve our mental wellness and live happier, healthier lives.
    Trever David Clark Memorial Scholarship
    Before I was diagnosed with multiple mental health disorders, I had a lot of misconceptions about mental health. I thought that mental illness was a sign of weakness and that people with mental health problems might be "crazy." I also thought that mental illness was something that only happened to other people and that I would never be affected by it. However, my own experience with mental illness has taught me that these beliefs are simply not true. Mental illness is a real and serious medical condition, and it can affect anyone, regardless of their age, race, gender, or socioeconomic status. I have also learned that mental illness is not a sign of weakness and that people with mental health problems are just as strong and capable as anyone else. My experience with mental health has also made me more aware of the stigma that surrounds mental illness. I have seen firsthand how people with mental health problems are often treated differently, and how they can be discriminated against in school, at work, and in their personal lives. This has made me more passionate about breaking down the stigma associated with mental illness, and about helping to create a more accepting and understanding society. My experience with mental health has also had a significant impact on my relationships. I have learned that it is important to be open and honest with my loved ones about my mental health, and that they can be a valuable source of support. I have also learned the importance of setting boundaries, and of taking care of myself so that I can be the best possible partner, friend, and family member. I have also learned that it is important to find people who understand and accept me for who I am, including my mental health challenges. I have found that these relationships are the most rewarding and supportive and that they help me to feel less alone and more understood. I am currently a nurse practitioner student, as a DNP-WHNP. I hope to work in a setting where I can provide direct care to people with mental health problems and to advocate for better care. I also hope to use my voice to raise awareness about mental health issues and to break down the stigma. I have had some positive experiences in the mental health industry. I have met some amazing people who have helped me to understand my mental health better, and who have supported me on my journey to recovery. I have also found some helpful resources, such as books, websites, and support groups. I have also had some negative experiences in the mental health industry. I have been hospitalized twice, and both times I had negative experiences. I felt like I was not listened to, and I did not feel like I was getting the care that I needed. I also felt like I was being treated like a number, and not like a person. I believe that the mental health industry needs to do more to improve the quality of care that it provides. I believe that people with mental health problems deserve to be treated with respect and dignity and that they deserve to receive the care that they need. I am hopeful that the mental health industry will continue to improve, and that I will be able to make a difference in the lives of others by working and supporting people with uteruses as a nurse practitioner.
    Will Johnson Scholarship
    As a disabled person with physical and mental disabilities, I have faced many obstacles in my journey to become a nurse practitioner. However, I have been able to overcome these obstacles through hard work, determination, and the support of my loved ones. One of the biggest challenges I have faced is the physical demands of the nursing program. I have chronic pain and fatigue, and I often need to take breaks throughout the day. However, I have found ways to manage my symptoms and stay on track with my studies. I use a variety of accommodations, such as extended time on exams and a quiet study space. I also have a strong support system of friends and family who help me when I need it. Another challenge I have faced is the stigma associated with disability. I have been told that I am not capable of being a nurse practitioner because of my disabilities. However, I have refused to let these comments define me. I know that I am capable of achieving my dreams, and I am determined to prove everyone wrong. I plan to further my education by completing a doctoral degree as a nurse practitioner. I am interested in specializing in women's health, as I believe that this is an area where I can make a significant difference because of the vulnerability of disabled pregnant persons. I hope to accomplish many things after pursuing higher education. I want to become a nurse practitioner who provides compassionate and individualized care to my patients. I also want to advocate for the rights of people with disabilities in the healthcare system. I believe that everyone deserves to have access to quality healthcare, regardless of their disability. I am grateful for the opportunity to pursue my dreams of becoming a nurse practitioner. I know that it will not be easy, but I am determined to succeed. I believe that my disabilities make me a stronger person, and I am confident that I can achieve my goals. I am also excited to use my platform as a nurse practitioner to raise awareness about disability and to advocate for the rights of people with disabilities. I believe that everyone deserves to be treated with respect and dignity, regardless of their disability. I am committed to making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities, and I am excited to see what the future holds.
    Maxwell Tuan Nguyen Memorial Scholarship
    My aunt's cancer diagnosis and treatment when I was 13 inspired me to pursue a career in the medical field. I saw firsthand the challenges that she faced, both physically and emotionally, and I was inspired by her strength and resilience. I also saw the impact that her medical team had on her life, and I wanted to be a part of that kind of work. I plan on making a difference in the medical field by providing compassionate and individualized care to my patients. I want to be someone who they can trust and rely on, and I want to help them to feel comfortable and supported throughout their treatment. I also want to be a voice for patients, and I want to advocate for their rights and needs. I believe that everyone deserves to have access to quality healthcare, and I want to help to make that happen. I also believe that the medical field is a place where we can make a real difference in people's lives, and I am excited to be a part of that. Here are some specific ways that I plan on making a difference in the medical field: I will provide compassionate and individualized care to my patients. I will listen to their concerns and understand their needs, and I will work with them to create a treatment plan that is right for them. I will advocate for my patients' rights and needs. I will ensure that they have access to the best possible care, and I will fight for their rights if they are not treated fairly. I will educate my patients about their health. I will help them to understand their condition and their treatment options, and I will empower them to make informed decisions about their care. I will research new treatments and therapies. I will stay up-to-date on the latest medical advances, and I will work to bring these new treatments to my patients. I will mentor and train future healthcare professionals. I will share my knowledge and experience with others, and I will help to prepare them to make a difference in the lives of their patients. I believe that these are just a few of the ways that I can make a difference in the medical field. I am excited to start my career and to begin working towards these goals. Currently, I am in school to become an RN-BSN, and will then go back to school to become a DNP CNM-WHNP.
    Elevate Mental Health Awareness Scholarship
    My experience with mental health has had a profound impact on my beliefs, relationships, and career aspirations. Beliefs Before I was diagnosed with bipolar 1 disorder, I had a lot of misconceptions about mental health. I thought that mental illness was a sign of weakness and that people with mental health problems were just "crazy." I also thought that mental illness was something that only happened to other people, and that I would never be affected by it. However, my own experience with mental illness has taught me that these beliefs are simply not true. Mental illness is a real and serious medical condition, and it can affect anyone, regardless of their age, race, gender, or socioeconomic status. I have also learned that mental illness is not a sign of weakness, and that people with mental health problems are just as strong and capable as anyone else. My experience with mental health has also made me more aware of the stigma that surrounds mental illness. I have seen firsthand how people with mental health problems are often treated differently, and how they can be discriminated against in school, at work, and in their personal lives. This has made me more passionate about breaking down the stigma associated with mental illness, and about helping to create a more accepting and understanding society. Relationships My experience with mental health has also had a significant impact on my relationships. I have learned that it is important to be open and honest with my loved ones about my mental health, and that they can be a valuable source of support. I have also learned the importance of setting boundaries, and of taking care of myself so that I can be the best possible partner, friend, and family member. I have also learned that it is important to find people who understand and accept me for who I am, including my mental health challenges. I have found that these relationships are the most rewarding and supportive, and that they help me to feel less alone and more understood. Career aspirations My experience with mental health has also influenced my career aspirations. I am now passionate about pursuing a career in mental health, and I want to help others who are struggling with mental health problems. I believe that my own experience can give me a unique perspective and understanding, and that I can use my story to help others to feel less alone and more hopeful. I am currently a nurse practitioner student, and I am planning to specialize in women's health. I hope to work in a setting where I can provide direct care to pregnant people with mental health problems, and to advocate for better mental health care. I also hope to use my voice to raise awareness about mental health issues and to break down the stigma associated with mental illness. I am grateful for the opportunity to share my story, and I hope that it will help others to understand that mental illness is not something to be ashamed of. I believe that everyone deserves to live a happy and healthy life, regardless of their mental health status.
    DRIVE an IMPACT Today Scholarship
    I am a queer, homeless, poor, single parent. I have faced many obstacles in my life, but I have never given up on my dreams. I am determined to succeed, and I believe that I can make a difference in the world. I have always been a determined person. When I was 20 years old, I was outed as queer. My mother was horrified, and I knew that coming out would make my life more difficult. I faced discrimination at school and in my community. I have even been homeless for a time. But I never gave up. I continued to work hard in school and to pursue my dreams. I graduated from high school with honors and was accepted to college. I am now a college student and a single parent. I am working hard to provide for my child and to achieve my academic goals. I know that it will be difficult, but I am determined to succeed. I have demonstrated determination, respect, innovation, versatility, equality, and nurture in my life. Determination I have been determined to succeed in my studies and in my career. I have worked hard to overcome the obstacles that have been put in my way. I have never given up on my dreams, even when things have been tough. Respect I have always treated others with respect, regardless of their background or gender or sexual orientation. I believe that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. I have also been a strong advocate for equality for all people. Innovation I am a creative and innovative person. I am always looking for new ways to solve problems. I have used my creativity to find solutions to problems that have faced me in my personal life and in my career. Versatility I am a versatile person. I am able to adapt to new situations and to learn new things quickly. I have used my versatility to succeed in different settings and in different roles. Equality I believe that everyone deserves to be treated equally, regardless of their background or sexual orientation. I have always fought for equality for all people. I have spoken out against discrimination and injustice. I have also volunteered my time to organizations that are working to create a more just and equitable society. Nurture I am a nurturing person. I care about others and I want to help them succeed. I have mentored younger people and helped them to navigate the challenges of life. I have also been a supportive parent to my child. I believe that I would be a good candidate for the DRIVEN scholarship. I am a hard worker and I am dedicated to my studies. I believe that I can make a difference in the world. I want to use my experiences to help others who are facing challenges. I want to help to create a more just and equitable society. Thank you for your consideration.
