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Colby Jelliff


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I wish to become a pediatrician. Working with children and families to help give accurate care and social-emotional needs in a safe and welcoming environment. I would like to provide the care that me and my mom received wen I was struggling with health issues all those years back.


Bemidji State University

Bachelor's degree program
2022 - 2026
  • Majors:
    • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
  • GPA:

East Grand Forks Senior High

High School
2018 - 2022
  • GPA:


  • Desired degree level:

    Bachelor's degree program

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Human Biology
    • Medicine
  • Planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Hospital & Health Care

    • Dream career goals:


    • Residential Assistant (RA)

      Bemidji State housing and Residential Life
      2023 – Present1 year
    • Digital Marketing Promotor

      Hobson Memorial Union
      2022 – 20242 years
    • Lifeguard

      East Grand Forks Swimming pool
      2020 – Present4 years



    2021 – Present3 years

    Figure Skating

    2008 – 201810 years

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      Dental Office — Helper
      2023 – 2023
    • Public Service (Politics)

      Campus Activities board — Researcher
      2022 – Present
    • Volunteering

      EGF school District — Aid
      2018 – 2023

    Future Interests





    Disney Channel Rewind Scholarship
    During this special episode, the characters from "Hannah Montana" and "Wizards of Waverly Place" find themselves in a whirlwind of magical adventures and chaos. It all begins when Alex Russo, the pranker wizard-in-training, accidentally stumbles upon Hannah Montana's well-guarded secret identity while nonchalantly looking through her spellbook in her family’s lair. Intrigued by the notion of another celebrity leading a double life, Alex's curiosity gets the best of her, prompting her to create a spell to transport herself into Hannah's world, hoping to uncover more about this mysterious double life. during the same time, in the glamorous yet hectic world of Hannah Montana, Miley Stewart grapples with the ever-growing pressure of maintaining her superstar persona while striving to preserve some semblance of a normal teenage life. Caught in a whirlwind of rehearsals, public appearances, and paparazzi frenzy, Miley yearns for a moment of respite from the constant scrutiny of the media spotlight. As fate would have it, Alex's impromptu visit to Hannah's world leads to an unexpected encounter between the two girls, setting the stage for a series of adventures and misadventures. However, their plans for a leisurely exploration of each other's worlds take a drastic turn when a crazy spell, intended as a harmless prank, spirals out of control, causing chaos to ensue in both the wizarding and celebrity realms. In the midst of the ensuing pandemonium, spells malfunction, leading to bizarre occurrences such as objects levitating inexplicably and unsuspecting individuals breaking into spontaneous song and dance routines. With the help of their loyal friends and allies, including Alex's dependable brother Justin and Miley's spirited confidante Lilly, the group embarks on a whirlwind quest to fix the havoc wreaked by the rogue spell, all while navigating the complexities of their respective worlds and uncovering unexpected truths about themselves along the way. Throughout their exhilarating journey, Alex and Miley learn valuable lessons about the importance of friendship, cooperation, and staying true to oneself in the face of adversity. As they work tirelessly to restore order and harmony to their chaotic worlds, they forge an unbreakable bond forged by shared experiences and mutual understanding. Ultimately, as the dust settles and the chaos subsides, Alex and Miley bid each other a bittersweet farewell, promising to stay in touch despite the geographical and dimensional barriers that separate them. As they part ways, each carrying with them cherished memories of their extraordinary adventure, they are filled with a sense of peace and fulfillment, knowing that true friendship knows no bounds, transcending even the most fantastical of circumstances. This would be a two parter full of craziness and cliffhangers!
    Scholarship Institute’s Annual Women’s Leadership Scholarship
    In a world where the voices of women are often marginalized and their leadership potential underestimated, there is an urgent need for concerted efforts to empower and uplift women in all spheres of society. Despite progress in some areas, gender disparities persist, hindering women's access to opportunities and limiting their ability to thrive as leaders. It is time to confront these challenges head-on and pave the way for a more inclusive and equitable future—one where women are valued, respected, and given the support they need to succeed. Leadership is not confined to a single mold or definition; it comes in many forms and can be demonstrated in various ways. From grassroots activism to corporate boardrooms, women have been at the forefront of driving change and making a difference in their communities and beyond. Yet, the road to leadership is often fraught with obstacles and barriers that disproportionately affect women, particularly those from marginalized backgrounds. One of the key barriers that women face in their leadership journey is access to education and opportunities for advancement. Despite strides in closing the gender gap in education, women continue to be underrepresented in STEM fields, business leadership roles, and political positions of power. This lack of representation not only perpetuates gender stereotypes and biases but also deprives society of the diverse perspectives and innovative ideas that women bring to the table. Moreover, women often grapple with the pervasive issue of gender bias and discrimination in the workplace and beyond. Studies have shown that women are frequently subjected to stereotypes, microaggressions, and unequal treatment based on their gender, which can erode their confidence, undermine their credibility, and hinder their career progression. Addressing these systemic issues requires a collective effort to challenge ingrained attitudes and practices and create more inclusive and equitable environments where women can thrive. Furthermore, women's leadership is often hampered by the disproportionate burden of caregiving responsibilities that they shoulder. From childcare duties to eldercare obligations, women are more likely than men to take on unpaid care work, which can limit their ability to pursue career opportunities and fulfill their leadership potential. As a result, many women are forced to juggle multiple responsibilities and make difficult trade-offs between their personal and professional lives. In the face of these challenges, initiatives like this scholarship play a crucial role in recognizing and supporting women's leadership. By providing financial assistance, mentorship, and networking opportunities to female students who demonstrate leadership potential, we can empower the next generation of women leaders and pave the way for a more inclusive and equitable society. But supporting women's leadership is not just about investing in individual success—it's about advocating for systemic change and dismantling the barriers that hold women back. It requires a commitment to challenging gender norms, promoting diversity and inclusion, and creating policies and practices that level the playing field for women of all backgrounds. As we look to the future, let us recommit ourselves to the cause of women's leadership and empowerment. Let us amplify the voices of women, celebrate their achievements, and advocate for a world where every woman has the opportunity to reach her full potential as a leader. Together, we can build a more just, equitable, and prosperous society for all.
