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Madinah Bazzi

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Hello, my name is Madinah Bazzi. I am currently an 18-year-old senior at Fordson High School and I'm super excited to start this new chapter in my life. One way I would describe myself is that I am a natural humanitarian who is known in my community for making a difference. From a young age, I was always taught to stand for what's right and to provide for the world when in need. I'll always carry that with me for the rest of my life and put it to use. Furthermore, I am an extreme goofball who is always down for some fun- whether that would be going out with my family, having fun banter, or just being my utmost self. Lastly, I'm very interested in many many things- so much to the point where I have a hard time figuring out one thing I could possibly do when I could just do them all. With that being said, I consider myself a well-rounded individual.

Education

Fordson High School

High School
2020 - 2024

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

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

  • Majors of interest:

    • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
  • Planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Sports Physical Therapy

    • Dream career goals:

    • Lifeguard

      City of Dearborn
      2022 – Present2 years

    Sports

    Soccer

    Club
    2012 – 2012

    Awards

    • No

    Basketball

    Club
    2012 – 20197 years

    Awards

    • Trophies and Medals

    Swimming

    Club
    2013 – 20174 years

    Awards

    • Any time I placed

    Tennis

    Varsity
    2020 – Present4 years

    Awards

    • I got MVP and a Varisty letter

    Arts

    • Music clubs

      Music
      Yes
      2014 – 2018

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      Key Club — Vice President of Key Club for two years(2021-2023) and President this year(2024)
      2021 – Present

