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Mariah Colbert

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Bio

Hi! My name is mariah Colbert but people often call me mariah Carey for my spectacular (my mom said I sounded like a dying bird ) singing! I am a current junior in high school and the second child of five. My favorite activities are watching debate videos on jubilee, thrifting, taking photos, and reading. My future goals are to major in computer science with a minor in marketing and to create my online business later this year :)

Education

Ridge Point H S

High School
2020 - 2024

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Associate's degree program

  • Majors of interest:

    • Computer Science
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  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Alternative Medicine

    • Dream career goals:

      Marketing director

    • Front desk worker

      Wolf Gang bakery and grooming sienna
      2022 – Present2 years

    Sports

    Volleyball

    Club
    2018 - 20202 years

    Research

    • women climate leadership

      L'oreal Student
      2022 – 2023

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      shelter for cancer families event coordinator
      2022 – Present

    Future Interests

    Volunteering

    Entrepreneurship

    Jerzee Foundation Scholarship
    As someone extremely passionate about justice and representation, my future goal is to become a medical malpractice lawyer, dedicated to representing women who have suffered due to negligence within the healthcare system. My pursuit of becoming a MML is not merely a career choice but a calling to bring about a positive change in an area where accountability is paramount for the well-being of patients. Although I am currently a senior in high school, I plan to pursue a rigorous academic path in law and biology. I will dedicate my studies to gaining a deep understanding of the legal intricacies surrounding healthcare negligence, patient rights, and the ethical responsibilities of medical professionals. During undergrad before law school, I plan to major in biology with a minor in law to understand medical terminology and the human body. I have worked hard to accomplish many things in my life. I am proud to say that I have a 4.16 GPA (on a 4.0 scale), have taken more than 5 AP classes, have over 58 volunteer hours, and am the president of the women in STEM club at my high school. Coming from a low-income, African American home with 4 siblings, learning hard work and dedication was a dire part of my growth as a person and a student. This hard work I have shown during high school will transfer into college and my post-graduate studies. Despite my constant determination and passion, my education journey has not been without its share of hardships and issues. One of these main issues is financial struggles. Challenges of finding affordable tutors, tests, and other costs associated with education present significant hurdles. Additionally having the responsibility to watch my younger siblings while also having to manage school put a heavy burden on my life. To alleviate some of these issues I talked with my teachers, found free or reduced options for studying, and worked with my AVID teacher to create a time management schedule for my junior year. These experiences have taught me resilience, time management, and the importance of perseverance in the face of adversity. I understand that in order to achieve my goal of becoming a medical malpractice lawyer I am expected to juggle demanding coursework, internships, and extracurricular commitments. All of these require a high level of dedication and discipline, however, through my experiences I have learned not to let hardships stop me but instead use them as a stepping stone and learning opportunity for my future. Challenges have not stopped me but have only fueled my determination to excel in my studies and make a meaningful impact on the legal field. Becoming a medical malpractice lawyer isn't just a personal aspiration, it is my duty and commitment to creating a fair and accountable healthcare system. I am confident through my education and unwavering dedication, I will be well-equipped to advocate for the rights of those who have suffered due to medical negligence. This scholarship will play a crucial role in alleviating the financial burdens associated with my educational journey, allowing me to focus on my studies and future advocacy work in the field of medical malpractice law.
    A Man Helping Women Helping Women Scholarship