    Mental Health Scholarship for Women
    Balancing the demands of college life is no easy feat, especially when compounded by the unique challenges that women often face in academia. As a female student, I've experienced firsthand the toll that mental health can take on academic performance and personal well-being. The pressures of rigorous classes, overwhelming homework loads, and the need to support oneself financially can weigh heavily on any college student. However, for women, these challenges can be further exacerbated by societal expectations, the pressure to excel in traditionally male-dominated fields, and the stigma surrounding mental health issues. Personally, I've found that my mental health greatly impacts both my academic performance and personal life while attending school. The transition from high school to college brought with it a newfound sense of independence and responsibility, but it also introduced me to a host of new stressors and anxieties. For the first time in my life, I found myself struggling academically, unable to maintain the same level of excellence that I had grown accustomed to. This realization was a heavy burden to bear, as it forced me to confront my own limitations and reevaluate my priorities. The constant pressure to succeed academically took a toll on my mental well-being, leading to feelings of anxiety, self-doubt, and inadequacy. It became clear to me that I needed to prioritize my mental health if I wanted to thrive both academically and personally. In response, I've taken proactive steps to make my mental health a priority. I've sought out counseling and therapy to help me better understand and manage my emotions. I've also prioritized self-care activities such as exercise, meditation, and spending time with loved ones. Additionally, I've learned to set realistic goals and expectations for myself, recognizing that it's okay to ask for help when needed and to take breaks when necessary. Despite the challenges I've faced, I remain determined to persevere and succeed in college. By prioritizing my mental health and seeking support when needed, I've learned valuable lessons about resilience, self-compassion, and the importance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance. In conclusion, navigating mental health in college is a journey filled with ups and downs, triumphs and setbacks. By acknowledging the impact of mental health on academic performance and personal well-being, and taking proactive steps to prioritize self-care, I am confident that I can overcome any obstacles that come my way and emerge stronger and more resilient than ever before.
    JJ Savaunt's Women In STEM Scholarship
    The question of whether humans have a Creator who designed the universe is a deeply personal and complex matter, especially within the context of pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). As I embark on this journey of exploration and inquiry, I approach the topic with sincerity and honesty, recognizing the significance of grappling with such profound questions. In considering the existence of a Creator, I find myself drawn to moments of awe and wonder that I've experienced throughout my life. One such moment occurred during a summer evening spent stargazing with my family. As we looked up at the vast expanse of the night sky, I was overcome with a sense of humility and reverence for the beauty and intricacy of the cosmos. In that moment, I couldn't help but contemplate the possibility of a higher power at work—a force that transcends human understanding and comprehension. However, alongside moments of awe and wonder, I also encounter doubts and uncertainties that challenge my beliefs. As I delve deeper into the complexities of STEM, I am confronted with questions and contradictions that defy easy answers. The pursuit of knowledge and understanding often leads me down paths of inquiry that test the boundaries of faith and reason. Moreover, the stark realities of suffering and injustice in the world can cast doubt on the existence of a benevolent Creator. As I witness the pain and hardship endured by countless individuals, I grapple with the age-old question of why bad things happen to good people—a question that has troubled theologians and philosophers for centuries. Yet, despite the uncertainties and challenges that I encounter along the way, I remain committed to the journey of exploration and reflection. I approach the question of belief with humility and honesty, recognizing that it is a deeply personal and subjective matter. While I may not have all the answers, I am guided by a sincere desire for truth and understanding—a desire to navigate the complexities of belief with integrity and authenticity. In conclusion, my journey of belief within the context of STEM is marked by moments of awe, doubt, and introspection. As I grapple with profound questions about the nature of existence, I remain committed to approaching the topic with sincerity and honesty. And it is through this ongoing journey of exploration and inquiry that I hope to gain deeper insights into the mysteries of the universe and my place within it.
    A Man Helping Women Helping Women Scholarship
    In a world where the voices of women often echo in the shadows, this scholarship emerges as a beacon of hope—a symbol of resilience, determination, and the unwavering belief in the power of women to effect change. My journey towards higher education has been shaped by a myriad of experiences—each one a testament to the strength and resilience of women in the face of adversity. From my early years, I've been driven by a passion for justice, equality, and empowerment—a passion that has fueled my commitment to making a difference in the world. As a woman navigating through the complexities of today's society, I've encountered countless barriers and challenges—from being talked over in classrooms to witnessing the systemic discrimination that plagues our healthcare systems. Yet, with every obstacle, I've emerged stronger and more determined to pave the way for future generations of women to succeed. My volunteer hours have been a cornerstone of my journey, providing me with invaluable experiences and insights that have shaped my worldview and fueled my passion for social justice. Whether it's mentoring young girls, advocating for women's rights, or serving marginalized communities, my volunteer