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Student Loan Relief Scholarship Winners

2019 winner​
Student Loan Relief 2019 Winner

Rachel Syko

College Junior
Encinitas, CA

“I’m so grateful to MoneySolver for their generous scholarship gift. I was emotional writing this piece about my mom and I’m emotional now accepting this award. It is such an incredible honor to be chosen. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, this will truly make a lasting impact on my life.”

Standing. Snip. Turn. Snip, snip. Head down. Still standing. Buzz. I used to watch my mother cut hair for hours. As a kid I’d happily sweep the freshly fallen hair with a broom twice my size into a dustpan. I have watched my mother grow her own business, mentor countless young women of her craft and eventually watch them open up their own salons. She stands for hours on end, ignoring the inevitable arthritis diagnosis, and kindly ask my brother, or I, to remove her compression socks at the end of a long day. She is my wish. To be able to allow her to rest at last. She has carried our family for my entire life, as my father’s employment record was anything but consistent. She has sacrificed her time, her body, in order to give her family more than she had. My wish would be for her to have enough money to retire today, with no more worries. My hope is that she would travel, try new foods, relax, and enjoy her next chapter of life.

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