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It was finally here! I clicked on the e-mail from my admissions counselor and waited while the message loaded. I'd applied for a $5,000 leadership scholarship from the college I'd chosen, and I was expecting to hear good news.
My high school years had been devoted to church ministry and school leadership positions, and I was pretty confident that my hard work and dedication would literally pay off.
The message appeared, but it wasn't what I expected: "Thank you for applying for our leadership scholarship. Unfortunately, you were not among those chosen."
"What?" I shouted, feeling tears rush to my eyes. "This must be a mistake!"
As I read …