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🎓 My name is Nahiyan Sattar, and I am an ambitious and dedicated student currently enrolled at Temple University. I am writing to express my academic and career aspirations, as well as the challenges I face regarding financial burdens. 🧬 My primary goal is to pursue a double major in Biology and Neuroscience, accompanied by a minor in Music Therapy. The fields of Biology and Neuroscience have always captivated my interest, and I am eager to explore the intricate workings of the human brain during sleep through scientific research. By studying these disciplines in tandem, I hope to gain a comprehensive understanding of the biological foundations of neurological processes, paving the way for a career as a medical doctor. 🎻 Additionally, my passion for music has been an integral part of my life, particularly as a violinist. I aspire to continue performing at the highest level and collaborating with talented musicians in top-level orchestras. By pursuing a minor in Music Education, I aim to expand my knowledge and skills in teaching music, which will not only enhance my own musical abilities but also allow me to contribute to the education and growth of aspiring musicians. 📚 I am actively seeking scholarships, grants, and part-time employment opportunities to alleviate the financial strain. I firmly believe that with the right financial support, I can excel academically and make significant contributions to the fields of neuroscience and music.

Education

Temple University

Bachelor's degree program
2023 - 2026
  • Majors:
    • Neurobiology and Neurosciences
  • Minors:
    • Chemistry

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

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

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Chemistry
    • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
    • Neurobiology and Neurosciences
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Medical Practice

    • Dream career goals:

      Neuroscientist

    • Chemistry tutoring at the University Library

      STEM Tutoring
      2024 – Present6 months
    • Museum Intern

      Philadelphia Cultural Alliance
      2022 – Present2 years
    • Cashier

      Bells Market
      2020 – 20211 year

    Sports

    Taekwondow

    Intramural
    2023 – Present1 year

    Fencing

    Intramural
    2023 – Present1 year

    Awards

    • Epee 2nd place

    Rock

    Club
    2023 – Present1 year

    Soccer

    Junior Varsity
    2016 – 20182 years

    Volleyball

    Junior Varsity
    2016 – 20193 years

    Awards

    • Best digmaster

    Chess

    Varsity
    2010 – Present14 years

    Awards

    • Pennnsylvania state qualifier
    • CCL

    Swimming

    Varsity
    2020 – Present4 years

    Awards

    • 100 free style

    Research

    • Agricultural and Food Products Processing

      Green Farm — Planter
      2020 – 2021

    Arts

    • Bloomsburg Art Internship

      Art Criticism
      2022 – Present
    • Summer Orchestra

      ACOSA
      2022 – Present
    • All City

      All City Orchestra
      2022 – 2023
    • Northeast Orchestra- Violinist

      Music
      2021 – Present

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      Trout Unlimited
      2023 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Glen Foerd- Philadelphia cultural alliance — Teaching artist
      2022 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Student Senate — Vice President
      2020 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Red Cross — Recruiter
      2021 – Present

