CCRI scholarship stories – A thank you to donors

CCRI scholarship stories – A thank you to donors


– 2012, I was taking microbiology. I went to the doctor’s because
I had severe migraines, and I figured, they
said “Let’s do an MRI.” They were checking me for MS, because I was right around the
age group where MS can start. I had a lot of numbness and tingling. So they did the MRI. I got a phone call when
I was shopping in Target, and they told me I had
to get an appointment with a surgeon right away,
that I had a huge cyst. My whole life kind of was stopped. I went to church, prayed
with some friends, and I went to the doctor’s,
went to the surgeon. They couldn’t explain it,
but they re-did the MRI, and the cyst was gone. I was still battling an
eating disorder at that point, it was pretty challenging. – First-time mom, newlywed, and my daughter was born with a rare chromosome abnormality. At that moment, I was a stay-at-home mom, and fighting for my daughter’s life. She was with us for 9 1/2 years. When she was at home, I found myself, if you wanna say, playing
the role as a nurse, even though I was just the mom. I want to be in the caring
field of these children, so I started coming back to school. I needed to take several classes that were non-credited
classes, just to catch me up. After that, I started my pre-requisites. – Well, I first started out at CCRI because it was all I could afford. High school wasn’t so great for me, I battled an eating
disorder, which I mentioned. Started here and it kinda gave me a chance to figure out what I wanted to do. That’s when I decided to do nutrition, and that way I could help other girls battle the eating disorder that I did. Professors, some of
them are great mentors. They wrote me recommendation letters, which have helped me win
numerous scholarships, and they really helped me
figure out what I wanted to do. I had Cindy Hansen who
was a huge advocate, she helped me to get
accepted into Saint Joe’s. Her, alongside David
Vito, he was very helpful in helping me to meet
the requirements needed, even though I had to
take a lot of absences. Susan Apshaga and Laurie Sherman, I was able to work close with
them, with Phi Theta Kappa, and they were a big
support towards me winning the New Century Scholar award. – I’m a slower learner, but
when I get it, I get it. So I’ve had some really great help through the student services to give me that extra one-on-one. I needed that extra help. Professor Sienkiewicz,
she’s a professional through and through and she was able to guide me through the process. – But overall, no matter where you turn, there’s always support and
everyone’s willing to help. – CCRI’s given me a new life. I’m still feeling the joy of
graduating with last week. – I would definitely say
CCRI changed my life, and I got to get involved
and win scholarships. It’s like night and day. I never got to do it in high school, so it gave me kinda like a second chance, and a kind of a new hope. I received the Edward and
Lucy D. Medeiros scholarship and it meant a lot to me. It’s for transferring
to Johnson and Wales, which I will be attending this September. It helped me to pay, first they needed a $300 reservation fee, so it allowed me to lock myself in. It also allowed me to
make my down payment, and without it I don’t think, I don’t know for sure how I’d be able to, because my couldn’t help me with school, so I applied to a lot of scholarships. – When I received the
e-mail from Robin McDuff that I was awarded this
scholarship, I was elated. it was a gift that I really needed. It helped ease the burden financially, so I just remained focused on the program. I’m just very grateful that it came to me. If I had the chance to meet
the donors and speak with them, I would just thank them for supporting me and giving me the confidence that, the person they see today is, I attest it to their
donations and their support. I’m gonna do a lot, I know I’m going to. All the donors, people
get to be a part of it. It’s not just me, it’s a whole bunch of people coming together. It really helped me to dream
this big dream that, to me, otherwise wouldn’t be attainable
without their support. (upbeat music)

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