The Perlman Education Foundation Scholarship would benefit me in various ways. Receiving this scholarship would be another addition to my long list of career achievements. Not only would this scholarship be a great addition to my achievements, it would also defray the cost of me going to college. This is the most important aspect of how receiving this scholarship would benefit me.
I live in a very hardworking and competitive world. In order to be successful and prosperous in this world you have to put in a great deal of time and effort. Nothing in life is free; everything is earned and not given. Since I live in a very competitive world I desire to have the highest amount of education that I can receive in order to compete with other competitors in the world. I also want to higher my education so I can be successful in life and acquire a lucrative job. I aspire to have a lucrative job so I can support my family to the best of my abilities and supply them with a plethora of tangibles that will help better their lives.
Through my formative years I have achieved many accolades. So far I have been inducted into The National Society of High School Scholars, inducted into Beta club, have a 3.5 unweighted GPA, have a 4.2 weighted GPA, participated as Governors Page, participated as a Senate Page, participated as a House of Representatives Page, been on the A/B honor roll every year, played four years of JV/Varsity football, played four years of JV/Varsity baseball, contributed over 100 hours of community service and was selected as a Wendy's High School Heisman. Along with all of these achievements I have also participated in various leadership programs which include NC State Hoby Leadership Program, UNC Heels for Success Program, and NCCU Business Leadership Program. Not only have I participated in leadership programs but I've also shown a great deal of my leadership abilities by ushering at church, participating in all three North Carolina Page Programs, being the captain of my football team my sophomore year, and becoming the first Vice President of YMCA Teen Achievers Program. I think being involved in so many different activities and having all of these accolades makes me unique and special.
The biggest adversity that I have ever faced in my life was during my junior year in high school. At the beginning of the year I dislocated my shoulder playing football. This is one of the few times that I had limits on my life. I wasn't able to participate in my weight training class, play football or drive my 5 speed manual transmission car. It took my shoulder seven grueling weeks to heal. During those weeks I was taking the most rigorous classes of my career, studying for the SAT and endured a terrible break up with my girlfriend of two years. A couple of months later my mother was laid off and a huge portion my family's income was lost. Just as I thought my life couldn't get any worse I was informed that my best friend and his family had lost their house and had become homeless. My family and I opened up our home to him and provided him with many tangibles that he's never had. Helping him put my life in a different perspective and made me value everything in life. It also made me realize that even though there are down moments in your life, there is always someone else in the world going through worse. It has truly showed me the value of helping others and is why I have contributed over 100 hours of community service. I matured in many ways and placed values on intangibles in life such as my health, stability and family. That experience has had the biggest impact on my life and has shaped me into the strong, hardworking man that I am today.