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Volunteering

    Entrepreneurship

    Adrin Ohaekwe Memorial Scholarship
    My career goals are based upon my love for Cellular Neuroscience and Biochemistry, pursued by me through college. Given my pursuits, I do find that some skills gleaned from chess involvement—such as those in ASAP Chess within Philadelphia and the Temple Chess Club—are pivotal for me personally. Experiences I also gained from high school competition to state tournaments, including one at Gettysburg (2019), where my strategic thinking and problem-solving prowess sharpened. These are the skills I maintain as an active Assistant Tournament Director for ASAP Chess hosting Saturday tournaments at Carver Highschool, and monthly tournaments at the school district at 440 Broad st, while still ensuring that my school work is a priority. For instance the early game of chess, professionally speaking; those opening moves are critical. One small mistake or mishap in the early portion of a game can alter its course as much as poverty has stunted my educational and career development. And it is with this analogy that sets forward my work of laboring despite the summer pains to cash in on scholarships and financial aid for college tuition. There, I learned to balance planning and focused work—core tenets that can be translated into any organization from my time as a student of the Temple Chess Club where we won a college division tournament in Fall Semester 2024. My experience from early game openings simply shows the need to reinforce my financial planning so I have enough to find myself throughout another decade of schooling. Followed by the mid game where once I met my materialistic need to take care of myself and family I can then move toward working on projects and internships throughout college, where I narrow down my skills and focus on research work. And lastly comes the late game, where I hone to earn by PhD in Neurobiology, establish a family and finally retire by parents. This things are seemingly my current 20 year old comprehension, but then again, its just like chess, its really difficult to predict the endgame. Just like the chess, I'm a player in the real world trying to minimize all the mistakes. The skills I’ve gained from chess extend beyond strategic thinking. They include patience, foresight, and resilience—qualities essential for success in both my academic and professional life. In Cellular Neuroscience and Biochemistry, as in chess, I must anticipate future challenges and plan my moves accordingly. The discipline and strategic planning I’ve developed through chess are directly applicable to scientific research and problem-solving in my chosen fields. My experiences with chess have provided me with invaluable skills that support my career aspirations in Cellular Neuroscience and Biochemistry. The lessons learned from competing and working with ASAP Chess and the Temple Chess Club emphasize the importance of early preparation, strategic thinking, and resilience. By working hard to secure financial stability and focusing on my studies, I am confident in my ability to achieve my career goals and contribute meaningfully to the field of scientific research, specializing in sleep.
    Priscilla Shireen Luke Scholarship
    As a dedicated student at Temple University, my journey into a similar field of bioinformatics has been both challenging and rewarding. My interest in this field was sparked by a desire to integrate computational tools with biological research to tackle complex scientific questions. This approach has enabled me to delve into the rich data that defines modern biology and medicine, using it to explore the underlying mechanisms of human health and disease. At Temple, I have had the privilege of working on various projects that harness the power of bioinformatics. My accomplishments include developing algorithms that help predict protein structures and their interactions within the human brain, particularly focusing on the proteins involved in neurological processes during sleep. These projects not only honed my technical skills but also gave me crucial insights into how data-driven science can advance our understanding of the human body. My goals are ambitiously set towards deepening my expertise and impact in this field. I am committed to pursuing a PhD in Neuroscience, with a focus on sleep research, ideally continuing my education and research at Temple University. This would allow me to build on the foundational knowledge and relationships I have established during my undergraduate years. The PhD journey represents more than just an academic endeavor; it is a crucial step towards achieving my career objectives of becoming a leading sleep scientist. I envision myself contributing to groundbreaking discoveries in how sleep affects brain function and overall health, leveraging bioinformatics to uncover patterns and solutions that are not immediately apparent through traditional research methods. My career aspirations include not only advancing scientific knowledge but also applying this knowledge in practical, impactful ways. By developing more precise diagnostic tools and effective treatments, I aim to address the growing concerns around sleep health on a global scale. My ultimate goal is to improve the quality of life for individuals suffering from sleep disorders and to educate the public and healthcare professionals on the importance of sleep health. And ultimately, my academic and professional journey is deeply rooted in the power of education and research, fostered by my experiences at Temple University. As I look forward to a PhD and beyond, I am excited about the opportunities to further contribute to the field of bioinformatics in sleep science, aiming to make meaningful contributions that benefit both the scientific community and society at large. With continued support and resources, I am confident in my ability to achieve these goals and make a lasting impact in the world of neuroscience.
    From Anna & Ava Scholarship
    As a dedicated student at Temple University, my journey into a similar field of bioinformatics has been both challenging and rewarding. My interest in this field was sparked by a desire to integrate computational tools with biological research to tackle complex scientific questions. This approach has enabled me to delve into the rich data that defines modern biology and medicine, using it to explore the underlying mechanisms of human health and disease. At Temple, I have had the privilege of working on various projects that harness the power of bioinformatics. My accomplishments include developing algorithms that help predict protein structures and their interactions within the human brain, particularly focusing on the proteins involved in neurological processes during sleep. These projects not only honed my technical skills but also gave me crucial insights into how data-driven science can advance our understanding of the human body. My goals are ambitiously set towards deepening my expertise and impact in this field. I am committed to pursuing a PhD in Neuroscience, with a focus on sleep research, ideally continuing my education and research at Temple University. This would allow me to build on the foundational knowledge and relationships I have established during my undergraduate years. The PhD journey represents more than just an academic endeavor; it is a crucial step towards achieving my career objectives of becoming a leading sleep scientist. I envision myself contributing to groundbreaking discoveries