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Scholarship Entrant: Ashley from Abilene, TEXAS
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 Ashley: 28

For the past several years I debated what direction or what path will I take when I receive my high school diploma. I just didn’t want it to end there and not continue to further my education to benefit myself or others. Shortly after my debates thoughts of my past flooded my head like the Niagara Falls. As a child I was not only physically but sexually abused my ex-stepfather for years until the passing of my biological father. No man or woman was my voice when I needed to be heard, they ignored what I wanted and gave me what I didn’t want. Suddenly the light bulb in my head went off brighter than any wattage created by man. I knew that this was wrong and there needed to be change whether good, bad, or in different. I applied to Hardin-Simmons University and when I was asked what my intended major would be, no hesitation came with my voice when I said Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice. Many individuals ask why that path or is there any significance of why you chose that direction? All I could say is no person was my voice when I needed one in a devastating time and therefore I am going to be that voice many helpless children need. I plan to achieve my PhD to travel the U.S. even the world to help those that haven’t been saved. You can’t forever be a victim but you can be a hero.

Vote for Ashley: 28

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