Ashley Jones Smaller

Towards the end of my junior year, I had the dream to attend Central Michigan University to further my career.  I had no idea what I wanted to do.  I then attended one of their "College Days" that was centered around Business.  It was that day that I decided to major in Logistics Management after I had attended a session specific to that major.  

With college in mind come my senior year, I also had to think about the financials.  I knew I would have to pay for everything myself.  This is why I had been working since I was 15, in the hopes I would have some money saved up to offset my tuition and fees.  

 I was strongly encouraged by my mom and guidance counselor to apply for any scholarship I could find, and I did just that.  When I was informed of The Pokagon Scholarship, I jumped at the chance to apply.  As I was sitting in my college English class one day in May, I was checking my email before class.  I had received an email and it was from The Pokagon Fund and it was informing me that I had been awarded one of the scholarships and would receive $2,500 per year, as long as I maintained my grades.

 I had never been more grateful for a scholarship than I had in that moment.  It showed me that even though I came from a small school like River Valley, I could do big things.  The road ahead is a long one, but with the help of The Pokagon Fund Scholarship I know I can achieve bigger and better things in my future.