Whitney Nelson

Whitney Nelson

On March 3, 2013, I lost my mom to cervical cancer. My mom was the head volleyball coach and a physical education teacher at Ralston Valley High School in Arvada, Colorado for thirteen years. She was an amazing influential woman who cared deeply for her students, and her athletes. The influential teacher she was paired with her heroic battle with cancer influenced so many people. To illustrate this there were over 1,100 people at her services.

I too was inspired by the way she fought cancer however she has always inspired me. She taught me to be a good person, to care for others, to give my all, and make the best of every situation. I can remember being a little girl watching her volleyball practices and wanting so badly to play for her some day. That became a reality for me in high school when I played for her for three yea rs at the varsity level. She was a great coach someone who always had your back, would make you laugh, made the game fun, and pushed you to play to your potential. She will always have a tender spot i n my heart and I will never be able to repay her for what she taught me and for the care she gave me throughout my battle with epilepsy.

Beca use of her influence, I am perusing my physical education teaching degree with a minor in coaching. I want to follow in my mom’s footsteps and be a positive   influence to students i n the classroom and to athletes on the court. I have struggled with epilepsy; type one diabetes, Addison’s disease, and thyroid disease since I was eleven years old. I refuse to let my heath conditions dictate what I can and cannot   do in life, nor will I ever allow it to define me as a person. I have epilepsy, but   epilepsy does NOT have me. I am someone who interacts well with kids, cares about there growth and development and I think those traits have lead me to peruse teaching as a career.

I am incredi bly honored to receive a scholarship from epilepsy free. This financial award means so much to me because it eases the financial burden associated with a college education. My family and I understand the cost of going to school. After my mom passed we created our own scholarship. To learn more about the scholarship and her go to http://www.lisanelsonmemorialscholarship.org. I am putting this scholarship towards my general studies and I promise to make epilepsy free proud   of me by working diligently i n the classroom.

Thank you so much for helping me in my walk to obtain a college degree.

Sincerely, Whitney Nelson

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