What were your initial thoughts and emotions when you learned that you had been awarded the scholarship?
When I learned that I was awarded the scholarship I was shocked, excited, grateful, and I even cried. I thought about how I worked on my application diligently, how anxious I was during the wait, and how my hard work has paid off. I immediately called my stepmom, father, and both of my mentors to share the great news and thank them for their support while I waited to hear back regarding the decision.
Describe how receiving this scholarship aligns with your academic and personal goals.
My academic goal is pursuing a doctorate degree to start a program in Summer or Fall 2024. As a professional, I will be working towards becoming an instructional designer and an adjunct professor post-graduation. In the future I aspire to be a leader in curriculum and instruction through the lens of higher education by creating pathways to expose students to educational technology in Education at the community college level.
In what ways do you believe this scholarship will enhance your overall college/university experience?
Receiving the College of Education Alumni Endowment Scholarship will allow me to finish my last two semesters of graduate school at ease. I am now able to focus on doctoral applications, my last four courses, prepare to receive my Master of Education degree and Instructional Design Graduate Certificate in Spring 2024.
What does being a scholarship recipient mean to you personally?
As a College of Education Endowment recipient, it means to me that someone sees my purpose, drive, and vision for how I want to be transformative in education. I take my education at the University of Florida seriously because of the sense of my pride being a double Gator, the opportunity to continue receiving a quality education, and the reward of seeing all my hard work pay off during such a competitive process.
How will this recognition affect your sense of responsibility towards giving back to your community or inspiring others?
As an alumna, I currently give back to my community by being the Vice President of Young Alumni for University of Florida Association of Black Alumni (UF ABA Jax). In this position, I focus on supporting recent graduates through outreach, event hosting, and collaboration for the next generation of Gators. In collaboration with Young Alumni, we inspire students in Duval County Public schools by serving as mentors, representing the different majors we pursued during our undergraduate or graduate studies, and demonstrating professional success based on our studies at the University of Florida. In addition to being a part of UF ABA Jax, I plan to spearhead my own foundation that is designed to give back to males in the East side community where I grew up to provide opportunities for them to be successful in academics, expose them to post-graduation opportunities, and support the opportunity they chose with funding.
What steps do you plan to take to ensure that you make the most of this scholarship opportunity in your educational journey?
To maximize the use of my scholarship opportunity, I plan to use it to pay for my tuition that covers my last two semesters. I will continue to take pride in my studies by receiving grades no less than what I have been receiving since I have started graduate school. Lastly, I will embody being a scholarship recipient by continuing to exude academic success and pride in being an EduGator.