To give some background on myself, I am a 2021 High School Senior at Mt. Spokane High School. I was just accepted into Oregon State University for Fall of 2021. There are two things about my next step that are exciting to me, one I get to go to a top notch engineering school, and second I have the opportunity to play fast pitch softball for the OSU Beavers. With this journey comes a challenge and that is needing to shoulder a significant percentage of the financial aspect of attending as a nonresident. That is why I am seeking out every opportunity to earn my way and am reaching out to you for consideration in your hunt for the perfect recipient of your scholarship award. A few core values that I have learned through my schooling and my upbringing is that hard work, telling the truth and being a leader is important in everything I do on and off the field of play, in and outside of the classroom.
During my 2020 recruitment year, the pandemic happened and it changed my outlook for athletic dollars and scholarships as many of the programs I was looking at needed to care for their 2020 seniors and reallocate their funds to support them for an extra year due to covid.
In November of 2020, I committed to an offer from the softball coaching staff from Oregon State University. This commitment included very little money in-terms of an athletic scholarship. This will be a financial challenge for me, but I am thankful to have the opportunity to play for this group of coaches and earn my spot on the roster.
As far as leadership roles go, I have many examples and experiences that could help better define me.
For starters, in school I have shown my leadership in group projects. Being a member in group projects, I believe it is part of my responsibility to elevate the groups understanding on the topic, as well as produce a quality report or presentation. If a member is not doing their job, I will let them know, and not complete their work for them but help them with any assistance they may need. I have also participated in community service opportunities such as Second Harvest Food Bank. While there, I measure, bag and ship food to those in need. Being in this environment helped me to understand what situation others might be in as well as provide support for those who have little. Finally, I can define my family as my Dad, Mom, Brother, as well as my teammates and friends.
Working as a team, believing in the mission of the team, and truly being a family is something that I hold to be true now as a Senior in high school, and know it will keep me strong as I enter my college career.