New Heights Scholarship

Congratulations to our 2019 Scholarship Winner!

The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. would like to congratulate our New Heights Scholarship winner. We read many wonderful essays from college-bound students, but this one was a step above the rest. We know how expensive an education can be, and we hope this $500 prize helped defray the costs of secondary expenses, such as books, supplies, and housing.

The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. would like to thank everyone who applied to our New Heights Scholarship. Please check our blog and Facebook page for announcements and other opportunities.

Winning Entry

"I felt the highs of hard work and sacrifice paying off along with the lows of falling short of achieving my dreams. In the end, it was worth everything I gave it."

- Sugar T., 2019 Scholarship Winner

Introduction

"I want to empower others with the resources and knowledge I gain so we may improve our collective quality of life; and I want to influence and build agricultural infrastructure that will ensure the long-term health of our planet."
- Sugar T.

Iwas sitting in a coffee shop with a friend who had just asked me about my decision to finally attend college. In my response, I attempted to recount information I had absorbed from a book I was reading about sustainable agriculture. You know when you read something, and you understand it in the moment, but when you try to relay that information later, it comes out a little bit right but also a little bit nonsense? That happened here.

I reached the end of my sketchy paraphrasing, feeling so impassioned with what I knew and frustrated with what I didn't and riled up over my ineptitude, that my words turned into a howl. I took a deep breath. I told her I couldn’t wait to go to school, because there were so many things I needed to learn.

This is why I am applying for your scholarship. I am a non-traditional/adult student who spent the first part of her life pursuing a dream to become an Olympic speedskater. Now, I am channeling all my energy and discipline into pursuing my first undergraduate degree.

Short Essay

I have spent the past year floating. I retired from the sport of speedskating after twenty years of dedication, processed what that meant to me, got a job with an active travel company, spent eleven months romping around the world while living out of a backpack, and said yes to all the things I couldn’t say yes to when I was training for skating. I felt overwhelmingly excited and empowered about my life, but ultimately, directionless. I crave purpose. I want to be working toward something tangible that I can be proud of. The Olympic/Paralympic movement and everything it stands for is something I was truly honored to dedicate my life to. Competing on that level gave me the chance to represent so much more than myself for a brief moment in time. I learned what true discipline and resilience mean on a stage that exists to recognize humans from every corner of the world coming together and celebrating our collective will. I felt the highs of hard work and sacrifice paying off along with the lows of falling short of achieving my dreams. In the end, it was worth everything I gave it.

Since retiring from competitive sport, I have given myself the space to learn what my goals are now that my primary identity is no longer “Olympic Athlete.” I’ve come to realize that everything I know about myself - how I want to spend my time and the things I am passionate about - are connected. I want to fully understand plants and grow food; I want to cook for and feed people to bring them joy and nutrition; I want to build communities around strong, ethical, and sustainable food systems; I want to empower others with the resources and knowledge I gain so we may improve our collective quality of life; and I want to influence and build agricultural infrastructure that will ensure the long-term health of our planet.

"I know I can be a force for good in this world. I also know, big dreams take time. Experience has taught me that if I am willing to work hard for something I believe in, I will succeed."
- Sugar T.

My decision to attend school came about after watching two parks rangers from Hawaii Volcano National Park talk about flora and fauna for three hours as part of a certification for my job. In researching my options, I discovered I could attend Oregon State University and combine all of my interests and passions into a course of study that would allow me to successfully pursue every one of my lofty goals. I clearly see my love for surrounding myself with plants in their botany degree. I see my self-taught hobby of baking naturally leavened breads in their fermentation course. I see my curiosity on dirt’s ability to combat climate change in their soil science department. I see my beliefs on the environment reflected in their sustainability double degree option. I see myself at this university.

I have been accepted to Oregon State University (OSU), but in deciding how to best manage my finances, I recently made the decision to attend Portland Community College (PCC) for two years before transferring to OSU. I will be able to take all the necessary general education courses and even some degree-specific electives at PCC for a much lower tuition cost, and then have those credits transfer and count towards my required OSU baccalaureate core. As soon as I made this decision, I knew it was the right one for me.

There are holes in my knowledge and experience that will be necessary to fill if I want to affect a greater good within the food systems of this country. I want to go to school to fill these holes. I need to build a foundation of personal experience that will help categorize and instill all the new knowledge I intend to gain.

I know I can be a force for good in this world. I also know, big dreams take time. Experience has taught me that if I am willing to work hard for something I believe in, I will succeed.

But it’s been over ten years since I was last in a classroom, so first I need to take a biology course.

- Sugar T.


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Attorney Timothy R. Bussey

Timothy R. Bussey is the founder of The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. The only lawyer in Colorado with an ACS Forensic Lawyer-Scientist Designation, Tim brings cutting-edge scientific knowledge to his personal injury and criminal law practice. For over 25 years, our team has been fighting against the odds to assist people with the deck stacked against them. If you need help, just call.