One of our three scholarship recipients wrote a beautiful thank you.  We thought we would share it with everyone.
 
"Dear Toppenish Rotary,

I am sincerely honored to have been selected as the recipient of the John Brearley Rotary
Scholarship 2020. I thank you for your generosity that has allowed me to expand my knowledge,
and teach me the importance of earning my degree.

With your support, I am the first in my family to attend college. Growing up in a family who has
struggled financially and the only source of income coming from the tree fruit industry, has
taught me to value my education. Today, I work harder for my family, aiming to attend college
and bring home a degree for my family. I have learned how much courage it takes to live, and it
has helped me become who I am now.

As I complete my education at Heritage University, I want to share my passion for teaching and
develop new strategies for addressing the educational needs of each student. I am the person I am
today because of the place I grew up and I know I can improve the lives of others around me. I
want to support the student’s cultural heritage, identity, family, and fight for their social and
economic rights. I want to close the achievement gaps in my community and act as a guide for
the new generations of immigrants. I truly believe I can change the future of education and
inspire students to become leaders who can help our community.

Your generosity has inspired me to help others, and give back to my community. I want to strive
for improvement to become someone who will be remembered because of her ethic and
courageous persona to change the lives of others. I hope one day I will be able to help students
achieve their goals just as you have helped me.
I sincerely appreciate your kindness and generosity. Thank you.
Respectfully,
Perla Bolaños"