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Volunteering

    Philanthropy

    Entrepreneurship

    Hicks Scholarship Award
    As a senior who finds joy in giving back to my community while cherishing personal time, my journey has been deeply influenced by both direct and indirect encounters with cancer. These experiences have not only shaped my perspective on life but have also fueled my academic and professional aspirations, igniting a passion to make a positive impact in the field of healthcare. Growing up, cancer cast a shadow over my family, leaving an indelible mark on my life. My grandfather's battle with stage four leukemia was a defining moment that altered the trajectory of our family's journey. His courage in the face of adversity, coupled with the unwavering support of our loved ones, taught me the power of resilience and the importance of cherishing every moment with those we hold dear. Tragically, my grandfather's journey ended in loss, leaving a void in our lives that could never be filled. However, his legacy of strength and perseverance continues to inspire me to this day, serving as a guiding light in my pursuit of academic and professional excellence. A few years later, cancer once again made its presence known, this time touching the life of my first cousin. Diagnosed with stage four leukemia, her battle was fraught with uncertainty and fear. Witnessing her journey from diagnosis to survival was both harrowing and uplifting, underscoring the fragility of life and the resilience of the human spirit. These indirect encounters with cancer have profoundly shaped my outlook on life and instilled in me a sense of purpose and determination. They have fueled my commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of those affected by the disease and have guided my academic and professional aspirations. As a senior who values community involvement and personal growth, I have actively sought out opportunities to give back and make a meaningful impact. From volunteering at local cancer support centers to participating in fundraising initiatives, I have dedicated myself to raising awareness, providing support, and advocating for increased access to healthcare services for individuals and families affected by cancer. Moreover, my experiences have inspired my academic pursuits, leading me to explore the intersection of healthcare and social impact. I am passionate about pursuing a career in healthcare, where I can leverage my academic background and personal experiences to contribute to advancements in cancer research, patient care, and advocacy. In conclusion, my journey has been shaped by the resilience and strength of those affected by cancer. Through both direct and indirect encounters, I have learned the importance of empathy, compassion, and the power of community in overcoming adversity. As I embark on the next chapter of my academic and professional journey, I am committed to honoring the legacy of my loved ones by dedicating myself to making a positive impact in the fight against cancer and ensuring that no one faces this journey alone.
    1989 (Taylor's Version) Fan Scholarship
    If the soundtrack of my year were to echo the highs and lows, the triumphs and setbacks, there's no doubt that Taylor Swift's reimagined album,1989, would be a central feature. Each track encapsulates so many emotions and experiences that have defined my journey, resonating with themes of resilience, growth, and self-discovery. One song from 1989 (Taylor's Version) that would undoubtedly find its place on my year's soundtrack is "Shake It Off." This upbeat anthem embodies the spirit of perseverance and resilience in the face of adversity. It's a reminder to shrug off negativity, embrace authenticity, and keep moving forward despite the challenges that may arise. Though the year has just fairly started, I've encountered moments of doubt and uncertainty, but "Shake It Off" serves as a rallying cry, urging me to brush off setbacks and maintain a positive outlook, plus I get to bust a couple of moves while listening to it. Another track that would accompany the soundtrack of my year is "Blank Space." While on the surface, it may seem like a tale of romantic intrigue, its deeper message resonates with me on a personal level. "Blank Space" speaks to the power of rewriting one's narrative, embracing vulnerability, and reclaiming agency over one's life. In moments of doubt or self-doubt, this song serves as a reminder that I have the ability to redefine my story, turning perceived flaws into strengths and embracing the complexity of my identity. Additionally, "Wildest Dreams" holds a special place in the soundtrack of my year. Its dreamy melodies and evocative lyrics transport me to a place of introspection and longing.- especially when it's being blasted in my car. This song serves as a poignant reminder to chase after my aspirations fearlessly, even when the path ahead seems uncertain. It encourages me to hold onto the beauty of my dreams and to pursue them with unwavering determination, knowing that they hold the promise of fulfillment and growth. Finally, "Clean" encapsulates the essence of closure and renewal. Even through this year, I've experienced moments of growth and transformation, shedding old habits and embracing new beginnings. "Clean" serves as a cathartic anthem, symbolizing the process of letting go of past burdens and emerging stronger, wiser, and more resilient than before. It reminds me that with every ending comes the opportunity for a fresh start, paving the way for personal evolution and self-discovery. In conclusion, if the soundtrack of my year were to be composed of songs from 1989 (Taylor's Version), it would reflect a journey of resilience, growth, and self-discovery. Each track would serve as a testament to overcoming obstacles, embracing authenticity, and chasing after my wildest dreams. From "Shake It Off" to "Clean," these songs would weave together a narrative of empowerment and transformation, echoing the highs and lows of my year with unwavering optimism and determination.
    Donald Mehall Memorial Scholarship
    As I reflect on my journey through education, a particular obstacle stands out vividly in my mind—a time when I failed to take school as seriously as I should have. It was a period marked by lackluster effort and a disconnection from the potential within me. However, this setback became a pivotal moment of learning and growth, shaping my approach to life and education after that. Like many teenagers, I grappled with the allure of distractions and the temptation to coast through academic responsibilities. I believed that minimal effort would suffice, neglecting the importance of investing fully in my studies. As a consequence, my grades suffered, and opportunities slipped through my fingers. The realization of the impact of my choices hit me hard. I saw how my lack of dedication not only affected my academic performance but also hindered my personal growth and future prospects. It was a wake-up call—a moment of reckoning where I understood that my actions were not just about completing assignments but about shaping my character and potential. Through this experience, I learned invaluable lessons that continue to resonate with me today. Firstly, I recognized the significance of giving my best