This could not have come at a better time.
As a twenty-three year old financially dependent on my parent, trying to make it through school has not been an easy task. My mother, a single parent, works as a clerk a job that as you can guess has not been earning her enough to put both my brother and me through college. In the past, both my brother and I havent been lucky being forced to defer semesters severally due to unpaid fees. Things got even worse when my brother went missing, and my financer fell into depression. Unable to work, shes been off the payroll for a while now, and Ive been forced to work any job I can take care of her and try and pay part of the tuition fees. It has not been easy.
Even with unpaid fees, one is allowed to attend classes but not sit for the final exam, and Ive seen and used this as an opportunity to perfect what I learn in class. Since my freshman year, I have attended class without fail and watched three different groups move ahead when my arrears have been too high to allow me to sit for exams. This has affected my self- esteem when I have to explain to every passing group why I wont sit for the exams. Ive also felt inferior sitting in class with persons relatively younger than me. Many times, Ive thought of quitting altogether but with my brothers disappearance and mothers depression, this is not even an option. When I applied for the scholarship, I knew I stood a chance because my grades are good, but everything else pulled me down telling me even if I deserved it there was no way I would get it.
Again, this couldnt have come at a better time. I feel relieved because Ill be able to go through school with one less worry, that of tuition fees and I can focus on my education. I also feel that my mothers condition is going to get better when she sees that Ive been given a chance to make it in life. By completing my accounting degree, Ill be able to get a steady income to give her the care she deserves. Having worked for our good, surely, this scholarship is a chance for me to extend my gratitude to her when I finally complete my degree.