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Abbie Mathew

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Bio

My name is Abbie Mathew and I am a current freshman at Baylor University with majors in biology, biochemistry, and psychology. These scholarships are a lifeline that means a lot to me. I hope that I am given a chance to stay in school and make something out of my life. I need all the financial aid that I can get and pray that the donors at Bold.org and the various scholarship platforms will give me a chance. Thank you.

Education

Baylor University

Bachelor's degree program
2023 - 2026

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Doctoral degree program (PhD, MD, JD, etc.)

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Psychology, General
    • Biotechnology
    • Computer Software and Media Applications
    • Finance and Financial Management Services
    • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
    • Medicine
    • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology
    • Physics and Astronomy
    • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
    • Mathematics and Statistics, Other
    • Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies
    • Education, Other
    • Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services
  • Planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Hospital & Health Care

    • Dream career goals:

      Psychiatrist, Physician Assistant, Software Developer, or other STEM related careers

    • website developer

      Private business
      2022 – Present2 years

    Sports

    Skateboarding

    Club
    2021 – Present3 years

    Karate

    Intramural
    2019 – 20223 years

    Swimming

    Club
    2015 – 20183 years

    Awards

    • various medals

    Badminton

    Club
    2015 – Present9 years

    taekwondo

    Club
    2015 – 20183 years

    Research

    • British Literature

      English 2322 — Researcher
      2022 – Present
    • Psychology, General

      School — Author of the research paper
      2022 – 2022

    Arts

    • School

      Illustration
      I create personal works of art and have had my artwork displayed at the Berry Center Spotlight
      2021 – Present
    • school

      Computer Art
      personal projects
      2020 – 2021

    Public services

    • Advocacy

      No Place For Hate — advocate
      2019 – 2022
    • Volunteering

      Health Occupations Students of America — volunteer
      2020 – 2022
    • Volunteering

      National English Honor society — volunteer
      2021 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Health Theory Clinicals — volunteer/med student
      2022 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Faith City Church — Leader
      2021 – Present