in how sleep affects brain function and overall health, leveraging bioinformatics to uncover patterns and solutions that are not immediately apparent through traditional research methods. My career aspirations include not only advancing scientific knowledge but also applying this knowledge in practical, impactful ways. By developing more precise diagnostic tools and effective treatments, I aim to address the growing concerns around sleep health on a global scale. My ultimate goal is to improve the quality of life for individuals suffering from sleep disorders and to educate the public and healthcare professionals on the importance of sleep health. And ultimately, my academic and professional journey is deeply rooted in the power of education and research, fostered by my experiences at Temple University. As I look forward to a PhD and beyond, I am excited about the opportunities to further contribute to the field of bioinformatics in sleep science, aiming to make meaningful contributions that benefit both the scientific community and society at large. With continued support and resources, I am confident in my ability to achieve these goals and make a lasting impact in the world of neuroscience.
    WCEJ Thornton Foundation Low-Income Scholarship
    Reflecting on my journey as a student at Temple University, where I'm majoring in Biology and Neuroscience while minoring in Music Therapy, I identify my greatest achievement to date as my involvement in a significant research project focused on the neurobiology of sleep. This project allowed me to utilize my bioinformatics skills to analyze complex data related to brain function during sleep. The success of this project was not only a personal triumph but also a valuable contribution to the field of neuroscience. This experience taught me several important lessons about myself. First, it reinforced my passion for scientific inquiry and my commitment to improving human health through research. It also highlighted my ability to persevere through challenges. Research often involves setbacks and obstacles; facing these taught me resilience and the importance of maintaining a focused and patient approach to problem-solving. Moreover, working alongside a diverse team of scientists and students from various disciplines taught me the power of collaborative effort and interdisciplinary strategies in tackling complex scientific questions. I hope to build on this foundation by pursuing a PhD in Neurobiology and either Temple University or UPenn, which is not far from home. My ultimate goal is to lead innovative research in sleep science that can directly improve treatment strategies and patient outcomes. I am particularly interested in exploring how sleep affects mental health and cognitive function, which has wide-ranging implications for treatment protocols in various neurological and psychological disorders. One day, I aspire to establish a biotech startup that aligns with my research interests and provides practical solutions to real-world health problems. This company would not only focus on developing advanced diagnostic tools and therapies for sleep disorders but also prioritize educating health professionals and the public about the importance of sleep for overall health. Through this endeavor, I hope to aim and merge my love for science with entrepreneurial spirit to create impactful, lasting change in both the research and the medical field. My greatest achievement in research has set a solid groundwork for my future ambitions. It taught me valuable skills and gave me a clear vision of how I want to contribute to science and society. With continued dedication and the support of academic and professional networks, I am quite excited about the opportunities that will be presented ahead to advance the world of sleep science and improve health outcomes globally. Which I hope, will ultimately, bring a good impact.
    Let Your Light Shine Scholarship
    I'm currently a student at Temple University, and as I navigate through my studies in bioinformatics and sleep research, my dreams are set high—not just for personal success, but to leave a meaningful legacy. I envision my future involving the creation of a business that merges my passion for science with my desire to make a lasting impact in the world. My plan is to start a biotech company that focuses on developing innovative diagnostic tools and therapies for sleep disorders. This venture will utilize cutting-edge research in bioinformatics to offer personalized medical solutions, fundamentally changing the way we understand and manage sleep health. The goal of this business isn’t just to innovate but to revolutionize the field, making advanced sleep science accessible and beneficial for both healthcare professionals and patients. The foundation of my business will be built on community involvement and ethical practices. I am committed to ensuring that our scientific advancements are conducted responsibly, prioritizing patient well-being and data privacy. This approach will not only set a new standard in the biotech industry but also ensure that our company stands as a model of ethical innovation. Beyond the scope of biotech, I also plan to integrate educational programs into our business model. These programs will focus on training healthcare professionals in the latest sleep science advancements and therapeutic techniques. By educating others, we can extend the reach and impact of our innovations, ensuring that more patients benefit from our work. As for shining my light, I actively engage in mentoring and teaching, especially with younger students who are passionate about science and technology. I believe in the transformative power of education and mentorship, and I take every opportunity to share my knowledge and experiences to inspire others. I advocate for mental health, particularly the importance of sleep to overall well-being. By participating in seminars, contributing to publications, and engaging with my community, I aim to raise awareness about sleep health, encouraging more people to prioritize this often-neglected aspect of their health. The legacy I want to create is characterized by innovation, education, and ethical responsibility. By starting a business that embodies these principles, I hope to provide solutions that not only push scientific boundaries but also enhance the quality of life for many. Through this journey, I’m eager to inspire and lead a new generation, promoting a future where technological advancements go hand in hand with humanistic values.
    Bushnell Bioinformatic Scholarship
