ALL WAYS UP FOUNDATION wrote -
If granted a Perlman Foundation Scholarship, I would use the financial support to pursue my college education, continue on to receive an MBA, and set out on my journey to become a leader in business and my community. Unfortunately, my family does not have the means to pay for my education, and being undocumented limits the financial options available to me. Without financial aid and scholarships, I cannot pay for college. The Perlman Foundation Scholarship will truly make a difference. Not only will it provide financial help, it will reinforce my motivation to accomplish my goal of receiving a college education and pursing a career. I am an undocumented student from a low-income family with a single mother. I do not live in the greatest of circumstances. Yet, I posses a strong drive to break out of the social conditions into which I was born. The best path for me to rise above my situation is through education. Education will provide the foundation for me to become a legal and productive citizen of the United States. I was only a year old when my father left us. My mother decided it was best to leave Mexico and join her supportive family in Los Angeles. She made a home for our family in a run-down two-bedroom apartment in Inglewood, a tough city where the lullaby of police sirens can be heard throughout the night. There were eight of us, living in a tiny apartment. My family instilled in me the importance of a good education. They encouraged me to excel academically, and dictate the course of my own future. I am motivated by my older sister’s resilience of not letting immigration status or financial limitations stop her from attaining a college education. It is through my sister’s example that I know I can overcome the financial burdens and graduate from college. I am well aware of my situation, and the drawbacks that come with it. As a result, I strive to seize every opportunity that can put me closer to reaching my goals. One opportunity that has resulted in my proudest accomplishment, has been my acceptance to Minds Matter of Los Angeles, an academic college-preparatory program that works with underprivileged high school students from low-income families. For the past three years, I have dedicated every Saturday to improving my academic skills through participating in Minds Matter. It is an experience that has really changed the direction of my future. Applying myself fully to the academic course work, like critical thinking, math, and SAT prep, has allowed me to raise my GPA and SAT scores. This has given me the opportunity to apply to universities that I would not have considered. Through collaborations with the diverse students within the organization I learned to take into account different perspectives and see things in a different light. Traveling to attend summer programs exposed me to the world that lies beyond Inglewood, and through participation in these programs I have built long lasting relationships with friends from Lebanon, South Africa, Brazil, France, and others. Living in a college campus allowed me to become exposed to the academic rigor of college academics. What others see in me is one thing, but most important is what I see in myself. When I look at myself, I see a determined, optimistic, and inquiring young man who wants to succeed. My goal is to graduate from college, become a citizen, and lead a company that contributes positively to society. The world is constantly evolving, and I want to be a contributor to the next generation of change and innovation. The world is getting smaller, and I hope to be a part of bringing societies and cultures together, resulting in people sharing there thoughts, beliefs, and perspectives with others. I had no control in the events and decisions that led to me being an undocumented boy from a single mother in a low-income family. However, I strive to take advantage of every opportunity to overcome adversity and change my status. Graduating from college offers the best opportunities. As an undocumented student, I am ineligible for resources like federal grants and many scholarships. I accept that I will be excluded from certain activities, like studying abroad or applying for internships due to my immigration status. As difficult as this may be, I will overcome these barriers the same way I overcame previous obstacles. I remain optimistic, and stay dedicated to achieving my goals of graduating from university, changing my circumstances, and becoming a leader in business and community. Being granted the Perlman Foundation Scholarship will set me on that path.