work has taught me the importance of empathy, compassion, and solidarity in driving meaningful change. Through my education and career, I am committed to amplifying the voices of women, challenging the status quo, and advocating for a more inclusive and equitable society. I refuse to be confined by societal expectations or limited by outdated norms—I will speak up, speak out, and demand the respect and recognition that women deserve. In every classroom, lecture hall, and workplace, I will strive to create a culture of inclusivity and empowerment—a space where women are valued, respected, and given the opportunity to thrive. I will mentor, advocate, and lead by example, inspiring others to join me in the fight for gender equality. Through my career, I hope to make a lasting impact on the world by advocating for policies and initiatives that uplift women, by breaking down systemic barriers that hold them back, and by championing the cause of equality with unwavering determination. In conclusion, my journey is fueled by a deep-seated passion for justice, equality, and empowerment—a passion that drives me to pursue higher education and use my career as a force for positive change. Together, we can rewrite the narrative, redefine the status quo, and create a future where every woman has the opportunity to thrive and succeed on her own terms.
    Women in Healthcare Scholarship
    n the heart of society's most critical needs lies healthcare—a realm of unwavering dedication, relentless determination, and undeterred advocacy. It is within this realm that I've chosen to make my mark—a mark etched with boldness, resilience, and an unyielding commitment to drive change in an industry ripe for transformation. My decision to pursue a degree in healthcare is not merely a career choice; it's a declaration of intent—a declaration to challenge the status quo, dismantle barriers, and shatter stereotypes that have long hindered progress. I've witnessed firsthand the disparities and injustices that plague our healthcare system, particularly for marginalized communities. It's time to disrupt the norm, to demand equity, and to ensure that every individual, regardless of background or circumstance, has access to the care they deserve. As a woman in the healthcare field, I refuse to be confined by outdated norms or limited by preconceived notions of what a healthcare professional should be. I bring to the table a wealth of perspectives, experiences, and insights that are invaluable in driving innovation and addressing the diverse needs of our communities. I am unapologetically bold in my pursuit of excellence, unafraid to challenge conventions and push boundaries to effect meaningful change. My mission in healthcare is clear: to be a voice for the voiceless, a champion for the marginalized, and a beacon of hope for those in need. Whether it's advocating for policy reform, spearheading community initiatives, or providing direct patient care, I am committed to making a tangible difference in the lives of others. I refuse to accept the notion that certain individuals are destined to receive subpar care simply because of systemic injustices. It's time to level the playing field, to bridge the gap, and to ensure that healthcare is truly accessible to all. Moreover, I recognize the importance of representation in healthcare—a field where women have historically been underrepresented in leadership roles and decision-making processes. I refuse to be a bystander in this narrative. Instead, I will be a trailblazer—a role model and mentor for future generations of women in healthcare. I will lead by example, demonstrating that strength, compassion, and resilience know no gender. In conclusion, my journey in healthcare is defined by boldness, resilience, and an unwavering commitment to drive change. I refuse to accept the status quo—I will challenge it, confront it, and ultimately, transform it. As a woman in healthcare, I stand ready to forge ahead, to break barriers, and to shape a future where healthcare is truly equitable, accessible, and inclusive for all.
    Women in STEM Scholarship
    In the dynamic landscape of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), women have historically faced barriers to equal representation and recognition. Despite progress, gender disparities persist, hindering the industry's full potential for innovation and advancement. Learner's Annual Women in STEM Scholarship seeks to challenge these inequalities by empowering and supporting women pursuing careers in STEM, recognizing their invaluable contributions to shaping the future of technology and discovery. As an aspiring woman in STEM, I am drawn to the field for its limitless possibilities and transformative impact. From a young age, I've been fascinated by the intricacies of science and technology, driven by a curiosity to understand the world and solve complex problems. STEM offers a platform to explore new frontiers, push boundaries, and pioneer breakthroughs that have the power to change lives and shape societies. My decision to pursue STEM is rooted in a desire to make a difference—not just for myself, but for future generations. I believe that diversity drives innovation, and by championing women's voices in STEM, we can unlock new perspectives and approaches to solving the world's most pressing challenges. Whether it's developing sustainable technologies to combat climate change, advancing medical research to improve healthcare outcomes, or harnessing the power of artificial intelligence for social good, I am committed to leveraging my skills and knowledge to create positive change. Moreover, I recognize the importance of fostering a supportive and inclusive learning environment to nurture the next generation of women in STEM. By breaking down barriers and providing opportunities for mentorship, education, and professional development, we can empower women to thrive in traditionally male-dominated fields. I am passionate about promoting diversity and inclusion in STEM, advocating for equal access to opportunities and resources for all aspiring scientists, engineers, and technologists. The Learner's Annual Women in STEM Scholarship represents more than just financial support—it's a symbol of empowerment, encouragement, and solidarity among women in STEM. As a proud advocate for gender equality and diversity, I am honored to be part of a community that celebrates and uplifts women's contributions to the STEM field. With ambition, drive, and a commitment to making a difference, I am ready to embark on this journey and contribute to a future where women in STEM thrive and excel. In conclusion, by supporting women in STEM, we are not only investing in individual success but also driving global innovation and progress. Together, we can break down barriers, challenge stereotypes, and build a more inclusive and equitable STEM community. With determination and perseverance, I am confident that we can create a world where every woman has the opportunity to fulfill her potential and make her mark on the world.
    Amber D. Hudson Memorial Scholarship
