I would like to start off by saying how much of an honor it is to be selected for this outstanding opportunity. As all of you know college expenses are quite the heavy load, but it is individuals like you all who make it bearable. College has always been a dream that I have looked up to. For me, it has never been a maybe, but a must have. I knew that I had to put in the work in order to obtain goals, which at times, seemed out-of-reach. It is because of your foundation that these goals I thought were miles high, are now on the cusp of my fingertips, waiting for me to reach a little higher, work a little harder, and grasp them. This does not only aid me financially but also stimulates a positive mindset towards myself that motivates me to keep moving forward and reach even further!
I will not only continue my unceasing determination for myself, but also for those who have helped me get here. Being a child of Army veterans, I have seen what it is like to work hard for not just yourself, but for others. Excelling in college will show my parents, that their labors were not in vain. Though I can never fully repay them, I will do the best that I can to illustrate my appreciation for everything that they have done in my life thus far. So again, thank you for this opportunity and fueling the drive that tells me, “The sky is the limit!”