At age 12, my aunt was diagnosed with kidney failure. The diagnosis was grim. She needed a transplant and would have to be put on the long waiting list. For several months, she and my grandmother made daily trips to Oklahoma City for dialysis. Fortunately, my grandfather's kidney was a perfect match. Because she was given a second chance at life, through surgery and a skilled, caring operating team, I was given the opportunity to know and love her. I want to be a part of that second chance. I want to make a difference in the lives of individuals, not just once, but on a day to day basis.
In May 2019, I graduated as a Certified Surgical Technologist and, as of June 17, I will be working full time at Mercy Hospital in Ada, Oklahoma. Being a surgical technologist is my passion. I am a hardworking, detail oriented, driven individual. I love to excel and I do not give up. As Winston Churchill once said, "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." With each surgery, I realize the importance of the role that I have chosen. The career I chose because I thought that I would like it, has become one that I have absolutely fallen head over heels in love with. I am determined to become the best surgical technologist that the field has ever known.
Thank you to the Foundation for Surgical Technology for choosing me as a recipient of their 2019 scholarship. To be chosen as one of the scholarship recipients is a great, great honor. I am both humbled and grateful. I appreciate each of the foundation members for taking time out of your busy schedules to look over and consider my application for this scholarship. John F. Kennedy said it best, "We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives." On that note, I would like to take this time to thank each of you for your part in my journey toward becoming a full-time surgical technologist.
The journey has not been an easy one, but I can be proud of the accomplishments that I have achieved: high school valedictorian, Oklahoma Honor Society, National Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars, National Technical Honor Society, Outstanding Program Completer at Wes Watkins, Outstanding Theory Student of the Year, and Surgical Technologist Character Award. Although a lot of time and effort went into obtaining these achievements, being chosen for this scholarship makes all the hard work worth it.