effort in everything I undertake. Whether it's a school project, a professional endeavor, or a personal pursuit, I now understand that mediocrity is not an option. Every task I engage in bears my name, reflecting my capabilities and integrity. I learned that to truly excel and make a meaningful impact, I must approach challenges with determination and diligence. Moreover, I realized the profound impact of my choices on my life trajectory. By taking my education lightly, I was inadvertently shortchanging my future self. This awareness instilled in me a sense of responsibility and accountability for my actions. I realized that success is not a result of chance but a product of deliberate effort and perseverance. This experience transformed my attitude towards obstacles. Rather than viewing setbacks as insurmountable barriers, I now see them as opportunities for growth and self-discovery. Every challenge I encounter serves as a stepping stone towards personal and academic advancement. I've learned to embrace difficulties with resilience and adaptability, knowing that they hold the potential to shape me into a stronger, more capable individual. In retrospect, facing the challenge of not taking school seriously was a blessing in disguise. It forced me to confront my shortcomings and cultivate essential virtues such as discipline, determination, and self-awareness. As I continue my academic journey and beyond, I carry with me the profound lessons gleaned from this experience, driving me toward excellence and fulfillment in all my endeavors.
    Hubert Colangelo Literacy Scholarship
    As a proud member of an immigrant family and a second-generation Lebanese-American Muslim, I am fueled by the legacy of resilience and the pursuit of excellence instilled in me by my parents. Their sacrifices and unwavering belief in the transformative power of education have shaped my aspirations and underscored the profound impact I hope to achieve with my college education. Growing up in a culturally diverse household, I learned early on the importance of embracing differences and fostering understanding. This upbringing has instilled in me a deep appreciation for multiculturalism and a commitment to breaking down barriers that hinder inclusivity and progress. In college, I aspire to leverage my cultural background and diverse experiences to contribute meaningfully to fostering a more inclusive and equitable society. Education, for me, transcends mere academic pursuit; it is a vehicle for personal growth, empowerment, and societal change. With a passion for many things, I envision my college education as a platform to amplify marginalized voices, challenge systemic inequalities, and advocate for positive change. Ultimately, my goal with my college education is to emerge as a compassionate, informed, and empowered leader equipped with the knowledge, skills, and values to effect positive change in my community and beyond. By harnessing the transformative power of education, I aspire to contribute to building a more just, equitable, and inclusive society where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. my college education represents far more than the acquisition of knowledge or the attainment of a degree; it is a journey of self-discovery, empowerment, and service to others. With unwavering determination and a steadfast commitment to excellence, I am eager to embark on this transformative journey and realize my full potential as a catalyst for positive change.
    A Man Helping Women Helping Women Scholarship
    As an 18-year-old Lebanese Muslim woman embarking on a career in sports physical therapy, I am driven by a profound passion for helping others, promoting healthier lifestyles, and a genuine love for an active way of life. Pursuing this field is not just a career choice for me; it is a commitment to make a lasting impact on the world by fostering physical well-being and empowerment. Growing up in a multicultural background has instilled in me a deep appreciation for diversity and the unique challenges individuals face in maintaining their health. The decision to specialize in sports physical therapy is rooted in my belief that everyone, regardless of their background, deserves access to high-quality healthcare tailored to their specific needs. Through my work, I aim to bridge cultural gaps, providing personalized and culturally sensitive care to enhance the overall well-being of individuals. Being a woman in the field of sports physical therapy, I recognize the significance of breaking barriers and challenging stereotypes. As a Lebanese Muslim, I am inspired by the strength and resilience ingrained in my heritage. I aim to serve as a role model, illustrating that one's cultural and religious identity should never be a hindrance but rather a source of strength and motivation in pursuing one's dreams. Sports physical therapy, for me, is more than just a profession; it is a pathway to positively impact lives by promoting healthier lifestyles. I am committed to educating individuals on the importance of preventive care and the transformative power of physical activity. Through workshops, community outreach programs, and collaborations with local organizations, I aspire to empower people with the knowledge and tools they need to lead healthier and more active lives. In the realm of sports physical therapy, the integration of my passion for helping others and promoting better lifestyles becomes a driving force. I envision creating rehabilitation programs that go beyond treating injuries, focusing on holistic well-being, and fostering a sense of community. By combining my cultural sensitivity with evidence-based practices, I aspire to develop personalized rehabilitation plans that not only address physical ailments but also consider the cultural and social contexts of each individual. In addition to that, my love for being active is not just a personal preference but a guiding principle in my career choice. It fuels my enthusiasm to work closely with athletes and individuals striving to enhance their physical performance. Through advanced techniques, cutting-edge research, and a commitment to ongoing learning, I seek to contribute to the advancement of sports physical therapy and the overall well-being of my clients My journey into sports physical therapy is a harmonious blend of my cultural identity, passion for helping others, commitment to promoting healthier lifestyles, and love for an active way of life. Through my career, I aim to make a positive impact on the world by breaking down barriers, empowering individuals, and fostering a culture of well-being. I am excited about the opportunity to contribute to the field and inspire others to embrace the transformative power of sports physical therapy.
    Hazel Joy Memorial Scholarship
