This blog post is part of a larger series titled, “Now I can,” in celebration of Dr. Hans -Peter Wild’s, historic $16.5 million dollar gift to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. Inspired by his investment in their education, students across the country shared personal stories of the impact this scholarship has had on their lives. Today, we’re featuring a post written by Kyle Brown, a senior at Winston-Salem State University from Kinston, North Carolina.
Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable…every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” As a senior political science student hoping to pursue a career in community affairs and government relations, I hold these words near and true to my heart. I believe we all have a responsibility to make sacrifices for our community, and I have a fervent desire for giving back since so many others have done it for me my entire life.
As a child, my father instilled many of the ideals and principles of the U.S. Marine Corps in our household. Though he is a fallen hero, my mother was able to continue those teachings, which I believe have helped me and my family tremendously. I can say with pride and courage, the Marine Corps values of Honor, Courage and Commitment have helped and will continue to help my family persevere through times of adversity.
The support from The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation takes away the financial burden that many families and students are forced to face when pursuing an undergraduate degree. The Foundation’s support allows me to focus on the reason I attended Winston Salem State University – to receive an education. With their support, I’ve been able to take full advantage of the college experience from joining a fraternity and leading student government, to excelling in my coursework and staying actively involved in campus-life.
If could tell Dr. Wild one thing it would be your donation has helped many students, including myself, in ways you’ll never be able to see. Your decision honor Marines by educating their children shows your level of integrity and character. Giving the gift of knowledge and education shows how much you are not only invested in the betterment of this country, but the betterment of our world. I hope to one day give back as much as you have and inspire others to be just as selfless towards their community. Thank you, Dr. Wild!