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The Scholarship Jacket by Martha Salinas is a story about a fourteen-year-old girl who dreams of having the honorary scholarship jacket but with this dream she faced a racial discrimination crisis and economic limitations Her father is a farm laborer that could not support and feed all of her eight siblings Rosie Marthas oldest sister who was entitled being the valedictorian motivated her to be successful Money is an issue in her house hold which made hard work valuable Being a straight A student since the first grade she was anticipating to be the valedictorian and earn the scholarship jacket that she had been dreaming of and this will represent the eight years of hard work and determination Before she turned six she was given to her grandparents Her father could not support her Being raised by her grandparents any extracurricular activities that required money was not allowed Besides it was something they could not afford As a result the scholarship was her only way to continue her education Mid May few weeks before graduation everyone was struck and no one paid attention Wandering before her PE class she realized that she had forgotten her PE clothes She walked back to her class and right before she reached her destination she overheard her teachers Mr Schmidt and Mr Boone arguing who deserves to earn the recognition with the scholarship jacket The teachers were arguing about Martha and Joann next student in line for the scholarship Martha is Mexicanresignwont do it The harsh words crushed Marthas dreams and opportunities The following day Martha was called in to the principals office and this is the moment of truth The principal discussed about the changed in the policy He was informing her about the fifteen dollar charge for the jacket and he continued if you are unable to pay the fifteen dollars it will be given to the next one in line She did not know how to
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