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Hi! My name is Heba Dibas, a Business Administration in Management student at Tarleton State University, and I want to one day manage my own film production company. Coming from a Middle Eastern background has shaped me, and it’s very frustrating to witness how my people are often depicted on the big screen and other forms of media. We are portrayed as terrorists, brainwashed barbarians, and even worse. It’s incredibly distressing that when many people think of someone of Middle Eastern descent, they automatically resort to the cliche “terrorist” category. I want to be a screenwriter because I know that, from my lens and from my perspective, I can invite the world to witness a brand-new persona. I know that I can give the countless voiceless Middle Easterners whose lives are often misinterpreted a way to reshape this tragically unfair perspective. This is important to me. I am an artist, not a “terrorist.” I am Heba. Education is a source of personal improvement as well as a catalyst for society’s advancement. It improves our lives, strengthens our thoughts, and pushes us to be good change agents. We go on a path of enlightenment via education, providing ourselves with the skills needed to improve the world. It is a privilege and a duty that I treasure, acknowledging the enormous value it has given to my life and the possibility it contains for a greater future. Scholarships will ensure I am able to further pursue my dreams and become a significant individual in society and I greatly appreciate all donors and hope my dreams are worthwhile and significant.

Education

Tarleton State University

Bachelor's degree program
2023 - 2025
  • Majors:
    • Business Administration, Management and Operations

Tarrant County College District

Associate's degree program
2021 - 2023
  • Majors:
    • Business Administration, Management and Operations

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Master's degree program

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Motion Pictures and Film

    • Dream career goals:

    • Accounting Intern

      2CMD INC
      2022 – 20231 year

    Sports

    Cycling

    Intramural
    2020 – Present4 years

    Basketball

    Club
    2016 – 20193 years

    Awards

    • yes

    Soccer

    Club
    2017 – 20225 years

    Awards

    • Yes

    Research

    • food waste

      Global Solutions Conversations Program — Prototype Developer
      2021 – 2023

    Arts

    • lamar high school

      Acting
      yes
      2019 – 2021

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      Dar el-salam Islamic Center
      2016 – Present

