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Scholarship Entrant: MICHAEL from COLLEGE STATION, TX
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 MICHAEL: 0

AS AN (8) YEAR VETERAN OF THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE, FATHER OF TWO AND A PRODUCT OF THE MARYLAND PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM, I’VE SEEN HOW TEACHERS/COACHES/MENTORS CAN POSITIVELY AFFECT THE YOUTH OF TODAY. I’VE BEEN A FOOTBALL/BASKETBALL COACH FOR 7 YEARS AND I CAN HONESTLY SAY THAT CHILDREN TODAY NEED MORE POSITIVE ROLE MODELS OTHER THAN JUST ATHLETES. AS A FATHER OF A YOUNG SON AND A TEENAGE DAUGHTER, I’VE COMMITTED MYSELF TO RAISING THEM WITH THE SAME VALUES AND SUPPORT THAT I RECEIVED FROM MY TEACHER MOM GROWING UP. HAVING A TEACHER AS A MOTHER ALONG WITH A COLLEGE PROFESSOR AS A STEP-FATHER, EDUCATION HAS BEEN EXTREMELY IMPORTANT; AND MY PLAN IS TO PASS THOSE VALUES ONTO MY CHILDREN AND PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS. I’VE DEDICATED MY LIFE TO THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE; MY CHILDREN AND MY FAMILY AND NOW MY GOAL IS TO FINALLY DEDICATE SOME TIME FOR MYSELF AND FINISH MY EDUCATION. AFTER LEAVING COLLEGE AS A FRESHMAN IN 1995 TO JOIN THE USAF, I PROMISED MY MOTHER THAT I WOULD ONE DAY FINISH AND GRADUATE FROM COLLEGE; NOW THAT PROMISE HAS BEEN PUT INTO MOTION AND I’M JUST LOOKING FOR ANY ASSISTANCE CONTINUING MY EDUCATION. MY PLAN IS TO BECOME A COACH IN AN UNDER-PRIVILEGED SCHOOL DISTRICT WITHIN THE STATE OF TEXAS TO SHOW CHILDREN THERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES IF YOU WORK HARD AND DEDICATE YOURSELF AND THE “TAKE-LESSONS” SCHOLARSHIP WILL ASSIST ME IN FURTHERING MY EDUCATION, MOST IMPORTANTLY ALLOW ME TO CONCENTRATE ON SCHOOL; NOT HOW I WILL PAY FOR IT.

Vote for MICHAEL: 0

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