    As a dedicated student at Temple University, my journey into a similar field of bioinformatics has been both challenging and rewarding. My interest in this field was sparked by a desire to integrate computational tools with biological research to tackle complex scientific questions. This approach has enabled me to delve into the rich data that defines modern biology and medicine, using it to explore the underlying mechanisms of human health and disease. At Temple, I have had the privilege of working on various projects that harness the power of bioinformatics. My accomplishments include developing algorithms that help predict protein structures and their interactions within the human brain, particularly focusing on the proteins involved in neurological processes during sleep. These projects not only honed my technical skills but also gave me crucial insights into how data-driven science can advance our understanding of the human body. My goals are ambitiously set towards deepening my expertise and impact in this field. I am committed to pursuing a PhD in Neuroscience, with a focus on sleep research, ideally continuing my education and research at Temple University. This would allow me to build on the foundational knowledge and relationships I have established during my undergraduate years. The PhD journey represents more than just an academic endeavor; it is a crucial step towards achieving my career objectives of becoming a leading sleep scientist. I envision myself contributing to groundbreaking discoveries in how sleep affects brain function and overall health, leveraging bioinformatics to uncover patterns and solutions that are not immediately apparent through traditional research methods. My career aspirations include not only advancing scientific knowledge but also applying this knowledge in practical, impactful ways. By developing more precise diagnostic tools and effective treatments, I aim to address the growing concerns around sleep health on a global scale. My ultimate goal is to improve the quality of life for individuals suffering from sleep disorders and to educate the public and healthcare professionals on the importance of sleep health. And ultimately, my academic and professional journey is deeply rooted in the power of education and research, fostered by my experiences at Temple University. As I look forward to a PhD and beyond, I am excited about the opportunities to further contribute to the field of bioinformatics in sleep science, aiming to make meaningful contributions that benefit both the scientific community and society at large. With continued support and resources, I am confident in my ability to achieve these goals and make a lasting impact in the world of neuroscience.
    Schmid Memorial Scholarship
    Hey, Im Nahiyan, just a dedicated student at Temple University, driven by a deep-seated passion for understanding the human brain and its functions during sleep. Originating from Philadelphia, a city known for its rich history and vibrant community, I have been inspired to pursue a career that not only fulfills my intellectual curiosity but also contributes meaningfully to society. My journey is marked by a vigorous pursuit of a double major in Biology and Neuroscience, complemented by a minor in Music Therapy. This unique blend of disciplines allows me to explore the intricacies of the brain from multiple perspectives, enriching my understanding and enhancing my capacity to innovate in the field of sleep science. Sleep science, a field that holds profound implications for health and well-being, fascinates me. Sleep disorders affect millions worldwide, impacting everything from cognitive performance to psychological health. My goal is to delve deeply into sleep research, aiming to uncover novel insights that could lead to breakthrough therapies and improve quality of life for those affected by sleep-related issues. Achieving these educational goals is significantly challenged by financial constraints. Scholarships are vital as they offer not just financial relief but also the freedom to engage fully with my studies and research without the overbearing stress of financial burdens. With this scholarship, I can dedicate more of my time to rigorous study and cutting-edge research, which are imperative for a successful career in neuroscience .Beyond personal and academic development, I am committed to giving back to society. As a future sleep scientist, I aspire to develop or improve treatments for sleep disorders and share critical knowledge that could lead to better sleep health practices. Educating others, whether through academic publications, lectures, or community seminars, will be a core aspect of my contribution. Additionally, my training in music therapy will allow me to incorporate holistic approaches to healing and wellness, further extending the reach of my professional influence. This scholarship definitely represents an opportunity for me to excel academically without the constant worry of financial hardship. It supports my vision of becoming a sleep scientist who not only contributes to the scientific community but also makes a tangible difference in the lives of everyday people. With your support, I can forge a path that goes beyond personal achievement to create a legacy of knowledge and healing that resonates within and beyond my community in Philadelphia.
    Kirk I. Woods Memorial Scholarship
    My educational journey at Temple University represents more than just academic pursuit; it's a personal commitment to harnessing knowledge for societal benefit. Currently, I am double majoring in Biology and Neuroscience, with a minor in Music Therapy. This unique combination of fields not only fuels my curiosity but also equips me to explore profound questions about the human brain, particularly its functions during sleep. Philadelphia, with its rich history and vibrant cultural scene, has instilled in me a strong sense of community and responsibility. Growing up in this city, where education can serve as a catalyst for changes, I have seen firsthand the transformative power of dedicated scholarship and active engagement in one’s fields of interest. This environment has significantly shaped my aspirations to become a neuroscientist specializing in sleep research. Education, to me, is the cornerstone of personal and professional development. It is through my studies that I will acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to advance our understanding of neurological processes. Such expertise is crucial for addressing various neurological conditions that affect millions worldwide, thereby improving their quality of life. By focusing on sleep research, I aim to uncover new insights that could lead to innovative treatments and therapies. My involvement in music, particularly as a violinist for the temple club orchestra, "Owlchestra", complements my scientific pursuits. It provides me with a creative outlet and teaches me the discipline and collaboration skills essential for any successful researcher. Music, like science, requires precision and a deep understanding of complex structures, whether they are musical scores or neural circuits. By continuing to perform and teach music, I can foster an appreciation for the arts while promoting cognitive benefits that are increasingly recognized in educational and therapeutic contexts. The path I'm taking to achieving these ambitious goals is not without its challenges. The financial burden of pursuing a higher education can be overwhelming, especially when one aspires to excel in multiple demanding fields. Scholarships, grants, and part-time employment are not merely aids to education; they are investments in the future—my future and the future of the communities I will serve. With additional financial support, I can dedicate more time to my studies and research, reducing the stress that often accompanies financial insecurities. Ultimately, the education I am receiving now is preparing me to give back to society in meaningful ways. As a future neuroscientist, I will contribute to medical sciences by advancing our understanding of the brain. As an educator, I will share my knowledge and passion with the next generation of scientists and musicians, inspiring them to pursue their own dreams and make their own impacts. In conclusion, education is reshaping my path forward by providing me with the tools to effect change. It is through my continued academic and musical endeavors that I will contribute to society, driven by the belief that with the right support, I can help unravel the mysteries of the human brain and enhance the lives of many. The journey that began in Philadelphia will hopefully lead to significant advancements in neuroscience and music, benefiting not just my community but also the broader world.
