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Sierra Bausley

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Bio

Hello, my name is Sierra Bausley! I am currently a high school graduate that will be attending Tennessee State University . I will be majoring in Business Administration and minoring in Psychology. My hope is to teach the younger generation how powerful their ideas can become. I want to not only start generational wealth for my family but also teach others for their family. I believe everyone has something to mend this world and make it a better place, we must have the motivation and discipline to see it through.

Education

Tennessee State University

Bachelor's degree program
2023 - 2027
  • Majors:
    • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
  • Minors:
    • Psychology, General

Hillgrove High School

High School
2019 - 2023

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Bachelor's degree program

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
    • Business/Corporate Communications
    • Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      entrepreneur

    • Dream career goals:

      leader

      Sports

      Cheerleading

      Junior Varsity
      2019 – 20212 years

      Awards

      • Leadership

      Cheerleading

      Varsity
      2021 – 20232 years

      Awards

      • Coaches award and Leadership award

      Public services

      • Volunteering

        Nashville Rescue Center — Distributor
        2024 – Present
      • Volunteering

        turner chapel church — camp counselor
        2023 – 2023
      • Volunteering

        Homeless Outreach — Server
        2020 – 2022
      • Volunteering

        Turner Chapel Church — Camp Counselor
        2022 – 2022

      Future Interests

      Advocacy

      Volunteering

      Philanthropy

      Entrepreneurship

      Netflix and Scholarships!
      "Switched at Birth" is more than just your typical teenager drama; it's a series that captivates audiences with its complex character development and sophisticated storytelling that cuts over genre boundaries. You're pulled into a storm of feelings, mystery, and secrets as soon as you step into Bay and Daphne's universe, and it will have you riveted to your screen the entire time."Switched at Birth" stands out for its clever handling of character dynamics and story surprises. The series delivers a curveball that leaves you reeling and wanting more just when you think you have a grip on where the tale is going. A rollercoaster of emotions, each episode reveals surprising familial secrets, love entanglements, or personal victories and tribulations that keep you eagerly wondering what will happen next. However, "Switched at Birth" is more than simply a drama; it's a celebration of inclusivity and diversity. The show respectfully and authentically highlights deaf culture by including a deaf main character and utilizing American Sign Language in dialogue. Viewers acquire a greater awareness of the deaf population and the value of empathy and communication throughout Daphne's journey. "Switched at Birth" also serves as a tribute to the strength of friendship and family. Bay and Daphne gain important insights on acceptance, forgiveness, and the real meaning of unconditional love as they work through the challenges. This includes handling the complicated nature of their flipped identities and the relationships with their birth and adoptive families. They remind us of the value of cherishing the people who are most important in our lives by the beautiful and heartbreaking ties they form with each other and their loved ones. Even more so I have a special connection with is show since it helped me create many bonds. This was a conversation starter many times for me and my friends. It was very interesting to see how people would handle certain situations. It has caused many debates but also the growth of learning how to understand and respect someone else's point of view. Why then should you set aside your weekend to watch "Switched at Birth" in its entirety?  It is a deep journey that will touch your heart, alter your perspective, and give you a fresh respect for beauty. There are a is variety and resilience of the human spirit, it's more than simply a TV program. Gather some popcorn, settle into a comfortable sofa, and get ready to be captivated by the remarkable journey that is "Switched at Birth."
      Cat Zingano Overcoming Loss Scholarship
      Unfortunately, a tragic situation forced me to take a look in the mirror. My Godmother passed away from alcohol abuse. During the time she crossed over we did not see eye to eye. Every conversation led to an eye roll or a cold shoulder. The first woman who taught me how to do my hair, dress, and smile bright became my enemy. But everything changed on February 12, 2022. After, a cheer game I got the call that knocked the wind from my lungs and the strength from my legs. "Sierra... I am sorry but Aundrea passed away". Memories began to flood in ... the good, the bad, and the ugly. I called her " my adult bestie" if no one could understand me - she could. I learned everyone fights battles behind closed doors. Sometimes "choosing peace" isn't always okay. I learned communication is an important part of life. I was scared to speak. I did not want to be "cheesy" or cause problems between people in my life. We must go through uncomfortable situations to enjoy life. One conversation could have helped my Godmother. One conversation could mend the broken connection. One conversation could help understand the barriers between two individuals. As I look into my life I realized that just because a situation is not handled the way I would handle it, it does not mean it is wrong. For instance, My Godmother was an outspoken person whose filter could be turned on one day and off the next. So, she would constantly speak whatever appeared on her mind. But, I would let things brush off while taking every word spoken to the heart. It would tear me down word by word. As I look back I learned communication is meant to be positive. As humans, we are meant to learn and grow as we go throughout each day. This includes spreading love within our communities, generations, and world. So, this starts with communication, being able to express your feelings in a positive manner will create a huge outcome. I learned how to be outspoken unapologetically, because you never know who needs to hear every sentence that flows out of your mouth. Each word has a powerful meaning with a huge ego behind it. Throughout my journey of learning how to communicate resulted in me loving myself while loving my family and friends even more. I am able to be a helping hand and voice of reason to those around me. As they say, communication is really key.
      Sunshine Legall Scholarship
      It has not been simple to find my way in life. I battled with purpose all through high school and into my first year of college. Nothing really spoke to me, even after taking a ton of career exams and looking at many options. The journey was depressing and unpleasant. But suddenly the word "purpose" started to surround me everywhere I looked, like a light piercing through the room of darkness. This prompted me to take a serious look at my own happiness and satisfaction. Even though I was scared and unsure, I knew I had to push myself outside my comfort zone. That's when I started to realize that helping other people was what I was meant to do. It wasn't just about finding a career; it was about making a meaningful difference in people's lives. I'm a first-year business major with a psychology minor at the illustrious Tennessee State University, and I've developed a love for using my education to support African American youth. Especially those who have experienced generational trauma. As I was growing up, I saw directly the difficulties and hardships that my neighbourhood endured. I watched the seemingly unbreakable cycle of violence, poverty, and hopelessness. However, I won't accept it as our fate. My education and life experiences have led me to realize the influence psychology has. Through a combination of mental health and marketing methods, I think we can enable young African Americans to overcome their past traumas and create a more promising future. That's why I've committed my time and energy to projects that will increase wealth and prosperity across generations in our community. I'm dedicated to lifting people who need it most, from planning donation drives to offering mentorship and assistance. And even though I have a long way to go, the idea that I'm changing things keeps me going. Killing generational trauma and supporting the manifestation of generational successes and wealth is my goal. Rewriting the narrative for future generations is just as important as improving the lives of specific individuals. We can end the poverty cycle and create a promising future if we work together. Therefore, I am driven and filled with optimism to build a world where every African American adolescent has the chance to prosper as I continue on my path. I feel so motivated and full of purpose by this mission that I will overcome any challenges that may come my way.
      Simon Strong Scholarship
