ALL WAYS UP FOUNDATION wrote -
My name is Sh’Naiya Chapman and I have two brothers. My oldest brother is in college in Norfolk, Virginia and my younger brother is in middle school. My mother is a single parent who has been taking care of me and my brothers eight years. Although my mother has completed college she is still responsible for her college loans. She talks to us often about how she had to defer them because of financial difficulties. My mother still has student loans of her own to pay from her own undergraduate education. A scholarship would help relieve some stress from her trying to figure out how she can help me further my education. Four years ago, we lost our house to foreclosure; my mother also lost her car months after we found a new place to live. Watching my mother break down and cry about her car and then turning her pain into praise made me realize that I had to do better for myself and for my future family. My mother showed me that her life is better than what she had growing up and she wants my brothers and I to have a better life. I have chosen to further my education because I know times get rough and I want to fulfill my mother’s desire for us to have a better life for our children than she was able to give us. The biggest adversity I’ve had to deal with is my father leaving us. I think because I do not really understand why he left makes me feel like it was because of us. While my dad is absent from the house, I still love him and miss him being there. Through all this, I admire my mother for being strong and forgiving and I want to make her proud of me for being just as strong for being raised without my father active and present in my life. I am fearfully and wonderfully made and I am unique and special because I have God in my life. He makes no mistakes and He has shown me that He can be all that I need in my life. After the things that have happened in my life, I have still maintained no less than a 2.9 GPA throughout high school and I have not turned to drinking or drugs to help ease the pain of not having my father in my life. I am special because I am a child of God and He made me in His own image. I am not perfect and I do have my ways, but I know Who to turn to when I need a place of solace.