This past year, Yonkers Honda decided to host a scholarship to support students working to continue their education.
We received hundreds of submissions and were honored to get a glimpse of the commitment these students have to improving their lives by graduating from college. We asked applicants to tell us a story about their family car and discuss how a journey taken in the car affected their college decision. After evaluating all of the applicants, we finally reached a decision.
We are delighted to announce the winner of the 2018 Yonkers Honda Driving Memories Scholarship: Stephanie Bignall.
Stephanie told us a touching story about how her faithful car, “Betsy”, has kept her family together and allowed her to seek treatment for her illness.
“Betsy was purchased for $2500, already well onto her last leg… but as long as we had four wheels that could get my mother to work, that’s all that mattered for the time being.
Shortly after acquiring Betsy, I was flooded with medical complications that left me staring at death as a mere 20-year-old. Within the first few months of the year, I dropped to 60lbs with a heart rate of 20 BPM, relying on doctors and tube feeds to keep me alive.
Needless to say, it was a good thing I had not re-enrolled in courses that semester (in order to buy Betsy). This car quickly adopted the role as my medical vehicle, taking me to and from appointments, treatments, and specialists that never seemed to be located close enough.
Since then, I have regained my health and am in my last year at Wilmington University as a Behavioral Science Major. I don’t know where we would be without this car, and we are thankful she is still running.”
Her fight for survival has inspired us all and we have absolute faith that she will be successful in the future.
Congratulations to all of the applicants from all of us at Yonkers Honda. We wish them all the best as they pursue their dreams!