      Life as an African American woman has its challenges. Somedays I might get praised for my skin tone and for others I might get judged for my body shape or the texture of my hair. Since a young girl, I have always questioned who I was. Who am I supposed to be? What am I supposed to look like? Is my hair supposed to look like this? Once I hit middle school more factors started to become present. For example, Black women are known for their curvy assets and exaggerated features. But, I didn't always have what they were looking for. I have a slender shape with mild features. I would get called names and many phrases I would not dare repeat. In this current society, we have certain stereotypes that are placed upon black women. They either label us as overachievers that scream "Black Excellence" or use adjectives like "ghetto", "hood rat", and even racial slurs. Now that I have entered my young adult phases many things have been brought to my attention. First, I must love myself because if I don't .... who will? As humans, we only live one life. We only get to experience the good and bad one time. So, while I'm here I want to make a change. I had a time of self-doubt and insecurity as a result of the pressure to live up to society's expectations of identity and attractiveness. I struggled with the widespread preconceptions and expectations of black women, questioning my value, looks, and place in the world.I learned from reflection and awareness that societal norm conformity or outside approval did not define my value. I discovered how to accept my own definition of beauty and to see the beauty in every imperfect part of myself. I still have struggles today but we must start somewhere.I have been deeply influenced by this hardship, which has given me a strong sense of perseverance, self-confidence, and empathy.If I could give someone going through a similar situation any advise, it would be to never undervalue the importance of resilience and self-love. Your greatest power is in celebrating and embracing your originality. When things are tough, rely on a community of support. Surround yourself with good people. Recall that hardship presents a chance for resilience and personal development rather than a reflection of your worth. Never allow someone else define your worth or set your path; always stay loyal to who you are. You deserve to be loved and respected since you are a strong and capable person.
      Disney Channel Rewind Scholarship
      Title: "Raven's Visions, Miley's Secrets" Shows: "That's So Raven" and "Hannah Montana" The worlds of Raven Baxter and Miley Stewart combine in the enchanted crossover episode "Raven's Visions, Miley's Secrets," which is a story of friendship, humor, and the unanticipated repercussions of holding secrets. The plot develops when Raven Baxter experiences a string of visions revealing the arrival of a well-known pop star in San Francisco for an unexpected performance. Raven persuades Chelsea and Eddie, two of her closest friends, to go to the performance with her because she is excited about the possibility of meeting her favorite pop artist. They had no idea that Miley Stewart, the pop sensation in question, is actually impersonating Hannah Montana behind their backs. Raven begins to see images that become more hazy than reality as she and Chelsea and Eddie get lost in the electrifying musical environment. Tragically, Raven misinterprets her visions and thinks Miley is a fraud trying to take the actual pop star's place in the spotlight. Miley is struggling to keep up her hidden identity as Hannah Montana in the meanwhile. She starts to feel the strain of living a double life and hiding her actual identity from pals like Oliver and Lilly. She is sorely missing the chance to talk to someone who gets the complexity of her circumstances. Driven by her visions and her desire to keep Miley a genuine pop star safe, Raven accidentally reveals Miley's truth during a backstage altercation, setting off a hilarious chain reaction. Raven's pals become involved in the pop event drama as the disclosure sends shockwaves through both worlds.In the middle of the chaos, Raven and Miley have to work through issues with friendship, miscommunication, and the fallout from hiding secrets. The two protagonists find common ground in their difficulties with authenticity and the demands of celebrity, as they clash and then come together in their attempt to put things right. The episode's high point comes when Miley's musical ability and Raven's visions come together to create an entertaining performance at the event. The audience is taken aback by the unanticipated partnership as they see a singular fusion of pop sensation and psychic spectacle. In a touching epilogue, Raven and Miley embrace the strength of genuine friendship and learn that they are stronger together. After causing chaos at first, Raven's visions turn into a positive force as she utilizes them to uplift the audience and deepen the connection between the two worlds. Leaving behind a lovely moment in the Disney Channel universe, Raven, Miley, and friends celebrate their newfound relationship as the episode comes to a close. The crossover turns into a famous story that emphasizes the value of comprehension, empathy, and the unshakable relationships created in the most unlikely of partnerships. Reminding viewers that sometimes the finest moments come when worlds connect, "Raven's Visions, Miley's Secrets" continues to be a remarkable chapter in the lives of Raven Baxter and Miley Stewart.
      Black Leaders Scholarship
      In the tapestry of my life, there stands a beacon of inspiration, resilience, and unwavering support – my beloved Nana. As Black History Month unfolds, it is only fitting to shine a light on her, a remarkable woman whose life journey has not only impacted my own but has become a testament to the strength, compassion, and nurturing spirit that defines true leadership. Nana, the firstborn of six children in a low-income family, navigated the choppy waters of a challenging childhood with grace and determination. Her early experiences laid the foundation for the indomitable spirit she carries with her today. Even in the face of adversity, she rose above circumstances, embracing responsibility with open arms. One of the most remarkable chapters of her life story is the role she has played in supporting the upcoming generation. Nana's commitment to giving back to her community is exemplified by the daycare she established for low-income families. In this haven, she extends a lifeline to those facing financial constraints, offering not just childcare but a comprehensive support system that includes state assistance, nutritious meals, and clothing for the children in her care. This daycare is more than a mere business venture; it is an embodiment of her deep-seated compassion and love for children. Nana understands the struggles of those who share her humble beginnings, and she channels her own experiences into creating a nurturing environment for the little ones who grace her doors each day. To them, she is not just a caregiver but a source of comfort, guidance, and stability. Her benevolence extends beyond her professional endeavors. Nana's heart is an open door, and she has, at various points in her life, welcomed not only her own four children but also her sisters' four children into her home. The responsibility she took on was not borne out of duty alone but fueled by an innate sense of love and understanding. To her extended family, she became a sanctuary, providing warmth and protection amidst life's storms. Nana's deep caring and love are like a soothing balm to those fortunate enough to be in her orbit. She possesses an unparalleled ability to empathize and understand, making her a confidante and pillar of support for many, including myself. Whether offering words of wisdom or providing a comforting presence after a long day, she is the embodiment of strength wrapped in tenderness. In celebrating Black History Month, it is essential to recognize the unsung heroes who, like my Nana, have quietly shaped the narrative of progress and resilience. Her journey from a challenging childhood to a beacon of support for others is a testament to the transformative power of love, empathy, and selflessness. Nana's legacy is not just a family story; it is a chapter in the broader history of Black leaders who have left an indelible mark on the world by uplifting those around them. As I reflect on her life and the countless lives she has touched, I am reminded that Black history is not confined to the pages of textbooks or the annals of famous figures. It is lived and breathed by individuals like my Nana, whose daily acts of kindness, generosity, and understanding contribute to a richer, more compassionate world for us all.
      William A. Stuart Dream Scholarship
