My family has lived in New Orleans for six generations. We have strong ties to the city and I feel a sense of pride in my New Orleans ancestry. My family is very close knit and we often tell and share stories of our deep rooted connection and love of our city. I find it interesting to discover my family's strong ties to local hospitals, synagogues, colleges and schools. I am especially excited that I might be able to participate in the New Orleans Scholars program because it will offer me the chance to learn more about how I can begin to give back to the city that I have very deep roots in.