Kaneilia Williams – LatPro Scholarship Finalist for April 2012’s scholarship program for Hispanic students is proud to announce Kaneilia Williams as one of the three finalists for its April deadline application. Vote for her essay by clicking the thumbs up button at the bottom of the page, and/or leave comments of support to help us with the selection process.

Kaneilia Williams‘s Essay:

How did you choose your major? What obstacles have you had to overcome and what will it mean to you to graduate with this degree?

I chose my major because I was always interested in numbers and how businesses worked. I am a woman who has faced both economic and personal hardships while seeking to further my education in efforts to improve my employment status and provide a better life for my family. Personally, I have been affected by my mother’s drug abuse, which spiraled out of control in 1998, and the death of my grandmother. I was a sophomore in high school when she was unable to maintain her drug usage, maintain a job, and take care of myself and my three siblings.

Economically, my family is currently experiencing hardship due to the weak job market. I have three children and a husband who depend on me as the primary wage earner for our family as my husband, who has been unemployed for the past three years, is currently looking for employment. My husband received his associates degree earlier this year, but still has not been able to find work. There are many times when I have to decide between paying for things my family needs or buying gas to travel to work. My transportation expenses are high because I travel 100 miles round trip to and from work each day because there are few jobs in the town I live in. I provide food, clothing, and shelter for my family without the assistance of governmental programs. I also help support my mother with necessities anytime I can because she does not have a job and is still battling her addiction.

My personal and economic hardships influenced my decision to further my education in pursuit of a Masters in Business Administration. I am trying my best to provide a better environment for my children to grow up in than I received as a child. Gaining additional education and training and improving my employment status are the only ways I can overcome the economic hardship. My MBA will prepare me for advancement in the finance and/or health care industries and reward me with the financial ability to secure a promising future for my family.

My level of dedication to my family, job, education is very high because I always seek to contribute successfully to the lives others. When given the opportunity to learn new things, I am able to quickly absorb information and adapt to new processes. I am a knowledge-hungry self starter who is committed to improving my status by continuing to further my education. When difficult processes or problems arise, I look to develop procedures to eliminate these types of occurrences. I feel that my dedication to my education and perseverance throughout all of my obstacles proves that I am very deserving of this award.

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  • I think Kaneilia is very deserving of this award.  She has been faced with many obstacles that would have made the normal person give up.  Instead, she overcame each one and continues to woek toward her goals.

  • I am honored to be chosen as a LatPro Finalist.  This award will help me to receive my MBA, continue to advance in the finance industry, and provide a better future for my children.  Thanks to the scholarhip committe and to everyone who views, likes, and comments to help me obtain this award.

  • You have always been a strong leader that I looked up to in the past and after reading this essay, I truly realize how much of a leader you are and always were. I had no idea you faced this many obstacles but I do know that it does not matter which direction you came from, it only matters the direction that you are headed in life. Keep your head up and keep going. You definitely deserve this opportunity to help your family gain the life you dream of them having.

    • Thanks for looking up to me, Percilla.  I have learned to strive to be the best me I can be, regardless of what challenges I am faced with.  I will not be a product of my environment, but the deciding factor in where I my life takes me.

  • I wish you the best of luck.  Receiving your MBA is a honor that will open many doors for you.  May GOD continue to bless you on your journey for everything we go through is a test of our faith.  You will overcome every obstacle you have faced.


    • Thanks Donyetta.  You were the first person I met at MSU where I started to push hard towards my dreams.  I am looking forward to new oppotunities opening up with my MBA.

  • Kaneilia, this was indeed a wonderful essay…anyone that has faced obstacles to this magnitude is indeed a wonderful person. Being able to deal with these situations and still be successful… I Salute You!!! Keep up the good work and continue to put God first. Kaneilia is the right person to receive the award. Keep doing what you doing and Good Luck!!!

    • Thanks Keshauna. It is my faith in God that keeps me grounded and focused on achieving my goals.