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Politics

    Volunteering

    Philanthropy

    Entrepreneurship

    AHS Scholarship
    One of my greatest accomplishments so far has been getting myself into college at Baylor University. However, the story leading up to this achievement is filled with personal struggles and tough decisions. This journey is more than just a quest for academic success; it's a deep exploration of resilience and determination in the pursuit of higher education. The recent weeks have added an extra layer of complexity, as circumstances at home forced me to make a choice that would significantly impact my future. Faced with an ultimatum from my father that presented two challenging options, I found myself at a crossroads, compelled to make a decision that would shape the trajectory of my life. My choice was that I could either stay home or come back to Baylor with no financial support. Although neither option is ideal, I have chosen to come back to Baylor and pursue my degree because I am passionate about learning and do not want to give up on my education. The circumstances leading to my difficult decision have highlighted the immense importance of education in my life. Despite the hardships, I refuse to relinquish my pursuit of knowledge and personal growth. Baylor represents not only an academic institution but a symbol of resilience and determination in the face of adversity. I am determined to overcome the obstacles in my path and emerge stronger, both academically and personally. Now thrust into a position where financial self-sufficiency is paramount, I am left with limited options for supporting my college journey. Employment and financial aid become not just a means of earning income but a lifeline, a bridge connecting me to the realization of my educational aspirations. The challenges of balancing work and academics may be formidable, but they pale in comparison to the drive within me to succeed against all odds. This journey, while daunting, is a testament to my refusal to succumb to adversity. It is a pledge to work tirelessly, not only to meet the financial demands of my education but to surpass them. I am committed to proving that adversity, even in its most challenging forms, can be a catalyst for personal and academic growth. The promise I make to myself is one of unwavering dedication and resilience. My dream is to get myself through college and become a doctor. The area of healthcare that I am interested in pursuing is military medicine. The decision to specialize in this distinctive branch reflects a deep-seated commitment to serving those who serve our nation, intertwining my dedication to the medical field with a profound sense of duty towards the armed forces. Military medicine stands at the intersection of two noble callings, demanding a unique set of skills and a heightened sense of responsibility. The valor and sacrifice demonstrated by military personnel have inspired me to channel my medical pursuits toward a role where I can directly impact the health and well-being of those who dedicate their lives to the service of our nation. In conclusion, this scholarship opportunity holds immense significance for me. It represents more than just financial assistance; it symbolizes the recognition of my journey, the challenges overcome, and the commitment to a future in military medicine. With this support, I believe I can continue to thrive academically and personally, making meaningful contributions to healthcare and honoring the principles of resilience and determination that define my journey. I hope that the scholarship donors at the AHS Scholarship Fund will be able to help me achieve my goals. Thank you.
    Ward Green Scholarship for the Arts & Sciences
    One of my greatest accomplishments so far has been getting myself into college at Baylor University. However, the story leading up to this achievement is filled with personal struggles and tough decisions. This journey is more than just a quest for academic success; it's a deep exploration of resilience and determination in the pursuit of higher education. The recent weeks have added an extra layer of complexity, as circumstances at home forced me to make a choice that would significantly impact my future. Faced with an ultimatum from my father that presented two challenging options, I found myself at a crossroads, compelled to make a decision that would shape the trajectory of my life. My choice was that I could either stay home or come back to Baylor with no financial support. Although neither option is ideal, I have chosen to come back to Baylor and pursue my degree because I am passionate about learning and do not want to give up on my education. The circumstances leading to my difficult decision have highlighted the immense importance of education in my life. Despite the hardships, I refuse to relinquish my pursuit of knowledge and personal growth. Baylor represents not only an academic institution but a symbol of resilience and determination in the face of adversity. I am determined to overcome the obstacles in my path and emerge stronger, both academically and personally. Now thrust into a position where financial self-sufficiency is paramount, I am left with limited options for supporting my college journey. Employment and financial aid become not just a means of earning income but a lifeline, a bridge connecting me to the realization of my educational aspirations. The challenges of balancing work and academics may be formidable, but they pale in comparison to the drive within me to succeed against all odds. This journey, while daunting, is a testament to my refusal to succumb to adversity. It is a pledge to work tirelessly, not only to meet the financial demands of my education but to surpass them. I am committed to proving that adversity, even in its most challenging forms, can be a catalyst for personal and academic growth. The promise I make to myself is one of unwavering dedication and resilience. The area of healthcare that I am interested in pursuing is military medicine. The decision to specialize in this distinctive branch reflects a deep-seated commitment to serving those who serve our nation, intertwining my dedication to the medical field with a profound sense of duty towards the armed forces. Military medicine stands at the intersection of two noble callings, demanding a unique set of skills and a heightened sense of responsibility. The valor and sacrifice demonstrated by military personnel have inspired me to channel my medical pursuits toward a role where I can directly impact the health and well-being of those who dedicate their lives to the service of our nation. In conclusion, this scholarship opportunity holds immense significance for me. It represents more than just financial assistance; it symbolizes the recognition of my journey, the challenges overcome, and the commitment to a future in military medicine. With this support, I believe I can continue to thrive academically and personally, making meaningful contributions to healthcare and honoring the principles of resilience and determination that define my journey. I hope that the scholarship donors at the Ward Green Scholarship for the Arts & Sciences Fund will be able to help me achieve my goals. Thank you.
    Bulchand and Laxmi Motwani Memorial Scholarship
    One of my greatest accomplishments so far has been getting myself into college at Baylor University. However, the story leading up to this achievement is filled with personal struggles and tough decisions. This journey is more than just a quest for academic success; it's a deep exploration of resilience and determination in the pursuit of higher education. The recent weeks have added an extra layer of complexity, as circumstances at home forced me to make a choice that would significantly impact my future. Faced with an ultimatum from my father that presented two challenging options, I found myself at a crossroads, compelled to make a decision that would shape the trajectory of my life. My choice was that I could either stay home or come back to Baylor with no financial support. Although neither option is ideal, I have chosen to come back to Baylor and pursue my degree because I am passionate about learning and do not want to give up on my education. The circumstances leading to my difficult decision have highlighted the immense importance of education in my life. Despite the hardships, I refuse to relinquish my pursuit of knowledge and personal growth. Baylor represents not only an academic institution but a symbol of resilience and determination in the face of adversity. I am determined to overcome the obstacles in my path and emerge stronger, both academically and personally. Now thrust into a position where financial self-sufficiency is paramount, I am left with limited options for supporting my college journey. Employment and financial aid become not just a means of earning income but a lifeline, a bridge connecting me to the realization of my educational aspirations. The challenges of balancing work and academics may be formidable, but they pale in comparison to the drive within me to succeed against all odds. This journey, while daunting, is a testament to my refusal to succumb to adversity. It is a pledge to work tirelessly, not only to meet the financial demands of my education but to surpass them. I am committed to proving that adversity, even in its most challenging forms, can be a catalyst for personal and academic growth. The promise I make to myself is one of unwavering dedication and resilience. The area of healthcare that I am interested in pursuing is military medicine. The decision to specialize in this distinctive branch reflects a deep-seated commitment to serving those who serve our nation, intertwining my dedication to the medical field with a profound sense of duty towards the armed forces. Military medicine stands at the intersection of two noble callings, demanding a unique set of skills and a heightened sense of responsibility. The valor and sacrifice demonstrated by military personnel have inspired me to channel my medical pursuits toward a role where I can directly impact the health and well-being of those who dedicate their lives to the service of our nation. In conclusion, this scholarship opportunity holds immense significance for me. It represents more than just financial assistance; it symbolizes the recognition of my journey, the challenges overcome, and the commitment to a future in military medicine. With this support, I believe I can continue to thrive academically and personally, making meaningful contributions to healthcare and honoring the principles of resilience and determination that define my journey. I hope that the scholarship donors at the Bulchand and Laxmi Motwani Memorial Scholarship Fund will be able to help me achieve my goals. Thank you.
    Christina Taylese Singh Memorial Scholarship
    One of my greatest accomplishments so far has been getting myself into college at Baylor University. However, the story leading up to this achievement is filled with personal struggles and tough decisions. This journey is more than just a quest for academic success; it's a deep exploration of resilience and determination in the pursuit of higher education. The recent weeks have added an extra layer of complexity, as circumstances at home forced me to make a choice that would significantly impact my future. Faced with an ultimatum from my father that presented two challenging options, I found myself at a crossroads, compelled to make a decision that would shape the trajectory of my life. My choice was that I could either stay home or come back to Baylor with no financial support. Although neither option is ideal, I have chosen to come back to Baylor and pursue my degree because I am passionate about learning and do not want to give up on my education. The circumstances leading to my difficult decision have highlighted the immense importance of education in my life. Despite the hardships, I refuse to relinquish my pursuit of knowledge and personal growth. Baylor represents not only an academic institution but a symbol of resilience and determination in the face of adversity. I am determined to overcome the obstacles in my path and emerge stronger, both academically and personally. Now thrust into a position where financial self-sufficiency is paramount, I am left with limited options for supporting my college journey. Employment and financial aid become not just a means of earning income but a lifeline, a bridge connecting me to the realization of my educational aspirations. The challenges of balancing work and academics may be formidable, but they pale in comparison to the drive within me to succeed against all odds. This journey, while daunting, is a testament to my refusal to succumb to adversity. It is a pledge to work tirelessly, not only to meet the financial demands of my education but to surpass them. I am committed to proving that adversity, even in its most challenging forms, can be a catalyst for personal and academic growth. The promise I make to myself is one of unwavering dedication and resilience. The area of healthcare that I am interested in pursuing is military medicine. The decision to specialize in this distinctive branch reflects a deep-seated commitment to serving those who serve our nation, intertwining my dedication to the medical field with a profound sense of duty towards the armed forces. Military medicine stands at the intersection of two noble callings, demanding a unique set of skills and a heightened sense of responsibility. The valor and sacrifice demonstrated by military personnel have inspired me to channel my medical pursuits toward a role where I can directly impact the health and well-being of those who dedicate their lives to the service of our nation. In conclusion, this scholarship opportunity holds immense significance for me. It represents more than just financial assistance; it symbolizes the recognition of my journey, the challenges overcome, and the commitment to a future in military medicine. With this support, I believe I can continue to thrive academically and personally, making meaningful contributions to healthcare and honoring the principles of resilience and determination that define my journey. I hope that the scholarship donors at the Christina Taylese Singh Memorial Scholarship Fund will be able to help me achieve my goals. Thank you.
    WCEJ Thornton Foundation Low-Income Scholarship
    I believe that my greatest achievement to date is being able to graduate from high school with a 3.8 GPA and 7 college credits. Although this achievement may sound commonplace, it means a lot to me, considering the fact that I grew up in an environment that was never tailored for my success. I've spent the last 10 years of my life living in a household that survives each month on food stamps, donations, and meager government aid. Both my parents are immigrants from India who moved to the U.S. in hopes of a better life. What they didn't expect to find, however, was year's worth of compounding debt and health issues. Unfortunately, this became their reality as they fought to create a life for themselves and my family. Growing up in such a household, I've had to overcome many obstacles to be where I am today. I've also had to make a lot of sacrifices. While all my other friends were out having fun and getting into trouble as teenagers often do, I was stuck at home taking care of my parents who both suffer from medical disabilities. Accordingly, finding a balance between my chores at home and my schoolwork proved to be a very difficult task. I was constantly finding myself overwhelmed with the sheer amount of work that was expected of me. My existing problems were made worse by the fact that I had a tough time fitting in with my peers at school. I've always been a highly self-conscious person and so being around other kids with lives much more glamorous than mine had a profound impact on me. Throughout my time in both middle school and high school, I've dealt with a lot of insecurity and anxiety. However, with every passing year, I began to change my mindset and improve the way I handled myself. I began to realize that I am more than my circumstances. I have the potential to be great as long as I never give up in the face of adversity. This assurance is what led me to slowly turn my life around. It was a gradual process but eventually, I started finding ways to move on past my limitations and strive to achieve a successful life, despite my predicament. I began to focus more on school, rather than be weighed down by my anxiety. By my junior year, I even managed to apply to a handful of clubs, a luxury that I would have never thought possible in the years prior. I worked really hard to maintain high grades in each of my classes and scored a 1450 on my SAT. By the end of my high school career, I graduated as a Summa Cum Laude by being in the top 10% of my graduating class. To me, this achievement will always be one of my greatest. I'm very proud of the things that I have overcome and triumphed over. Over the years, I've had many reasons to give up and simply limit myself to the circumstances that I face at home. However, I refuse to let the world pass me by before I even get a chance to really start living it. My hopes for the future are to become a doctor. I want to maintain a job that not only allows me to fulfill my purpose of helping others, but also provides me with a stable income. I want to make sure that when I am older, I can look after my parents who have sacrificed so much in my name. Being able to afford a college education is a near impossible task for me considering that I come from a very low-income household. Even with my good grades and track record, I know that they will not be enough to guide me for the next 8 years as a pursue both a bachelor's degree and a medical degree. I really hope this scholarship will help me pursue my dreams to be successful in life because I need all the financial aid that I can get. I know there are many people applying for this scholarship but I hope my story of resilience and achievement will stand out in the crowd.
    Kristie's Kids - Loving Arms Around Those Impacted By Cancer Scholarship
    My entire life can be attributed to two words: God's grace. Because the truth is, my chances of being alive, let alone being born in one of the most privileged countries in the world, was very unlikely, to begin with. My mother is a four-time cancer survivor who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at the same time that she was pregnant with me. The chances of my mother and I making it out alive were very slim, especially since her cancer was rapidly spreading to other parts of her body. These unfortunate circumstances were one of the first indicators that I should have not made it thus far in life. Yet here I am, seventeen years old and ready to take on the world, alongside my beautiful mother who has never stopped fighting, even in the face of death. My mother is a continuous reminder of how fragile life is and how much it should be appreciated. Even in the darkest of situations, the fact that we have breath in our lungs is a blessing. It is a chance to overcome adversity and look to the future as an opportunity to be successful. Now that I have enough experience and perspective, I can truly enjoy my life for what it is. It may not be the most exciting or extravagant one out there, but it's filled with people that I love and appreciate. I know that no matter how difficult my life may get, I will always have their support. Knowing how blessed I am and how many opportunities I have ahead of me has helped me stay resilient even during the toughest battles. Accordingly, I know that my existence comes with a purpose. It is a purpose that I have searched for relentlessly over the past couple of years through both prayer and fasting. I've taken a lot of time to reflect on my experiences and search for ways to help others who may be in the same difficult circumstances as me. Accordingly, I've come to the conclusion that I want to be a doctor. I want to be able to provide for people who are in need by giving them access to affordable healthcare. My brother, who is just as determined and strong-willed as I am, has also decided to pursue a career in medicine. Together, we hope to one day start our own clinic and give back to the community that helped raise us. My desire to attend college s not only to become a doctor but to use my knowledge and expertise to teach others about God and how his love is so great. I want to use my life and my testimony to win people to Christ by taking care of their physical needs while sowing a seed for their spiritual ones as well. I hope that through this scholarship, I am given a chance to receive financial aid and change the world through my career. As I mentioned earlier, because of my mother's health issues and unemployment, affording college will be a very difficult task. I hope that my essay is given valid consideration. A little goes a long way, especially when you are building from the bottom up. Thank you so much for your time.
    Grace Lynn Ross Memorial Scholarship
    My career goal for the future is to become a psychiatrist. In a world where depression, anxiety, and various forms of mental illnesses are at an all-time high, psychiatrists are becoming a vital part of society. They help diagnose mental conditions, prescribe treatments, and offer counseling and therapy to people in need. Their work is very important and helps people confront and cope with their mental, emotional, and intellectual disabilities. One area of interest I plan on pursuing once I begin my degree is developmental disorders in children. Developmental disorders are defined as impairments in a child's physical, cognitive, language, or behavioral development. They can impact everyday functioning and usually last throughout a person's lifetime. Children with mental and developmental disorders are at higher risk of mental and physical health problems in the future, as well as an increased chance of unemployment, interactions with law enforcement agencies, and the need for disability support. Cognitive delays may affect a child's intellectual functioning and can make learning extremely difficult. More and more children are struggling with developmental disorders at an unprecedented rate. Yet despite this increase, treatments and information regarding developmental disorders among children are very insufficient. Doctors are very hesitant to diagnose children with some debilitating disorders and often wait too long till issues progressive can negatively impact the child. Not being provided with proper treatments or diagnoses is putting children at an incredible risk of unintentionally falling behind mentally, socially, and emotionally behind their peers. Studies published in the Psychiatric Times by Campo (2004) have shown that “most youths with psychosocial problems do not receive mental health care services (Rushton et al., 2002), despite as many as one in four suffering from a clinically significant mental disorder (Costello et al., 1988a)” (para 3). Children are often offered very few options regarding treatment and educational programs. The inadequacy of research and lack of support for children with developmental disorders greatly decrease their chances of living normal lives. Children are the face of the future and their well-being will be the driving force behind future innovations and improvements. Ensuring that children receive the best possible care and upbringing during their childhood is a monumental and important task. Children with developmental disorders should not be stigmatized or labeled away into oblivion. Their well-being matters just as much as anyone else’s and must not be held to a different standard. Psychiatrists, physicians, and scientists must delve into deeper research concerning developmental disorders that affect individuals during childhood. One study done by researchers states that “clinicians across all professional groups suggested the education system could play an important role in improving access to mental health services through harnessing existing staff or co-locating mental health clinicians” (Paton et al., 2022, para 3). Equipping educators with knowledge in identifying students with developmental disorders can help provide them with more efficient treatments. Teaching educators how to identify such disabilities among their students will allow them to receive the proper help they deserve. Taking these measures early on during a child’s life will help them later on in the future and give them a chance to lead a normal life with their disabilities in check. I am passionate about advocating for changes concerning developmental disorders. I think that children with disabilities should be given more representation and opportunities to grow equally alongside their peers. I plan on using my degree to help address these issues and create positive change within the industry. This scholarship will help me along my journey and I sincerely hope that I am given valid consideration regarding this essay.
    PSIVision: Youths Pursuing Behavioral Studies Scholarship
    My career goal for the future is to become a psychiatrist. In a world where depression, anxiety, and various forms of mental illnesses are at an all-time high, psychiatrists are becoming a vital part of society. They help diagnose mental conditions, prescribe treatments, and offer counseling and therapy to people in need. Their work is very important and helps people confront and cope with their mental, emotional, and intellectual disabilities. One area of interest I plan on pursuing once I begin my degree is developmental disorders in children. Developmental disorders are impairments in a child's physical, cognitive, language, or behavioral development. They can impact everyday functioning and usually last throughout a person's lifetime. Children with mental and developmental disorders are at higher risk of psychological and physical health problems in the future, as well as an increased chance of unemployment, interactions with law enforcement agencies, and the need for disability support. Cognitive delays may affect a child's intellectual functioning and can make learning extremely difficult. Yet despite the increase of children who are being diagnosed with developmental disorders, treatments and information regarding these issues are very insufficient. Doctors are very hesitant to diagnose children with some debilitating disorders and often wait too long till issues progressive can negatively impact the child. Not being provided with proper treatments or diagnoses is putting children at an incredible risk of unintentionally falling behind mentally, socially, and emotionally behind their peers. Children are often offered very few options regarding treatment and educational programs. The inadequacy of research and lack of support for children with developmental disorders greatly decrease their chances of living normal lives. Children are the face of the future and their well-being will be the driving force behind future innovations and improvements. Ensuring that children receive the best possible care and upbringing during their childhood is a monumental and essential task. Children with developmental disorders should not be stigmatized or labeled away into oblivion. Their well-being matters just as much as anyone else’s and must not be held to a different standard. Psychiatrists, physicians, and scientists must delve into more profound research concerning developmental disorders that affect individuals during childhood. One study done by researchers states that “clinicians across all professional groups suggested the education system could play an important role in improving access to mental health services through harnessing existing staff or co-locating mental health clinicians” (Paton et al., 2022, para 3). Equipping educators with knowledge in identifying students with developmental disorders can help provide them with more efficient treatments. Teaching educators how to identify such disabilities among their students will allow them to receive the proper help they deserve. Taking these measures early on during the course of a child’s life will help them later on in the future and give them a chance to lead a normal life with their disabilities in check. I am very passionate about advocating for changes concerning behavioral issues such as learning development in children amongst other problems. I know that addressing the problems that we face today has the potential to create a better future for the next generation. I hope that one day I will be able to make an impact on the world through my education. Going to school to acquire a higher education will be a vital part of my journey. However, due to the difficult financial circumstances I face at home, affording college will be a huge ordeal. I hope that this scholarship will ease the burden just a bit and help propel me on my quest to make the world a better place. Thank you, Abbie Mathew.