    As someone extremely passionate about justice and representation, my future goal is to become a medical malpractice lawyer, dedicated to representing women who have suffered due to negligence within the healthcare system. My pursuit of becoming an MML is not merely a career choice but a calling to bring about a positive change in an area where accountability is paramount for the well-being of patients. Although I am currently a senior in high school, I plan to pursue a rigorous academic path in law and biology. I will dedicate my studies to gaining a deep understanding of the legal intricacies surrounding healthcare negligence, patient rights, and the ethical responsibilities of medical professionals. During undergrad before law school, I plan to major in biology with a minor in law to understand medical terminology and the human body. I have worked hard to accomplish many things in my life. I am proud to say that I have a 4.16 GPA (on a 4.0 scale), have taken more than 5 AP classes, have over 58 volunteer hours, and am the president of the women in STEM club at my high school. Coming from a low-income, African American home with 4 siblings, learning hard work and dedication was a dire part of my growth as a person and a student. This hard work I have shown during high school will transfer into college and my post-graduate studies. Despite my constant determination and passion, my education journey has not been without its share of hardships and issues. One of these main issues is financial struggles. Challenges of finding affordable tutors, tests, and other costs associated with education present significant hurdles. Additionally having the responsibility to watch my younger siblings while also having to manage school put a heavy burden on my life. To alleviate some of these issues I talked with my teachers, found free or reduced options for studying, and worked with my AVID teacher to create a time management schedule for my junior year. These experiences have taught me resilience, time management, and the importance of perseverance in the face of adversity. I understand that in order to achieve my goal of becoming a medical malpractice lawyer I am expected to juggle demanding coursework, internships, and extracurricular commitments. All of these require a high level of dedication and discipline, however, through my experiences I have learned not to let hardships stop me but instead use them as a stepping stone and learning opportunity for my future. Challenges have not stopped me but have only fueled my determination to excel in my studies and make a meaningful impact on the legal field. Becoming a medical malpractice lawyer isn't just a personal aspiration, it is my duty and commitment to creating a fair and accountable healthcare system. I am confident through my education and unwavering dedication, I will be well-equipped to advocate for the rights of those who have suffered due to medical negligence. This scholarship will play a crucial role in alleviating the financial burdens associated with my educational journey, allowing me to focus on my studies and future advocacy work in the field of medical malpractice law.
    Hearts on Sleeves, Minds in College Scholarship
    Winner
    The intersection between veganism and my passion is easy to connect. My passion for women's rights has grown over the last four years. Following COVID-19, I started to become more and more educated about women's rights issues and the unequal treatment of women in the work environment. Additionally, by volunteering at a women's shelter, running the women in STEM club at my school, joining the young leaders planned parenthood in my area, and taking online women's leadership classes I have learned and educated myself about issues surrounding women's rights. The intersecting between veganism and women's rights is rooted in the understanding of systems of oppression and the fact that both movements share common ground in advocating for justice, equality, and compassion. Here are just a few ways the two movements are connected. Both movements bring attention to the exploration and objectification of living beings. Within the women's rights movements, it involves addressing objectification, gender-based violence, and unequal treatment. Similarly, veganism challenges the exploration of animals for food, clothing, testing, and more. In regards to the environment, both movements acknowledge the environmental consequences of their issues. Animal agriculture, which contributes highly to greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation, and pollution, affects marginalized communities. Women, especially in developing countries, often bear the brunt of environmental degradation. Veganism with its effort to push for sustainable living, aligns with the women's rights movement to mitigate these detrimental environmental issues. Economic factors play a large role in both movements. In the womens rights movement addressing and fighting economic inequality is a key component. With the vegan movement, they recognize the economic impact of the meat and dairy industries, which tend to exploit workers and consumers. Supporting ethical sustainable practices in both contribute to a more equitable society. Both movements emphasize the importance of promoting health and well-being. Women's rights advocates work to ensure that access to healthcare and challenge social expectations related to body image. Veganism, through a plant-based diet, aligns with promoting health and reducing the risk of many diseases. Both share a clear concern for human well-being. Lastly, both veganism and women's rights share a common foundation of empathy and compassion. Both movements encourage humans to consider the impacts of their choices on others and challenge societal norms that could harm people. They both embrace compassion as a guiding principle. In my everyday life, these intersections manifest in my consumer choices, and advocacy for policy changes, and make me more committed to fostering inclusive and equitable spaces. For example, although I am not vegan seeing a movement that stands for the health of beings makes me support their lifestyle. By recognizing and addressing these intersections, others and I can learn to work together toward a more just and compassionate work that uplifts all.
