Country Financial Recipient

Eric Guillot

AMOUNT: $5,000
SCHOOL: Washington State University
On August 3rd, 2019 my mom passed away suddenly from a stroke a week after her birthday.

For the majority of my life, we struggled to make ends meet and have stability in our lives. After my parents divorced when I was five, my mom and I moved to Washington State to start our new life. It was always us versus the world; we always looked after each other and would learn lessons from each other when times were tough. She always emphasized the importance of school and would say that I had to go to college so that my future family would have to struggle the way we did. So that’s what I focused on; I would always try my best at school to make my mom proud and to fulfill my dream of buying her the first house she would have owned.

With the passing of my hero and the passing of my dream, I was stranded in a state where I had no money, no family, and no one to come home to. The day after she passed I had thousands of thoughts rushing through my mind like if I had to be put in a foster home and where and how am I going to pay for the funeral. The loss of my mother impacted all aspects of my life and made me work harder towards college.

The parent of my household was gone and I had no one to go home to at night and had no financial security due to my mom not having a life insurance policy because of the insecurities I had about not knowing how I would continue to live my life without a parent. My mind instantly went to dropping out of high school to begin working so that I wouldn’t get evicted and put into a foster home.

If my mom had adequate life insurance, I could have spent more time grieving my mother rather than stressing about where I am going to eat next or how I’m going to be able to go to school. Luckily, a family of one of my peers took me in and became my legal guardian so that I wouldn’t have to start the rest of my life on my own. Now that I live in a state where I have no family, a home where I feel I have no one to talk to about my thoughts, and a school that I have to go through all of this on my own, I have matured and become independent.

Ever since my mom passed, petty high school problems no longer distract me from my goal of going to college and making my mom proud. My mom will always be my inspiration in life and will further my development as a student and as a person. Although she is gone and my future is somewhat uncertain, a life insurance policy would have made my new independent life less stressful and would have brought certainty to my future and my college education.

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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