Name: Rishi Sharma
From: Woodbridge, Virginia
Grade: College freshmen
School: Northern Virginia Community College
My name is Rishi Sharma and I am a freshmen college student at Northern Virginia
Community College located in Prince William County, VA. Since the
age of 12 I have used a wheelchair as my main mode of mobility. I’ve
never considered the necessity of using a wheelchair as something to
hold me back; instead I see it as a challenge and even an opportunity
to be creative and think outside of the box.
I do not let my disability get me down. I stay active to fight against wasting away
from muscular dystrophy. I stay active with wheelchair basketball,
exercise, and volunteering.
I volunteer with Fairfax Falcons Paralympics Sports, assisting
disabled kids with social skills, fitness skills and teamwork
attitude every Saturday from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. I love to invite
children with disabilities to play a basketball game. Just a simple
invitation lightens up their day (I should know). I make it a point
to convince each child of how important their role is on the team.
All children need love, encouragement, and support, and for kids with
disabilities, such positive reinforcement can help ensure that they
emerge with a strong sense of self-worth, confidence, and the
determination to keep going even when things are tough.
I also volunteer at Pet Smart and work with rescue dogs every
Saturday from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. It is rewarding to see the immense
affection animals display when they are loved and cared for. To
nurture rescue animals deeply enriches my faith in humanity and
believe in the power of love and kindness. It is truly remarkable
watching the dogs transition from skittish, scared little animals to
trusting, flourishing members of a family. Every animal who I help
get adopted brings down the
number of shelter pets euthanized each year.
Volunteering has taught me we all can make a difference disabled or
not. My challenge as a volunteer is to prove to others I can do
everything other can do but in my own special way. I hope I can
inspire other kids to volunteer and give back to the community. If I
can ignite one child to give back to the community then I have made a
It is my goal to be a productive member of society. I wish to be an independent
member of my community and give back to others. This scholarship
will help me pursue a degree in Psychology which I plan to use to
help other disabled children.
College is expensive. This scholarship will help me maintain a full-time status with my studies
without the worry of where to find funds for school. Without this
scholarship it will be a struggle to obtain the support I need to
achieve my ultimate success as a college graduate.
This scholarship is as important to me as it is to my family. It will allow me to
continue my education as a full time student.