    Scholar Budget Define Your Dream Scholarship
    Chasing dreams isn’t just about what happens when we’re asleep; it’s also about the goals we’re wide awake for and reaching out to grab. For me, that dream is all about understanding the science of sleep and spreading the word through the universal language of music. Here at Temple University, I'm all in on double majoring in both biochemistry and neuroscience, learning about the nuts and bolts of how our brains work. But my dream doesn't stop in the classroom. I see myself as more than just a student; I'm on a mission. I want to know why we sleep, how we sleep, and how we can do it better—because let’s face it, who doesn’t want to wake up feeling like a superhero? To turn this dream into a reality, I’m laying down a solid foundation of knowledge first. With my GPA of 3.9, I'm not just scraping by; I’m crushing it. That’s step one. Step two? I'm keeping an eye out for scholarships, grants, and even part-time gigs that can help me keep the lights on while I study. It’s a juggling act, but hey, who said chasing dreams was easy? Then comes the hands-on stuff. I plan to dive into sleep research, particularly looking at how sleep can make us all happier and more productive. Picture this: a world where everyone gets the sleep they need to be their best selves. That's the world I want to help build. It’s about turning night-time into the right time for our brains to recharge and reset. Music's going to play a big part in this dream too. It’s not just about the brain waves; it’s about the sound waves. By exploring how music influences sleep, I can bring a whole new beat to the sleep science scene. And this isn’t just for me. It’s about sharing what I learn with others, leading workshops, and maybe even composing some sleepy-time tunes to help folks drift off. The final piece of the puzzle is to get out there and talk about it—really talk about it. Not just in science journals, but in classrooms, community centers, and maybe even online. Sharing knowledge is just as important as gaining it, and I want to spread the word far and wide. So, how do I plan to turn my dreams into a reality? By staying curious, staying driven, and never forgetting that it's not just about hitting the books or the hay—it's about hitting the right note that resonates with everyone. And with a little luck and a lot of hard work, I’ll not only hit that note—I’ll make it sing.
    Harry & Mary Sheaffer Scholarship
    The power to change the world can sometimes be found in the simplest of our daily routines: sleep. As a student with a deep dive into neurobiology and a heart that beats in time with music, I've got a plan to help people sleep better. And through that, I'm hoping to make the world a more understanding place. At Temple University, my brain's been busy soaking up all things about the brain and sleep. Here’s the cool part: everyone sleeps, but not everyone sleeps well. This is where I step in, with my love for science and tunes, to figure out how better sleep can make us happier and get more stuff done. There's a bunch of research out there, like the study by Walker in 2017, that tells us when we don't sleep enough, everybody's work suffers, and we lose a lot of money as a whole—like, a few percent of what the whole world makes! That's huge! And it shows that if we all slept like babies, we'd be winning—not just in our wallets, but in our happiness too. Music's been my sidekick for the longest time, and it's not just about jamming out. It's about feeling what others feel. That's empathy, right? And sleep is a lot like music in that way. It's something we all know and need. I'm betting that by mixing the science of sleep with the heart of music, I can help people everywhere find their way to dreamland a bit easier. My goal? To study sleep like it's never been studied before, focusing on how tunes can lull us into better Z’s. But it's not just for the lab. I want to take it to the streets, running workshops to teach folks how to rock themselves to sleep, literally. That way, everyone can get in on the secret to a great night's rest. I see a world where empathy comes from sharing what we all need—good sleep. By learning more about it and teaching others, I can make a real difference. It's about understanding that we all struggle sometimes when the lights go out, and I'm here to make it better with a little science and a lot of heart. So, that's my plan. Use my brain and my music to hit play on a better sleep for everyone. And when we all sleep better, we feel better—we do better. It’s a win-win, for me and the world.
    TEAM ROX Scholarship
    I kicked off my adventure into helping others be their best in the vibrant city of Philadelphia. It all started with my awesome presentation skills that I polished while working at the Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. That gig paved the way for me to dive into the museum scene, especially at the Glen Foerd Museum. There, I led cool workshops like bamboo trellis, terrarium making, and other art projects with my buddies. Alongside my major, Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience at Temple University, I'm also gearing up for a certificate in the art of acting to level up my speaking skills. I want to do more public workshops and connect with the awesome people in my city. My journey began at the Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, where I got to flex my presentation skills. From sharing the scoop on cultural exhibits to talking about the magic of art, I found joy in connecting with all sorts of folks. This not only sharpened my ability to talk to people but also fueled a deep passion in me – the drive to inspire and lift others up. After that, I landed a gig at the Glen Foerd Museum, where I got to lead workshops. These weren't your typical art sessions; they were about building a community and letting people express themselves. The bamboo trellis workshop was a hit, and it encouraged me to dive into other creative projects like making terrariums and other artsy stuff. With my coworkers, we turned the museum into a place where people could discover their artistic side and learn cool new things, breaking away from the usual museum vibe. What really fired up my passion was seeing how these workshops transformed people. The happiness and pride they felt from creating something with their own hands, along with the friendships formed during these sessions, made me believe even more in the power of art and skill-building to bring people together and help them shine. While tackling my major at Temple, I realized I needed to keep growing to better help my community. So, I decided to dive into the art of acting with a certificate. My goal? To boost my speaking skills, so I can rock more public workshops and reach even more awesome people. By adding acting techniques to my toolkit, I want to create exciting experiences that connect with all kinds of people. In a nutshell, my journey has been a mix of experiences, all tied together by my commitment to growing personally and helping others do the same. From the Philadelphia Cultural Alliance to the Glen Foerd Museum and beyond, each step has been a part of my quest for better communication and skill-building. As I navigate through college and beyond, this art of acting certificate is my way of saying I'm all in – committed to fine-tuning my skills to keep making a positive impact on the lives of the amazing folks in my beloved city, Philadelphia.