      Growing up in a single-parent household, my mother's sacrifices and determination have been my guiding lights. Witnessing her navigate challenges with grace and tenacity has instilled in me a deep sense of gratitude and an unyielding drive to make the most of every opportunity. It is her sacrifices that fuel my commitment to excel academically and professionally, and this scholarship represents a crucial step toward realizing our shared dream of a brighter future. My journey at Tennessee State University's Honors College has been nothing short of transformative. The vibrant academic community has nurtured my intellectual curiosity and provided a platform for me to excel. Being accepted into the Alpha Lambda Delta society during my first semester in college was a testament to my dedication to academic excellence. This esteemed society not only recognizes scholastic achievement but also fosters leadership, character, and service—values that align with my personal and professional goals. Currently pursuing a major in Marketing and a minor in Psychology, I am driven by a passion to utilize my skills to serve and uplift others. Marketing, with its dynamic nature, captivates me as a powerful tool for promoting positive change. My minor in Psychology complements this by providing insights into human behavior, essential for crafting effective and empathetic marketing strategies. My academic pursuits aim to blend these disciplines seamlessly to create a holistic approach to addressing the needs of both individuals and communities. This scholarship will play a pivotal role in realizing my vision. With the financial support it provides, I can focus more on my studies, participate in relevant internships, and engage in extracurricular activities that enhance my skill set. These experiences will not only enrich my academic journey but also equip me with the practical knowledge necessary for success in the competitive field of marketing. Beyond my academic and professional pursuits, my ultimate goal is to leverage my education to serve those who are less fortunate and mentor individuals in the business world. Having experienced the challenges faced by single-parent households, I am committed to creating opportunities for others who may find themselves in similar circumstances. This scholarship is not just an investment in my education; it is an investment in my ability to effect positive change in the lives of others. As I envision my future, I see myself actively involved in initiatives that bridge the gap between marketing and psychology, creating campaigns that not only drive business success but also contribute to the well-being of communities. Whether through philanthropic marketing campaigns or mentorship programs in the business world, I aspire to be a catalyst for positive change. In conclusion, the Willam A Stuart Dream Scholarship is not just a financial assistance program; it is an investment in a vision—one that combines academic excellence, compassion, and a commitment to serve. I am grateful for the opportunity to share my story and aspirations with you. With your support, I am confident that I can turn these dreams into a reality, creating a future where I not only achieve my goals but also contribute meaningfully to the betterment of society.
      Bright Lights Scholarship
      Ever since elementary school, we've done career-based activities, and each year my answer has changed. This could range from a teacher, therapist or something in the hospitality field. I was always confused about what turn to make. Each of my friends knew what they wanted to be since they were young. But on May 1st, 2023 I made the best decision in my academic career. My plans in the future are to major in business administration, and minor in psychology at the illustrious Tennesse State University. Its always been important for me to attend a Historically Black College and University, not only because of the education but the culture. After I get my degree I plan to pursue it in the marketing field specifically. I would like to open multiple businesses and help young adults throughout the pathway to owning a successful business. This scholarship will help me more than I can express, being raised by a single mother who is financially struggling. Our desire is for me to go to college to obtain a degree so that I may be independent and financially stable in the future. I feel my chosen area of study that will make a significant contribution to the world and humanity. My marketing abilities will be able to relieve business owners with financial burdens and create generational wealth for them and their families. This scholarship will be a stepping stone for my mother and me because I will be my mother's first child to attend college to give me further access to an affordable higher education. In recent studies, it shows that the price of college has increased more than sixty-nine percent. This can range from eight thousand dollars to thirteen thousand dollars. Even more so more than thirty-four percent of potential students can not afford to attend a college or university. While fifty percent of students have piled up more debt and loans than they can handle. This can include anywhere from twenty thousand dollars to almost three hundred thousand dollars in debt. As you can see perfecting your craft can be expensive but you must invest in yourself to be the best version of yourself. We are constantly learning something new every day to better society. This scholarship will help many of my financial burdens disappear and help me guide this and future generations to come to be the best they can ever be.
      Sola Family Scholarship
      For as long as I can remember it has only been my mom and I. From the first breath, I took to me accepting my high school diploma. My mom was in her senior year of college when she had me. She was at the prime of her basketball career and ready to celebrate the next chapter of her life, but I had other plans. She noticed her workouts became harder while her body started to develop in ways she had never seen before. She went to multiple doctors and none of them could identify the problem. That was until she met Doctor Smith- Charles. My mom was soon hit with the news she was eight months pregnant. She was lost, and her college plans changed dramatically. She was contemplating how she was going to provide for me. Her bills and debt were sky-high. Once she was able to wrap her head around her new life she realized it was time to have a conversation with the person that helped her make this baby, "my father".The conversion went left quickly and the only thing I have of him is my imagination. On January 17th, 2005, I was born. After spending 5 years in Chicago my mother decided it was time for a change. Even at my young age, I wondered how she was going to do it. We were moving more than 10 hours away from everything we have known and loved. Once we arrived in Atlanta Georgia it was a culture shock. We made a home out of each other, we were all we had. As the years went on we made a happy place out of Pedimont Park, Georgia Aquarium, and the Zoo. We were always ready for a new adventure. That was until our world got pushed upside down. My mom was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Our often Picnic dates turned into weekly hospital visits. She became weaker and weaker. I was scared, we were all we had. As time went on, she was blessed to be in remission. She taught me to never give up. Life has a mind of its own, we cannot change what our destiny is. We must continue to get up. As humans, we are here to learn and grow. My mom is my most valuable possession. She taught me that the light is always at the end of the tunnel. She is my best friend, together forever and always.
      Arthur and Elana Panos Scholarship
      Resilience is a word that described my childhood. At a young age, my mother was cursed with breast cancer. My life was filled will coloring books and outside play chalk. Then it made a sharp left turn, "Mom, are you okay", "Mom, I'm right here, I promise everything will be fine", or "Mom, I'll help you take a shower.". At the early age of 9 years old, I would move from one house to another. Slowly watching my mother become weaker, sicker, and more fragile. I was a confused child, "Why am I here, I just want my Mom and Nana", but I failed to realize my family lives ten hours away. The hug I needed was 687 miles away. The love I needed was 687 miles away. The warmth I needed was 687 miles away. I felt alone, stuck, and lost. At that moment in life, I learned a few things that I will apply to my life forever. A prominent figure in my life is Jesus. Even though I cannot visibly touch or see Jesus, he is always there. For example, one night on the beach I broke down. I wanted to give up. I just wanted to be done. As I pour out my heart to a never-ending sea .... my phone vibrates. The first thought that came into to mind was "Now is not the time" Then I quickly realized my phone was on do not disturb. As I wiped my once blurry eyes the verse Isaiah 41:10 appears, "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." All I could do is smile. Someone finally hears me it can be my cry for help, my happy days, or my sad days. He is here and will always be here. As I get closer to God the more I learn myself. I learned how to love within my community, sisterhood, and myself. I finally became happy and full. I learned morals I want to live by. For example, I must be understanding and nonjudgmental. This ultimately helped me encourage myself to become a supporting "big sister" to the younger generation. This past summer I have been a camp counselor. I learned how to communicate with every child. I taught them how to express their feelings in a way that will benefit them and their peers around them. By me not letting life’s s boulders knock me down I was able to listen and put a positive dent in the children around me. Even more so, once I told my friends my story that I was once ashamed of, it altered the way they viewed life. They started to see life has it's up and downs but how we respond, is what is important. For instance, My friend was going through a tough time therefore she stopped eating and stayed to herself. Once she found out my story and the horrid mental space I was in, she started to confide in me. After a few conversations, she learned we must find the things that fill us so we can enjoy the limited time we have on earth. Now we are applying to college and spreading the love with everyone that crosses our path. So resilience is something that motivates me to continue. The light at the end of the tunnel and the reason why I am turning the pressure I'm facing into - beautiful diamonds.
