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

Hello, my name is Shana Wood. I am a confident and enthusiastic stay at home mom seeking to change career paths and re-enter the workforce. I have previously homeschooled our children and realized during that time that I have a passion and gift to teach. Our children now attend public school where I have been volunteering in the classroom on a weekly basis for the past three years. I now desire to become an elementary educator in my hometown. I am enrolled in the K-State University Masters of Arts of Education Program and will be completing the necessary coursework to obtain a K-6th-grade elementary educator's license.
I will be committed to elementary education because I desire to make a difference in the lives of children. I want to empower children to succeed in life through education. I want students to be confident readers and good decision makers. I feel that I will inspire students in the classroom because I have a heart for children and seeing them learn and grow. I have a passion for helping kids realize their potential to grow and become their individual best. I will encourage my students to set goals and strive to reach them. Together we will celebrate the successful completion of these goals. A simple acknowledgment can make a huge impact on students, boost their morale, and give them the confidence to achieve their next goal. I will let students know that they are valued and they have a significant role. I will inspire them to think for themselves and be able to problem solve.
I have a great financial need for returning to school. We are a family of six that survive on one income. We have learned the necessity of managing money, living on a strict budget, and living within our means. I will need financial assistance to complete this program as we do not have the finances to fully fund this endeavor. It is our hope to be able to pay for this program with the money we have saved and through scholarships.
Thanks for considering me for this scholarship.

Shana from Kansas
Kansas State University