    Taylor Swift ‘1989’ Fan Scholarship
    My favorite song on Taylor Swift's 1989 album is "Out of the Woods." I love this song for a number of reasons. First, the lyrics are so relatable. They perfectly capture the feeling of being in a relationship that is both exciting and scary. The song is about the ups and downs of a relationship, and the way that it can feel like you are constantly "out of the woods" but never quite sure if you are safe. Second, the production on the song is amazing. The song has a great beat and the instrumentation is really well-done. The song builds up to a really powerful chorus, and the vocals are perfect. The production really balances out the music to her voice, and I think it definitely exemplifies her voice well! Third, the song has a lot of personal meaning to me. I went through a similar experience to what Taylor Swift sings about in the song, and I found the song to be really cathartic. It was helpful to hear someone else express the same feelings that I was going through, and it made me feel less alone. Those experiences were really difficult, and I felt like Taylor was there for me via her songs. Overall, I think "Out of the Woods" is a masterpiece. It is a well-written, well-produced, and personally meaningful song. I would highly recommend it to anyone, but especially anyone who is a fan of Taylor Swift or who has ever been in a relationship that has felt like a roller coaster. Here are some additional reasons why I love "Out of the Woods": The song is a great example of Taylor Swift's ability to tell stories through her music. The lyrics are so vivid and descriptive, and they really paint a picture of the ups and downs of a relationship. The song is catchy and upbeat, but it also has a darker side. The lyrics deal with themes of insecurity, anxiety, and fear, but they are also ultimately hopeful. Again the balance of the album is incredible. The song features some of Taylor Swift's best vocals. She really belts out the chorus, and her voice is full of emotion. Her energy is throughout the song, and it is so beautiful. I think "Out of the Woods" is one of Taylor Swift's best songs, and it is definitely one of my favorites. If you haven't heard it yet, I highly recommend checking it out.
    Dashanna K. McNeil Memorial Scholarship
    I have always been passionate about women's health, and I believe that a doctoral degree in women's health nurse practitioner (WHNP) will allow me to provide the best possible care to my patients. There are a number of reasons why I am interested in pursuing an advanced degree in WHNP. First, I want to be able to provide comprehensive, holistic care to women of all ages and identities. I believe that an advanced degree will give me the knowledge and skills I need to do this. Second, I want to be able to take on more leadership roles in women's health. I believe that an advanced degree will give me the credibility and experience I need to do this. Third, I want to be able to make a difference in the field of women's health. I believe that an advanced degree will give me the platform I need to advocate for change and to improve the quality of care for women. Here are some specific goals I have for my specific area of nursing: Provide high-quality, compassionate care to women. I want to be able to provide my patients with the best possible care, regardless of their background or circumstances. I want to be compassionate and understanding, and I want to make sure that my patients feel comfortable and supported. Advance the field of women's health. I want to be a part of the movement to advance the field of women's health. I want to advocate for changes that will improve the quality of care for women and the working conditions for nurses in women's health. Be a role model for other nurses. I want to be a role model for other nurses. I want to show them that it is possible to have a successful career in women's health nursing while also making a difference in the world. I am confident that pursuing a doctoral degree will help me to achieve these goals. I am excited to start this journey and to see where it takes me. Specifically, I am interested in the following areas of women's health: Pregnancy and childbirth: I want to be able to provide comprehensive care during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. I want to help pregnant people to have healthy pregnancies and deliveries, and I want to support them during the postpartum period. Sexual and reproductive health: I want to be able to provide care to women related to their sexual and reproductive health. I want to help women make informed decisions about their reproductive health, and I want to provide them with the resources they need to stay healthy. Women's mental health: I want to be able to provide care to women with mental health issues. I want to help women understand their mental health, and I want to provide them with the treatment they need to live healthy and fulfilling lives. I believe that these are all important areas of women's health, and I am excited to learn more about them and to provide care to women in these areas. I am confident that pursuing a DNP degree in WHNP will help me to achieve my goals and to make a difference in the lives of women.
    Caleb G. Banegas Scholarship
    I was born into poverty, and have lived in poverty my entire life. My mom worked hard to make ends meet, inspiring me to work to obtain a better life for myself and my kids. I am a queer human living in a very conservative area that is not friendly toward me, and this has presented a unique set of challenges as I have pursued my degree. I have encountered a lot of discrimination that I did not expect, including being denied multiple educational opportunities solely on the basis of my fluid gender identity and sexuality. As a single mom, I want to work to provide my two children a good, secure life. I not only get to pursue the career of my dreams and my passion, but I also get to have great financial opportunities after school. To make sure I can give my kids the best life I possibly can, I must work very hard. I had a 3.8 GPA at Midwives College of Utah before transferring to Lewis-Clark State College, where I am now enrolled in pre-nursing studies, looking forward to my first term with them in August. My kids are my drive to work hard and be myself. I want to make sure my kids know that I followed my dreams so that they know they too can follow their greatest hopes and dreams.
    Dr. Alexanderia K. Lane Memorial Scholarship
    Helping others is important for a number of reasons. It can make us feel good, it can strengthen our relationships, and it can make the world a better place. There are a variety of ways to help others, and it is a good way to show kindness or love for someone.n When we help others, it releases endorphins in our brains, which have mood-boosting effects. This can help us to feel happier and more content. Additionally, helping others can give us a sense of purpose and belonging. It can make us feel like we are making a difference in the world by being a little bit of sunshine in the darkness of the current state of the world. Helping others can also strengthen our relationships. When we help someone, it shows them that we care about them and that we are willing to put their needs before our own, and that we love them. This can create a feeling of trust and reciprocity, which can strengthen our relationships. Finally, helping others can make the world a better place. When we help someone, we are making a small contribution to making the world a more caring and compassionate place. This can have a ripple effect, as the person we help may go on to help others, and so on. Everyone feels good when someone helps them, it takes a weight off of you in some way. In addition to the personal benefits of helping others, there are also a number of societal benefits. For example, helping others can: Reduce crime: Studies have shown that people who are involved in helping others are less likely to commit crimes. Improve mental health: Helping others can reduce stress and anxiety, and can improve self-esteem. Increase social cohesion: Helping others can strengthen social ties and create a sense of community. Make the world a better place: Helping others can make the world a more just and equitable place. There are many ways to help others. We can volunteer our time, donate money, or simply be kind and compassionate to the people we encounter in our daily lives. No matter how we choose to help, every little bit makes a difference. So next time you are thinking about helping others, remember all the benefits that it can bring. It can make you feel good, strengthen your relationships, make the world a better place, and even reduce crime. So what are you waiting for? Go out and help someone today!
    Rosalie A. DuPont (Young) Nursing Scholarship
    I have wanted to become a nurse since I was 13 when I moved in with my aunt to take care of her throughout her cancer treatments. Her friends who were nurses told me that I was a nurse at heart and that I should pursue that. I have fought hard for this dream, through many ups and downs of life. I became a certified nursing assistant at 16, as soon as I was able, and began working in the local hospital. I took a break and had my kids, and then I returned to school to become a nurse. This has taught me so much about myself. It has taught me how to be strong in the face of hardships, and it has taught me what my worth is. I learned that I am fierce, strong, and worthy of love. Now that I am stronger as a person, I can better care for others as a nurse. I will have more empathy for them, to help them know they are not alone. I am excited for the future of attending nursing school and that moment of learning that I passed the NCLEX or the ACNM test or the WHNP boards. My hopes for the future are to get my nonprofit up and going, finish my BSN at Lewis-Clark State College, and then I hope to attend the University of Illinois Chicago for my DNP CNM-WHNP. After graduation, I want to practice in a rural hospital, because I am passionate about helping people in poverty. I was raised in poverty, and it was very difficult, and medical care was uncomfortable because you were worried you wouldn't get adequate care. I want to be there for people who feel the way I felt. I want to bridge the gap and practice anti-racist, completely inclusive care for every individual who comes my way. After a few years of gaining experience, I would like to go out on my own and be the owner of a birth center and clinic. We would provide sexual health care, reproductive care, and wellness care. The birth center would be a practice focused on meeting the needs of the marginalized: BIPOC, LGBTQIA2S+, women, teenagers, and those in poverty being among them. Further, my nonprofit is Speak Up for Kids, and it will provide support and resources for minors who are being abused. We will also be working across the country and the world to change legislation on child abuse.
