We received the thank you letters from the Dr. Bob Scholarship recipients a little late this year due to the pandemic, but they were worth the wait and a wonderful birthday present for me. As you’ll read in these excerpts, the students are so like the ones my dad was dedicated to nurturing in his time at Delta College. The first is from a social work major:
Winning this scholarship made me extremely excited and humbled! The funds that I will receive will be helpful towards aiding me in my education to complete my career goals. Furthermore, choosing to attend Delta college as a social work major has given me new hope, especially giving me the knowledge to add value to women and youth. . . . Being enrolled in school has risen my confidence and influenced my children to see a positive impact on our lives.
This nontraditional student has decided to major in counseling:
Your gift brightened my day and it will help brighten my future! . . . I decided it was time to go back to school so I can help support my family and change the trajectory of our lives. . . . After speaking with an academic advisor, I decided to pursue a degree in counseling. I am hoping to help other people navigate life by making the best decisions possible. Your financial gift is helping to make that dream a reality.
The last note is from student majoring in applied science with an emphasis in surgical technology:
I plan to pursue a career as a certified surgical technologist and will also be working on my sterile processing certificate. . . . Thanks to you, I am one step closer to my ultimate goal. . . . You are a real role model to me and many others, and I thank you! I hope that I can give back one day to help young students, the same way you have helped me!
These students, who are committed to their studies and their communities, remind Ted and me of why my dad loved teaching at Delta College. The Dr. Bob Scholarship is part of his legacy at Delta College, along with the thousands of students whose lives are that much richer from taking his classes.