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Volunteering

    Philanthropy

    Entrepreneurship

    Book Lovers Scholarship
    If I had to choose one book for the entire world to read, it would unquestionably be "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger. This timeless classic, first published in 1951, has remained popular throughout decades because of its examination of universal issues such as identity, authenticity, and the struggle to find one's place in the world. The novel's protagonist, Holden Caulfield, is a disillusioned adolescent navigating the complexity of adolescence and the obstacles of complying with society's standards. His story progresses over several days as he relates his experiences, ideas, and interactions with numerous people. "The Catcher in the Rye" is a heartbreaking and accessible book for people of all ages and backgrounds due to Holden's mental anguish and yearning for authenticity. This novel's enduring appeal stems from its ability to encapsulate the heart of the human condition—the search for identity and the need for connection. At his heart, Holden Caulfield embodies the human battle to reconcile inner honesty with society's demands. As readers follow him on his trip, they are encouraged to reflect on their own experiences, uncertainties, and goals. J.D. Salinger's outstanding writing and Holden's particular narrative style combine to produce an engrossing and engaging reading experience. The first-person narrative helps readers engage with Holden's thoughts and feelings on a personal level, encouraging empathy and compassion. Readers are urged to question social conventions, confront authority, and consider the validity of their own lives through his prism. "The Catcher in the Rye" has the ability to spark serious discussions on mental health, cultural expectations, and the value of self-discovery. Holden's journey acts as a mirror, reflecting the inward problems that many people endure throughout times of transformation and self-discovery. The book has the potential to inspire empathy, decrease stigma, and promote understanding on a worldwide scale by stimulating talks about these topics. In conclusion, "The Catcher in the Rye" is a literary work that transcends its literary category. It's more than just a coming-of-age story; it's a monument to the universal human desire for honesty and connection. The recommendation of this book to a worldwide audience is an invitation to engage on a common journey of self-discovery, empathy, and understanding—one with the potential to overcome cultural barriers and join readers in a communal examination of what it means to be human.
    Robert F. Lawson Fund for Careers that Care
    Hi there, my name is Heba, and I am starting a creative journey motivated by my passion for writing and filmmaking as well as my deep desire to change the way that people of Middle Eastern ancestry are portrayed in the media. Through cinema, I hope to have a positive influence on the world by challenging prejudices and developing cultural understanding. My passion for storytelling began at an early age, manifesting itself in both the written word and the visual tale. Writing and filmmaking have evolved into effective weapons for addressing a highly personal and emotional issue: the depiction of Middle Eastern people in Western media. My Middle Eastern heritage has fostered in me a deep awareness of the pervasive prejudices that affect my culture. It's frustrating to see people of Middle Eastern heritage reduced to one-dimensional, damaging stereotypes on the big screen and in other forms of media over and over again. The irritation grows when my people's various tales, histories, and identities are eclipsed by the stereotypical and destructive representation of "terrorists" and "brainwashed barbarians." In response to this upsetting fact, my passion for filmmaking takes on a new meaning that goes beyond personal gratification. I imagine a short film of about twenty minutes that confronts these misconceptions head-on. The goal of this film is to provide a forum for honest storytelling while conveying the variety, complexity, and humanity of Middle Eastern lives. It aims to give a new viewpoint that goes beyond the restrictive lens of prevalent preconceptions. Aspiring to be an actress is more than simply a desire to work in the arts; it is a conscious decision to be a voice for the voiceless. It's a pledge to use my lens and perspective to present the world with a new persona—to say, "I am an artist, not a terrorist." Through the characters I play and the stories I tell, I hope to invite audiences to see the diverse tapestry of Middle Eastern identities, to challenge preconceived notions, and to foster a more nuanced and empathetic understanding. Making a good impact in my job entails deconstructing negative beliefs and replacing them with narratives that represent the reality, variety, and humanity of my community. It entails lobbying for honest representation and crafting tales that speak to the numerous people whose lives are frequently misrepresented. In essence, I consider my profession a means of contributing to cultural understanding and bridging the gap between diverse groups. Film has the ability to elicit empathy, challenge preconceptions, and spark debate. I aspire to be a catalyst for change by expressing tales that transcend stereotypes, promoting a more inclusive and compassionate society. In conclusion, my artistic path is connected with a desire to make a positive difference in the world. I strive to be a storyteller who challenges stereotypes, promotes cultural understanding, and amplifies the voices of people who have been unheard for far too long through my writing and filmmaking. I'm Heba, an artist on a quest to reimagine storytelling and contribute to a society that values the diversity of all cultures.
    Financial Literacy Scholarship Award
    In my quest to become financially educated, the finest money lesson I've gotten has been an essential compass leading me through the complicated world of personal finance. Growing up, I did not have the advantage of inherited wealth or financial knowledge. The lack of copious resources, on the other hand, proved a great stimulus for my financial education, teaching me lessons that went far beyond dollars and cents. The notion of delayed gratification is central to the critical money lesson that has had a tremendous influence on my financial literacy path. This lesson was not imparted overtly through words but was engrained in my family's behaviors and decisions. My parents displayed the value of patience and discipline when it came to financial decisions while living on a small income. Our family's approach to significant expenditures is one of the first recollections that epitomizes this lesson. Unlike today's culture of quick gratification, my parents taught me the value of saving, planning, and making sound financial decisions. My parents emphasized the need for patience and strategic planning before making major purchases, whether it was a household appliance or a family trip. This lesson became more clear to me throughout my youth when I began earning my own money through part-time employment. Rather than succumbing to the attraction of instant gratification, I adopted the attitude of devoting a portion of my salary to savings. Seeing the long-term consequences of this disciplined approach was a great reinforcement of the delayed gratification concept. This fundamental lesson proved to be a guiding light as I entered adulthood and faced the possibility of assuming financial obligations. The echoes of delayed gratification reverberated when faced with issues such as choosing between instant pleasures and long-term financial stability. The lesson proved a useful tool in navigating the complex financial world, whether it was avoiding the impulse to make hasty purchases or consistently contributing to savings. Furthermore, this money lesson extended beyond the sphere of personal economics and found resonance in my academic efforts. Understanding the relationship between delayed gratification and education investment became a motivating factor in my dedication to academic greatness. Recognizing school as an investment in my future, I committed to studying carefully and establishing lofty academic goals. The lesson of delayed pleasure has become my compass for making informed decisions in the larger context of financial literacy. It has given me the capacity to negotiate financial difficulties, establish realistic objectives, and choose long-term security above transient joys. This lesson's wisdom has given me a worldview that values financial caution, strategic preparation, and the strength to resist the pull of instant satisfaction. In conclusion, the most important money lesson I've learned on my road to financial literacy comes from the deep idea of delayed gratification. This lesson, instilled in me by my family's deeds and embedded in my own financial decisions, has become a guiding principle. It has influenced how I save, invest, and make overall financial decisions, transcending the domain of dollars and cents to become a holistic life concept.
    Bright Lights Scholarship
