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How My Daughter Applied For And Won 18 College Scholarships: Read Her Winning Letter To Each Scholarship Committee

Updated on April 21, 2016
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Students should not despair if they don’t have the necessary money to attend college. There are many scholarships and grants out there to assist anyone who truly wants a college degree.

One avenue that is overlooked by students to obtain a college scholarship is through their own high school. In our county there are many professional people and businesses that offer scholarships to those students they believe to be worthy of financial help.

Our high school publishes a booklet in the beginning of the school year with a list of the available scholarships. The booklet lists the name of the person or organization that is offering the award, and the qualifications for that award.

Local Businesses And Professions Fund Scholarships

There are local attorneys who select a student who is interested in law. Some local veterinarians will select a student that wants to pursue a career in that field. Our teacher’s give a scholarship to a student who wants to be a teacher. Then there are organizations that set aside funds to help any student to go college for any profession. Most of these scholarships are based on financial need and the sincerity of the student. The largest scholarship of all is the Horatio Alger scholarship, and is the most sought after because it’s high standards make it one of the hardest to win.

The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc. bears the name of the renowned author Horatio Alger, Jr., who wrote stories of ordinary people overcoming adversity and believed hard work, honesty and determination could conquer all obstacles. They look for students who have demonstrated those attributes. My girl certainly did those things. She overcame adversity in her life but was determined to succeed.


My Granddaughter Wants To Attend College, But We Have No Money

I had been the legal guardian of my granddaughter since she was in the sixth grade. Now, she was graduating from high school, and was faced with the desire to attend college at a state university but she knew we had no money. I had not been able to save any money toward her college expenses because I live on Social Security. The state of Florida gives a scholarship called Bright Futures for students who have maintained at least a B average throughout their high school years. She knew she would qualify for that. That scholarship is very limited, so we still had big deficit. Shortly before she reached her 18th. birthday, I adopted her. If you adopt a child in the state of Florida, their college tuition is paid by the state. The cost of tuition is minimal when you add up all the other costs of college: books, housing, food, etc.

The U.S. Department of Education has student financial aid if certain qualifications are met. They use a formula based on the expected family contribution for the student. A high EFC will eliminate some federal aid; for example, $4,617 is the highest EFC for a Pell Grant. There is a form called the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This form has to be completed well ahead of the anticipated date of college enrollment.

So, based on my income, we felt sure she would qualify for Federal Student Aid. There was no way to know for certain just how much money would be available.

She Begins The Application Process

My granddaughter brought home the booklet from her high school and carefully went through the available scholarships. She chose 25 altogether. She wrote a letter to each scholarship committee stating why she needed their help. She included her official high school transcript (up to that point), and three letters of recommendation as to her character, ethics, and determination. These were to be from a teacher, her clergy, and a neighbor.

The instructions she had to follow to apply for a scholarship were:

For each scholarship:

Include her personal letter stating why she needed funds for college, and why she thought she was deserving of the award.

The three letters of recommendation

The official high school transcript

She spent about three weeks gathering all this information and preparing a separate brown legal size envelope to mail the information to the organization awarding the scholarship.

My Grandaughter's Letter To The Scholarship Committees

This is the letter she wrote:

She introduced herself with her full name.

I will graduate from High School in the spring of 2007. I have lived with my grandmother, who is my legal guardian, since I was in the sixth grade. She also has custody of my 15 yr. old sister, and my 11 yr. old brother. Before I came to live with my grandmother, my mother who is in poor health tried to homeschool the three of us, but I realized I needed to attend school. So, I would get up in the mornings, get ready for school, and get the bus so I could attend public school.

When I was an infant I had severe ear infections which left me deaf. At age 10 I underwent surgery to make new ear drumbs by grafting skin from behind my ears. The first surgery was very painful and was not successful. The surgery was repeated a year later. I regained most of my hearing after the second surgery. Knowing that I may never regain full hearing, I took sign language classes and learned to sign. It took a third operation when I was 15 years old to completely restore my hearing for which I am very grateful.

I became a Cheerleader while in the 6th Grade, and enjoyed cheering for the next two years. Even though I could not hear well, I could feel the beat of the music and still perform. By doing this, I took on the responsibility of getting to practices on time and making sure I knew all the routines. This experience helped me to learn to be a more responsible person in general.

