Education for Hope

Scholarship Entrant: Alycia from Melbourne, FL
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 Alycia: 59

I always knew that I wanted to continue my education. However, I did not know what I was meant to do until two months ago when I met my inspiration. As a vegan, it comes as no surprise that I am an animal lover and fully promote animal rescue and advocacy. What this information does not tell you is that I also have a disability.

In June, I was receiving treatment for my impairment and met a man who was very anxious. Helping people feel at ease had always come naturally for me so I decided to talk with him. It was not long before I discovered why he was so on edge. His service dog was not admitted into the facility with him. Until this moment, I did not fully understand the importance of these service animals. Speaking with him gave me the realization on how I could join my love for animals, my business skills and my passion for helping others.

Since then, I have been accepted into graduate school to study Fundraising, with the hope to start my own nonprofit organization. This organization will pull animals on the euthanasia list out of kill shelters and train them to become service or therapy animals. I plan to partner with local senior centers, nonprofit health groups, and the Department of Veterans Affairs to issue these trained animals to deserved owners. This will not only give these animals a chance at life but will build an easier pathway toward normalcy for those with disabilities.

Vote for Alycia: 59

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