    As an aspiring film entrepreneur and screenwriter, I've also made great strides, despite the adversities I’ve faced for my identity as I strived to find my place in the country I hold dearly to my heart and yearn to represent. I was named a quarter-finalist in the famous Golden Script competition, which was assessed by BAFTA and Oscar specialists, and I am aggressively seeking additional prominent accolades in the industry. My path into my chosen career is driven by a profound love of stories and a strong desire to make a difference. I envisage a future in which my stories have a tremendous impact on audiences, crossing cultural borders to touch the hearts and minds of people from all walks of life. This influence goes beyond mere entertainment to cultivate empathy, break down prejudices, and promote a more inclusive and equitable society. Throughout high school and college, I’ve been demeaned because of my hyphenated identities and faith. It's an out-of-body experience to be one of America’s intrinsic others. The paradox is one that defines the very American Muslim experience. I was born in this country, and yet on more than one occasion, I’ve been told to go back to where I came from. As a woman of color, I see my artistic activities as bearing a great deal of responsibility. Art helps me to honestly communicate common feelings and explain the different human experiences. This is very crucial for me since I am of Middle Eastern descent, and it kills me to see the repeated portrayal of my people in mainstream media. We are frequently reduced to damaging stereotypes, such as terrorists or barbarians. I am committed to providing a counter-narrative to the damaging misconceptions that remain in the media by leveraging my unique perspective. Through my work, I hope to reimagine the depiction of my community and foster a real narrative that highlights our common humanity. I hope to use my position as a screenwriter to provide the world with a new view of the Middle Eastern experience, one devoid of negative stereotypes. My purpose is to offer a voice to innumerable Middle Easterners whose lives have been unfairly depicted, allowing them to reclaim their stories and confront the negative preconceptions that linger. This is very personal to me. I am Heba, an artist, not a "terrorist." I hope to be a catalyst for change and understanding. Being one of five children with two in college, including myself, continuing my studies and pursuing my dreams has unfortunately been tedious. Uncertainty looms with each semester passing because I worry about being unable to continue my education and pursue my dreams. Fortunately, with all the financial burdens, my 3.98 GPA continues to flourish, and I currently have all A’s in 18 credit hours at my university. I hope my grades are one of the many reasons I deserve financial support. The Bright Lights scholarship will undoubtedly inspire me more, eliminate the burden of money, and allow me to focus solely on my career and studies. I’m a junior pursuing a bachelor of business administration in management, but my continuous inclusion in the program is uncertain, and I hope my dreams are worthwhile and significant and this Bright Light Scholarship will enable me to wholeheartedly prioritize my education which will further equip me with skills to truly leave an indelible mark on this world. Thank you so much for your time, it is an honor to be considered and heard.
    Friends of Ohm Labs Scholarship
    Being one of five children with two in college, including myself, continuing my studies and pursuing my dreams has unfortunately been tedious. Uncertainty looms with each semester passing because I worry about being unable to continue my education and pursue my dreams. Fortunately, with all the financial burdens, my 3.98 GPA continues to flourish, and I currently have all A’s in 18 credit hours at my university. I hope my grades are one of the many reasons I deserve a scholarship that will undoubtedly inspire me more, eliminate the burden of money, and allow me to focus solely on my career and studies. I’m a junior pursuing a bachelor of business administration in management, but my continuous inclusion in the program is uncertain, and I hope my dreams are worthwhile and significant. As an aspiring film entrepreneur and screenwriter, I've also made great strides, despite the adversities I’ve faced for my identity as I strived to find my place in the country I hold dearly to my heart and yearn to represent. I was named a quarter-finalist in the famous Golden Script competition, which was assessed by BAFTA and Oscar specialists, and I am aggressively seeking additional prominent accolades in the industry. My path into my chosen career is driven by a profound love of stories and a strong desire to make a difference. I envisage a future in which my stories have a tremendous impact on audiences, crossing cultural borders to touch the hearts and minds of people from all walks of life. This influence goes beyond mere entertainment to cultivate empathy, break down prejudices, and promote a more inclusive and equitable society. Throughout high school and college, I’ve been demeaned because of my hyphenated identities and faith. It's an out-of-body experience to be one of America’s intrinsic others. The paradox is one that defines the very American Muslim experience. I was born in this country, and yet on more than one occasion, I’ve been told to go back to where I came from. As a woman of color, I see my artistic activities as bearing a great deal of responsibility. Art helps me to honestly communicate common feelings and explain the different human experiences. This is very crucial for me since I am of Middle Eastern descent, and it kills me to see the repeated portrayal of my people in mainstream media. We are frequently reduced to damaging stereotypes, such as terrorists or barbarians. I am committed to providing a counter-narrative to the damaging misconceptions that remain in the media by leveraging my unique perspective. I hope to reimagine the depiction of my community and foster a real narrative that highlights our common humanity. I hope to use my position as a screenwriter to provide the world with a new view of the Middle Eastern experience, one devoid of negative stereotypes. My purpose is to offer a voice to innumerable Middle Easterners whose lives have been unfairly depicted, allowing them to reclaim their stories and confront the negative preconceptions that linger. This is very personal to me. I am Heba, an artist, not a "terrorist." Through my work, I hope to be a catalyst for change and understanding.
    Veerakasturi and Venkateswarlu Ganapaneni Memorial Scholarship
    Being one of five children with two in college, including myself, continuing my studies and pursuing my dreams has unfortunately been tedious. Uncertainty looms with each semester passing because I worry about being unable to continue my education and pursue my dreams. Fortunately, with all the financial burdens, my 3.98 GPA continues to flourish, and I currently have all A’s in 18 credit hours at my university. I hope my grades are one of the many reasons I deserve a scholarship that will undoubtedly inspire me more, eliminate the burden of money, and allow me to focus solely on my career and studies. I’m a junior pursuing a bachelor of business administration in management, but my continuous inclusion in the program is uncertain, and I hope my dreams are worthwhile and significant. As an aspiring film entrepreneur and screenwriter, I've also made great strides, despite the adversities I’ve faced for my identity as I strived to find my place in the country I hold dearly to my heart and yearn to represent. I was named a quarter-finalist in the famous Golden Script competition, which was assessed by BAFTA and Oscar specialists, and I am aggressively seeking additional prominent accolades in the industry. My path into my chosen career is driven by a profound love of stories and a strong desire to make a difference. I envisage a future in which my stories have a tremendous impact on audiences, crossing cultural borders to touch the hearts and minds of people from all walks of life. This influence goes beyond mere entertainment to cultivate empathy, break down prejudices, and promote a more inclusive and equitable society. Throughout high school and college, I’ve been demeaned because of my hyphenated identities and faith. It's an out-of-body experience to be one of America’s intrinsic others. The paradox is one that defines the very American Muslim experience. I was born in this country, and yet on more than one occasion, I’ve been told to go back to where I came from. As a woman of color, I see my artistic activities as bearing a great deal of responsibility. Art helps me to honestly communicate common feelings and explain the different human experiences. This is very crucial for me since I am of Middle Eastern descent, and it kills me to see the repeated portrayal of my people in mainstream media. We are frequently reduced to damaging stereotypes, such as terrorists or barbarians. I am committed to providing a counter-narrative to the damaging misconceptions that remain in the media by leveraging my unique perspective. I hope to reimagine the depiction of my community and foster a real narrative that highlights our common humanity. I hope to use my position as a screenwriter to provide the world with a new view of the Middle Eastern experience, one devoid of negative stereotypes. My purpose is to offer a voice to innumerable Middle Easterners whose lives have been unfairly depicted, allowing them to reclaim their stories and confront the negative preconceptions that linger. This is very personal to me. I am Heba, an artist, not a "terrorist." Through my work, I hope to be a catalyst for change and understanding.
    West Family Scholarship