    Xavier M. Monroe Heart of Gold Memorial Scholarship
    Life is a complex spiderweb full of sticky obstacles and setbacks. Obstacles often present themselves in unforeseen challenges, testing my resilience and determination every step of the way. However in the moment where we struggle the most, that we are given the highest opportunity to grow and discover our true strength and potential. I will delve into the transformative power of overcoming challenges by recounting a time in my life when, like a small fly, I got heavily caught up in the sticky spider web of life. One of the most poignant examples of a time when I had a setback in my life was in my journey to overcome my mental health struggles. As a diligent and ambitious full-time student, the pressures of academic and personal struggles came down on me like a tsunami. Academic failure was not a common occurrence for me, but during my junior year, a plethora of filed grades rushed my way. Instead of my usual 93 to 100 grades, I became used to seeing 70-65s on my graded assignments. The weight of 6 different AP classes and academic struggles played a key part in depreciating my mental health. Along with academic pressure, I also had work obligations and extracurriculars to attend to. Working was a high priority in my life, coming from a financially struggling family, it was important that I was able to make my own money and take some financial strain off my parents. Additionally in an attempt to make my college resume sound better, joining and getting leadership positions in clubs was also something very important to me. having to keep up with work, school, and extracurriculars while also having my normal duties at home, such as watching my siblings my mental health continued to drown in the pressure. My mental setback quickly took a toll on every aspect of my life. My academic performance, although already low, declined more. The connections and relationships that I had with my friends became strained due to my own frustrations and poor time management. Time with my family was low because my jobs and extracurriculars and my own self-esteem plummeted fast. My once happy and loud personality was trapped inside an abyss of self-doubt and despair. The impact of my mental setback extended far beyond just school, affecting not only my academic standing but my well-being. However, within the depths of my struggles, I found a reservoir of strength and resilience. Instead of succumbing to despair, I sought out advice from friends, family, and close teachers. Realizing that the only one who could reach out to people for help was me, I took the first transformative journey toward self-discovery and personal growth. Through talking will teachers, tutoring, talking with my boss, and working out time management with my avid teacher, I gradually emerged from the shadows of the setback. The pivotal lesson learned was the importance of resilience and adaptability in the face of adversity. I discovered the power of seeking support, both from within and from people around me. This mental setback instilled a newfound importance for my mental well-being and maintaining a healthy work-life balance. This setback became a catalyst for academic growth and pushed me to create a stronger sense of self and purpose. I am not happy to say that I am on track to graduate with a 4.16 GPA, passed almost all of my AP exams, still have my job, and successfully helped run the clubs I was a part of.
    John J Costonis Scholarship
    As someone extremely passionate about justice and representation, my future goal is to become a medical malpractice lawyer, dedicated to representing women who have suffered due to negligence within the healthcare system. My pursuit of becoming a MML is not merely a career choice but a calling to bring about a positive change in an area where accountability is paramount for the well-being of patients. Although I am currently a senior in high school, I plan to pursue a rigorous academic path in law and biology. I will dedicate my studies to gaining a deep understanding of the legal intricacies surrounding healthcare negligence, patient rights, and the ethical responsibilities of medical professionals. During undergrad before law school, I plan to major in biology with a minor in law to understand medical terminology and the human body. Just like John, I have worked hard to accomplish many things in my life. I am proud to say that I have a 4.16 GPA (on a 4.0 scale), have taken more than 5 AP classes, have over 58 volunteer hours, and am the president of the women in STEM club at my high school. Coming from a low-income, African American home with 4 siblings, learning hard work and dedication was a dire part of my growth as a person and a student. This hard work I have shown during high school will transfer into college and my post-graduate studies. Despite my constant determination and passion, my education journey has not been without its share of hardships and issues. One of these main issues is financial struggles. Challenges of finding affordable