    The COVID-19 pandemic brought about unexpected challenges and disruptions, touching lives in ways we could have never anticipated. Amidst the chaos, my family and I faced a heartbreaking experience – the loss of my baby sister due to a miscarriage. This unexpected turn of events brought profound grief and sorrow into our lives, but it also became a catalyst for personal growth, resilience, and the discovery of inner strength. Amid a global health crisis, my family was confronted with the harsh reality of the fragility of life. The isolation imposed by the pandemic intensified the emotional weight of the loss, making it even more difficult to find solace in the support of friends and family. However, as we navigated the challenging journey of grief, we began to unearth the seeds of resilience that lay within us. The grieving process was a roller coaster of emotions, from denial and anger to acceptance and healing. It was through this emotional turbulence that I discovered the importance of embracing vulnerability and seeking support from others. Connecting with friends and family who had also experienced loss became a source of comfort and understanding. We formed a network of compassion that transcended physical distance, reminding us that we were not alone in our struggles. Amid the darkness of grief, there emerged a flicker of hope and resilience. The experience taught me the significance of finding strength in vulnerability, acknowledging pain, and allowing oneself to heal. I learned that it is okay not to have all the answers and that healing is a gradual process that requires patience and self-compassion. In the aftermath of our loss, I found purpose in raising awareness about miscarriage and breaking the silence surrounding this often misunderstood and stigmatized topic. I became an advocate for open conversations about pregnancy loss, fostering a sense of community and understanding among those who have faced similar challenges. Through sharing our story, my family and I hope to contribute to creating a more compassionate and supportive society for those who are dealing with the pain of miscarriage. Though the pandemic brought unforeseen challenges, including the loss of my baby sister due to a miscarriage, this experience has been a poignant reminder of the fragility of life, but it has also been a catalyst for personal growth, resilience, and advocacy. As I navigate the journey of healing, I am committed to honoring the memory of my baby sister by fostering open conversations about pregnancy loss and supporting others who may be enduring similar challenges. Through the darkness of grief, I have discovered the transformative power of resilience and the enduring nature of the human spirit.
    Big Picture Scholarship
    In the vast realm of cinematic storytelling, there exists a film that has not only entertained but also profoundly shaped the trajectory of my life. "Dead Poets Society" stands as a cinematic masterpiece that has left an indelible mark on my perspective, values, and aspirations. This 1989 classic is more than a coming-of-age drama; it is a poignant exploration of individuality, the pursuit of passion, and the transformative power of education. "Dead Poets Society" transports viewers to the hallowed halls of Welton Academy, where unconventional English teacher John Keating challenges the status quo and inspires his students to seize the day, to carpe diem. The film's exploration of individuality and the pursuit of one's passions resonated deeply with me, catalyzing my journey of self-discovery. The character of John Keating, portrayed masterfully by Robin Williams, became an embodiment of the kind of mentorship I aspired to receive and offer. Keating's unconventional teaching methods and encouragement to think for oneself inspired me to question societal norms, embrace my individuality, and pursue my passions with unwavering determination. The film ignited a spark within me, compelling me to view education not as a mere pursuit of grades but as a journey of self-discovery and personal growth. One of the film's most enduring messages is the power of poetry and literature to transcend the mundane and connect individuals to the depth of human experience. The scenes of students reading poetry in the cave, inspired by Keating, underscored the transformative potential of the arts. This cinematic exploration fueled my own appreciation for literature, pushing me to explore its ability to cultivate empathy, understanding, and a profound connection to the human condition. "Dead Poets Society" also profoundly impacted my views on leadership and the responsibility to challenge societal norms for the greater good. Keating's influence on his students went beyond the classroom; it extended to their lives, shaping their character and guiding them toward a life of purpose. This aspect of the film fueled my desire to lead by example, to inspire positive change, and to foster environments that encourage individuality and creative expression. As I navigate my educational and personal journey, the lessons learned from "Dead Poets Society" continue to resonate. The film's emphasis on seizing the day, embracing individuality, and fostering a love for learning has influenced my academic pursuits and extracurricular activities. I aspire to approach challenges with the same courage and conviction instilled by the film, always mindful of the impact I can have on those around me. In conclusion, "Dead Poets Society" is not merely a movie but a transformative experience that has shaped my values and aspirations. Its exploration of individuality, the pursuit of passion, and the power of mentorship has left an enduring impact on my life. As I embark on my journey, I carry with me the timeless lessons of carpe diem and the belief that education should inspire a love for learning, challenge societal norms, and foster the development of individuals who contribute meaningfully to the world.
    Frank and Patty Skerl Educational Scholarship for the Physically Disabled
    Being a part of the disabled community has profoundly shaped my view of the world, particularly through the lens of my own physical disability—scoliosis. This journey has not only fostered resilience but also instilled a deep sense of empathy and understanding. As I embark on the path toward a future career in physical therapy, my experiences as a member of the disabled community, specifically navigating life with scoliosis, have provided unique insights that I am eager to leverage for a positive impact. Living with scoliosis has been an ongoing journey of self-discovery, resilience, and adaptation. Through the challenges posed by a curved spine, I have learned to appreciate the importance of perseverance and determination in overcoming physical obstacles. This firsthand experience has sensitized me to the daily struggles that individuals with disabilities face, fostering a profound empathy that goes beyond theoretical understanding. In my interactions with the disabled community, I have witnessed the transformative power of physical therapy in enhancing the quality of life for individuals with various conditions, including scoliosis. This realization has fueled my passion for pursuing a career in physical therapy. Armed with the understanding of the impact that skilled rehabilitation professionals can have on the lives of individuals with disabilities, I am motivated to contribute to the well-being of others in a meaningful way. The unique perspective gained from living with scoliosis equips me with insights into the emotional and physical challenges that patients may encounter during their rehabilitation journey. This personal connection fosters a deeper level of understanding and compassion, enabling me to approach my future role as a physical therapist with heightened sensitivity and empathy. Furthermore, my