When I began Middle School, I became a member of their Color Guard squad. This involves precision flag twirling and dancing. I was appointed an officer for one year, and was voted Co-captain the second year. This involved a lot of hard work and discipline, and this was the beginning of my love of the Color Guard, which I still enjoy at Martin County High School. I was voted “the most improved” member in my freshman year. I have served as Captain of our squad for the past two years. It is a very important part of my life and I hope I can continue in college. In fact, I would like to be able to teach other students to do the same. This has been a big incentive to keep my grades up because in order to remain on the Color Guard, I had to keep a 3.0 GPA or better. This experience has taught me how to get along with others and to be able to work with them.

It is very important for me to attend college. I believe that by obtaining a degree, a person shows determination and self-discipline. In order to succeed in today’s world, a college degree is essential. I have applied to the following Universities: The University of South Florida, The University of Central Florida, Florida State University, and the University of North Florida, These schools offer degrees in Education, and I would like to participate in their Color Guard which is important to me.

I would like to pursue a career in the teaching field. At this time I think I would like to teach Elementary School children. Currently, I am working three hours each morning before school as a Teacher’s Aide at Bessey Creek Elementary School. I am the middle child of eight brothers and four sisters, so I can relate to children. I took and passed the Certified Baby Sitting Course from the American Red Cross, and that has given me self confidence in caring for children. I know I will never become wealthy by teaching, but I would be happy to know I could make a difference in the lives of children in a positive way.

I feel I am a worthy candidate for your scholarship. I am a very responsible person, and I am determined to get a college degree. Because my grandmother is on a low fixed income, my desire to get a college degree may not be realized without the help of an organization such as yours who offer scholarships to students that might not be able to attend college without financial help from others.

Thank you for the opportunity of applying for your scholarship.

My Granddaughter's Efforts To Win The Scholarships Paid Off

She was informed by the High School counselor to be sure and attend Scholarship Night. She was very excited because she knew she must have won a scholarship. She was called to the podium to receive her scholarship. It was from the Horatio Alger Foundation. This is a very coveted award. She had no idea she would win that award. I was so very proud. She would have been content just knowing she had won that scholarship. But to her surprise, she was called to the podium 17 more times!

No only was she was awarded a total of 18 scholarships that night, she holds the record for the student who won the most scholarships from her school that year.

It took a lot to time and effort on her part to apply for all these awards, but it really paid off.

Between all of these awards, Federal Grants, and the grant awarded from the college of her choice, the University of South Florida, her four years of college was almost paid for. She chose not to live in a dormitory, so she worked two jobs so she could live off campus and drive and maintain the 1997 Toyota Camry she purchased in her Junior year of high school. She bought that car by working after school. Her scholarship money did not stretch all the way through her senior year. She had to take out a student loan to get her through. She will always be grateful for all the financial help she received. She wrote a personal handwritten note of thanks to each scholarship committee chairman for awarding her their scholarship.

The Graduate In Front Of The University Of South Florida Sign

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Our Family Established Our Own Scholarship

Money is available for students to go to college. It just takes determination and work.

Our family was so grateful for the financial help she received that we decided last year to forego exchanging gifts. Instead, we pooled our money to fund a $1,000 scholarship in the name of our beloved husband, father and grandfather who died in 1988. This was awarded to a high school graduate who will attend Veterinary School, and it will help defray some of her costs. It was a beautiful feeling for me and my family to give this deserving student her scholarship.

Bailey With Her Graduate's Cap

Bailey went through all four years of her Mom's college life.
Bailey went through all four years of her Mom's college life. | Source

My Girl And Her 1997 Toyota Camry

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The Graduate And Her Proud Family

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Bailey (The Shih Tzu) Is Very Proud Of Her Mom

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My Girl Is A Teacher Now

I'm proud to add to this article that my daughter is now an Elementary School Teacher!


She reached her goal, and is happy teaching.

Oh, and she still is driving her Toyota, and still has her best friend and companion, Bailey.

