2022
 Trustmark Recipient

Christopher Bieniek

AMOUNT: $5,000
SCHOOL: Benedictine University
Hi I’m Christopher Bieniek, I was born August 14, 2004, to the WORLD’S BEST MOM, who at the time was 19. I’m sure it was far from easy for my mom to raise a child at her age. But from the memories and pictures that I have she took really good care of me and we enjoyed our short time together. Unfortunately, May of 2008 my mom was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer and our world was turned upside down.
From May of 2008 to January of 2015 has been the most difficult time of my life. Not only difficult because breast cancer took my mom’s life at such an early age but also because I lost my father in 2010. After my father passed away we had to move with my grandmother because my mom couldn’t afford the house we rented. I’m sure if my father had life insurance things would have been a lot easier for my mom and I, while she lived the last few years of her life with me. Life insurance would have allowed my mom and I to own a place of our own and not burden my grandmother. My mom could have purchased a new car to safely transport her to the endless doctor’s appointments and all my events. Ultimately life insurance would have lessened the worries and made life a lot easier for both of us. It was very hard on me to watch my mom battle a terminal illness and struggle financially. Naturally all this hardship started to affect me emotionally and academically. My mom would tell me “Make me proud Chris, do well in school so you could go to college and make a difference”. At the time I didn’t even think college would be an option for me or how I would even pay for college.
Now I’m 17 years old and a senior in high school about to graduate on May 27, 2022. I know my dream is to attend either Benedictine University or University of Dayton but both of these schools are very expensive. Unfortunately, neither of my parents had life insurance policies so funding my college education has become the latest obstacle. If both of my parents had life insurance funding my college education wouldn’t be a problem and I could concentrate more on my studies. To make extra money, I usually cut grass and do snow removal in my neighborhood. But the few dollars earned is usually just enough for my grandmother and I to get around in her car. I hope the Life Lessons Scholarship could help me attend college which will allow me to study business. I plan to be a successful businessman that will help those in need. I want to help guide the young generation and tell them how important life insurance is. If we could insure our vehicles, motorcycles and places of residents, let’s insure our most valuable asset, our LIFE. Thank you for your time and consideration.
The Life Lessons Scholarship is made possible through individual donations and corporate sponsorships. Your financial support can make a world of difference for a young person struggling to afford a college education due to the loss of a parent or guardian.

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