      Henry Bynum, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
      Resilience is a word that described my childhood. At a young age, my mother was cursed with breast cancer. My life was filled will coloring books and outside play chalk. Then it made a sharp left turn, "Mom, are you okay", "Mom, I'm right here, I promise everything will be fine", or "Mom, I'll help you take a shower.". At the early age of 9 years old, I would move from one house to another. Slowly watching my mother become weaker, sicker, and more fragile. I was a confused child, "Why am I here, I just want my Mom and Nana", but I failed to realize my family lives ten hours away. The hug I needed was 687 miles away. The love I needed was 687 miles away. The warmth I needed was 687 miles away. I felt alone, stuck, and lost. At that moment in life, I learned a few things that I will apply to my life forever. A prominent figure in my life is Jesus. Even though I cannot visibly touch or see Jesus, he is always there. For example, one night on the beach I broke down. I wanted to give up. I just wanted to be done. As I pour out my heart to a never-ending sea .... my phone vibrates. The first thought that came into to mind was "Now is not the time" Then I quickly realized my phone was on do not disturb. As I wiped my once blurry eyes the verse Isaiah 41:10 appears, "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." All I could do is smile. Someone finally hears me it can be my cry for help, my happy days, or my sad days. He is here and will always be here. As I get closer to God the more I learn myself. I learned how to love within my community, sisterhood, and myself. I finally became happy and full. I learned morals I want to live by. For example, I must be understanding and nonjudgmental. This ultimately helped me encourage myself to become a supporting "big sister" to the younger generation. This past summer I have been a camp counselor. I learned how to communicate with every child. I taught them how to express their feelings in a way that will benefit them and their peers around them. By me not letting life’s s boulders knock me down I was able to listen and put a positive dent in the children around me. Even more so, once I told my friends my story that I was once ashamed of, it altered the way they viewed life. They started to see life has it's up and downs but how we respond, is what is important. For instance, My friend was going through a tough time therefore she stopped eating and stayed to herself. Once she found out my story and the horrid mental space I was in, she started to confide in me. After a few conversations, she learned we must find the things that fill us so we can enjoy the limited time we have on earth. Now we are applying to college and spreading the love with everyone that crosses our path. So resilience is something that motivates me to continue. The light at the end of the tunnel and the reason why I am turning the pressure I'm facing into - beautiful diamonds.
      DRIVE an IMPACT Today Scholarship
      Resilience is a word that described my childhood. At a young age, my mother was cursed with breast cancer. My life was filled will coloring books and outside play chalk. Then it made a sharp left turn, "Mom, are you okay", "Mom, I'm right here, I promise everything will be fine", or "Mom, I'll help you take a shower.". At the early age of 9 years old, I would move from one house to another. Slowly watching my mother become weaker, sicker, and more fragile. I was a confused child, "Why am I here, I just want my Mom and Nana", but I failed to realize my family lives ten hours away. The hug I needed was 687 miles away. The love I needed was 687 miles away. The warmth I needed was 687 miles away. I felt alone, stuck, and lost. At that moment in life, I learned a few things that I will apply to my life forever. A prominent figure in my life is Jesus. Even though I cannot visibly touch or see Jesus, he is always there. For example, one night on the beach I broke down. I wanted to give up. I just wanted to be done. As I pour out my heart to a never-ending sea .... my phone vibrates. The first thought that came into to mind was "Now is not the time" Then I quickly realized my phone was on do not disturb. As I wiped my once blurry eyes the verse Isaiah 41:10 appears, "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." All I could do is smile. Someone finally hears me it can be my cry for help, my happy days, or my sad days. He is here and will always be here. As I get closer to God the more I learn myself. I learned how to love within my community, sisterhood, and myself. I finally became happy and full. I learned morals I want to live by. For example, I must be understanding and nonjudgmental. This ultimately helped me encourage myself to become a supporting "big sister" to the younger generation. This past summer I have been a camp counselor. I learned how to communicate with every child. I taught them how to express their feelings in a way that will benefit them and their peers around them. By me not letting life’s s boulders knock me down I was able to listen and put a positive dent in the children around me. Even more so, once I told my friends my story that I was once ashamed of, it altered the way they viewed life. They started to see life has it's up and downs but how we respond, is what is important. For instance, My friend was going through a tough time therefore she stopped eating and stayed to herself. Once she found out my story and the horrid mental space I was in, she started to confide in me. After a few conversations, she learned we must find the things that fill us so we can enjoy the limited time we have on earth. Now we are applying to college and spreading the love with everyone that crosses our path. So resilience is something that motivates me to continue. The light at the end of the tunnel and the reason why I am turning the pressure I'm facing into - beautiful diamonds.
      Ruth Hazel Scruggs King Scholarship
      Life as an African American woman has its challenges. Somedays I might get praised for my skin tone and for others I might get judged for my body shape or the texture of my hair. Since a young girl, I have always questioned who I was. Who am I supposed to be? What am I supposed to look like? Is my hair supposed to look like this? Once I hit middle school more factors started to become present. For example, Black women are known for their curvy assets and exaggerated features. But, I didn't always have what they were looking for. I have a slender shape with mild features. I would get called names and many phrases I would not dare repeat. In this current society, we have certain stereotypes that are placed upon black women. They either label us as overachievers that scream "Black Excellence" or use adjectives like "ghetto", "hood rat", and even racial slurs. Now that I have entered my young adult phases many things have been brought to my attention. First, I must love myself because if I don't .... who will? As humans, we only live one life. We only get to experience the good and bad only one time. So, while I'm here I want to make a change. I will be my grandmother's first grandchild to further my education at a university. I will learn how to start my own business to help young African American teenagers create generational wealth. I want to pour back into my community because I know how it feels to be an outsider in a place where you are supposed to belong. This will result in me teaching young children about money management, self-control, discipline, and motivation. These are very important factors in life. As much as we would like to give up when things get hard but we must realize there is always light at the end of the tunnel. Every ounce of hard work you put in, it will pay off one day. So, teaching students to remain confident and be them unapologetically is a cause I can stand behind every day. Therefore, if I was granted the opportunity to win this scholarship I would be immensely grateful. I would continue to save my money and promote the relaunch of my business called Simply Beautify Me. I will be attending the illustrious HBCU, Tennessee State University to major in BUsiness administration and psychology. Even more so, this feeds my passion for inspiring my community because if I can do it I know you can. I will be here to support the generation in every way possible. I want to be the big sister you never knew you needed.
      Colby R. Eggleston and Kyla Lee Entrepreneurship Award
