As someone who is struggling financially I truly respect the EOPS Program because it is able to offer assistance to those in need. Winning this scholarship helps ease the financial pressure that comes from being a full-time college student and a father of two children. I started college two years ago with the hope that once I completed I could provide my family a better life. That hope is still present: however, the longer I go to school the more financial stress is put on my family. I am not facing financial hardship from a lack of trying. I am currently taking a summer school course, cutting firewood, landscaping, and performing any other odd job that is available. Financial aid is an enormous help but is not enough to support a family of four. Therefore, this scholarship could be the difference in me succeeding or failing not only financially but also academically. Thank you for this opportunity.