A Scholarship Essay - Lashley Winter

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Lashley Winter
The Stephanie Marie Burgos Scholarship
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My parents came to the United States from Saint Lucia to help create a better life for their children. Knowing the sacrifice my parents made to provide more opportunities for us, I approach my education and future with the tenacity to achieve. I waste no time and seize every opportunity that comes before me. I am a firm believer that time lost cannot be regained. Though I immerse myself in the opportunities that come before me, I am the type of person that does not take risks without first thinking of the consequences. It is for these reasons I believe I am an outstanding candidate for this scholarship. I am entirely committed to my future, and will not let anything stand in the way of my success. My parents are wise enough to realize I appreciate the fact that education is the key to a better life; therefore, I shall always remain committed to being a student. Education is an essential tool to breaking the cycle of poverty; however, it does not come without a cost. There are many individuals in this world that understand this concept, and are willing to strengthen their knowledge, but cannot since they are unable to afford the cost of higher education. This is where scholarships play a key role in helping students like me. A scholarship will offset the cost of my college tuition. I live in a household of seven. I was unable to get most of the things that a lot of teens my age have; however, I never really stressed about this. Most of my family’s financial resources went towards house expenses like food and rent. My mother works as a part time RN and certainly can’t provide everything that all the children need, but she tries her best. On the other side, my step father is on disability, which adds very little money to the household income. I have come to realize that my family will not be able to afford to pay for college, so I made it my duty to search every corner of the internet and college...
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