ALL WAYS UP FOUNDATION wrote -
I am Jonathan Gonzalez a senior at Morningside High School. As a young minority male living in an inner-city, this scholarship would mean allot to me. My goals in life isn’t to just graduate from college, but to help the city from where I came from. This scholarship is an investment to the future of minorities, a future with less poverty and more humanity in this diabolical world. With the Perlman Scholarship I can do so much more than just graduate: I will change the world. I was raised in Inglewood by my mother: along with my three siblings. When my father was there he would abuse my mother and me. It is hard for a young boy to grow up without a father and it is also hard to be raised with an abusive, alcoholic father. It is also an obstacle for the young boy to become a man, without the guidance of a real man. Unfortunately for me, I’ve dealt with it all. At a young age I understood how hard it was to feed a family with minimum wage salary, while trying to pay all the bills that have been piling up. I now understand how emotional it is when a young boy asks “who is my dad?” to their mother, but it is more emotional for the boy when he doesn’t get the answer. When I finally had my answer, I was terrified of the man that was presented to me as my father. Intimidated by the emotionless look I received when I first laid eyes on him, I still accepted the fact of who he was. Each day I forced myself to try to love him. When we moved to Inglewood he started drinking more alcohol and smoked an abundance of narcotics to keep him intoxicated. He would arrive home late and wake everyone up, by punching holes in the walls and destroying many of our household appliances. I was verbally and physically abused by him: when I would lie I was hit until my skin turned purple, and when teachers confronted me about the bruises, I was forced to lie. St the age of ten I received the news that he had passed away. After not seeing him for a few years I still cried. I cried for the loss of a teacher, I cried for the reason of not knowing who is going to teach me how to be a man. The older I became I was leaning more over to the life of a misbehaved teenager. I would lie, refuse to do school work, and was just disrespectful. Through this time I searched for a man to teach me right from wrong but sadly I never found him. When I first entered high school I tried out for football and I made junior varsity. On the field I learned that my teammates depend on me just as I depend on them. I also learned discipline, loyalty, honor, respect and sportsmanship. Later my sophomore year I joined the Kappa League, here is where I learned brotherhood and leadership skills. Kappa League gave me plenty of role models I desperately searched for from the fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., I soon became Vice President of Kappa League and Vice President of my Class junior year. My senior year I became Student Body President of Morningside, the President of Kappa League, and the President of an engineer club for Hispanics: as of right now, I am proud for whom I am today, because I know that those objects do not define who I am; I am a college bound minority male. I am a well-rounded student. I am a great leader. I am Jonathan Gonzalez.