Amiri Warden

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​​ Richland College

Amiri Warden
2019-2020​ Awardee

The recipient of our $1,000 scholarship for the spring 2020 semester was Eastfield student Amiri Warden. Ameri recently told me that she did complete her associate's degree during the summer and maintained her 4.0 GPA. Below is the essay she wrote that was a significant part of why her selection for the scholarship. Why are you applying for the DCCCD Retirees Association Scholarship? Why do you believe you are an excellent candidate to receive this scholarship? Describe academic goals and future career plans. Include community service activities you have participated in and/or leadership roles you have held. Provide any further information in support of your application

I am applying for the DCCCD Retirees Association Scholarship because I am pushing myself closer towards the finish line, which is to complete my bachelor's while acquiring little to no debt at all. This scholarship would allow me to challenge myself to go further with my education, not just limiting myself to thinking about only earning my bachelor's but even my master's degree.

I received a lot of support from the DCCCD community at Eastfield College. My professors, who saw my drive to want more for myself and was willing to be there to answer questions and emails when the dots were 15, not connecting but the adviser who helped make sure I stayed on track. I wasn't just a number to add to their roster, but a student they wanted to reach their goals. My goals include maintaining my 4.0 once I graduate from Eastfield College and transferring to UTA to finish my bachelor's in social work and hopefully work on my master's degree to become a licensed clinical social worker. Having the opportunity to work at Genesis Women's Shelter and Support the summer before my senior year of high school made me even more determined that social work was the path I wanted to take.

I was part of an internship at Baylor Scott & White-White Rock my senior year and the Interact Club serving as the community service chair leader. Also, my involvement with Human Service Club that is both centered around the community are a few of the things I was able to do while having my studies. I knew I would need to eventually further my education to get my bachelor's degree, which seems more like reality and not so much a dream as I get closer to graduating this spring or summer with my associate's of art. Overall I think I make an excellent candidate DCCCD Retirees Association Scholarship because I have the drive it takes to make goals become a reality and a fantastic support team for me when I need an extra push. I have to tools it takes to accomplish my dreams; I need help making the building blocks.