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Jennifer's Scholarship Letter

Getting a college degree has always been a priority for my life. My education hopes and goals are simple, I want to major in business management and marketing. After graduation I hope to open my own successful interactive entertainment company for families.

My vision is a fun place where families can play together in a safe; friendly atmosphere. This is a place with bouncing play units, carnival games and concessions. Currently, I am one of two managers at a local children's entertainment company called the Fun Factory. I love every minute of it!

I graduated from Hillcrest High School in May, 2007 and started attending Shelton State Community College in the Fall of 2007. I am currently enrolled in the summer semester taking 13 hours. Upon finishing my two year degree at Shelton State I plan on attending The University of Alabama.

It is important to me to get my degree with only a little help from my parents. With the help of a Birth Mother Scholarship, I will be able to finish my degree in four years. Without a Birth Mother Scholarship it will take longer. I will have to work full time and take a few less courses each semester.

I should be considered for a Birth Mother Scholarship, because I am a hardworking, organized, dedicated student. I will work hard to keep the minimum GPA. Should a Birth Mother Scholarship be awarded to me, I will work hard to graduate with a business and marketing degree from The University of Alabama.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is American Adoptions the right adoption agency choice for many birth mothers?

American Adoptions is one of the largest licensed adoption agencies in the United States. Each year, we work with thousands of women who are facing an unplanned pregnancy and offer assistance to these women. Our large, caring staff is able to assist you seven days a week and provide you with one-on-one counseling about your pregnancy and available options.

You should choose an adoption agency where you feel completely comfortable with their services and staff. With American Adoptions, you will work with an Adoption Specialist who is on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Adoption Specialist will be your advocate and will provide support and guidance as you create an adoption plan that is right for you.

How will the family tell my child about me and the adoption when my child is older?

Each family has their own style of introducing adoption to the child. When you are matched with an adoptive family, you can ask them this question. If you would like your Adoption Specialist to discuss it for you, just let her know. He or she can share your wishes or provide good ideas from other adoptive families.

You will also be able to share what you want your baby to know about you. You can complete a keepsake booklet to share hobbies, stories, photos of you and your family and a letter to your baby. The adoptive family can provide this to your child as he or she grows older. Be as creative as you like! Some birth mothers have even knitted a special blanket as a gift to their baby or given a similar symbol of their love.

The father of your baby can fill out the birth father's keepsake booklet or write a letter too. You may have other family members who would also like to share photos or a letter to the baby. This is your opportunity to pass on your and your family's love and to share your personality, history and reasons for choosing adoption. The adoptive family will treasure whatever information you provide and will share it with the baby at an appropriate age. In most adoptive homes, the word adoption is in the child's vocabulary early on, and adoption is celebrated in their lives.

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