I am in the process of applying for the Harrison McCain foundation scholarship based on financial need. At the moment I need help closing my personal letter about what the scholarship would mean to me.
My name is Matthew Kendell and I am a Level three student at Bay d'Espoir Academy. Coming from a five person household with only one breadwinner, things have always been tight for my family. It is not that we have ever done without the essentials; it is simply that we don't have some of the luxuries that other people take for granted. As such, it has not been possible for me to rely on parental aid for my education.
This coming fall, I am attending Memorial University to obtain a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering. I have the ability to not only perform what is asked of me, but to reach above and beyond any set expectations. I have the determination, the ability and most importantly the drive to take myself to the stars and back and never let anything slow me down along the way. I, however, face a difficult problem. In my current financial situation, it is not feasible to attend university without relying fully on provincial and federal loans, and paying my own way through the next five years of my life. My chosen path will be that much rockier, having to work double duty in the workforce, and perform impressively as a student. Despite this, I am entirely willing to go the distance if it means acquiring an education that will last a lifetime.
What would this scholarship mean to me? It would mean I could be free. To me, education means freedom, and without a degree I will never truly be free. This scholarship for me could very well mean being able to afford getting a degree; simply, my future. By receiving this scholarship, I will be able to pursue my post-secondary education without needing to worry about books, tuition, and the bare necessities. However, it is not enough to provide for myself. To use my education only for myself would be selfish. With things being as they are, this scholarship would not only mean the world to me, but to my family as well. After obtaining my degree and taking care of my loans, I will be in a position to contribute to an educational fund for my two younger brothers so that they will have better opportunities than I, and will not have to worry about being able to afford schooling.
I realize, of course, there are dozens of other applicants and these words have all been read before, but (I had an idea of what was going to follow this but I lost it unfortunately)
Any help regarding how to close my letter, or continue on with the last sentence would be greatly appreciated. Feedback welcomed as well.