We were out-of-town in March when the SFA Scholarship Stars awards social was scheduled. So we asked Bryan’s parents to attend, in our place, and meet Mrs. Sophia Carbajal. Yes, she is a married student and our first one. I know how tough that can be because I also attended SFA while I was married. The Alston’s enjoyed getting to know her and expressed how friendly she was to them. She was about to graduate and was excited about what her future held.
This all probably seems a little backwards…but for SFA you pick the recipient at the beginning of the year and then get to meet them at the end of the year. The student gets money each semester so they send a note each time. Bellow is part of what she wrote in her January thank you note:
“Again I would truly like to thank you for your generous gifts. I am so thrilled to be beginning my last semester at SFA. I still have not made my final decision yet of what my plans are after college. I know that there are so many opportunities available in my field. I do plan to spend some time exploring those and maybe even go for my master’s degree.
I thank you for awarding me with your scholarship and for this chance to reach for the stars. But mostly for believing in me and fellow students like me. I hope that some day I can become an inspiration too and have the ability to help students who are looking to reach for their stars.”
Sophia has on her Hospitality chef’s coat, showing the Ax’em Jacks sign and is standing in front of a few of the plaques of endowed scholarships, one of which is Lauren’s. Sophia works in the Alumni Office, where the Wall of Honor is, and we plan to go meet her soon.