Gratitude and Request

Dear Friend,

My name is Angela and I am writing to share with you how a Central Oregon Community College Foundation scholarship is changing my life. I truly hope my story inspires you to renew your scholarship support or to give a gift for the first time.

Throughout my life, I have overcome many adversities. I am a Native American mother who is in the process of becoming the first person in my family to receive a college degree. I have watched family members and friends struggle through addiction and mental illness and because of my compassion and empathy for all who struggle with these issues, I decided to return to school and obtain knowledge and skills to help.

I have just begun my second year in the Human Services and Addiction Studies Program and I believe with motivation, dedication and the exceptional education offered at COCC, I will make a difference in our community. I am active outside the classroom as a volunteer with Bethlehem Inn, as Treasurer of the Human Services Addiction Studies Club at COCC, in the Native American Club at COCC, by attending Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon training, and am currently working as an intern with Deschutes County Behavioral Health.

Receiving the COCC Foundation Scholarship has lifted my financial burden and is making it possible for me focus on my education. I am deeply appreciative of the donors who give generously to scholarships at COCC which support hundreds of students like me pursuing higher education—we literally could not do it without you!

I will receive an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree from COCC this spring and will then go on to receive my bachelor’s and graduate degrees to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. I am constantly thinking of how I can do better to accomplish my goals and the biggest obstacle is financial.

Today I am asking you to consider making a gift to the COCC Foundation scholarship program. You will be supporting students just like me, working hard to realize our dreams. All amounts, from $25, $100, $500 or even $3,600, which funds a full scholarship, make a difference.

Thank you for the gift of education,

Angela

Angela

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