    As an aspiring film entrepreneur and screenwriter, leadership exemplifies taking initiative and speaking for the individuals who have no voice and making them heard without reciprocation in mind. Leadership, in my view, transcends mere authority; it is a profound commitment to guiding and inspiring others toward a shared vision. Leadership is about setting an example through one's actions, integrity, and unwavering commitment to values. It is the ability to motivate, support, and empower those around you, fostering collaboration and the collective pursuit of meaningful goals. Leadership is vital because it has the power to effect positive change and drive progress in all aspects of life, whether in business, community, or society at large. Effective leadership encourages diversity, inclusion, and the recognition of individual strengths, ultimately leading to innovation and growth. It instills a sense of purpose and direction, and it is instrumental in creating a more just, compassionate, and equitable world. Leadership, in all its forms, shapes the future, and I am committed to embodying it in my career and life as a force for positive transformation. My path into my chosen career is driven by a profound love of stories and a strong desire to make a difference. I envisage a future in which my stories have a tremendous impact on audiences, crossing cultural borders to touch the hearts and minds of people from all walks of life. This influence goes beyond mere entertainment to cultivate empathy, break down prejudices, and promote a more inclusive and equitable society. Throughout high school and college, I’ve been demeaned because of my hyphenated identities and faith. It's an out-of-body experience to be one of America’s intrinsic others. The paradox is one that defines the very American Muslim experience. I was born in this country, and yet on more than one occasion, I’ve been told to go back to where I came from. As a woman of color, I see my artistic activities as bearing a great deal of responsibility. Art helps me to honestly communicate common feelings and explain the different human experiences. This is very crucial for me since I am of Middle Eastern descent, and it kills me to see the repeated portrayal of my people in mainstream media. We are frequently reduced to damaging stereotypes, such as terrorists or barbarians. I am committed to providing a counter-narrative to the damaging misconceptions that remain in the media by leveraging my unique perspective. I hope to reimagine the depiction of my community and foster a real narrative that highlights our common humanity. I hope to use my position as a screenwriter to provide the world with a new view on the Middle Eastern experience, one devoid of negative stereotypes. My purpose is to offer a voice to innumerable Middle Easterners whose lives have been unfairly depicted, allowing them to reclaim their stories and confront the negative preconceptions that linger. This is very personal to me. I am Heba, an artist, not a "terrorist." Through my work, I hope to be a catalyst for change and understanding. As a future leader, I am committed to embodying these principles to make a positive impact in my chosen field and beyond.
    Abu Omar Halal Scholarship
    As an aspiring film industry entrepreneur, I've also made great strides despite the adversities I’ve faced for my identity as I strived to find my place in the country I hold dearly to my heart and yearn to represent. I was named a quarter-finalist in the famous Golden Script competition, which was assessed by BAFTA and Oscar specialists, and I am aggressively seeking additional prominent accolades in the industry. While my goal as a screenwriter and desire to start my own film production business may appear to be diametrically opposed to my major in business administration, there is a deep relationship between them. The tough courses I am taking are providing me with the required abilities for efficient and effective company management, particularly in the field of film production. My degree plan includes fundamental expertise in management, finance, and strategic decision-making, all of which will be useful in running my own business. My path into my chosen career is driven by a profound love of stories and a strong desire to make a difference. I envisage a future in which my stories have a tremendous impact on audiences, crossing cultural borders to touch the hearts and minds of people from all walks of life. This influence goes beyond mere entertainment to cultivate empathy, break down prejudices, and promote a more inclusive and equitable society. My professional interest is motivated by the notion that art can be a strong tool for social change. I want to make films and stories that reveal the fringes and effect a transformational societal shift. As a filmmaker and entrepreneur, I am dedicated to elevating marginalized perspectives, exposing stories that challenge stereotypes, and creating debate on pressing problems. My ambitions, however, go beyond entrepreneurship. As a woman of color, I see my artistic activities as bearing a great deal of responsibility. Art helps me to honestly communicate common feelings and explain the different human experiences. This is very crucial for me since I am of Middle Eastern descent, and it kills me to see the repeated portrayal of my people in mainstream media. We are frequently reduced to damaging stereotypes, such as terrorists or barbarians. Furthermore, my personal experiences as a woman of color with a Middle Eastern heritage have greatly influenced my purpose. I am committed to providing a counter-narrative to the damaging misconceptions that remain in the media by leveraging my unique perspective. I hope to reimagine the depiction of my community and foster a real narrative that highlights our common humanity. I am determined to change these narratives. I hope to use my position as a screenwriter to provide the world with a new view of the Middle Eastern experience, one devoid of negative stereotypes. My purpose is to offer a voice to innumerable Middle Easterners whose lives have been unfairly depicted, allowing them to reclaim their stories and confront the negative preconceptions that linger. This is very personal to me. I am Heba, an artist, not a "terrorist." Through my work, I hope to be a catalyst for change and understanding. Being one of five children, uncertainty looms with each semester passing because I worry about being unable to continue my education and pursue my dreams. Fortunately, my 3.98 GPA continues to flourish, and I currently have all A’s in 18 credit hours at my university. I hope my grades are one of the many reasons I deserve a scholarship that will undoubtedly inspire me more, eliminate the burden of money, and allow me to focus solely on my career and studies.
    Windward Spirit Scholarship
    The "Ode to Millennials—Gen Z" is a compelling reflection on the current younger generations' unique challenges and opportunities. The essay contrasts the Greatest Generation, who lived through the Great Depression and World War II, with the Millennials—Gen Z, who are inheriting a challenging world marked by economic uncertainty and geopolitical challenges. The text's main point is that these younger generations, like their predecessors, are prepared to meet the huge problems they face with a sense of duty and responsibility. The text poses an intriguing question: Will Millennials and Generation Z become "The Greatest Generation 2.0"? This question indicates that they are on a collision course with destiny, a destiny that entails confronting and fixing the difficulties left behind by earlier generations. The author emphasizes the difficulties that these young generations confront, such as poor earnings, significant unemployment, the load of student loans, and an unfair healthcare system. Despite these problems, the text contends that Millennials and Generation Z have a distinct sense of optimism and resilience that distinguishes them from prior generations. The author's remark that the elder generation frequently desires that the younger generation follow in their footsteps is a recurring subject in generational relations. This urge for the younger generation to do things "our way" has been identified as a source of generational conflict. The author admits this tension by stating that their generation does not understand why Millennials and Generation Z do not use phones. This generational divide is a common issue in discussions concerning the changing choices and habits of younger generations. Despite technological and communication contrasts, the text goes on to show the commonalities between the Greatest Generation and the Millennials—Gen Z. Both faced financial difficulties and uncertain futures, and both responded to the call of duty with a feeling of obligation. This contrast illustrates that, in times of crisis, a sense of duty and responsibility is a common thread that links generations together. The text also praises Millennials and Generation Z for their civility and compassion, describing them as a respectable and caring age. While the older generation may have caused some of the issues, the younger generation tackles the work of tackling these challenges with respect and empathy. This readiness to confront difficulties without bitterness or blame is regarded as a good feature that distinguishes them. The "Ode to Millennials—Gen Z" provides a serious examination of the difficulties and opportunities facing today's younger generations. It acknowledges their distinct talents as well as their desire to handle the complicated challenges they face. The text portrays a feeling of hope and trust in the abilities of Millennials—Gen Z—to have a lasting and constructive effect on the world. The focus on optimism, resilience, and a feeling of responsibility as distinguishing traits of Millennials and Generation Z is both encouraging and thought-provoking. It emphasizes the necessity of cultivating these skills and empowering the next generation to be active participants in crafting a better future. It exemplifies the resilient human spirit and the possibility for constructive development. "Ode to Millennials—Gen Z" is a thought-provoking text that considers the problems and opportunities of a generation confronted with unique circumstances. It is a call to action, urging Millennials and Generation Z to accept their role in tackling today's complicated concerns. The text instills optimism and faith in these young people's ability to be agents of positive change, therefore perpetuating the cycle. In the words of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, "This generation has a rendezvous with destiny." This powerful phrase resonates with Millennials and Generation Z, who are on the cusp of a changing world. They are prepared to inherit both the challenges and possibilities of a changing global world, just as their forefathers did during the turbulent eras of the Great Depression and World War II, rightly dubbed by Tom Brokaw as "The Greatest Generation." The connection between these historical epochs may not be obvious at first, but it holds a profound message of hope and resilience for Millennials-Gen Z. We are on the verge of a future that may appear fraught with economic insecurity, social inequalities, and environmental crises, but there is a remarkable similarity between my generation Gen Z and "The Greatest Generation." The core of generational obligation and the desire to make a difference remains consistent, linking the past and present. My generation's attitude toward adversity is distinguished by unshakeable optimism and resilience. We are willing to confront today's most important challenges, from economic instability to climate change, without bitterness or blame. This enthusiasm, along with our natural politeness and generosity, distinguishes us in a world rife with division and strife. It’s fairly unusual to hear, "You're inheriting a world with problems created by the previous generation; how can you fix them?" But my generation replies with tenacity and a clear certainty that we can and will overcome these difficulties. We approach our destiny with a feeling of purpose and obligation, as "The Greatest Generation" did before us. We can face concerns of economic insecurity, injustice, and environmental degradation with the same grace and dignity that distinguished "The Greatest Generation." We must remember that we are not alone as we traverse the difficulties of modern life. My generation is bound together by a common vision of a better future and a collective will to make it a reality. Our path to meeting our destiny is characterized by optimism, fortitude, and the unyielding conviction that we can be a force for good. We must embrace our potential, and know that we are the writers of a new chapter in history, one filled with dedication, generosity, and devotion to a better society, one that rivals or even surpasses "The Greatest Generation." It is a rallying cry. Our desire, ambition, and zeal to make a difference will influence the world we inherit and leave an indelible mark. The torch has been transferred to us, and the world anxiously awaits "The Greatest Generation 2.0."