    Coleman for Patriots Scholarship
    It takes a village to raise a kid. It's a saying we've all heard and promptly forgotten at some point. But the truth surrounding that statement could not be any more evident than it is now. In light of a global pandemic, a movement for racial equality, and groundbreaking advancements in a variety of subjects, it's easy to see how our world is rapidly changing. In times like these, people must stick together and give back to the communities that helped raise them. I have had the honor of giving back to my community through volunteering opportunities and community service projects. As a member of the National English Honor Society, I have been able to provide free English tutoring and Writing Help Centers for students across my school district. Whether they be high schoolers or middle schoolers, we were able to welcome them with open arms and provide assistance for their educational needs. I feel like I have a gifted ability as a communicator and writer, so using my skills to help others has been a huge blessing. I'll always remember my own writing mentors who have helped me get through countless essays and research proposals. I am glad that I can be of the same assistance to students who are just like me. Another way I have been able to give back to my community is by volunteering my time at our school functions. I am an aspiring medical student and have been taking a lot of health-related courses. One class, in particular, Health Theory Clinicals, has provided me with the opportunity to assist our school's athletic crew by conducting their yearly physicals. This experience has given me a lot of opportunities to make friends and build connections with the athletes at our school. It's also helped prepare me for my future as a medical professional. I know that in the future, I will continue to use my time and resources to help the people around me. I come from a family that has spent the last 10 years surviving solely on government-funded aid and various donation centers. My mother is a four-time cancer survivor and my father is the victim of careless medical malpractice. Neither of them has been able to work due to their disabilities and has had to shuffle most of their lives in and out of hospital facilities. And even though these experiences have been challenging, we have received a tremendous outpouring of love and support from the people in our communities. I know that my success in life today would not be possible without them. I want to be able to provide for others who are living in the same situations as I am. As I mentioned earlier, I hope to pursue a career in the medical field. I want to be able to help people in need and give back to the community that helped raise me. I plan on owning my own clinic that is specifically for low-income families who may not have the financial means to pay for a private hospital. I understand the value of community and hope that one day, I can create a lasting impact on those around me. I want to be able to create a legacy that lives on longer than I do and inspire change within my community. I hope that the people at the Coleman for Patriots Scholarship will be able to help me along my journey. I know my parents won't be able to pay for my tuition and I really need all the help I can get. Thank you, Abbie Mathew.
    Betty and Earl Hinson Scholarship
    The mind is a powerful source of misinformation, delusions, and hypocrisies. Even the most baseless convictions can become lodged into the fabric of our psychology if we allow them to. It is the reason that millions of individuals decide to give up on their lives despite having an immense amount of potential. The sad truth is that we live in a society where people have become too preoccupied with the notions of failure that they limit their success and aspirations to reach the bare minimum. The internal struggle to succeed often collides with the fear of rejection, resulting in half-baked attempts and low expectations. This is a concept that is evident in the lives of many people, especially the newer generation of students and kids just like me. As someone who has spent many (painful) years in run-down schools, I have seen firsthand the helplessness of today's youth. There are many kids out there who are already lost in a scary world of responsibilities without any form of stable support systems or relationships. Without the right people in their lives to voice their support or offer a helping hand, many of these kids find themselves searching for solace in all the wrong things. It is a pitiful cycle that gets repeated year after year, from one generation to the next. Yet despite the dire reality awaiting a majority of students within the education system, there are a handful of people who have the power to turn the tide and speak life into their students. For me, this person was my 8th-grade Engineering teacher Coach Konchaba. I grew up in a household that was extremely unstable from a financial aspect. Both my parents are immigrants who came to the U.S. seeking refuge from their difficult circumstances back home in India. However, neither of them ever expected that their desires to achieve the American Dream would be hindered by years of health issues and disabilities. Throughout the course of about 13 years, my mother has been diagnosed with four different types of cancer. Additionally, my father had to quit his job due to his own health complication and disabilities. With no legitimate source of income, I had to endure a very difficult childhood riddled with the anxiety of never having enough money. Growing up in such circumstances left me feeling hopeless for a large part of my life. I felt as if there was no way I could be anything more than a poor kid with broken dreams. The impact that Coach Konchaba had on my life is an immense one. He was the first person in my life to encourage me to not quit. He taught me that I was more than my mistakes and should never allow my circumstances to determine my future. Through our many sessions in class, I began to change my perspective on life. I realized that my future was in my hands. I had the power to become successful despite my limitation. Coach Konchaba's advice and guidance in my life have allowed me to envision a future where I no longer have to wallow in my self-pity. In the future, I plan on becoming a doctor and being able to help people who are in need. I also want to be able to encourage students just like me who may be having doubts about their potential by starting community service groups tailored to struggling youth. I hope that one day our education systems will be full of people like Coach Konchaba who motivate students to be their best selves. Thank you, and God bless. Abbie Mathew
    David Michael Lopez Memorial Scholarship
    My entire life can be attributed to one word: luck. Because the truth is, my chances of being alive, let alone being born in one of the most privileged countries in the world, was very unlikely to begin with. My mother is a four-time cancer survivor who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at the same time that she was pregnant with me. The chances of my mother and I making it out alive were very slim, especially since her cancer was rapidly spreading to other parts of her body. Yet here I am, seventeen years old and ready to take on the world alongside my beautiful mother who has never stopped fighting, even in the face of death. Having been born in such a situation has inspired me to be persistent in my quest for success. My goal for the future is to become a doctor. This is a goal that I have worked relentlessly for over the past couple of years. In fact, throughout the course of my high school career, I have applied to over 10 science courses including Anatomy & Physiology, Pathophysiology, Health Theory Clinicians, Psychology, Medical Terminology, and Health Science to name a few. Taking a deeper look into the way that our bodies were made and how they were created to function has taught me to appreciate the complexity of life. All my experiences in life thus far, including the difficult task of having to watch my mother battle cancer, have inspired me to help others overcome their illnesses and disabilities through the help of medical science. Going to college and pursuing higher education is a vital part of my journey. This scholarship truly means a lot to me and my family and I hope I am given valid consideration. Thank you.
    Najma Sultana Memorial Scholarship
    Although it came with a myriad of unfortunate consequences, one thing that COVID-19 has taught us is that we humans are very adaptable creatures. What we can't change, we find ways to live with. This is an idea that has been reinforced time and time again throughout the course of the global pandemic. For the first time in a very long time, people were willing to overlook race, gender, political affiliations, and every other factor in between as they all fought towards a common cause: defeating COVID-19. This level of unity has proved that as long as people are willing to overlook their differences and stick together, we are able to change the world and find innovative ways to keep life moving. This concept is what I plan on using to fight future pandemics. When combined with the latest medical technologies and advancements, we will be able to address future pandemics with a level of efficiency that has never been seen before. If we manage to come together as a whole and listen to the advice of our medical experts while remaining cautious, we will be able to eradicate global pandemics from the very start. Making sure to emphasize the importance of unity and orderly behavior will help manage potential future pandemics. As our fight with COVID-19 has proven to us, no one is left spared in the midst of a medical crisis. COVID-10 has crossed every sort of geographical boundary and has impacted the lives of millions. Understanding the severity of such pandemics and coming to the realization that change begins with us, is vital to the handling of future pandemics. One specific way to advocate for these issues is by bringing more awareness to how people have been affected by our current global pandemic. Simply showing people the statistic is not going to cut it. People are more than numbers and their lives amount to so much more than a number on a T.V. screen. Sharing more stories of COVID-19-stricken individuals or survivors will help people realize how big of a role they play in the regulation of global pandemics. On the more medical side of things, I plan to help solve health issues through new innovative treatments and procedures. As someone who has spent countless hours babysitting for my young nieces and nephews, I know for a fact that it is better safe than sorry. Creating new prophylactic treatments and advocating for existing preventive measures such as vaccinations will help quell global pandemics before it has time to ravish our homes and public areas. As an aspiring doctor, I hope that through my education, I will be able to do more research on vaccinations and other preventive measures. Overall, I hope that advocating for unity and coming up with new ways to educate people about the dire effects of global pandemics will be able to control future global pandemics before they even begin. When coupled with new medical technological advancements, we will be able to create a lasting impact on the world by saving the lives of millions worldwide. I hope that through this scholarship, I will be given an opportunity to go to college and work hard to create these changes in the world. I come from a very financially unstable background and know that my parents do not have the financial means to pay for my tuition. Yet despite my difficult circumstances at home, I know that if I am given a chance to pursue a medical degree, I will use it to help others in need and prevent future global pandemics. Thank you.
    Blaine Sandoval Young American Scholarship
    My entire life can be attributed to one word: luck. Because the truth is, my chances of being alive, let alone being born in one of the most privileged countries in the world, was very unlikely to begin with. My mother is a four-time cancer survivor who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at the same time that she was pregnant with me. The chances of my mother and I making it out alive were very slim, especially since her cancer was rapidly spreading to other parts of her body. These unfortunate circumstances were obviously one of the first indicators that I should have not made it thus far in life. Yet here I am, seventeen years old and ready to take on the world alongside my beautiful mother who has never stopped fighting, even in the face of death. I know that my existence comes with a purpose. It is a purpose that I have searched for relentlessly over the past couple of years. One year I would be determined that my life's goal was to become a globe-trotting journalist while the next year I would already be making plans to study meteorology and become a weather woman. These countless aspirations and unfulfilled dreams have all led to one final goal. To become a doctor. And I know this sounds very cliche. I'm just another Indian kid making her way into the harrowing field of medicine. Yet even though my career aspiration sounds very commonplace and overused, this is a goal that I am extremely dedicated to. In fact, throughout the course of my high school career, I have applied to over 10 science courses including Anatomy & Physiology, Pathophysiology, Health Theory Clinicians, Psychology, Medical Terminology, and Health Science to name a few. I have come to find the human body such a fascinating subject. Every single person on Earth is actually a complex organism created by millions of cells and organelles, all working together to create a functioning organism. It's crazy how such immense complexity can be overlooked and underappreciated. Taking a deeper look into the way that our bodies were made and how they were created to function not only teaches us about ourselves but also bestows us with some incredible life lessons. Because the truth is, no matter how different we may seem on the outside, we are all essentially the same. Now in a world where people are becoming more divided than ever, I think this message is a very important one to realize. My goal for the future is not only to become a doctor but to use my knowledge and expertise to advocate for equality and acceptance. All my experiences in life, including the difficult task of having to watch my mother battle cancer, have taught me that people are the most precious things in the world. Taking care of their minds and teaching them the importance of acceptance is just as important as taking care of their medical needs. I feel like I am able to relate a lot to Mr. Sandoval. I have always admired people who are willing to live their lives as an example of their beliefs. I hope that one day, I too will be able to fulfill my purpose on this Earth. I know that I have been given the blessing of life to make a difference in the world. This scholarship truly means a lot to me and my family and I hope that I am given a chance to pursue my dreams by going to a good college with some sort of financial aid. Thank you.
    Dante Luca Scholarship
    As someone who has spent the last seventeen years cluelessly tumbling through the motions of life, I understand the importance of having a good support system. It's so easy to get lost in a world that's full of constant change and misinformation. Having people in your life who are willing to guide you along the right path and be there for you in times of need is one of the greatest blessings you can have. This blessing is one that I have had over and over again in my life. I know that the path to my future has been paved by the hard work and support of the people around me. I am so grateful for the mentors in my life who have helped me overcome adversity and be motivated to keep working hard. My goal in life is to share my experiences with the people around me so that they too can succeed in life. In fact, the prospect of helping people in need is something that has captivated my attention so much that I want to be a psychiatrist when I am older. I think it is amazing how you can spend so much time around a person but never really understand who they are. A person's face and personality are just superficial matters, they can be altered or manipulated to match any given situation. You never really understand a person until you take the time to ask questions and get to know their story. And in a society such as ours, the world is filled with misunderstood people who haven't been given a chance to share their stories with someone who is actually willing to listen. The thing is, I want to be that person. I want to be the kind of person who cares enough about the marginalized and mentally ill that I am willing to dedicate my life to studying psychology and the effects of mental illness on a person's behavior. And although this goal is long-term and requires plenty of sacrifice and dedication, I know I am willing to follow through with it. In fact, I find many opportunities in my current circumstances to live out my future goals. Needless to say, I am definitely not a licensed physician with a degree in Psychology, But I think it would be fair to claim that I am a very good listener and friend to the people around me. In virtually all of my friend circles, I am the go-to person in times of dramatic teenage drama and advice. All of my friends know that if they are ever struggling with something, they can come to me and unleash a verbal barrage of confessions and complaints without the fear of being judged. I love being able to talk to my friends and help them overcome whatever problems they are facing. And even if I lack any substantial advice, I know that being a listening ear and comforter in the midst of pain comes as a huge relief. Just as I have been helped throughout the years, I have been able to help others as well through candid conversations and simple discussions. One thing that life has taught me so far is that communication is the most important aspect of a relationship. Even if you lack the answers to a certain issue, just being available and generous with your time is a huge blessing. This phenomenon is one that I have witnessed time and time again in my own life. I hope that in the future, I will be able to take my love for talking to people to a whole new level as I pursue a medical degree. This scholarship opportunity truly means a lot to me and my family. I know that neither of my parents has the financial means to pay my tuition. My mother is a four-time cancer survivor and my father has had multiple back surgery that has led him to quit his job. With a very limited source of income, I have been pinning a lot of my hopes on scholarships such as these. I have yet to win a scholarship and hope that this essay, along with the message that is hidden within, will be enough to inspire others and give me an opportunity to pursue higher education. Thank you.
    Lieba’s Legacy Scholarship
    My career goal for the future is to become a psychiatrist. In a world where depression, anxiety, and various forms of mental illnesses are at an all-time high, psychiatrists are becoming a vital part of society. They help diagnose mental conditions, prescribe treatments, and offer counseling and therapy to people in need. Their work is very important and helps people confront and cope with their mental, emotional, and intellectual disabilities. One area of interest I plan on pursuing once I begin my degree is developmental disorders in children. Developmental disorders are defined as impairments in a child's physical, cognitive, language, or behavioral development. They can impact everyday functioning and usually last throughout a person's lifetime. Children with mental and developmental disorders are at higher risk of mental and physical health problems in the future, as well as an increased chance of unemployment, interactions with law enforcement agencies, and need for disability support. Cognitive delays may affect a child's intellectual functioning and can make learning extremely difficult. More and more children are struggling with developmental disorders at an unprecedented rate. Yet despite this increase, treatments and information regarding developmental disorders among children are very insufficient. Doctors are very hesitant to diagnose children with some debilitating disorders and often wait too long till issues progressive can negatively impact the child. Not being provided with proper treatments or diagnoses is putting children at an incredible risk of unintentionally falling behind mentally, socially, and emotionally behind their peers. Studies published in the Psychiatric Times by Campo (2004) have shown that “most youths with psychosocial problems do not receive mental health care services (Rushton et al., 2002), despite as many as one in four suffering from a clinically significant mental disorder (Costello et al., 1988a)” (para 3). Children are often offered very few options regarding treatment and educational programs. The inadequacy of research and lack of support for children with developmental disorders greatly decrease their chances of living normal lives. Children are the face of the future and their well-being will be the driving force behind future innovations and improvements. Ensuring that children receive the best possible care and upbringing during their childhood is a monumental and important task. Children with developmental disorders should not be stigmatized or labeled away into oblivion. Their well-being matters just as much as anyone else’s and must not be held to a different standard. Psychiatrists, physicians, and scientists must delve into deeper research concerning developmental disorders that affect individuals during childhood. One study done by researchers states that “clinicians across all professional groups suggested the education system could play an important role in improving access to mental health services through harnessing existing staff or co-locating mental health clinicians” (Paton et al., 2022, para 3). Equipping educators with knowledge in identifying students with developmental disorders can help provide them with more efficient treatments. Teaching educators how to identify such disabilities amongst their students will allow them to receive the proper help they deserve. Taking these measures early on during the course of a child’s life will help them later on in the future and give them a chance to lead a normal life with their disabilities in check. I am passionate about advocating for changes concerning developmental disorders. I think that children with intellectual or social-emotional disabilities should be given more representation and opportunities to grow equally alongside their peers. I am very glad to have seen this scholarship because it is one that speaks to my heart. And in addition to being a relevant topic to discuss, I know that it is also a good opportunity to prepare for my future. I know that my parents do not have the financial means to pay for my college tuition. My mother is four-time cancer survivor and my dad has had to quit his job due to his numerous back surgeries. Living through difficult circumstances such as these are what have motivated me to pursue a higher education and enter the medical field. This scholarship will help me along my journey and I sincerely hope that I am given valid consideration regarding this essay.
    Charlie Akers Memorial Scholarship
    It takes a village to raise a kid. It's a saying we've all heard and promptly forgotten at some point. But the truth surrounding that statement could not be any more evident than it is now. In light of a global pandemic, a movement for racial equality, and groundbreaking advancements in a variety of subjects, it's easy to see how our world is rapidly changing. It's in times like these that people must stick together and give back to the communities that helped raise them. I have had the honor of giving back to my community through volunteering opportunities and community service projects. As a member of the National English Honor Society, I have been able to provide free English tutoring and Writing Help Centers for students across my school district. Whether they be high schoolers or middle schoolers, we were able to welcome them with open arms and provide assistance for their educational needs. I feel like I have a gifted ability as a communicator and writer, so using my skills to help others has been a huge blessing. I'll always remember my own writing mentors who have helped me get through countless essays and research proposals. I am glad that I can be of the same assistance to students who are just like me. Another way I have been able to give back to my community is by volunteering my time at our school functions. I am an aspiring medical student and have been taking a lot of health-related courses. One class in particular, Health Theory Clinicals, has provided me with the opportunity to assist our school's athletic crew by conducting their yearly physicals. This experience has given me a lot of opportunities to make friends and build connections with the athletes at our school. It's also helped prepare me for my future as a medical professional. I know that in the future, I will continue to use my time and resources to help the people around me. I come from a family that has spent the last 10 years surviving solely on government-funded aid and various donation centers. My mother is a four-time cancer survivor and my father is the victim of careless medical malpractice. Neither of them has been able to work due to their disabilities and has had to shuffle most of their lives in and out of hospital facilities. And even though these experiences have been tough, we have received a tremendous outpouring of love and support from the people in our communities. I know that my success in life today would not be possible without them. I want to be able to provide for others who are living in the same situations as I am. As I mentioned earlier, I hope to pursue a career in the medical field. I want to be able to help people in need and give back to the community that helped raise me. I plan on owning my own clinic that is specifically for low-income families who may not have the financial means to pay for a private hospital. I understand the value of community and hope that one day, I will be able to create a lasting impact on those around me. I want to be able to create a legacy that lives on longer than I do and inspire change within my community. I hope that the people at the Charlie Aker's Memorial Scholarship will be able to help me along my journey. I know my parents won't be able to pay for my tuition and need all the help I can get. Thank you.
    Science Fiction Becomes Science Fact Scholarship
