COCC Foundation Scholarship Recipient, Samantha

COCC Foundation Scholarship Recipient, Samantha


I worked full-time throughout high
school in addition to taking classes and doing track and after that I just
continued to work and it’s one of those things where time goes a lot quicker
than you expect it to and before I knew it you know I was 10 years at one job
and it couldn’t tell you where the time went I knew I always
wanted to go back and to better not only my future but the future
of my children and unfortunately life just kind of got in the way of that my
mom was my best friend she was a huge guiding force in my life and she raised
me to be independent and follow my dreams I don’t like to stand up for what
I believed in I watched my mom sacrifice a lot in order to give me a life that
she never had when I started at COCC it what ironically was on her birthday
and so it just it felt like a sign it felt like it was something I was meant
to do and I know wherever she’s out she’s just guiding me to this day and I
won’t give up so just by you know offering me the scholarship it it shows
that there are people who’ve never met me that are willing to support me and
that alone is just it’s tremendous I think the first year I got it is just
kind of one of those where I was like ooh a scholarship financially it was such a help and such a relief without that help I don’t think I would come back I think
I’d still probably work in 60 hours a week and in a job
where I knew I couldn’t advance kind of trying to do this on my
own it was you know it was hard enough so to receive that which is phenomenal
definitely been a good change coming back to school and following this dream
of mine to have a better life and to know that that there are people who have
faith in me enough to provide me with this scholarship and to help me achieve
my goals in school it’s I mean nothing is out of reach now nothing I could
reach for the stars and I know at the end of the day it’s it’s gonna be okay
and it’s gonna be worth it I’m a single mom of two amazing children
and and I just want them to know that no matter what to always follow your dreams
and never give up and I want a better world for them and if this is a stepping
stone then okay with that

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