Louise Pickett dedicated all 86 years of her life to faith, family and community. Born in Sumter, South Carolina in 1927, Louise had to overcome racism, sexism, poverty, and systemic socio-economic depression to become a leader in her community. She persevered through the Great Depression, the Jim Crow South and the Civil Rights Movement to create a path to success and a healthy home environment for herself and her 7 children as a single mother. In her home, she was a mother and a father. In her community she was a mother, teacher, volunteer and a leader. Through community service and activism, Louise worked tirelessly to bring her community together.
A true leader acts when action is required. True leadership requires courage, resolve and conviction. In 500 words, describe how you intend to use your continuing education to become a leader in your community. Your essay should define leadership, give examples of courage, service and action in your life, and explain how this scholarship can help you reach your goal of community leadership.