    Veerappan Memorial Scholarship
    As a college freshman, my family's experiences greatly shape my path and ignite my passion for neuroscience. Growing up in a health-conscious household, witnessing my dad's fight against diabetes, relatives struggling with health issues, and my mom dealing with a chronic ear infection have fueled my interest in understanding the human body, especially how aging affects us. These experiences inspire me to explore neuroscience and find ways to make aging a positive journey. My dad's determination to battle diabetes has influenced my career dreams. Seeing him manage his health through lifestyle changes, medicine, and monitoring taught me about perseverance and the importance of exploring health matters. This motivates me to delve into biology, especially neuroscience, to uncover the inner workings of conditions like diabetes and develop innovative ways to help those affected. Family health struggles also emphasize the need for addressing health issues early. These stories show me the value of effective healthcare approaches. As I step into the world of biology, I aim to learn skills that can contribute to advanced medical solutions, preventing or alleviating suffering from various health challenges. Especially as people age, they become prone to severe diseases, thus making their body weaker. My mom's ongoing battle with a chronic ear infection has left a mark on me. Her persistent discomfort reminds me that even minor health issues can significantly impact our lives. This deepens my resolve to understand sensory experiences and improve well-being through neuroscience. Aging, a universal process, has heightened my interest in neuroscience. Witnessing how it weakens the body and leads to health issues motivates me to find ways to counter these effects. Studying biology, with a focus on neuroscience, I aim to uncover the connections between the brain and aging. By understanding these changes, I hope to develop strategies that support healthy aging, enabling people to maintain well-being as they grow older. Something that I can apply to not just my parents but also my own life. My family's experiences will continue to steer my beliefs and fuel my dreams. Seeing my dad's diabetes journey, relatives' health struggles, and my mom's battle with chronic ear infections has granted me respect for human health intricacies. Combined with my passion for neuroscience, these experiences drive me to explore the field and find ways to make aging a positive experience. Through biology and neuroscience, I aim to unearth insights that transform lives for the better.
    Shays Scholarship
    I've chosen to delve into the realm of Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience because it offers an opportunity to explore the intricate inner workings of the brain, at a microscopic level. Neuroscience is a captivating field characterized by the continual growth and evolution of our human biology, which I find both profound and engaging. It encompasses a wide array of topics, ranging from the complexities of neural circuits to the minute mechanisms occurring within our brain cells, and how they correlate to human longevity and overall cognitive function. But what ignites my enthusiasm is my vision of specializing in sleep research. Sleep is an essential aspect of human existence, yet people either choose to ignore the consequences of bad sleep or are not aware of the quality of sleep they get and the measures they can take to maximize the best sleep. I believe that unearthing the secrets of sleep is not only vital for expanding our understanding of the brain but also for improving the quality of life for individuals struggling with sleep-related issues, which can include, weight gain, bad cognition, depleted neuroplasticity level and so on. The prospect of contributing to this sphere of research is both exhilarating and motivational, not just for me but also for our humanity. To prepare myself for a successful expedition into Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience and, ultimately, sleep research, I intend to pursue a major in this field during my undergraduate studies. Additionally, I am resolute in obtaining minors in mathematics and chemistry to deepen my scientific comprehension of the intricate workings of the human body and its relationship with sleep. These complementary disciplines will provide me with a comprehensive foundation to approach the complexities of neuroscience with a much more of a holistic perspective. The allure of pursuing a Ph.D. in sleep research is multifaceted. Firstly, I'm fascinated by the prospect of conducting groundbreaking research that could unravel new insights into the mysteries of sleep and its profound influence on human health. Sleep is intertwined with various facets of our physical and mental well-being, making it a promising avenue for scientific exploration. Secondly, the practical implications of sleep research are profound. A significant proportion of people today grapple with challenges in attaining high-quality sleep due to the demands of contemporary living. This can have far-reaching consequences on their overall health and productivity. By delving into research regarding techniques to enhance sleep quality, I aspire to contribute to the development of solutions that can enrich the lives of countless individuals. My motivation to pursue higher education in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience is grounded in my passion for unraveling the complexities of our human brain, particularly within the context of sleep research. My goal is to attain a Ph.D. in sleep research and make a meaningful contribution to the advancement of knowledge in this critical field. I aspire to develop techniques that can assist people in achieving better sleep, and a universal human experience, and enhance their overall well-being.
    Morgan Levine Dolan Community Service Scholarship
    My fascination with Biology and Neuroscience started at an early age. The intricate workings of the human brain and the biological processes have always captivated my interest, especially how sleep affects one's body. I envision a future where I can immerse myself in the world of scientific research, peeling back the layers of complexity that enshroud the human brain's mysteries and figuring out how to help individuals maximize sleep, both quality and quantity. However, the pursuit of a double major in these fields comes with its challenges, especially financial. This scholarship would ease the financial burden associated with pursuing two demanding majors simultaneously, although they are related fields, because of the course loads, I would be required to take classes over the summer if I want to finish my bachelors within four years and then pursue for my Ph.D. in the field of Neuroscience. Summer classes tend to be very expensive and I doubt my financial aid would my tuition, far off from extra summer classes. It would allow me to dedicate more time and energy to my studies, engage in extracurricular activities, and perhaps most importantly, participate in cutting-edge research projects. A scholarship would not only alleviate financial stress but also provide the freedom to explore various aspects of these fields, further igniting my passion and drive in this long career path. Through dedicated research, I aim to contribute to the understanding of neurological