When we created the Mind The Gap® Scholarship Program, and tied it to our love of music by asking applicants to tell us how music has influenced their lives, we never expected that the winner would be a law school student. But Steve Hanson submitted an essay that was not only moving, inspirational and uplifting, it reaffirmed our belief that music has the power to change lives.
A third year student at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, MN, Steve wrote about how a physical disability that prohibited him from playing sports or engaging in any strenuous physical activities made his life very different from his friends’. He was just a boy when his life changed and he began to “hear a different drummer;” and he soon realized that he did not want his disability to define his life.
“Music not only lifted my spirits and took my mind off my problem, it inspired me to help others who also had life challenges,” Steve told us. He began volunteering at a variety of organizations that help people facing various life issues. Ultimately, he resolved to advocate on their behalf and pursued a legal career, knowing he could make a difference by providing legal assistance.
He says it was music that changed his mood and gave his life direction. We couldn’t be happier that we’re able to help Steve move along in this very positive direction by awarding him the first Mind The Gap® Scholarship grant.
Congratulations Steve and best of luck in law school!