Crystal Taglialatela, Age 25
New York
Penn Foster College
Associate Degree in Veterinary Technician

What did you think when you found out you won?

I was surprised that I had won this scholarship. I never thought that by writing a simple essay I would be given a full scholarship for anything. It was a wonderful surprise, that I am very grateful for!

What are your education/career goals?

I want to be able to graduate and have a career I am proud of, and a career that will help me support my family. I want to be able to make a difference and with an education I know that I can do that.

Why did you apply for this scholarship?

I applied for this scholarship because I figured it was worth a chance. I didn't honestly expect to win, but you never get anything without first trying right. I applied so that I could achieve my goals and fulfill my dreams of working with animals.

What advice do you have for other adults going back to school?

Never give up. It's never too late to go back to school and do what you want in life, to better your situation.

You don't have to be stuck in a bad situation, finacially or otherwise, you can make a change and you can succeed. Work hard, never give up, and never let anyone tell you that you can't do something. You can do anything you set your mind to!!

Any last thoughts to share?

I would just like to thank everyone for this scholarship and opportunity. I am very grateful and I know it make a huge difference in not only my life but the life of my daughter!!!

Read Crystal's Award-Winning Essay