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

My parents tell the story that when I was nine I told them I was going to go to seminary. I'm not sure if the story is true or not, but in the retelling of the story over the years built a narrative in myself that I was destined for grad school. The story I told myself while in high school and college was a story that the finish line for me will be with a master's degree. This narrative has taken its own life within me and part of my self esteem may be wrapped up in the pursuit and accomplishment of earning a graduate degree. The self-esteem growth does not seem to come from grades or completion of courses, but rather in the pursuit of growing in knowledge, perseverance through hard tasks, and growth of a curiosity in this world. I am eight courses away from earning my Master's degree, so far my wife have paid for these courses out of pocket, we've invested around twenty thousand of our income into my degree so far and have about fifteen thousand dollars left to get to my goal of graduating with my Master's in Biblical Studies. I'm hoping that in the pursuit of scholarships I yield lessons and growth in my life, just as I have yielded great results so far in my pursuit of my masters. This scholarship would help take some pressure off of our family budget, and be an investment that I believe will yield great returns, and so please consider me as a recipient of your scholarship. Thank you for reading my answer and considering for your scholarship.

Richard from Florida
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary