In addition to my scholarship, I am the proud recipient of The National Legion's Scholastic Excellence Award (Spring 2003) along with the Air Force Association Leadership and Scholastic Excellence Award (Spring 2005). My academic achievements have been instrumental in fueling my most fundamental philosophy-one of availing oneself of options as means of maintaining autonomy. For me a PhD would serve as a means of maximizing my options. With a PhD, I am able to pursue the path of professorship in a wide variety of institutions of higher learning. Teaching has long been one of my greatest passions. I feel that teaching is one of my gifts and the greatest source of joy. The only feeling that compares to the sense of satisfaction obtained when a student learns difficult concepts is that of knowing you made a difference in someone's life. I feel that one of my greatest assets is my ability to teach. This degree will serve as a vehicle for me to utilize my greatest assets and maximize my contribution to society.
I have worked arduously in preparing myself for an advanced degree program. In so doing, I obtained a B.S. in _____________ from ______________ and in the course of obtaining that degree; I was required to complete a senior research project.