    Augustus L. Harper Scholarship
    Education is the foundation of human and societal development, a transformational force that molds individuals and societies while encouraging progress and enlightenment. I believe that education is critical not just for the acquisition of information but also for the tremendous influence it has on our personal growth, the enrichment of our viewpoints, and the overall advancement of society. Throughout my educational path, I have seen the benefits it provides, both in my life and in the larger society. To me, education is a path to understanding, progress, and empowerment. It gives people the tools they need to interpret the world's intricacies, challenge preconceived assumptions, and participate in critical thinking. This path to enlightenment broadens one's perspectives while also deepening one's comprehension of the world's vast web of information. It encourages intellectual curiosity and a lifetime dedication to study, which promotes human development. I have personally seen the transformational impact of information throughout my school experiences. Curiosity is instilled in us by education, which encourages us to question the world around us. It arouses a desire for discovery and the pursuit of solutions to life's most important concerns. It motivates us to question the status quo, therefore opening the road for innovation and advancement. The importance of education goes beyond the classroom. It fosters not just cognitive growth but also character and value development. Learning creates attributes like tenacity, discipline, and a strong work ethic. These characteristics are not only important for academic performance, but they are also life skills that enable people to tackle obstacles and overcome adversity. Furthermore, education acts as a springboard for self-discovery. It enables people to discover their passions, abilities, and interests. It gives us the opportunity for personal development and self-realization, allowing us to discover our potential and strive toward our objectives. Education gives us the ability to make educated judgments about our jobs, interests, and life choices. Education has added considerable value to my life by cultivating my passion for writing and communication. I acquired an interest in language and narrative as a student. I improved my writing talents through school, learning to explain complicated concepts in a clear, succinct, and entertaining manner. This has not only helped me in my academic endeavors, but it has also opened doors to many career options. Education has also introduced me to a variety of ideas and civilizations. It extended my horizons and improved my understanding of the world. I have gained a more thorough understanding of society by meeting with people from all backgrounds and engaging in a wide range of issues. Education has taught me the value of variety as well as the significance of empathy and understanding. Education, in essence, is a tool for enlightenment, change, and empowerment. It has added enormous worth to my life by molding me into an inquisitive, sympathetic, and powerful person. It has opened doors to a world of opportunity and provided me with the skills and information I need to negotiate the complexity of life. Looking ahead, I am determined to continue my educational journey as both a learner and a contributor to the educational environment. Through education, I aspire to not only expand my own knowledge and talents but also to inspire and empower others. I think that education is a basic human right, and it is my ambition to strive toward making high-quality education available to everybody, regardless of socioeconomic status or geographic location. It is a privilege and a duty that I treasure, acknowledging the enormous value it has given to my life and the possibility it contains for a greater future.
    Heather Lynn Scott McDaniel Memorial Scholarship
    As an aspiring film entrepreneur and screenwriter, I've also made great strides, despite the adversities I’ve faced for my identity as I strived to find my place in the country I hold dearly to my heart and yearn to represent. I was named a quarter-finalist in the famous Golden Script competition, which was assessed by BAFTA and Oscar specialists, and I am aggressively seeking additional prominent accolades in the industry. My path into my chosen career is driven by a profound love of stories and a strong desire to make a difference. I envisage a future in which my stories have a tremendous impact on audiences, crossing cultural borders to touch the hearts and minds of people from all walks of life. This influence goes beyond mere entertainment to cultivate empathy, break down prejudices, and promote a more inclusive and equitable society. Throughout high school and college, I’ve been demeaned because of my hyphenated identities and faith. It's an out-of-body experience to be one of America’s intrinsic others. The paradox is one that defines the very American Muslim experience. I was born in this country, and yet on more than one occasion, I’ve been told to go back where I came from. As a woman of color, I see my artistic activities as bearing a great deal of responsibility. Art helps me to honestly communicate common feelings and explain the different human experiences. This is very crucial for me since I am of Middle Eastern descent, and it kills me to see the repeated portrayal of my people in mainstream media. We are frequently reduced to damaging stereotypes, such as terrorists or barbarians. I am committed to providing a counter-narrative to the damaging misconceptions that remain in the media by leveraging my unique perspective. I hope to reimagine the depiction of my community and foster a real narrative that highlights our common humanity. I hope to use my position as a screenwriter to provide the world with a new view of the Middle Eastern experience, one devoid of negative stereotypes. My purpose is to offer a voice to innumerable Middle Easterners whose lives have been unfairly depicted, allowing them to reclaim their stories and confront the negative preconceptions that linger. This is very personal to me. I am Heba, an artist, not a "terrorist." Through my work, I hope to be a catalyst for change and understanding. Being one of five children with two in college, including myself, continuing my studies and pursuing my dreams has unfortunately been tedious. Uncertainty looms with each semester passing because I worry about being unable to continue my education and pursue my dreams. Fortunately, with all the financial burdens, my 3.98 GPA continues to flourish, and I currently have all A’s in 18 credit hours at my university. I hope my grades are one of the many reasons I deserve a scholarship that will undoubtedly inspire me more, eliminate the burden of money, and allow me to focus solely on my career and studies. I’m a junior pursuing a bachelor of business administration in management, but my continuous inclusion in the program is uncertain, and I hope my dreams are worthwhile and significant.
    Beatrice Diaz Memorial Scholarship
    As an aspiring film industry entrepreneur, I've also made great strides. I was named a quarter-finalist in the famous Golden Script competition, which was assessed by BAFTA and Oscar specialists, and I am aggressively seeking additional prominent accolades in the industry. While my goal as a screenwriter and desire to start my own film production business may appear to be diametrically opposed to my major in business administration, there is a deep relationship between them. The tough courses I am taking are providing me with the required abilities for efficient and effective company management, particularly in the field of film production. My degree plan includes fundamental expertise in management, finance, and strategic decision-making, all of which will be useful in running my own business. My path into my chosen career is driven by a profound love of stories and a strong desire to make a difference. I envisage a future in which my stories have a tremendous impact on audiences, crossing cultural borders to touch the hearts and minds of people from all walks of life. This influence goes beyond mere entertainment to cultivate empathy, break down prejudices, and promote a more inclusive and equitable society. My professional interest is motivated by the notion that art can be a strong tool for social change. I want to make films and stories that reveal the fringes and effect a transformational societal shift. As a filmmaker and entrepreneur, I am dedicated to elevating marginalized perspectives, exposing stories that challenge stereotypes, and creating debate on pressing problems. My ambitions, however, go beyond entrepreneurship. As a woman of color, I see my artistic activities as bearing a great deal of responsibility. Art helps me to honestly communicate common feelings and explain the different human experiences. This