As upcoming high school seniors, many such as myself, desire scholarships in order to alleviate the financial burden that attending a university can bring. Though this considerable and generous scholarship prize money will be used to further my education at Texas A&M University, my main wish is to bring pride and satisfaction to my family. As a first generation student, I am humbled by the opportunity of obtaining an education in America. Since my parents were migrants from Vietnam and Hong Kong, a successful life here was unheard of many years before. Financial strains do occasionally plague our lives, however, we have not forgotten the strenuous hard work and sacrifice that my parents have conquered in order to put their two daughters through
I really enjoy learning about their culture and different life styles. Money “Today’s living feels like a struggle to survive”,” Money is always a big issue”,” I can’t study if I don’t have the money for it”. That was my way of thinking recently, but a month before this course commenced I started to think differently. I said to myself, “I need to look for more information on how to be able to pay for my studies”, “Student Loans might provide me with the money I need to start studying again”, “I’m going to apply for the President’s Scholarship, writing a 2 page essay explaining why I deserve that scholarship”. My new way of thinking about money brought me my most recent identity as a student in the International Academy of Design and Technology. Then I got my books, including Becoming a Master Student which made me realize even more the power of “Positive Thinking”. Now I know that money may be a primordial need but not an obstacle, that there are resources that can help me achieve my goals. Now I’m confident that by planning ahead and adding additional control to my personal finances I will be able to have enough money to complete my education.
Growing up in a family of two siblings and a single father, I learned to make my life less challenging by working hard with discipline. People always say life is unfair, but I don’t have an excused to stop trying harder to have a better life. Since I was
"I remember coming home from school and receiving an email notification. When I opened it and read my scholarship reward letter, I was honestly speechless. Tears slid down my face as I stood there in my bedroom telling myself how my life had just taken a turn. Playing the scenarios of college life and the great opportunity in pursuing a career; I was honestly the happiest that I had ever been at that point because there is no other greater gift thank the opportunity to continue education and be successful in this world. I was going to do it, not just for myself, but for my parents as well. I have everything to owe to them because they were the ones who always supported me and encouraged me to study in the early stages of my life." This was truly a touching story; however, because we always hear about the great moments but rarely about the rough patches, we decided to ask him a couple of questions concerning his tough times. We asked him if there were any moments where he felt like it was too much for him, and his response was as follows: "Of course, like every college student experiences, I had times were I found a class difficult and I almost gave up, but whenever I would feel that way, I would stop and think about the day I received that email and how my life had changed forever. It would motivate me to continue pushing myself and that I was there for a
It is an honor being the recipients of the ’Be a Student Friend’ scholarship. Thanks to your generous support, I am the first member of my family to attend a private school. Though growing up in a single parent household has been financial and academically challenging, it has helped me realize the value of a private school education.
While college education is not mandatory, furthering one’s schooling broadens the amount of jobs one is qualified for and can attain. College provides many benefits and opportunities to students but the monetary value of college is not very appealing. Throughout high school I have worked hard for good grades and have pushed myself in accelerated courses to prepare myself for college, both for the curriculum and the tuition. My effort and efficiency as a student helped me receive a generous academic scholarship from North Central College and I know that my perseverant study habits will secure this scholarship throughout the next four years. Even with North Central’s scholarship, there is still a large sum of tuition left that I must pay each year. I am a dedicated student who understands the value of a college education, especially a private college education. Affording college is imperative to me and scholarships are on my daily to-do list so that I have the funds needed to further my education. By furthering my education I will have more knowledge, experience, and diligence when it comes to teaching my own students one day, and scholarships help make this
Fear and anxiety plagued my mind during this transition, however my wife and daughter kept my mind at ease. The information and instruction that was provided from the Professors at Durham Tech galvanized something deep within me. I began to strive for goals that I thought were unattainable as a naïve adolescent. Instructors encouraged me to work hard and to be persistent when it came to the immense obstacles of my course work such as giving a presentation at an honors symposium as an honors student. After countless years of self doubt and negative feelings towards education as a whole, for the first time in my life, I felt like college was an option for
Coming to Virginia Commonwealth University with a major in social work has been one of the best things I have done in the year of 2016. I can remember awaiting my acceptance into Virginia Commonwealth University and instantly choosing to attend. For the remainder of my senior year of high school, I couldn’t wait to pack up and leave for VCU. Before I knew it, it was August 20, 2016, move-in day. Aside from leaving my parents and hometown, I was a bit upset about having to quit my job, the anxiety of being a broke college student hit me before I even stepped on campus. On move in day I was a bit anxious and a little nervous to leave my parents but at the same time I was ready to leave and explore something new on my own.
What this scholarship would provide for me is not just a viable boost in self-confidence and euphoric relief from the stress of student loans, but also an official change in direction. A change that will not only allow me to fulfill my desires of being different,
Later that month, I received a letter in the mail that had the official stamp of the Robinson Scholar Program on it. I remember the letter being perfect. A blue wax seal was placed on the back and my name was so elegantly written on the front. For a good amount of time, I just stood there looking at it. I was too scared to read what I already presumed was an, “We’re sorry letter.” Finally I opened the letter and read that I had been expected. Tears began to roll down my cheeks, I just couldn’t believe it. A small town girl with little money, no experience, or not any guidance just got an acceptance
Much like Seral Gilmer, my parents made their living in the textile industry until the closure of my father’s plant in 2007. Despite being laid off, my father continued to make my education a priority and started his own business to support my family. He has instilled in me the
As my senior year comes around, it has become more real to me that I have to take charge of my future. I deserve and need this scholarship just as I need oxygen to breathe. Being the first in my family to attend college or even have the idea in their head means I’m on my own to discover what to do to get into college and how to come up with the means. I
Hello, I’m Yoseline and attending New Jersey City University will be one of the biggest accomplishments of my life. Up until recently I had decided to attend this college. I had a really hard time deciding what college I wanted to commit to. Mainly because I didn't think my high school years would go by so quick. I was so lenient and thought I had all time in the world but in reality, I didn’t. It hit me like a truck on how soon I’m going to graduate. I never been so enthusiastic about leaving high school and get on the road to my future.
As you know, I was one of your favorite students but I didn’t get to actually tell you my story. When my two sisters and I lost our mother to breast cancer, I was only seven years old. It seemed like immediately after her death my loving and grateful father remarried. I struggled with reality for years and I felt lost. By the time my twenty-first birthday came I was pregnant. I had little knowledge on anything. Honestly, I missed out on my mother’s reliance on God including her guidance. There were periods of hardship until I finally cleared my mind. I started to listen to my step-mother’s military ways and I took action. I started my education with my dreams in mind and enrolled at Parkland College.
As the cost of education increases, many students search for assistance to help cover that cost. That form of assistance could come from burdensome financial aid or a scholarship that provides the student with an education free from debt. That’s why I am writing you today Mr. Alan Hall on