Meet the 2022 Fox Cities Marathon Scholarship Recipient
Guest blog by Hailey Wolf
When I was growing up, the idea of going to college seemed out of reach. But now, thanks to the generosity of strangers, I’m enrolled in a program that will change my life and hopefully the lives of others forever.
My name is Hailey Wolf and I want to say thank you to every participant from the Community First Fox Cities Marathon events…your support in this community event matters and it’s what is helping me reach my dreams.
You see, throughout most of my childhood, I was exposed to several forms of addiction within my own family. Being a young child, I was not fully aware of the severity of these situations. However, when I became older, I noticed the impact that substance use and addiction can have on not only the user, but their household and family as well.
By the time I was a senior in high school, my family lost our home, and I went to live with my best friend until graduation and my sister went to live with my aunt. Once I graduated high school, I had to learn to live on my own, which meant figuring out how I would pay rent, get a car to get to work and just simply survive.
I worked a retail job right out of high school and eventually transitioned to a role in childcare. I’ve been working in the childcare industry for a few years now and I finally got to a point in my life where I could afford a place to stay and a decent vehicle. I was thinking about my future more and started looking at college applications. I didn’t have high hopes since my high school GPA wasn’t that great because I spent most of high school just trying to get by. To my surprise, I was accepted into Fox Valley Technical College and I’m now on track to becoming a substance use disorder counselor.
This career path has such a deep meaning to me as substance abuse has deeply impacted my own life. I know first-hand what it’s like to be a victim in these types of situations and to watch loved ones struggle with this disease. As a substance use disorder counselor, I want to help people overcome these addictions and live a clean, healthy and happy life with the people they love.
As the recipient of the scholarship made possible through the Community First Fox Cities Marathon Presented by Miron Construction, I can pursue my calling.
Even after being accepted into college, I still faced struggles with paying for my education since I am financially independent. Working and going to school full time can be stressful but this scholarship helps take some weight off my shoulders.
So, for those who are thinking about participating in any of the Fox Cities Marathon events, I want you to know that your dollars are making an impact right here in the community. You’re helping people like me get a college education. I may never meet you but know that I wouldn’t be able to do this without you. Thank you!