The WyoTech campus in Daytona, Fla. has selected Cragg Thompson as the winner of its 2012 Dream Award.
The award recognizes graduates who have overcome significant obstacles to complete their post-secondary education and have found success in their chosen fields. Thompson recently graduated from the marine specialist program at WyoTech despite enduring a series of life-changing events during his tenure, according to a school press release.
Thompson decided to pursue his dream of becoming a watercraft technician while working in retail management. He attended WyoTech-Daytona as a full-time student while maintaining a full-time job.
While Thompson pursued his degree, his family endured financial hardships, his wife was diagnosed with a chronic illness, and he became the legal guardian of his grandchildren in order to provide them with a more stable home environment, the school noted.
“Cragg’s resilience proves that anyone’s dream can come true with hard work and determination,” said Jenny Davis, student services director at WyoTech’s Daytona campus. “We are proud to have such a positive influence on our campus.”
Nonetheless, Thompson excelled in the marine specialist program at WyoTech. He became a class leader and achieved “Eagle Tech” status, which requires a student to have a 4.0 grade point average with an outstanding attendance record throughout the year.
After graduation, Thompson accepted a position at Global Maritek in Tamarac, Fla. He was presented with a $2,500 scholarship to pursue advanced programs as a Dream Award winner.