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Disclaimer

I cannot guarantee your student will win as many scholarships as my daughter won; however, there are grants and other types of financial aid available. Hopefully, your student won't graduate owing a big student debt.

I have not mentioned the name of my granddaughter/daughter on purpose to protect her identity.

© 2012 Mary Hyatt

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Mary, I just read your article and must tell you that it was wonderful way to start my morning. Very uplifting message here about young students indeed being able to win scholarship money to afford going to college. A definite congrats to your granddaughter for her multiple scholarship wins. From her letter, she sounds like a lovely young woman and very deserving indeed. Have voted up, shared and tweeted too!!

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      Jenn-Anne 4 years ago

      Awesome hub! What a great story - very motovational and filled with lots of useful info! Voted up!

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      Sunnie Day 4 years ago

      Hi Mary,

      This was such a great hub and will help many who face this situation. Congrats to your beautiful granddaughter too..Wishing her the very best life has to give. She was very blessed to have you.

      Love,

      Sunnie

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      g-girl11 4 years ago

      Congratulation on your beautiful granddaughter's success! Great idea including her scholarship letter! My son also won several scholarships---it is allowing him to attend his dream school without having to take out any loans. Your hub is very thorough and encourages others that with some hard work, anything is possible. Good luck to your granddaughter--I wish her much continued success!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, Janine. Thanks for reading and sharing my pride in my daughter's college scholarships. I am very proud of her and what she has accomplished in her life.

      Thanks so much for the votes, and the shares, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Jenn-Anne. Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to make such a nice comment on how my daughter won her scholarships.

      I appreciate the votes, too. Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, SunnieDay. How nice to see you! Thanks for reading and commenting. Thanks for the well wishes for her. She will go far in life because she has that drive to succeed: just like you do, my dear!

      I am blessed to have her!

      Have a wonderful day, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, g-girl11. Thanks for reading and commenting on how my daughter won her scholarships. Yes, I am very proud of her, as I'm sure you are of your son. I feel so bad for all the students who have to obtain huge loans to attend college; I'm glad your son won't be burdened with loans.

      I wish him all the luck, too. Mary

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Mary -

      You have a right to be proud of her! She's everything anyone could want! Congratulations!

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      nanderson500 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I remember writing essays for colleges, she did a great job. Voted up.

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      You must be very proud of your daughter. I hope her story helps other young people pursue their dreams!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      Reading this hub put a big smile on my face. Congratulations to your beautiful granddaughter and to you for your efforts in helping her achieve her dreams. All the up votes save funny on this uplifting and enlightening hub. Share button still not working on my end but will tweet so others may learn about this.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Great hub Mary what a nice story about your granddaughter and what a great grandmother you are to take in your grandchildren. Some wouldn't do that. Congratulation to your granddaughter on winning the scholarships. Voted Up.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, rcrumple. So glad to see you! Thanks for reading, and for the nice compliment on my beautiful daughter. Yes, I'm very proud of her., Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi nanderson505. Look like my Hub brought back memories of you writing essays for college, huh? I know that wasn't easy....

      Thanks for the votes, I appreciate that, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi Deborah, thanks so much for reading and sharing in my pride for my daughter who received 18 college scholarships.

      Have a wonderful day, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, Peggy W. You are so nice to read and compliment me on my beautiful daughter. I am very proud of this gal!

      Thanks for the votes and the tweet. Yes, I know. I can't share with followers, either....

      Have a beautiful day, Peggy. Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, moonlake. It's always good to see you! Thanks for reading about my wonderful daughter and her scholarships. She is a joy and has added a lot to my life.

      Thanks for the votes, too. Mary

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      Nancy Yager 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Kudos to you and your granddaughter for all of your achievements. I know that your scholarship will help many young people.

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      Anan Celeste 4 years ago from California

      I just finished reading your article to my 3 kids, that are currently in high school. They are still smiling. My kids have various disabilities, and sometimes wonder if their dream of attending school is even possible. This story have opened new possibilities for them.( My 2 girls are seniors and my son is a sophomore in high school) Because of our current situation they have practically given up. But with this idea, they are back on the wagon.

      Is funny you mention Color Guard, my daughter has been on her color guard team for 3 years and is her life. Blessings and congrats!!!