      A business I would start is a brand called Simply Beautify Me. This business is organic and natural body products that are safe for babies, children, adults, and elders. I came up with this business idea when I was 15 years old. I was a volunteer at many camps, after-school programs, and more. I've seen many kids with irritated skin. This can include dry bumps, eczema, redness, or extreme pain. Therefore this line would have a variety of body scrubs, moisturizers, body polish, soaps, and more. Each product will target something specific to the consumer's needs. As I master the art of marketing and advertisement to get Simply Beautify Me known, it will be time to bless the community that blessed me. Georgia is ranked the 8th largest state to experience homelessness within the 50 states. Even more so the percentage of homelessness increased by 4.4% since 2020. With that being said 22% of people in Georgia need government aid with food assistance. I was raised by a single mother and these issues are very close to my heart. In 2016 my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer while I was in fifth grade. The hospital bills were sky-high with our household bills were right along with them. There were moments when we did not know where our next meal would come from or I had to go house to house because our water or lights were cut off. Each day there was a new problem to attack. So as I got older these issues became more present in a bigger light. A dream of mine is to create housing for homeless families in need. Sometimes you just need a push to get back on your feet. With part of the profits from Simply Beautify Me and donors, this idea and dream of mine will become a reality. To get this together I had to map out my plan for my business. This involved color schemes, product names, product ideas and benefits. Once that is set in stone it's time to perfect my craft. I needed to make sure each product was true to its word. For example, some people might deal with hyperpigmentation so making sure my turmeric body scrub dealt with that issue was super important to me. This was a lot of trial and error. Next, I have to register my business within the state of Georgia. A business license, permit, EIN number, and even my LLC. After everything is in order I must find my target audience to market my products to. This journey will not be easy but it will be worth it to see many lives changed positively in the process.
      Curry & C/O ‘22 Scholarship
      Unfortunately, a tragic situation forced me to take a look in the mirror. My Godmother passed away from alcohol abuse. During the time she crossed over we did not see eye to eye. Every conversation led to an eye roll or a cold shoulder. The first woman who taught me how to do my hair, dress, and smile bright became my enemy. But everything changed on February 12, 2022. After, a cheer game I got the call that knocked the wind from my lungs and the strength from my legs. "Sierra... I am sorry but Aundrea passed away". Memories began to flood in ... the good, the bad, and the ugly. I called her " my adult bestie" if no one could understand me - she could. I learned everyone fights battles behind closed doors. Sometimes "choosing peace" isn't always okay. I learned communication is an important part of life. I was scared to speak. I did not want to be "cheesy" or cause problems between people in my life. We must go through uncomfortable situations to enjoy life. One conversation could have helped my Godmother. One conversation could mend the broken connection. One conversation could help understand the barriers between two individuals. As I look into my life I realized that just because a situation is not handled the way I would handle it, it does not mean it is wrong. For instance, My Godmother was an outspoken person whose filter could be turned on one day and off the next. So, she would constantly speak whatever appeared on her mind. But, I would let things brush off while taking every word spoken to the heart. It would tear me down word by word. As I look back I learned communication is meant to be positive. As humans, we are meant to learn and grow as we go throughout each day. This includes spreading love within our communities, generations, and world. So, this starts with communication, being able to express your feelings in a positive manner will create a huge outcome. I learned how to be outspoken unapologetically, because you never know who needs to hear every sentence that flows out of your mouth. Each word has a powerful meaning with a huge ego behind it. Throughout my journey of learning how to communicate resulted in me loving myself while loving my family and friends even more. I am able to be a helping hand and voice of reason to those around me. As they say, communication is really key.
      Lauren Czebatul Scholarship
      I had a set schedule every single week. Monday is practice, Tuesday is a rest day, Wednesday is bible study, Thursday is tutoring, and Friday is practice day. I was comfortable with this schedule it was my normal. I was unaware of my privileges until my church offer a community service project. We had weeks to prepare packages and collect food for the homeless. During these weeks it was a fun experience to put things together. Until the fun turned into reality. Today was the day, we finally blessed the community with our hard work. Once we arrived everyone was designated to stick to certain stations. I learned a lot about myself through the stories of others. Let me explain. The act of a simple conversation changed the way I view myself, others, and life. There was this one man in particular named Rick he was an African American man who was disabled. He went through a house fire and lost everything he loved. Everything worth of value to him. This included family possessions, clothes, and even his family. He fell into a deep depression and called off work one too many times. Unfortunately, his job decided to let him go. At this point in his life, he lost everything. He questioned why he was placed on Earth. Rick said, "All the hard work I put in is gone, all the sleepless nights were worth nothing, and the prayers I said floated into the atmosphere to disappear". All the times I complained about my schedule flooded my brain. Here I was standing in front of a man who is begging for a schedule, to know what tomorrow holds. But through it all, he still had a grateful aura. His face was stained with a smile. Even though he has been through more than many could imagine. He was still grateful. This showed me to always look at each situation as a learning lesson. We only have one time to experience this thing we call, life. This interaction with Rick inspired me to not only be a better person but to be a dominant figure within my community. With that said for the past 2 summers, I have been a camp counselor for younger kids and for the past 5 years, I have been a cheer coach for little league. Currently, I will attend an HBCU to further my education in business administration with a minor in psychology. I chose this so I can own many businesses and help other people start their businesses. Even more so, I plan to buy land and create homes for homeless people with and without families. This would also include having trained professionals providing support for them as well. In conclusion, volunteering has opened my eyes for the better. This is a priceless experience no one should take for granted.
      Alma J. Grubbs Education Scholarship
      Life as an African American woman has its challenges. Somedays I might get praised for my skin tone and for others I might get judged for my body shape or the texture of my hair. Since a young girl, I have always questioned who I was. Who am I supposed to be? What am I supposed to look like? Is my hair supposed to look like this? Once I hit middle school more factors started to become present. For example, Black women are known for their curvy assets and exaggerated features. But, I didn't always have what they were looking for. I have a slender shape with mild features. I would get called names and many phrases I would not dare repeat. In this current society, we have certain stereotypes that are placed upon black women. They either label us as overachievers that scream "Black Excellence" or use adjectives like "ghetto", "hood rat", and even racial slurs. Now that I have entered my young adult phases many things have been brought to my attention. First, I must love myself because if I don't .... who will? As humans, we only live one life. We only get to experience the good and bad only one time. So, while I'm here I want to make a change. I will be my grandmother's first grandchild to further my education at a university. I will learn how to start my own business to help young African American teenagers create generational wealth. I want to pour back into my community because I know how it feels to be an outsider in a place where you are supposed to belong. This will result in me teaching young children about money management, self-control, discipline, and motivation. These are very important factors in life. As much as we would like to give up when things get hard but we must realize there is always light at the end of the tunnel. Every ounce of hard work you put in, it will pay off one day. So, teaching students to remain confident and be them unapologetically is a cause I can stand behind every day. Therefore, if I was granted the opportunity to win this scholarship I would be immensely grateful. I would continue to save my money and promote the relaunch of my business called Simply Beautify Me. I work two jobs to provide the lifestyle I want for myself. Even more so, this feeds my passion for inspiring my community because if I can do it I know you can. I will be here to support the generation in every way possible. I want to be the big sister you never knew you needed.
      Jorian Kuran Harris (Shugg) Helping Heart Foundation Scholarship