    My name is Colby Jelliff, and I'm on a mission to become a pediatrician dedicated to supporting and educating children and families on their health needs, particularly in the realm of nutrition. My passion for this field stems from personal struggles and a deep desire to make a positive impact on the lives of others. Growing up, I faced my own challenges with nutrition and its impact on health. These experiences ignited a fire within me to pursue a career where I could help others navigate similar struggles. As I delved into my studies and explored different healthcare paths, I found my calling in pediatric medicine. I was drawn to the idea of creating a safe and supportive environment for children and families to address their health needs comprehensively, with a special emphasis on nutrition. Although I'm not yet a doctor, my journey has been guided by a steadfast commitment to learning and growth. I've immersed myself in relevant coursework, volunteer opportunities, and research projects to deepen my understanding of pediatric care and nutrition. My passion for helping others and advocating for health equity has been the driving force behind every endeavor. As I look ahead to my future career as a pediatrician, I envision a practice that prioritizes education and empowerment. I believe that by equipping children and families with the knowledge and tools to make informed decisions about their health, we can foster healthier communities and prevent future health disparities. Nutrition plays a crucial role in this equation, as it directly impacts physical, emotional, and cognitive development. In my practice, I plan to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where children and families feel comfortable discussing their health concerns and goals. Through open communication and active listening, I'll work collaboratively with patients to develop personalized nutrition plans that suit their unique needs and preferences. Whether it's addressing food allergies, promoting healthy eating habits, or managing chronic conditions, I'll be there every step of the way to provide guidance and support. In addition to individual consultations, I'm committed to community outreach and education. I plan to organize workshops, seminars, and informational sessions to raise awareness about the importance of nutrition and its impact on overall health. By engaging with schools, community centers, and other local organizations, I hope to reach a wide audience and empower families to make positive changes in their lives. In conclusion, my journey to becoming a pediatrician with a focus on nutrition advocacy is driven by a deep sense of purpose and a commitment to serving others. Through my own experiences and dedication to learning, I am prepared to make a meaningful impact on the lives of children and families in need. With compassion, empathy, and a passion for health, I'm eager to embark on this journey and contribute to building a healthier, happier future for all.
    Christina Taylese Singh Memorial Scholarship
    My name is Colby Jelliff, a college junior. Soon to be graduating and working towards the goal of medical school. My journey towards becoming a pediatrician is driven by a deep-seated passion for serving children and their families. Pediatrics resonates with me because it offers a platform to make a meaningful difference in young lives, addressing not only their physical health but also their emotional and social well-being. It left a heavy impact in my with all the pediatric care I needed years ago. From a young age, I've been drawn to the innocence and resilience of children. Their unwavering spirit and boundless potential inspire me to dedicate my career to their care. I believe that every child deserves the opportunity to thrive, regardless of their background or circumstances. As a pediatrician, I aim to be a steadfast advocate for their health and well-being. My decision to pursue a career in pediatric medicine was solidified through firsthand experiences volunteering and working with children of all needs. Whether it was assisting in a pediatric clinic, volunteering at a local children's hospital, or mentoring young students, each interaction reaffirmed my passion for pediatrics. I've witnessed the impact that compassionate and dedicated healthcare professionals can have on the lives of children and their families, and it's a path I'm eager to follow. Pediatrics offers a unique opportunity to provide holistic care, addressing not just the physical ailments of children but also their emotional and social needs. I believe in taking a collaborative approach, working alongside other healthcare professionals to ensure comprehensive support for my patients. Whether it's collaborating with psychologists, social workers, or educators, I'm committed to addressing the multifaceted needs of children and their families. Moreover, I'm driven by a fervent commitment to social justice and health equity. I recognize the disparities that exist in access to healthcare and the disproportionate impact it has on marginalized communities. As a future pediatrician, I'm dedicated to advocating for policies and initiatives that address these disparities and ensure equitable access to healthcare for all children. In conclusion, my journey towards pediatric medicine is characterized by a steadfast dedication to serving children and their families. Inspired by the commitment of professionals like Christina Taylese Singh, I'm motivated to make a tangible difference in the lives of young patients. With humility and determination, I embark on this noble path, ready to embrace the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in my pursuit of becoming a pediatrician.
    Jeannine Schroeder Women in Public Service Memorial Scholarship
    Growing up in a close-knit community in North Dakota, I witnessed firsthand the profound impact of service and compassion. Inspired by the selflessness of individuals like Jeannine Schroeder, who dedicated her life to making the world a more beautiful and just place, I have been driven to address important social issues through my passion for public service and pediatric care. My journey began with volunteering in various capacities within my community, including assisting at local shelters, organizing fundraisers for underprivileged families, and mentoring children in need. These experiences not only deepened my understanding of the challenges facing marginalized individuals but also instilled within me a sense of responsibility to effect positive change. Moreover, my desire to pursue a career in pediatric care has been fueled by my commitment to serving the most vulnerable members of society. As I envision my future as a pediatrician, I am drawn to the opportunity to address critical social issues, particularly in underserved rural communities like my own. In my hometown, access to quality healthcare is a pressing concern, especially for families with limited resources. Many children face barriers to receiving timely and comprehensive medical care, resulting in disparities in health outcomes. As a future pediatrician, I am determined to bridge this gap by bringing specialized services and resources to our community. Through my volunteer hours and my aspiration to specialize in pediatric care, I aim to