Write an essay where you tell us about what inspired you to pursue a nursing degree.

What motivates me the most to continue my education is my family. My parents were immigrants who moved to America at a very young age. They struggled from the beginning to make ends meet for my brothers and I. They mean the world to me, and I wanted to make them proud. Neither of my parents were able to go to college, so joining the CEC Practical Nursing Program while in high school was a big step for me to achieve dreams that they could not. They’ve taught me kindness and encouraged me to help those who need it the most. My grandpa was a big influence in continuing my education in Nursing. He struggled with many health problems. Even so, he encouraged me every step of the way, financially helped me when my parents could not, and always put me before himself. I wish with all my heart that he were still here to see me graduate, and I know that he would be proud to see how far I've come. He passed away in December of 2019. During his last year, I struggled with my grades and continuously missed my high school classes due to his health, but I was able to pull through and pass all my classes. It was particularly difficult because I was responsible for the funeral home service paperwork after he passed away. This was because my grandma and parents could not speak English fluently. My grandma struggled greatly with financial needs, which prompted me to start looking for a job around mid-January. My future educational goals are to continue school and obtain my bachelor’s degree in Nursing. I want to gain experience in the intensive care units and one day become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist or a Nurse Practitioner. I hope to continue to gain valuable friendships and professional relationships throughout college. Continuing my education is very important to me and I plan to grow as a student, but also as a future nurse. Receiving this scholarship would mean so much to me and my family. It would help me financially, and it would help me continue this career path.

Alejandra from New Mexico
High School Senior
Valley High School