SILVIA CAMPOS PANAMENO began her scholarship essay with this simple statement “Being a parent is not easy, but it is beautiful.” The “not easy” part as Silvia described in her essay, is developing the patience, responsibility and resiliency skills raising a child requires. But the beauty, she explains comes in learning from your child every day, in developing the motivation to do better for her, and in knowing her future is inextricably tied to yours. Silvia plans to use her scholarship to get licensed as a cosmetologist. Her plan is to work as a hair stylist until she can save enough money to continue her education. In college she would like to study to become a medical assistant.