Brian Waterman Illinois Valley High School, Class of 2015
With so many of my fellow students applying for the same scholarships as myself, I often felt like I had no chance of receiving anything. Upon receiving a scholarship, I was reminded that I should not doubt my own abilities; no one should. Receiving a scholarship also meant that I was given an opportunity that I realize not many students are able to have nowadays. It spoke to me as a message saying, ‘Yeah, you are good, now you can become even better.’ It is such an honor knowing I am supported by so many people who want me to succeed in life, and it just continues to push me forward, knowing all these years of hard work will pay off soon.