processes and make a meaningful impact on the field of Science. In addition to my scientific pursuits, music has always been an integral part of my life. As a violinist, I have experienced firsthand the transformative power of music in conveying emotions, fostering creativity, and promoting well-being. I aspire to continue my musical journey at the highest level, collaborating with talented musicians and performing for children's hospitals, almost as a music therapist. To complement my musical passion, I have chosen a minor in Music Therapy. This field represents the intersection of my love for music and my desire to make a positive impact on individuals' lives. It has a huge correlation with my major, Neuroscience. Music Therapy has been shown to be effective in addressing various physical and psychological challenges, from reducing stress and anxiety to aiding in cognitive rehabilitation. With a double major in Biology and Neuroscience, accompanied by a minor in Music Therapy, I aspire to bridge the gap between science and art, using my knowledge to contribute to both fields. The financial support this scholarship offers will enable me to immerse myself fully in my studies, engage in impactful research, and develop the skills necessary to excel in my chosen fields and also hopefully also make money through music gigs to support my college expenses. I firmly believe that with the right financial support, I can not only achieve my academic goals but also make significant contributions to the fields of neuroscience and music therapy. This scholarship will empower me to realize my dreams and, in doing so, contribute to the betterment of society through both scientific exploration and the healing power of music. It is an investment not just in my future, but in the potential for positive change that I can bring to the world through both science and music.
    Manny and Sylvia Weiner Medical Scholarship
    Becoming a medical doctor and, more specifically, a neurosurgeon has been a lifelong dream that I've been ardently pursuing. My journey towards this goal has not been without its share of challenges, particularly financial ones. Through my experiences and the resilience they have instilled in me, I aspire to become a compassionate and empathetic medical doctor, making a difference in the lives of patients and contributing to the field of neurosurgery. My fascination with medicine and the human brain began during my undergraduate years when I chose Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience as my major, serving as my pre-medical route. This field offers a unique opportunity to understand the intricate workings of the nervous system, setting the foundation for my future career in neurosurgery. The study of neuroscience has not only deepened my passion for medicine but has also highlighted the significance of compassionate patient care. I would say financial factors are the biggest issues in my path. Pursuing a career in medicine requires substantial financial resources, including tuition fees, study materials, and medical school applications. My family's limited financial means have made it challenging to cover these costs, causing me to work part-time jobs and seek scholarships and grants to fund my education. These financial difficulties have not only added a layer of complexity to my path but have also instilled in me a strong sense of responsibility and resourcefulness. I have learned the importance of time management, budgeting, and seeking out financial aid opportunities. These skills will undoubtedly contribute to my practice as a medical doctor, allowing me to efficiently manage resources and provide the best possible care to my patients. My personal experiences with financial adversity have taught me the value of empathy and understanding when interacting with patients facing similar challenges. Many individuals struggle to access healthcare due to financial constraints, and I aspire to bridge this gap by offering compassionate care and advocating for accessible healthcare for all. In addition to financial obstacles, my journey has also presented me with other challenges, such as academic pressure and the demanding nature of pre-medical coursework. These experiences have helped me cultivate resilience and adaptability. The rigorous curriculum of Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience has prepared me for the demanding nature of medical school and the challenges that lie ahead in neurosurgery training. I believe that my personal experiences will allow me to connect with patients on a deeper level. Understanding the hardships they face, both in terms of health and finances will enable me to provide not only medical expertise but also emotional support and guidance. My goal as a medical doctor is not just to diagnose and treat but to empower patients to overcome obstacles and improve their overall well-being. My journey toward becoming a medical doctor, specifically a neurosurgeon, has been marked by financial challenges and academic pressure. However, these obstacles have not deterred my determination but have instead equipped me with essential skills, resilience, and empathy. I am committed to using these experiences to provide compassionate and accessible healthcare to patients, particularly in the field of neurosurgery. My aspiration is not only to turn my dream into a reality but also to contribute to the medical profession by advocating for equitable healthcare and making a meaningful impact on the lives of those I serve.
    Science Fiction Becomes Science Fact Scholarship
    As a current undergraduate student majoring in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience, I am passionate about understanding the intricacies of the brain and the nervous system. My fascination with the subject has led me to dream of a future where we can slow down and even reverse the aging process, a concept that has long resided in the realm of science fiction. Through pursuing a Ph.D. in neuroscience at Temple University and dedicating my research to aging, I believe I can contribute to making this science fiction vision a scientific reality. The brain is the epicenter of our existence, controlling every aspect of our lives, from our thoughts and emotions to our bodily functions. It is also intimately linked to the process of aging. As an undergraduate student in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience, I have gained a foundational understanding of how neurons function, how they communicate, and how they can be damaged or repaired. This knowledge has solidified my belief that the brain holds the key to unlocking the secrets of aging. Choosing Temple University for my Ph.D. program is a strategic decision for me. Temple has a renowned neuroscience department with faculty members who are at the forefront of cutting-edge research. The university's commitment to fostering interdisciplinary collaboration and providing access to state-of-the-art facilities makes it the perfect place to further my studies in aging research. My goal is to delve deep into the mysteries of aging and the role the brain plays in this process. With access to advanced neuroimaging technologies and molecular biology tools at Temple University, I plan to investigate how age affects neural plasticity, and the brain's ability to reorganize and adapt. By conducting experiments and analyzing data, tics, environment, and lifestyle. To tackle this complexity, I intend to collaborate with experts from various fields, including genetics, gerontology, and nutrition. Temple