Round Up Schol­ar­ship Win­ner

"How is Vol­un­teer­ing Im­por­tant to Me?"

Catron Courier - - News - — by Diana Hart

I made the shot! I scored the win­ning point and I am so proud of my­self. I look over to see that my mom is miss­ing; gone on an­other am­bu­lance call again. My mother has been a vol­un­teer for the Fire and Am­bu­lance Ser­vice in Que­mado for over twenty years, so you could say that it holds a spe­cial place in my heart. I have seen the re­spect in peo­ple's eyes when they look at her. When you find some­one as self­less as she is, gives you spe­cial feel­ings of hap­pi­ness, pride, and ful­fill­ment.

I vol­un­teer in the hopes that some­day, if I should need it, some­one will help me and show me kind­ness in the same way that I helped other peo­ple. Vol­un­teer­ing is im­por­tant to me, be­cause it shows me that in this crazy, hate­ful world, there are still peo­ple out there who have faith and hope and will still be self­less enough to give up just about ev­ery­thing to help you can't help but re­spect what she does.

What does vol­un­teer­ing mean to me? Vol­un­teer­ing means giv­ing your time and your re­sources to help oth­ers. It means you stand to gain noth­ing but the grat­i­tude of those that are af­fected by your kind­ness and you do it any­ways. Help­ing oth­ers gives you a sense of per­sonal sat­is­fac­tion and pride that noth­ing else can. I have learned that from my mom and while do­ing vol­un­teer work my­self.

I have vol­un­teered at shel­ters and at var­i­ous other places across New Mex­ico and I love that feel­ing that you get when you know you have done some­thing good for some­one. When you know that you have made their lives bet­ter in one way or an­other. There is a pride and also a hum­ble­ness that you feel when help­ing oth­ers less for­tu­nate than you. It re­ally makes you ap­pre­ci­ate your life a whole lot more.

Vol­un­teer­ing is an amaz­ing ac­com­plish­ment and re­ally shows the char­ac­ter of your heart.

It gives you hope for hu­man­ity to see the self­less peo­ple who vol­un­teer; who lose sleep, who miss their kid's win­ning shot, who work with­out gain­ing any kind of pay­ment, just to help oth­ers.

Even if it is at a dis­ad­van­tage to your­self, help­ing other peo­ple and even an­i­mals their fel­low man and make it a bet­ter place.


My name is Diana Hart. I am a re­cent grad­u­ate of Que­mado High School. What I am work­ing to­wards is a ma­jor in psy­chol­ogy, specif­i­cally young adult coun­sel­ing. I am go­ing to Western New Mex­ico Univer­sity for sec­ondary school to get my Bach­e­lors de­gree in coun­sel­ing. Re­ceiv­ing this Schol­ar­ship would mean a lot to me. It would mean that I can be the first in my fam­ily, sib­lings or par­ents, to at­tend col­lege. It would mean that af­ter all I have been through and all I have worked hard for, I can go to col­lege and not have to worry about if I can pay the ex­penses or not. With this schol­ar­ship, I could set the path for a bright and suc­cess­ful fu­ture. Thank You for con­sid­er­ing my ap­pli­ca­tion.

(Ed. Diana Hart was cho­sen by the Cielito Lindo Ranch board to re­ceive the 2016 Round Up Schol­ar­ship. We con­grat­u­late her on her ex­cel­lent let­ter, which demon­strated the cre­ativ­ity and clar­ity we were look­ing for. Thanks to ev­ery­one who ap­plied for the schol­ar­ship—we wish them well in their fu­ture en­deav­ors. Thank you also to ev­ery­one who con­trib­uted to the schol­ar­ship and the fu­ture.)

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