is very crucial for me since I am of Middle Eastern descent, and it kills me to see the repeated portrayal of my people in mainstream media. We are frequently reduced to damaging stereotypes, such as terrorists or barbarians. Furthermore, my personal experiences as a woman of color with a Middle Eastern heritage have greatly influenced my purpose. I am committed to providing a counter-narrative to the damaging misconceptions that remain in the media by leveraging my unique perspective. I hope to reimagine the depiction of my community and foster a real narrative that highlights our common humanity. I am determined to change these narratives. I hope to use my position as a screenwriter and film producer to provide the world with a new view of the Middle Eastern experience, one devoid of negative stereotypes. My purpose is to offer a voice to innumerable Middle Easterners whose lives have been unfairly depicted, allowing them to reclaim their stories and confront the negative preconceptions that linger. This is very personal to me. I am Heba, an artist, not a "terrorist." Through my work, I hope to be a catalyst for change and understanding. Throughout my time in college, I have maintained an exceptional academic record, obtaining A grades on a frequent basis. My dedication to greatness is shown in my academic load, which includes 16 credits finished last spring, 12 during the summer, and 18 credits presently in progress, all of which are expected to achieve A grades. As a University Honors student, I am pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management with a current GPA of 3.98, which I am aiming to raise by the conclusion of this semester. My ultimate objective is to attain a flawless 4.0 GPA, which I am really passionate about.
    Priscilla Shireen Luke Scholarship
    Currently, I give back to my community by offering companionship and assistance to vulnerable people, notably the elderly. My long-term ambition is to have an effect that extends beyond my own neighborhood. I want to be an advocate for underrepresented communities, using my voice and actions to dispel prejudices and foster understanding. I intend to contribute to a more inclusive, empathic, and compassionate society through my professional job, community participation, and advocacy work. At the moment, my constant devotion to providing companionship and assistance to vulnerable folks, particularly the elderly, demonstrates my commitment to giving back to the community. While this experience has been extremely satisfying, it is only the beginning of my path toward making a good influence on a larger scale. My future vision is to broaden the breadth of my impact and activism. My long-term objective is to become an outspoken champion for underrepresented populations, fighting misconceptions and encouraging understanding. This activism will pervade my professional career, community activity, and personal existence. I see myself actively contributing to a more inclusive, sympathetic, and compassionate society in which every person's story is respected and every voice is heard. Through my activities and dedication to change, I hope to encourage others to join us in making the world a better place for all. My current volunteer actions have primarily been on a local basis, but my future goals reach well beyond the borders of my town. I am committed to creating a good global effect by tackling issues that transcend regional boundaries. While the specifics of how I will give back internationally are still being worked out, my core values are empathy, education, and empowerment. One of my main goals is to work on projects that promote quality education for poor children all around the world. Education is a great instrument for breaking the cycle of poverty and enabling people to attain their full potential. I intend to partner with groups that share my vision to create educational opportunities, provide resources, and improve learning circumstances for poor children. In addition, I am deeply committed to environmental protection and sustainable methods. In the future, I wish to work on environmental initiatives and push for a more sustainable and harmonious connection between humans and the world. Supporting efforts that safeguard natural resources, maintain biodiversity, and battle climate change is part of my commitment to give back to the planet. I hope to contribute to the well-being of communities all around the world by integrating my principles of selflessness, compassion, genuineness, and empathy with a global perspective. While the details of my future pursuits may change, the basic concepts of compassion, understanding, and making a good difference will not.
    Beyond The C.L.O.U.D Scholarship
    As an aspiring film industry entrepreneur, I've also made great strides. I was named a quarter-finalist in the famous Golden Script competition, which was assessed by BAFTA and Oscar specialists, and I am aggressively seeking additional prominent accolades in the industry. While my goal as a screenwriter and desire to start my own film production business may appear to be diametrically opposed to my major in business administration, there is a deep relationship between them. The tough courses I am taking are providing me with the required abilities for efficient and effective company management, particularly in the field of film production. My degree plan includes fundamental expertise in management, finance, and strategic decision-making, all of which will be useful in running my own business. My path into my chosen career is driven by a profound love of stories and a strong desire to make a difference. I envisage a future in which my stories have a tremendous impact on audiences, crossing cultural borders to touch the hearts and minds of people from all walks of life. This influence goes beyond mere entertainment to cultivate empathy, break down prejudices, and promote a more inclusive and equitable society. My professional interest is motivated by the notion that art can be a strong tool for social change. I want to make films and stories that reveal the fringes and effect a transformational societal shift. As a filmmaker and entrepreneur, I am dedicated to elevating marginalized perspectives, exposing stories that challenge stereotypes, and creating debate on pressing problems. My ambitions, however, go beyond entrepreneurship. As a woman of color, I see my artistic activities as bearing a great deal of responsibility. Art helps me to honestly communicate common feelings and explain the different human experiences. This is very crucial for me since I am of Middle Eastern descent, and it kills me to see the repeated portrayal of my people in mainstream media. We are frequently reduced to damaging stereotypes, such as terrorists or barbarians. Furthermore, my personal experiences as a woman of color with a Middle Eastern heritage have greatly influenced my purpose. I am committed to providing a counter-narrative to the damaging misconceptions that remain in the media by leveraging my unique perspective. I hope to reimagine the depiction of my community and foster a real narrative that highlights our common humanity. I am determined to change these narratives. I hope to use my position as a screenwriter and film producer to provide the world with a new view on the Middle Eastern experience, one devoid of negative stereotypes. My purpose is to offer a voice to innumerable Middle Easterners whose lives have been unfairly depicted, allowing them to reclaim their stories and confront the negative preconceptions that linger. This is very personal to me. I am Heba, an artist, not a "terrorist." Through my work, I hope to be a catalyst for change and understanding. Throughout my time in college, I have maintained an exceptional academic record, obtaining A grades on a frequent basis. My dedication to greatness is shown in my academic load, which includes 16 credits finished last spring, 12 during the summer, and 18 credits presently in progress, all of which are expected to achieve A grades. As a University Honors student, I am pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management with a current GPA of 3.98, which I am aiming to raise by the conclusion of this semester. My ultimate objective is to attain a flawless 4.0 GPA, which I am really passionate about.
    Sean Carroll's Mindscape Big Picture Scholarship
    The universe, with its incomprehensible size and complexity, has long inspired tremendous awe and interest in humans. Exploring the wonders of the cosmos is a voyage of the human spirit that transcends academic borders and inspires a strong link between film and science. As an aspiring artist specifically a filmmaker, I am convinced that comprehending the nature of our cosmos is not only vital but also necessary for our collective comprehension of existence. In this exploration, I hope to use a fusion of ideas and concepts from film and science to build a bridge between two seemingly disparate fields. Understanding the cosmos is a core human pursuit that has resulted in some of the most significant advances in human history. Our curiosity about the universe has propelled us to push the frontiers of knowledge, from early astronomers gazing at the night sky to modern-day astrophysicists investigating the depths of space. But why is it so important that we keep working toward a deeper knowledge of the universe? To begin with, the cosmos is our home. It is the stage on which the story of life plays, and as occupants of this cosmic theater, we are naturally curious about our surroundings. Exploring the cosmos teaches us about the origins and evolution of our globe, as well as the tale of our own existence. It provides solutions to age-old puzzles about the nature of reality, the origin of galaxies, and the possibility of life beyond our planet. Secondly, our comprehension of the cosmos has immediate practical consequences. Space exploration and cosmology research have resulted in several technical advances and scientific discoveries. From satellite technology to medical imaging improvements, information obtained through the study of the cosmos has practical implications that help civilization as a whole. Furthermore, the quest for space exploration is frequently used to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, and