I would like to take a moment to say thank you for funding me for another semester. As all of you may know, graduate school can be very challenging. The long hours that are required for each class can be mentally exhausting. The financial aspect of graduate school can be just as weary as the mental element. This is where the Yogi Crowe Scholarship has helped me tremendously.
Any individual will occur some unexpected expenses during their time at graduate school. It was no different for myself last year. Living in Charlotte, which is an area with a high cost of living, any amount of aid in my situation is helpful. Therefore I am humbled and appreciative by the amount that the Yogi Crowe Scholarship committee has allocated me. These funds have already been put to use on moving expenses. They have help eliminate financial stress that can easily be obtained from any higher education venture. Thank you for that.
I also want to thank the committee members for being such great role models in the community as well as mentors. Any time I have ever had a question regarding the application process or just life in general, I knew I could count on the committee members to provide quick and wise answers. They are the prime example of individuals that I will strive to be.
Once again, thank you all for all of your hard work to make this scholarship possible. When I am able to complete my graduate degree, this will be a big reason why. Thank you.
Ashford Nathaniel Smith