Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.

My Grandpa Dick Hendricks is my inspiration for continuing my education and dream. My whole life my Granda has always pushed me to be a better man, even when things seemed to be at the top. I had fallen through some tough times over the past few years, but one thing that never changed was the expectation to continue to be a good man even when things were not falling my way. During my struggles I didn't always understand why he was this way to me or why he was tougher on me until things in my life started to change for the better. He had pushed me to continue to be a good man and continue to work hard for what I want. Without that I would not have made it through what I had going on, I would not have graduated college with a way better GPA then I started with, its why I am who I am today. My family lost him last year, but he installed his ethics and values about life in me and that is something that will never leave me. He is the reason that I want to pursue my dreams!

Taylor from Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin La Crosse