Hanna Boykin has been awarded the Huntley Wealth Care Scholarship grand prize of $1,000 for the Spring of 2017.
Her winning essay is below.
We wish you luck in your studies at Fresno City College, Hanna!
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My name is Hanna Boykin and I have a life story that most people have not experienced, and I hope they never do. Just three short years ago my mother passed away unexpectedly in the middle of the night while she was sleeping. My dad, my 5 siblings and I were heartbroken and devastated. We didn’t know how we were going to go on without her. My mom was a healthy 42 year old Registered Nurse. She was the primary bread winner for our family. Not only were we devastated at our loss, we were put into a financial mess. What I haven’t yet told you, is that my father was already suffering from a devastating illness. Just 7 short months after my mother passed, we learned that my dad’s illness was terminal and he would be sent home from the hospital on Hospice Care, with no chance of recovery. The grief that we felt was unbearable.
I had to assume responsibility for the care of my dad, supervision of my younger brother, and overall household maintenance. All this, while attending high school and working part time. Throughout this time, I always knew I wanted to be a nurse like my mother. I always kept my eyes on this goal. I wanted to help people, and I wanted to have a career where I wouldn’t have to suffer financially like my family was during this time. Somehow we managed to keep our family together in our home until my father passed away on April 16, 2015 (just over 13 months after my mother passed away) At that time we had no means of financial support except for my job and help from family members. There were six of us, we were all teenagers at the time; scared and without hope. I learned at that time that there was no money or life insurance to help us children. We all had to move into different homes because we could no longer afford to live as a family.
Throughout all of this, I continued my high school program and managed to graduate at the top of my class at WEB Dubois High School. I was the salutatorian of my high school class (we didn’t have a valedictorian that year). I am currently attending school at our local community college where I am majoring in nursing. My current GPA is 3.0, which may not seem like much to a lot of people, but I have had to support myself financially since I was 15 years old. It is challenging to worry about paying bills and getting good grades. I do my very best and I am proud of my accomplishments.
I can’t help but wonder how much better my life would have been if our family had life insurance so that me and my siblings could have stayed together. We are doing okay, but it is still a daily struggle. I have learned so much, and one of the greatest lessons is that life insurance can help the people left behind.
I appreciate your consideration of my for the inaugural offering of the Huntley Wealth Care Scholarship.
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