Scholarship Entrant: Dawn from Madison, Wisconsin
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 Dawn: 18

Helping others has always been a passion of mine. I have tutored, coached, ran camps, anything to be involved. I currently own a daycare in which I help mold and teach the younger generation. In the past few years my passion has taken an unexpected turn. Due to severe delay, my son has undergone a variety of speech therapy. It started with in-home care, onto a one-on-one therapist and eventually into a phonology program. The teachers were phenomenal, the therapists were exceptional, it not only changed his life, it changed mine. My son is able to communicate with me and I him. It opened up both of our worlds to exciting new levels.

I find teaching to be comparable to being a parent. A thankless job with long hours, little pay, continuous messes and frustrating politics. So why would I want to be a teacher? My answer lies in the eyes of a child that just had an “ah-ha” moment, a struggling student that got an A on a test or that moment when a student realizes that, “yes, I can!”. I have a passion to help others as my son and I have been helped. Speech phonology is where I believe I can make that difference. I want to be an influence that changes someone elses life. So they can succeed. They can flourish. They believe they can. And if I have done my job well, they will.

Vote for Dawn: 18

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