experience with scoliosis has ignited a desire to specialize in orthopedic physical therapy. I aim to leverage my firsthand knowledge of musculoskeletal issues, such as spinal deformities, to tailor rehabilitation programs that address not only the physical aspects but also the emotional and psychological dimensions of the patient's experience. By integrating empathy into my practice, I aspire to create a therapeutic environment that fosters trust and collaboration, ultimately enhancing the effectiveness of rehabilitation efforts. In conclusion, being a part of the disabled community, specifically navigating life with scoliosis, has been instrumental in shaping my worldview. The challenges and triumphs associated with my disability have cultivated resilience, empathy, and a deep appreciation for the transformative power of physical therapy. As I embark on my journey towards becoming a physical therapist, I am committed to using my unique perspective to positively impact the lives of individuals with disabilities, contributing to their holistic well-being and fostering a sense of empowerment through the therapeutic process.
    William A. Stuart Dream Scholarship
    Education and career goals are pivotal aspects of one's life, shaping the path toward personal and professional fulfillment. As a current high school student, my overarching education goal is to become a well-rounded individual, equipped with a diverse skill set and a deep understanding of various subjects. Concurrently, my career goal is to venture into the field of physical therapy, where I can contribute to the well-being of others by promoting health and rehabilitation. My education goal is driven by a desire to cultivate a holistic understanding of the world, encompassing not only academic excellence but also a broad range of skills and knowledge. I aim to explore various subjects, including sciences, humanities, and arts, to develop critical thinking, effective communication, and adaptability. By engaging in a well-rounded education, I hope to foster creativity and problem-solving abilities, preparing myself for the challenges that lie ahead in both my personal and professional life. On the other hand, my career goal centers around physical therapy, a field that combines my passion for health and helping others. I am drawn to the idea of making a positive impact on individuals' lives by assisting them in overcoming physical challenges and improving their overall well-being. Pursuing a career in physical therapy aligns with my values of empathy and compassion, as I aspire to contribute to the health and happiness of those in need. To achieve these goals, a scholarship would be instrumental in alleviating the financial burden associated with higher education. Pursuing a well-rounded education often involves diverse courses, extracurricular activities, and potentially internships or research opportunities. The scholarship would provide the necessary financial support, enabling me to focus on my studies and immerse myself fully in the learning experience without the constant worry of financial constraints. Moreover, the financial assistance from the scholarship would play a pivotal role in pursuing a career in physical therapy. Graduate programs in physical therapy can be demanding, both academically and financially. The scholarship would provide the necessary resources for tuition, textbooks, and potentially allow me to participate in internships or conferences that enhance my practical skills and deepen my understanding of the field. In conclusion, my education goal of becoming a well-rounded individual and my career goal of entering the field of physical therapy are interconnected aspirations that drive my academic journey. A scholarship would serve as a catalyst, easing the financial burden and enabling me to pursue these goals with unwavering dedication. By investing in my education, the scholarship would not only contribute to my personal growth but also empower me to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others through a career in physical therapy.
    Angelia Zeigler Gibbs Book Scholarship
    Title: "A New Dawn: Embracing the Sunrise of My Future" As I stand at the threshold of my senior year's conclusion, the prospect of entering a new chapter in my life beckons with the promise of transformation and growth. The title that resonates profoundly with the essence of this pivotal period is "A New Dawn." This phrase has been carefully chosen to symbolize not only the fresh beginnings and endless possibilities that lie ahead but also the radiant light that heralds the commencement of my journey into the future. The imagery associated with sunrise is powerful and evocative, capturing the essence of hope, renewal, and the breaking of a new day. Much like the first light of dawn dispelling the darkness, this upcoming phase signifies the breaking of a new day in my life. "A New Dawn" embodies the anticipation of opportunities yet to unfold, the growth that awaits, and the transformative nature of this significant transition. The choice of this title is rooted in the inherent optimism and hope associated with the start of something new. A new era is not merely a continuation but a revitalization—a chance to leave behind the shadows of the past and step into the brightness of the future. "A New Dawn" encapsulates the idea that every dawn brings with it a sense of renewal, a clean slate upon which I can script the narrative of my journey. Furthermore, the title reflects the acknowledgment of the transformative nature of this transition. Like the dawn marks the transition from night to day, my journey into this new era signifies a shift from the familiarity of high school to the unexplored realms of adulthood. It acknowledges the inevitability of change and embraces the challenges and opportunities that come with stepping into the unknown. In contemplating "A New Dawn," I am reminded that this phase is not only about academic or professional pursuits but also about personal growth and self-discovery. It symbolizes the opportunity to delve into passions, explore uncharted territories, and cultivate a deeper understanding of myself. The title underscores the idea that this new era is not just a destination but a continuous journey of learning, evolving, and shaping my identity. In conclusion, "A New Dawn" serves as the perfect title for the chapter unfolding as my senior year concludes. It encapsulates the spirit of a fresh start, the radiance of new possibilities, and the transformative nature of this pivotal moment in my life. As I stand on the threshold of this new dawn, I am ready to embrace the sunrise of my future with optimism, resilience, and a profound sense of adventure.
    Online Learning Innovator Scholarship
