United Way of Long Island's DREAMS for Youth Scholarship Program provides scholarships to deserving students so that they may achieve their academic dreams of continuing their education. Here is a reflection from scholarship recipient Oscar of Brentwood, who is studying at Suffolk Community College with assistance from a Camilla G. Belser Memorial Scholarship.
Hello, my name is Oscar and I had the honor of being selected as a recipient of the Camilla Belser Scholarship. This scholarship has not only helped me financially, but has also allowed me to focus on my school work. As a first generation student, I did not know what to expect when I enrolled in college, and at first I was hesitant to enroll in a community college. But, being a student at Suffolk Community College has been a great experience which has exceeded my expectations.
As an honor program student at Suffolk, I have taken part in a rigorous academic environment but I would not have it any other way because this has exposed me to life-changing ideas, and I have met exceptional individuals who I am proud to call my friends.
My professors have also been great individuals who have enabled me to find my true passion. I have also taken part in various clubs such as the Honors Club, which allows me to continue giving back to my community.
When I first entered college, I was undecided about my major, but now as I enter my second year, I have declared a major in psychology. I have been accepted into the joint admission psychology program at Stony Brook University, where I plan to continue my studies after I receive my associates degree at Suffolk.
I am very grateful for the opportunity you have given me with this scholarship, and I know the only way to show you my gratitude is to continue my studies and continue achieving academic excellence. That is why I am happy to tell you that despite the academic challenges I have faced during my first year, I have been able to achieve a 3.8 GPA and a place on the dean's list.
I am confident that with your financial support I will be able to excel academically as I enter my second year of college.
Thank you for believing in me and for your financial support. I am forever grateful.