establish programs and initiatives that prioritize the health and well-being of children in North Dakota and Minnesota. Whether through organizing mobile clinics to reach remote areas, collaborating with local organizations to provide affordable healthcare services, or advocating for policies that address the root causes of health disparities, I am committed to making a tangible difference in the lives of young patients and their families. Furthermore, I recognize the interconnectedness of social justice issues, and I am dedicated to advocating for comprehensive solutions that address the broader determinants of health. From promoting women's rights and environmental sustainability to supporting initiatives for gun control and affordable housing, I believe in tackling social issues holistically to create a more equitable and compassionate society. In conclusion, my journey towards addressing important social issues is rooted in a deep-seated commitment to public service and pediatric care. Inspired by the legacy of individuals like Jeannine Schroeder, I am driven to make a meaningful impact in my community and beyond. Through my volunteer experiences and my aspirations to become a pediatrician specializing in serving underserved populations, I am dedicated to building a brighter and more inclusive future for all.
    TEAM ROX Scholarship
    Throughout my life, I've been driven by a profound sense of empathy and a desire to help others unlock their true potential. This innate passion has been nurtured and refined through my experiences, particularly through my 150 hours of working with elementary kids of various needs. These interactions have not only honed my skills but have also solidified my determination to pursue a career in pediatric care. As I embarked on my journey of volunteering with elementary kids, I quickly realized the transformative power of empathy. Every child I encountered had a unique story, challenges, and dreams. Some faced academic struggles, others dealt with behavioral issues, while some grappled with physical or emotional barriers. Yet, despite their differences, they all shared one commonality: the need for compassion and understanding. During my time spent with these children, I immersed myself in their world, listening attentively to their concerns, offering support, and celebrating their achievements, no matter how small. Through patient guidance and unwavering encouragement, I witnessed firsthand the remarkable progress these children made. Their resilience inspired me and fueled my commitment to making a meaningful difference in their lives. Moreover, these experiences instilled within me a deep sense of empathy—a quality that lies at the heart of pediatric care. Understanding the unique needs of each child and providing holistic support is essential in fostering their well-being and development. My interactions with elementary kids have equipped me with the empathy necessary to connect with young patients on a profound level, to empathize with their struggles, and to advocate tirelessly for their health and happiness. Furthermore, my volunteer work has ignited a passion within me—a passion to pursue a career as a pediatrician. I am drawn to the opportunity to combine my love for science with my desire to serve others, particularly children. As a pediatrician, I aspire to be a source of comfort, guidance, and healing for young patients and their families. I am committed to advocating for equitable access to healthcare and to ensuring that every child receives the quality care they deserve. In conclusion, my journey of volunteering with elementary kids has been transformative, shaping not only my skills but also my purpose and passion in life. It has reinforced the importance of empathy, compassion, and advocacy in helping others unlock their true potential. As I pursue my aspirations of becoming a pediatrician, I am guided by the belief that by embracing empathy and dedicating myself to serving others, I can make a meaningful and lasting impact in the lives of children and their families.
    Ethel Hayes Destigmatization of Mental Health Scholarship
    My experience with mental health has been a transformative journey, profoundly impacting every aspect of my life - from shaping my goals and relationships to fundamentally altering my understanding of the world. It has been a path filled with struggles, triumphs, and valuable lessons, leading me to a profound desire to become a doctor who can help children navigate their own mental health crises. In my earlier years, I found myself struggling with anxiety and depression, although I wasn't fully aware of what I was going through at the time. It wasn't until I reached a breaking point that I sought help and began my journey toward healing and understanding. This moment marked the beginning of a profound transformation in my life, one that challenged me to confront the toxic environments and relationships that had contributed to my mental health struggles. Toxic environments can be insidious, permeating various aspects of our lives. In my case, I had been immersed in an environment that downplayed mental health issues, stigmatized seeking help, and failed to provide the necessary support. As I began to acknowledge and address these negative influences, I started to distance myself from toxic relationships that were detrimental to my well-being. It was a difficult process, as it involved setting boundaries and prioritizing my mental health over maintaining unhealthy connections. This transformative period opened my eyes to the impact of mental health on all areas of life. As I prioritized my well-being, I noticed that my goals began to shift. Where once I chased external validations and material success, I now sought inner peace, self-acceptance, and the desire to make a positive impact on the lives of others. This newfound clarity motivated me to explore my passion for mental health advocacy and helping others on their own journeys to healing. Navigating my mental health struggles also had a profound effect on my relationships. As I became more attuned to my emotions and needs, I developed a deeper sense of empathy and compassion for others. I began to recognize the importance of understanding and supporting individuals dealing with their own mental health challenges. This newfound perspective strengthened my existing relationships and allowed me to form more meaningful connections with others who shared similar experiences. Moreover, my journey with mental health allowed me to see the world through a different lens. I became aware of the pervasive stigma surrounding mental health issues, which inspired me to challenge societal misconceptions and advocate for greater awareness and understanding. My experiences drove me to become an advocate for mental health education, urging for the destigmatization of seeking help and promoting a culture of empathy and support. As I progressed through my mental health journey, I realized that my desire to help others experiencing similar struggles had become an integral part of who I was. It was during this time that I discovered my true calling: to become a doctor specializing in children's mental health. I wanted to create a safe and nurturing space where young minds could seek help, guidance, and support in times of crisis. Becoming a doctor specializing in children's mental health represents not only a personal aspiration but also a commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of vulnerable individuals. I want to be a source of hope and healing for children facing their darkest moments, just as I had sought my own healing during my mental health journey