filmmakers. Our cosmic journey creates a sense of oneness and humility. As we begin to comprehend the grandeur of the universe, we are reminded of our place within it, evoking a sense of common humanity. The cosmic viewpoint promotes global awareness, transcending boundaries and differences, and reminds us that we are all passengers on the same spacecraft Earth. Film and science are sometimes considered distinct fields, although they have the same goal: the quest for truth and knowledge. I hope to bridge the realms of movies and science in my quest to better comprehend the cosmos, realizing that they are not mutually exclusive but complementary ways to research. With its capacity for creation and emotional expression, cinema has the ability to arouse wonder and curiosity about the cosmos. Through my artistic expertise, I hope to produce works that bridge the gap between scientific understanding of the universe and the emotional resonance it provokes. I hope to capture the awe-inspiring grandeur of the world and impart its secrets to a wider audience via film, and other forms of creative expression. The theme of cosmic connection is one that I aim to use in my film specialization. From the dance of galaxies to the complex intricacies of subatomic particles, the cosmos is a huge network of interrelated occurrences. I believe that cinema has the power to express the vast fabric of the cosmos by emphasizing the interplay of many elements and scales of existence. Through my art, I hope to convey the sense that we are all part of a broader cosmic story and that our actions resonate through the universe's interconnected strands. In my profession, I hope to work with scientists and researchers to further bridge the gap between films and science. I believe that movies may play an important role in making complicated scientific topics more accessible and interesting to a wider audience. By collaborating with scientists, I wish to contribute to educational and outreach activities that foster a greater respect for the universe. The investigation of the universe is a voyage that defies both time and discipline. It is a journey that brings together cinema and science in the pursuit of understanding and wonder. Unraveling the secrets of the cosmos is crucial because it not only increases our knowledge but also feeds the human soul. As an artist, I am dedicated to using the power of imagination and passion to portray the universe's beauty and complexity. I aspire to produce works that pique people's interest and kindle their imaginations, forging a stronger bond between people and the cosmos. Furthermore, I consider my job in partnering with scientists to be bridging the gap between art and science, making complicated topics accessible and appealing to a wider audience. In the end, the quest to comprehend the universe is a cosmic trip that connects us in our shared fascination with the cosmos. It's a voyage that makes us want to look up at the stars, ponder our role in the cosmos, and rejoice in the tremendous connectivity of all things.
    Yolanda and Sam Shuster Scholarship
    My parents were aspiring individuals driven by a deep-seated desire to create a lasting and positive impact on the world through their respective careers as doctors and educators. Their journey in higher education had been marked by significant hurdles. As immigrant Arab American students, they encountered financial hardships, discrimination, and bullying that many individuals may not fully comprehend. Nevertheless, these experiences shaped their characters and propelled them to persevere. They learned resilience and determination through these challenges, and they've fueled my commitment to creating authentic stories accessible and equitable for my community. As an aspiring film industry entrepreneur, I've also made great strides despite the adversities I’ve faced for my identity as I strived to find my place in the country I hold dearly to my heart and yearn to represent. I was named a quarter-finalist in the famous Golden Script competition, which was assessed by BAFTA and Oscar specialists, and I am aggressively seeking additional prominent accolades in the industry. While my goal as a screenwriter and desire to start my own film production business may appear to be diametrically opposed to my major in business administration, there is a deep relationship between them. The tough courses I am taking are providing me with the required abilities for efficient and effective company management, particularly in the field of film production. My degree plan includes fundamental expertise in management, finance, and strategic decision-making, all of which will be useful in running my own business. My path into my chosen career is driven by a profound love of stories and a strong desire to make a difference. I envisage a future in which my stories have a tremendous impact on audiences, crossing cultural borders to touch the hearts and minds of people from all walks of life. This influence goes beyond mere entertainment to cultivate empathy, break down prejudices, and promote a more inclusive and equitable society. As a woman of color, I see my artistic activities as bearing a great deal of responsibility. Art helps me to honestly communicate common feelings and explain the different human experiences. This is very crucial for me since I am of Middle Eastern descent, and it kills me to see the repeated portrayal of my people in mainstream media. We are frequently reduced to damaging stereotypes, such as terrorists or barbarians. I’m committed to providing a counter-narrative to the damaging misconceptions that remain in the media by leveraging my unique perspective. My parents' journey was guided by a strong sense of purpose and leadership and I believe that my chosen path will allow me to contribute significantly to the betterment of society. Leadership, to me, is more than authority; it is about inspiring and motivating others to reach their full potential. Leaders set examples through actions, integrity, and a commitment to values, thereby fostering collaboration and the collective pursuit of meaningful goals. Through my work, I hope to reimagine the depiction of my community and foster a real narrative that highlights our common humanity.
    McClendon Leadership Award
    As an aspiring film entrepreneur and screenwriter, leadership exemplifies taking initiative and speaking for individuals who have no voice and making them heard without reciprocation in mind. Leadership, in my view, transcends mere authority; it is a profound commitment to guiding and inspiring others toward a shared vision. Leadership is about setting an example through one's actions, integrity, and unwavering commitment to values. It is the ability to motivate, support, and empower those around you, fostering collaboration and the collective pursuit of meaningful goals. Leadership is vital because it has the power to effect positive change and drive progress in all aspects of life, whether in business, community, or society at large. Effective leadership encourages diversity, inclusion, and the recognition of individual strengths, ultimately leading to innovation and growth. It instills a sense of purpose and direction, and it is instrumental in creating a more just, compassionate, and equitable world. Leadership, in all its forms, shapes the future, and I am committed to embodying it in my career and life as a force for positive transformation. My path into my chosen career is driven by a profound love of stories and a strong desire to make a difference. I envisage a future in which my stories have a tremendous impact on audiences, crossing cultural borders to touch the hearts and minds of people from all walks of life. This influence goes beyond mere entertainment to cultivate empathy, break down prejudices, and promote a more inclusive and equitable society. Throughout high school and college, I’ve been demeaned because of my hyphenated identities and faith. It's an out-of-body experience to be one of America’s intrinsic others. The paradox is one that defines the very American Muslim experience. I was born in this country, and yet on more than one occasion, I’ve been told to go back where I came from. As a woman of color, I see my artistic activities as bearing a great deal of responsibility. Art helps me to honestly communicate common feelings and explain the different human experiences. This is very crucial for me since I am of Middle Eastern descent, and it kills me to see the repeated portrayal of my people in mainstream media. We are frequently reduced to damaging stereotypes, such as terrorists or barbarians. I am committed to providing a counter-narrative to the damaging misconceptions that remain in the media by leveraging my unique perspective. I hope to reimagine the depiction of my community and foster a real narrative that highlights our common humanity. I hope to use my position as a screenwriter to provide the world with a new view of the Middle Eastern experience, one devoid of negative stereotypes. My purpose is to offer a voice to innumerable Middle Easterners whose lives have been unfairly depicted, allowing them to reclaim their stories and confront the negative preconceptions that linger. This is very personal to me. I am Heba, an artist, not a "terrorist." Through my work, I hope to be a catalyst for change and understanding. As a future leader, I am committed to embodying these principles to make a positive impact in my chosen field and beyond.
    Patricia A. Curley Memorial Arts Scholarship