    Embarking on a journey in the field of physical therapy requires continuous learning and staying updated on the latest advancements. As a student interested in physical therapy, I've found several online platforms, tools, and resources immensely helpful in deepening my understanding and applying my knowledge more effectively. One key resource is PubMed, a treasure trove of research articles and studies related to physical therapy. It's like an online library where I can access the latest findings and evidence-based practices. Exploring these research papers helps me keep up with emerging trends, learn about new treatment methods, and understand the science behind physical therapy. Additionally, I'm planning on obtaining an internship as it is a transformative phase where theoretical knowledge meets real-world application. Internships often involve shadowing experienced physical therapists. It's like having a mentor showing you the ropes. I'll be getting to observe how they interact with patients, perform assessments, and design treatment plans. This firsthand experience is crucial for picking up practical tips and tricks of the trade. One of the best things I've heard about internships is that you get to work directly with patients. It's like putting your knowledge into action. You learn how to communicate with patients, understand their needs, and tailor treatments based on individual situations. This direct interaction builds your confidence and people skills, and I can't wait to delve into this experience. Furthermore, I also had to take Physical Therapy for myself when I was younger due to my bad back. So being able to see how the system works by being a patient myself made me learn more about not just how things are run- but also the patient POV of this experience, and more about anatomy because I have these problems as well. I'm also a firm believer that since I'd be able to have empathy with patients, it will lead to a more personal and enjoyable experience for patients. On another note, Social media platforms like LinkedIn are a plan of mine in my learning journey. I plan on joining professional groups when I can as it is like entering a virtual study group where I can connect with other students and experienced therapists. It's a space for asking questions, sharing insights, and learning from the experiences of others, creating a supportive online community. All these resources and tools are like my companions on the journey of studying physical therapy. Online platforms are my virtual classrooms, PubMed is my research library, social media is my study group, and Internships are my practical assistants in a clinical setting. Together, they make learning enjoyable and practical, preparing me to apply my knowledge effectively in the exciting world of physical therapy.
    Janean D. Watkins Overcoming Adversity Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Madinah Bazzi. I am currently a 17-year-old high school senior attending Fordson High School with a passion for pursuing Sports Physical Therapy. I'm very excited for this next chapter in my life and can't wait to see what new beginnings are open for me. Adversity comes in many forms—be it personal setbacks, financial struggles, or unexpected obstacles. Each individual's experience with adversity is unique, and mine is no exception. It was during the pandemic that I confronted adversity head-on. During the pandemic, I struggled with a lot of things- one of which was my weight. Being stuck quarantining fueled me to continue to stress eat, binge, and not move around as much. I was stuck at an all-time low with a lack of motivation to fix my habits for the better. Even though this feeling may have lasted for quite some time, I ended up realizing some things and I became more self-aware of my physical and mental health. I noticed I had cellulite developing as a 14-year-old, High Cholesterol, and an abundance amount of stretch marks- even my overall mood and character were not right. I hated how I felt, I hated how I looked; I just felt disgusting. And that's where my resilience came in. My ability to bounce back from setbacks became a guiding force in my journey. Instead of succumbing to despair, I embraced the challenge, viewing it as an opportunity for personal growth. This mindset shift allowed me to develop a resilience that became invaluable in navigating future challenges. Adversity is often accompanied by profound lessons. Through introspection and self-discovery, I learned more about my strengths, weaknesses, and the importance of adaptability. I learned that within time anyone could achieve their ultimate goal when hard work is put in. I also learned what it meant to be disciplined and patient with my results. For six days out of the week, I would intermittent fast and put myself at a caloric deficit of 300 calories, whilst consuming at least 120g of protein and a good amount of healthy carbs, fats, and fiber. Not only was I disciplined with my consumption, but I was disciplined with my exercises as well. I'd make sure to hit each muscle of my body on separate days of the week and focus on form and bettering my workouts as a whole. Because I was disciplined, it instilled patience that I will forever keep with me throughout my life. I was patient to continue with my hard work and knew that results weren't going to pop up out of the blue. These lessons became the building blocks of my personal and professional development. Having faced adversity- especially with something that involves being physically active, kind of similar to my future profession- I gained a deeper understanding of the struggles others might be enduring. This newfound empathy became a cornerstone of my interpersonal relationships, both personally and professionally. Overcoming adversity has been a transformative journey, shaping my character and influencing my trajectory toward achieving goals and dreams. It taught me the power of resilience, the importance of continuous learning, and the ability to turn challenges into stepping stones for success. Adversity, rather than hindering progress, became the catalyst for my personal and professional growth.
    Nintendo Super Fan Scholarship
    With an abundance of memories spiraling through my head, one title stands out as the most perfect cooperative joy – Wii New Super Mario Bros. A journey into the whimsical Mushroom Kingdom with friends and family turned every gaming session into an adventure, solidifying this game as my top choice for co-op play. One memorable moment captures the essence of why Wii New Super Mario Bros. holds a special place in my heart. It was a weekend afternoon, and the living room resonated with the cheerful tunes of the game as my siblings and I gathered around the Wii console. With our characters getting ready to save Princess Peach, we dove into the colorful landscapes of the Mushroom Kingdom. As we navigated the challenging levels, a defining moment unfolded during the perilous lava-filled castle stage. The screen pulsated with intensity as our characters leaped over fiery pits, dodged menacing enemies, and faced the ultimate showdown with Bowser Jr. The cooperative spirit shone through as we strategized, communicated, and sometimes hilariously failed to execute complex maneuvers. The turning point occurred when, in a daring move, my younger sister propelled my character, Blue Toad, over a seemingly insurmountable obstacle. The timing was perfect, and the room erupted in cheers as my character landed on a platform, narrowly escaping peril. The sheer elation of overcoming the challenge together transformed the ordinary living room into a jubilant celebration. What makes Wii New Super Mario Bros my favorite co-op game extends beyond the screen. The game's ingenious level design and cooperative gameplay foster teamwork, communication, and a shared sense of