      Life as an African American woman has its challenges. Somedays I might get praised for my skin tone and for others I might get judged for my body shape or the texture of my hair. Since a young girl, I have always questioned who I was. Who am I supposed to be? What am I supposed to look like? Is my hair supposed to look like this? Once I hit middle school more factors started to become present. For example, Black women are known for their curvy assets and exaggerated features. But, I didn't always have what they were looking for. I have a slender shape with mild features. I would get called names and many phrases I would not dare repeat. In this current society, we have certain stereotypes that are placed upon black women. They either label us as overachievers that scream "Black Excellence" or use adjectives like "ghetto", "hood rat", and even racial slurs. Now that I have entered my young adult phases many things have been brought to my attention. First, I must love myself because if I don't .... who will? As humans, we only live one life. We only get to experience the good and bad only one time. So, while I'm here I want to make a change. I will be my grandmother's first grandchild to further my education at a university. I will learn how to start my own business to help young African American teenagers create generational wealth. I want to pour back into my community because I know how it feels to be an outsider in a place where you are supposed to belong. This will result in me teaching young children about money management, self-control, discipline, and motivation. These are very important factors in life. As much as we would like to give up when things get hard but we must realize there is always light at the end of the tunnel. Every ounce of hard work you put in, it will pay off one day. So, teaching students to remain confident and be them unapologetically is a cause I can stand behind every day. Therefore, if I was granted the opportunity to win this scholarship I would be immensely grateful. I would continue to save my money and promote the relaunch of my business called Simply Beautify Me. I work two jobs to provide the lifestyle I want for myself. Even more so, this feeds my passion for inspiring my community because if I can do it I know you can. I will be here to support the generation in every way possible. I want to be the big sister you never knew you needed.
      Lillian's & Ruby's Way Scholarship
      Life as an African American woman has its challenges. Somedays I might get praised for my skin tone and for others I might get judged for my body shape or the texture of my hair. Since a young girl, I have always questioned who I was. Who am I supposed to be? What am I supposed to look like? Is my hair supposed to look like this? Once I hit middle school more factors started to become present. For example, Black women are known for their curvy assets and exaggerated features. But, I didn't always have what they were looking for. I have a slender shape with mild features. I would get called names and many phrases I would not dare repeat. In this current society, we have certain stereotypes that are placed upon black women. They either label us as overachievers that scream "Black Excellence" or use adjectives like "ghetto", "hood rat", and even racial slurs. Now that I have entered my young adult phases many things have been brought to my attention. First, I must love myself because if I don't .... who will? As humans, we only live one life. We only get to experience the good and bad only one time. So, while I'm here I want to make a change. I will be my grandmother's first grandchild to further my education at a university. I will learn how to start my own business to help young African American teenagers create generational wealth. I want to pour back into my community because I know how it feels to be an outsider in a place where you are supposed to belong. This will result in me teaching young children about money management, self-control, discipline, and motivation. These are very important factors in life. As much as we would like to give up when things get hard but we must realize there is always light at the end of the tunnel. Every ounce of hard work you put in, it will pay off one day. So, teaching students to remain confident and be them unapologetically is a cause I can stand behind every day. Therefore, if I was granted the opportunity to win this scholarship I would be immensely grateful. I would continue to save my money and promote the relaunch of my business called Simply Beautify Me. I work two jobs to provide the lifestyle I want for myself. Even more so, this feeds my passion for inspiring my community because if I can do it I know you can. I will be here to support the generation in every way possible. I want to be the big sister you never knew you needed.
      DV Awareness Scholarship in Memory of Teresa Cox, Rhonda Cox and Jimmie Neal
      Domestic violence is a serious issue that affects millions of people globally, and raising awareness is crucial to prevent it from happening and support those who are affected by it. First, educating oneself and others about the signs and effects of domestic violence is essential. It can include sharing educational materials, attending workshops and events, and promoting educational resources. Next, speaking out against domestic violence and advocating for victims is crucial. It can include engaging in conversations with family, friends, and coworkers, participating in rallies and marches, and volunteering with local organizations. Even more so, Social media is a powerful tool to raise awareness. Individuals and organizations can use social media platforms to share information about domestic violence, share personal stories, and advocate for change. Donating to domestic violence organizations can provide vital support for victims and survivors. It can include financial donations, volunteering time and resources, and donating items such as clothing, food, and personal care items. Lastly, supporting victims of domestic violence is critical. It can include offering emotional support, providing a safe place to stay, helping with legal issues, and connecting victims to local resources and organizations. These actions can help raise awareness for domestic violence and support victims and survivors. By advocating for change and taking action, individuals and organizations can make a positive impact in the lives of others and work towards ending domestic violence. The impact of domestic violence on individuals, families, and communities is devastating. It can result in physical and emotional harm, financial instability, and social isolation. Raising awareness for domestic violence and supporting victims and survivors can help mitigate the negative effects and provide hope for a better future. Advocating for change and taking action can lead to policy changes, increased resources, and greater social awareness of domestic violence. This, in turn, can lead to improved services for victims and survivors, greater protection from abusers, and increased accountability for perpetrators. By working towards ending domestic violence, individuals and organizations can make a positive impact on the lives of others. The change I can influence on victims of domestic violence can be great. This can include simply providing support victims of domestic violence often feel isolated and helpless. By providing emotional support, a safe place to stay, and help with practical issues like finding a job or getting legal support, victims can begin to feel more empowered and less alone.In summary, taking action to raise awareness for domestic violence and supporting victims and survivors can help to improve their lives by providing support, reducing stigma, holding perpetrators accountable, and advocating for change. These actions can contribute to the prevention and reduction of domestic violence and help to create a safer and more supportive society.
      Trever David Clark Memorial Scholarship
      Unfortunately, a tragic situation forced me to take a look in the mirror. My Godmother passed away from alcohol abuse because reality became a lot. During the time she crossed over we did not see eye to eye. Every conversation led to an eye roll or a cold shoulder. The first woman who taught me how to do my hair, dress, and smile bright became my enemy. But everything changed on February 12, 2022. After, a cheer game I got the call that knocked the wind from my lungs and the strength from my legs. "Sierra... I am sorry but Aundrea passed away". Memories began to flood in ... the good, the bad, and the ugly. I called her " my adult bestie" if no one could understand me - she could. I learned everyone fights battles behind closed doors. Sometimes "choosing peace" isn't always okay. I learned communication is an important part of life. I was scared to speak. I did not want to be "cheesy" or cause problems between people in my life. We must go through uncomfortable situations to enjoy life. One conversation could have helped my Godmother. One conversation could mend the broken connection. One conversation could help understand the barriers between two individuals. As I look into my life I realize that just because a situation is not handled the way I would handle it, it does not mean it is wrong. For instance, My Godmother was an outspoken person whose filter could be turned on one day and off the next. So, she would constantly speak whatever appeared on her mind. But, I would let things brush off while taking every word spoken to heart. It would tear me down word by word. As I look back I learned communication is meant to be positive. As humans, we are meant to learn and grow as we go throughout each day. This includes spreading love within our communities, generations, and the world. So, this starts with communication, being able to express your feelings in a positive manner will create a considerable outcome. I learned how to be outspoken unapologetically because you never know who needs to hear every sentence that flows out of your mouth. Each word has a powerful meaning with a huge ego behind it. Throughout my journey of life learning how to communicate resulted in me loving myself while loving my family and friends even more. I am able to be a helping hand and voice of reason to those around me. As they say, communication is really key.
