The man who taught me how to walk, talk, and shaped me into who I am today, was the same man who was taken from me in the worst way possible when I was only four years old. My father was murdered in an attempted car robbery while leaving work one night. Someone who had the world at his fingertips, my dad had been ripped away from his beautiful family at home. A well-known podiatrist with an astonishing seven years post-graduate schooling whom everyone I knew looked up too. My father was well deserving of everything that he attained, considering how hard of a worker he was. Leaving me behind along with my mother and my eight-month-old sister, my dad’s absence affected our lives greatly.
At such a young tender age I was unaware of the severity of the circumstances my family was going through and would have to go through for the rest of my life. I knew one thing for sure however; I would be the best man I could be for my little sister and mother who I adore more than anything in the world. Throughout my life I have done the best I could as the man of the house and a father figure to my sister, and now I have begun to take the next step in college.
Aspiring to walk in my father’s footsteps, I believe that it is imperative to receive all of the schooling necessary to begin a successful career in life. I can proudly say that I have successfully completed my third year at Towson University and have excelled in my major of Physical Education. I may not be the student that has the luxury of their parents easily paying the full tuition of their college, but I will be the student that is constantly motivated to make the most of every class I attend and make it all worth it. I am on the long road towards the same success that my father had achieved, and completing college is my next step.
With the help of the Honorable Virginia Dietrich Memorial & KCNJ Scholarship, I can reduce my financial strains for the future and lift part of the weight that is resting on my mother’s shoulders. I am determined only to make improvements on myself and to excel in college, assuring that I reach my utmost potential. I will be forever grateful to all those who have donated in memory of Judge Dietrich and I promise to make them proud.