accomplishment. Each level became a metaphor for overcoming challenges together, a journey that strengthened the bonds of siblinghood and friendship. In the digital landscapes of the Mushroom Kingdom, my siblings and I discovered the magic of collaboration. Wii New Super Mario Bros. encouraged us to rely on each other's strengths, share power-ups, and conquer obstacles as a united front. The lessons of teamwork and mutual support learned in the virtual realms became guiding principles that extended beyond the gaming console. As I reflect on that memorable Wii New Super Mario Bros. session, I recognize the enduring impact of cooperative gaming. The game served as a catalyst for shared laughter, triumphant victories, and the cultivation of lasting connections. The joy experienced in navigating the Mushroom Kingdom with friends and family has not only shaped my gaming preferences but has also left an indelible mark on the importance of collaboration in both digital and real-world adventures. In conclusion, Wii New Super Mario Bros. is not just a game; it is a portal to shared experiences and the forging of lasting connections. The cooperative spirit embedded in its gameplay has not only created cherished memories but has also instilled valuable lessons in teamwork, resilience, and the joy of overcoming challenges together.
    Al-Haj Abdallah R Abdallah Muslim Scholarship
    1- The major I have selected is Biology. For right now, the college I will be attending is Henry Ford College. However, I do have plans to transfer to either Wayne State University or Madonna University in the future. 2- Some of my strengths include my well-roundedness. I have been involved in a lot of things from a young age. To name a few: Key Club, Lifeguarding, Gas Station experience, Tennis, and Music-related activities. Looking at these, one may think that this is silly or very minute and can't possibly teach a person things that they will carry throughout life, but that is not the case. Being involved in Key Club for almost all my life instilled leadership skills, social skills, and advocacy. I've had so many experiences meeting with people from different backgrounds whose key motive in life is to make a difference. This inspired me to better myself and be more involved with things. Lifeguarding instilled more of an interest in health-related services. I learned how to do CPR, how to help people when they pass out, the Heimlich, as well as how to work in a rowdy atmosphere and work under pressure. My Gas Station experience was fairly short, yet still effective. I learned the way of entrepreneurship and saw first-hand what it means to own a business in your community. To add on, I gained knowledge on the logistics of Gas Station work and can use some of this for future references. Tennis taught me to be more physically grounded. I gained a love for physical activity the more I played this sport due to its complexity. This embedded a realization of how being physically active is an important asset in our daily lives. Lastly, I've always been a music phonetic. I always found it so interesting how a song could explain a surreal feeling regardless if it had lyrics or not. With this, I taught myself the art of music and learned various instruments and also composition. Although this is more so a hobby, I don't know what the future holds. And if I ever wanted to do anything on the side, this could be a possiblity. As for my weaknesses, I am still a young woman who is just starting a new chapter in life. I hope to use this as motivation to continue to learn and grow. Another weakness of mine is that I am at times a people pleaser. I don't always take account into what I want. Instead, I accommodate others because I live for the happiness of others. I hope to fix that. 3- I am Madinah Bazzi and I feel I deserve this scholarship because I do need help financially to do my profession. 4- My favorite song is Drinking & Driving by Jhene Aiko. The title of the song and meaning is an escapism from reality and just wanting anything to make one feel alive and okay- even if it's bad. Lyrically, the song was beautifully written and the meaning is interesting to me as well. 5- As a Muslim, my greatest achievement is finding myself on the right path. Like any human, we all make our mistakes. But without these mistakes, I don't think I would be finding myself heading on the right path and for that I am thankful.
    Dr. William and Jo Sherwood Family Scholarship
    Receiving a scholarship is not merely a financial boost; it is a transformative opportunity that will significantly shape my future. This scholarship is not just about monetary assistance; it represents a key that unlocks doors to educational and personal growth, enabling me to overcome barriers and reach my full potential. First and foremost, the financial support provided by this scholarship will alleviate the burden of educational expenses. As a student, I recognize the challenges of juggling academic commitments with financial responsibilities. With this scholarship, I can focus more on my studies and extracurricular activities without the constant worry about how to afford tuition, textbooks, and other essential needs. This financial relief will not only ease my current academic journey but will set the foundation for a more stable and secure future. Furthermore, this scholarship is a gateway to expanded educational opportunities. By alleviating financial constraints, it enables me to pursue additional academic experiences such as workshops, conferences, and internships that complement my chosen field of study. These opportunities will not only enhance my academic knowledge but also expose me to practical applications and real-world scenarios, better preparing me for the challenges I may face in my future career. In addition to the financial and educational benefits, receiving this scholarship is a validation of my hard work and dedication. It serves as recognition of my achievements and encourages me to continue striving for excellence. This boost in confidence is invaluable as I navigate my academic and professional journey, fostering a mindset of perseverance and self-belief that will undoubtedly contribute to my success in the future. Moreover, the impact of this scholarship extends beyond the immediate academic realm. It instills a sense of responsibility and gratitude, motivating me to give back to the community and contribute positively to society. Understanding the significance of the support I've received, I am inspired to become an agent of change and create opportunities for others, thereby perpetuating a cycle of generosity and empowerment. In conclusion, receiving this scholarship is not just a financial aid package; it is an investment in my future success and personal development. The opportunities it affords me, both academically and personally, will shape the trajectory of my life. With this scholarship, I am not just a recipient; I am an empowered individual ready to make a meaningful impact on the world and I can't wait to continue to show what I have in store for the world.
    Nicholas Hamlin Tennis Memorial Scholarship
