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Giva Student Scholarship Winner Essay: Amberley Snyder - Making Lemonade Along Life's Way

Turning Life's Lemons to Lemonade

Everyone has challenges in their lives. We will all have obstacles we face. We may not always get to choose those obstacles, but we do get to choose how we are going to handle them. Throughout my life, I have learned there are ways to find the blessings, motivation or inspiration within every situation. I wanted to share some of the lessons I have learned.

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Giva Student Scholarship & Worldwide Community Ambassador Award Winner & Essay: Shannon Strader

Giva's Student Scholarship & Community Ambassador Award

Giva is very pleased to congratulate Shannon Strader, our most recent recipient of Giva's Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award!

Ms. Strader submitted the required essay answering the questions:

How will you use your talents and education to make the world a better place for future generations? What are your career and personal goals and why?

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Giva Student Scholarship Winner Essay: Amberley Snyder - Setting Bigger Goals

Setting Goals

Giva is proud to showcase the essays of its Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award winners. Below is an essay from Amberley Snyder. Giva's hope is to inspire others through these essays, and that sharing these essays will help others realize the joys and benefits of service!

Setting Bigger Goals
By Amberley Snyder

Reflecting on how my life has changed and how I have grown is eye opening. In 2013, I was invited to Cheyenne, Wyoming for a big rodeo as a part of the Western Wishes Charity. This was the first time since my accident that I would be traveling on the same road I rolled my truck on only three years earlier. My mom traveled with me for this road trip and wanted to know how that morning went. I showed her the last place I ate, the last place I filled up, the last gas station I stopped at, the last place I was walking. Lastly, I showed her the span of fence where my life had completely changed.

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Giva Student Scholarship Winner Essay: Amberley Snyder-How My Motivational Speaking Career Chose Me

Motivational Speaking & Inspiration

Giva is proud to showcase the essays of its Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award winners. Below is an essay from Amberley Snyder. Giva's hope is to inspire others through these essays. We hope that sharing these essays will help others realize the joys and benefits of service.

How My Motivational Speaking Career Chose Me
By Amberley Snyder

I have been asked how I chose to be a motivational speaker. In all reality, motivational speaking was decided for me. In 2009, it was my senior year of high school. Upon graduation you can run for a state leadership position within our Utah FFA Organization. I ran for office and after three days of interviews, presentations and questions, I was elected as Utah FFA State President.

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Giva Student Scholarship Winner Essay: Amberley Snyder - Getting Back on the Horse (Literally)

Getting Back Up on Your Horse

Giva is proud to showcase the essays of its Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award winners. Below is an essay from Amberley Snyder. Giva's hope is to inspire others through these essays. We hope that sharing these essays will help others realize the joys and benefits of service.

Getting Back on the Horse (Literally)
By Amberley Snyder

Four months after my accident where I became paraplegic was the first time I got back on a horse. Friends and family all watched for the 'big moment'. As I was set down into the saddle on my rope horse, my heart sank. I couldn't feel my legs around my horse and I felt extremely unstable. I had built it up in my mind that if I got back on my horse that would be the one part of my world that wouldn't change. At that moment I realized every part of my life was different.

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Giva Student Scholarship Winner Essay: Malerie Pratt - In Memory of Dr. Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

Giva is proud to showcase the essays of its Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award winners. Below is an essay from Ms. Malerie Pratt, medical student at Oregon Health and Science University. Giva's hope is to inspire others through these essays. We hope that sharing these essays will help others realize the joys and benefits of service.

In Memory of Dr. Maya Angelou
By Malerie Pratt:

Everyone knows that moment, the moment when the whole world goes quiet and for a minute you stand still and bow your head in disbelief - that moment when your hero passes and you realize the world will never be the same. That moment came for me on May 28th, 2014 when I learned that Dr. Maya Angelou had passed away.

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Giva Student Scholarship Winner Essay: Amberley Snyder - My Journey Into Motivational Speaking

Journey of Inspiration & Motivational Speaking

Giva is proud to showcase the essays of its Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award winners. Below is an essay from Amberley Snyder. Giva's hope is to inspire others through these essays. We hope that sharing these essays will help others realize the joys and benefits of service.

My Journey Into Motivational Speaking
By Amberley Snyder

We all have challenges and triumphs, ups and downs, losses and victories that make up our life story. I was faced with an obstacle where I wake up each morning and climb into a wheelchair. I haven't always had the wheelchair, but for the past years it is my way around the world. Another person may not have a challenge that is as physically obvious as mine, but it is there. Knowing that we all have these challenges and being able to relate to others who have faced adversity has been a huge influence in the growth of my story.

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Giva Student Scholarship & Worldwide Community Ambassador Award Winner & Essay: Amberley Snyder

Giva's Student Scholarship & Community Ambassador Award

Giva is very pleased to congratulate Amberley Snyder, 2015 recipient of Giva's Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award!

Ms. Snyder submitted the required essay answering the questions:

How will you use your talents and education to make the world a better place for future generations? What are your career and personal goals and why?

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Giva Student Scholarship Winner Essay: Malerie Pratt - In the Congo

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Giva is proud to showcase the essays of its Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award winners. Below is an essay from Ms. Malerie Pratt, medical student at Oregon Health and Science University. Giva's hope is to inspire others through these essays. We hope that sharing these essays will help others realize the joys and benefits of service.

In the Congo
By Malerie Pratt:

When I arrived in the city of Beni in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, I witnessed an Africa that was incredibly different from the peaceful Zambia I had become accustomed to. There were ten militia rebel groups stationed within a 100 mile radius around the city. I had traveled to Beni to work in a Congolese hospital and to start to become familiar with the culture and language there.

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Giva Student Scholarship & Worldwide Community Ambassador Award Winning Essay: Malerie Pratt

Giva Scholarship Award Winning Essay from Malerie Pratt

Giva is proud to showcase the essays of its Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award winners. Below is the winning essay from Ms. Malerie Pratt, medical student at Oregon Health and Science University. Giva's hope is to inspire others through these essays. The Essay question was, "How will you use your talents and education to make the world a better place for future generations? What are your career and personal goals and why?" We hope that sharing these essays will help others realize the joys and benefits of service. Congratulations to Ms. Pratt!

Giva Scholarship Winning Essay
By Malerie Pratt

Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity of receiving the Giva Scholarship and representing the Worldwide Community Ambassador Award. My goal is to become a doctor and work in under-served communities in rural and inner city areas, both in the United States and in developing countries. I am currently a first year medical student at Oregon Health and Science University, where I am actively pursuing my dreams of becoming a physician to help those in need. Thank you again for this incredible opportunity.

The following is my essay:

Because my parents raised me to be goal-oriented, it did not surprise me when my dad asked me to write my goals for the next ten years when I was only nine. My goals focused on helping people and protecting the environment. Most importantly, I wanted to build and to run orphanages in Africa.

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