MyAun, 16 – Funded

MyAun, a senior at University Academy, has many careers that interest her — from being a producer, to social media manager, campaign manager, stage manager, screenwriter, or playwriter, or even working in public relations. But, right now, she is focused on graduating high school with a 3.8 GPA or higher — that, and getting her driver’s permit and license soon.

While she’s currently planning on pursuing a journalism or mass communications major in college, she knows the importance of keeping her options open for exploring many career paths. Oh, and one more thing: MyAun also dreams of opening her own brunch or waffle restaurant once she retires. Talk about the path to a delicious future!

What is something you are most proud of?

I am proud that one of my pieces of poetry, “Shades of Pain,” was published twice in Elementia magazine.

Have you gone through any tough or challenging times? If yes, how did you deal with those challenges?

Yes. On my fifth birthday, I received the best present a girl could ask for — my dog, Keo. He was the best little brother ever; I referred to him as my little brother because, over time, he became family. In March 2019, Keo was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He was in pain, wouldn’t eat, and struggled to get up. As a family, we decided to put Keo down instead of having him suffer. This was a really tough thing to do. My little brother was gone. Life was different. The house was different. It was quieter. No longer did I hear the tapping of his paws on our hardwood floors. He wasn’t excitedly waiting in me to come home after school anymore. There was no one barking at us to eat dinner anymore. It was tough. However, I got through it with a lot of prayer and talking and reminiscing with my mom. I still miss him and think about him every day. It still hurts, but I am getting through it.

What does it mean to you to be selected as a Girl on the Rise?

It is an honor and such an amazing opportunity to be selected. The scholarship will allow me to visit the college campus that I want to attend.

What inspired you to want to be involved with Girls on the Rise?

I remember first hearing about Girls on the Rise at the Big Brothers Big Sisters banquet and I always wondered what it was and what it took to be part of the program. So, when I heard that I could sign up, I knew I had the join. When I saw what the Girls on the Rise scholarship helps with — and the amazing opportunity it provides — I knew I had to sign up.

How will funding from the 1,000 Dreams Fund help you reach your goals? In other words: Why is the opportunity to visit your prospective colleges important to your journey?

There are so many amazing colleges and universities in the Midwest region. Being able to visit the colleges I’m interested in will help me narrow down my list — and it will even help me revisit the school that is currently my first choice.

What schools will you use the funding to visit, and why?

I plan to visit K-State, University of Missouri Columbia, University of Central Missouri, Drake, University of Iowa, Evangel, and University of Missouri in Springfield.