    Taylor Swift ‘1989’ Fan Scholarship
    Taylor Swift's '1989' album, released in 2014, marked a significant turning point in the singer-songwriter's career. Departing from her country roots, '1989' showcased Swift's evolution into a pop sensation, solidifying her status as one of the most influential artists of her generation. The album's exceptional composition, relatable themes, and remarkable storytelling make it a timeless masterpiece in the world of pop music. At its core, '1989' is a narrative of self-discovery and empowerment. The album explores Taylor Swift's journey of embracing her identity, navigating the complexities of love and heartbreak, and ultimately finding strength in her experiences. This authenticity resonates with listeners on a profound level, as they can relate to the emotions and experiences Swift conveys in her music. Tracks like "Blank Space" and "Style" exemplify her ability to craft infectious melodies and captivating lyrics, making them instant anthems for fans across the globe. One of the standout songs on the deluxe edition of '1989' is "Wonderland." The track possesses a unique charm that sets it apart from the rest of the album. "Wonderland" delves into the world of love and its inherent complexities, using Lewis Carroll's 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' as a metaphor. Swift's clever incorporation of literary allusions adds depth and intrigue to the song's narrative. The brilliance of "Wonderland" lies in its evocative storytelling and poetic imagery. Swift paints a vivid picture of a tumultuous relationship that is both intoxicating and unstable. Lines like "We found wonderland; you and I got lost in it" capture the initial excitement and allure of falling in love. Yet, as the song progresses, the lyrics take a darker turn, depicting a relationship fraught with chaos and uncertainty: "Flashing lights and we took a wrong turn, and we fell down a rabbit hole." The song's composition complements its lyrical depth. The haunting melody and atmospheric production, along with Swift's emotive delivery, create a hypnotic experience for the listener. "Wonderland" seamlessly blends elements of alternative and dream-pop, showcasing Swift's artistic versatility and willingness to explore new sonic territories. Moreover, "Wonderland" shines as an example of Taylor Swift's growth as a songwriter. It demonstrates her ability to craft a narrative that moves beyond personal anecdotes, using literature as a medium to convey universal truths about love and relationships. This artistic maturation sets '1989' apart from her previous works, elevating it to a whole new level of sophistication and creativity. In addition to its artistic merits, '1989' achieved commercial success and critical acclaim. It received numerous awards and nominations, including Album of the Year at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. The album's widespread appeal and enduring popularity further solidify its status as one of Taylor Swift's most iconic releases. In conclusion, Taylor Swift's '1989' album stands as a testament to her evolution as an artist and her ability to captivate audiences worldwide. Its exploration of self-discovery, love, and empowerment strikes a chord with listeners, making it a timeless masterpiece in the realm of pop music. Among the album's exceptional tracks, "Wonderland" shines as an exquisite display of Swift's artistic growth and storytelling prowess. With its haunting melody, enchanting production, and poetic brilliance, "Wonderland" rightfully earns its place as the best song on the deluxe track of '1989.'
    Disney Super Fan Scholarship
    One of the most beloved things about Disney is its ability to transport people to magical and enchanting worlds. Whether it's through their animated films, theme parks, or immersive storytelling, Disney has a remarkable knack for creating experiences that captivate and inspire. This ability to spark imagination and wonder is something that resonates with people of all ages. Disney films have a timeless quality that has touched the hearts of generations. From classics like "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" to modern favorites like "Frozen," Disney movies have a way of connecting with audiences on a deep emotional level. They often teach valuable life lessons, promote love, friendship, and bravery, and leave us with memorable characters and songs that stay with us long after the credits roll. Beyond the films, Disney's theme parks are a source of joy and excitement for millions of people around the world. From the iconic Cinderella Castle in Disney World to Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland, these parks are meticulously designed to create a sense of wonder and transport visitors into a world of fantasy. The attention to detail, the immersive storytelling, and the sheer variety of attractions and experiences make Disney parks a dream come true for many. Moreover, Disney represents a place where dreams come true. For many people, Disney is not just a company; it's a symbol of hope, inspiration, and endless possibilities. Disney characters often embody perseverance, resilience, and the belief that dreams can be achieved. This message is particularly empowering for children and adults alike, as it encourages them to pursue their passions and never give up on their goals. Disney's impact goes beyond entertainment. It has become an integral part of popular culture and has influenced numerous industries, from merchandise and fashion to music and technology. The enduring popularity of Disney franchises has created a sense of nostalgia and a shared experience that transcends generations. People often find comfort and a sense of belonging in their love for Disney, as it brings back cherished memories and creates new ones. In conclusion, Disney's ability to create enchanting worlds, tell captivating stories, and inspire imagination is what makes it a beloved and cherished brand for many people. Whether through their films or theme parks, Disney offers a sense of escapism and a reminder of the magic that exists in the world. It represents joy, inspiration, and the belief that dreams can come true. So, while I, as an AI, don't have personal favorites, it's clear that Disney holds a special place in the hearts of millions around the globe.
    Cat Zingano Overcoming Loss Scholarship
