I am the 2017 recipient of James H. Ashby Jr. Award of Excellence. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for this Scholarship award. As a paraplegic male student, my dream had always been to come out from the public welfare benefits programs through education. However, this dream of coming out of welfare programs could not have been realized without this generous award from James H. Ashby Jr. Award.

My education goal is to continue to the graduate school of social work, and after graduation, I am planning to work with children, families and other marginalized groups within our community. Furthermore, I will strive to protect children from abuse and neglect and, in partnership with families and communities, ensure children can grow and thrive in a safe and nurturing environment.

I appreciate this generous scholarship award from James H. Ashby Jr. Award of Excellence. My career goal would not have been possible if it was not for this generous award.