Despite, I was determined to go to school. It was my time to LIVE. I had been through enough in life, constantly sacrificing. I vowed that this era of my life would not be forfeited – this is for me! Dilemma, the excess of my financial aid and scholarship funds wouldn't be available for another 14-21 business days. I had $4.82 in my purse, and a Greyhound bus ticket due south (southern Ohio ...lol) the next day!
I prayed about it one night, and had reached the conclusion that I was going to get to school and "wing it” if I had to. I had planned to find a job the moment I put my things away. Either way, HE’ll make a way! The day of my departure, before I walked out of my mother's home ... my mentor handed me an envelope and it had 5 $100 bills inside. I just cried! That gift, took away the stress of me wondering how I was going to even eat the first few weeks of school. It is sometimes the "little things" (beyond little to me at the time) that make the greatest impact. I know that it was just money, but that woman will forever be my hero!
If you can't give, then serve ... ideally, I think we all have room to do either or both. Possibly, this could grow into something bigger and better in the years to come ... I’m at a point in my life … where I know for sure, it’s time to start paying it forward and giving back.
Therefore, it is my wish to provide a modest award of $500.00, to a deserving college-bound young woman. One who embodies the elements of determination and budding aspirations, who may present a financial need.
“The Journey Scholarship” 2009
- Must be a High School graduating Senior
- Must be enrolling in a 2-4 year under-graduate program - Before the award is given, proof of enrollment will be required
- Must have a Min. Cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
- Must complete essay/questionnaire consisting of 2 topics
- Preferably, has a significant need for financial assistance
- Must provide two (2) references [At least one (1) teacher, counselor, mentor, or non-family member/friend.]
* Please know that all personal information will be held secure, and destroyed upon award disbursement.
* This award will be considered a GIFT with no stipulations of receipt other than those outlined in the eligibility guidelines.
* This award will be made payable to the STUDENT, for any expenses deemed necessary in transition to college-life.
* According to the IRS Code, this award (small sum, derivative of non-private entities) does not hold any tax obligations.
I will be setting up a submission form and link on the side of my blog (readily available on tomorrow, Sunday, April 19, 2009 ). I truly look forward to reviewing the entries, and making a selection with the assistance of my mentor (still to this day:) Evangelist/Professor/Coach C.Y. Sanders. If you or someone you know may find interest, feel free to pass this info along!