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      roanna 4 years ago from Virginia

      Great inspiring story!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      What an awesome a helpful hub. You should be proud of your granddaughter and the reader can tell you are through this hub. Useful!

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      Judith C Evans 4 years ago from Boise, ID

      What an inspirational story of perseverance and accomplishment! Congratulations to your granddaughter!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Lipnancy. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment on my daughter getting college scholarships. Yes, our family was happy to give a scholarship to a worthy student.

      Goodnight, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi ananceleste, I'm so glad you read my Hub to your kids, and hopefully they will be inspired to seek financial aid if they need it. There are a lot of scholarships and grants out there for disabled students. I would just do some research on the net. Thanks for telling me about your daughter who is on the Color Guard. Most folks have NO idea what you are talking about.

      Goodnight, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi roanna, I am so happy you found my Hub on my daughter's college scholarships inspiring. Thanks so much for the compliment, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi Glimmer Twin Fan, thanks so much for reading and commenting on my Hub about my daughter's scholarships. Yes, I am very proud of what she has accomplished. She is a joy. Goodnight, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi jcevans2009. Thank you, thank you for your nice compliment on my daughter's accomplishment. I am very proud of her.

      Thanks for reading, Mary

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      Urmila 4 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Wow! Congratulations to you and your granddaughter. She is very inspiring. Voted up and shared!

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      Lightshare 4 years ago

      Great Mary! Congratulations to you and your dear daughter for sharing the inspirational and motivating story of victory!! Thank you very much -)

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, urmilashukla23. Thank you for reading on how my daughter won college scholarships. Thanks for the congrats.

      I appreciate the votes and the share, too. Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Lightshare. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment and offer your congrats on my daughter winning college scholarships.

      Mary

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Not only is this hub filled with good advice for college bound students but it is a tribute to an outstanding young woman...your granddaughter! It seems your goodness and example has helped give this young lady that extra boost...it also seems she would have done well on her own, but a loving family always helps!

      I voted this up, awesome, and interesting and hope lots of college bound studnts read it!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      HI, tillsontitan, thank you so much for reading and for the nice compliment on my Hub and my wonderful granddaughter/daughter. She is truly an outstanding person, very determined, and I am very proud of her.

      Thanks for the votes, I appreciate that. Mary

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Mary, congratulations on having such a smart and resourceful granddaughter (beautiful as well). Thank you for sharing her story to highlight the process of applying and getting funding for college. Excellent information. Voted up and tweeted. :)

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I am glad you pointed out at the end that you protected the identity of your daughter/granddaughter as I was confused as to whether they were one or the same! Awesome work by the mystery gal. I had a scholarship too and it really helps (not to mention it's a great feeling to earn it).

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, TToombs08. Thank you for reading my hub on my daughter's college scholarships, and for the nice congrats. Yes, she is beautiful: inside and out!

      I appreciate the vote and the tweet so much, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, ChristyWrites. I'll admit it is confusing. I adopted this girl and her brother (my grandchildren). Sometimes I can't keep up with who is who (ha, ha). This girl has been a blessing to me in so many ways. I'm glad you received a scholarship. They are out there for those to try to find them.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Mary, your grand daughter's letter is an excellent one, making it unsurprising why she won a scholarship!! Congratulations to her, it is definitely well deserved. She also detailed well her work experiences and it helps a lot, because employers always want to see if you have relevant experience. On another note, I applaud her determination.....she deserves a whole lot of hugs for that!! A lovely sharing, which I"m sharing so that this can benefit parents of college going children or future college students here.

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      Deepak Chaturvedi 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Nice thoughts and useful as well.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, midget38. Thanks so much for the nice compliment on my Granddaughter's winning the college scholarships. Yes, she is a very determined person, and a joy to call my own.

      Thanks so much for the share, too.

      Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Deepak Chaturvedi

      Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment on how my daughter won college scholarships.

      I'm glad you enjoyed the read, Mary

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      You must be proud of your daughter's accomplishments. She is going to rock the world with her leadership skills. Great hub topic and one that will help many in applying for scholarships. Congrats to the grad!

