If you ever attended a debate in high school, I was the guy who would fight until the end to win for our team. Even if it appeared that we had zero chance of winning, I was able to convince people to look at things from a different angle, and I helped our team win more debates than any other in our school history. I wanted to be a lawyer before I was even done playing with toys. I loved the shows my parents watched where the lawyer who help an innocent client out of a tough spot, and I was determined early on to get to law school and earn my degree.
My grades in school were very good, my choices of schools however put me in a very challenging position. The tuition for one year was more than my father made in two years. If I did not get a free ride from the school, I was in deep trouble. Using my debate experience, I tried to convince my parents that we could borrow the money for law school and I would pay them back after my first big win. This was not a very successful strategy, and needless to say I lost that debate with my parents.
Luckily for me, I was very persistent in my efforts. I was going to get that tuition money one way or another, and like magic, I had a revelation. We were approached in school by the local VFW, and they were offering scholarships for students who wrote essays on what they thought about veterans and how veterans have impacted our lives. While this was not the scholarship for me, it did open my eyes to the huge amount of scholarship programs available to students today. I could not believe some of the dollar amounts for winners.
I began my quest to pay for my law school tuition on my own. I took part in a number of top scholarships, and while I did not win them, second prize money was starting to pile up. After only a few scholarships, I had secured at least one year tuition, and that was enough to drive me to work harder and accumulate enough for a 4 year college of my choice. The college I eventually chose gave me a partial scholarship on my grades, and I had enough prize money to fund the other years easily.