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2017 Scholarship Winner Chelsea Zink

In 2016, we started the Groza Scholarship where students in all majors were encouraged to apply to receive $1000 to help them out with their education. We had a ton of entries that answered the question “What Redemption Means to Me”. Out of all of the applicants, Chelsea Zink’s essay really stole our hearts.

A Little About Chelsea Zink

Chelsea Zink is a widow of three kids ages 3,5, and 7, and is expecting to graduate this year with a degree as a Medical Assistant. Chelsea eventually wants to go back to school for a degree in Mortuary Science. She will be graduating from a college in Bridgeport, West Virginia.

What Groza Learning Center Loved About Chelsea’s Essay

Don’t get us wrong, we have spent the past couple of weeks reading and reviewing hundreds of redemption essays, each of which were written from the heart. However, Chelsea’s essay stole our hearts when she expressed that to her “redemption means coming back from something negative”.

She went to explain how she lost her husband who was a firefighter who had an accident on the job while they were planning to purchase a new home for their family. While only a month into her schooling, when the tragedy happened, Chelsea was able to find the strength for her family to continue her schooling and push through the pain. She redeemed herself “by not falling prey to a situation that would have otherwise completely torn her down”.

We are happy to be able to help Chelsea in her goal of graduating this year, but more importantly thank Chelsea for the reminder that through the ups and downs in life, we can find redemption.

Want to be our next scholarship winner? Make sure you enter our 2018 scholarship today! Who knows, you may be the next scholarship winner that we feature.