    We live in a society that is firmly bound to its traditional values and societal norms. People tend to have resolute beliefs which they are not ashamed to advocate. It is safe to say that in our culture, unlike many others in the world, everyone has freedom of speech and is entitled to their own beliefs. However, these contradictory opinions lead to an endless barrage of arguments that stem from people's inability to see the world from a new perspective. People are stuck in a perpetual debate of who's right and who's wrong as they distance themselves from the people who don't look, think, or act as they do. We are a people divided amongst ourselves, an issue validated over the last couple of years. This level of separation only increases as our generation continues to become more and more digitalized. We have found ways to constantly entertain ourselves through the comfort of a digital screen that requires no effort of real-life social interaction. And although having this newfound power is very exciting, it comes with many responsibilities, many of which are being abused and neglected. The truth is that hiding your identity behind a digital screen is the perfect breeding ground for uncivilized disputes, prejudicial statements, and absolute chaos. People often tend to forget themselves and their morals as they debate over the latest Facebook post or Twitter comment. And just as the quote implies, it is very easy for people in gaming forums to forgo the acceptable social norms of civil discourse as they battle it out amongst themselves. As someone who was born in an era of digital technology and electronics, I have seen first-hand how ugly things can get during a casual gaming session. What begins as an innocent past-time can spiral out of hand very quickly, especially when you have the additional comfort of knowing that your identity is hidden behind the screen of your digital device. It causes many people to say and advocate for things they would otherwise not say in real life. Additionally, constantly being on social media and gaming forums or relying on digital technology to be your only source of social interactions is not a good idea. There are many ways in which this can be detrimental to a person's development. It also affects the way they interact in society and real-life interactions. Always hiding behind a screen can make it difficult for people to open up in real life and can deprive them of social maturity. It is important to always be careful of the things you say and do over the internet or other digitalized outlets such as social media and gaming forums. I think that the way people interact with each other has changed a great deal over the years. As each generation makes new advances in technology and life, we are constantly needing to adapt to the world around us. We have so many options available to us that we no longer need face-to-face interactions to receive some sort of validation. And while change may have its benefits, there are many aspects of it that have a negative connotation. I think it is very important to be respectful to one another, both in real life and in the digital world. It is important that we do not lose our values of civil discourse that are in no way toxic or demeaning to the people around us. To me, this quote is basically saying that having too much exposure to gaming forums, among other technology, can lead people to shirk basic social signals and real life interactions.
    Do Good Scholarship
    I come from a household that has spent nearly the last 8 years surviving solely on social security checks and government-funded aid. My mom was diagnosed with cancer around the very same time that she was pregnant with me. Unable to continue work due to her long recovery periods, heavy medications, and chemo treatments, my mother was forced to quit her job as an OR technician. Little did she know that this predicament would become a reoccurring nightmare. Even though she recovered from her initial bout of cancer, throughout the course of about 13 years, my mother has been diagnosed with four different types of cancer. Each time, my family and I have had to go through the same troubling emotions and routine as we try to provide her with the best possible care. Looking after my mom and making sure that she was comfortable in the midst of unbearable pain was a very difficult task to undertake. Yet despite the difficult circumstances, my mother has always pushed me to dream big and work hard. I want to pursue a college degree and become a doctor so that I can honor my mother and everything that she stands for. My career aspiration for the future is to become a psychiatrist. Becoming a psychiatrist and being able to help people overcome their adversities is a very rewarding job to pursue because it offers hope to many. I will be able to help a lot of grieving and misunderstood people, as well as study the effects of mental illnesses on everyday life to find ways to overcome them. I want to be in the healthcare field because I want to make a difference in the world. However, the harsh reality is that many women are often overlooked and underrepresented within the medical industry. They are often misjudged or underestimated even before they even get a chance to show people what they are capable of. As a young woman in an underrepresented minority, I understand the difficulty of trying to create a legacy in a male-dominated society. In the future, I plan to enter into a male-dominated field. But I am not daunted by the future I have ahead of me. Instead, I am ready to take it on and advocate my beliefs for greater representation of women in the field of healthcare. I want to be able to make medical-related careers more acceptable and attuned to women. I want to create foundations that will support girls who dream big and enable them with the skills they need to pursue a STEM career. We have so much to offer the world and I think that taking up space and being proud of our skills is the first step into achieving complete equality within the workforce. Going to college and getting a good education will be a vital part of my journey. One goal I am currently working on is to apply for as many scholarships as possible because I know that my parents can't afford my college tuition on their own. This scholarship truly means a lot to me and my family and I sincerely wish that I am given a chance to go to a good college and make a difference in the world. I’m not going to be that poor kid who builds her life on a foundation of broken dreams and unfulfilled aspirations. I want to be successful in life and will continue to work hard to achieve my dreams.
    Lotus Scholarship
    I come from a household that has spent nearly the last 8 years surviving solely on social security checks and government-funded aid. My mom was diagnosed with cancer around the very same time that she was pregnant with me. Unable to continue work due to her long recovery periods, heavy medications, and chemo treatments, my mother was forced to quit her job as an OR technician. Little did she know that this predicament would become a reoccurring nightmare. Even though she recovered from her initial bout of cancer, throughout the course of about 13 years, my mother has been diagnosed with four different types of cancer. Each time, my family and I have had to go through the same troubling emotions and routine as we try to provide her with the best possible care. Looking after my mom and making sure that she was comfortable in the midst of unbearable pain was a very difficult task to undertake. Yet despite the difficult circumstances, my mother has always pushed me to dream big and work hard. I want to pursue a college degree and become a doctor so that I can honor my mother and everything that she stands for. My career aspiration for the future is to become a psychiatrist. Becoming a psychiatrist and being able to help people overcome their adversities is a very rewarding job to pursue because it offers hope to many. I will be able to help a lot of grieving and misunderstood people, as well as study the effects of mental illnesses on everyday life to find ways to overcome them. Going to college and getting a good education will be a vital part of my journey. Once I start college, I plan on majoring in biochemistry and neuroscience. I think these two majors will help me prepare for my future as a psychiatrist. I am optimistic about my future and the possibilities that lay before me because I know that I have the power to choose my own destiny. One goal I am currently working on is to apply for as many scholarships as possible because I know that my parents can't afford my college tuition on their own. Although the process is very tedious and requires a strenuous amount of time and effort, there hasn't been a single moment where I've felt like giving up. Applying for scholarships and being dedicated to the process is something that I am willing to do a million times over if it means that I am able to learn and get a good education. This scholarship truly mean a lot to me and my family and I sincerely wish that I am given a chance to go to a good college and make a difference in the world. I’m not going to be that poor kid who builds her life on a foundation of broken dreams and unfulfilled aspirations. I want to be successful in life and will continue to work hard to achieve my dreams.
    Seeley Swan Pharmacy STEM Scholarship
    My plans for the future are very big and adventurous. In college, I plan on pursuing a medical degree and becoming a psychiatrist. Becoming a psychiatrist and being able to help people overcome their adversities is a very rewarding job to pursue because it offers hope to many. I will be able to help a lot of grieving and misunderstood people, as well as study the effects of mental illnesses in everyday life in order to find ways to overcome them. I chose to be a part of the STEM field because I want to make a difference in the world. I know that I have the potential to become successful and learn everything that science has to offer. However, the harsh reality is that many women are often overlooked and underrepresented within the STEM industries. They are often misjudged or underestimated even before they even get a chance to show people what they are capable of. As a young woman in an underrepresented minority, I understand the difficulty of trying to create a legacy in a male-dominated society. The first time I experienced this phenomenon firsthand was in the 7th grade when I signed up for a Principles of Engineering course. Walking into class on the first day of school, I was surprised to find out that out of the 100-something kids who had signed up for the class, less than 10% of them identified as female. I found myself stuck day in and day out with a bunch of guys who neither cared nor realized how much of an advantage their gender bestowed upon them. I never once doubted my engineering skills and my grades in that class reflected my aptitude. Yet being in a mostly male setting, I felt as if I had to work twice as hard just to be taken seriously. Despite the hardships, I was determined to prove myself and create a reputation that no one could discredit. That same year I went on to join our school's robotics team. Once again I found myself as one of the few girls in a mostly male-dominated group. After a few raw conversations about what our goals as a team were, we were all able to put aside our differences and show off our skills without limiting one another based on circumstantial factors. At the end of the year, after entering a district-wide robotics competition, my group won 1st place for being the most cooperative team. I knew from then on out, that my skills and my resolve to be successful should speak for themselves. Just because I am a woman doesn't mean that I can't work with groups of men or shouldn't be given the same opportunities as them. I know what I am capable of and have the tenacity to achieve my goals. I am always taking up space and proving that nobody has the right to count me out due to my gender. In the future, I plan to enter into a male-dominated field. But I am not daunted by the future I have ahead of me. Instead, I am ready to take it on and advocate my beliefs for greater representation for women in the field of STEM. I want to be able to make STEM-related careers more acceptable and attuned to women. I want to create foundations that will support girls who dream big and enable them with the skills they need to pursue a STEM career. I am excited to continue my journey in the STEM field because I know I have so much to offer the world.
    Maida Brkanovic Memorial Scholarship
    Being a first-generation student in America is a heavy burden to bare. My success in life represents so much more than my own accomplishments. It reflects a story of survival, one that was fueled by determination and hopes for a better life. The path to my future has been paved by a tremendous amount of sacrifice, most of which is not my own. Rather, it's a debt that has been dutifully paid by my parents, two innocent and honorable immigrants from India. In a country where over a billion people live in poverty and despair, my parents were just one tiny fraction of the statistics. They grew up in a life filled with unrequited longing and wants. Most of their childhood was spent working hard and sacrificing the little that they had for their families. Yet despite the dire circumstances, the one thing that kept them going was the vision that they had for their futures. A vision that consisted of successful careers, a prospering family, and luxuries that they had only heard about. Their determination and drive to be successful are ultimately what led them to the United States. They came to the U.S. in search of a better future, not just for themselves, but for their future generation as well. And although the process wasn't easy and took an immense amount of time, my parents were able to apply for citizenship and start manifesting year's worth of goals and desires. However, coming to America is only part of the story. Learning how to survive is a whole other topic. Living in a foreign country with limited knowledge about its culture is difficult to ask of anybody. Yet somehow, as they always seem to do, my parents found their own way. They both got jobs and even managed to buy a brand-new house. And suddenly when everything seemed to be working out properly is when it all came crashing back down again. My mom was diagnosed with cancer around the very same time that she was pregnant with me. Unable to continue work due to her long recovery periods, heavy medications, and chemo treatments, my mother was forced to quit her job as an OR technician. Little did she know that this predicament would become a reoccurring nightmare. Even though she recovered from her initial bout of cancer, throughout the course of about 13 years, my mother has been diagnosed with four different types of cancer. Each time, my family and I have had to go through the same troubling emotions and routine as we try to provide her with the best possible care. Looking after my mom and making sure that she was comfortable in the midst of unbearable pain was a very difficult task to undertake. She's been in recovery for a number of years now, but memories of those early days will always stick with me. My parents are truly amazing people. The life I'm living now was built from the ground up by the hand of two hard-working immigrants. Being born in America and being able to say that I am a proud American is a privilege I know that I must not take glibly. I've seen the sacrifices that my parents made for me growing up. And I am determined to make their sacrifices worth it. My career aspiration for the future is to become a psychiatrist. This is a decision that has been influenced by a lot of things, including my love of talking to people and helping them get over personal obstacles. You never know what a person’s been through or why they act the way they do until you take the time to ask questions about their past. I think becoming a psychiatrist and being able to help people overcome their adversities is a very rewarding job to pursue because it offers hope to many. I will be able to help a lot of grieving and misunderstood people, as well as study the effects of mental illnesses in everyday life in order to find ways to overcome them. Going to college and getting a good education is a vital part of being able to achieve my dreams. These scholarships truly mean a lot to me and my family and I sincerely wish that I am given a chance to get a college degree and make a difference in the world. I’m not going to be that poor kid who builds her life on a foundation of broken dreams and unfulfilled aspirations. I want to be successful in life and provide for my parents who have been my biggest inspirations in the midst of trouble.
    Olivia Vada Camacho Scholarship
    Winner
    I come from a household that has spent nearly the last 8 years surviving solely on social security checks and government-funded aid. My mom was diagnosed with cancer around the very same time that she was pregnant with me. Unable to continue work due to her long recovery periods, heavy medications, and chemo treatments, my mother was forced to quit her job as an OR technician. Little did she know that this predicament would become a reoccurring nightmare. Even though she recovered from her initial bout of cancer, throughout the course of about 13 years, my mother has been diagnosed with four different types of cancer. Each time, my family and I have had to go through the same troubling emotions and routine as we try to provide her with the best possible care. Looking after my mom and making sure that she was comfortable in the midst of unbearable pain was a very difficult task to undertake. Yet despite the difficult circumstances, my mother has always pushed me to dream big and work hard. I want to pursue a college degree and become a doctor so that I can honor my mother and everything that she stands for. My career aspiration for the future is to become a psychiatrist. Becoming a psychiatrist and being able to help people overcome their adversities is a very rewarding job to pursue because it offers hope to many. I will be able to help a lot of grieving and misunderstood people, as well as study the effects of mental illnesses on everyday life to find ways to overcome them. Going to college and getting a good education will be a vital part of my journey. Once I start college, I plan on majoring in biochemistry and neuroscience. I think these two majors will help me prepare for my future as a psychiatrist. I am optimistic about my future and the possibilities that lay before me because I know that I have the power to choose my own destiny. One goal I am currently working on is to apply for as many scholarships as possible because I know that my parents can't afford my college tuition on their own. Although the process is very tedious and requires a strenuous amount of time and effort, there hasn't been a single moment where I've felt like giving up. Applying for scholarships and being dedicated to the process is something that I am willing to do a million times over if it means that I am able to learn and get a good education. This scholarships truly mean a lot to me and my family and I sincerely wish that I am given a chance to go to a good college and make a difference in the world. I’m not going to be that poor kid who builds her life on a foundation of broken dreams and unfulfilled aspirations. I want to be successful in life and will continue to work hard to achieve my dreams.
    Minority/Women in STEM Scholarship
    I want to be in the STEM field because I want to make a difference in the world. However, the harsh reality is that many women are often overlooked and underrepresented within the STEM industries. They are often misjudged or underestimated even before they even get a chance to show people what they are capable of. As a young woman in an underrepresented minority, I understand the difficulty of trying to create a legacy in a male-dominated society. The first time I experienced this phenomenon firsthand was in the 7th grade when I signed up for a Principles of Engineering course. Walking into class on the first day of school, I was surprised to find out that out of the 100-something kids who had signed up for the class, less than 10% of them identified as female. I found myself stuck every day with a bunch of guys who neither cared nor realized how much of an advantage their gender bestowed upon them. I never once doubted my engineering skills and my grades in that class reflected my aptitude. Yet being in a primarily male setting, I felt as if I had to work twice as hard just to be taken seriously. Despite the hardships, I was determined to prove myself and create a reputation that no one could discredit. That year I went on to join our school's robotics team. Once again I found myself as one of the few girls in a mostly male-dominated group. After a few raw conversations about what our goals as a team were, we were all able to put aside our differences and show off our skills without limiting one another based on circumstantial factors. At the end of the year, after entering a district-wide robotics competition, my group won 1st place for being the most cooperative team. I knew from then on out, that my skills and my resolve to be successful should speak for themselves. Just because I am a woman doesn't mean that I can't work with groups of men or shouldn't be given the same opportunities as them. I know what I am capable of and have the tenacity to achieve my goals. I am always taking up space and proving that nobody has the right to count me out due to my gender. In the future, I plan to enter into a male-dominated field. But I am not daunted by the future I have ahead of me. Instead, I am ready to take it on and advocate my beliefs for greater representation for women in the field of STEM. I want to be able to make STEM-related careers more acceptable and attuned to women. I want to create foundations that will support girls who dream big and enable them with the skills they need to pursue a STEM career. We have so much to offer the world and I think that taking up space and being proud of our skills is the first step into achieving complete equality within the workforce.
    Mental Health Importance Scholarship
    I believe mental health is important because wellness is not determined solely by physical factors alone. An individual's mental health is also a very important factor concerning their overall happiness. I know that staying resilient and fostering a positive mentality is a vital part of growth and development. I plan on staying healthy, both physically and emotionally, by following a few simple tips such as being open with the people around me and spending more time outdoors. To some, talking to others about their issues may make them feel slightly vulnerable or uncomfortable but it is extremely important. Sometimes when dealing with our own problems we tend to overlook the simplest of solutions due to stress. I know that consulting other people and allowing them to give me advice is a great way of gaining a new perspective on my problems. Not only is it an insightful experience, but it also creates bonds and forms relationships that I know I can count on later. I've discovered that spending more time outdoors is also a great technique to use when trying to deal with stress. I believe that it's the little things in life that make the world a beautiful place. Sometimes people are too caught up in the negative that they forget to appreciate the fact that they are alive and breathing. Spending time outside and experiencing the joys of nature is a great way to alleviate stress and appreciate the fragility of life. These tips and techniques have been a great help for me over the years and have greatly improved my mental health. It's allowed me to stay calm in the midst of adversity and gain insight into myself and the world around me. I am optimistic about my future and the possibilities that lay before me because I know that I have the power to choose my own destiny. My biggest inspiration and reason for optimism has been my mom. My mom is a four-time cancer survivor who has never given up, even in the face of death. She is a continuous reminder of how fragile life is and how much it should be appreciated. Even in the darkest of situations, the fact that we have breath in our lungs is a blessing. It is a chance to overcome adversity and look to the future as an opportunity to be successful. I have very big dreams for the future and am prepared to begin my college journey. I sincerely hope that this scholarship will help propel me along my journey to make a profound difference in the world. Thank you for your time.
    Olivia Woods Memorial Scholarship
    As a chronic book nerd with an insatiable love for stories of all kinds, I've discovered an array of novels that have drastically transformed my perspectives and knowledge of life. One book, in particular, has had a very profound effect on me. Ayn Rand's incredibly thought-provoking novel, Anthem, foreshadows the consequences of altruistic egoism and the loss of personal freedoms. In her book, Rand creates a dystopian society where people have lost all sense of self and are integrated into a completely altruistic society. Every day lived is lived in the name of harmony, and prioritizing oneself is seen as the greatest sin man could commit. Throughout the story, despite such authoritarian patriotism, one individual, Equality 7-2521, ventured to think beyond the preconceived pattern of living and virtues. Through his unforgivingly selfish nature, he is able to live life the way it was meant to be lived: on his own terms. Ultimately, by seeing the world through his own personal objectives, Equality 7-2521 was able to fulfill the desires of his heart and be free from the preconceived molds of humanity. One thing that reading this novel has taught me is that the greatest gift bestowed upon man is free will and the aptitude to think for oneself. The world is sufficient of inconsistencies and controversies, each composed to be acted upon by the beliefs and virtues of individual people. Stripping man of the freedom to decide between what is right and wrong strips away the essence of what makes us human. It takes away the fulfillment that arises with the manifestation of conscious decisions and developments. The confinement of an individual's soul and personal freedoms commences the downfall of society. Life becomes an insignificant, meaningless routine rather than an unpredictable and worthwhile existence. There is no comfort in adhering to the majority and obeying what others regard as righteous or unrighteous. Those are convictions that individuals must solicit for themselves through a tedious process of trial and error called experience. When people have the freedom to produce their own mistakes, it furnishes an opportunity for progression and enlightenment that regulates how they navigate the world. Pursuing their own individual interests and being selfish about the way they regulate their life is a commendable and rewarding way to live. It opens up opportunities and satisfaction that can not be achieved through any other means. Ayn Rand's novel, Anthem, is an incredibly valid and beautiful portrayal of how the loss of an individual’s personality can lead to the destruction of society. There is much to be learned and applied to the everyday interactions of life. It has taught me that true individualism and self-sufficiency are the underlying foundations of a healthy and compatible society. I've learned to embrace my quirks and be bold about my beliefs while still being respectful to the people around me. I've learned that people are entitled to their beliefs even if it is contradictory to ours. The concepts and ideals that are portrayed in the novel Anthem have changed my life and I genuinely hope that more people will continue to cherish this book.
    Lifelong Learning Scholarship
    To me, learning is extremely important because it sets the foundation for our future actions and choices in life. Some of the greatest life lessons are learned through the greatest failures. This is a concept that I have experienced time and time again in my own life. As I began my journey as a freshman, the harsh transition from middle school to the alien world of high school left me with some challenging decisions to make. Suddenly my academics took the backseat and went overlooked as I tried pursuing my coveted spot on the ruthless social food chain. Notes went unwritten, test dates went unnoticed, and my social life and friend circles took center stage. Throughout the school year, my struggles with social anxiety and self-esteem issues skyrocketed. And sure enough, by the end of the year, my grades were the lowest they had been in a long time. I developed years worth of insecurities, self-image issues, and an incessant need to please everyone around me. My lack of focus and prioritization cost me more than I bargained for, but it taught me plenty about the importance of perseverance. With careful reflection, I begin to realize that behind every adversity is a lesson waiting to be learned. I understand that I will never be perfect no matter how much I strive to be. But I know what I’m capable of achieving in my future. I do not accept my circumstances as a self-fulfilling prophecy. Instead, I see them as pointers toward a successful future. Utilizing these lessons has impacted my life by providing me with valuable insight and guidance for decisions I must make later in the future. Overall, my experiences and mistakes have all taught me very important lessons. Through every decision I have made, whether it be good or bad, I have been able to learn and grow as an individual. I plan to continue learning throughout my life by making an effort to be proactive and reflective about the choices I make in life. I’m not going to be that poor kid who builds her life on a foundation of broken dreams and unfulfilled aspirations. I want to be successful in the future. I want to pursue a career in the medical field and provide care for people in need. I want to continue learning and expanding my knowledge of the world I live in. Applying for this scholarship is a great opportunity for me to learn and go to a good college. I know that every experience I encounter along the way will teach me more about myself and the world around me. I hope I am given valid consideration regarding this scholarship. Thank you.
