Our First Scholar
New Orleans, LA.
My favorite subjects are Math and science and history. I love all kinds of science—chemistry and biology. I’m a junior at Ursuline Academy. I want to be a marine biologist when I grow up. I can’t swim, but I’m planning on learning.
I guess we’re poor. Money is tight. That’s what it is. I know sometimes my mom has to decide between paying the rent or paying the light bill. So money’s tight. And I know my mom gave up some of her dreams to help me and my sister. I try not to ask her for things, like money for school trips. I don’t want us to end up on the street.
My mother told me she wasn’t going to have any dummies in her house. So I cannot bring home bad grades. That’s why I have A’s and B’s. When I grow up and I have my own family I don’t want to live how me and my sister live. I don’t want to choose whether we have food or pay the light bill. I want to make good money. I told my mom she was going to live in my guesthouse on my property.
I’ve become a better student because with a scholarship I have to keep a certain grade point average. When I want to give up because school is hard that’s when I think about—I don’t want to lose the scholarship. I’m just so happy that people saw my hard work and they believed in me.