Dear Community Foundation board members, I would like to first take a moment to introduce myself, my name is Scarlett Cortez. I am the oldest child in my entire family, I will also be the first in my family to attend college in the United States. I was born and raised in the wonderful city of Aurora, I have made priceless memories, I have learned much about the world and about myself, and I have set goals for my future years to come. All of these things, I’ve done in Aurora. I enjoy playing an listening to music, drawing, learning new things and spending time with the people who I love.This fall, I will become a freshman at Aurora University and that will be the kick off to my Medical pursue. I hope to double major in Biology and Chemistry and minor in Spanish. Afterwards, I want to go to Medical School to become a doctor, perhaps a Pediatrician or an Orthopedic Surgeon. Only time will tell what I will learn to love and decide I want to do for the rest of my life. I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to attend college for free this year thanks to all the scholarships that were awarded to me. I believe that many people in the United States take their education for granted, it saddens me that those who can afford to pay tuition waste their money, and those who cannot afford tuition and are truly passionate to learn cannot afford to pursue their education. On another note, it fills my heart with joy that there are foundations out there who are dedicated to lend a helping hand to students out there who are hard workers, who have passion to learn, and don’t waste opportunities.
I would like to thank the Community Foundation founder, members, donors and anyone involved who share my belief that education is the road to success and the key that opens the door to a brighter future. I would like to remind you that it is people like you who make dreams come true, thanks to you I am able to go to school and not have money be an obstacle for me. Thanks to you, my mom knows all the nights she stayed up with me while I was typing a paper or studying paid off. Thanks to you, I know there are people who believe in me and my potential. Thanks to you, I am already closer to receiving my degree. Please know the work you do matters, you make a difference in this world, and the amount of gratitude I have toward all of you is so immense that this letter does not do it justice. However, I will do my best to show how grateful I am by continuing good work ethic and hopefully one day joining the Community Foundation and give back the opportunity you have blessed me with.
I promise to be strong so nothing
can disturb my peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, & prosperity to every person I meet.
To make all my friends feel
that there is something great in them
To look at the positives of everything & make my optimism come true.
To think only the best, to work only for the best, & to expect only the best. To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as I am about my own.
To forget the mistakes of the past
and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature I meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of myself
that I won’t have time to criticize others. To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
To think well of myself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on my side so long as I am true to the best that is in me.