    Learner Math Lover Scholarship
    Math plays a role in just about everything we do, from cooking in our kitchens to constructing huge buildings and towers all across our country. Math is important because, without it, our world and the concepts that surround it would be incomprehensible. Understanding and applying the basics and fundamentals of math is what drives innovation and new technology. I personally find math to be a very intriguing and necessary subject. It is filled with complexities and intricate formulas that make up a huge part of our lives. Every problem has an answer and can be worked out in a rational and specific way. Even the most abstract concepts can be reasonably interpreted or represented in a variety of ways, including imaginary numbers and variables. Being aware of the way math affects me on a daily basis has made me appreciate it a lot more. For instance, the usage of phones, among the many other forms of technology that we all cherish, would not be possible without math. Algebra is what is used in computer programming to develop algorithms and various forms of software. When put in perspective, the importance of math is clearly evident. I find math such a fascinating subject because it offers us so many possibilities. Every math problem has an answer that is something far greater than the equation itself. Its applications are virtually endless and can go on to impact the lives of millions of people around the world. Despite all the differences we may bear amongst ourselves, math is a universal language. Just as it has helped us in 2,500 years since it has been fully discovered, math will continue to create more life-changing innovations and opportunities. And as long as we have the right amount of commitment and appreciation, we too have the ability to use math in solving some of the world's biggest problems. Math has shaped my understanding of the world by enabling me to appreciate the finer details in life. I can now truly appreciate how complex certain inventions and concepts are because I understand the science and formulas behind them. I hope that I will be able to apply my love for math in the future and inspire another generation of girls just like me to pursue careers in STEM and math.
    Femi Chebaís Scholarship
    I believe the three fundamental flaws of our society are our ineptitude to see from a different perspective, the inability to sympathize with people who don't share our beliefs, and the disregard for those less fortunate than ourselves. My goal for the future is to teach others about the importance of acceptance through advocacy and community outreach programs. I hope that through my life and my actions, I can teach people that the only way to reconstruct the fragmented parts of society is to let go of our preconceptions and not judge others at face value.
    Mind, Body, & Soul Scholarship
    The one thing about college that I am the most excited about is being able to explore new avenues and earn my college degree. My plans for the future are very big and adventurous. I plan on pursuing a medical degree and becoming a psychiatrist. I think becoming a psychiatrist and being able to help people overcome their adversities is a very rewarding job to pursue because it offers hope to many. I will be able to help a lot of grieving and misunderstood people, as well as study the effects of mental illnesses in everyday life in order to find ways to overcome them. Going to college and getting a good education is a vital part of being able to achieve my dreams. I am very excited to apply to as many courses as possible and learn new information that will help me become a doctor. I am optimistic about my future and the possibilities that lay before me because I know that I have the power to choose my own destiny. My biggest inspiration and reason for optimism has been my mom. My mom is a four-time cancer survivor who has never given up, even in the face of death. She is a continuous reminder of how fragile life is and how much it should be appreciated. Even in the darkest of situations, the fact that we have breath in our lungs is a blessing. It is a chance to overcome adversity and look to the future as an opportunity to be successful. I plan on staying healthy, both physically and emotionally, by following a few simple tips such as being open with the people around me and spending more time outdoors. To some, talking to others about their issues may make them feel slightly vulnerable or uncomfortable but it is extremely important. Sometimes when dealing with our own problems we tend to overlook the simplest of solutions due to stress. I know that consulting other people and allowing them to give me advice is a great way of gaining a new perspective on my problems. Not only is it an insightful experience, but it also creates bonds and forms relationships that I know I can count on later. I've discovered that spending more time outdoors is also a great technique to use when trying to deal with stress. I believe that it's the little things in life that make the world a beautiful place. Sometimes people are too caught up in the negative that they forget to appreciate the fact that they are alive and breathing. Spending time outside and experiencing the joys of nature is a great way to alleviate stress and appreciate the fragility of life. These tips and techniques have been a great help for me over the years and I plan on using them once I am in college as well. It's allowed me to stay calm in the midst of adversity and gain insight into myself and the world around me. I am prepared to begin my college journey and enjoy it to it's full extent. I sincerely hope that this scholarship will help propel me along my journey to make a profound difference in the world. thank you for your time.
    Learner Higher Education Scholarship
    I come from a household that has spent nearly the last 8 years surviving solely on social security checks and government-funded aid. Neither of my parents has been able to hold a job due to their various health conditions and disabilities. My mom was diagnosed with cancer around the very same time that she was pregnant with me. Unable to continue work due to her long recovery periods, heavy medications, and chemo treatments, my mother was forced to quit her job as an OR technician. Little did she know that this predicament would become a reoccurring nightmare. Even though she recovered from her initial bout of cancer, throughout the course of about 13 years, my mother has been diagnosed with four different types of cancers. Each time, my family and I have had to go through the same troubling emotions and routine as we try to provide her with the best possible care. Looking after my mom and making sure that she was comfortable in the midst of unbearable pain was a very difficult task to undertake. Yet it has also motivated me to pursue a career in the medical field and find ways to help people just like my mom. My mother is a continuous reminder of how fragile life is and how much it should be appreciated. Even in the darkest of situations, the fact that we have breath in our lungs is a blessing. It is a chance to overcome adversity and look to the future as an opportunity to be successful. And although my mother has had to sacrifice a majority of her life to fight illnesses and disabilities, she has always pushed me to dream big. My career aspiration for the future is to become a psychiatrist. This is a decision that has been influenced by a lot of things, including my love of talking to people and helping them get over personal obstacles. You never know what a person’s been through or why they act the way they do until you take the time to ask questions about their past. I think becoming a psychiatrist and being able to help people overcome their adversities is a very rewarding job to pursue because it offers hope to many. I believe that people are more than the mistakes they make or the things that have happened to them. They are intricate individuals who are entitled to a chance at life, void of the labels cast upon them. I hope that in the future, I am able to advocate these beliefs and help people who are in need. I plan on using my knowledge to help others around me who may be going through the same situations I've experienced. Going to college and pursuing higher education will be a huge and vital part of my journey. Applying for scholarships and being dedicated to the process is something that I am willing to do a million times over if it means that I am able to get a good education. This scholarship truly means a lot to me and my family and I sincerely wish that I am given valid consideration. Thank you.
    Learner Scholarship for High School Seniors
    My goal in life is to create a legacy that lives on longer than I do. I hope that one day, I can look back on my life and be truly satisfied with every adventure and experience I have had. However, despite my optimistic outlook on life, I know my journey will be very difficult. Neither of my parents is able to work due to their disabilities and can't afford my college tuition on their own. My mother is a four-time cancer survivor and my father is a victim of careless medical malpractice from doctors who were meant to help him recover from his numerous back surgeries. We've had to spend the last eight years of our life surviving solely on food stamps, government-funded aid, and various non-profit donation centers. Yet despite the dire circumstances, my parents have always pushed me to dream big. They are both continuous reminders of how fragile life is and how much it should be appreciated. Even in the darkest of situations, the fact that we have breath in our lungs is a blessing. It is a chance to overcome adversity and look to the future as an opportunity to be successful. I want to pursue a college degree and become successful so that I can honor my parents and everything they stand for. My career aspiration for the future is to become a psychiatrist. This is a decision that has been influenced by a lot of things, including my love of talking to people and helping them get over personal obstacles. You never know what a person’s been through or why they act the way they do until you take the time to ask questions about their past. I think becoming a psychiatrist and being able to help people overcome their adversities is a very rewarding job to pursue because it offers hope to many. I will be able to help a lot of grieving and misunderstood people, as well as study the effects of mental illnesses in everyday life in order to find ways to overcome them. Going to college and getting a good education is a vital part of being able to achieve my dreams. These scholarships truly mean a lot to me and my family and I sincerely wish that I am given a chance to get a college degree and make a difference in the world. I’m not going to be that poor kid who builds her life on a foundation of broken dreams and unfulfilled aspirations. I want to be successful in life and provide for my parents who have been my biggest inspirations in the midst of trouble. I sincerely hope that the sponsors and organizers of this scholarship will help propel me on my journey to success. Thank you.
    Learner Education Women in Mathematics Scholarship
    Many people fail to recognize the relevance of math and its applications in the world around us. They simply shrug it off as too much effort and scoff at the complex steps and calculations that it requires. Yet despite the far-ranging bad reputation that math often receives, it is actually a very important and vital part of our world. Math plays a role in just about everything we do, from cooking in our kitchens to constructing huge buildings and towers all across our country. Math is important because, without it, our world and the concepts that surround it would be incomprehensible. Understanding and applying the basics and fundamentals of math is what drives innovation and new technology. I personally find math to be a very intriguing and necessary subject. It is filled with complexities and intricate formulas that make up a huge part of our lives. Every problem has an answer and can be worked out in a rational and specific way. Even the most abstract concepts can be reasonably interpreted or represented in a variety of ways, including imaginary numbers and variables. My favorite form of math so far has been algebra. I love how every equation, no matter how complex, follows the same basic steps. It is also an incredibly relevant portion of math too. I have been able to use the things I have learned in algebra to conduct and calculate many things such as taxes and the price of groceries. Although these may not seem like the most innovative ways to apply such concepts, they are still very useful. Being aware of the way math affects us on a daily basis would make us appreciate it a lot more. For instance, the usage of phones, among the many other forms of technology that we all cherish, would not be possible without math. Algebra is what is used in computer programming to develop algorithms and various forms of software. When put in perspective, the importance of math is clearly evident. Without it, none of us would be able to enjoy the everyday commodities that we often take for granted. It is important to learn the uses and relevance of math in the world around us today. I find math such a fascinating subject because it offers us so many possibilities. Every math problem has an answer that is something far greater than the equation itself. Its applications are virtually endless and can go on to impact the lives of millions of people around the world. Despite all the differences we may bear amongst ourselves, math is a universal language. As someone who is interested in having a career in the field of STEM, I hope that many more people will continue to see its benefits and applications. Just as it has helped us in 2,500 years since it has been fully discovered, math will continue to create more life-changing innovations and opportunities. And as long as we have the right amount of commitment and appreciation, we too have the ability to use math in solving some of the world's biggest problems. Math has shaped my understanding of the world by enabling me to appreciate the finer details in life. I can now truly appreciate how complex certain inventions and concepts are because I understand the science and formulas behind them. I hope that I will be able to apply my love for math in the future and inspire another generation of girls just like me to pursue careers in STEM and math.
    Etherine Tansimore Scholarship
    I come from a household that has spent nearly the last 8 years surviving solely on social security checks and government-funded aid. My mom was diagnosed with cancer around the very same time that she was pregnant with me. Unable to continue work due to her long recovery periods, heavy medications, and chemo treatments, my mother was forced to quit her job as an OR technician. Little did she know that this predicament would become a reoccurring nightmare. Even though she recovered from her initial bout of cancer, throughout the course of about 13 years, my mother has been diagnosed with four different types of cancers. Each time, my family and I have had to go through the same troubling emotions and routine as we try to provide her with the best possible care. Looking after my mom and making sure that she was comfortable in the midst of unbearable pain was a very difficult task to undertake. Yet it has also motivated me to pursue a career in the medical field and find ways to help people just like my mom. My mother is a continuous reminder of how fragile life is and how much it should be appreciated. Even in the darkest of situations, the fact that we have breath in our lungs is a blessing. It is a chance to overcome adversity and look to the future as an opportunity to be successful. Now that I have enough experience and perspective, I can truly enjoy my life for what it is. It may not be the most exciting or extravagant one out there, but it's filled with people that I love and appreciate. I know that no matter how difficult my life may get, I will always have their support. Knowing how blessed I am and how many opportunities I have ahead of me has helped me stay resilient even during the toughest battles. Even though my mother has had to sacrifice a majority of her life to fight illnesses and disabilities, she has always pushed me to dream big. My career aspiration for the future is to become a psychiatrist. This is a decision that has been influenced by a lot of things, including my love of talking to people and helping them get over personal obstacles. You never know what a person’s been through or why they act the way they do until you take the time to ask questions about their past. I think becoming a psychiatrist and being able to help people overcome their adversities is a very rewarding job to pursue because it offers hope to many. I believe that people are more than the mistakes they make or the things that have happened to them. They are intricate individuals who are entitled to a chance at life, void of the labels cast upon them. I hope that in the future, I am able to advocate these beliefs and help people who are in need. I plan on using my knowledge to help others around me who may be going through the same situations I've experienced. Going to college and getting a good education will be a huge and vital part of my journey. Applying for scholarships and being dedicated to the process is something that I am willing to do a million times over if it means that I am able to get a good education. This scholarship truly means a lot to me and my family and I sincerely wish that I am given valid consideration. Thank you.
    Act Locally Scholarship
    My goal in life is to create a legacy that lives on longer than I do. One change I want to see in the world is how we treat others. In our society, everyone has freedom of speech and is entitled to their own beliefs. However, these contradictory opinions lead to an endless barrage of arguments that stem from an "us versus them" mindset. At some point in our history as the United States of America, we have stripped ourselves bare of the morals we once held close. Now it's a perpetual debate of who's right and who's wrong as we distance ourselves from the people who don't look, think, or act as we do. We are a people divided amongst ourselves, an issue validated time and time again over the last couple of years. I believe the three fundamental flaws of our society are our ineptitude to see from a different perspective, the inability to sympathize with people who don't share our beliefs, and the disregard for those less fortunate than ourselves. The legacy I hope to leave in this world is one that teaches others about the importance of acceptance. I promise myself and those around me that I will never allow society or my personal opinions to lead me to prejudiced decisions. I hope that through my life and my actions, I can teach people that the only way to live happily and reconstruct the fragmented parts of society is to let go of our preconceptions and not judge others at face value. If we can move on with this mindset, we will be able to achieve a level of solidarity that can mend the relationships that have been torn apart by years of disputes and disagreements. I hope that my life will serve as an example of how accepting the people around us for who they really are will make the world a better place. To me, the community is a place where people can share ideas and create an atmosphere of acceptance and growth. I think being able to belong to a group is a great privilege. But giving back to the community that raised you, is an even nobler deed. Some ways I am proactive about igniting change is by joining groups like No Place for Hate and the National Honor Society because we are always looking for ways to contribute positively to our communities. Through various programs such as donations, volunteer opportunities, and campaigns, I have been able to advocate for the importance of acceptance alongside many amazing people. Another way I plan on making a positive change in my community is by becoming a doctor and helping people every chance I get. My career aspiration for the future is to become a psychiatrist. This is a decision that has been influenced by a lot of things, including my love of talking to people and helping them get over personal obstacles. You never know what a person’s been through or why they act the way they do until you take the time to ask questions about their past. I think becoming a psychiatrist and being able to help people overcome their adversities is a very rewarding job to pursue because it offers hope to many people who would, otherwise, be very lost. I will be able to help a lot of grieving people, as well as study the effects of mental illnesses in everyday life in order to find ways to overcome them. Overall, my hopes for the future are very huge. I hope that I will be able to lead a life that inspires positive change in the world. I hope to give back to the community that raised me in any way possible. I genuinely wish to make a difference in our society and hope that you will help propel me along my journey. Thank you.
    Peter and Nan Liubenov Student Scholarship
    I want to devote my life to helping people and being a positive force in society. My career goal for the future is to become a psychiatrist. In a world where depression, anxiety, and various forms of mental illnesses are at an all-time high, psychiatrists are becoming a vital part of society. They help diagnose mental conditions, prescribe treatments, and offer counseling and therapy to people in need. Their work is very important and helps people confront and cope with their mental, emotional, and intellectual disabilities. The desire to become a psychiatrist is a decision that has been influenced by a lot of things, including my love of talking to people and helping them get over personal obstacles. You never know what a person’s been through or why they act the way they do until you take the time to ask questions about their past. I think becoming a psychiatrist and being able to help people overcome their adversities is a very rewarding job to pursue because it offers hope to many people who would, otherwise, be very lost. I will be able to help a lot of grieving people, as well as study the effects of mental illnesses in everyday life in order to find ways to overcome them. Another way I see myself being a positive force in society is by advocating for the importance of acceptance. In our society, everyone has freedom of speech and is entitled to their own beliefs. However, these contradictory opinions lead to an endless barrage of arguments that stem from an "us versus them" mindset. At some point in our history as the United States of America, we have stripped ourselves bare of the morals we once held close. Now it's a perpetual debate of who's right and who's wrong as we distance ourselves from the people who don't look, think, or act as we do. We are a people divided amongst ourselves, an issue validated time and time again over the last couple of years. I believe the three fundamental flaws of our society are our ineptitude to see from a different perspective, the inability to sympathize with people who don't share our beliefs, and the disregard for those less fortunate than ourselves The legacy I hope to leave in this world is one that teaches others about the importance of acceptance. I promise myself and those around me that I will never allow society or my personal opinions to lead me to prejudiced decisions. I hope that through my life and my actions, I can teach people that the only way to live happily and reconstruct the fragmented parts of society is to let go of our preconceptions and not judge others at face value. If we can move on with this mindset, we will be able to achieve a level of solidarity that can mend the relationships that have been torn apart by years of disputes and disagreements. I hope that my life will serve as an example of how accepting the people around us for who they really are will make the world a better place.
    Sikora Drake STEM Scholarship
    I plan on pursuing a degree in STEM because I want to make a difference in the world. My career goal for the future is to become a psychiatrist. In a world where depression, anxiety, and various forms of mental illnesses are at an all-time high, psychiatrists are becoming a vital part of society. They help diagnose mental conditions, prescribe treatments, and offer counseling and therapy to people in need. Their work is very important and helps people confront and cope with their mental, emotional, and intellectual disabilities. I want to be in the STEM field because I want to make a difference in the world. However, the harsh reality is that many women are often overlooked and underrepresented within the STEM industries. They are often misjudged or underestimated even before they even get a chance to show people what they are capable of. As a young woman in an underrepresented minority, I understand the difficulty of trying to create a legacy in a male-dominated society. The first time I experienced this phenomenon firsthand was in the 7th grade when I signed up for a Principles of Engineering course. Walking into class on the first day of school, I was surprised to find out that out of the 100 something kids who had signed up for the class, less than 10% of them identified as female. I found myself stuck day in and day out with a bunch of guys who neither cared nor realized how much of an advantage their gender bestowed upon them. I never once doubted my engineering skills and my grades in that class reflected my aptitude. Yet being in a mostly male setting, I felt as if I had to work twice as hard just to be taken seriously. Despite the hardships, I was determined to prove myself and create a reputation that no one could discredit. That year I went on to join our school's robotics team. Once again I found myself as one of the few girls in a mostly male-dominated group. After a few raw conversations about what our goals as a team were, we were all able to put aside our differences and show off our skills without limiting one another based on circumstantial factors. At the end of the year, after entering a district-wide robotics competition, my group won 1st place for being the most cooperative team. I knew from then on out, that my skills and my resolve to be successful should speak for themselves. Just because I am a woman doesn't mean that I can't work with groups of men or shouldn't be given the same opportunities as them. I know what I am capable of and have the tenacity to achieve my goals. I am always taking up space and proving that nobody has the right to count me out due to my gender. In the future, I plan to enter into a male-dominated field. But I am not daunted by the future I have ahead of me. Instead, I am ready to take it on and advocate my beliefs for greater representation for women in the field of STEM. I want to be able to make STEM-related careers more acceptable and attuned to women. I want to create foundations that will support girls who dream big and enable them with the skills they need to pursue a STEM career. We have so much to offer the world and I think that taking up space and being proud of our skills is the first step into achieving complete equality within the workforce.
    Cariloop’s Caregiver Scholarship