    Johnna's Legacy Memorial Scholarship
    I have had direct experience with a chronic medical condition that has impacted my life in many ways. The condition has caused me to have to make some lifestyle changes, such as adjusting my diet and routines, and activities I can participate in. It has also caused me to have to deal with fatigue and pain on a regular basis. These limitations have made it challenging to live a normal life. There have been times when I have felt overwhelmed and discouraged. However, I have also learned a lot about myself and about what it means to be resilient. One of the most important things I have learned is that it is important to set realistic expectations for myself. I used to be hard on myself when I couldn't do everything that I wanted to do. But I have learned that it is okay to take breaks and to ask for help when I need it. I have also learned that it is important to have a strong support system. My family and friends have been there for me through thick and thin. They have helped me to stay positive and to keep going when things have been tough. I am inspired to excel despite the limitations of my condition by the knowledge that I am not alone. There are many people who are living with chronic medical conditions, and they are all doing amazing things. I am inspired by their stories of strength and resilience. I believe that I can impact the world and empower others by sharing my story and by advocating for people with chronic medical conditions. I want to show people that it is possible to live a full and fulfilling life, even with a chronic medical condition. I also want to help people to find the resources they need to live well with their condition. I believe that everyone has the potential to make a difference in the world. I am committed to using my story and my experiences to help others. I believe that by working together, we can create a world where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. Specifically, I plan to do the following to impact the world and empower others: Share my story: I will share my story through public speaking, writing, and social media. I want to show people that it is possible to live a full and fulfilling life, even with a chronic medical condition. Advocate for people with chronic medical conditions: I will advocate for people with chronic medical conditions by working with legislators and other policymakers to ensure that they have access to the resources they need. Help people find resources: I will help people find resources by creating a website or blog that provides information about chronic medical conditions and the resources available to people with these conditions. I believe that by sharing my story, advocating for people with chronic medical conditions, and helping people find resources, I can make a positive impact on the world. I am committed to using my story and my experiences to help others, and I believe that by working together, we can create a world where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.
    VNutrition & Wellness’ Annual LGBTQ+ Vitality Scholarship
    I have wanted to become a nurse since I was 13 when I moved in with my aunt to take care of her throughout her cancer treatments. Her friends who were nurses told me that I was a nurse at heart and that I should pursue that. I have fought hard for this dream, through many ups and downs of life. I became a certified nursing assistant at 16, as soon as I was able, and began working in the local hospital. I took a break and had my kids, and then I returned to school to become a nurse. This has taught me so much about myself. It has taught me how to be strong in the face of hardships, and it has taught me what my worth is. I learned that I am fierce, strong, and worthy of love. Now that I am stronger as a person, I can better care for others as a nurse. I will have more empathy for them, to help them know they are not alone. I am excited for the future of attending nursing school and that moment of learning that I passed the NCLEX or the ACNM test or the WHNP boards. My hopes for the future are to get my nonprofit up and going, finish my BSN at Lewis-Clark State College, and then I hope to attend the University of Illinois Chicago for my DNP CNM-WHNP. After graduation, I want to practice in a rural hospital, because I am passionate about helping people in poverty. I was raised in poverty, and it was very difficult, and medical care was uncomfortable because you were worried you wouldn't get adequate care. I want to be there for people who feel the way I felt. I want to bridge the gap and practice anti-racist, completely inclusive care for every individual who comes my way. After a few years of gaining experience, I would like to go out on my own and be the owner of a birth center and clinic. We would provide sexual health care, reproductive care, and wellness care. The birth center would be a practice focused on meeting the needs of the marginalized: BIPOC, LGBTQIA2S+, women, teenagers, and those in poverty being among them. Further, my nonprofit is Speak Up for Kids, and it will provide support and resources for minors who are being abused. We will also be working across the country and the world to change legislation on child abuse.
    Wellness Warriors Scholarship
    Managing personal wellness while attending college can be challenging, but it is essential for success. Here are some of the ways I manage my personal wellness: I prioritize sleep. I know that I function best when I get enough sleep, so I make sure to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day. I eat a healthy diet. I try to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. I also avoid processed foods and sugary drinks. I exercise regularly. I try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week. I enjoy walking, weightlifting, and swimming. I take time for myself. I make sure to schedule some time each day to relax and do something I enjoy. This includes reading, listening to music, or spending time with friends. I manage my stress. I find that stress can easily derail my wellness, so I make sure to find healthy ways to manage it. This includes yoga, meditation, or spending time in nature. Maintaining my personal wellness helps me succeed as a student in a number of ways. First, it allows me to be more focused and productive in my studies. When I am well-rested, well-nourished, and relaxed, I am better able to learn and retain information. Second, it helps me to maintain a positive attitude. When I am taking care of myself, I am more likely to be optimistic and motivated. Third, it helps me to cope with stress. When I am feeling stressed, I am better able to manage it in a healthy way. I believe that personal wellness is essential for success in college and in life. By taking care of myself, I am better able to reach my goals and live a fulfilling life. Here are some additional tips for managing personal wellness while attending college: Find a support system. Having a strong support system of friends, family, and mentors can make a big difference in your wellness. Set realistic expectations. Don't try to do too much at once. It is important to set realistic expectations for yourself and to give yourself time to adjust to college life. Take care of your mental health. If you are struggling with your mental health, don't be afraid to seek help. There are many resources available to help you succeed. Don't be afraid to ask for help. If you are struggling with your wellness, don't be afraid to ask for help from your professors, advisors, or other students. There are many people who want to help you succeed.
    Jean Antoine Joas Scholarship
    As a young teenager, I was responsible for caring for my nieces often. Lane was 4 at the time and was undergoing treatment for a very rare and aggressive brain tumor. Emmy was 18 months, and I cared for her while their dad went to work and mom took Lane to treatment. Treatments often started very early in the morning and would last 6-8 hours, sometimes longer. Lane was given less than a year to live, but she fought hard and lived 3 more years; difficult but beautiful years. She passed in 2018, five years ago now, and there hasn't been a single day I haven't had the grief of her loss hit me like a semi-truck in the chest. This has greatly shaped me as a person and contributed to my love and passion for helping people. Currently, I am enrolled in nursing school and am working to eventually become a nurse practitioner. Her passing has given me so much more empathy for people who are suffering, and I carry her spirit of kindness with me everywhere. I have been volunteering and helping others for as long as I can remember, and I am happy to continue that through my adulthood. I am active with several nonprofits, including the North Idaho Pride Alliance (NIPA) and the Civic Engagement Alliance (CEA). I work with NIPA to educate and advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community here in North Idaho. Whether working at Pride events or year-round fundraisers, I am an active volunteer. The CEA works to raise awareness and education about voting in local elections and other ways to actively be a part of their communities. The positive impact these organizations have is tremendous and needed for our area. I seek to make a positive impact on the world in everything I do, and I work hard to be a leader and an advocate for those who need one. I intend to use this as a nurse practitioner and midwife, to impact communities regarding sexual health and education, and equitable, accessible care. Another project I am working on is founding my own nonprofit. This initiative is to give resources and hope to abused children, and to change child abuse laws across the country to protect children. I will always speak up for the abused, and I want to positively impact the world by changing the conversation about women's health, trans healthcare, sexual health, and domestic violence.
    I Can Do Anything Scholarship
    A calm, confident, strong, loving, healed version of my current self; unstoppable, changing the world one patient at a time.
    Robert F. Lawson Fund for Careers that Care
    I am a non-binary transmasculine queer human, and I am going to become a nurse practitioner. I have known I wanted to be a nurse and take care of people since I was very young, and have known I wanted to specialize in midwifery for several years now. As a transgender person who has given birth, I want to provide fertility, pregnancy, and birth care that is inclusive of all different experiences, including and especially the transgender experience. My goal is to become a DNP (doctor of nursing practice), a CNM (certified nurse midwife), and a WHNP (womens health nurse practitioner). I plan to have a plan of impact on the world as a transgender nurse practitioner by: 1. Being a role model for other transgender people. I want to show other transgender people that they can achieve their dreams, regardless of their gender identity. 2. Advocating for the rights of transgender people in the healthcare system. I want to ensure that all transgender people have access to the care they need and that they are treated with dignity and respect. 3. Educating healthcare providers about transgender health. I want to help healthcare providers understand the unique needs of transgender patients and to provide them with the best possible care. 4. Research new ways to improve the care of transgender patients. I want to develop new and innovative ways to improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of care for transgender patients. 5. Writing about transgender health. I want to share my knowledge and experiences with other healthcare providers, transgender people, and the general public. I believe that transgender nurse practitioners have the potential to make a real difference in the world. I am committed to using my skills and knowledge to improve the lives of others and to make the world a more inclusive place for all people. Here are some specific examples of how I plan to make an impact as a transgender nurse practitioner: I will work in a clinic that specializes in transgender care. I will volunteer my time to teach health education classes to transgender people and their families. I will research new ways to improve the diagnosis and treatment of transgender-related health conditions. I will advocate for policies that improve access to healthcare for transgender people. I believe that by working together, we can make a difference in the world. I am excited to start my career as a nurse practitioner, and I am committed to using my skills and knowledge to improve the lives of others.
    PRIDE in Education Award
    Hello, my name is Kalix Glaeser. I am a non-binary trans-masculine pansexual queer person. I always knew that I was different. I didn't know the name until I came across it on the internet at random one time, and it resonated with my soul instantly. I came out to a circle of internet friends when I was 10. My transition was not always easy. I have faced discrimination from many people. I have been harassed and assaulted on several occasions. But I never gave up. I knew that I was doing the right thing for myself, and I was determined to live my life authentically. I have often feared for my life in my hometown, and it has impacted me greatly. But I have to live authentically so that the closeted gay kid who sees me knows they are normal, and that it's okay. The LGBTQ+ community has been there for me every step of the way. They have provided me with support, love, and acceptance. They have also helped me to fight for the rights of all LGBTQ+ people. I am so grateful for their support, and I am proud to be a part of this community. This love and acceptance gave me a huge sense of belonging, and I want to provide that to everyone I encounter. I chose to become a nurse because I want to help other LGBTQ+ people. I want to provide them with the care and support that they need. I also want to fight for the rights of LGBTQ+ people in the healthcare system. I believe that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation. I want to become a nurse practitioner and provide wellness care, birth control/abortion care, pregnancy care, birth, postpartum care, and newborn care. LGBTQIA+ people make families too, and I want to provide safe and comprehensive care for them in my practice. I am still in nursing school, but I am excited to start my career as a nurse. I know that I can make a difference in the lives of LGBTQ+ people. I am committed to providing them with the care and support that they need. I am also committed to fighting for their rights in the healthcare system. Thank you for the opportunity to share my story. I hope that my story will inspire others to become allies and advocates for the LGBTQ+ community. Together, we can make the world a more accepting and inclusive place for all people.
