Flashback Friday to Our Past Scholarship Recipients

We’d like to do a flashback Friday recognizing our three past scholarship recipients! Thank you to all our supporters for making it possible to provide scholarships to students who have lost a parent to substance abuse.

2018 Recipient: Veronica Nation, University of Colorado Denver

Quote from Veronica’s essay: “Talking about what happened, and taking the next steps to recovery helped me understand a lot about myself and about addiction. I learned I could not and still cannot change people and make decisions for them. I learned that the best coping mechanism for me is to put my heart and energy into things that really matter to me: writing and my education. I know that addiction is controlling, it is deep and painful and hard to escape. Love has given me everything I need to forgive my father, and I am so thankful to have grown from such a difficult time in my life.”

2017 Recipient: Daniele Martino, Iona College

Quote from Daniele’s essay: “Regardless of the circumstances surrounding the death of a family member, no person is truly prepared to lose somebody they love. To lose a family member to addiction is confusing, infuriating and at times, hopeless. The most we can do is put together the broken pieces and seek some angle of perspective into what could have caused such a bewildering tragedy. My ultimate goal is to contribute to creating a more well-rounded depiction of what mental illness entails by pursuing a career in the mental health field. I believe this scholarship would help bring me closer to my career aspirations and in my mission of correctly educating the public about the mental health epidemic, in order to eradicate the addiction stigma.”

2016 Recipient: Micole Fuller, Washington State University

Quote from Micole’s essay: “I think the essence of [this scholarship] foundation is something I have a lot of respect for and understanding of. While dealing with my father’s death, his mental illness, and especially his alcohol abuse for 20 years was an extremely hard part of my life, I do appreciate the opportunity that even this application has given me to reconcile with the past and honor the fact that—despite the hardships in his life—he was a good man who wanted nothing more than to be there for his children. Even if I’m not given the award, I have a lot of admiration for its purpose and am glad that a deserving student who has faced things I am all too familiar with will be given this academic opportunity.”

Get To Know Our 2018 Scholarship Recipient – Veronica Nation

Today we’d like to formally introduce our 2018 Scholarship Recipient, Veronica Nation. Veronica is a freshman at the University of Colorado Denver studying for a degree in English Literature. The Lisa Michelle Memorial Fund was established to assist and recognize students who have lost a parent to substance abuse and we are proud to award a $1,000 scholarship to assist Veronica in her academic journey.

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself.

Hello! My name is Veronica. I graduated highschool from Denver School of the Arts in 2017 from the Creative Writing program, for which I am forever grateful. I currently attend college for English Literature and I am minoring in Spanish. I love to read, write, and hang out with my family and friends (and my two guinea pigs). I am working on self-publishing a collection of poetry and hope to have it released by next year!

Q: Imagine yourself 10 years from now. What goals and ambitions do you have for yourself, personally, academically, and professionally?

Ten years from now, I hope that I am a teacher and an author. Part of why I am minoring in Spanish is because I want to teach bilingual students. I would like to teach highschool language arts courses and get students to enjoy writing and reading. Personally, I want to travel to Costa Rica and live there for a short period of time to immerse myself in the culture and language of another country. I eventually would like to get a Master’s degree in English and publish a book for my poetry.

Q: Aside from a college degree, what do you hope to gain from your college experience?

Aside from a college degree, I hope to gain a better understanding of different cultures and people all around the world. My school is luckily pretty diverse and the courses I have taken so far have opened my eyes to understanding different cultural and linguistic groups. I also want to become well-versed in different types of literature, as it is something I am passionate about.

Q: What motivates you to continue working towards accomplishing your goals?

What motivates me to continue working towards accomplishing my goals is my education. I have always loved learning and it keeps me going. Even when I am not in school, I am learning through reading various types of books. I am also motivated by my family and friends, who always encourage and support me in whatever path I choose to take.

Q: What advice would you give to other student who have been through circumstances similar to yours?

The advice I would give to other students who have been through similar circumstances would be to give yourself time to heal. I think time is one of the biggest factors when it comes to acceptance after grieving. It’s important to remember what you can control and what you cannot, and death of a loved one is one of the hardest things to go through. Let yourself grieve and learn to cope in a healthy way, but don’t allow a hardship to overtake your life.