    I come from a household that has spent nearly the last 8 years surviving solely on social security checks and government-funded aid. My mom was diagnosed with cancer around the very same time that she was pregnant with me. Unable to continue work due to her long recovery periods, heavy medications, and chemo treatments, my mother was forced to quit her job as an OR technician. Little did she know that this predicament would become a reoccurring nightmare. Even though she recovered from her initial bout of cancer, throughout the course of about 13 years, my mother has been diagnosed with four different types of cancers. Each time, my family and I have had to go through the same troubling emotions and routine as we try to provide her with the best possible care. Looking after my mom and making sure that she was comfortable in the midst of unbearable pain was a very difficult task to undertake. Yet despite the difficult circumstances, there hasn't been a single moment where I've lost hope or given up. I've always managed to stay strong because I know that my mom is a fighter. She refuses to give up and I am determined to do the same. My mother is a continuous reminder of how fragile life is and how much it should be appreciated. Even in the darkest of situations, the fact that we have breath in our lungs is a blessing. It is a chance to overcome adversity and look to the future as an opportunity to be successful. Now that I have enough experience and perspective, I can truly enjoy my life for what it is. It may not be the most exciting or extravagant one out there, but it's filled with people that I love and appreciate. I know that no matter how difficult my life may get, I will always have their support. Knowing how blessed I am and how many opportunities I have ahead of me has helped me stay resilient even during the toughest battles. Even though my mother has had to sacrifice a majority of her life fighting illnesses and disabilities, she has always pushed me to dream big. My career aspiration for the future is to become a psychiatrist. This is a decision that has been influenced by a lot of things, including my love of talking to people and helping them get over personal obstacles. You never know what a person’s been through or why they act the way they do until you take the time to ask questions about their past. I think becoming a psychiatrist and being able to help people overcome their adversities is a very rewarding job to pursue because it offers hope to many. I will be able to help a lot of grieving and misunderstood people, as well as study the effects of mental illnesses in everyday life in order to find ways to overcome them. I believe that people are more than the mistakes they make or the things that have happened to them. They are intricate individuals who are entitled to a chance at life, void of the labels cast upon them. I hope that in the future, I am able to advocate these beliefs and help people. I want to live my life as an example of the importance of resilience and create organizations for people who are constantly marginalized within our society. I plan on using my experiences to help others around me who may be going through the same situations or emotions I've experienced.
    Dr. Meme Heineman Scholarship
    My career goal for the future is to become a psychiatrist. In a world where depression, anxiety, and various forms of mental illnesses are at an all-time high, psychiatrists are becoming a vital part of society. They help diagnose mental conditions, prescribe treatments, and offer counseling and therapy to people in need. Their work is very important and helps people confront and cope with their mental, emotional, and intellectual disabilities. One area of interest I plan on pursuing once I begin my degree is developmental disorders in children. Developmental disorders are defined as impairments in a child's physical, cognitive, language, or behavioral development. They can impact everyday functioning and usually last throughout a person's lifetime. Children with mental and developmental disorders are at higher risk of mental and physical health problems in the future, as well as an increased chance of unemployment, interactions with law enforcement agencies, and need for disability support. Cognitive delays may affect a child's intellectual functioning and can make learning extremely difficult. More and more children are struggling with developmental disorders at an unprecedented rate. Yet despite this increase, treatments and information regarding developmental disorders among children are very insufficient. Doctors are very hesitant to diagnose children with some debilitating disorders and often wait too long till issues progressive can negatively impact the child. Not being provided with proper treatments or diagnoses is putting children at an incredible risk of unintentionally falling behind mentally, socially, and emotionally behind their peers. Studies published in the Psychiatric Times by Campo (2004) have shown that “most youths with psychosocial problems do not receive mental health care services (Rushton et al., 2002), despite as many as one in four suffering from a clinically significant mental disorder (Costello et al., 1988a)” (para 3). Children are often offered very few options regarding treatment and educational programs. The inadequacy of research and lack of support for children with developmental disorders greatly decrease their chances of living normal lives. Children are the face of the future and their well-being will be the driving force behind future innovations and improvements. Ensuring that children receive the best possible care and upbringing during their childhood is a monumental and important task. Children with developmental disorders should not be stigmatized or labeled away into oblivion. Their well-being matters just as much as anyone else’s and must not be held to a different standard. Psychiatrists, physicians, and scientists must delve into deeper research concerning developmental disorders that affect individuals during childhood. One study done by researchers states that “clinicians across all professional groups suggested the education system could play an important role in improving access to mental health services through harnessing existing staff or co-locating mental health clinicians” (Paton et al., 2022, para 3). Equipping educators with knowledge in identifying students with developmental disorders can help provide them with more efficient treatments. Teaching educators how to identify such disabilities amongst their students will allow them to receive the proper help they deserve. Taking these measures early on during the course of a child’s life will help them later on in the future and give them a chance to lead a normal life with their disabilities in check. I am passionate about advocating for changes concerning developmental disorders. I think that children with disabilities should be given more representation and opportunities to grow equally alongside their peers. This scholarship will help me along my journey and I sincerely hope that I am given valid consideration regarding this essay. I know that I have the power to create something that is bigger than myself. I am dedicated to improving the education and health care system and hope to honor the legacy of Dr. Meme Heineman. Thank you.
    Texas Women Empowerment Scholarship
    My career goal for the future is to become a psychiatrist. In a world where depression, anxiety, and various forms of mental illnesses are at an all-time high, psychiatrists are becoming a vital part of society. They help diagnose mental conditions, prescribe treatments, and offer counseling and therapy to people in need. Their work is very important and helps people confront and cope with their mental, emotional, and intellectual disabilities. However, just as in every career, the field of psychiatry has its fair share of flaws and shortcomings. One concerning problem associated with psychiatry is the disparity in the quality of care that people of different races and backgrounds receive. One common factor about mental illness is that it does not discriminate. It takes no notice of race, religion, ethnic background, or gender when affecting individuals and families. When considering these facts, one would assume that psychiatric care would be a widely advocated and available service to whoever needed it. This assumption, however, is far from the truth. Treatment for mental illnesses has long been a very exclusive resource, usually limiting itself to those who have the financial means and status to afford them. This discriminating standard is a drawback for many people, especially for women. Numerous studies have shown that women are more likely to internalize emotions, which typically results in withdrawal, loneliness, and depression. Women between the ages of 16 and 24 are almost three times as likely (26%) to experience a common mental health issue as males of the same age (9%). However, despite being at risk for developing such harmful and debilitating disorders, women are often shamed for coming forward to talk about their mental health. For example, one in seven women experiences postpartum depression. Yet less than half seek help due to fear of retaliation or fear of being labeled as a "bad mother". Consequently, the stigmas surrounding therapy lead to more and more women not being able to ask for help. In response to these issues, mental health care workers themselves have done very little to advocate and provide women with better opportunities. Overall, the gender disparity within mental health treatment is very concerning. Making sure that healthcare and psychiatric care are available to anyone who is in need of it will drastically change the lives of millions of women around the world. One measure psychiatrists must take to ensure that this can become a reality is by making treatment more inclusive and educating people on how to receive help. I plan on making a positive impact in the healthcare field through my degree by advocating for these changes within the field of psychiatry because I want women to have access to the best care possible. I hope that my work and dedication to this goal will provide better opportunities for women in need.
    Larry D Parker Sr.’s Legacy Scholarship
    My career goal for the future is to become a psychiatrist. In a world where depression, anxiety, and various forms of mental illnesses are at an all-time high, psychiatrists are becoming a vital part of society. They help diagnose mental conditions, prescribe treatments, and offer counseling and therapy to people in need. Their work is very important and helps people confront and cope with their mental, emotional, and intellectual disabilities. However, just as in every career, the field of psychiatry has its fair share of flaws and shortcomings. One problem associated with psychiatry is the disparity in the quality of care that people of different races and backgrounds receive. One common factor about mental illness is that it does not discriminate. It takes no notice of race, religion, ethnic background, or gender when affecting individuals and families. When considering these facts, one would assume that psychiatric care would be a widely advocated and available service to whoever needed it. This assumption, however, is far from the truth. Treatment for mental illnesses has long been a very exclusive resource, usually limiting itself to those who have the financial means and status to afford them. This discriminating standard is a drawback for many people, especially those in minority communities. The lack of options and available resources for minorities leads many people in minority communities to miss out on effective treatments to manage their mental health. Their conditions go untreated and undiagnosed, often leading to early and preventable deaths. Making sure that healthcare and psychiatric care are available to anyone who is in need of it will drastically change the lives of millions of people around the world. One measure psychiatrists must take to ensure that this can become a reality is by making treatment more inclusive and personalized to each individual. Directly interacting with those in underserved communities and eradicating the stigma around mental health will benefit many people out there who are struggling and in need of psychiatric intervention. I plan on making a positive impact in the healthcare field by advocating for these changes within the field of psychiatry because I want people to have access to the best care possible. I hope that my work and dedication to this goal will provide better opportunities for people in need. My biggest inspiration to create lasting impacts in the world has been my mother. My mother is the reason that I am so interested in being a part of the healthcare system. She is a four-time cancer survivor who has never given up, even in the face of death. She is a continuous reminder of how fragile life is and how much it should be appreciated. Even in the darkest of situations, the fact that we have breath in our lungs is a blessing. It is a chance to overcome adversity and help the people around us. One thing I wish I could change about the world is the way we treat others. The truth is that in our current society, we are a people divided amongst ourselves, an issue that has been validated time and time again over the last couple of years. Nowadays, it's a perpetual debate of who's right and who's wrong as we distance ourselves from the people who don't look, think, or act as we do. I believe two fundamental flaws of our society are our ineptitude to see from a different perspective and the inability to sympathize with people who don't share our beliefs. These issues are the ones I hope to overcome and find solutions to during my time on this earth.
    Cedrick'a Jackson Memorial Scholarship
    My career goal for the future is to become a psychiatrist. In a world where depression, anxiety, and various forms of mental illnesses are at an all-time high, psychiatrists are becoming a vital part of society. They help diagnose mental conditions, prescribe treatments, and offer counseling and therapy to people in need. Their work is very important and helps people confront and cope with their mental, emotional, and intellectual disabilities. However, just as in every career, the field of psychiatry has its fair share of flaws and shortcomings. One prominent crisis that many psychiatrists face is burnout. Burnout is when professionals become mentally fatigued which can result in job dissatisfaction and the deterioration of their careers. Psychiatry is a profession that deals solely with people’s emotional, mental, and intellectual capabilities that are impaired by mental illnesses. While it is very important, constantly dealing with people suffering from the tragic consequences of mental illnesses can be a very harrowing experience. Being under the constant pressure of providing support and treatment to people who are often too far progressed into their mental illness to live an ordinary life can be straining. A positive change I plan on making in the healthcare field is finding a solution to this problem. A good start to ensuring that patients receive good treatment and quality care is to make sure that psychiatrists themselves are equipped both emotionally and intellectually to handle the requirements of their jobs. According to a study that focuses on coping mechanisms for psychiatrists dealing with burnout, “receiving support from families, and practicing emotional support seeking were associated with lower levels of emotional exhaustion” (Nimmawitt et al., 2020, para 26). Acknowledging and putting these coping mechanisms into practice can help many psychiatrists take the proper steps to receive help when they begin to feel overwhelmed or prevent it altogether. Another concerning problem associated with psychiatry is the disparity in the quality of care that people of different races and backgrounds receive. One common factor about mental illness is that it does not discriminate. It takes no notice of race, religion, ethnic background, or gender when affecting individuals and families. When considering these facts, one would assume that psychiatric care would be a widely advocated and available service to whoever needed it. This assumption, however, is far from the truth. Treatment for mental illnesses has long been a very exclusive resource, usually limiting itself to those who have the financial means and status to afford them. This discriminating standard is a drawback for many people, especially those in minority communities. The lack of options and available resources for minorities leads many people in minority communities to miss out on effective treatments to manage their mental health. Their conditions go untreated and undiagnosed, often leading to early and preventable deaths. Making sure that healthcare and psychiatric care are available to anyone who is in need of it will drastically change the lives of millions of people around the world. One measure psychiatrists must take to ensure that this can become a reality is by making treatment more inclusive and personalized to each individual. Directly interacting with those in underserved communities and eradicating the stigma around mental health will benefit many people out there who are struggling and in need of psychiatric intervention. I plan on making a positive impact in the healthcare field by advocating for these changes within the field of psychiatry because I want people to have access to the best care possible. I hope that my work and dedication to this goal will provide better opportunities for people in need.
    R.L. Sexton Memorial Scholarship
    I've spent the last 17 years of my life growing up in a very financially and physically unstable household. My mom was diagnosed with cancer around the very same time that she was pregnant with me. Unable to continue work due to her long recovery periods, heavy medications, and chemo treatments, my mother was forced to quit her job as an OR technician. Little did she know that this predicament would become a reoccurring nightmare. Even though she recovered from her initial bout of cancer, throughout the course of about 13 years, my mother has been diagnosed with four different types of cancers. Each time, my family and I have had to go through the same troubling emotions and routine as we try to provide her with the best possible care. Yet despite the difficult circumstances, there hasn't been a single moment where I've lost hope or given up. Through every diagnosis, my family and I have managed to stay composed and get my mother proper treatments. Although my mother's illness has taken a huge toll on our family both emotionally and financially, we've been able to stay strong. My mother is a continuous reminder of how fragile life is and how much it should be appreciated. Even in the darkest of situations, the fact that we have breath in our lungs is a blessing. It is a chance to overcome adversity and look to the future as an opportunity to be successful. Now that I have enough experience and perspective, I can truly enjoy my life for what it is. It may not be the most exciting or extravagant one out there, but it's filled with people that I love and appreciate. I know that no matter how difficult my life may get, I will always have their support. Knowing how blessed I am and how many opportunities I have ahead of me has helped me stay resilient even during the toughest battles. Even though my mother has had to sacrifice a majority of her life fighting illnesses and disabilities, she has always pushed me to dream big. My career aspiration for the future is to become a psychiatrist. This is a decision that has been influenced by a lot of things, including my love of talking to people and helping them get over personal obstacles. You never know what a person’s been through or why they act the way they do until you take the time to ask questions about their past. I think becoming a psychiatrist and being able to help people overcome their adversities is a very rewarding job to pursue because it offers hope to many. I will be able to help a lot of grieving and misunderstood people, as well as study the effects of mental illnesses in everyday life in order to find ways to overcome them. I believe that people are more than the mistakes they make or the things that have happened to them. They are intricate individuals who are entitled to a chance at life, void of the labels cast upon them. I hope that in the future, I am able to advocate these beliefs and help people. I want to live my life as an example of the importance of resilience and create organizations for people who are constantly marginalized within our society. I plan on using my experiences to help others around me who may be going through the same situations or emotions I've experienced.
    Learner Education Women in Mathematics Scholarship
    Many people fail to recognize the relevance of math and its applications in the world around us. They simply shrug it off as too much effort and scoff at the complex steps and calculations that it requires. Yet despite the far-ranging bad reputation that math often receives, it is actually a very important and vital part of our world. Math plays a role in just about everything we do, from cooking in our kitchens to constructing huge buildings and towers all across our country. Math is important because, without it, our world and the concepts that surround it would be incomprehensible. Understanding and applying the basics and fundamentals of math is what drives innovation and new technology. I personally find math to be a very intriguing and necessary subject. It is filled with complexities and intricate formulas that make up a huge part of our lives. Every problem has an answer and can be worked out in a rational and specific way. Even the most abstract concepts can be reasonably interpreted or represented in a variety of ways, including imaginary numbers and variables. My favorite form of math so far has been algebra. I love how every equation, no matter how complex, follows the same basic steps. It is also an incredibly relevant portion of math too. I have been able to use the things I have learned in algebra to conduct and calculate many things such as taxes and the price of groceries. Although these may not seem like the most innovative ways to apply such concepts, they are still very useful. Being aware of the way math affects us on a daily basis would make us appreciate it a lot more. For instance, the usage of phones, among the many other forms of technology that we all cherish, would not be possible without math. Algebra is what is used in computer programming to develop algorithms and various forms of software. When put in perspective, the importance of math is clearly evident. Without it, none of us would be able to enjoy the everyday commodities that we often take for granted. It is important to learn the uses and relevance of math in the world around us today. Its applications are virtually endless and can go on to impact the lives of millions of people around the world. Despite all the differences we may bear amongst ourselves, math is a universal language. As someone who is interested in having a career in the field of STEM, I hope that many more people will continue to see its benefits and applications. The principles of mathematics have shaped my understanding of the world because I am constantly looking for more innovative ways to apply them to my daily life. Now as I do ordinary tasks, I am able to truly enjoy and marvel at the process because I am aware that it involves many aspects of mathematics. Just as it has helped us in 2,500 years since it has been fully discovered, math will continue to create more life-changing innovations and opportunities. And as long as we have the right amount of commitment and appreciation for it, we too have the ability to use math in solving some of the world's biggest problems.
    Affordable College Prep's First Time Winners Scholarship
    Over the course of about one year, I have applied for over 72 scholarships and written over 33 scholarship essays. Although the process is very tedious and requires a strenuous amount of time and effort, there hasn't been a single moment where I've felt like giving up. Applying for scholarships and being dedicated to the process is something that I am willing to do a million times over if it means that I am able to learn and get a good education. Neither of my parents are able to work due to their disabilities and can't afford my college tuition on their own. My mother is a four-time cancer survivor and my father is a victim of careless medical malpractice at the hands of doctors who were meant to help him recover from his numerous back surgeries. Even though my parents had to sacrifice a majority of their lives fighting illnesses and disabilities, they have always pushed me to dream big. My career aspiration for the future is to become a psychiatrist. This is a decision that has been influenced by a lot of things, including my love of talking to people and helping them get over personal obstacles. You never know what a person’s been through or why they act the way they do until you take the time to ask questions about their past. I think becoming a psychiatrist and being able to help people overcome their adversities is a very rewarding job to pursue because it offers hope to many. I will be able to help a lot of grieving and misunderstood people, as well as study the effects of mental illnesses in everyday life in order to find ways to overcome them. One thing that applying for so many scholarships has taught me is that my life is in my hands. I know that I have the power to either destroy it or create a beautiful legacy that lives on longer than I do. I chose the second option because I know what I’m capable of, I know my limitations, and I know my flaws and ambitions. Yet I do not accept them as a self-fulfilling prophecy. Instead, I see them as safeguards and pointers toward a successful future. I am motivated to continue my scholarship application journey until I see results because I know that every success story begins with a person's decision to triumph in the face of adversity. These scholarships truly mean a lot to me and my family and I sincerely wish that I am given a chance to go to a good college and make a difference in the world. I’m not going to be that poor kid who builds her life on a foundation of broken dreams and unfulfilled aspirations. I want to be successful in life and will continue to work hard to achieve my dreams.
    Robert F. Lawson Fund for Careers that Care
    My name is Abbie Mathew and I've spent the last 17 years of my life growing up in a very financially and physically unstable household. My mom was diagnosed with cancer around the very same time that she was pregnant with me. Unable to continue work due to her long recovery periods, heavy medications, and chemo treatments, my mother was forced to quit her job as an OR technician. Little did she know that this predicament would become a reoccurring nightmare. Even though she recovered from her initial bout of cancer, throughout the course of about 13 years, my mother has been diagnosed with four different types of cancers. Each time, my family and I have had to go through the same troubling emotions and routine as we try providing her with the best possible care. Yet despite the difficult circumstances, there hasn't been a single moment where I've lost hope or given up. My mother is a continuous reminder of how fragile life is and how much it should be appreciated. Even in the darkest of situations, the fact that we have breath in our lungs is a blessing. It is a chance to overcome adversity and look to the future as an opportunity to be successful. Now that I have enough experience and perspective, I can truly enjoy my life for what it is. It may not be the most exciting or extravagant one out there, but it's filled with people that I love and appreciate. I know that no matter how difficult my life may get, I will always have their support. Knowing how blessed I am and how many opportunities I have ahead of me has helped me stay resilient even during the toughest battles. One goal I have for my future is to create a lasting impact on the world by advocating the importance of acceptance and unity. The unfortunate reality is that the world we live in today is very segregated in terms of our beliefs and standards. In our society, pretty much everyone has freedom of speech and is entitled to their own beliefs. This may seem like a huge blessing at times, but more often than not, these contradictory opinions lead to an endless barrage of arguments that stem from an "us versus them" mindset. At some point in our history as the United States of America, we have stripped ourselves bare of the morals we once held close. Now it's a perpetual debate of who's right and who's wrong as we distance ourselves from the people who don't look, think, or act as we do. We are a people divided amongst ourselves, an issue validated time and time again this year. I believe the three fundamental flaws of our society are our ineptitude to see from a different perspective, the inability to sympathize with people who don't share our beliefs, and the disregard for those less fortunate than ourselves. The only way to overcome these conflicts and reconstruct the fragmented parts of society is to let go of our preconceptions and not judge someone at face value. I believe that people are more than the mistakes they make or the things that have happened to them. They are intricate individuals who are entitled to a chance at life, void of the labels cast upon them. I hope that in the future, I am able to advocate these beliefs and promote unity within our world. I want to live my life as an example of the importance of acceptance and create organizations for people who are constantly marginalized within our society.
