Parents 4 Pot is excited to announce this year's recipients for the very first Annual Scholarship in Honor and Memory of Mickey Martin, one of our founders and a driving force behind our organization. This special project has been a long time coming.
We are able to help three students this time with the hope that this program will grow to serve even more through the years.We are excited to contribute and help these three young adults achieve their dreams and goals.
Here are the recipients for the First Annual Scholarship in Honor and Memory of Mickey Martin:
My name is Ashley Vanosdol and here is my application for the P4P scholarship:
I am currently a junior at Arizona State University majoring in Kinesiology/Pre-Med. After I graduate from ASU in the spring of 2020, I plan on attending physician's assistant school. I currently work as a medical scribe in the emergency room where I work closely with doctors and physician assistances. As I write all of their charts, I get to first hand see how hard they work to save people lives, which I have been amazed by. However, I also see how many prescriptions are written daily for people in the ER. From first hand seeing the negative physical and mental impact that pharmaceutical drugs has on people, as well as being inspired by my dads dedication to helping others maintain a healthy lifestyle with the use of medical marijuana, I have decided that I want to further my education on herbal medicine. I want to be an activist for herbal medicine and work towards influencing others pursuing jobs in the medical field to do the same. I want to help others receive the best possible, natural medical care without further damaging their physical or mental health.
My dad, Lance Gloor, has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for helping others obtain access to medical marijuana via a Washington state legal medical marijuana dispensary. My dad being in prison has created a huge financial hardship for my family. My dad makes $5.25 a month working in the Education Center at the FCI Sheridan prison. With that income, he cannot afford to help me financially with my college tuition let alone my daily needs. I am a college student and along with my studies and school clubs, I work 2, sometimes 3, jobs just to make ends meets. My mom and grandparents do all that they can to support me financially in my dad's absence, which I am beyond thankful for, but it is hard for them to make ends meet without my dad being around as well. The financial impact that prohibition has had on me is tremendous, but the biggest impact that it has had on me is my dad not being here. My dad is not a free man who is able to do the what that most people take for granted. My dad was not able to attend my high school graduation or be there on the day that I left Washington to go to college in Arizona. My dad is not able to visit me at college, attend my sororities Dad’s Weekend, or spend time with me when I go home for Christmas and summer break. Unless he is given justice and released from prison, he will not be able to attend my college graduation and other important milestones coming up in my life. I miss my dad and it has taken a huge impact on my mental health not having him around. Prohibition is using up our valuable and irreplaceable time we have to spend with each other.
Freedom for my father means more than words can express, but until that happens, I have to deal with the financial and mental hardship that comes with not having him around. I am a good candidate for this scholarship because I want to use my education and experiences in life to help others. Like my dad always says, “one team, one dream.”
- My name is Jocelyn Moulton. I am currently a Junior at Springfield College. I major in Health Science, with a minor in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies. My academic plans is to finish my undergraduate years, and earn my Bachelors in Health Science. Then, I will be going to graduate school, to get my Doctorate degree in Occupational Therapy, with a focus in Pediatrics.
- My younger brother, Ned Jr, is 13 years old, and lives with a rare and severe case of epilepsy. He had motor and cognitive delays. He is also non verbal, but does know how to communicate in his own way. He was diagnosed when he was around 1 year old. For the next 10+ years, he would have anywhere from 100 to 300 seizures a day. He would have them anytime he woke up from sleeping and anytime during the day. He has focal seizures, tonic seizures, atonic seizures and tonic clonic seizures. His seizures were out of control, and none of the 10 medicines he was prescribed were helping. My parents and I hated seeing Ned going through this, and not knowing how to fix it. My mom started reading about CBD oil, and the significant improvements it had other children with epilepsy and other types of disabilities. Due to the prohibition, getting Ned the CBD oil will be difficult. If Parents 4 Pot, and also society, comes together to end prohibition, my brother will be able to see if the CBD oil improves his epilepsy. I hope that one day prohibition will end. And children, like my brother, and families, like my own, will be able to experience the miracles cannabis comes with.
