If I Qualified…

Scholarship Entrant: Phillip from Atlanta, GA
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Phillip: 9

For years, I felt I had no potential. There was no way that anyone would notice me in a world with so many great innovators and scholars. I had not developed the skills to succeed and my identity was not clear. But the end of the darkness came when I decided to stop “just living.” I pledged to myself, that I would find my purpose and that purpose is to advocate, educate, and become a leader for those who struggle with identity issues because of gender or sexuality, substance abuse, mental health, and H.I.V. status in impoverished communities.
I currently volunteer at Positive Impact which is a non-profit community-based organization located in Midtown Atlanta, by providing peer support to members in the H.I.V. positive community who deal with substance abuse and mental health issues. I became affiliated with this organization because of the powerful modifications of the beliefs about people who live with H.I.V., substance abuse or mental health illness. I also attained my certification through the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network as a certified peer specialist and am currently working for Caring Work Inc. in Atlanta Georgia.
Currently I am continuing my education at Morehouse College in Atlanta Ga. and will be graduating with my bachelors of science in psychology. In order for me to change the system I have to change the beliefs. With your assistance in financial aid, I can make this possible. Thank You.

Vote for Phillip: 9

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