    Sean Carroll's Mindscape Big Picture Scholarship
    I believe it is important to work to better understand the nature of our universe for a number of reasons. First, it can help us to understand ourselves and our place in the cosmos. By understanding the universe, we can learn more about the laws of physics that govern it, and how these laws have shaped the development of life on Earth. This knowledge can help us to make better decisions about our future, and to protect our planet from harm. Second, understanding the universe can help us to develop new technologies that can improve our lives. For example, advances in astronomy have led to the development of new telescopes and other instruments that can be used to study the universe in greater detail. This research has led to the development of new technologies, such as GPS and lasers, that have had a major impact on our lives. Third, understanding the universe can help us to appreciate the beauty and wonder of the natural world. When we look up at the night sky, we are awestruck by the vastness and complexity of the universe. This appreciation for the natural world can help us to connect with each other and with our planet in a deeper way. As a nurse, I hope to employ the following ideas and concepts in order to better understand the nature of our universe: Critical thinking: This is the ability to think clearly and rationally about a problem or situation. Critical thinking is essential for nurses, as it allows us to make sound decisions about patient care. Problem-solving: This is the ability to identify and solve problems. Nurses need to be able to solve problems quickly and efficiently, as they often work in fast-paced and stressful environments. Communication: This is the ability to communicate effectively with patients, families, and other healthcare professionals. Nurses need to be able to communicate clear and concise information, as well as listen to and understand the needs of others. Teamwork: This is the ability to work effectively with others to achieve a common goal. Nurses often work as part of a team, and they need to be able to collaborate with others to provide the best possible care for their patients. I believe that by understanding the universe, we can become better nurses. We can use our knowledge to provide more compassionate and effective care for our patients. We can also use our knowledge to educate patients about their health and to help them make informed decisions about their care.
    Michael Rudometkin Memorial Scholarship
    Selflessness is the act of putting the needs of others before your own. It is a powerful virtue that can make a positive difference in the world. There are many ways to embody selflessness, and some of the most common include: Volunteering your time to help others. Many organizations need volunteers to help with a variety of tasks, such as working with children, the elderly, or the homeless. Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community and make a difference in the lives of others. Donating to charity. Many charities work to help people in need, such as those who are struggling with poverty, homelessness, or hunger. Donating to charity is a great way to help those who are less fortunate. Being kind and compassionate to others. Kindness and compassion are two of the most important qualities of a selfless person. When you are kind and compassionate to others, you make them feel valued and appreciated. This can have a positive impact on their lives and make the world a better place. Being forgiving. Forgiveness is another important quality of a selfless person. When you forgive someone, you let go of anger and resentment, and you open yourself up to compassion and understanding. Forgiveness can help to heal relationships and make the world a more peaceful place. Embodying selflessness is not always easy, but it is a worthwhile endeavor. When you are selfless, you make the world a better place. Here are some additional tips for embodying selflessness: Be aware of your own needs and wants. It is important to take care of yourself, both physically and emotionally. When you are taking care of yourself, you are better able to take care of others. Set boundaries. It is important to set boundaries with others so that you do not overextend yourself. It is okay to say no to requests for help, especially if you are already feeling overwhelmed. Ask for help when you need it. It is okay to ask for help from others, especially when you are struggling to cope with a difficult situation. Asking for help does not make you weak; it makes you strong. Embodying selflessness is a journey, not a destination. It is something that you work at every day. The more you practice selflessness, the easier it will become. And the more selfless you are, the better the world will be. I want to be selfless in almost everything I do. I put other's needs before mine, which I have done since I was a child myself providing for my siblings while our family couldn't afford food. I have always put my family first in everything I do. Financially, I give them money when I don't necessarily have everything that I need because I need to take care of my younger siblings. But the truth is, I am a lover of all people, and I would give up the clothes on my back to help someone in need. I was taught to be selfless to a fault, being raised in a toxic conservative culture, I truly don't know how to not put others before myself. However, I am learning to find the balance. I spend my free time volunteering with multiple organizations local to me and helping people I come across, while I work in healthcare doing patient care and helping others professionally. I will help everywhere I go!
    M.R. Brooks Scholarship
    Being a single parent is not for the faint of heart, especially not here in North Idaho. I live in a very conservative area, that has a lot of disdain for anyone with kids that isn't a cis-hetero yt Christian family. Add in the fact that I am a Non-Binary Transmasculine Pansexual Queer human, and it's an even deeper disdain. My family is not traditional in the area, and that has been difficult. I receive a lot of discrimination here, and that has to be difficult and traumatic for my kids to see. No one wants to see their parent ridiculed or verbally assaulted in public. When people yell at me to "go back to where I came from" I'm sure that my toddlers are scared that someone is yelling at us. I plan to use my education in my area to stand for LGBTQIA+ rights, and to educate the public here on a different perspective than they have. I want to open an inclusive health clinic and birth center that provides unique and patient-centered care accessible to minority communities. I will specialize in alternative ways of creating a family, lactation for trans individuals and their families, and the transmasculine birth experience. There is much to be done for LGBTQIA+ rights here in North Idaho. But we need queer people in higher education, especially here in a low-education area that is anti-LGBTQIA+. Representation in this town matters. It matters for the kid walking down the street and seeing someone like them or a family like theirs, and they know that it's okay to be themselves. I am raising my kids to know that families come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and I want to carry this over to my community outreach efforts and client education. I will provide birth control and abortion services, which are severely needed in the area. I will have to practice my abortion care out of state because Idaho has an abortion ban. I know that single-parent LGBTQIA+ individuals walk a unique story, and I want that story to be heard. Every makeup of a family is unique, and everyone matters. LGBTQIA+ families matter. That representation matters. I hope to provide a beacon of light in my community that gives peace and hope to every individual that comes into my care and beyond. I will practice trauma-informed care and work with a sliding scale so that my services are accessible to every family that needs them.
    Annie Pringle Memorial Scholarship
    My name is Kalix Glaeser and I am working to obtain my doctorate in n nursing practice as a certified nurse midwife and women's health nurse practitioner. I would also like to become an IBCLC because this will help my midwifery practice greatly to be able to help with breastfeeding issues. I am passionate about breast health as a women's health advocate. Breast cancer affects many women each year, and I want everyone to be educated on how to take steps to catch breast cancer quickly. Breast cancer runs in my family, and it is so important to me that people self-exam and have annual breast exams and mammograms when necessary. Self-exams can save your life! I want all my clients and anyone I reach to be aware of the signs of anything wrong with their breasts because they will know their normal and what is not normal. Both my maternal and paternal grandmothers were diagnosed with breast cancer. My maternal grandmother was diagnosed at age 23, and they caught it quickly enough that she was easily treated and has been in remission for 50 years. My paternal grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 53, and unfortunately, she passed away before I was born, 2 years through treatment when she caught pneumonia. I wish that everyone could live a long, happy, healthy life. I hope to see cancer eradicated in my lifetime. But until then, I can educate women on how to prevent or discover cancer or other breast-related diseases. My mother has also been diagnosed with breast cancer. She discovered a lump in her armpit and went to be seen as soon as she noticed it. They removed it and said it wasn't abnormal. She then discovered another lump in her breast this time and went in again. They biopsied it and discovered it was cancerous. Later we found out that the lab had messed up on the report from the lump in her armpit, and that it was indeed cancerous also. Eventually, she was diagnosed with stage 4 lobular breast cancer and went on to have a mastectomy. It was discovered that not only was the little lump cancerous but the entire breast had been infiltrated with the cancer. Thankfully she had stayed vigilant and paid attention to her breast health. They said it was nothing they could've caught on a mammogram for some reason, so self-exam and subsequent tests were the things that saved her. Related to my mom's journey with breast cancer has made me pay extra attention to the focus of breast health in my education. I want to work to further educate those in the women's health provider world about breast health. There is not nearly enough knowledge of effective breast exams and signs and symptoms of breast health. Additionally, I want to educate the women's health world on lactation. Many providers have very little education about lactation and normal infant feeding, and they need to be further educated in the normal and abnormal signs of lactation health.
