It is with great pleasure that I announce the winner of the 2010 Val Agosta VocationVacation Scholarship — Robi Malone of Simpsonville, South Carolina!
Everyone at VocationVacations has a special place in our hearts for our private investigator mentor, Val Agosta, of Boise, Idaho. She lost her battle to breast cancer in March of 2009. However, her spirit for living, her sense of humor and her laugh live on in our minds. And, most especially today since December 15 is her birthday.
Choosing the scholarship winner was once again not an easy decision for Val’s family this year as we had so many entrants whose short essays exemplified Val’s essence and zest for life. But, after much discussion and deliberation, Robi Malone was their choice. Robi’s essay detailed how she put her life and goals on hold for many years in order to raise a family, including a son with a disability. Once the diapers were changed, the soccer games attended and the kids were all in school, she went back to school herself and received her GED. But Robi didn’t stop there. She received her bachelors degree from Wright State in Dayton, Ohio.
Along the way Robi also pursued her love of photography. But Robi feels it’s time to take things to the next level: she wants to start her own photography business — and she wants a portion of her work to be charitable, pro bono photography for families who are going to lose a loved one due to a terminal illness. More on Robi’s plans and which Photographer VocationVacation she will take in 2011 in the January VocationVacations newsletter (if you’re not signed up, please do so on our homepage).
Please join me in congratulating Robi!
And thanks to the hundreds of folks who submitted their applications. Don’t give up — please apply again in 2012.
Happy Holidays To All,