It was the day I had been anticipating for months. The day my Daniels Scholarship decision letter arrived.
I knew it was in the mailbox but I couldn’t build up the courage to get it. My younger brother volunteered to go in my place. I watched him walk the fifteen feet to the mailbox feeling so much anxiety and tension. I began to pace around my living room and couldn’t help but wonder what was taking him so long to return. As soon as the front door opened, I turned to look at him. “I accidentally dropped it in water when I was walking back,” he told me. I forgot that it had snowed the night before. A feeling of unease and panic kicked in when I looked at the wet and dripping envelope in his hands. I took the letter from him and sat down on one of the living room couches. With no hesitation, I ripped it open.
The contents fell onto the couch; I remember seeing the letter flipped to the side that was blank. I picked it up and before I finished reading the first sentence, I started screaming. “Congratulations on being selected as a Daniels Fund Scholarship Recipient” The rest of my siblings came running to the living room and asked me what was going on. I told them my wonderful news and I started crying. This was the culmination of 4 years of hard work. I had devoted myself to student council as student body president and volleyball as team captain while helping care for my five younger siblings. All of my hard work and dedication to my academics during high school had finally paid off.
As I continued reading the rest of the letter, I couldn’t help but think back to the beginning of the school year; learning about the Daniels Foundation Scholarship and spending hours in the fall working on the application and essays. Spending countless hours at BHGH with Sarah, Emily and Amy making sure that every sentence was nearly perfect. In fact, when I found out that I was a Daniels Fund Finalist, they were the first to know.
When I was brainstorming on the Daniels writing prompts, I often chatted with BHGH staff about what I see myself doing in the future or what things I appreciate most in life. I really enjoyed having these conversations because it helped me see clearly what I expect from myself in college and what short term and long term goals I want to set for myself. For instance, I plan on learning a new language, how to bake and also to ski. One of my goals in college is to join the student led government. I really want to be involved on my campus and to be able to contribute to the changes that’ll happen.
Being a part of Boys Hope Girls Hope and being awarded the Daniels Foundation Scholarship has made going to college a definite for me. I always knew that I was going to go to college, one way or another. I was going to make that happen and not just for me, but for my family. This fall I will be attending University of Denver, majoring in International Business and possibly a double minor in psychology and philosophy. Thank you to all who have supported me and all the scholars, making college a reality.