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Kyndra Parker will run, step, grapple, shoot, and sing on her way to college.

Kyndra Parker’s family is just her and her mother — and the track team, gymnastics team, wrestling team, basketball team, and the step team at Salem High School in Canton, Michigan.

“Every team has been a family to me,” Kyndra says. “They encouraged and influenced me to do better and focus on the goals I set.”

Among those goals is to attend Alabama A&M, where she plans to study broadcasting (with hopes of becoming an “aspiring talk show host”) and sports management — because “I plan on being the manager of a great player of any sports and help them through their career making sure they make the right choices with certain decisions.”

Those are lofty goals, but Kyndra says, “I love to compete.” That fighting spirit has led her to apply for a dozen scholarships to offset the lack of money in her family.

“Me and my mom are the only sources of income in our house,” she says. “I have a father who doesn’t stay with us right now. They’re currently split.”

For all these reasons, Kyndra Parker is the seventh winner of the Debt.com Scholarship for Aggressive Scholarship Applicants. The $500 prize is her first scholarship win.

That gives her something to sing about — because Kyndra also likes to sing.

“Music is my passion, because every second of every day, I think about things that could improve my voice,” she says. “People get annoyed when I sing because, I can admit, I do it a lot. It’s like I can’t help it. I even do it at work!”

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About the Author

Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Howard Dvorkin, CPA

I’m a certified public accountant who has authored two books on getting out of debt, Credit Hell and Power Up, and I am one of the personal finance experts for Debt.com. I have focused my professional endeavors in the consumer finance, technology, media and real estate industries creating not only Debt.com, but also Financial Apps and Start Fresh Today, among others. My personal finance advice has been included in countless articles, and has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Forbes and Entrepreneur as well as virtually every national and local newspaper in the country. Everyone should have a reason for living that’s bigger than themselves, and besides my family, mine is this: Teaching Americans how to live happily within their means. To me, money is not the root of all evil. Poor money management is. Money cannot buy happiness, but going into debt always buys misery. That’s why I launched Debt.com. I’m glad you’re here.

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