I know this is going to sound like a schmaltzy Oscar speech, but I hope you’ll take this for the sincerity it is when I say: Thank you. Thank you for applying for my scholarship, or for passing along the information to someone you knew who needed it. Thank you for opening yourselves up & confiding in me the pieces of you that are both scared & hopeful. Thank you for your honesty, your kindness, your vulnerablity & your passion. I want to let you know that each of the applications touched me deeply, & that it was just a ridiculously tough decision for me to pick a winner. I think I sighed at least three dozen times yesterday.
And, while yes, there is a winner, I wanted to let everyone who applied know that I’m going to be reaching out to every one of you personally within a week’s time. You’ve enabled me to see what you need, & how I can offer you a part of me without making it a financial burden on you. So, if you’re really serious about bridging the gap between where you are & where you want to be, then keep your eyes on your Inbox & get ready to take this ride with me.
But now, without further adieu (I’m not even breaking for commercials like they do on stupid American Idol), the winner of the scholarship is: Sarah Ivie from Austin, Texas! Sarah, I’ll be reaching out to you today so we can get this ball rolling. Yay hooray!!!!