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I really enjoyed this. You have brought up a fine young girl and I know you are so proud. I have read American kids are receiving less through fafsa because of all the illegals that get that. Seems a shame. Hope she has smooth sailing all the way through and is a blessing to you.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, teaches12345. I am extremely proud of this girl and her accomplishments. She is a hard worker and a very determined person. I do hope it will help other students to know that funding is available out there. Thanks for your congrats!

      My best, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi Jackie Lynnley, thanks for reading about how my daughter received her scholarships. Yes, I am very proud of her. I don't know if illegals are getting help from the government to attend college. One of the first things on the application is the question: Are you a US citizen?

      This girl has always been a blessing to me.

      Goodnight, Mary

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      It's easy to understand, Mary, how your granddaughter received 18 scholarship awards. Let me count the ways: 1) She is YOUR granddaughter and inherited your beauty, intelligence and winning ways: 2) The introductory letter to the scholarship committees was perfect, I would not change a single word. (And I should know since I used to get paid for writing cover letters for executives seeking positions.)

      This letter you shared should be of much assistance to anyone seeking a scholarship. Voted Up, of course.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Oh, drbj, what a lovely comment you made on how my daughter won her college scholarships. Thanks for the beautiful compliment on her and ME! I'm not sure I deserve those glowing remarks, but I do appreciate your words.

      Yes, she overcame adversity in her life. She is a very determined person, and I am SO proud.

      Thanks so much for the votes, too.

      Goodnight, Mary

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Hi mary, Sorry but my comment never went through I guess. Waited 2 days, thinking would show up. I was praising your wise moves as a mom and fortunately your daughter did finish her career. Your scholarship in your husband's name was a touching decision. I wonder if baby knows that her "mom" did graduate with honors!. There is so much you have done for your kids and grandkids... you will be remembered for life and generations. Thanks for being a wonderful mom and human being.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Good Sunday Morning, Lord. I've had problems for a couple of days commenting and sharing. I had to go to the feed page to make sure it worked!

      We can never do enough for our kids, you know that! I am extremely proud of this granddaughter/daughter who won these college scholarships.

      Thank you for the very nice compliment, Lord.

      Hope you have a wonderful day...our weather is just terrible today due to the storm. Mary

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Be safe Mary! Hope Baby is fine! Your daughter is a beautiful soul! I can tell by her eyes. Hope she makes you proud and happy!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Wow mary that was amazing! The letter did it, it was written in such a way that anybody reading it realised just how serious, studious and disciplined she was. It just goes to show that words make such a difference, and how lovely that you gave someone else a chance to with your scholarship, wonderful!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Nell Rose. thanks so much for reading about my daughter winning college scholarships, and for the nice compliment on her. She is truly an amazing girl and I'm very proud of her.

      Our family hopes to be able to give money again this year for another scholarship. Goodnight, Mary

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      cashmere 4 years ago from India

      Fantastic story and inspiring hub! The letter was so beautifully written and the life she has led so far is truly inspirational. All the best to her.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, cashmere. Nice to see you today. Thanks for reading about my daughter winning college scholarships, and for the nice compliment on her letter, and for the best wishes.

      Our best wishes to you, too! Mary

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      KDuBarry03 4 years ago

      Wow, just wow! I still cannot believe she won 18 scholarships. You are right, not many students will win as many scholarships as this; however, if they put the time and effort into the scholarships and work at school to maintain the scholarships, more than likely they will see some great progress :)

      Thanks for sharing this awesome story!

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      Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

      This is awesome....just shows what a little hard work can get you....loved the hub and thanks for sharing.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Cogerson. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment on my daughter's winning her college scholarships. I'm so happy you liked my Hub. As you can tell, I'm very proud of her!

      Goodnight, Mary

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Wonderful indeed I loved it and voted up too.

      Eddy.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, Eddy. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment on my daughter's college scholarships. I'm very proud of her!

      I hope you have a wonderful day. Mary

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Wow, this is very inspiring story. Your daughter is very talented, she makes you proud.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, Vinaya Ghimire. Thanks for reading about my daughter's college scholarships. I'm happy you found it to be inspiring. Yes, I'm very proud of this girl.