    Elevate Mental Health Awareness Scholarship
    Some of the greatest life lessons are learned through the greatest failures. It is a concept that I have experienced in my own life. As I began my journey as a freshman, the harsh transition from middle school to the alien world of high school left me with some challenging decisions to make. Suddenly my academics took the backseat and went overlooked as I tried pursuing my coveted spot on the ruthless social food chain. Notes went unwritten, test dates went unnoticed, and my social life and friend circles took center stage. Throughout the school year, my struggles with social anxiety and self-esteem issues skyrocketed. And sure enough, by the end of the year, my grades were the lowest they had been in a long time. I developed years worth of insecurities, self-image issues, and an incessant need to please everyone around me. I craved attention and approval and I would’ve done just about anything to get it. That internal desire for acceptance set me up for years of rejection and hate, most of it coming from myself. My lack of focus and prioritization cost me more than I bargained for, but it taught me plenty about the importance of perseverance. With careful reflection, I begin to realize that behind every adversity is a lesson waiting to be learned. I understand that I will never be perfect no matter how much I strive to be. But I know what I’m capable of achieving in my future. I do not accept my circumstances as a self-fulfilling prophecy. Instead, I see them as pointers toward a successful future. Utilizing these lessons has impacted my life by providing me with valuable insight and guidance for decisions I must make later in the future. One goal I have for my future is to create a lasting impact on the world by advocating the importance of acceptance and unity. The unfortunate reality is that the world we live in today is very segregated in terms of our beliefs and standards. In our society, pretty much everyone has freedom of speech and is entitled to their own beliefs. This may seem like a huge blessing at times, but more often than not, these contradictory opinions lead to an endless barrage of arguments that stem from an "us versus them" mindset. At some point in our history as the United States of America, we have stripped ourselves bare of the morals we once held close. Now it's a perpetual debate of who's right and who's wrong as we distance ourselves from the people who don't look, think, or act as we do. We are a people divided amongst ourselves, an issue validated time and time again this year. I believe the three fundamental flaws of our society are our ineptitude to see from a different perspective, the inability to sympathize with people who don't share our beliefs, and the disregard for those less fortunate than ourselves. The only way to overcome these conflicts and reconstruct the fragmented parts of our society is to let go of our preconceptions and not judge someone at face value. I believe that people are more than the mistakes they make or the things that have happened to them. They are intricate individuals who are entitled to a chance at life, void of the labels cast upon them. I hope that in the future, I am able to advocate these beliefs and promote unity within our world. I want to live my life as an example of the importance of acceptance and create organizations for people who are constantly marginalized within our society. I’m not going to be that poor kid who builds her life on a foundation of broken dreams and unfulfilled aspirations. I want to be successful in life. I want to pick a career that I enjoy, not just for the sake of pleasing the people around me. I want to be the owner of worn-out suitcases, passports, and exaggerated adventure stories to share at the dinner table. I want to live in New York City and curse the traffic and noisy neighbors even though moving there was my choice in the first place. I want to have the freedom to make mistakes and be proud of them because they’re mine, not just ones others make for me. Overall, my experiences and struggles with mental health and acceptance have made me who I am today. Although my present self may not be the most flawless and charming thing, it's genuine and influenced by experiences that I will always carry with me. I understand that the world has its own ways of defining beauty and acceptance, but I hope my experiences will go on to make the world a better place for other people out there just like me.
    Roger Boston Scholarship
    One of the world's greatest mysteries lies beyond the Earth's atmosphere and dwells in outer space. Understanding what these mysteries are and coming to terms with the great reality of our universe is a vital part of improving humanity. I believe that it is very important to understand the nature of our universe and the forces that rule it because it will allow us to have a greater comprehension of our life on Earth. Space exploration has allowed us to substantiate scientific claims and theories. For example, observing the solar system has enlightened us on many scientific rules and abstracts such as the laws of gravity, the underlying structures of the earth, evolution, and much more. Having greater knowledge of what lies beyond our planet will further technology and allow for advancements in the human race. My goal for the future is to be a part of a mission that strives to discover the nature of the universe. Once I am in college, I plan on majoring in astronomy alongside physics and chemistry. Although I intend on entering the medical field to pursue a career in psychiatry, I have a great love for all things space and astrophysics. One of the fundamental reasons I have been drawn to psychiatry in the first place is because I love trying to uncover the nature of things, whether it be the human mind or the universe. I hope to be able to do my part in understanding the nature of the universe by supporting the works of NASA and various space exploration programs. I think these organizations are a very vital part of our space exploration journey. Through their discoveries and advanced technologies, we will be able to garner more information on how the universe operates. Another concept I hope to employ in my quest to better understand the nature of the universe is by founding my own program that combines medicine with astrophysics. The truth is that space exploration has led to numerous medical discoveries. From improved scanning devices similar to the ones used in outer space to research on ailments such as cardiovascular disorders, and osteoporosis, our knowledge of the universe has helped advance medicine in many ways. I believe that with further research, we will be able to improve the medical field by inventing new procedures and appliances that are influenced by our study of the universe. I hope to one day be educated enough to lead groups of people to help create such organizations. I believe that understanding more about the nature of our universe and our planet itself will greatly benefit humanity. We will be able to make more devices and create more technology to help advance the health care field. We will be able to use the knowledge gained from our study of the universe to propel technological advancements in other areas too such as infrastructure, agriculture, and engineering. The presence of current programs that strive to study the universe such as NASA and SpaceX have already contributed to such advancements. Accordingly, based on current advancements, the future has many great things in store for humanity. It is only sensible to continue our study of the nature of the universe as it is guaranteed to open doorways to more scientific and practical applications. This scholarship opportunity is a way for me to achieve my dreams of uncovering more of the universe's mysteries and applying them in ways to further medicine. I truly hope that I am considered a valuable candidate for this scholarship and hope that my goals will be supported by more people like you. Thanks.
    Sean Carroll's Mindscape Big Picture Scholarship
    One of the world's greatest mysteries lies beyond the Earth's atmosphere and dwells in outer space. Understanding what these mysteries are and coming to terms with the great reality of our universe is a vital part of improving humanity. I believe that it is very important to understand the nature of our universe and the forces that rule it because it will allow us to have a greater comprehension of our life on Earth. Space exploration has allowed us to substantiate scientific claims and theories. For example, observing the solar system has enlightened us on many scientific rules and abstracts such as the laws of gravity, the underlying structures of the earth, evolution, and much more. Having greater knowledge of what lies beyond our planet will further technology and allow for advancements in the human race. My goal for the future is to be a part of a mission that strives to discover the nature of the universe. Once I am in college, I plan on majoring in physics alongside biology and chemistry. Although I intend on entering the medical field to pursue a career in psychiatry, I have a great love for all things astronomy and astrophysics. One of the fundamental reasons I have been drawn to psychiatry in the first place is because I love trying to uncover the nature of things, whether it be the human mind or the universe. I hope to be able to do my part in understanding the nature of the universe by supporting the works of NASA and various space exploration programs. I think these organizations are a very vital part of our space exploration journey. Through their discoveries and advanced technologies, we will be able to garner more information on how the universe operates. Another concept I hope to employ in my quest to better understand the nature of the universe is by founding my own program that combines medicine with astrophysics. The truth is that space exploration has led to numerous medical discoveries. From improved scanning devices similar to the ones used in outer space to research on ailments such as cardiovascular disorders, Type 2 diabetes, and osteoporosis, our knowledge of the universe has helped advance medicine in many ways. I believe that with further research, we will be able to improve the medical field by inventing new procedures and appliances that are influenced by our study of the universe. I hope to one day be educated enough to lead groups of people to help create such organizations. I truly believe that understanding more about the nature of our universe and our planet itself will greatly benefit humanity. We will be able to make more devices and create more technology to help advance the health care field. We will be able to use the knowledge gained from our study of the universe to propel technological advancements in other areas too such as infrastructure, agriculture, and engineering. The presence of current programs that strive to study the universe such as NASA and SpaceX have already contributed to such advancements. Accordingly, based on current projections and advancements, the future has many great things in store for the human race. It is only sensible to continue our study of the nature of the universe as it is guaranteed to open doorways to more scientific and practical applications.
    Bold Art Matters Scholarship
    It is often said that a picture is worth a thousand words. This familiar adage is beautifully depicted by my favorite piece of art titled “One Spring”, created by Karl Robert Bodek and Kurt Conrad Löw. This work of art was created during one of the most turbulent times in history; the holocaust. Bodek's and Löw's painting shows a vibrant yellow butterfly resting on top of black barbed wire, unrestrained and free to fly wherever it desired, while the two artists were confined to the dark barracks of the camp depicted at the bottom of the painting. The symbolism of this piece of art is truly amazing. It's a reflection on how the affairs of man are irrelevant compared to the beauty of nature, and how, even when if we're physically caged, nothing can hamper our spirit. This work of art is very special to me because it motivates me to keep looking forward. No matter how stifling life may get, there will always be an opportunity to flutter away like a butterfly, completely free and unrestrained by the standards of the world. I hope that this work of art will receive more recognition in the coming years and am truly grateful for the enlightenment it has bestowed on me. I' 'm very passionate about art and hope that one day, I will be given the opportunity to speak to others through my art just as the piece One Spring spoke to me.
    Sloane Stephens Doc & Glo Scholarship
    One quality I value most about myself is my ability to stay resilient even in the face of tribulation. I've spent the last 17 years of my life growing up in a very financially and physically unstable household. My mom was diagnosed with cancer around the very same time that she was pregnant with me. And in order to fight cancer, she was put into a rigorous treatment program and had to undergo a number of surgeries. Unable to continue work due to her long recovery periods, heavy medications, and chemo treatments, my mother was forced to quit her job as an OR technician. Little did she know that this predicament would become a reoccurring nightmare. Even though she recovered from her initial bout of cancer, throughout the course of about 13 years, my mother has been diagnosed with four different types of cancers. Each time, my family and I have had to go through the same troubling emotions and routine as we try proving her with the best possible care. Yet despite the difficult circumstances, there hasn't been a single moment where I've lost hope or given up. Through every diagnosis, my family and I have managed to stay composed and get my mother proper treatments. Although my mother's illness has taken a huge toll on our family both emotionally and financially, we've been able to stay strong. Staying resilient in the midst of trials has sort of become our family trademark, to say the least. One thing I've come to realize through all my experiences is that the only way to handle adversity is by facing it head-on and staying resilient. Instead of worrying about the small details in life, I've learned to embrace every moment I have on this earth with the people I love. I believe that having been through so many difficult experiences and emotions in life has prepared me to become a successful individual. I know that no matter what problems life may throw my way, I have the resiliency and tenacity to keep fighting till the very end. My mother is a continuous reminder of how fragile life is and how much it should be appreciated. Even in the darkest of situations, the fact that we have breath in our lungs is a blessing. It is a chance to overcome adversity and look to the future as an opportunity to be successful. Now that I have enough experience and perspective, I can truly enjoy my life for what it is. It may not be the most exciting or extravagant one out there, but it's filled with people that I love and appreciate. I know that no matter how difficult my life may get, I will always have their support. Knowing how blessed I am and how many opportunities I have ahead of me has helped me stay resilient even during the toughest battles. Overall, I'm very grateful for the life that God has given me. I'm glad that I've manged to forge a resilient personality through my experiences and hope that my story will be an inspiration to others.
    Show your Mettle - Women in STEM Scholarship
    I want to be in the STEM field because I want to make innovations that help humanity. However, the harsh reality is that more often than not, many women are overlooked and underrepresented within the STEM industries. They are often misjudged or underestimated even before they even get a chance to show people what they are capable of. As a young woman in an underrepresented minority, I understand the difficulty of trying to create a legacy in a male-dominated society. The first time I experienced this phenomenon firsthand was in the 7th grade when I signed up for a principles of engineering course. Walking into class on the first day of school, I was surprised to find out that out of the 100 something kids who had signed up for the class, less than 10% of them identified as female. I found myself stuck day in and day out with a bunch of guys who neither cared nor realized how much of an advantage their gender bestowed upon them. I never once doubted my engineering skills and my grades in that class were a reflection of my aptitude. Yet being in a mostly male setting, I felt as if I had to work twice as hard just to be taken seriously. There were days when I felt very discouraged and misunderstood. It felt as if no one really understood or appreciated the effort I put in to be a part of the group. Despite the hardships, I was determined to prove myself and create a reputation that no one could discredit. That year I went on to join our school's robotics team. Once again I found myself as one of the few girls in a mostly male-dominated group. After a few raw conversations about what our goals as a team were, we were all able to put aside our differences and show off our skills without limiting one another based on circumstantial factors. At the end of the year, we submitted our project to enter the Eco-fair, a huge robotics competition that many schools across our district competed in. In the end, although we didn't win first prize, we did get voted as the most cooperative group by the judges. I knew from then on out, that my skills and my resolve to be successful should speak for themselves. Just because I am a woman doesn't mean that I can't work with groups of men or shouldn't be given the same opportunities as them. I know what I am capable of and have the tenacity to achieve my goals. I am always taking up space and proving that nobody has the right to count me out due to my gender. In the future, I plan to enter into a male-dominated field. But I am not daunted by the future I have ahead of me. Instead, I am ready to take it on and advocate my beliefs for greater representation for women in the field of STEM. I want to be able to make STEM-related careers more acceptable and attuned to women. I want to create foundations that will support girls who dream big and enable them with the skills they need to pursue a STEM career. We have so much to offer the world and I think that taking up space and being proud of our skills is the first step into achieving complete equality within the workforce.
    Future Leaders in Technology Scholarship - High School Award
    One area of interest I have is in the field of psychology. Now you may be wondering how psychology and tech tie into each other, but the answer is that they are a lot more connected than you might think. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, more than 40 million Americans are fighting anxiety and various forms of mental illnesses. Psychiatrists are now using a wide new range of technologies to reach new patients who are in need. They are becoming a very common presence in the tech industry and have the capabilities to help a lot of people. New apps and developed software have allowed psychiatrists to reach a newer generation of patients and have made help available to just about anyone. A Psychiatrist is a professional who focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders. I think becoming a psychiatrist and helping people overcome their adversities is a very rewarding job to pursue because it offers hope to many people who would otherwise be very lost. I will be able to help a lot of grieving and misunderstood people, as well as study the effects of mental illnesses in everyday life in order to find ways to overcome them. Yet despite the hopeful promises that psychiatry has to offer, it has certain limitations that can lessen the impact of treatment. For example, issues such as burnout among psychiatrists, inequality in treatment, and a lack of progress in juvenile mental health are all very hindering to the overall effectiveness of psychiatric care. Burnout among those in the mental health industry means that there are fewer available psychiatrists to fulfill the demand of patients seeking care. This deteriorates both the psychiatrist’s morale as well as the career field itself. Inequality in treatment availability is also a concerning factor among issues that are present in psychiatric care. Another issue among psychiatrists is that they often do not deal with children who suffer from mental illnesses, which leads to an epidemic of suffering kids with no hope for treatment. All these factors impede the quality and availability of treatments for patients with mental illnesses. And they can also be solved through new technological advances. As the world is becoming more and more digital every day, developing online apps and websites that offer psychiatric help will be a huge resource for many people. Treatment options will be more available, research and data gathering will be made easier, and people will receive quality care from the comfort of their own homes. Using technology to address issues related to psychiatric care will help lessen the gap between patients and psychiatrists and can reach more people on a broader scale. When the tech industry merges with the field of psychiatry, the potential benefits are overwhelming and incredible. The job of a psychiatrist is one of great importance and every effort must be made to ensure that problems within the field are recognized and changed. Addressing these issues will guarantee that patients are taken care of properly and given quality care. By combining technology with psychiatric care, I believe the world will be a much better place. My ideas for the future are very dynamic and huge. I hope that one day, I will be able to combine my love for technology with proper medical credibility and help millions of people out there. But the path to that journey is not an easy one. Becoming a psychiatrist is a highly demanding job that requires a lot of devotion, endurance, and time in school. In order to become a psychiatrist, one must earn a bachelor's degree, complete four years of medical school, and then finish with a four-year residency program. During the first four years, many students who are aspiring psychiatrists will major in a science-centered field, such as biology or chemistry. Once they graduate and pass their MCAT exam, which is a requirement for anyone who wants to enter medical school, the next step is to complete a four-year residency. In addition to a medical degree, I want to minor in software development so that I can create my own apps and websites. This is a process that will cost a lot of money and effort. I am determined to see my plan through but I need financial help to get me through this process. Applying for scholarships and being dedicated to the process is something that I am willing to do a million times over if it means that I am able to learn and get a good education. I refuse to be a hopeless kid who builds her life on a foundation of broken dreams and unfulfilled aspirations. I want to be successful in life. I hope that the people at Bold.org and the amazing sponsors who create scholarship opportunities will be able to help me along my journey. Neither of my parents is able to work due to their disabilities and can't afford my college tuition on their own. These scholarships truly mean a lot to us and I sincerely wish that I am given a chance to go to a good college and make a difference in the world.
    BJB Scholarship
    To me, the community is a place where people can share ideas and create an atmosphere of acceptance and growth. I think being able to belong to a group is a great privilege. But giving back to the community that raised you, is an even nobler deed. I love volunteering at my school because it's one of my favorite places to be. I have learned so much from just being in school and am always looking for ways to pay it forward. I want other students to have the same help that I received through the course of my education. Some ways I give back to my community are by volunteering. Last week, I volunteered to help complete physicals for all the students in our local area. I was put in charge of taking blood pressure and had to be at school from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. I really enjoyed the process and was glad that I could give back to the organization that had inspired me to enter the medical field in the first place. Other ways I have given back to my community have been through tutoring. I am a member of my school's National English Honor Society. We have programs where we help kids in English. Whether it be for essays or general help, we make sure that make ourselves approachable to anyone who needs help. I have always felt supported by my school community and hope to give others the same opportunities that I received. My career aspiration for the future is to become a psychiatrist. This is a decision that has been influenced by a lot of things, including my love of talking to people and helping them get over personal obstacles. You never know what a person’s been through or why they act the way they do until you take the time to ask questions about their past. I think becoming a psychiatrist and being able to help people overcome their adversities is a very rewarding job to pursue because it offers hope to many people who would, otherwise, be very lost. I will be able to help a lot of grieving people, as well as study the effects of mental illnesses in everyday life in order to find ways to overcome them. However, I don't just want to succeed career-wise or financially, but emotionally as well. I know that the future has a lot in store for me, but I want to live a life that’s worth all the pain and mistakes that I’ll make along the way. My life is in my hands, and I know that I have the power to either destroy it or create a beautiful legacy that lives on longer than I do. I chose the second option because I know what I’m capable of. I am motivated to keep trying harder every day until I see results because I know that every success story begins with a person's decision to triumph in the face of adversity.
    Lo Easton's “Wrong Answers Only” Scholarship
    I deserve a scholarship because I'm destined for greatness. I mean it's not a huge secret or anything; when people see me walking around on the streets, they can literally see an aura of success radiating off my perfectly tanned shoulders. It's only sensible that people would want to ride the coattails of someone as phenomenal as me. You'll have the honor of saying you've helped me along my journey. Some people say they want to become doctors for the reputation that comes with it or the sense of accomplishment they feel when being labeled a hero. I say that that's a load of bull. I'm in it for the money. It's as simple as that. As long as I have a job that'll cover my weekly manicures and trips to Honolulu, I'll risk it all to become a doctor. Honestly, the only obstacle I've had to overcome is people. You know, like the really annoying ones who insist that you have to play by the rules? I mean c'mon what century do we live in? I'd rather be my own boss. After all, I'm destined for a life swaddled in silk and never-ending adoration from the people around me. I don't have time to play by the rules.
    Bold Loving Others Scholarship
