Paige Marie Peterson

Thank you so much for choosing me as one of your scholarship recipients. Receiving this scholarship means much more to me than helping out with paying for my education, it means I am one step closer to achieving a goal I set for myself last summer.

Last August I got the chance to do something most kids my age don’t get to do; I was a part of a medical mission trip to the Philippines. I’ll give you the short version of what we did because if I explained it all, you would be reading an entire book!

My team and I set up four eye clinics while we were there in order to give the people in the area we were in a chance to receive an eye checkup that most had never had in their entire life. Not only did they receive an eye exam from a Doctor but also a pair of glasses fit to their needs. In total we saw over 1,000 people (almost 300 a day) and gave over 2,000 pairs of glasses!

Being in the Philippines opened my eyes in ways I never could have imagined. It was truly a life changing experience for me. While there I was constantly seeing houses made of things the people just threw together. It got me thinking that I can use my talents and my degree to help people someday.

So, here is a brief overview of my goal. The man who created the organization I was with, created it out of the love for his profession and the love of helping others. My goal is to start a foundation for similar reasons. I love creating spaces for people to live in, and I also love giving back to people. After receiving my Masters in Architecture and creating my own business, I will start my own foundation to do just that. It will be a foundation that sends people all over the world to create shelters and homes for communities who desperately need them.

So, again I am saying thank you because this scholarship means much more than just helping me get an educational degree; it is helping me get one step closer to the goal I set for myself last August in the Philippines.

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