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Once in college I plan to pressure a career in organizational management. I want to learn how to run an efficient organization. This scholarship will allow me to fully focus on attending college classes and intern during the summer, when I will have the chance to truly gain more hands-on experience. Knowing how to start and maintain a successful organization will help me achieve my long-term goal of giving back to my community.  During the summer of 2013, I went on a community service trip in Costa Rica. With the help of the locals and my fellow volunteers, we reconstructed a greenhouse that provided local high school students with fresh vegetables to eat at school. This service trip sparked my interest in giving back to others – something I have continued to do every day by tutoring students at my school.  Community involvement has inspired me to start my own organization where I can offer resources to help low-income students prepare for college. This scholarship will contribute to my education and life plan.  Living in a loving but struggling one-parent household, I know college will change my future. I was only six years old when my father left and I still can’t recall the emotions of what having a complete family feels like.  Divorce is hard on a child but it has impacted my teenage years even more. I am torn by the dynamic between my parents and, while I love them, I know that it is time for me to move on and create my future. I learned about a college preparation program called Minds Matter LA.  It offered me numerous experiences over three years to prepare me for college acceptance and college life.  To be accepted into the program, I had to interview with a panel.  As my interview with the panel began, it was the catalyst that changed my life. I was asked about the future, and how I saw myself in four years. As I spoke about wanting to go to college, tears ran down my pale cheeks. This interview determined my spot in a life- changing program. A week after the interview I was selected to join the Minds Matter Los Angeles.  My drive is endless, whether playing a sport, studying, or working on my college applications. My friends and family know that once I have my mind set on something, there is no stopping me. This is unique, because I see so many of my friends starting projects and giving up. I’ve also been told that I have a level of maturity that is unusual for a teenager. These traits work together to give me the inner strength to meet my goals. A jokester, I love to make friends laugh, especially in stressful situations. I have a deep level of empathy, even for strangers. These components of my personality fuel my goal to create a center to serve the needs my community in Los Angeles.

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