In her own words

Alize Strickland

Growing up, I had a learning/language disability, therefore school never came easy for me. I struggled learning new things and often felt frustrated because I so badly wanted to sit in a “normal” classroom with “normal” kids my age. I often felt dumb because no matter how hard I studied, I never seemed to learn new things at a “normal” pace; in fact, I comprehended everything a lot slower than all my classmates. However, with time and patience, I’ve learned to overcome that educational barrier.

I am currently enrolling at Carlow University as a junior this fall semester with a GPA of 3.6. Each semester I’ve been rewarded with honor roll and had the privilege to be a part of the Dean’s List each year. Studying in the field of social work, it is my goal to graduate college with my BA and then go for my master’s to be a licensed social worker. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always wanted to help people, especially children. I know I can’t save them all, but I’d like to be given the opportunity to try and protect as many as I could from abuse and negligence.

I know becoming a social worker is a hard and draining job, but with patience and setting boundaries between my work and personally life, I know I can succeed. With this scholarship, it can lift some of the financial stress I have weighing on my shoulders and allow me to focus on school and achieving my goals!

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