- With my degree, I hope to become an Occupational Therapist, with a focus on Pediatrics. More in depth, children with disabilities. When I was in 8th grade, I went to one of my brothers occupational therapy appointment, and that is when I realized OT was the job for me. I saw how Ned’s occupational therapist made such a difference in his life, and how much she helped him do the tasks he struggled with. I hope to change the lives of children with disabilities. And also improve their daily living skills, to make things easier for them and their families, because I first hand see how difficult and frustrating life can be for the children. I want to have a positive impact on the children and families, and change their lives, like my brothers OT did for us. My parents were told that my brother was going to live in a vegetative state for his life , and would never be able to walk, eat and live his life. My parents decided to go against the doctor's recommendation to put him in a lifelong care facility, and started him with many therapists. He now can feed himself to an extent. He knows how to throw objects, to kick balls, to jump and run in his own special way, and so much more. I get to run around our backyard and play with him, because of his occupational therapist. I hope with my degree, that I get to make that change for so many families, so they feel the happiness I do everyday.
- I am a good candidate for this scholarship, because I am hardworking, dedicated and will use the money to help others. Both my parents are currently unemployed, which makes it hard to pay for schooling. It also makes reaching my goal of helping others difficult. This scholarship can help me reach my goal changing the lives of others. I am dedicated to reach my goal in any way possible. I am dedicated to helping the lives of other people, now and in the future.
Thank you for your time and reading my application.
My name is Dakota Payne. I am a senior in high school and doing well in all my classes. This summer I worked to earn what money I could to go to college. It's an important goal of mine. Me and my mom are writing this letter to apply for a scholarship through Parents 4 Pot.
First, my family wants to thank you for all you do year round to support people and families affected by prohibition and help keep people educated. Education is so important.
Prohibition has affected my family in many ways. My mom dedicated her life to the cannabis community, all I can remember since I was born is her working hard to break the stigmas surrounding cannabis , educating the public and politicians about cannabis use and safe access. I've worked alongside my mom to help educate about cannabis and learn as much as I can, because I know that knowledge is power and we really believe in this plant.
Years ago dcyf tried to harass my mom for standing up on the news , they said she wasn't fit to be a mom. She fought back and won , and even became a foster mom to a child addicted to opiates, while still changing laws and keeping her medical card. Mom on my way says no one deserves to go to jail for this plant and I agree with her. Prohibition has affected us in many ways, but still we stand up for what we believe in. I even talk to my teachers about it.
I think I deserve to go to college and continue my education. Like Mickey, I want to be a go-getter and a leader in my community. My goal is to go to trade school where I can learn carpentry and electricity. I hope to use this training to help my community to build safe housing for people who need it, to donate my skills to those who can't afford it, and also to help families build their own grow rooms and learn how to grow their own medicine. I hope to learn these skills in trade school and pass them onto others.
It's important to us to always give back, no matter what we have or don't have and to teach people that we CAN build something from nothing.
I know this will take me some time to learn these trades and school is not cheap. Because mom has dedicated a lot of her time to the cannabis movement on a volunteer basis, paying for school will be hard for us.
We would be so grateful to receive a parents 4 pot scholarship to help me on my way to living a fulfilling life where I can thrive, and give back to the community... just like Mickey Martin did. It would be our honor to go to school thinking of making him proud.
Attached are pictures of me and my mom the day we helped work in an outdoor ganja field. Someday, with the proper training, we will be able to help these farmers much more. Thank you so much for your consideration and for helping kids like me.
With respect and in solidarity,
hree amazing young adults whose lives have been deeply impacted by prohibition in various ways, who wish to use the skills they've already learned and hone in on their gifts by seeking diverse degrees to help others. It's pretty amazing.
Because of the hard work and support of our P4P Team Leaders, followers, family and friends, together, we are able to make this scholarship happen. High 5's to you all and double high 5's to these youngin's who are our heroes.
Each of these young adults will receive a $1,000 Scholarship to go towards their higher education, in Honor and Memory of Mickey Martin who made this a goal for Parents 4 Pot to achieve. We love you Mickey.
Education is the movement from darkness to light. - Allan Bloom