The annual Pete the Planner Scholarship winner will be announced sometime in the next couple of weeks. The scholarship goes to a Pike High School senior who will be the first person in his/her family to go to college. It’s a $1,000 scholarship this year, which means the student will have to take out $1,000 less in student loans.
The winner has been selected. Here is one of the questions, with his/her answer, from the application. I think we picked a good one. As you might know, I cry pretty easily. It’s a Dunn family trait. I think his/her answer will leave you in tears too.
Question 10: How will being the first person in your family to go to college make you feel?
Being the first in my family to go to college will make me feel successful, but it will also be kind of bittersweet. My mother would have been more than capable of succeeding in a 4-year university if she would have had the opportunity to do so. We were visiting Ball State one day and you could see the nostalgia in her face when she thought no one was looking, but she made sure to express to me how proud she was that I was almost there. She was happy for me because I knew what I wanted to do and I was capable of grasping it. I would love more than anything to help her go to college once I graduate. In the end, being the first to go to college in my family is exciting. I have all of the love and emotional support in the world because my family is excited to see me succeed. Going to college will be a positive experience not only for me, but for my entire family to know that they all helped raise me successfully.
Peter Dunn a.k.a. Pete the Planner® is an award-winning financial mind and a former comedian. He’s a USA TODAY columnist, author of ten books, and is the host of the popular radio show and podcast, The Pete the Planner Show. Pete is considered one of the foremost experts on financial wellness in the world, but he’s just as likely to talk your ear off about bass fishing.