Asalamu Alaikom— That’s the Muslim greeting which means “Peace be Upon You.”
This scholarship means so much to me and to my family. Unlike most of my classmates, my parents never had the opportunity to go to school. They weren’t even able to get a grade school education. It hasn’t been an easy road for my parents. They struggled to keep themselves financially afloat since they came here 30 years ago. I have been working since I was 16 years old to help my family.
I am the fourth of five children, and I’m the only one in my immediate family to attend college. I’m also the first in my extended family, which includes 47 first cousins!
It is an honor to be recognized for my hard work, and receiving this scholarship motivates me to continue to strive for excellence. The scholarship support has enabled me to concentrate more on my schoolwork without having to worry so much about my finances. It’s had a huge impact on my life, and I am truly grateful.
Professor Imwinkelried and Mrs. Clark, once again, thank you so much for everything you have done. And on behalf of all the recipients, I’d like to thank you all for your ongoing support and continuous generosity.
Excerpt summarized from scholarship recipient speech at Distinguished Teaching Award and Recognition Ceremony held April 7, 2006.