Read One of Our $2,500 Scholarship Recipient's Winning Essays!

Read One of Our $2,500 Scholarship Recipient's Winning Essays!

Preparing for college is extremely stressful; figuring out your exact major, which college you will attend, taking the SAT, finding the means to pay for it. To me, the most stressful of them all is the financial side of it. College isn't cheap, I don't want to be paying off student loans for the rest of my life. So I've had to get a little creative to find the money.

First of all, I have been selling baked goods and beauty products that I make, to friends and family. The biggest hit is my pickles. I grow the cucumbers, dill, and garlic for them in my garden, so they're very crisp. I've also made quite a bit from crocheted baby beanies. I don't just sell the beanies though, I also give them to families whose babies are in the NICU. It seems to mean a lot, and makes me feel good for helping them.

I'm also a traveling babysitter for my family. Basically, they pay for me to fly to them sometimes, then pay me to watch my little cousins while they're at work conferences. It's more fun than work to me. Me and my cousins get to go do fun stuff while my aunt and uncle are gone, like: go to the park, museums, aquariums, and more. It's a lot of fun.

I want a part-time job, but I have been so busy lately. My brother has something wrong neurologically, and we're driving back and forth from here, Georgia, to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. My mom has to drive him back and forth to college, because he can't drive right now. I still only have my learner’s license, because it costs too much on the insurance with all of the medical stuff. So I can't get a job yet since I can't drive myself, and my mom is too busy to drive me.

What would really help me financially is this scholarship. It would truly be amazing. I'm saving for school, but I don't have enough to pay for it, I don't want to get loans. I plan on going to East Georgia State College starting in August 2019, and I'll be majoring in Biology. I hope to work in a medical laboratory, where I can work with microscopes and help diagnose diseases.