Congratulations to the 2021 recipients of the CJK Foundation "You Are Enough" Scholarship!
Jesus German will be attending Saint Martin's University in the fall to study Theater Arts full time, in hopes that his future can lead him right back to serving the community of Marysville, specifically by helping to fund the arts program; a program that he believes allows people to find their voice and discover who they truly are. Jesus was a student of the month nominee, student of the quarter at Sno-Isle Technical Institute for Translation and Interpretation, and has volunteered at many places throughout the community. Mental Health is something that has affected not only Jesus, but people very close to him. Growing up, he witnessed family members struggle with their mental health, which in turn led him to a state of depression. It was through the support of his family and his faith in God, that he was able to find his strength. His advice to people who are struggling is to focus on themselves and not worry so much about what others think. "I don't want you to care if you are good enough for others. Make sure you are good enough for you!"
Victoria Wilde will be attending Grand Canyon University, to major in biology with an emphasis in Pre-med. Her future goals include, attending med school, becoming a trauma surgeon, and overall help & serve others in everything she does. Victoria graduated with a long list of extracurricular activities and achievements, including Presidential Service Awards and various awards in both Color Guard and Band. Victoria experienced a wide-range of impactful life events that changed a lot about her life. The trauma and anxiety she experienced with losing loved ones ultimately led her to seek professional help. After seeing therapists and psychologists, she was diagnosed with Bipolar 1 Disorder. Although it may have been difficult for Victoria to ignore people's negative thoughts about her disorder and the choices she made to feel better, she believes that she is very lucky to have the support that she does. She is proud that she was able to recognize when she needed the help and is not ashamed of needing medication and professionals. She advocates for mental health education in the classroom in hopes that we can normalize getting the help that we need without feeling ashamed.