The granting of this award by The Pollination Project arrived at a most critical time in my life and for my project. As my first ever award, it was instrumental in many ways. First of all, The Pollination Project award gave me the funds and validation I desperately needed to complete several years of work. This grant gave me the confidence that my project is meaningful and worthy of outside support. The award itself motivated me to finish the manuscript since I now had the funds to publish it. The grant also encouraged me to apply to other sources to improve and expand this project in ways beyond publishing.