  • Great Job Kaneilia. You really deserve this award you have been through so much, you and your family and you have made it this far by faith. Keep up the Good work and Keep God first!!!!!!

    • Thanks Tarice.  I definitely feel that I deserve this award.  I am pressing toward my goals and keep God first.

  • Kanelia would be an excellent candidate for this scholarship. I did not know her story until I read it here but her courage and her determination is phenomenal and she should be considered as one of the top recipients. I have had the pleasure of working with her while she completes her MBA and she has done nothing except exceed my expectations as a student.

    • Thanks for all of your encouragement with my MBA program.  You have given me the tools to completing the courses neccessary to receive my degree.  I will continue to work hard until I finish the program.

  • Understanding that your story mirrors that of many Americans near and far, your plight for educational advancement is honorable. The current economic status of the United States is very volatile, it is my hopes that you will gain help from your husband because being a sole-provider for three children is hard enough without having to take care of another adult. I pray for you strength, peace and stability as you continue your plight for future success. 

    • Thanks for your comment. I definitely will continue to strive for the best for my family regardless. God will bless us and see us through all obstacles.

  • My name is Kyndal and I am 7.  I think my mom should win because she is very smart.  She works hard and tells me that going to school is important.  She is the best mom ever and I love her so much.  So please pick my mom.

    • Thanks Kyndal, I think you are very smart also.  Getting an education is definitely important and it is the key to reaching your career goals.  You are the best daughter ever.  I love you too.

  • I have known Kaneilia since attending college at Mississippi State and consider her like family.  She has always been very intelligent, determined, goal oriented and dedicated to her studies.  I strongly believe that Kaneilia should receive this award where she can continue to triumph in spite of obstacles along the way.  She deserves it!!!  Very Proud of you!

    • Thanks Erica.  I think that I am very deserving of this award as well.  I will continue to keep my goals at the forefront and do what it takes to reach them.

  • Kaneilia you definitely have what it takes to succeed. I wish you the best!  I want this for you sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo bad because you deserve it completely.  Love ya lots and Ill be praying for you.

    • Thanks Angela for always believing in me.  I work hard at anything that is before me and I know that I deserve this as well.  I love you too and thanks for the prayers.

  • Anyone that has been through this many struggles deserves to win this award hands down. You are such an inspiration to all people. Instead of making excuses or falling by the wayside, you faced each challenge with a new level of boldness. I would have been lost at the first challenge when you were in high school. Keep following your dreams and everything will work out for you and your family and never let naysayers discourage you.

    • Thanks Jessica.  With the help of God, I will continue to overcome an obstacle put before me.  I will never let negativity discourage me.  People talked about Jesus, so I know I am not exempt.  Thanks again!

  • Well, where do I start. My big sister, I am extremely proud of you & I do know first hand all the work you continuously put in as a big sister & parent. I commend you on all that you do & the work you put in to succeed in life. I pray that you will be blessed with this scholarship & take advantage of the opportunities ahead. Love u & good luck!!!

    • Thanks sister.  I love you, Kourtni, and Kevin more than you all will ever know.  You all have made me proud as a big sister.  Thanks for all your support and prayers.  I will continue to work hard and take advantage of all opportunites.  Love you Kim!!!

  • I am extremely proud of my sister that besides the many obstacles she has faced, she continues to endure. She would be a well deserved recipient of this award. Keep up the great work sister. Love you!!!

    • You were one of my inspirations to get my masters.  Seeing you complete yours made me realize that I needed to do the same.  Thanks sister, I am equally proud of you.  I love you so much!!

  • Kaneilia has always been driven and goal oriented. Once she decides she wants something, she creates a plan to get what she wants. I love this about her! My friend Kaneilia is very deserving of this scholarship opportunity as it will aid her in achieving another one of her goals.

    • Thanks so much, Sheree.  We have been friends for about 25 years and have been there for each other.  I believe that one must have a plan in order to reach any goal.  This scholarship will bring me one step closer to achieving my career goals.