    As an aspiring screenwriter, I've also made great strides, despite the adversities I’ve faced for my identity as I strived to find my place in the country I hold dearly to my heart and yearn to represent. I was named a quarter-finalist in the famous Golden Script competition, which was assessed by BAFTA and Oscar specialists, and I am aggressively seeking additional prominent accolades in the industry. My path into my chosen career is driven by a profound love of stories and a strong desire to make a difference. I envisage a future in which my stories have a tremendous impact on audiences, crossing cultural borders to touch the hearts and minds of people from all walks of life. This influence goes beyond mere entertainment to cultivate empathy, break down prejudices, and promote a more inclusive and equitable society. As a woman of color, I see my artistic activities as bearing a great deal of responsibility. Art helps me to honestly communicate common feelings and explain the different human experiences. This is very crucial for me since I am of Middle Eastern descent, and it kills me to see the repeated portrayal of my people in mainstream media. We are frequently reduced to damaging stereotypes, such as terrorists or barbarians. I am committed to providing a counter-narrative to the damaging misconceptions that remain in the media by leveraging my unique perspective. I hope to reimagine the depiction of my community and foster a real narrative that highlights our common humanity. I hope to use my position as a screenwriter to provide the world with a new view of the Middle Eastern experience, one devoid of negative stereotypes. My purpose is to offer a voice to innumerable Middle Easterners whose lives have been unfairly depicted, allowing them to reclaim their stories and confront the negative preconceptions that linger. This is very personal to me. I am Heba, an artist, not a "terrorist." Through my work, I hope to be a catalyst for change and understanding. Being one of five children with two in college, including myself, continuing my studies and pursuing my dreams has unfortunately been tedious. Uncertainty looms with each semester passing because I worry about being unable to continue my education and pursue my dreams. Fortunately, with all the financial burdens, my 3.98 GPA continues to flourish, and I currently have all A’s in 18 credit hours at my university. I hope my grades are one of the many reasons I deserve a scholarship that will undoubtedly inspire me more, eliminate the burden of money, and allow me to focus solely on my career and studies. I’m a junior pursuing a bachelor of business administration in management, but my continuous inclusion in the program is uncertain, and I hope my dreams are worthwhile and significant. Being an artistic person, my right and left brain, although used for different reasons, complement each other very well. I use my right brain for brainstorming and ideas that I have with the intent of figuring out a variety of new ideas. Through this, I gather a variety of emotions, thoughts, and preferences based on the things I love, which tweaks the original art I create. Art is mainly heightened on the right side, but I engage my left side, which is valuable, encouraging me to organize, study, and analyze. I use my left side, and I collect these thoughts deeply, research which ones are best, and decide on which idea I will be using. Overall, my left side keeps me disciplined and provides me with organization.
    Reasons To Be - In Memory of Jimmy Watts
    My volunteer experience, which revolved around offering company and assistance to an elderly neighbor, exemplifies my desire to help others in need. It embodies my idea that caring for the vulnerable is a necessary component of creating a compassionate society. In the future, I hope to broaden my dedication to making a good difference by working on changing negative stereotypes, particularly those linked to Muslims in my screenwriting field. In our varied culture, I think that everyone deserves to be seen, heard, and cherished. I intend to use my activities and activism to offer a voice to oppressed populations, especially Muslims, while also working to break down misconceptions and create understanding and togetherness. My community service path has revolved around offering companionship and assistance to the elderly, a vulnerable and frequently unheard demographic. It symbolizes my unshakeable dedication to making a good difference and cultivating a more compassionate society. This service experience not only affected my current acts but also paved the way for my future pursuits. In the next years, I hope to broaden the breadth of my influence by concentrating on a larger advocacy mission: combating negative stereotypes, particularly those that affect the Muslim community. My volunteer experience, together with my personal conviction, has strengthened my opinion that every individual deserves to be recognized, to have a voice, and to have a place in our varied society. My service experience transcends age groups, reaching out to individuals who are disadvantaged and voiceless in society. It has inspired me to alter negative stereotypes of Muslims and to establish a forum for their views to be heard. Muslims, like the elderly, are frequently subjected to prejudices and misunderstandings that cast them in a bad light. My objective is to create a system of support that helps Muslims to feel seen and heard, while simultaneously encouraging others to consider Muslims as an important part of our varied community. I want to start an organization that promotes cultural and religious understanding, tolerance, and harmony. I hope to establish an atmosphere where individuals can learn about one another's stories and develop bridges of understanding by delivering educational programs, cultural exchanges, and storytelling projects. This project is in line with my wider vision for the future, which is to encourage global inclusion, diversity, and empathy. I wish to contribute to a more harmonious and compassionate society by striving to break down preconceptions and create spaces for debate and cooperation. This vision is more than a personal goal; it is a commitment to solving today's difficulties and making a positive difference. As a woman of color, I see my artistic activities as bearing a great deal of responsibility. Art helps me to honestly communicate common feelings and explain the different human experiences. This is very crucial for me since I am of Muslim descent, and it kills me to see the repeated portrayal of my people in mainstream media. We are frequently reduced to damaging stereotypes, such as terrorists or barbarians. I am committed to providing a counter-narrative to the damaging misconceptions that remain in the media by leveraging my unique perspective. I hope to reimagine the depiction of my community and foster a real narrative that highlights our common humanity. My purpose is to offer a voice to innumerable Muslims whose lives have been unfairly depicted, allowing them to reclaim their stories and confront the negative preconceptions that linger. This is very personal to me. I am Heba, an artist, not a "terrorist." Through my work, I hope to be a catalyst for change and understanding.
    Colby R. Eggleston and Kyla Lee Entrepreneurship Award
    I want to start a film production firm that will elevate the voices and experiences of marginalized communities, with a particular emphasis on those of Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) ancestry. This company would benefit the overall well-being of my neighborhood by encouraging diversity and inclusion in the media sector, therefore challenging prejudices and cultivating empathy and understanding. To grow my business, I intend to work with local creatives and storytellers from the MENA region, giving them a platform to share their tales and experiences. We can reframe the narrative, dispel misconceptions, and celebrate our community's rich cultural tapestry by harnessing their diverse viewpoints. My entrepreneurial ambition is around the creation of a film production firm dedicated to promoting the voices and experiences of marginalized people. I envisage a particular emphasis on those of Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) origin. This firm has the potential to be a big force for good in my neighborhood and beyond. The film production firm would help to challenge preconceptions, create empathy, and advance societal harmony. It would provide a forum for long-marginalized and unheard voices. To make this vision a reality, I intend to work with local creatives and storytellers from MENA backgrounds, giving them the opportunity to express their unique experiences and perspectives. By offering this forum, we can collaborate to shift the narrative, dispel misconceptions, and celebrate our community's cultural diversity. Through these joint efforts, I hope to contribute to the development of a more inclusive and compassionate society in which every voice is respected and every story is heard. The formation of a film production firm with an emphasis on portraying the perspectives and experiences of minorities, particularly those of Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) ancestry, is one business concept I feel might favorably influence my local community and contribute to its overall well-being. This company would address a critical need in the film and entertainment industries by giving underrepresented populations a forum to express their stories. The film business has an enormous influence in influencing public opinion, and it has sadly reinforced damaging preconceptions about minority communities. My company's goal would be to challenge these prejudices by creating films and material that accurately depict the lives, experiences, and cultures of minorities. The organization would contribute to a more inclusive and varied entertainment scene by giving chances to performers, writers, and directors from underrepresented backgrounds. To start such a firm, I would perform extensive market research to identify the unique requirements and desires of both the local community and the target audience. To build a solid basis, relationships with local talent, film schools, and cultural institutions would be important. In addition, pursuing funds from grants, investors, or crowdsourcing campaigns would allow the company to develop and make a significant effect. This project is in line with my mission to changing attitudes and providing voice to the voiceless. Through the medium of cinema, I wish to educate and inspire my community while also addressing the industry prejudices that have long remained. My purpose is to offer a voice to innumerable Middle Easterners whose lives have been unfairly depicted, allowing them to reclaim their stories and confront the negative preconceptions that linger. This is very personal to me. I am Heba, an artist, not a "terrorist." Through my work, I hope to be a catalyst for change and understanding.