    Tennis, a sport that extends beyond the boundaries of the court, has profoundly shaped my character and played a pivotal role in my personal development. The discipline inherent in tennis, characterized by demanding training schedules and unwavering commitment, has become ingrained in my daily life. This dedication not only enhances my performance on the court but has also instilled in me a deep appreciation for the value of persistence and dedication in achieving long-term goals. One of the most significant impacts of tennis on my personality has been the cultivation of resilience. The sport's dynamic nature, filled with both victories and defeats, has served as a crucible for developing mental toughness. Learning to face challenges head-on, embracing setbacks as opportunities for growth, and maintaining a positive mindset in the face of adversity have become intrinsic aspects of my approach to life. Beyond the physical and mental aspects, tennis has been a profound teacher of sportsmanship and integrity. Whether celebrating an opponent's success or graciously accepting defeat, the values of fairness and respect have become integral to my character. These principles extend beyond the competitive arena, shaping my interactions with others and influencing my ethical conduct in various aspects of life. Despite being commonly perceived as an individual sport, tennis has also provided invaluable lessons in teamwork and collaboration. Engaging in doubles matches and team events has underscored the importance of effective communication, mutual support, and shared goals. These collaborative experiences have translated into enhanced interpersonal skills, allowing me to work harmoniously with others in academic, professional, and personal settings. Furthermore, tennis has been a masterclass in time management. Balancing academic responsibilities, social commitments, and the rigorous demands of training has honed my ability to prioritize tasks and allocate time efficiently. These time management skills have proven invaluable in navigating the multifaceted challenges of daily life, equipping me with the tools to balance diverse responsibilities effectively. In summary, tennis has been a comprehensive catalyst for personal growth, shaping me into a disciplined, resilient, and fair-minded individual. The sport's influence extends far beyond physical fitness and technical proficiency, permeating my character and influencing my approach to challenges, relationships, and success. As I navigate the journey of life, the lessons learned on the tennis court continue to serve as a guiding force, contributing to my ongoing journey of self-discovery and personal excellence. Tennis has not only been a sport but a transformative journey that has left an enduring and positive imprint on the person I am today.
    RonranGlee Literary Scholarship
    Plato's Allegory of the Cave, presented in Book VII of "The Republic," is a thought-provoking narrative that delves into the nature of reality, knowledge, and enlightenment. This allegory, expressed through a captivating metaphor, has captivated minds for centuries. To comprehend its underlying meaning in simple terms, we must embark on a journey through the shadows of the cave, the blinding light of the outside world, and the transformative process of enlightenment. Imagine a dark cave where prisoners have spent their entire lives, bound and facing a wall. They are oblivious to the world behind them, only able to see shadows cast on the cave wall by objects illuminated by a fire. These shadows become their reality, their only truth. In essence, the cave symbolizes the limited perception of those who rely solely on their senses without questioning or seeking a deeper understanding. The shadows on the wall, mere illusions, represent the distorted reality perceived by those within the cave. Plato uses this imagery to emphasize the idea that our senses can be deceiving, and what we perceive as truth may, in fact, be an incomplete and misleading representation of reality. This is a fundamental concept in the Allegory of the Cave — the recognition that our senses alone cannot unveil the ultimate truth. Now, let's introduce a pivotal character into this narrative: a prisoner who is freed from the chains and exposed to the outside world. Initially blinded by the brilliance of the sunlight, the freed prisoner begins to see the true forms of objects and the vibrant beauty of the world beyond the cave. This transformative journey from darkness to light serves as a powerful metaphor for the philosopher's progression toward knowledge and enlightenment. The outside world, bathed in sunlight, represents the realm of Forms in Plato's philosophy. Forms are the ultimate reality, the perfect and unchanging ideals that the physical world only imperfectly reflects. The shadows in the cave are likened to the superficial and ever-changing physical world, while the true forms of objects illuminated by the sunlight represent the eternal and unchangeable truths that the philosopher seeks. Plato's Allegory of the Cave, therefore, urges us to question the nature of reality and encourages us to move beyond the limitations of our senses. It challenges us to seek a deeper understanding of the world, recognizing that the shadows on the wall are but illusions, and the true reality lies beyond our immediate perceptions. The philosopher, having experienced the enlightenment of the outside world, feels a sense of duty to return to the cave and share this newfound knowledge with the other prisoners. However, the journey back into the cave is met with challenges. The prisoners, accustomed to the shadows, reject the philosopher's attempts to enlighten them. This resistance symbolizes the difficulties faced by those who seek to share knowledge and enlightenment with society. The Allegory of the Cave, in its simplicity, underscores the transformative power of education and the challenges faced by those who strive to bring about intellectual enlightenment. It prompts us to reflect on our own beliefs and question whether we are confined by the shadows on the wall or if we are open to the possibility of a broader, more profound truth. Plato's allegory can also be seen as a call to embrace the pursuit of knowledge. The freed prisoner's journey represents the philosopher's quest for truth, a journey that requires courage, curiosity, and a willingness to confront the unknown. It encourages us to break free from intellectual confinement, to venture into the realm of ideas, and to seek a deeper understanding of the world and ourselves. Moreover, the Allegory of the Cave serves as a timeless reminder of the importance of philosophy in society. Plato, through this allegory, highlights the role of the philosopher as a guide, someone who can lead others out of the darkness of ignorance and into the light of knowledge. It emphasizes the responsibility of those who possess wisdom to share it with others, even if it means facing resistance and skepticism. In conclusion, Plato's Allegory of the Cave, in its simplicity, invites us to question the nature of our reality, to recognize the limitations of our senses, and embark on a journey of intellectual enlightenment. It prompts us to break free from the chains of ignorance, to seek the truth beyond the shadows on the wall, and to share our newfound wisdom with others. As we navigate the cave of existence, may we embrace the transformative power of knowledge and strive to live in the radiant light of understanding.