I am a senior at Indian River planning to attend the University of Delaware majoring in Nursing! Academics, Athletics, and volunteering are what I have valued throughout my high school career. Throughout school, I have maintained a 4.14 cumulative GPA, while in all honors classes, playing 3 varsity sports, and completing countless hours of community service. While doing so, I have also fulfilled an internship to get my CNA, and sustained a job in hopes of graduating without college debt!
The reason I chose nursing as my major is because of my will to help others. This is something I genuinely enjoy, which also helped me make my career decision. I especially enjoy volunteering with children who have intellectual disabilities. These activities include: Unified Basketball, Special Olympics Ambassador, Blue- Gold Ambassador, “Night to Shine” and DRFC Hand-in-Hand “Buddy”. Aside from experience with intellectually disabled kids, I also volunteer with other organizations. Other extracurriculars I am involved in are: Leo Club, Youth Philanthropy Board, Student Council, Class President, National Honors Society, and Adult Ed. Similar to nursing, I get a similar satisfaction in volunteering.
Aside from volunteering, I also participate on many athletic teams! I play Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Track & Field, and Unified Basketball. This year my hockey team made it to the State Championships! I was selected captain both my junior and senior years in these sports as well. In addition, I was also awarded Delaware Women’s Alliance of Sports and Fitness Award, 2nd Team All-State, All-Conference, Governor Carney’s Women in Sports Proclamation Signing Representative, and Heart & Hustle Award. Additionally, I am an athlete as much as a student. Throughout high school, maintaining honor roll and being a leader in the classroom has been consequential to my success. Some academic achievements of mine include Academic All-Conference, Distinguished High Honor Roll and also Student of the Month.
During the summer, I work in Bethany at Captain Jack’s Mini Golf, where I am the business manager. Some responsibilities of mine are to greet customers, process patron transactions, reconcile reports, field patron questions and create the employee work schedule. On the side, I also babysit and dogsit. Meanwhile, this school year I was fortunate to have an internship through my school. In hopes to graduate with my CNA, I have clinicals at Harbor Healthcare This allows me to see first hand what a nursing career would be like, which helped me decide that’s what I want to pursue.
Finances are a significant factor in my secondary education. Thankfully, my parents instilled saving habits in hopes to have a base for my college financials. For example, I haven’t spent a paycheck. Since 14, I’ve worked 6 days a week to pay for a car and my college. My father is also self-employed. I have seen first hand the successful outcome of hard work. Meanwhile, I have a similarly eager, younger sister who has high hopes for college as well. To help pay for college I plan to also have a job while in college. This is so I do not fall behind in student loans and work just as hard as my parents to achieve my professional goals.
In closing, when starting a new chapter in my life, it’s important I obtain a quality education, yet not be weighed down by college debt as I start my future career. With this scholarship, I can comfortably complete college and following graduation, continue to help others through nursing, which is a passion of mine. I also want to sincerely thank everyone who reviews this application and thank the committee for sponsoring this scholarship as well!