“This scholarship is important to me because as a first-generation American and college student, I did not know much about the college process and financial aid. While institutional scholarships and other aid can help cover tuition there are costs not discussed including textbooks and additional fees. Not only that but I learned financial aid award letters include loan options. Getting this scholarship will help me get less in loans and help me during my first year of college so I don’t have to worry too much about money and instead focus on my studies.”