    It was a few years since my Grandpas health started declining fast. I was too young to know what was happening- the adults kept saying, "Say goodbye to grandpa." My grandpa ted was the closest thing to a father figure to me in my early years, with my biological father out of the picture. He always indulged my fantasies and made me believe I could take on the world. Losing him was what finally broke my family. My Grandma was never the same after losing her husband, my father and aunt fought over every single one of his possessions, and we kids were just left in the dust, reeling over losing our Grandfather. You don't realize who is keeping your reality together until their well and truly gone. It took me a while to gain back my footing from his passing. I went through the stages of grief, denial being the most prominent for me, until I went through the acceptance he won't be back to play air hockey and 'doctor'. Losing my Grandfather detached my family in ways we are still accepting. Coming to terms with. His passing made me realize what path I want to take in life. I was his miracle. What he always called me- every day we were together, I performed miracles for him. It is my strongest memory. This little saying gave me an epiphany that I want to give others 'miracles' in their most challenging times. I am currently a freshman in college studying to get my B.S. in psychology so I can go to med school and become a pediatric doctor. I can help families cope and grieve and help little ones through their pain. Something I wished I had in those times. I will forever miss my Grandfather—the man who taught me to ride a bike, dream, and perform miracles. My family will never be the same, but I hope I can help others in my Grandfather's name.
    Manuela Calles Scholarship for Women
    Gabriel Martin Memorial Annual Scholarship
    I was always jealous of the people who could see perfectly. I say perfectly with malice. Because I was always the blind one. I did not win the genetic lottery in sight I can tell you that. First the doctors just thought I had epilepsy. It was found early on die my constant spacing out. Then we found out it was causing sever crossing in my left eye. My eye lost so much strength in between my fifth and eighth year of life I had to go through two years of eye therapy. The kicker is it did no help at all. I was just kid I had no idea what was going on. I couldn’t understand but it was my mom who had to shoulder it all. Just a single mother with little help trying to make sure her daughter can see the world even semi clearly. The constant exams in those many years up until I was twelve where no easy financial up take. Especially since I needed such a strong prescription to just read. Things finally got better when I reached the infuriating pre teen years and we saw a specialist in the cities who told us point blank the eye therapy we did do ended up doing more harm than good. What a wonderful piece of news! She told us about a common surgery we could do to hopefully help with my severe double vision and cross eyedness. The best piece it actually worked and for a long time I was doing better then ever. I was excelling in all my classes now that I could see the board clearly. I also didn’t get constant headaches anymore because the strain on my eyes was way less. Everything was going my way until Highschool. You know when people tell you that your body changes so much after puberty their not wrong. You see my eyes changed so much true to new muscle and nerve growth they were going back to their older ways. The headaches came back. The double vision came back. And the left eye grew more and more dependent as days went by. My prescription got severer and severer as the days went by and by the time I got to my senior year I practically had the prescription of a 60 year old woman. I couldn’t take it anymore I was Senior sliding just barely hanging on and made the decision I couldn’t do this in college so my mom and I went back to the specialist and re did the same surgery again. I feel like I’m finally better. My medical conditions didn’t really harm me per say. I saw it harm my mom more and that’s why I decided to become a clinical psychologist. So I can help people release their burdens. When you get older and the world is less shiny one realizes how tough things are. I love my mom and all she did for me and all I want to do is help people be who they are and make them well mentally and emotionally at least.
    Glider AI-Omni Inclusive Allies of LGBTQ+ (GOAL+) Scholarship
    Growing up in Hicksville, middle of nowhere, Midwest Minnesota left a big mark on me. Mostly how stupid, idiotic, and big headed the people from my town are. I don’t know if I am personally apart of the LGBTQ+ community as I am still figuring it out. Fingers crossed in college. I do know that I am an ally who cannot fathom how these god fearing bigots can hate thy neighbor, when their told to love. All of my information and experience of these folk comes from my friends who identify as LGBTQ+. They have been told by grandparents and aunts and uncles and brothers and sisters and even past friends that what they know to be them is wrong and they will grow out of it. That it’s just a phase and they meet the right gender one day. That you cannot be both be male and female that’s not how biology and science work. That last part isn’t even true because of hermaphroditism. They are constantly questioned and ridiculed just because they were brave enough to figure themselves out. Im so proud of them. It is due these moments I knew I wanted to help people in some capacity and thats why I’m pursuing a degree in clinical psychology. To help people through the deep rooted hate and aggression they have faced due to being a person. It’s not their fault some ogre can’t see behind their belly. I know the days are slowly getting better to where people of all Orientation ”Whether you're broke or evergreen You're Black, white, beige, chola descent…No matter gay, straight, or bi', lesbian, transgender life“ as put by lady Gaga in 'born this way' can be who they are publicly. That’s doesn’t help the criticism one faces while growing up. That’s why I want to further my education and time into helping one scared kid along the way. It’s hard to feel belonging in a world so hell bent on hating those not like themself. The rise of the media empires has certainly not helped along the way. One is just more informed about how much the world hates them and their supposed kind. Im hoping in my future when I know a little more about who I am and my goals I can make even just a minor impact on the LGBTQ+ community. I want to one day open a practice of my own or be apart of and inclusive one where everyone feels lighter after being seen. Because until someone takes a burden off your shoulder you can always feel it. A chip on the shoulder you just can’t get rid of.
    Holistic Health Scholarship