    • Thanks kmr1. I am on the way to getting my MBA. I have realized that there are no limits when it comes to my potential to better myself. Thanks for the encouragement to reach to the top.

    • Thanks Jasmine. I also think I am very deserving of the LatPro scholarship. I will continue to strive for the best in all my future endeavors.

  • You deserve this award because you have always put your family (and others) first.  You have continued to persevere NO MATTER WHAT.  You are the perfect candidate- the judges will have no regrets when you represent this scholarship as a dedicated and devoted student.

    • Thanks Ms. Reeves! Family is very important to me. I strive to put my best foot forward in all I do. I also think that I am very deserving of this scholarship.

  • Kaneilia this is a powerful essay. It is very relatable especially in today’s society. I am so proud of you and I know that you can accomplish both masters and phd degrees. You are such a dedicated mother and I know that you have what it takes to conquer anything if you put your mind to it.
    Lenna’ Myles 

    • Thanks Lenna’.  I am continually striving for the top.  Thanks for your encouraging words as I pursue my dreams.  I want nothing but the best for all of my family.

  • Kaneilia, I am in awe of you as a mother, a friend, a scholar, and as a person. Growing up with you I have seen you overcome so much always with grace, humility, and with a positive attitude. In spite of all the obstacles, personal and other wise, you have always had the fortitude to move forward and excel. You are deserving of this scholarship for many reasons but mostly because you will continue to pursue excellence and reach all your goals. Buena suerte y siga su suenos.

    • Gracias Kristal! I have always had a move
      forward attitude about life’s obstacles because
      the past is behind me and it’s something
      I can’t change. I hold the keys to my own future
      so I try to make positive steps towards my future each day.

  • I faced known Kaneilia for three years and admired her since we first meet. She is very smart and generally cares for others. She is a woman that people should pattern themselves after. My role model, definitely!

    • Thanks for such kind words. Glad that I inspire you to be your best. The world needs more real life role models. All of these qualities make me very deserving of this award.

  • I am very proud of my wife. She desrves this award and so much more. This is the most amazing woman I have ever seen. She encourages me daily and gave me the confidence to get my degree. She also instills great values in our children. The scholarship committee should know that she is the best candidate to win the scholarship so agree can complete her masters degree. I love you Kaneilia.

    • Thanks honey. I love you too. You know that family is very important to me. This scholarship will certainly help me complete my maste degree. Thanks for being there for our family.

  • Kaneilia you are really amazing.  I think you should get the award because you have worked hard throughout many struggles.  Good luck!!

  • I met Kaneilia through a mutual friend about 7 years ago.  I knew there was something special about her because she was always so positive.  She is very determined, hard working, and a very deserving candidate for this scholarship.

    • Cathy you are great!! Thanks for your comment.  I do feel that am very deserving of the LatPro scholarship as well.

  • You should win this award.  So many obstacles and you could have easily quit, but your preserverance shows that you are an oustanding woman.  Good luck and keep following your dreams.

    • Hello Bran.  Thanks for your kind words.  Although it gets difficult at times, I continue to press towards my goals.  I will definitely keep following my dreams.

  • Kaneilia has been threw so much, but with the help of God she continues to prevail over her obstacles.  Keep doing your best and all your hard work will pay off.

    • Thanks Ms. Baker. I will continue to work hard, achieve my goals, and overcome struggles with God’s help.

  • I love you cousin!! I have witnesses your hard work, drive, and effort that you give to your children, family, work, school work, and those close to you.  I know that I can achieve anything through hard work and determination.

    • Thanks Chelsea, I love you too.  Always remember that anything worth having is worth working for.  I am working hard to make a better life for my kids and I know I can do it.

  • Good luck on getting this scholarship! You really should get it.  I know that you work very hard to reach the goals you have set.  I am so proud of you and always keep furthering your education.

    • Thanks Ella.  I hope I do get the scholarship.  I do work hard and I will continue to further my education.

  • Remember your perservance will make you and your family WINNERS!!! May God bless you and your family richly.