JOBS for AMERICA'S GRADUATES

Sonja Haren

Sonja Haren, Culbertson High School, Culbertson, Montana

“I graduate on May 21, 2011 and will continue my education at Mesa State, located in Grand Junction, CO.  I have had many people in my life, such as my father and mother, who have not pursued a postsecondary education.  They are unable to advance in their dream careers and receive financial compensation.  Going to a postsecondary school will train me for my future career and will give me the knowledge I need to succeed in life.  I might be young, but I understand the importance of a postsecondary education.  I have recently started a Mary Kay business so that I can afford to buy my own car.  I was introduced to this business through a career day I attended in Wolf Point. I know that I can succeed in this business because I am a driven person, this is a great location for these beauty products, and I have many people who know me and are willing to help me by buying my products. I have been told throughout my life to ‘find my passion and turn that into a career’.  Even though I have been working for quite some time, I do not have much money saved because my money went into everything that I needed to survive as well as my immediate family members’ needs.  I know that I need as much help as I can get, and I do try my hardest to support myself as much as I can but sometimes you cannot do it all yourself, and you need a helping hand. If I get this scholarship this means another person believes in me.  Every time that I know another person believes in me, it gives me a greater strength to do well.”  Sonja was selected as one of the ten 2011 Smith Scholars and received a $1,000 scholarship from the JAG Board of Directors.