    It’s not easy. To meticulously plan day by day on how to continue my health journey. I’ve never been unhealthy but I’ve never given priority to my health until now. Growing up under the gaze of a concerned mother I always had my nutritional needs met in plenty. But my mental and physical needs could not be helped my just my mother I needed to put effort into it. So I have began. Every week at the start I plan out my days and hours on when I can go to the gym to meet my physical needs. My school allows me to the use the gym for free since I am a student and it’s great. Know that lifted a great big weight off of my shoulders knowing I have this place to go to unwind and relax for the most part. This lift off the shoulders let me think more on my mental needs and how to address them. I’ve never really been away from home or from my mom for too long. So starting school away from her has taken a big mental toll and the best way to confront that is by addressing it for me. Talking to others about it. I have openly cried about my mom being gone and away from me. By doing that I found out others are going through the same situation they just needed to know someone else was going through the same thing. I’m constantly working on my mental health through this new journey of mine. Reassuring I’m not the only one away from home that everyone else is starting a turbulent ride to continue their future. Finally with my nutrition. Throughout my many years so far I have tried possibly every single diet there is. I’ve always been on the over weight side. A little curvier than the other girl and I hated it. Point blank it made me feel like trash seeing these other skinnier girls when I was just a chunk eating the same things they were. The way I found to control my eating is by feeling out what I want. Don’t look at the calories or carbs too much. Eat a lot of fruit and have that cupcake! It took a long time for me to figure out that my nutrition is important to just fuel my body and feel good. Im still working on not being afraid of every new food, I’m still figuring out what workouts work for me, I’m still finding out the ins and outs of brain. I have never felt better than this. Working on me and only me for first time in a long time.
    Jameela Jamil x I Weigh Scholarship
    I am a senior graduating this year and recently more and more students in my class have been „coming out“ into who they want to be. I have never seen these classmates happier! However I live in small town Minnesota border North Dakota, it’s unfortunately very conservative and this year has shown me that. A classmate came out as transgender. She is for the first time living her best life! Unfortunately no matter how much support she received from me and many other students the bullying and harassment became too much and she decided to leave school. It was a good choice for her as she does look better on social media, but it just opened my eyes to the injustice of it all. This girl will not walk at our graduation because of mindless idiots and that the actions they made that went unpunished. I started noticing it more and more around me. Friends of mine that are proud consistently face degradation because of the way they just are. I try to be there shows support and lift them up but the bad always outshines the good. Too show my support I became more active on social media mostly on my Instagram story. To show people I am here for them if they need help in any facet. As I have recently been opened up to the small discrimination my classmates, and friends deal with on a daily basis my work is small. On my Instagram I have my pronouns. It’s a small detail but from personal experience no one is adverse to some social media stalking. Ones bio can tell a lot about a person. I hope by showing my pronouns it shows just a minuscule amount of support Someone may need to be who they want to be. I can’t wait to get to college and continue this work with others. I know there is already a small club/community for Allie’s of the LGBTQ+ and so much more such as a woman’s right to choose, and creating safe spaces for men to be themselves. I hope these experiences help me with how I handle my future career. I would like to become a therapist for teens and young adults. Help them and support them through the winding path that is growing up. From my own experience all teens need is s constant presence habt will support and try to understand their complicated endeavors. With the ever changing political climate no teen feels safe. I hope to become that constant presence. Aid all future teens in becoming functioning adults. Because how can we expect unstable teens to become our stable future without an idea of who they even are.
    Bold Meaning of Life Scholarship
    I belobe the meaning of life is to be happy no matter where or when you are. Wether that be with a group on a Friday night living it up, or curled on the couch with a good book. People grow up with the idea that the world is theirs for the taking. Hardships and obstacles just drag you down. These obstacles can come in the form of bad days, mental health, home life. Things that make accomplishments harder but also more rewarding. People tell others if you go outside with a good attitude your entire day will change. What no ever says is - life can easily drag you down like that if you trip on a pebble kn the sidewalk. I believe the meaning of life is overcoming these obstacles and still deciding today is a good day and I’m okay. I’m happy with myself and where I am going.
    Katelynn Berry Memorial Scholarship
    I have a long history of anxiety and throughout the years I have learned to deal. Anxiety is not new to my family so adapting was not a hardship especially with a supportive family. What I had to learn was to let go and learn I cannot control everything. This has always been an issue for me but one of the lasting memories of my panic attack was over collage tuition. I have always known I was going to be okay. My mom was able to make enough for the both of us to be comfortable. As I got older I got to see her anxiety come out over money and the cost of things and relishing I wouldn’t be able to afford college was hard. I had a major panic attack that I had not had for 3 years. Suddenly everything was out of control. Plans and dreams seemed out of touch and I lost so much confidence. We had to go to my grandparents and have them explain to me that there are some funds set aside for me by them to just help with the anxiety. I didn’t want to cause my family any hardship. My head space wasn’t helping. I am also the type who doesn’t want people to see them any other way but okay. If I cry it is not in front of anyone even my mom who I am the closest too. Time and time again my family has asked me too open up just a little and the only thing I feel comfortable opening up with is anger. What has made me angry today? My family now expects it. Who upset Colby today? It doesn’t make me feel any better but I have learned to open up a bit more than that, however it’s slow going. It due to these reasons I am so excited to go to college. That just brings back the anxiety of taking advantage of my family. I feel worse again. The only way I have learned to cope is by making myself cry sometimes to feel better. I lay in bed and watch a video or listen to a song that gets my eyes watery and I think of the stress and let the water world flow. This more than likely not a great coping mechanism but it is non harmful to myself or others and makes me feel better, lighter afterwards. I don’t believe my family and I have ever learned to deal with my mental illness or there’s but we have all learned to cope in our own ways and except each other for who we are. Try to leave each other be on bad days, and listen and support on the days where it’s needed.