Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.
I have experienced many challenges in my young life, however these challenges have made me a stronger, more hardworking, and ambitious person. My mother lost custody of me when I was six years old when my grandparents filed for custody because her Borderline Personality Disorder was preventing her from properly caring for me. I experienced much trauma for the first six years of my life that I continue to struggle with everyday. Fortunately, once my grandparents began raising me my life started to improve. It was a challenge for them to not only raise a child in their old age, but also to raise a child that suffered from PTSD, anxiety, depression, and OCD. I owe my grandparents the world and they are another huge reason why I am such a determined individual. Unfortunately my grandfather passed away on January 1st 2016. I consider my grandparents to be my parents and so losing my father figure at the age of 19, when I was in my second year of my undergraduate work was horrendous. I am working to support children and families dealing with trauma, relationship challenges, and the agony that sometimes comes with daily life. It would mean the entire world to me if I received even a dollar of this scholarship.
Shelton from Virginia
Virginia Commonwealth University