1 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED:
What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
As a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) for three years, I've tutored disadvantaged students through the George B Thomas Learning Academy Saturday School (GBTLA) Program at Montgomery Blair High School. My experience there helping students reach their educational goals and get to college is what made me realize my passion to teach. I have also been involved with a wonderful community organization, A Wider Circle, during my time here. A Wider Circle focuses on helping local families get out of poverty through job training, providing home goods in dignity condition to those in need, and holding workshops that focus on holistic wellness from cooking classes focusing on cheap, nutritional meals to financial planning exercises. While my time there has mostly been spent sorting through donations or creating holiday food packages, it is inspiring to see how many people they help and how I can make a difference in my community through them.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
Before getting this scholarship, my financial aid was cut because I had to live off-campus due to unforeseen circumstances arising in my junior year. I decided to take up two part-time jobs to pay for rent and food along with a portion of my school expenses which made me almost too tired to focus on my schoolwork. This scholarship made it so that I could quit one of those jobs, continue to do well in my classes, and still have enough funds and energy to support of myself. Therefore, I am eternally grateful for this gift and hope to give back to the world by helping other young people reach their educational goals as a teacher.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
Education is what afforded me to get out of poverty and improve my family's condition. I want to become a teacher so I can pay it forward. Many of the most influential people in my life have been teachers who have gotten to know me as a person and have encouraged me to pursue my dreams. I want to help other young people achieve all that they can, and I believe teaching is the way I can do it.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I am an English major on a Secondary Education track. I am a senior graduating this Spring 2016.
What is your Hometown?
I grew up in Frederick, MD during my early years before settling in Rockville, MD in middle and high school. I am now a proud resident of Silver Spring, MD.