AUM’s Wallace gets $10,000 scholarship for students dealing with grief

Auburn University Montgomery student Destiny Wallace has won a $10,000 scholarship which encourages youth to continue their studies despite their experience in life.

The psychology major has persevered in school after the loss of her mother to domestic violence. Wallace was 14 at the time. Wallace has a younger brother, and her father is in prison, she said.

She won the scholarship in an essay competition held through Bold.org, a large independent scholarship provider committed to eliminating student debt and democratizing philanthropy.

MMA fighter Cat Zingano created the scholarship following the suicide of her husband, who doubled as her coach.

Destiny Wallace has a $10,000 scholarship for students dealing with grief.

Wallace said the money will help pay the bills while she pursues her passion. “My career goal is to continue my education here at Auburn University at Montgomery to obtain my bachelor’s degree,” she said. “From that point on, I may attend AUM’s graduate program to specialize in clinical counseling in hopes of furthering my education to become a psychiatrist.”

Wallace, of Birmingham, wrote a deeply moving essay when applying for the award. She revealed the trauma that she and her younger brother faced when they lost their mother. Wallace could either be a role model for her brother or allow the tragedy to set her on a course of anger. “My purpose from this traumatic situation is to create my legacy to the world and other people like myself that your life doesn’t stop there,” she wrote in the essay.

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