tutors, tests, and other costs associated with education present significant hurdles. Additionally having the responsibility to watch my younger siblings while also having to manage school put a heavy burden on my life. To alleviate some of these issues I talked with my teachers, found free or reduced options for studying, and worked with my AVID teacher to create a time management schedule for my junior year. These experiences have taught me resilience, time management, and the importance of perseverance in the face of adversity. I understand that in order to achieve my goal of becoming a medical malpractice lawyer I am expected to juggle demanding coursework, internships, and extracurricular commitments. All of these require a high level of dedication and discipline, however, through my experiences I have learned not to let hardships stop me but instead use them as a stepping stone and learning opportunity for my future. Challenges have not stopped me but have only fueled my determination to excel in my studies and make a meaningful impact on the legal field. Becoming a medical malpractice lawyer isn't just a personal aspiration, it is my duty and commitment to creating a fair and accountable healthcare system. I am confident through my education and unwavering dedication, I will be well-equipped to advocate for the rights of those who have suffered due to medical negligence. This scholarship will play a crucial role in alleviating the financial burdens associated with my educational journey, allowing me to focus on my studies and future advocacy work in the field of medical malpractice law.
    “I Matter” Scholarship
    Helping someone in need is something that we were all born to do. In a world filled with adversity and stereotypes, I have come to realize the power of self-love, especially for individuals facing financial struggles and racial discrimination. Growing up in a financially challenging environment, I witnessed firsthand the impact that economic hardships can have on someone's sense of self-worth and confidence. From my own experience, I know that financial hardships can create a plethora of internal struggles. For many African Americans facing financial struggles, the weight of social expectations, stereotypes, and systemic barriers can exacerbate feelings of self-doubt and inadequacy. I quickly noticed this internal battle in my sister as she started to grow older. When my family's financial struggles reached the point where my 4 siblings and I had to live with my grandparents, we got introduced to another world. The new school we went to was full of children who grew up in a different economic standing than we did. The nice shoes, clothes, and teslas in the parking lot of the middle school didn't affect me much, but I saw jealousy in my sister's actions and words. I knew immediately that it was my job to help her build self-confidence and self-love. Throughout the next few weeks, I made sure to talk with her and get her perspective about our shared experience. After a while she opened up to me about the struggles she was facing, seeing people her age have more expensive and luxurious things that she knew she wasn't able to receive. She also opened up about racial stereotypes and discrimination she was experiencing since most of her classmates and "friends" weren't her color. After hearing about her experience I made sure to take her shopping at different thrift stores around town and give her advice on how to deal with racial discrimination in life. We both practiced the act of not comparing and instead focusing on our personal journey of growth. I sat down with her and created a 10-year plan of all the accomplishments that we wanted to achieve and we related our shared goal of giving ourselves the lives we always wanted as a child. In this plan, we both said going to college and getting a good education would help us accomplish our dreams. Due to financial reasons, getting there will be a challenge. This scholarship will not only alleviate the financial burden of education but also provide educational opportunities that can lead to personal and professional growth. Education has always catalyzed change, opening doors to a brighter future and instilling confidence in me and my abilities as a student. Helping my sister gain self-love and confidence has been one of my biggest accomplishments. My hours with her every week have helped her grow into a stronger woman and have a strong mindset about her future. I want to be an example to her, that education is possible and paying for education is an option. In our lives, we have struggled with multiple financial burdens and don't want to find ourselves in a financially bad situation right outside of college. This scholarship represents more than just financial assistance, it symbolizes a commitment to breaking the cycle of self-doubt and financial struggles.
    Hester Richardson Powell Memorial Service Scholarship
