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Essay Three

My name is, Terrence Mandell Scott, and I am pleased to have the opportunity to introduce myself to you.

I presently attend, White Plains Senior High School. It is my career plan to attend a 4 year college, Franklin Pierce University, and become an educator. Because of my interest in sports, I would like to be a Physical Education Teacher. I have participated in organized sports since I was 5years old. Although Basketball is my true love, I have also been involved in Lacrosse, Football and baseball on the High School Level.

I volunteer as an Assistant Basketball Coach, and operate the score table for, First Ladies/Presidents Youth Basketball Program. I also participate in fundraising activities and participate in the Youth Advisory Committee for the MVP Basketball Camp which supports the MVP’s Scholarship Program.

During the summer months I work as a crew member, for MVP Camp, and a Delivery Person for Michael’s Pizzeria.

We have heard it many times before , mothers who find themselves raising their children alone when her husband and the father of her children just gets up leaves . I am most fortunate in that my mother is very strong woman whose focus is always on her children. She has made me and my younger brother and sister, her number one priority. She works two jobs, one as a social worker and the other as a site monitor, overnights at a women’s residential high risk facility.

Although it wasn’t financially easy, my mother made great sacrifices and moved us out of a dangerous neighborhood into a middle –class neighborhood knowing she was going to struggle. Her struggle was not important to her – giving us a better life was. She found it hard to pay the bills and put food on the table. When I was younger, I wanted what all the other kids had in school and I didn’t understand why I couldn’t get them. My brother, sister and I went to school wearing the same clothes and same shoes most days.

As the oldest child in the family, I made a promise to myself to help my mother. I thought she had enough struggling and that realization has changed my life hugely. I decided I was going to help my family. As soon as I was old enough, I began to look for a job and eventually got one with the White Plains Youth Bureau. Now I had the opportunity to give my mother some financial support in her effort to keep a roof over our heads and put food on the table. I was able to buy some of what my little brother and sister needed. I told them to come to me first and not to trouble my mother, I was even able to save some money.

Since I’m the one my brother and sister look up to , I didn’t want to see them go through what I did when I would see what other kids had and knew I wasn’t able to have the same things . I finally understand what my mom was trying to tell me since I was eight years old – “If you really want it, go and get it “. She really wanted to make a difference in the lives of her children. She made the necessary sacrifices and is able to give us a good home and a strong family union.

All three of us are in a very good position because of my mother’s dedication. She was always there to support each one of us in our after school activities and our involvement in sports. No matter what the weather or what she may have wanted to do for herself she was always there to support each one of us. But at the age of eight, I didn’t understand all she sacrificed for us to have a decent life.

Looking back on my childhood , I now can understand how my mom wanted me to enjoy my childhood and not worry about things like food and having somewhere to sleep because she took care of all that . To this day, she always says to me “I raised a strong young man; you’re going to make a good father one day “. I attempt to mirror on her efforts , in a way to give back to her what she has given to me , enabling me to want and work for the things in life that are most important.

Each day, my siblings and I wake up and feel stronger as a family, taking one day at a time. We do a lot together as a family and as a result we have a very strong family bond. My younger self could not have imagined what the future had in store for me. Today I see a path to a career through education. I will always thank her for all she has done to ensure I would have a good future. I know I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for my number one supporter, my mom.

As an African American male, I think I can be a role model to so many others, who may not have one.

I hope that you will consider me, as a worthy candidate for your scholarship.

Thank You for your time.

Terrence M.Scott

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