      Regards as always, Mary

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Great article, very useful and informative. I think we almost have the same system here in Canada. Nevertheless, this is an inspirational hub and it's worth sharing and reading.

      Voted up and all.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      What a wonderful gift you have, YOUR GIRL! Excellent efforts your daughter had done and she deserved all her scholarships! Makes us happy, makes us proud to share this story of 'student' success. It will make a good means of inspiring other students that there is no limit if one is determined to succeed. Great hub. Voted.

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      bougainvillea 4 years ago

      I can't stop my tears. She is very lucky to have you as her grandmother. You molded her with full of determination in life.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi Crissp. Thanks for reading and commenting on my Hub about college scholarships. I'm happy you found it to be inpirational.

      Thanks for the votes and the share, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, coffeeggimyrice. Yes, I am so thankful for my girl! She is a very deserving person.

      Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment, and for the votes, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi bougainvillea. I am glad if my Hub on my daughter's winning college scholarships moved you in such a nice way.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

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      Levertis Steele 4 years ago from Southern Clime

      How inspirational! The scholarship committee perceived that your daughter was not a quitter.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Levertis Steele. Thanks for reading my Hub on my Granddaughter's winning college scholarships. I am very proud of this girl, she will continue to go far in life.

      Goodnight, Mary

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Beautiful hub and this will motivate many other students out there! I can imagine the feeling you have for her achievement.

      Voted up, useful, beautiful and sharing so that others read and benefit!

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      kikalina 4 years ago from Europe

      Congrats this was an interesting read. Your granddaughter deserved it :)

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, livingsta. Thanks for reading and for the nice compliment on my Hub about my daughter winning her college scholarships. Yes, I am very proud of this girl.

      Thanks so much for the votes and the share, I appreciate that, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, kikalina . Thanks for reading about my daughter winning her college scholarships, and for taking the time to comment.

      I'm glad you found this article interesting, Mary

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      Melis Ann 4 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

      Wonderful story! Congratulations to you and your granddaughter.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Melis Ann. Thanks for reading and commenting on how my daughter won her college scholarships.

      Thanks for your congratulations, Mary

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      innerspin 4 years ago from uk

      Brilliant! This young lady will go far. She deserved those scholarships for her determination. You must be very proud of your lovely daughter.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, inerspin. It's nice to meet you! Thank you for your nice compliment on my daughter's accomplishment. She has always been a very determined girl, and yes, I am very proud of her. She will go far in life.

      Thanks for reading and for the nice comment, Mary

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      A touching story from your grand daughter who was impaired at one time. Funny how young kids get wasted healthy and all. Is up to the parents and to society, how we want to guide these future citizens. Great hub and good advices in here Mary!

      P.S. You did a good job Mary!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Lord. My girl is now working on her Master's and wants to be a teacher. I admire her for her hard work and determination. I am very proud of her. Thanks for reading about how she won her scholarships, and for the nice compliment.

      Hope you have a wonderful day, Mary

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      Kalpana Iyer 4 years ago from India

      This is such an inspiring story -- shows us how anything can be achieved provided we are passionate enough to see results. Hats off to your grand daughter! And to you of course, for all the love and support you gave her which are factors that contributed to her success.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, divacratus. Thanks so much for the nice compliment on my Hub about my daughter winning her college scholarships. This is such a determined girl, and I always tried in every way to support whatever she tried to achieve with my love and support. She deserves the best in life cause she has earned it.

      She now has her teaching certificate and wants to teach deaf children.

      Thanks for reading and commenting. Mary

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      Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

      You must be so proud of your wonderful grand daughter! It's so good to hear such a success story. I imagine that your grand daughter is also very proud of you - obviously you did a great job bringing her up.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Dolores Monet. Yes, I'm as proud as can be of this wonderful girl. She has truly been a blessing to me. She is the "light of my life".

      Thanks for reading about how my daughter won her college scholarships, and for the nice compliment. Mary

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      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      Mary, Your granddaughter's ambition and determination in the face of physical hurdles is astounding. Her scholarship letter really was beautiful and I can see why she won eighteen awards. What a terrific teacher she will be and what awesome life lessons she will be able to share with her students too. How very proud you must be!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, ktrapp. Yes, I am very proud of this girl! She always had that determination and drive that so many people lack. She is now teaching middle school and enjoys it very much.

