R. Gabrielle McCormick

First, Happy New Year! I hope you’ve retained the momentum you had when the clock struck twelve!

Around the end of December and into the first of January, I try to focus on the things that are important. This year, a priority of mine is to get back into “basketball shape”. Right now, I’m feeling like a linebacker or offensive lineman on a football team!

With that being said, I spent the first day of the year at the gym; my gym is located in a hospital. Not only is it in a hospital, but it’s beside a major entrance – the maternity ward.

When I look out the windows, I see all kinds of people. Of course, something I saw on Sunday stood out.

A man and woman came out and stood in the entry. Pretty ordinary, right?

After standing there a few seconds, she lit a cigarette and passed it to him. However, he was a patient. How did I know? He was still hooked up to his IV machine!

Please understand that I’m not here to condemn anyone. We all have things that we’re working on conquering. But how ironic is it that the patient was there to heal and decided to behave in a contradictory manner?

How many of us do that? How many of us, myself included, say we want to change but continue the same destructive behaviors?

It’s 2017. It’s time to leave our old habits behind us.

I don’t know what’s holding you back from reaching your scholarship dreams, but it’s time to move on. Look yourself in the mirror and address the issues that are keeping you and your family from where you need to be. Find the encouragement, support, and help to move to the next level. You cannot afford to stay where you are.

Use this week’s scholarship picks as a way to begin the process:

  1. PromoCodeWatch Smart Spender Scholarship: Our first scholarship this week is aimed at rewarding and supporting students who understand the importance of always getting the most value for their money. To apply, you must be a student entering or attending any post-secondary institution in the United States.
    Award: $2,000
    Deadline: January 9, 2017
  2. Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship: This scholarship is for current undergraduate students who are entering into a study abroad program of at least 4 weeks.
    Funding Amount: Up to $10,000
    Deadline: January 11, 2017
  3. The Coffee Barrister Annual Coffee Scholarship: The Coffee Barrister Annual College Scholarship is open to any student enrolled in an accredited secondary school, college, or university (international). To apply for this scholarship, each applicant must submit a 500 – 1000 word essay on any topic of your choice related to artisan coffee (also known as specialty coffee).
    Award: $1,000
    Deadline: January 14, 2017
  4. Technology Addiction Awareness Scholarship: To apply, students must be a high school freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior or a current or entering college or graduate school student of any level. The purpose of this scholarship is to help you understand the negative effects of too much screen time.
    Award: $1,000
    Deadline: January 30, 2017

Happy New Year and Happy Tuition Tuesday ☺