Meet Kassandra Santos: A 2020 Unbreakable Scholarship Recipient
The unbreakable scholarship has helped me within my educational journey by helping me afford my Florida Teacher Certification Exams (FTCE) fees. Each exam can cost up to $150 and receiving this scholarship helped alleviate any stress I had in fear that I would not be able to afford them. Throughout the pandemic, my mom was laid off and I was out of work as well, so it was a true blessing to receive this scholarship. These certification fees can leave a big burden on someone, even more so during a pandemic. Receiving the unbreakable scholarship will always be something I’m grateful for and has left a mark on my undergraduate career.
People should apply because you truly never know the outcome of a last-minute decision. I applied for the scholarship on a whim and never thought I would be awarded the scholarship out of the hundreds of applicants who applied. But something told me it wouldn’t hurt to at least try, alas I was awarded the scholarship in the end!
Some advice I have for future applicants is to:
- Be authentic: never try to be someone who you aren’t and stay true to yourself.
- Be honest: honesty truly is the best policy, and the truth speaks for itself and your morale.
- Stay open-minded: Always keep an open mind and a “glass is half full” mentality.
Lastly, remember that life truly gets better one way or another, stay resilient, and remain ‘unbreakable’ even through our tough times.