      I Can Do Anything Scholarship
      Sierra will be someone who is persistent with changing for the better without letting outside forces knock her down.
      Learner Higher Education Scholarship
      The fact that I will be the first grandchild to attend college is what drives me the most to get a degree. The driving force behind this determination is my grandmother, who always made sure that school came first in my life. There was seldom ever a day when I got home without Nana asking me about my homework, checking it, or even asking what I learnt in school. She pushed me to always challenge myself, and it unquestionably made a difference for me. She even convinced me to take Dual Enrollment courses. It gave me a better understanding of the value of continuing your education and how advantageous it can be for achieving success in life. My drive to learn more and improve myself will always be one of my main motivations for pursuing a college education. Having a degree broadens the chances, but I am aware that everyone has the chance to learn and grow in life, regardless of whether they have a college degree or not. This has struck me as particularly accurate in regard to jobs. Nowadays, it's common for job postings to include questions about college experiences, and occasionally having an associate's or bachelor's degree is one of the minimum criteria. My aspirations for a better life, greater achievement, and motivation come from these things. The most effective tool you can employ to change the world, in the words of Nelson Mandela, is education. Therefore, it's crucial for me to concentrate on my job objectives and what I want to achieve if I want to succeed in life. It's crucial for me to obtain the education I require because college also provides excellent field experience and real-world training. College can also improve computer abilities and other areas of work that high school did not cover. In the near future, promotions may also be available to me thanks to my degree. In conclusion, I've realized that visiting. More than anything else, college can support me in finding friends for life—people who get me and inspire me to grow every day. The degree demands a certain amount of dedication, tenacity, and patience to earn. The majority of people put in a lot of effort, which is priceless. One of the best decisions you can make in life is to attend college, and graduating from college is an even greater feeling of gratitude. I'm eager to begin the next stages of my life.
      Learner Scholarship for High School Seniors
      The fact that I will be the first grandchild to attend college is what drives me the most to get a degree. The driving force behind this determination is my grandmother, who always made sure that school came first in my life. There was seldom ever a day when I got home without Nana asking me about my homework, checking it, or even asking what I learnt in school. She pushed me to always challenge myself, and it unquestionably made a difference for me. She even convinced me to take Dual Enrollment courses. It gave me a better understanding of the value of continuing your education and how advantageous it can be for achieving success in life. My drive to learn more and improve myself will always be one of my main motivations for pursuing a college education. Having a degree broadens the chances, but I am aware that everyone has the chance to learn and grow in life, regardless of whether they have a college degree or not. This has struck me as particularly accurate in regard to jobs. Nowadays, it's common for job postings to include questions about college experiences, and occasionally having an associate's or bachelor's degree is one of the minimum criteria. My aspirations for a better life, greater achievement, and motivation come from these things. The most effective tool you can employ to change the world, in the words of Nelson Mandela, is education. Therefore, it's crucial for me to concentrate on my job objectives and what I want to achieve if I want to succeed in life. It's crucial for me to obtain the education I require because college also provides excellent field experience and real-world training. College can also improve computer abilities and other areas of work that high school did not cover. In the near future, promotions may also be available to me thanks to my degree. In conclusion, I've realized that visiting. More than anything else, college can support me in finding friends for life—people who get me and inspire me to grow every day. The degree demands a certain amount of dedication, tenacity, and patience to earn. The majority of people put in a lot of effort, which is priceless. One of the best decisions you can make in life is to attend college, and graduating from college is an even greater feeling of gratitude. I'm eager to begin the next stages of my life.
      Omniwomyn Empowerment Scholarship
      Life as an African American woman has its challenges. Somedays I might get praised for my skin tone and for others I might get judged for my body shape or the texture of my hair. Since a young girl, I have always questioned who I was. Who am I supposed to be? What am I supposed to look like? Is my hair supposed to look like this? Once I hit middle school more factors started to become present. For example, Black women are known for their curvy assets and exaggerated features. But, I didn't always have what they were looking for. I have a slender shape with mild features. I would get called names and many phrases I would not dare repeat. In this current society, we have certain stereotypes that are placed upon black women. They either label us as overachievers that scream "Black Excellence" or use adjectives like "ghetto", "hood rat", and even racial slurs. Now that I have entered my young adult phases many things have been brought to my attention. First, I must love myself because if I don't .... who will? As humans, we only live one life. We only get to experience the good and bad only one time. So, while I'm here I want to make a change. I will be my grandmother's first grandchild to further my education at a university. I will learn how to start my own business to help young African American teenagers create generational wealth. I want to pour back into my community because I know how it feels to be an outsider in a place where you are supposed to belong. This will result in me teaching young children about money management, self-control, discipline, and motivation. These are very important factors in life. As much as we would like to give up when things get we must realize there is always light at the end of the tunnel. Every ounce of hard work you put in, it will pay off one day. So, teaching students to remain confident and be them unapologetically is a cause I can stand behind every day. Therefore, if I was granted the opportunity to win this scholarship I would be immensely grateful. I would continue to save my money and promote the relaunch of my business called Simply Beautify Me. I work two jobs to provide the lifestyle I want for myself. Even more so, this feeds my passion for inspiring my community because if I can do it I know you can. I will be here to support the generation in every way possible. I want to be the big sister you never knew you needed.
      Affordable College Prep's First Time Winners Scholarship
      A single mother raised me so the word "scholarship" was frequently mentioned throughout my lifetime. Now being a high school senior -I understand. But, through my research scholarship are very inclusive. There is a scholarship for everyone. This can include their upbringing, morals, or lifestyle. Even more so, there are scholarships on your education level, specific cultures, and way more. As I continue to apply for scholarships the thought "is my writing good enough" appears. My brain racks itself for the perfect words. Each sentence is just as important as the other. Every word is just as powerful as the last. Even though each funder wants to hear your genuine opinion, it can still be very nerve-racking. Fortunately, throughout the process of applying for scholarships, I learned how to write unapologetically. Instead of writing what I believe the funder wants to hear, I write wrote what comes to the heart. This can even be shown through videos, writings, or drawings. This leads to raw and uncut applications which may benefit me in more ways than I know it. Even more so, applying for scholarships taught me to never give up no matter the outcome. For example, a scholarship may only have 5 applicants but only 2 winners are allowed. Unfortunately, I might not be one of the two winning applicants but I must keep my head straight and continue to search. Applying for scholarships is trial and error or simply winning some and losing some, but throughout my journey, I hope to take some pressure off my mother while learning the significance of dedication.