    Bright Lights Scholarship
    I am looking to become a doctoral nurse practitioner (DNP). My first step is my Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and my RN license. I am currently hoping to obtain that through Lewis-Clark State College here in Idaho. I want to gain labor & delivery experience as much as possible, and I hope to do a labor & delivery internship or residency. After that, I want to enroll in the University of Illinois Chicago DNP program. I will be pursuing my doctorate in nurse-midwifery and as a women's health nurse practitioner. After this, I hope to work in a rural hospital and provide wellness and OB care to underserved communities. Once I feel that I have good experience under my belt, I would like to open my own clinic, attached to a birth center. I want to provide pregnancy, birth, postpartum, birth control/abortion, and wellness care, particularly in underserved communities. I grew up in poverty. Times of absolutely no food for me and my 5 younger siblings, my mom working multiple jobs trying to make ends meet, etc. We lived in a very small 3 bedroom apartment that came with one of my mom's jobs: the three boys in one room, then my two sisters and me in another, and then my mom. I was in charge of the household all day, as my mom had to work. I did all the cooking and the cleaning, and all of the homeschooling for my younger siblings. I began doing all this work around age 7, I was parentified very early on. I would try to work odd babysitting jobs or anything I could to make a little bit of money to take care of my sibling's needs such as food, clothes & shoes, and activities. I was homeless after I moved out, and finally moved in with my much older sister. Wages where I live have not gone up, however, the cost of living keeps rising and none of the locals can afford to live here anymore. Myself included. I have worked hard to get to the point of being able to go to college. I was undereducated and I had to teach myself almost everything I know. There are definitely holes in my knowledge of things. But I want to get through all that and advance through college. I grew up in poverty, and I moved out into poverty, ad I remain in poverty. But I want to make a better life for myself. And any help I can have to get through this journey is life-changing and lifesaving to me. Creating a better life for me and my kids is hard without help, and I ask for your help.
    Wieland Nurse Appreciation Scholarship
    When I was 13 years old, my great aunt was diagnosed with diffused large B-cell lymphoma. Upon her diagnosis, I moved in with her to take care of her throughout her treatments and such. I took care of her medications every day, I helped her get dressed, around the house, and I brushed her hair until I shaved it for her. I cooked for her every meal, and I cleaned the house. I spent our free time reading to her because she loved books and usually read frequently throughout the day, but the chemo and radiation were too hard on her body. She was unable to read on her own, as she would get too tired holding the book. Every day we read, everything from classics to the Bible to theological philosophy books. I devoured everything I read to her and relished the opportunity to learn more about the world. My great-aunt had a friend who was an RN. She came by one day and noticed how I took care of my great-aunt. She told me a few words I will never forget. "You were made to be a nurse." It immediately inspired me to become a nurse. I followed this instinct and as soon as I was old enough, I took the CNA course at our local community college. I began working in the local hospital as such, and I enjoyed every moment of it. Throughout that time, I discovered that I loved 2 things the most about working in the float pool: Labor & Delivery and the Emergency Department. I loved helping people regardless of the setting, but learning from the nurses and doing my assistant duties really confirmed my love of nursing philosophy. The nurse practitioners particularly caught my eye - I loved their model of care and expansive scope of practice. This led me to choose the DNP route. I will fill my love of caring for people with uteruses, guiding people through labor & delivery, and well-person care by becoming a certified nurse midwife & women's health nurse practitioner. I dream of opening a center where I run a prenatal and women's health clinic, and attached to it is a birth center. The focus of my practice will be inclusivity. I want to take care of the underserved: the poor, the LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, the teenaged, and so forth. I will take care of anyone who comes through my doorway that I can adequately care for. This rings true to the call of nursing practice in my heart.
    Sola Family Scholarship
    My mom being single shaped me in many ways. Her devotion to us felt like it was more than ever before. I knew she worked hard for our family, and that meant the world to me; however, I felt the burden of raising children fell on me. She worked 3 jobs to support our family. As one of the older children, early on, I was teaching my siblings their homeschool materials, because my mom wanted us homeschooled to maintain our normal, which was difficult for me. I felt like the burden of the home began to fall on me, as suddenly I was responsible for all the chores, teaching the younger children, and cooking all the meals. While I was a child myself, I was parentified extremely young. My mom had to work, and so I had to hold everything together during the day. Making sure my 5 younger siblings were up, fed breakfast, and began working on their schooling for the day. My formal education before college was about a fourth-grade level, and then I taught myself up through high school. So teaching my siblings was my job, but I was trying to learn things at the same time because I knew that I could learn anything if I just read about it. I wanted them to have a better education than I did, and I worked very hard to do so. I wouldn't say they were the best educated, but they did just fine when they finally entered a regular school, so I felt like I did the best I could and it wasn't too bad. I knew I wanted to go to college, and I taught myself a good deal about science, anatomy and physiology, and medical procedures because I knew I wanted to be in healthcare. I worked very hard to be able to keep up in college, and I have done very well at doing so. I am thankful for my ability to learn things quickly! All the cooking and cleaning fell on me, which was difficult for me to keep up with. But I did. We were extremely poor growing up, and I felt obligated to do what I could to feed my siblings. Even if it was just 2 cans of green beans. My mom was so busy working and us barely scraping by, I knew I couldn't ask her for anything because there wasn't anything. I would go to food banks and get food, and I did every odd job I could to earn money to be able to provide food, clothes, shoes, and other necessities for my siblings. I know my mom loves us. I know she worked hard. But I also worked hard too, and it can be hard that my mom doesn't acknowledge that now that I am an adult. Nonetheless, I know she loves us so much, and she works extremely hard to this day. I am grateful for the attention and love she gives my children, which heals some of the wounds in my heart. She is the best Grammy ever! I am so grateful for my mom, and the sacrifices she made to get us through those difficult years.
    Romeo Nursing Scholarship
    I have wanted to become a nurse since I was 13 when I moved in with my aunt to take care of her throughout her cancer treatments. Her friends who were nurses told me that I was a nurse at heart and that I should pursue that. I have fought hard for this dream, through many ups and downs of life. I became a certified nursing assistant at 16, as soon as I was able, and began working in the local hospital. I took a break and had my kids, and then I returned to school to become a nurse. This has taught me so much about myself. It has taught me how to be strong in the face of hardships, and it has taught me what my worth is. I learned that I am fierce, strong, and worthy of love. Now that I am stronger as a person, I can better care for others as a nurse. I will have more empathy for them, to help them know they are not alone. I am excited for the future of attending nursing school and that moment of learning that I passed the NCLEX or the ACNM test or the WHNP boards. My hopes for the future are to get my nonprofit up and going, finish my BSN at Lewis-Clark State College, and then I hope to attend the University of Illinois Chicago for my DNP CNM-WHNP. After graduation, I want to practice in a rural hospital, because I am passionate about helping people in poverty. I was raised in poverty, and it was very difficult, and medical care was uncomfortable because you were worried you wouldn't get adequate care. I want to be there for people who feel the way I felt. I want to bridge the gap and practice anti-racist, completely inclusive care for every individual who comes my way. After a few years of gaining experience, I would like to go out on my own and be the owner of a birth center and clinic. We would provide sexual health care, reproductive care, and wellness care. The birth center would be a practice focused on meeting the needs of the marginalized: BIPOC, LGBTQIA2S+, women, teenagers, and those in poverty being among them. Further, my nonprofit is Speak Up for Kids, and it will provide support and resources for minors who are being abused. We will also be working across the country and the world to change legislation on child abuse.
    Rose Browne Memorial Scholarship for Nursing
    I think my greatest achievement is advancing myself in following my dreams despite many hurdles appearing. I have experienced multiple instances of discrimination that hindered my education, and I could not find a preceptor due to it. This made my plan of getting my midwifery degree before my nursing degree changed. Now I will be going to nursing school, and then nurse practitioner school. Which takes me back right to the roots of my love of nursing. I have wanted to become a nurse since I was 13 when I moved in with my aunt to take care of her throughout her cancer treatments. Her friends who were nurses told me that I was a nurse at heart and that I should pursue that. I have fought hard for this dream, through many ups and downs of life. I became a certified nursing assistant at 16, as soon as I was able, and began working in the local hospital. I took a break and had my kids, and then I returned to school to become a nurse. This has taught me so much about myself. It has taught me how to be strong in the face of hardships, and it has taught me what my worth is. I learned that I am fierce, strong, and worthy of love. Now that I am stronger as a person, I can better care for others as a nurse. I will have more empathy for them, to help them know they are not alone. My hopes for the future are to get my nonprofit up and going, finish my BSN at Lewis-Clark State College, and then I hope to attend the University of Illinois Chicago for my DNP CNM-WHNP. After graduation, I want to practice in a rural hospital, because I am passionate about helping people in poverty. I was raised in poverty, and it was very difficult, and medical care was uncomfortable because you were worried you wouldn't get adequate care. I want to be there for people who feel the way I felt. I want to bridge the gap and practice anti-racist, completely inclusive care for every individual who comes my way. After a few years of gaining experience, I would like to go out on my own and be the owner of a birth center and clinic. We would provide sexual health care, reproductive care, and wellness care. The birth center would be a practice focused on meeting the needs of the marginalized: BIPOC, LGBTQIA2S+, women, teenagers, and those in poverty being among them. Further, my nonprofit is Speak Up for Kids, and it will provide support and resources for minors who are being abused. We will also be working across the country and the world to change legislation on child abuse.
