Scholarship Entrant: Eddie from Arlington, 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.
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One day coming home I witnessed my mother crying. I didn’t think too much into it before I immediately rushed to her with a tissue. Her tears became faint, but what happened afterwards changed my life forever. She didn’t say anything, but instead she slightly grinned just enough to show that she had been overcome by happiness. I didn’t know how, why, or even when, I just knew that one day I wanted to take people in their darkest hours and make them smile. It was one day though when the financial aid office approved a loan that my mother frustration haltered when she had been overcome by that same grin I had seen as a child.
My idea for FINISH (Fundraising Intelligent Nations in Scholarship Help) originates from my own struggles with paying for school. Unexpected financial issues halted my initial plans of being at a four year university and graduating with honors. Initially I wanted to figure out a way to raise money for myself, but it wasn’t enough. I have a vision of not just stopping by helping myself but helping more and more people like myself. I would start by helping one student at a time from fundraising and use that as grants toward their tuition, and hopefully word will spread to other students and it will be networked. And that would be the importance of the organization I don’t FINISH we FINSH together!

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