      Dog Owner Scholarship
      These four-legged creatures have helped shaped me into the person I am today. Throughout my upbringing dogs have played a huge role. For example, my mother grew up with major depression and anxiety. The feeling of abandonment took over. But one day our Pug, Bj appeared. From the age of 3 to 17 he has been there to wipe tears and hug us through every phase of our life. To someone, it is crazy to consider an "animal" a sibling but it has always been deeper. Bj has been my protector- no matter how big or small the problem is. Bj is the loveable grandpa everyone can't resist. He's the constant reminder no matter where you come from you can always make it out. He was my mom's soulmate but one day I finally found mine. One day at work a woman and her granddaughters rushed to me to ask if I wanted a free puppy- HOW COULD I SAY NO? little did I know I found a mini-me. I quickly rushed home to get Oregan, my puppy settled. A year later, nothing changed but her attitude. She is the princess in town. Although she can be sassy, she has taught me many life lessons. She taught me how to be responsible while being selfless. For instance, instead of splurging, I must think about her well-being. But, she also is my life-size baby. This might include being spoiled or having matching outfits. With this all being said I love her more than anything. Oregan has done more than she'll ever know. As I'm entering adulthood in a confusing world, things can become very overwhelming. There are days I feel lost or unheard but it never fails Oregan is right there. She might know every word I'm pouring out but she's always there to lay her head in reassurance. They might be "dogs" to everyone but to me they are "soulmates".
      Growing with Gabby Scholarship
      Unfortunately, a tragic situation forced me to take a look in the mirror. My Godmother passed away from alcohol abuse. During the time she crossed over we did not see eye to eye. Every conversation led to an eye roll or a cold shoulder. The first woman who taught me how to do my hair, dress, and smile bright became my enemy. But everything changed on February 12, 2022. After, a cheer game I got the call that knocked the wind from my lungs and the strength from my legs. "Sierra... I am sorry but Aundrea passed away". Memories began to flood in ... the good, the bad, and the ugly. I called her " my adult bestie" if no one could understand me - she could. I learned everyone fights battles behind closed doors. Sometimes "choosing peace" isn't always okay. I learned communication is an important part of life. I was scared to speak. I did not want to be "cheesy" or cause problems between people in my life. We must go through uncomfortable situations to enjoy life. One conversation could have helped my Godmother. One conversation could mend the broken connection. One conversation could help understand the barriers between two individuals. As I look into my life I realized that just because a situation is not handled the way I would handle it, it does not mean it is wrong. For instance, My Godmother was an outspoken person whose filter could be turned on one day and off the next. So, she would constantly speak whatever appeared on her mind. But, I would let things brush off while taking every word spoken to the heart. It would tear me down word by word. As I look back I learned communication is meant to be positive. As humans, we are meant to learn and grow as we go throughout each day. This includes spreading love within our communities, generations, and world. So, this starts with communication, being able to express your feelings in a positive manner will create a huge outcome. I learned how to be outspoken unapologetically, because you never know who needs to hear every sentence that flows out of your mouth. Each word has a powerful meaning with a huge ego behind it. Throughout my journey of learning how to communicate resulted in me loving myself while loving my family and friends even more. I am able to be a helping hand and voice of reason to those around me. As they say, communication is really key.
      Share Your Poetry Scholarship
      I am from Giordano's deep dish pizza and Portillo's famous hot dogs. I am from A absent father, a distracted mother, and an overwhelmed grandmother. I am from "Get ready it's the Lord's day" I am from "Everything is going to be okay, just pray about it." I am from the stove's warm water and the candle's bright light. I am from the constant worrying and the light nights. I am the bright light in a dark room. I am the giver that continues to give. I am the scrap metal that turned into cash. I am the caterpillar that turned into a butterfly. I am constantly growing to become the best version of myself. I will be an inspiration to the upcoming generation. I will be a successful college graduate. I will be the cash that flourishes to generational wealth. I will make the most of my life I am growth.
      Hester Richardson Powell Memorial Service Scholarship
      Winner
      Resilience is a word that described my childhood. At a young age my mother was cursed with breast cancer. My life was filled will coloring books and outside play chalk. Then it made a sharp left turn, "mom, are you okay", "mom, Im right here, I promise everything will be fine", or "mom, i'll help you take a shower.". During the early age of 9 years old I would move from one house to another. Slowly watching my mother become weaker, sicker, and fragile. I was a confused child, "why am I here, I just want my Mom and Nana",but I failed to realize my family lives ten hours away. The hug I needed was 687 miles away. The love I needed was 687 miles away. The warmth I needed was 687 miles away. I felt alone, stuck, and lost. In that moment in life I learned few things that I will apply to my life forever. A prominent figure in my life is Jesus. Even though I cannot visibility touch or see Jesus, he is always there. For example, one night on the beach I broke down. I wanted to give up. I just wanted to be done. As I am pour out my heart to a never ending sea .... my phone vibrates. The first thought that came into to mind was " now is not the time" then I quickly realized my phone was on do not disturb.As I wiped my once blurry eyes the verse Isaiah 41:10 appears, "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." All I could do is smile. Someone finally hears me it can be my cry for help, my happy days, or my sad days. He is here and will always be here. As I get closer to God the more I learn myself. I learned how to love within my community, sisterhood, and myself. I finally became happy and full. I learned morals I want to life by.For example, I must be understanding and nonjudgmental. This ultimately helped me encourage myself to become a supporting "big sister" to the younger generation. This pass summer I have been a camp counselor. I learned how to communicate with every child. I taught them how to express their feelings in way that will benefit them and their peers around them. By me not letting life’s s boulders knock me down I was able to listen and put a positive dent in the children around me. Even more so, once I told my friends my story that I was once ashamed of , it altered the way they viewed life. They started to see life has its up and downs but how we respond, is what is important. For instance, My friend was going through a tough time therefore she stopped eating and stayed to herself. Once she found out my story the horrid mental space I was in, she started to confide in me. After a few conversations she learned we must find the things that fill us so we can enjoy the limited time we have on earth. Now we are applying to college and spreading love with everyone that crosses our path. So resilience is something that motivates me to continue. The light at the end of the tunnel and the reason why I am turning pressure i'm facing into - beautiful diamonds.
      Elevate Black Entrepreneurs Scholarship
      When I think of Entrepreneurship, I think of one word, Nana. My nana has went through so much adversity, so she could be a successful business owner for 17 years. She stays up all night filling out documents and during the day she constantly checks on her daycare parents and children. She provides a safe environment for kids to get away from their hectic environment. My nana has inspired to make a impact, but my calling is in a different manner. I want to create a business that provides clothes for women in their teen- late twenties/ early thirties. I have always grew up with body confidence issues. I have always been afraid to step out of my comfort zone just because of what society ignorant preferences. I want others to be comfortable in their own skin. Therefore creating clothes for all body types and skin colors and much more can change the mindset of society by each day. I want to use my brand to spread love, which is something we lack tremendously. Using my brand Simply Beautify Me, will result in a massive change in confidence from women across the world.