    Sara Jane Memorial Scholarship
    When I was 13, my great aunt was diagnosed with diffused large B-cell lymphoma. I moved in with her and became her caretaker, so I managed her medications, took care of her daily living activities, and cooked her meals. Her good friend was an RN, and she took me aside one day and said to me, "You are made to be a nurse." and that stuck with me. When I turned 16, I knew I wanted to start my path to RN, so I enrolled in the local nursing assistant class. I finished that and began working at our local hospital, and loved every moment of patient care. My passion for helping people inside and outside of the work setting helps me in my patient interactions. I took a break from certified nursing assistant work and had two children. I continued to work in healthcare as a birth assistant, doula, student midwife, and veteran caretaker. Throughout my path, I always return to becoming an RN. I love to help people, and taking care of them and their health feeds my soul. I have narrowed it down to wanting to become an RN, CNM, DNP-WHNP. This way, I can provide comprehensive healthcare to people who have a uterus, throughout their birth control, baby, birth, and beyond needs. Nurses are the backs on which the hospitals are maintained. Nurses do most of the patient care, and it's no secret. The work of nurses who eventually become nurse practitioners lends to the often reported better bedside manner, feeling listened to, and patient engagement. This work is relational in a way that mainstream medicine misses out on. Nurse midwifery interests me because of the historical difference between an OBGYN and a midwife - a midwife views the entire person, and empowers them to make their healthcare choices, while the OB sees the patient in a different way. This continuity of care concept that nursing has draws me to being a nurse practitioner rather than an MD. I have no desire to practice the style of medicine that an MD is, I prefer the relational, continuity-of-care model that is found in nursing practice. Nursing will always bring me back to my roots; a deep empathy for and wanting to help people, a love for science, and the influence of my aunt and her friends. My aunt told me I could do anything, and always cheered me on. And her friends told me to become a nurse - so here I am. Nursing school is going to change my life and I am so glad that I will be able to follow my dreams of helping others.
    Disney Super Fan Scholarship
    "Disney is magic." is a phrase I thought often as a child. Growing up in a fundamentalist cult that was against magic and against Disney, I was not often exposed to the movies as a child. However, the glimpses I did get filled my heart with magic and love. As a teenager, I had more opportunities to serve my love of Disney movies. At youth group, a few friends would download Disney movies they loved onto their computers and sometimes we would sneak away for the night to enjoy The Little Mermaid or Aristocats. The magic of Disney transcends time and age, which is something I am learning as I become more of an adult. Disney captures the heart of its audience no matter the age group. This love for the whimsical brought about the success of Disneyland and Disneyworld, and the live experiences such as Disney on Ice. Crowds will gather to view the happily ever after world. My favorite thing about Disney is the magic that transcends. As a parent now, I have the opportunity to watch Disney movies quite often, as the parent to two young children, I am sharing my love of the classics, and learning to love the new. I see myself in my children, as I watch them marvel at the very things I was in awe of; the music, the art, the story. I can visualize right now their faces as they watched Disney's animated Robin Hood for the first time, and I was so happy because that was one of my favorites. Disney gave me hope as a child and young teen because it offered a happily ever after that I could dream of. The wonderful world of magic is something that has made its way into almost the entire world at this point. The hearts of billions have been touched by this whimsical world of magical endings, and the legacy of the great Walt Disney lives on in those hearts, and forever will. Classics such as Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Aristocats, and Lady & the Tramp, but also the modern makings of classics, such as Tangled, Frozen, Inside Out, and Strange World. As you watch, the screen is transformed into a whole new world, right before your eyes, you could see your problems resolved, and true love always prevails. Is that the real world? Definitely not. However, the hope of something better, something brighter, certainly doesn't hurt anything at all.
    Divers Women Scholarship
    As the oldest of many siblings, I grew up around children and mainly raised several of them. This family culture taught me a deep love and care for other humans, which led me to volunteer to help others however I could. At 13, I moved in with my ill aunt and took care of her through her cancer treatments. I learned how to handle her chemo, and manage and administer all her medications. This is what led me to be drawn to the healthcare field. Then not so many years later, I became a teen parent. Going through the process of pregnancy and birth, and my positive experience with my healthcare team, inspired me to become a midwife. The compassion I was given, and the respect I was shown, helped me through that time period of adjustment. I was not met with judgment, but with genuine care. This is the type of healthcare provider I aspire to be. I want patients to feel safe, valued, and genuinely cared for. When they feel someone is attentive to them, their experiences can be more positive in a fragile time of life. There is much evidence showing that positive environments facilitate healing! Becoming a teen parent was certainly not my intention for my life, but it was the best thing that ever happened to me. It also gave me a niche - I have a passion for helping young families. The world is against them and judges them, but I want to contribute to equipping these young parents to be the best they can be. All they need is someone to care for them and educate them. Young people are the future of this world, and sometimes, all they need is to be given a chance. I am glad I was given a chance and mentored by many people who nurtured my love of healthcare. Being a young parent still, raising a family while in school is hard. We are currently a one-income family, and funds are tight. I rely heavily on any financial aid I can get, and scholarships are immensely helpful to try to minimize the future impact of taking out student loans. I hope you will consider me and my family for this scholarship!
    @GrowingWithGabby National Scholarship Month TikTok Scholarship
    Bold Meaning of Life Scholarship
    There are a variety of interpretations as to the meaning of life, as many as there are people in this world, I daresay. To me, life is nothing without helping others. This is where I find the most happiness, the most purpose, and satisfaction in my life. Most of my life is about helping others. As a student midwife, I have chosen a career in helping others. As a frequent volunteer in the community, I have chosen to dedicate my time outside of school and family to help others. All these things bring me fulfillment in life.
    Bold Encouraging Others Scholarship
    I try to check in on my friends as often as I can, so they know I am thinking about them and care about their wellbeing. I also love to do things like give gifts, usually handmade like blankets, hats, scarves, and even baked goods. Small gifts can be so heartwarming and express love and care for the person receiving them. I love to drop by people's work with coffee or tea, to warm up and lighten their day. I tell everyone that I love them and often because we don't say "I love you" in this culture enough. Taking care of my family and going back to school to make a better life for them is a way for me to express my love for them as well. Communication is key in knowing what my friends and family need from me in order to feel loved so that I can tailor my actions to their unique selves.
    Bold Career Goals Scholarship
    In my future career as a midwife, I dream of opening my own all-inclusive birth center. I want it to be welcoming for all, cozy and homey. I want the walls to be decorated with art, and to have a nice comfortable bed in each birth space. I will have a full bathroom in each space, along with a large birth-friendly tub for those who desire a waterbirth. I want to have 3 or 4 of these birth spaces, and have them decorated with plants and fairy lights to keep a light, warm feeling atmosphere. I will have 3 or 4 other midwives who work for me, and at least 2 students at all times, preferably 4 students. I want to pass on my knowledge and experience to the next generation of midwives. I also want it to be a place of community and host postpartum and pregnancy support groups, babywearing meetups, and parenting classes.
    Bold Motivation Scholarship
    Being better for my kids is somthing that motivates me everyday. I had a hard life growing up, and I want them to have it better than I did. I want to give them a comfortable life, with security and stability. But I also want to be better for myself. I deserve to be better for myself, not just for other people. The finish line motivates me - knowing I can do anything for 4 years, I can finish school, if other people can do it so can I.
    Bold Reflection Scholarship
    My life so far has not been an easy one. I grew up in an unsafe and abusive home, I got addicted to drugs and alcohol as a teenager, and I also spent 7 years in a cult. These experiences left me with nothing and no hope for the future. But I worked on myself - I put in a lot of hard work. I got out of the cult, I quit drinking and doing drugs, and I escaped from my abusive home. Now, I have hope. I have a beautiful family, I'm on proper mental health medications that help me to function properly. My therapist works with me weekly on being a good parent, a good person, and working through my traumas. Now I have hope for the future. I hope to finish school and get my degree, and then I hope to open my own birth center. I hope to make a better life for my family.
    Bold Relaxation Scholarship
    One of my favorite ways to relax is to go for drives with loud music. Driving aimlessly through nature, singing along to whatever soothes my heart at the moment, feeling the feelings I need to let out. There is nothing like it! I also greatly appreciate a good bath. Hot water, a good book, and just relaxing do so much for the soul. There is nothing wrong with just sitting down in the quiet and watching a good television show either. I appreciate all of these ways to relax. My mental health is best when I take time to myself and slow down, but also when I do other important self-care things such as taking my medication every day. Self-care is not just simply a bath or two or enjoying the quiet, but it is lifesaving measures that we each must take to stay sane, and for me, that means taking my mental health medications as well.
    Bold Hobbies Scholarship
    My favorite hobbies include photography, music, and handicrafts. I love to make textile art. Creating something with my hands using only some fibers just fills me with joy. I especially love to make gifts. I enjoy knitting, crocheting, embroidery, and weaving. I love to make hats, socks, gloves, blankets, and wall pieces. I have a great appreciation for woven wraps and scarves as well. Photography really inspires me as well. I love to capture moments, to freeze them in time. To capture the beauty of life. I enjoy taking nature photos as well, setting the beauty of landscapes in stone. Enjoying a moment with your eyes will last minutes, but a photo will last lifetimes. I enjoy various different musical outlets. I love to sing and have spent a great deal of time in the choir and doing solo music. I also love playing the piano and the guitar, both of which bring me great happiness.
    Bold Nature Matters Scholarship
    Nature is a beautiful gift to be appreciated. I love to spend time outdoors. I love plants and gardening, which I am trying to get better at. I have a bit of a brown thumb, but I am learning a lot in the process. Plants are beautiful and powerful, and I appreciate how they contribute to the environment. There is something really special about being able to grow your own food as well, and to be able to replace the oxygen that you consume. I also love to go for nature walks and hikes, and forage for herbs and berries that can be used for home remedies. I appreciate spending time near bodies of water, usually lakes and rivers. Close to my home there are multiple lakes and rivers to experience, and I love swimming or even just photographing their beauty. I try to stay grounded to the earth, and spend lots of time outside barefoot as well.
