This week, I was able to help Destiny who is one credit hour shy of graduation with her undergraduate social work degree. She is out of financial aid. Thanks to this scholarship, she will complete her one credit hour this summer as an independent study with Dr. Delavega and graduate in August. Destiny has a job offer at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program when she finishes. She wrote a very long letter about the series of challenges in her life and her family life that have delayed her graduation.
Here is an excerpt from the letter:
"Thank you just does not really say what this donation means to me. I thought long and hard about how I could express how thankful I am to those of you who were able to donate to help me complete my final credit hour. After writing a standard thank you note that just did not seem to fully express my feelings I decided the only way that you will truly understand is if I explain a few of the hardships I faced on my journey to get my diploma, so you can fully appreciate the true meaning of your donation in my life."
Destiny further explained that she is facing a number of challenges including medical issues with no health insurance, the recent loss of her brother, and the struggle of working two jobs while trying to complete school full time. She ended her letter with the following:
"If you had not donated and the department had not agreed to let me do a single hour independent study I am not sure I would have been able to finish for quite a long time. My mother would have been devastated that she could not help but they are in debt too so the thought of even telling her about the situation got me emotional."
Once again, thank you for your donation to the Social Work Student Assistance Scholarship. We are very grateful to have funds to help students like Destiny.
Susan Neely-Barnes, PhD, MSW
Chair & Professor