Hard work has gotten me to where I am today

Hard work has gotten Henry to where he is today, succeeding as a volunteer

I grew up in a very small town in Southern Indiana called St. Henry. The small-town life and growing up in a Catholic household has shaped many of the views I have on life today. Being the oldest of five children has taught me many lessons. It has kept me accountable for being a good role model for all of my younger siblings and has also taught me how to work hard for things that I’ve wanted in life. I’m a firm believer that hard work has gotten me to where I am today.

I graduated from Southridge High School in the fall of 2015. Throughout high school, I was involved in sports which included basketball and track. I was also involved in many clubs and organizations. Some of these included being the Class President all four years of high school and being a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

The college search was somewhat of a difficult process for me through my senior year of high school. As an eighth Henry Steckler headshotgrader, I took a class called Gateway to Engineering. This very general engineering class included multiple projects. I was instantly fascinated in the design of items and how things worked in our world today. From then on, I knew that Engineering was the path I wanted to take with my career. When looking at colleges, I was seeking a four-year institution with a strong engineering program. After visiting and applying to multiple colleges, I felt that a four-year school wasn’t the best option for me to start my college career. I discovered that Vincennes University had a transfer agreement with Purdue University for a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. I visited Vincennes University and discovered the small school feel that it presented. It reminded me of the small town feel I grew up with. This seemed to be a good transition school from a smaller high school to a large university like Purdue.

Since being at Vincennes University, now as a sophomore, I have connected on a personal basis with my professors to help me succeed in their classes. Through hard work and determination, I have been able to earn and maintain a 3.92 GPA while remaining active on campus. I have been involved with multiple offices on campus as a student employee. I am a tutor in the Math Center, a student worker in the Foundation and Alumni Office, and have been an intern in the Center for Career and Employer Relations.

I am excited to start the next chapter of my life, as I will transfer to Purdue University in the fall of 2017 to earn a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. Vincennes University has offered multiple opportunities that will help me greatly in the end. As an Engineer, I hope to be able to make the lives of others easier through my work as the person behind the scenes of an overall process.

The Pearson Scholarship is a true blessing; lifting a financial burden by paying for college and book costs. Fewer college costs in the coming years from the award will allow me to remain focused on my school work. This will be especially nice when I transfer to a four-year institution. As the classes become more difficult, I’ll need to devote more time devoted to my class work rather than working a job. The award of the Pearson Scholarship will be a huge aid to my success in the coming years.

Along with paying for college fees, the Pearson Scholarship has paired me with a mentor to serve as a guide through the last years of schooling. From taking an interest survey, I was matched with Michael Trinchetto. Michael is a very positive and smart guy that has been extremely helpful in our monthly video conferences. Mentorships present a great value in my opinion. I feel that having a mentor gives me someone who I could ask anything in regards to schooling or life in general. Even if there isn’t always a problem, it is nice to have a mentor to just talk to about past experiences. Past experiences are a big way, I feel, people can learn from and prepare for their futures. I am thankful to have the support team of Michael and Pearson now and in the years to come.

Henry is a recipient of the 2016 Pearson Scholarship for Higher Education. Each Pearson Scholar is paired with a Pearson professional mentor who provides support as Scholars progress toward degree completion. We are incredibly proud of all the Pearson Scholars. Please check back as we continue to highlight each scholar’s story!