    Resilience is shown in many ways and forms. When my mom's dad died she continued to wake us up and get us ready ,when hurricane Harvey occurred and I saw the way my community came together to help those in need, when a winter storm came rolling through Houston and my uncle let us stay at his house to make sure we had shelter. Reseience is a beautiful and powerful trait to have and show others. Growing up my mother constantly showed resilience in her actions, because of this I found out what the meaning of resilience was and I was able to learn what it meant through her. She placed resilience in me so I could be an example for others. The power of resilience is something I have firsthand experience within my own life. Growing up surrounded by three younger siblings I was constantly looked at as the problem solver and secondary caretaker when my parents were working. Rather than succumbing to the difficulties that came with that responsibility, I used my experience to build a stronger mentality and foundation for my future. Building resilience is a long journey that constantly makes me want to inspire resilience in others. Having a resilient mindset means that you can bounce back from setbacks and transform adversity into an opportunity. Hoping to be able to inspire others in my community I have volunteered with young children during summer camps to help build problem-solving skills, became a mentor for the freshman at my high school through my school's AVID program, and in my own home have strived to teach my siblings the meaning of resilience. One particular experience that stands out when talking about resilences, is the time when I had an opportunity to mentor an AVID freshman who was having a difficult time in school due to academic pressure and personal challenges. Throughout the year I worked in contact with her and my AVID teachers to set meetings with her where she could ask me questions, get my advice on school and personal issues, find job opportunities, do tutorials, organize her materials, and work on her time management. I quickly noticed a shift in her attitude toward school and an improvement in her personal life! By instilling the belief in her that her challenges are not forever and she can turn those challenges into lessons for the future, we worked together to develop a successful plan for academic and personal achievements. Education also aids in the power of resilience. Education helps me build essential skills for the future and I plan to use this scholarship to help me gain useful knowledge to develop programs that foster resilience in young individuals facing adversity in their daily lives. To conclude, my journey has taught me resilience is not just about bouncing back from hardships but it's about growing and learning from them. Through mentoring, education, and community building I hope my resilient attitude can be rubbed off onto the people of my community, helping them navigate life with courage and strength. With the support of this scholarship, I am strongly confident in my ability to contribute to a more resilient future.
    Gabriel Martin Memorial Annual Scholarship
    Throughout my life, I have had eczema. It was clear from the moment I came out of the womb when hypopigmentation started spreading slowly in my right arm due to the extensive dryness and itchiness this condition posed. Walking through life hiding my puss-filled hands from my peers when I would get flare-ups on my hands. The frustrated emotions that would rise after I found another dry spot on my back after just solving the dry patch that appeared on my neck. Eczema is like a sticker that continues to attach itself to my life. Understanding eczema is a journey that am I still experiencing, the knowledge that I had about eczema was very minuscule. When I was in elementary and Mr. Dean asked me what the lighter spots on my arm were, I replied " I don't know, do you know ?", unsurprisingly he didn't know either. That day when I got home I immediately went to my mom and asked her what caused my "skin to be so white " she told me it was my eczema. For the next few years, people would ask me the same question as Mr. Dean, and I would reply with what my mom told me, but I never understood what it was. When I started getting older, I would have flare-ups in my hands where little bubbles of sticky puss would form all over and an overwhelming sensation of itchiness would occur to the point where the only form of relief was running my hand over scorching hot water so my hand would feel numb. In late middle school, I decided to start gaining information on my condition to help mitigate the problems that were occurring, and it changed my life. I was able to understand eczema better and connect with other TikTokers on social media who have the same condition and experiences that I have experienced. From social media, I was able to find ways to help my eczema and relieve the pain that comes with it, discover new medications, and share my story with others through DMs on Instagram. Through my research I was able to discover how many women have several forms of eczema, research has paved the way for so many people to connect and uplift others. My goal in life is to create avenues for women to succeed, to do this research is a vital part of finding solutions to help women in homelessness, domestic violence, and poverty. Many women within these situations are experiencing so many forms of medical issues, without the right resources to research their condition and relieve their pains the way that I was able to. Providing resources to women whether it is through money, materials or information is something I will always strive to do in life and in any career path I choose.