Scholarship Recipient Heather Sacik
"Before you can achieve success, you need to have a good definition of what success means to you. Unless you have a clear vision of what this success is, you cannot work towards it.
"Success can mean different things to different people. For some, monetary reward is a measure of success. Yet others measure success across a few areas such as: career, health, spiritual, emotional or financial.
"To find out what success meant to me, I had to dig deep within myself and question what my values in life were. I had to figure out what my strengths were, what my weaknesses were, and what things truly were the most important to me.
"The value of education is something I have understood since a very young age. My parents made a commitment early in life to do everything in their power to instill in me a love of learning and an understanding of the importance of hard work and dedication.
"Becoming a nurse is something I have dreamed about for quite some time. In being a single mother to two young boys, the decision to go back to school and pursue a nursing degree was a little daunting. I was unsure if I could financially accomplish this task on my own.
"By speaking to a financial aid advisor, I learned to apply for as many scholarships as I qualified for. I realized after speaking to the advisor, that you will never make it if you don’t try; without trying for something, one will never know whether they would have been successful or not.
"I was recently fortunate enough to receive the Astronaut High School scholarship. Receiving this scholarship was made even more special, because I had graduated from Astronaut High School in 1994. This scholarship has allowed me to continue to pursue my dream of becoming a Registered Nurse and has allowed me to continue to strive to make a positive difference in our community.
"The Astronaut High School scholarship has also enabled me to be able to focus solely on my education, by removing financial barriers, thus making it easier to obtain my educational goals in a timely manner. With the help of this scholarship, I now have the opportunity as a single mother to teach my boys that anything is possible, if you work hard, dream big and never, ever give up! The sky is the limit!
"Words can’t express how grateful I am to be a recipient of such a wonderful program. I thank God for all who donate and believe in people like me. THANK YOU!"