Thank you from international student Raquel Magalhaes

Raquel Magalhaes

"Thank you for selecting me to receive the Eastern Florida State College Foundation’s Franklin Degroodt Memorial Scholarship. Being chosen to receive this scholarship means more to me than I can put into words.

I am a Brazilian student who, despite having a degree in Chemistry, always dreamed of becoming a Crime Scene Investigator. In 2014, I moved to the United States with my husband in the hope of pursuing that dream. Here at EFSC, I am doing just that as a student in the Public Safety Institute. After I earn my degree in Crime Scene Investigation, I intend to work and further my education with a Bachelor’s degree and possibly even a Master’s degree.

As an exchange student, my tuition and expenses are a lot higher than a regular American student. This scholarship is a great help on the path to my dream career. The scholarship will not only help me financially, but it will also push me to work harder than I already do. Having someone believe I deserve a scholarship is really motivational. It has helped me to realize that all the work and effort I put into learning is even more valuable than I thought. So I thank you not only for the financial help, but also for the added incentive.

I promise I will make this opportunity count and do my best to make sure you know that your choice was the right one. I hope someday I can repay this gift by helping somebody else feel the same joy I am feeling right now."