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No one truly knows how fortunate it is to grow up in a small town especially one as small as Artesia. You always hear others from different towns mention our football team, the oilfield, or any sport here for that matter but nobody really understands how much of a blessing this town really holds for helping out one another.

I am currently 23 years old and live in Las Cruces with three beautiful boys ranging ages from 6 to a newborn. I am sure by now you have done the math and realized I had got pregnant with my oldest at only 16. I am a firm believer that everyone makes mistakes but those mistakes are not what define us and even though Mr. Chase and his wife didn’t know me personally, I know they believed the same.

This past December I was able to graduate from NMSU with a bachelors degree in business administration with a major in finance in just a short four in a half years. I knew I wanted to attend college before my son came along and was determine to still do so. I come from a family where I’m the first to graduate from college, and to some even high school. I came from a separated home, and my mother was completely disabled so it seemed like college was far out of my reach. The Chase family did a lot more for my family than just pay for my tuition, they believed in me when I had so many that didn’t.

There were many times I felt defeated or that I couldn’t continue because each semester got harder and my son got older, but I did. Each semester my grades reflected all the sleepless nights I had and struggles I encountered to keep qualifying for the opportunity to be a Chase scholar.

I know with all my heart if it weren’t for the Chase Foundation I would have given up but because they believed in me it allowed me to believe in myself. Thank you so much to the Chase family for blessing my family and I.

Shelbi Silvas

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