      Thank you so much for your nice compliment on my daughter.

      Goodnight, Mary

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Hi Mary, I think your granddaughter is very fortunate to have your wonderful guidance and support. I know she has had to overcome much and has triumphed beautifully, but everyone needs a grandma like you! Lovely Hub that will inspire grandparents, parents and wannabe college students. Voted up and A

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Vickiw. So nice to "meet" you here today. Thanks for reading, commenting and the votes, too.

      I just added a note to this Hub that my daughter is now a teacher and loving her job. This is what she wanted to do, so she reached her goal. I do appreciate your nice compliment to me.

      Hope to see you again, soon. Mary

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      A very interesting story. I am quite surprised that she was able to win so many scholarships from her high school. For 7 years I ran the Career Resource Center at my local high school. I was in charge of listing all of the scholarships outside of the school, such as from local banks, organizations and the like. Then there were also high school scholarships that were given by the school. They were voted on by the Guidance Dept. Usually the most anyone won from those were 4, because our school is a large school and there are always at least 550 graduates in each class. I guess they feel they have to spread the money around. Your daughter is very fortunate, but I can also tell she worked hard to get where she is today. Good for her, and you should be very proud!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi , Karen Hellier. Our local high school itself did not give any scholarships. They published a booklet with the available ones from local banks, clubs. Then it was up to the student to apply for the ones they were interested in.

      Yes, she did work hard to win the scholarships. And we were told there were some scholarships that were NOT won because no student even applied for it!

      She is a very determined girl, and yes, I am very proud of her.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Americans are a charitable people. Those who have succeeded, generally acknowledge that somewhere along the line they could not have made it without help. In return they are willing, even anxious, to help others. Some young people feel that no one would help them. An article such as yours helps them to visualize the help that is available, if they work hard and apply. I add my cheers to those Commenters who have added theirs. Well done. Keep doing.

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      Hi Perspycacious You are SO right; there is help for students to go to college given by charitable people and organizations. Some students just are not aware of the scholarships that are available to them.

      Thanks so much for the nice comment; I appreciate that, Mary

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      Paul Reynolds 2 years ago from Stockport, United Kningdom

      Hello MARY,

      It's Paul from 'somewhere' else!...haven't yet started on Hubpages...about to be put right!...However...

      WHAT a wonderful story I'm flabbergasted by it... Effort desire and just being you can bring so many rewards to each and everyone of us...your grand daughter has a determined will hasn't she?... Amazing achievements, thank you for the telling and for the inspiration. Paul

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi Paul, Thank you so much for the nice compliment! Yes, my granddaughter is very determined.

      My best, Mary

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      I so enjoyed reading this. I know that you wrote it as a tribute to your remarkable granddaughter, but I very much believe that it is also a tribute to you! Happy Mother's Day!

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi Writer Fox, I'm so glad you enjoyed reading about my wonderful daughter. Actually she is a granddaughter that I adopted!

      What a nice compliment you have given me; I appreciate that so much.

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, Mary

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      Anonymous 2 years ago

      What I do not understand is how 18 scholarships was not enough to pay for the 4 years... How is that not possible? I have 3 and they cover my tuition. I imagine 15 more would be plenty to cover everything else.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi Anonymous. You say you have 3 scholarships and that is wonderful, but are they enough to pay for room, board and books?? My daughter decided to move out of the dorm her junior year; she could have saved a lot of money by not living in an apt.

      I'm so happy you found my Hub; thanks so much.

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      Kristin R. 2 years ago

      Thank you so much for sharing! I feel I have a lot in common with your granddaughter. I have a bilateral moderate-severe hearing loss and was also was in colorguard throughout high school and held leadership positions. I was fortunate however, because I live in Texas which pays tuition for deaf and hard of hearing students for as many years as they need which I intend to use until I finish Grad school. I am also quite blessed, because my parents are able to help me pay for all the other costs associated with college. I am pursuing a degree in Audiology at the University of Texas at Dallas so that I can share my experiences with HOH/Deaf kids as they're growing up and be the role model they need. It is great and I am blessed in so many ways. I wish your granddaughter the best at her job and hope y'all continue sharing this great story!

