As a Native American woman, who moved away from my home on the Navajo Reservation to continue my education, I can’t thank the Swan Start Scholarship Program for awarding me this scholarship. I am also grateful to the many, generous donators for their gracious funding. I am in my last semester at Glendale Community College and will graduate with my Associates in Elementary Education in December 2022. Not only am I a full-time student, I am also a part of our college volleyball team. With a jam packed schedule, the SSSP award allows me to focus on being a stellar student-athlete without worrying about financial challenges. I hope to return home to the reservation after completing my education and changing the lives of the students in my community.
As a single parent and graduate student, the SSSP award I received in August 2021 helped me to bridge the gap between my dream of earning a master's degree and that very reality. Due to financial constraints, I had to leave my program in 2019, but with the help of the SSSP award, I was able to return to finish my program. The assistance and support from the award and the SSSP board has been instrumental in my return and with pride, I will graduate with my MSW in August 2023.