    Bold Bucket List Scholarship
    My bucket list includes the following: I'd like to visit every continent I'd like to see Machu Picchu I want to go on an international medical trip I want to buy a house I'd like to open a restaurant I'd like to start my own birth center I want to graduate college with a bachelors degree Then I want to get a Masters degree I want to become a licensed midwife I always wanted to take hormonal replacement therapy and have top surgery. My bucket list probably is a mix of typical and abnormal, but its mine. I have had the privilege of going on an international medical trip, but I definitely would like to go on more. It was an amazing experience. I am currently taking hormonal replacement therapy and saving up money for top surgery, which I have wanted for as long as I can remember. I am starting college and can't wait to meet my goals for graduating, and I would like to graduate with honors.
    Bold Study Strategies Scholarship
    Breaking up my study time into smaller chunks instead of 8 consecutive hours has helped me a lot to stay focused. Changing my environment every so often, whether it be my position or the room I'm studying in, also helps. My physical therapist has given me a list of neck exercises that help me combat studying fatigue. Another strategy I use is my organizational method. I have a planner and a 3 month wall calendar where I keep all my class times and assignment due dates. Every class is color coded, with a tab color, notebook color, sticky note and pen color. This helps me to keep all my classes separated and my assignments together, which helps me achieve academic success.
    Bold Loving Others Scholarship
    I try to check in on my friends as often as I can, so they know I am thinking about them and care about their wellbeing. I also love to do things like give gifts, usually handmade like blankets, hats, scarves, and even baked goods. Small gifts can be so heartwarming and express love and care for the person receiving. I love to drop by people's work with coffee or tea, to warm up and lighten their day. I tell everyone that I love them and often, because we don't say "I love you" in this culture enough. Taking care of my family and going back to school to make a better life for them is a way for me to express my love for them as well. Communication is key in knowing what my friends and family need from me in order to feel loved, so that I can tailor my actions to their unique self.
    Bold Joy Scholarship
    Joy is the presence of great happiness and pleasure, but to me, it also means peaceful all-encompassing happiness. Hobbies are one way I seek out joy in my life. I love to crochet, knit and do other handicrafts. I also love to play the guitar, piano and sing with my kids. Baking for my friends, specifically cinnamon rolls or sourdough makes me extremely happy. These things all bring me great joy. Another way I seek out joy is my career choice. I am super passionate about being a midwife, and going to school to follow my dreams also brings me joy.
    Bold Art Scholarship
    The rainbow flag is a textile art that I absolutely love. It is a symbol that was started by Harvey Milk and I am inspired by his mission to include everyone and to love people.
    Bold Books Scholarship
    The 4 Agreements is the most inspiring book to me for many reasons. Mainly, the focus on being true to yourself and listening to your intuition inspires me to live in the moment, and to trust my heart always. My intuition knows all, and this is an important principle for me to learn. I was never taught how to trust myself, so I have been learning how to do so as an adult, and it has been quite the journey. The 4 Agreements has been an integral part of my adventure in learning how to follow my heart and listen to my heart.
    Bold Helping Others Scholarship
    My favorite way to help others is through being a labor and birth support person. I love doing the big things to safeguard the natural process of birth - checking fetal heart tones, monitoring the mother's vitals, and such. But I also love doing the so-called menial things. Back rubs, hip squeezes, bringing ice chips. Being a safe haven through the storm of labor is an amazing privilege of mine, and my favorite way to assist others.
    Pettable Pet Lovers Scholarship
    Smokey and Roo were happy about it being Christmas time!
    Bold Make Your Mark Scholarship
    I hope to make the world more loving and inclusive. I start with being loving to all people I meet, and including everyone that I can. I also teach my children love, acceptance, and inclusion. We talk about being anti-racist and working on our biases; gender identity and sexuality. If I can raise my children to be the light in this world, I can help the next generation to be better than the current one. I can influence the world for the better through my actions, and through my kids. I do a lot of volunteer work and I plan on continuing for as long as possible. I've been on international medical trips, teaching the communities how to care for themselves and one another, equipping them with knowledge so they can continue the work beyond us. I also work extensively with the pride chapter in my community, doing outreach and resource work for fellow LGBT members of my community.
    Bold Passion Scholarship
    The moment a baby is born is one of the most beautiful moments in the universe. The intensity of labor has passed, the prize is here. A new soul has entered the room, living, breathing, crying. The journey is arduous but the end is beautiful. To see a new parent hold their new baby for the first time, their joy, their overwhelm is amazing. It's the best part of my job. I'm so passionate about birth, about this moment. Everything stops at this time, and all that is left is the beauty of a new life.
    Bold Driven Scholarship
    There are very few options in my area for prenatal care for LGBTQIA+ individuals. I had difficulties during both my pregnancies, not being seen and taken care of for who I was. My goals for the future are to become a licensed midwife, and then to go on to open an inclusive birth center; one that cares for all people where they are, whether they are cis, transgender, non-binary, gay, or straight. I wanted to see someone who was like me, and I am hopeful to provide that for people after I become licensed. I also want to specialize in vaginal twin birth and breech birth, which is severely lacking in my area as well.
    Bold Wisdom Scholarship
    "You're on this planet to learn, not to be perfect." None of us can attain perfection, and I think it's a waste of time to try to be. We are here to learn something, to grow as souls not to be perfect. I think so many of us strive for perfectionism in so many things, it distracts us from actually slowing down and living. Likewise, we should not expect perfection from others, but realize that there is much learning to be done by ourselves and everyone around us. Just like we shouldn't expect perfection from students in school, we are all students in the school of life.
    Bold Happiness Scholarship
    My kids! Their love for me, their curiosity, their wonder at the world just warms my soul. I love watching them learn and grow as they get older. There is nothing like the wonder in a toddler's eyes as they learn something new. The purity of heart, the lack of care for the whims of this world is just beautifully exciting.
    Bold Music Scholarship
    Daughter by Sleeping at Last inspires me as a parent to instill wonder and love in my daughter. She can have the world, I can set her up for success in this life. I know that she was born for great things, and I can raise her to be a world changer. This song greatly inspires me as a daughter also, because the world is mine as well. The world is each of ours, if only we knew.
    Bold Turnaround Story Scholarship
    When I was a teenager, I struggled with self-medicating my bipolar disorder with drugs and alcohol. I was heading down a long, tough road if I didn't stop. Thankfully, I pulled myself out of it with a lot of support from my family and I am no longer an addict. I went from addict to full-time student, and I am very proud of myself for going back to school as an adult.
    Bold Legacy Scholarship
    I want to be remembered as strong, smart, and helpful. I was always told growing up by my birth father that I would never amount to anything, and I want to prove him wrong. I want my legacy to be one of strength and resilience, that I overcame my abusive childhood and advanced through life. I want to be remembered as a brilliant and caring midwife, one who loved the families they cared for during pregnancy and postpartum. I want to be remembered as always giving to people, and helping others with everything that I could.
    Deborah's Grace Scholarship
    Growing up, I was severely abused physically, emotionally, and sexually. My birth father was angry, hateful, and violent. If we weren't perfect, my siblings and I would be beaten. Even when we did nothing wrong, he often found a reason to hurt us. I could go into more detail, but I don't want to be grotesque. All that to say, my childhood wasn't sunshine and roses, but dark and full of fear and pain. When I turned 18, I broke the cycle. I got away from my birth father, but I also went to the police for help for my younger siblings. Though the state of Idaho did nothing to put him behind bars, I was able to have them removed from him. I have started the new cycle of hope and healing, through lots of therapy and support from my husband, I am now able to parent my kids in a healthy way. My kids do not have to endure any of the things that I did growing up, and I am so glad for that. I am able to give them love and care, something I did not get to experience. I have made myself strong, despite my experiences and I am committed to sharing that strength with my kids, and with everyone I encounter as a midwife when I have completed my education. My resilience and grit will help get me through my rigorous academia, and all the trials I have yet to face in life.
    You Glow Differently When You're Happy Scholarship
    "Oh my god! I love you!" I exclaimed as I brought my youngest baby to my chest. The moment of their birth was the happiest moment of my life. Through the hard labor, all I felt in that moment was pure love, joy, and relief. I cried as I held them in my arms for the first time, tears of happiness. What a beautiful moment it was!
    Bold Simple Pleasures Scholarship
    An earthy, bright smell with deep warm notes greets me each morning with my hot cup of fresh coffee. Coffee is such a simple ritual, full of warmth and bold taste. It warms not only the body but the soul. It can also be enjoyed iced, cool for the body but still bright and warm for the soul. Coffee makes me extremely happy. What a simple thing it is, water flown through some ground roasted beans, but what a beautiful thing that results from something so simple.
