John Jay H.O.P.E. Board of Directors
of the Third Annual H.O.P.E.Golf Tournament)
H.O.P.E. SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
"Being a dependent of
a single parent, my family contribution toward
my post-secondary education
is rather limited. I also have a twin sister who
will also be attending
college in 2002. Though I have applied for financial
aid, the John Jay H.O.P.E.
Scholarship will exceedingly benefit not only
myself, but my entire
family as well. I will not neglect the opportunity to
receive the education
My Future Plans:
It should appear that I am
to be sleeping this hour; drained from the timeless exertion that is required
of me. I was perpetually awakened by means of a pager.
With the life I sustain,
sleep is no longer a necessity, it is merely a privilege issued by a "sanctioned
God" (in italics) that senses my slightest lethargy. As I dash
into the doors of the University Hospital, I contiguously hear a blaring
"Dr. Hughes: Please report
to Labor and Delivery!"
My anticipation strengthens,
and I long to know why I received the 3:00 AM wake up call. the elevator
gradually proceeds to the ground floor. I dart in and immediately
push the fourth level button then head for the Maternity Ward. Dr.
Witz, a colleague of mine, transfers me to the changing room. He
informs me that the patient is in critical need of an emergency caesarian
section. Apparently, the mother-to-be is a teenager whose physique
is extremely petite, and is incapable of delivering vaginally. I
quickly jump into the pale-green scrubs, and abruptly walk to the skin
to begin performing the designated art of washing my hands.
(3 minutes later)
The procedure goes smoothly,
and within seconds, I deliever yet another baby. Just for a moment,
I pause to breathe. I am now ready to start over.
Unwittingly, I have failed
to introduce myself. I am Dr. Tonya Marie Hughes: OB/GYN. As
an African-American female, I have been doubted by many, yet the cynicism
has only increased my desire to become a doctor; I succeeded. Taking
nearly ten years of training to get here, I thank God every chance I get,
for I am truly blessed. Through those years, I learned to stay true
to my fate, and to never (never is underlined) doubt myself.
"Living in a single parent
Hispanic family of six children has
enabled me to surpass
obstacles. I have obtained the GPA equivalent of an
"A" while taking challenging
courses in the midst of working a full-time job
as a waitress.
Having to support my family at such a young age has given me
the strength to press
on, as well as endurance. By sacrificing myself I have
gained immense passion
for people and love for life."
Blueprints for my Future:
Growing up where the San
Antonio sun did not shine every day, I learned of setbacks that would ironically
become my benefactors. My mother worked to support six kids while
my father was absent. When I became of age, I too would become an
income source for my family. During my childhood, the word "goal"
was as foreign as the word "higher education." Unaware of the term
"goal" I grew up believing they were simply lasting impressions or embellished
dreams. It was one afternoon that I met a writer of the same background
as I. This man told me goals could come true if I truly believed,
and for proof he presented
Taking the perspective of
goal into mind, I applied it to my life by setting goals within academics,
music, and life. My goals produced titles such as: National
Honor Society, First Chair Flute, and College Bound. I was the first
of six children to have the opportunity to attend college. As of
this year I applied to Texas Christian University and was accepted.
Thanks to my
educational goals, I will
be part of the freshman class of 2002 at TCU. My passion has always
been film and music. It is my goal to become part of the film industry,
under the status of Film Direction. I choose this career because
I want to express the vivid colors of life through film and encourage others
to pursue their dreams. Along with majoring in film, I will minor
music. I want to compose
music because I feel that it is a universal communication that will never
change in dialect. My desire has always been to impact the lives
of others, what better way than to give back with the gift that keeps on
ERNEST De La ROSA
"My family and work experience
has shown me how to appreciate life
more and how valuable
life is. I am just lucky to have parents who love me
and are there for me
and push me to do my best and accomplish my goals in life."
My Future Plans
I have always wanted to learn
the medical field. Nursing is a field that requires responsibility,
determination and most importantly, care. When I was a junior in
school I took a clinical rotation class that really inspired me to pursue
Nursing. I worked with patients as a CNA and I really enjoyed it.
I like to help people and helping them get well is what I want to do.
On the weekends I work at
Christus Santa Rosa Hospital delivering medications to the nursing units.
When I walk into the nonatal unit I see babies about the size of a person's
hand in little incubators with tubes all over their tiny, fragile bodies.
I wonder how can babies suffer like that with all the pain they are going
through. Their parents faces filled with grief and
sadness. Like all
parents you want what's best for your children and you will do anything
in your power to help, but they seem helpless. I want to help newborn
babies get well so they can lead a normal, productive life in the future.
In college I want to pursue a Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing and
later in the future pursue a Masters of Science in Nursing. I
know it will take alot of
hard work but I know I will accomplish what my heart is set out to do.
Knowing that I helped a bably get well will be an extraordinary experience
that I will never forget because as long as I have knowledge and the will
to learn I'll accomplish my dream.
"Having a newborn baby
has somewhat slowed my participation in my
but I am still able to do some things."
Plans for my Future
My plan as a graduating Senior
is to walk the stage June 3, 2002 and start my first year of college in
the Fall of 2002 at St. Phillips Community College. My course of
study will be under Culinary Arts as a Baking and Pastry Chef. I
plan to go into this field because I love doing it and because it is a
career that is in demand. This career will better equip me to take
my child and myself.
Being a single parent I know that I need a steady, well paying career,
and this is what I love to do so I know this is the right course of study
for me. After I receive my Associates degree I want to further my
education and work on getting a Bachelors degree in Business Management.
"My mom supports my sister
and I on a single income. She is also
paying on her own college
loan. After expenses and household maintenance,
there is no income remaining
for my college education."
My Plans for the Future
I plan on attending Texas
Southern University in Houston, Texas. I am going to attain a degree
in English Education. I want to make a difference in someone's life,
and I think being a teacher is an excellent way to reach my goal.
As a student, it is important to me that my teachers develop a personal
relationship with me. I look to my teachers as role models and
examples of how I want to
be. In the near future, I want to be an inspiration and a role model
to my students. My major is going to be English because it is a subject
in which you can expand your mind and imagination, as well as read interesting
novels, poetry and facinating short stories. English is also a subject
that enables you to explore the lives of brilliant
authors and our forefathers.
I believe that English and grammar are the keys to one's success.
Without it, many people would not know how to write proper essays, or speak
well. Writing and talking is a part of our everyday lives, and I
want to help someone to master these two arts. My ultimate goal is
to one day be a principal, so that I can be the head, and leader of a successful
school. Hard work, dedication, knowledge, and responsibility are
some of the demands to being a prominent principal. I am energized
about taking on the challenge.
My goal is to be an inspirational
tool in someone's life, and I plan on doing it by becoming a teacher, being
a friend, and portraying a role model. Everyone needs someone to
guide him or her to and through success, and I want to be that someone.