Congrats to Diana Omenge, our 2017 scholarship recipient. She hails from Lamar High School in Arlington, Texas, and will be attending Texas A&M University – College Station next year.
“I am thankful for receiving this scholarship…because it gives me hope that I can still go to s good college and not worry if my parents can pay for it, basically I am very glad and thankful of taking a huge load of my parents and as my educational career continues, I plan to major in Biochemistry or Biomedical Science because I am focusing on going into the Premed field. This scholarship will help me focus more on my education instead of money or financial need.”
Read her essay below:
My life changed on December 1st of 2010, that is when my family and I migrated to America from Africa. I was eleven years old. I never bothered to ask my parents why we moved to America I just assumed they moved so my siblings and I can have a better life than they had. In Kenya life was very difficult, there were days when we slept hungry because my parents didn’t have money that day, and there were those days when we didn’t have running electricity, so sitting on the streets to do my homework was a common thing (there was this huge lamp that always lit the streets). And we didn’t have the luxury of having water in the house, I had to go fetch water from a tap that was miles away. But I can’t complain because even though we slept on the floor, my parents always found ways to make sure we continued with our education. Where I come from and the battles I have overcome is what motivates me to further my education studies.
Furthermore, I have seen my parents struggle to their last penny and when I ask them why, they always say, “Diana, I am doing this for you, so you don’t end up like me.”
My parents never went to college, their parents only had money to send them to high school and that was as much of an education as they got. My parents value education and they will go out of their way to make sure I receive my education with no excuses. They have been my biggest supports throughout my obstacles and accomplishments. They have motivated me to work even harder. My mom always says, “Do not worry about the people who put you down, your best revenge is your paper and your success.”
Since I have moved to America, I have gotten a chance to go to high school and I will have a chance to continue my studies in college; it is all thanks to my wonderful parents making one decision that has changed my life. Living in Texas for the past few years has brought great opportunities to my life. And it is my duty to give back to the community that has done so much for me. My plan is to double major in science and law, I want to attend medical school. My goal is to become either a pediatric surgeon or a lawyer, then again who said one cannot be both. Someday, after my education career, I plan to own my own clinic in underdeveloped parts of Texas and help not only the children but also solve a case involving the medical perspective.