    Bold Giving Scholarship
    "You can't take money with you," Dennis always said. Dennis would give anyone he met anything and everything he had. His life philosophy was that when he died, nothing he owned or possessed would be able to come with him to the afterlife, therefore he should give freely. He would always be buying us food, or taking care of us somehow, and it had a great impact on me. I always wanted to be able to give to others the way Dennis gave to everyone around him. While I don't yet have the financial ability to give as exuberantly as Dennis, I hope that after school I will be able to do so. But for now, I greatly enjoy giving what I can - mostly my time. I spend as much time as I can helping others and volunteering. I love to help out with the junior high and high school girls basketball teams, volunteer with my local pride chapter and help with the nonpartisan campaign Get Out the Vote with the Civic Engagement Alliance.
    Bold Investing Scholarship
    "Invest around," he said. Jeff was a brilliant mentor I had the privilege of knowing while working at our local hospital. I was 17, and financially illiterate. Handing a 17 year old a retirement plan and investment opportunities is great, but I had no idea what to do with it. Jeff was kind enough to take me under his wing, and show me how to invest in a variety of different opportunities, as well as showing me what my retirement account was and how I could open different kinds. Now at 21, I have multiple different investments and returns, thanks to Jeff and his wisdom.
    Bold Longevity Scholarship
    I believe that the best way to live a long and healthy life is by staying active. Actively moving our bodies, actively paying attention to our nutrition, and actively being involved in our communities. If we stay involved in our homes and communities, if we practice love for all people, if we meditate on helping others, we can be firmly rooted in a good headspace which is 90% of the battle. If we are communally healthy, it's easier to be mentally healthy, and if we are mentally healthy, it is easier to stay physically healthy. Paying attention to food and exercise is only a small part of the road to a long and healthy life, though we do need to make sure to drink adequate water and intake the proper vitamins and minerals. If we get involved, stay active, and practice love and light, a long and healthy life is likely to be obtained.
    I Am Third Scholarship
    As someone who is under the transgender umbrella, I have experienced firsthand how important it is that there is representation for me. Representation in media and politics is great, but I believe that representation in healthcare is even more important. Midwives are life-changing, life-saving healthcare professionals, and there is a great shortage of queer representation in midwifery across the board, but especially in my area. LGBTQIA+ families deserve the intimate, intuitive, sacred prenatal care that cis heterosexual families have access to. Only three out of ten practices in my area would even take on a LGBTQIA+ family, and only one is actively affirming and openly welcoming. This is a severe disservice to the queer population in Northern Idaho. I have never met another queer midwife in person, and I can tell you that it would’ve greatly impacted my pregnancy experience to have a care provider that was like me. Seeing certified professional midwives in my area spout hateful, anti-transgender rhetoric was incredibly damaging to me during the gestations of both of my children, and my goal in this journey is to turn the tide to prevent other parents from feeling the way that I did. Representation in midwifery for me was limited to distant midwives on social media, and I would love to change that for the future. I believe that midwifery is a calling, not just an occupation. How is a calling different from a hobby or occupation? The determination of following it! When I discovered I was going to be a midwife, a mentor midwife of mine told me everything she could to dissuade me. But every effort to do so only solidified my need to be immersed in it; I knew it was my calling. “Good,” she said. “If I could’ve talked you out of it, you aren’t meant for this life.” That’s what midwifery is - a life. A life spent deeply devoted to the people I serve. I am committed to the life of being on-call, missing important events, missing time with my children, and postponing dinner with friends because it is time to go to another birth. This devotion, almost reckless abandon if you will, to midwifery is what will help me to succeed as a student. I have a fire and a passion for learning, and even more so when it comes to learning about birth and how to support birthing people. I cannot be dissuaded, I will put in every ounce of energy that I have to learn how to best support birthing families as a midwife. I am incredibly motivated to learn all the information that I can get my hands on, and this is what will make me a great student at the Midwives College of Utah. After I graduate from MCU, I plan on opening my own home birth practice. Eventually, I would like to open a small volume birth center. I want to continue to host affirming childbirth workshops, parenthood meet-ups, babywearing education classes, and have my own transgender-inclusive feeding group. In time, I want to bring on students, to help train up affirming and safe midwives at the community level, as well as participating in national and international conference work. I believe that I can make a difference as a queer midwife, in making the out of hospital birth experience more accessible and safe for other transgender and gender-nonconforming birthing parents.
    Pandemic's Box Scholarship
    The Covid-19 pandemic brought out my passion for maternity care. I was always passionate about birth and babies, but the pandemic ignited my passion even more. All birthing people deserve compassionate care, and Covid affected the quality of care patients received. The pandemic pushed me to enroll in midwifery school, and pursue a career as a midwife so that I may provide respectful pregnancy care for everyone I encounter.
    Act Locally Scholarship
    According to Get Out the Vote, less than 20% of locals vote during local elections. Low voter turnout is true in my community as well, Kootenai County has averaged 25% of registered voters voting in primary elections during non-presidential election years. This creates a problem of a minority deciding where the community goes, and this is evident in where my community is headed. I believe this greatly contributes to the civil rights issues we are seeing crop up all over the country as well. I am passionate about getting involved in my local community through volunteer work and exercising my right to vote. Through the Covid-19 pandemic, my community has been infiltrated with loud voices of conspiracy theorists, racism, and anti-public education propaganda. Important roles in the community such as city council, school board, fire commissioner and mayor are being challenged by these loud voices. I desperately want to see this tide change, especially as our community has seen immense growth in the past few years. Similarly, the rest of the country has also seen this issue of loud, angry voices infiltrating the news and social media. Recently, my city made national news as the president of our local community college was fired without reasonable cause. Public school meetings have been attended by violent, hateful individuals against public education and against Covid-19 safety measures. My community used to be a quiet, calm area. Tourism blossomed in the summer, but the community remained tight-knit. Everyone looked out for each other. It was a true small town. However, in recent years, this is no longer true. I have watched this small town turn into a booming tourist area, which has come with the downside of losing that care. I want to see my community return to the caring heart it once had, though I know it will never be quiet again, there is no reason we cannot be a city of love and acceptance, where everyone is able to live their lives. For that matter, the country needs to return to this place of acceptance and love as well, to be the great country it once was. I am committed to engagement in my local community. I volunteer with multiple local organizations, and have a history of volunteering not only locally but internationally. As a mentor volunteer leader once said, "be the change you want to see in the world", and this I live by. My goal is to bring love and light into my community, my country, and the world. This year, I worked closely with the North Idaho Pride Alliance to bring awareness to the need for advocacy for other LGBTQIA+ people in my area, providing visibility, resources, and engagement for people. I also have worked with the Civic Engagement Alliance for the VOTE LOCAL 2021 drive, working to register voters, and raise awareness about local elections and their candidates, as well as the roles of those candidates in order to raise the percentage of voters in my local community. I don't want my hometown controlled by a loud minority, I believe every vote matters, every voice matters! Get out and vote local this election.
    Bold Learning and Changing Scholarship
    I was your typical strong christian - I read my Bible every day, I prayed multiple times a day, I went to church multiple times a week. I was as devout as they come. My life plan was to become a missionary, to share Christianity with others for my entire life. The first, big thing that started my shift away from the Christian life was realizing that homosexuality was not a sin. The word homosexual was not added to the Bible until the 1900's - not something found in the original texts like I was always taught. The next, is that women aren't lesser than men, they are not actually called to be submissive to men. This was a fairly new ideal, again, not found in the original texts. Finally, realizing that abortion was not something prohibited by the Bible, but actually there are accounts of ordained abortions, was the last straw which led me to questioning my entire belief systems. Seeing how violent and hateful the supposed loving god was, left me confused and unsure of the religion as a whole, and I have since waked away entirely.
    SkipSchool Scholarship
    Van Gogh was a brilliant mind who was able to meld the abstract and reality in his work extremely well.
    Bold Great Books Scholarship
    Have you ever resonated with your favorite story? Love Gone Wrong by Laurel Bahr is my favorite book. In it, the author provides a gripping tale of a young woman who deals with the after effects of trauma - while forgetting that she has gone through traumatic events. She goes on a journey to discover herself, and through therapy realizes her abuse. She later confronts her abuser, and goes on to live a full life, helping other survivors of abuse through an anonymous support group. You learn that the story is true - its about Laurel's life! This autobiographical book became a favorite when I met the author through her abuse survivors anonymous group. Her compassion and kindness towards me was life changing, and when I discovered she had written a book, I had to read it. I ordered it online without telling her, but she knew it was me and wrote me a very sweet, encouraging note in the front. This book is such a story of taking back your power, and loving yourself after being abused. I was abused for 18 years by my father, and I can really relate to Laurel's story. Her father was her abuser, her father and my father had the same name, same career, same issues even. Her story encouraged me to seek help, and Laurel's influence on my life led me to pursuing therapy. This book was instrumental in my own personal healing journey, and has been in other's lives as well.
    Bold Community Activist Scholarship
    This summer, I walked into my first pride event in awe. I had not volunteered before, I had never even participated before, but this year I knew I needed to finally get involved. I was warmly greeted, and jumped right in - and my journey began. I am now an active volunteer for the North Idaho Pride Alliance, benefitting the local LGBTQIA+ community. My job is primarily working with people face to face, providing resources, and working on pregnancy care resources as I am a student midwife. This work led me to my volunteer work with the Civic Engagement Alliance, where I am currently participating in the Get Out The Vote 2021 project. This has helped me engage with the community, to encourage everyone to use their vote to influence the community for the better. 1 in 4 individuals are not registered to vote, and less than 15% of registered voters participate in local elections! This is a drastically small number of people participating in their community, and I am working to change this.