did receive a $1000 scholarship after submitting this with my application but was unable to use the scholarship because we
could not afford the rest of my student expenses and living expenses in Alaska. A full semester cost about $1600 with
tuition fees and books.)
January 28, 2005
Dear Scholarship Provider,
My life seems like
it has been an anthropological experiment. I say this because I am a little older than many students and have had the opportunity
to live in many different parts of the country among many different cultures. During
my life I have had many experiences that have helped to equip me for a career in social science. I have lived on two Indian
reservations and been a part of their respective cultures. I have lived in both very rural neighborhoods and in the inner
city. I have normally immersed myself in the culture of the people and the places where I have lived.
lived in a dozen different states all over the country, and among many different ethnic cultures as well. Rather than approach
this as an outsider looking in, I have always adapted to the culture I find myself living in so that my view is that of an
insider on the inside rather than an outsider looking in. I am able to identify with the multifaceted traditions that make
up a particular culture and fit in to each, whether it's been the Italian or Hispanic cultures of Boston, the southern white culture
of the southeast (where I was born) or the Native American cultures of the plains and Pacific Northwest.
Seeking a degree in Sociology with a primary major in
anthropology is honing skills I already have acquired over the years as I have interacted with and made myself part of different
cultures and adapted different ways of life. Having such experience has allowed me to obtain a tremendous amount of inside
knowledge about other cultures from their viewpoint. I personally feel that having this kind of experience would give me a
genuine edge in a career in sociology and anthropology.
I am presently married and
my wife and I live on a boat in Douglas Harbor
with very little living space. I do not have a personal computer at home. Due to my living arrangements I often spend most
of my free time at the University in order to complete homework assignments and keep up with my studies. This includes weekends.
Some of my fellow classmates have commented that it seems like I live at the college! I do not mind because I am willing to
do what it takes in order to get the most out my educational pursuits so that I can prepare myself for the career I am seeking.
There is certainly a financial need for me at this point in order that I continue my studies and obtain my degree.
Taking into consideration my living arrangements and the fact much of my free time is devoted to studying at the University,
I have not been employed since August, 2004. In the future I do plan on seeking part time employment at the University, but
given my class and study schedule it would hardly meet tuition expenses. I am therefore hoping that I may be granted a scholarship
so that I might continue my studies uninterrupted and be able to apply what I have accomplished to my career.