Scholarship Application Letter

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Scholarship Application Letter
L.L.M. Environmental Law and Energy Policy

To Whom it May Concern:

After seven years of higher education, and over $100,000 in student loans, many of my friends and family are mystified by my desire to acquire one more degree and another $40,000 of student debt. For me, the extra year and the $40,000 are not a burden, but rather a blessing to further my academic endeavors and will surely enhance my future opportunities. While one cannot put a price on opportunity, there is a certainly a premium to education that must be paid. Like most L.L.M. student, my brain is rich with knowledge but my bank account has been run dry. No one student is more deserving than the other. I can only present to you on an individual level at to why I am deserving of a scholarship to DU. My volunteer work, political activism, and my personal hardship make me a deserving candidate for a scholarship from the University of Denver.

I graduated from the University of ______________in May 2004, with a major in sociology, and a minor in Spanish. At this time, I had my sights set on law school, but something told me that I needed a “gap” year before I was ready to undertake the commitment of law school. My study of sociology and Spanish led me to look for volunteer positions in Latin America. After countless hours of surfing the web, and a lot of good luck, I found a job as an English teacher in Ecuador.

Volunteering in Ecuador was the greatest experience of my life. I spent 20 hours a week in the classroom teaching restless 8th graders the basics of the language. Having had zero teaching experience, my time in the classroom proved to be equally educational for the both myself, and the students. Classes would end in the early Ecuador, and the afternoon was dedicated to volunteer work in the indigenous communities. The work in the indigenous communities emphasized health education and cultural exchange. As volunteers, we...
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