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Cat Zingano awards $10,000 scholarship to Auburn University student Destiny Wallace

The $10,000 Cat Zingano Overcoming Loss Scholarship has been awarded to Birmingham, Alabama native Destiny Wallace.

In conjunction with, the Cat Zingano Overcoming Loss Scholarship was to be awarded to a student “fighting through a loss of a loved one and is need of financial support for their education as they move forward.”

This is the second scholarship awarded so far.

According to a press release, Destiny’s essay revealed the following:

“Destiny revealed the trauma that she and her younger brother faced when they lost their mother tragically. The horrific event brought Destiny to a crossroads; she could either surrender to ceaseless grief and anger or she could be a role model to her brother and dedicate her life to helping others. Today, Destiny is a student at Auburn University at Montgomery, and the scholarship will help her pursue a psychology degree to create a better life for her and her brother. “My purpose from this traumatic situation is to create my legacy to the world and other people like myself that your life doesn’t stop there,” Destiny wrote in her essay.”

The scholarship will help Destiny with obtaining a degree in psychology.

“I’m so grateful to the thousands of people who submitted applications and shared their very personal, and moving, stories,” Zingano said in the press release. “It’s been incredibly inspiring for me to see these survivors putting so much effort into persevering through loss and their difficult life circumstances. I’m extremely humbled and honored to have met Destiny and to be able to help support her on her journey. She is a bright and driven young woman who is pursuing a future in helping people, taking direction from all the tough times she’s been through. Her strength is remarkable and I believe she will do great things.

“This experience has been so impactful on so many levels, and I feel very fortunate to be able to do it again with and to bring more support to the lives of others who may need a helping hand through such challenging and devastating times.

“Winning this scholarship is a dream come true,” Wallace added. “I am grateful and honoured to know that my voice matters. I stand firm in the saying that ‘what challenges you have fought or may be going through, doesn’t define who you are or where you will end up being.’ It has been a beautiful experience meeting Cat Zingano and getting to share our stories with one another — stories that have led us both to help others and spread awareness for others facing similar challenges.”

d severe hardships, she continues to fight both on and off the mat to show her son that obstacles and adversity won’t conquer their life.

Zingano (12-4-0), 39, defeated Olivia Parker by unanimous decision in her last fight at  Bellator 256 in April 2021.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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