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Kristin R. How very nice to hear your story! Yes, you and my gal have a lot in common. I certainly wish you the very best in getting your degree, and I think your goal of helping others learn even if they have a hearing loss.

      You are certainly a role model for them.

      I'm happy you found and read my Hub about college scholarships.

      Good luck to you in everything you do, Mary

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      What en incredible story. While I read your granddaughters letter I got a real emotional feeling from it. I'm not at all surprised that she got so many scholarships. Thank you for also sharing your own story as a grandmother. I salute you for your dedication to look after your grandchildren on a social grant. These kids will we the backbone of our society. Awesome

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Nadine May, What a nice compliment for me! Yes, I'm a proud grandmother. This girls deserves all the credit. She overcame adversity, and was determined to succeed.

      She is still teaching in an elementary school, is loved by all her students. She is indeed one of a kind! Enough about my bragging....

      I have an adopted son who will be entering college this Fall. I'm proud of him, too!

      Thanks again for your kind words, Mary

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      ahorseback 2 years ago

      So very much to be proud of too ! Shes as beautiful as she is smart ! ....congratulations to YOU !......Ed

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, ahorseback Thanks so much for the nice compliment. I'm very proud of this gal.

      She is a hard worker and truly deserved all her awards to go to college. Thanks, Mary

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Mary, this is really inspiring. Your grand daughter has the drive to succeed and that is really admirable. I sometimes wonder how we instill that in kids. I do admire you for the works you are doing with her and her siblings. Hats off to you.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, aesta1 Thank you so much for the lovely compliment. She has since graduated and is now working on her Master's degree. Yes, she is a very determined young woman.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

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      Kelly A Burnett 2 years ago from United States

      Beautiful! I too was raised by my grandparents. I had to pay for my college and through loans and hard work I was able to graduate. My first job offered tuition reimbursement so I jumped at the chance to complete my MBA and finished two years later while working full time and traveling for a Fortune 500 company.

      What a wonderful hub! Thank you so much for the inspiration. And the scholarship offering was beautiful! That means allot.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Easy Exercise. How wonderful that you got your MBA. I'm sure that was not an easy thing to do, and I admire you for that. My daughter worked very hard to get her degree and now she is enjoying her teaching job.

      Thank you for your nice comment, Mary

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      Kayla Wynn 2 years ago

      No way! I was in cheerleading and I was in color guard for fall season! I want to go to UCF though. This is so inspiring to read that it gives tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing your story!

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Kayla Wynn, my daughter considered UCF. That is a great school, too!

      I'm so happy you found my Hub about scholarships to be inspiring to you. I certainly wish you all the best for your college career!

      Thanks so much for your nice comment, Mary

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      Scott Moore 2 years ago from Birmingham Al

      This is outstanding. This kind of story is what I love to hear about.

      Congratulations and I hope this inspires other kids to do the same thing.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi Scott-Moore. Thank you so much for your nice compliment. Yes, money is available for students to attend college, but it does require diligence and hard work. I have a 19 yr. old son who would qualify for scholarships, but he doesn't have the necessary drive to get any! I sure wish he did.

      Thanks again, Mary

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      What an awesome story/

      I read with interest of her ear surgery. I had many illnesses with my ears as a child and when I was 12 had a mastoidectonomy. My hearing was very poor prior to and after that. Then when I was 35 I had a hole in my eardrum and a growth on the other side of the perforated eardrum. skin was taken from behind my ear to make a new eardrum as you described here in your hub. My hearing improved dramatically after than but now thirty years later I am hard of hearing so over the years I have learned to read lips.

      Wonderful story, Mary.

      Voted up+++++ shared and pinned to Awesome HubPages

      Know that Angels are on the way to you this evening ps

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, pstraubie48 You could certainly relate to the ear problems my daughter had. She suffered so much pain as a baby in her ears. I spent many nights rocking her back to sleep, only to have her awaken in a while, crying.

      Her hearing has not been restored 100%, but she manages very well.

      Thanks so much for reading about my daughter and her scholarships, the votes and the shares. I appreciate that, Mary

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