Maddison Rae Ratliff

I would like to give my thanks and express my gratitude to you about receiving the very generous 3 to 1 Foundation scholarship. This Fall I will be attending Grand Valley State University, and learning I was a recipient of this award made me even more excited to start the next chapter of my life.

Transitioning between high school and college can be exhilarating, but stressful for the student, and also their family who may be helping with college expenses. To me, this scholarship means so much because it takes a financial burden off of my family and me. Your generous award made it official: my very first year of college is paid for entirely, books included! This incredible news means that we can already begin saving for next year, which is huge.

I am so fortunate to have been given the opportunity to apply for this scholarship, and being a recipient of the 2018 3to1 Foundation scholarship is such an incredible feeling. After saving money from my winter and summer jobs and worrying if I have saved enough for my freshman year, the news of this scholarship lifted all of that weight off of my shoulders. I thank you endlessly for your generosity, and I cannot wait to become a Laker!

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