Vote for me Keyon Mitchell to win the 1st EVER $30,000 NBA/Bacardi Gold Standard Scholarship at nba.com/goldstandard. Vote from 5/16 to 5/30. I invite you, your family, friends, friends friends, social networks, and everyone to vote. “PLEASE VOTE AT LEAST ONCE A DAY, UNTIL THE END OF MAY”
Q: How did you get nominated? -Chris McKleroy Jr.
A: I applied for this scholarship through the Thurgood Marshall College Fund website. There were over 1100 applicants from six NBA major markets (Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Chicago, New Orleans, and Detroit.) They selected 1 male and 1 female from each of those markets. I was selected as the male representative from Los Angeles. The same process was done through the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.
Q: In what ways will this scholarship allow you to benefit those in your future that need aid? –Alec Hodgman
A: Great Question. On the NBA Gold Standard website it has my name listed, but this opportunity is ultimately for each and every person I interact with. Every person is born with dignity and the potential to make this world a better place after they enter it. At Loyola High School and Loyola Marymount, I learned to care for the whole person, and even now at USC I am applying what I learn to real life situations with individuals, families, and children. After graduating USC with my Masters of Social Work, I will attend medical to further develop the skill required to change people’s lives emotionally and physically. This $30,000 scholarship is an investment in me that will simultaneously affect each person that will walk through the doors of my medical center in Los Angeles, California. Therefore, this scholarship is not for ME, it us for US.
Q: What has you most excited about the scholarship? What would it mean to you if you won and what opportunities do you hope to realize? –June D’ Amour
A: The most exciting part of this scholarship is to have been selected to represent Los Angeles, California. When I received the notification from the Thurgood Marshall College Fund that I was selected, I was partly shocked. I remember running around my apartment building and jumping up and down. I remember I thanked God for this opportunity because the $10,000 I received for being a finalist is a huge blessing in itself. It is also very humbling to be apart of a group of individuals who are dedicating their lives to the service of others.
My goodness! If I won this scholarship I do not know what I would do with myself. I would celebrate by thanking everyone who has been so supportive and dedicated to this “campaign.” I am not doing this by myself. The nature if this voting competition called me to ask for the help of my family, friends, and other social networks.
If I won, my mother and I would take an immense sigh of relief. I would not have to think about adding a part-time job to my full-time graduate school schedule. It will decrease my stress level, thus allowing me to give more of myself to my academics, community service, family, and friends. My graduate school tuition is expensive, but it was my dream to attend the School of Social Work at USC. This scholarship will help me complete my Masters without worrying about how I am going to pay for it. Words cannot explain how much of a blessing this would be.
Q: How do you feel about being selected as one of the handful of very talented people? Care to share any words of wisdom to younger children who wish to be successful?-Shui Aceves
A: “Talented People” eh? I don’t know if I’d call us “talented” but thank you that is very kind. When I look at the biographies of the contestants in this competition, I am so thankful and humbled to have my name in the bunch. Everyone has amazing accomplishments on their resume. However, in my opinion, there are no qualifications or requirements for altruism. Although, it can be argued that every person has self-interests and strives to meet his or her own goals. Deep within my heart the idea of helping others can be supported just the same.
For the children out there who strive to be successful, I invite them to blend the approach of Thomas Merton and Margaret Mead. Merton does not encourage the idea of success as something that prevents you from being who you are. Do not be hell-bent on success. Do not let it consume you to a fault. However, I support the idea of measuring success on how you can positively influence the world. Margaret Mead says, “I must admit that I personally measure success in terms of the contributions an individual makes to her or his fellow human beings.” With that said, I encourage the children to pursue what makes them happy and what makes the world a better place.
Thank you for the questions and thank you for the support.