R. Gabrielle McCormick

Yesterday morning as I headed to the gym, I noticed that my engine light had come on.

Worried and irritated, I took my car to Walmart with hopes of only having to deal with an oil change. To no avail, I paid my $25 bucks and headed to the mechanic.

At the mechanic’s, I was told that I needed new spark plugs. A bill totaling a little over a $100 had to be paid.

While I didn’t fully understand then, I’m thankful I even have a car today.

If you’ve been keeping up with current events, you may have seen that thousands lost their homes and cars from the devastation of Hurricane Matthew. Some even lost their lives.

Yesterday morning, I didn’t think about how grateful they’d be to pay $125 to replace their belongings. I didn’t think about those that have a chance to wake up today and go after their dreams and goals. I only thought about my inconvenience.

But when I saw the picture of my grandparents’ home in South Carolina, surrounded by water, I was overcome by gratitude.

We all complain a lot about a multitude of things. However, things could be worse. You could be in a position or country that limits your educational opportunities. But you’re reading this blog.

Use scholarships as a way to say thank you to all those that have sacrificed to put you in the position you’re in today. That have given up their time, money, and resources to support you and your family. Thank them by refusing to complain about any scholarship work you have to do.

Take your attitude of gratitude with you while you work on these scholarships:

  1. ABC Posters Scholarship: DoSomething is sponsoring a scholarship to help kindergartners learn their ABCs. In fact, students who learn more in kindergarten are less likely to drop out of high school and more likely to go to college. Especially if they can read. By making the ABCs more visually appealing and exciting, you can help and lead by encouraging kindergartners to learn the alphabet earlier on.
    Award: $1,000
    Deadline: October 17, 2016
  2. LA Tutors Scholarship: To apply for this scholarship you must be currently enrolled as a high school or college student, have a GPA of 3.0, and have designed an innovated project that makes a difference in the lives of others.
    Award: $500
    Deadline: October 21, 2016
  3. Creative Biolabs Scholarship Program: In an effort to further support their higher education on medical and science-related field, Creative Biolabs is proud to announce its first Spring Scholarship Program. Both undergraduate and graduate students majoring in a science related field, such as Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, and Molecular Biology, are encouraged to apply.
    Award: $1,000
    Deadline: October 21, 2016
  4. Innovative Scholarship Essay Contest: The contest is open to high school juniors and seniors, and students currently enrolled in 2-year or 4-year colleges or universities in the United States. To enter, students must address the topic of safer driving.
    Awards: $1,000-$2,500
    Deadline: October 21, 2016

Happy Tuition Tuesday! ☺ But more importantly, let’s remember those impacted by Hurricane Matthew.