    To me, being able to love and accept the people around us should be the most important thing in our life. In our society, pretty much everyone has freedom of speech and is entitled to their own beliefs. This may seem like a huge blessing at times, but more often than not, these contradictory opinions lead to an endless barrage of arguments that stem from an "us versus them" mindset. Now it's a perpetual debate of who's right and who's wrong as we distance ourselves from the people who don't look, think, or act as we do. We are a people divided amongst ourselves, an issue validated time and time again this year. I believe the three fundamental flaws of our society are our ineptitude to see from a different perspective, the inability to sympathize with people who don't share our beliefs, and the disregard for those less fortunate than ourselves. The only way to overcome these conflicts and spread joy is to let go of our preconceptions and not judge someone at face value. I believe that people are more than the mistakes they make or the things that have happened to them. They are intricate individuals who are entitled to a chance at life, void of the labels cast upon them. I always try to spread joy to the people around me by being very accepting and open with my actions. I love being able to talk to people and get to understand them on a personal level. I am always ready to be a helping hand or listening ear in the midst of trouble. I get a lot of joy from the people around me and always strive to be the kind of person who other people can learn from.
    Snap Finance Young Women for STEM Scholarship
    The harsh reality is that more often than not, many women are overlooked and underrepresented within the STEM industries. They are often misjudged or underestimated even before they even get a chance to show people what they are capable of. As a young woman in an underrepresented minority, I understand the difficulty of trying to create a legacy in a male-dominated society. The first time I experienced this phenomenon firsthand was in the 7th grade when I signed up for a principles of engineering course. Walking into class on the first day of school, I was surprised to find out that out of the 100 something kids who had signed up for the class, less than 10% of them identified as female. I found myself stuck day in and day out with a bunch of guys who neither cared nor realized how much of an advantage their gender bestowed upon them. I never once doubted my engineering skills and my grades in that class were a reflection of my aptitude. Yet being in a mostly male setting, I felt as if I had to work twice as hard just to be taken seriously. There were days when I felt very discouraged and misunderstood. It felt as if no one really understood or appreciated the effort I put in to be a part of the group. Despite the hardships, I was determined to prove myself and create a reputation that no one could discredit. That year I went on to join our school's robotics team. Once again I found myself as one of the few girls in a mostly male-dominated group. After a few raw conversations about what our goals as a team were, we were all able to put aside our differences and show off our skills without limiting one another based on circumstantial factors. At the end of the year, we submitted our project to enter the Eco-fair, a huge robotics competition that many schools across our district competed in. In the end, although we didn't win first prize, we did get voted as the most cooperative group by the judges. I knew from then on out, that my skills and my resolve to be successful should speak for themselves. Just because I am a woman doesn't mean that I can't work with groups of men or shouldn't be given the same opportunities as them. I know what I am capable of and have the tenacity to achieve my goals. I am always taking up space and proving that nobody has the right to count me out due to my gender. In the future, I plan to enter into a male-dominated field. But I am not daunted by the future I have ahead of me. Instead, I am ready to take it on and advocate my beliefs for greater representation for women in the field of STEM. I want to be able to make STEM-related careers more acceptable and attuned to women. I want to create foundations that will support girls who dream big and enable them with the skills they need to pursue a STEM career. We have so much to offer the world and I think that taking up space and being proud of our skills is the first step into achieving complete equality within the workforce.
    Shawn’s Mental Health Resources Scholarship
    Ever since I can remember, I have dealt with the crippling effects of anxiety. I hate the intrusive thoughts and incessant worrying that often stems from the simplest of scenarios. What begins as a simple thought soon manifests itself into stress and sleepless nights. Yet despite the difficulties, I have found that finding ways to cope with anxiety is a very important step to take when trying to maintain a healthy mentality. Some tips I use to clear my mind are talking to people I trust, spending more time outdoors, pursuing new hobbies, and channeling my anxiety into something that is productive. These coping methods are very helpful and have the ability to change your life just as they did mine. I know it may sound cliche and overstated, but change begins with YOU. Coming to terms with these realizations helps motivate us to move on and find ways to overcome our stresses. To some, talking to others about their issues may make them feel slightly vulnerable or uncomfortable but it is extremely important. Sometimes when dealing with our own problems we tend to overlook the simplest of solutions due to stress. Consulting other people and allowing them to give you advice is a great way of achieving a new perspective on your problems. Not only is it an insightful experience, but it also creates bonds and forms relationships that you know you can count on. Spending more time outdoors is also a great technique to use when trying to deal with stress. I believe that it's the little things in life that make the world a beautiful place. Sometimes people are too caught up in the negative that they forget to appreciate the fact that they are alive and breathing. Spending time outside and experiencing the joys of nature is a great way to alleviate stress and appreciate the fragility of life. Pursuing new hobbies and expanding your knowledge is a great way to calm your mind down. It can keep you engaged for long periods of time and give you a new set of skills. Taking the time to learn new things and ideas also gives you a new perspective. When you gain more knowledge about stuff, whether it be big or small, it can greatly affect the way you think and act. New hobbies and passions can lead to some great personal reflections and insights. Another way to relieve stress and calm your mind is by channeling all your energy into doing something productive and helpful. It's safe to say that sometimes, there are certain problems that can't be brushed off. But rather than stressing over these imminent issues, finding ways to be productive can greatly affect your mental state. For example, if you know you have a 6-page essay due in 2 days, instead of stressing about the actual process of writing it and how much it can affect your average, begin creating a writing schedule for yourself. Take some time within the span of 2 days to write at least a page or two. These small and decisive steps are very helpful and ultimately work to your advantage. These tips and techniques have been a great help for me over the years. It's allowed me to stay calm in the midst of adversity and gain insight into myself and the world around me. Discussing these kinds of methods and destroying the stigma around mental health is very important. I appreciate having conversations like this and hope that these tips can help other people maintain a healthy mindset.
    Bold Joy Scholarship
    To me, joy is being able to live in harmony with the people around us and experience the ecstasy of life together. In our society, pretty much everyone has freedom of speech and is entitled to their own beliefs. This may seem like a huge blessing at times, but more often than not, these contradictory opinions lead to an endless barrage of arguments that stem from an "us versus them" mindset. Now it's a perpetual debate of who's right and who's wrong as we distance ourselves from the people who don't look, think, or act as we do. We are a people divided amongst ourselves, an issue validated time and time again this year. I believe the three fundamental flaws of our society are our ineptitude to see from a different perspective, the inability to sympathize with people who don't share our beliefs, and the disregard for those less fortunate than ourselves. The only way to overcome these conflicts and spread joy is to let go of our preconceptions and not judge someone at face value. I believe that people are more than the mistakes they make or the things that have happened to them. They are intricate individuals who are entitled to a chance at life, void of the labels cast upon them. I always try to spread joy to the people around me by being very accepting and open with my actions. I love being able to talk to people and get to understand them on a personal level. I am always ready to be a helping hand or listening ear in the midst of trouble. I get a lot of joy from the people around me and always strive to be the kind of person who other people can learn from.
    Taking Up Space Scholarship
    I think taking up space means being proud of your skill despite the difficult circumstances that may stand in your way. The harsh reality is that more often than not, many women are overlooked and underrepresented within the workforce. They are often misjudged or underestimated even before they even get a chance to show people what they are capable of. I think taking up space and being bold about our beliefs as women is a very important step to take when fighting for equal rights within the workforce. As a young woman in an underrepresented minority, I understand the difficulty of trying to create a legacy in a male-dominated society. The first time I experienced this phenomenon firsthand was in the 7th grade when I signed up for a principles of engineering course. Walking into class on the first day of school, I was surprised to find out that out of the 100 something kids who had signed up for the class, less than 10% of them identified as female. I found myself stuck day in and day out with a bunch of guys who neither cared nor realized how much of an advantage their gender bestowed upon them. I never once doubted my engineering skills and my grades in that class were a reflection of my aptitude. Yet being in a mostly male setting, I felt as if I had to work twice as hard just to be taken seriously. There were days when I felt very discouraged and misunderstood. It felt as if no one really understood or appreciated the effort I put in to be a part of the group. Despite the hardships, I was determined to prove myself and create a reputation that no one could discredit. That year I went on to join our school's robotics team. Once again I found myself as one of the few girls in a mostly male-dominated group. After a few raw conversations about what our goals as a team were, we were all able to put aside our differences and show off our skills without limiting one another based on circumstantial factors. At the end of the year, we submitted our project to enter the Eco-fair, a huge robotics competition that many schools across our district competed in. In the end, although we didn't win first prize, we did get voted as the most cooperative group by the judges. I knew from then on out, that my skills and my resolve to be successful should speak for themselves. Just because I am a woman doesn't mean that I can't work with groups of men or shouldn't be given the same opportunities as them. I know what I am capable of and have the tenacity to achieve my goals. I am always taking up space and proving that nobody has the right to count me out due to my gender. In the future, I plan to enter into a male-dominated field. But I am not daunted by the future I have ahead of me. Instead, I am ready to take it on and advocate my beliefs for greater representation for women in the field of STEM. I want to be able to make STEM-related careers more acceptable and attuned to women. We have so much to offer the world and I think that taking up space and being proud of our skills is the first step into achieving complete equality within the workforce.
    Bold Optimist Scholarship
    I come from a household that has spent nearly the last 8 years surviving solely on social security checks and government-funded aid. Growing up, I felt like I was an entire world apart from my peers and had difficulty understanding how they could just carelessly spend so much time and money on things I knew I could never afford. Although these emotions took some time to comprehend, I have found ways to better appreciate my circumstances in life. I am optimistic about my future and the possibilities that lay before me because I know that I have the power to choose my own destiny. My biggest inspiration and reason for optimism has been my mom. My mom is a four-time cancer survivor who has never given up, even in the face of death. She is a continuous reminder of how fragile life is and how much it should be appreciated. Even in the darkest of situations, the fact that we have breath in our lungs is a blessing. It is a chance to overcome adversity and look to the future as an opportunity to be successful. Now with enough experience and perspective, I can truly enjoy my life for what it is. It may not be the most exciting or extravagant one out there, but it's filled with people that I love and appreciate. I know that no matter how difficult my life may get, I will always have their support. Knowing how blessed I am and how many opportunities I have ahead of me has helped me stay optimistic even during the toughest battles.
    Bold Speak Your Mind Scholarship
    I believe that in the midst of adversity, the bravest thing a person can do is stay committed to their morals and beliefs while still respecting others. However, in an increasingly judgemental world, this sentiment can be very hard to maintain. Nowadays, people are stuck in a perpetual debate of who's right and who's wrong as we distance ourselves from the people who don't look, think, or act as we do. Finding that balance between defending your viewpoints and respecting others is very important to me. I can fully understand that not everyone will share my opinions and morals. My perspectives are tainted by my personal experiences and are not universal to everyone. But that being said, I will not back down and abandon my views because they do not correlate with everyone around me. I refuse to be complacent and allow others to decide what standards I should live by. Instead, I will always speak my mind and hold close to my convictions in a way that does not compromise my standards but also respects others in the process. I promise myself and those around me that I will never allow society or popular opinion to alter my beliefs. I will always be committed to speaking my mind and defending my beliefs in a respectful manner.
    Bold Make Your Mark Scholarship
    In our society, everyone has freedom of speech and is entitled to their own beliefs. However, these contradictory opinions lead to an endless barrage of arguments that stem from an "us versus them" mindset. Nowadays, it's a perpetual debate of who's right and who's wrong as we distance ourselves from the people who don't look, think, or act as we do. We are a people divided amongst ourselves, an issue that has been validated time and time again over the last couple of years. I believe the three fundamental flaws of our society are our ineptitude to see from a different perspective, the inability to sympathize with people who don't share our beliefs, and the disregard for those less fortunate than ourselves. These issues are the ones I hope to overcome and find solutions to during my time on this earth. The legacy I hope to leave in this world is one that teaches others about the importance of acceptance. I promise myself and those around me that I will never allow society or my personal opinions to lead me to prejudiced decisions. I hope that through my life and my actions, I can teach people that the only way to live happily and reconstruct the fragmented parts of society is to let go of our preconceptions and not judge others at face value. If we as a unified society can move on with this mindset, we will be able to achieve a level of solidarity that can mend the relationships that have been torn apart by years of disputes and disagreements. I hope that my life will serve as an example of how accepting the people around us for who they really are will make the world a better place.
    Andrew Perez Mental Illness/Suicidal Awareness Education Scholarship
    Some of the greatest life lessons are learned through the greatest failures. It is a concept that I have experienced in my own life. As I began my journey as a freshman, the harsh transition from middle school to the alien world of high school left me with some challenging decisions to make. Suddenly my academics took the backseat and went overlooked as I tried pursuing my coveted spot on the ruthless social food chain. Notes went unwritten, test dates went unnoticed, and my social life and friend circles took center stage. Throughout the school year, my struggles with social anxiety and self-esteem issues skyrocketed. And sure enough, by the end of the year, my grades were the lowest they had been in a long time. I developed years worth of insecurities, self-image issues, and an incessant need to please everyone around me. I craved attention and approval and I would’ve done just about anything to get it. That internal desire for acceptance set me up for years of rejection and hate, most of it coming from myself. My lack of focus and prioritization cost me more than I bargained for, but it taught me plenty about the importance of perseverance. With careful reflection, I begin to realize that behind every adversity is a lesson waiting to be learned. I understand that I will never be perfect no matter how much I strive to be. But I know what I’m capable of achieving in my future. I do not accept my circumstances as a self-fulfilling prophecy. Instead, I see them as pointers toward a successful future. Utilizing these lessons has impacted my life by providing me with valuable insight and guidance for decisions I must make later in the future. One goal I have for my future is to create a lasting impact on the world by advocating the importance of acceptance and unity. The unfortunate reality is that the world we live in today is very segregated in terms of our beliefs and standards. In our society, pretty much everyone has freedom of speech and is entitled to their own beliefs. This may seem like a huge blessing at times, but more often than not, these contradictory opinions lead to an endless barrage of arguments that stem from an "us versus them" mindset. At some point in our history as the United States of America, we have stripped ourselves bare of the morals we once held close. Now it's a perpetual debate of who's right and who's wrong as we distance ourselves from the people who don't look, think, or act as we do. We are a people divided amongst ourselves, an issue validated time and time again this year. I believe the three fundamental flaws of our society are our ineptitude to see from a different perspective, the inability to sympathize with people who don't share our beliefs, and the disregard for those less fortunate than ourselves. The only way to overcome these conflicts and reconstruct the fragmented parts of society is to let go of our preconceptions and not judge someone at face value. I believe that people are more than the mistakes they make or the things that have happened to them. They are intricate individuals who are entitled to a chance at life, void of the labels cast upon them. I hope that in the future, I am able to advocate these beliefs and promote unity within our world. I want to live my life as an example of the importance of acceptance and create organizations for people who are constantly marginalized within our society.
    Bold Great Books Scholarship
    The most inspiring novel I have read up to date is Anthem, by Ayn Rand. I believe that human beings were created to be self-governing creatures who have the capacity to embrace themselves selfishly for who they are, not whom culture demands them to be. However, in an increasingly society-driven world, the philosophy of self-sufficiency and objectivism are being eradicated quickly. Instead of fulfilling our own desires, we let ourselves be submissive to exploitation by politicians, celebrities, self-help gurus, and people in positions of extensive influence. Currently, as the keys to acceptance and belonging rely on the compliance of a person's morals and convictions, people lose the one thing that defines them and gives them purpose: their freedom to think for themselves. Ayn Rand's incredibly thought-provoking novel foreshadows the consequences of altruistic egoism and the loss of a man’s inherently selfish nature. One thing that reading this novel has taught me is that the greatest gift bestowed upon man is free will and the aptitude to think for oneself. The world is sufficient of inconsistencies and controversies, each composed to be acted upon by the beliefs and virtues of individual people. Stripping man of the freedom to decide between what is right and wrong strips away the essence of what makes us human. It takes away the fulfillment that arises with the manifestation of conscious decisions and developments. There is no comfort in adhering to the majority and obeying what others regard as righteous or unrighteous. Those are convictions that individuals must solicit for themselves through a tedious process of trial and error called experience. Anthem is an incredibly valid and beautiful portrayal of how the loss of self-sufficiency can lead to the destruction of society. There is much to be learned and applied to our everyday interactions in life
    Bold Legacy Scholarship
    In our society, everyone has freedom of speech and is entitled to their own beliefs. However, these contradictory opinions lead to an endless barrage of arguments that stem from an "us versus them" mindset. At some point in our history as the United States of America, we have stripped ourselves bare of the morals we once held close. Now it's a perpetual debate of who's right and who's wrong as we distance ourselves from the people who don't look, think, or act as we do. We are a people divided amongst ourselves, an issue validated time and time again over the last couple of years. I believe the three fundamental flaws of our society is our ineptitude to see from a different perspective, the inability to sympathize with people who don't share our beliefs, and the disregard for those less fortunate than ourselves The legacy I hope to leave in this world is one that teaches others about the importance of acceptance. I promise myself and those around me that I will never allow society or my personal opinions to lead me to prejudiced decisions. I hope that through my life and my actions, I can teach people that the only way to live happily and reconstruct the fragmented parts of society is to let go of our preconceptions and not judge others at face value. If we can move on with this mindset, we will be able to achieve a level of solidarity that can mend the relationships that have been torn apart by years of disputes and disagreements. I hope that my life will serve as an example of how accepting the people around us for who they really are will make the world a better place.
    Bold Books Scholarship
    The most inspiring novel I have read up to date is Anthem, by Ayn Rand. I believe that human beings were created to be self-governing creatures who have the capacity to embrace themselves selfishly for who they are, not whom culture demands them to be. However, in an increasingly society-driven world, the philosophy of self-sufficiency and objectivism are being eradicated quickly. Instead of fulfilling our own desires, we let ourselves be submissive to exploitation by politicians, celebrities, self-help gurus, and people in positions of extensive influence. Currently, as the keys to acceptance and belonging rely on the compliance of a person's morals and convictions, people lose the one thing that defines them and gives them purpose: their freedom to think for themselves. Ayn Rand's incredibly thought-provoking novel foreshadows the consequences of altruistic egoism and the loss of a man’s inherently selfish nature. One thing that reading this novel has taught me is that the greatest gift bestowed upon man is free will and the aptitude to think for oneself. The world is sufficient of inconsistencies and controversies, each composed to be acted upon by the beliefs and virtues of individual people. Stripping man of the freedom to decide between what is right and wrong strips away the essence of what makes us human. It takes away the fulfillment that arises with the manifestation of conscious decisions and developments. There is no comfort in adhering to the majority and obeying what others regard as righteous or unrighteous. Those are convictions that individuals must solicit for themselves through a tedious process of trial and error called experience. Anthem is an incredibly valid and beautiful portrayal of how the loss of self-sufficiency can lead to the destruction of society. There is much to be learned and applied to our everyday interactions of life.
    Learner.com Algebra Scholarship
    Many people fail to recognize the relevance of math and its applications in the world around us. They simply shrug it off as too much effort and scoff at the complex steps and calculations that it requires. Yet despite the far-ranging bad reputation that math often receives, it is actually a very important and vital part of our world. Math plays a role in just about everything we do, from cooking in our kitchens to constructing huge buildings and towers all across our country. Math is important because, without it, our world and the concepts that surround it would be incomprehensible. Understanding and applying the basics and fundamentals of math is what drives innovation and new technology. I personally find math to be a very intriguing and necessary subject. It is filled with complexities and intricate formulas that make up a huge part of our lives. Every problem has an answer and can be worked out in a rational and specific way. Even the most abstract concepts can be reasonably interpreted or represented in a variety of ways, including imaginary numbers and variables. My favorite form of math so far has been algebra. I love how every equation, no matter how complex, follows the same basic steps. It is also an incredibly relevant portion of math too. I have been able to use the things I have learned in algebra to conduct and calculate many things such as taxes and the price of groceries. Although these may not seem like the most innovative ways to apply such concepts, they are still very useful. Being aware of the way math affects us on a daily basis would make us appreciate it a lot more. For instance, the usage of phones, among the many other forms of technology that we all cherish, would not be possible without math. Algebra is what is used in computer programming to develop algorithms and various forms of software. When put in perspective, the importance of math is clearly evident. Without it, none of us would be able to enjoy the everyday commodities that we often take for granted. It is important to learn the uses and relevance of math in the world around us today. I find math as such a fascinating subject because it offers us so many possibilities. Every math problem has an answer that is something far greater than the equation itself. Its applications are virtually endless and can go on to impact the lives of millions of people around the world. Despite all the differences we may bear amongst ourselves, math is a universal language. As someone who is interested in having a career in the field of STEM, I hope that many more people will continue to see its benefits and applications. Just as it has helped us in 2,500 years since it has been fully discovered, math will continue to create more life-changing innovations and opportunities. And as long as we have the right amount of commitment and appreciation, we too have the ability to use math in solving some of the world's biggest problems.