University's collaborative environment will facilitate these interactions, allowing me to gain insights from diverse perspectives and drive innovation in aging research. I am still a freshman at Temple University who is studying Cellular and Molecular: Neuroscience .My journey to combat aging through neuroscience is just beginning. It is a challenging path that will demand dedication, perseverance, and innovation. However, I firmly believe that by pursuing a Ph.D. in neuroscience at Temple University, I can contribute to turning the once-fictional idea of slowing down aging into a scientific fact. My undergraduate studies in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience have ignited a passion within me to explore the connection between the both brain and aging. Through the exceptional resources and collaborative opportunities offered at Temple University, I am confident that I can make meaningful contributions to the field of aging research. I am excited to see how my efforts, combined with those of other dedicated researchers, will inch us closer to a future where science fiction becomes science fact, and we can better understand and reduce the effects of aging on humanity.
    First-Gen Futures Scholarship
    As a first-generation college student, the decision to pursue higher education has been a profound and transformative. I am driven by a deep-seated desire to break the cycle of limited educational attainment within my family and to contribute to the field of neuroscience. My ambition is to delve right into the intricate relationship between sleep and neuroplasticity, and this aspiration has fueled my academic preparation for college and my ultimate goal of obtaining a Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Growing up, I witnessed firsthand the challenges faced by my family due to their lack of higher education. No one in my lineage has ever achieved a college degree, let alone a Ph.D. This realization motivated me to embark on a journey that would not only enrich my own life but also serve as a beacon of hope and inspiration for future generations in my family. One of the primary reasons behind my pursuit of a Ph.D. is my deep fascination with the brain and its mysteries. Neuroscience, in particular, captivates me because it seeks to unravel the complexities of the human mind. Within this vast field, I am particularly drawn to the relationship between sleep and neuroplasticity. Sleep, an essential yet enigmatic aspect of human existence, has always intrigued me. I want to explore how the brain's plasticity is influenced by the quality and quantity of sleep, and how this, in turn, impacts our cognitive abilities, emotional well-being, and overall health. By studying this area, I hope to contribute to our understanding of sleep disorders, memory consolidation, and the brain's remarkable adaptability. My journey toward higher education and my eventual pursuit of a Ph.D. has been marked by diligent preparation and a commitment to academic excellence. As a first-generation student, I recognized the importance of equipping myself with the necessary tools and resources to succeed in college. To this end, I prioritized my high school education and actively sought out opportunities to strengthen my academic foundation. Throughout high school, I challenged myself with rigorous coursework in science and mathematics, which laid the groundwork for my future studies in neuroscience. I actively participated in extracurricular activities related to STEM, including science clubs and research projects, to gain hands-on experience and a deeper understanding of the field. Additionally, I sought out mentors who guided me in my academic journey, providing invaluable support and advice. Recognizing the significance of financial resources, I diligently researched scholarship opportunities and financial aid options available to first-generation students. I successfully secured scholarships that have eased the financial burden of pursuing higher education, allowing me to focus on my studies and research aspirations. Furthermore, I have fostered a growth mindset that propels me forward. I believe in my ability to overcome challenges and persevere through the rigorous demands of higher education. I am committed to seeking out academic and emotional support networks, such as tutoring services and counseling, to ensure a successful college experience. My decision to pursue higher education as a first-generation student is rooted in my aspiration to break the educational barriers in my family and to contribute meaningfully to the field of neuroscience. I am deeply passionate about unraveling the mysteries of the human brain, particularly the relationship between sleep and neuroplasticity. As I embark on this transformative journey, I am committed to not only achieving my undergraduate degree but also working tirelessly toward my dream of earning a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, thus becoming the first in my family to reach such academic heights.
    Minority/Women in STEM Scholarship
    With a vision to uplift my family and contribute positively to society, I am committed to dedicating 8-10 years to my education. My goal is to emerge from this journey not only with the knowledge and experience to secure a fulfilling job but also with the capacity to alleviate my family's financial burdens. My choice of a STEM education isn't just a personal preference; it's a strategic decision. I aspire to specialize in neuroscience, delving into the mysteries of the brain's neuroplasticity to unlock the potential for lifelong learning. I aim to develop methods that help people continue learning throughout their lives, irrespective of age. Growing up, my family depended on my father's income as the sole earner. However, the sudden onslaught of COVID-19 led to unforeseen challenges. The company he had worked for faced financial difficulties, which ultimately led to his layoff. Overnight, our family's financial stability was upended. We had to rely on loans to make ends meet, covering basic necessities like food, housing, and education expenses. The weight of these financial burdens was heavy, even before I embarked on my journey to college. The idea of pursuing higher education has always been a dream in our household, but my aspirations came tinged with a sense of responsibility. My family's financial situation posed a significant hurdle. As I entered college, the looming specter of mounting tuition fees and living expenses only added to the challenges. This situation urged me to double down on my determination, to transform my educational pursuit into a beacon of hope not just for myself, but for my entire family. With a vision to uplift my family and contribute positively to society, I am committed to dedicating 8-10 years to my education. My goal is to emerge from this journey not only with the knowledge and experience to secure a fulfilling job but also with the capacity to alleviate my family's financial burdens. My choice of a STEM education isn't just a personal preference; it's a strategic decision. I aspire to specialize in neuroscience, delving into the mysteries of the brain's neuroplasticity to unlock the potential for lifelong learning. I aim to develop methods that help people continue learning throughout their lives, irrespective of age. I'm also deeply passionate about studying sleep. In today's fast-paced world, sleep often takes a backseat, leading to health issues and diminished productivity. I want to explore ways to ensure individuals can experience restful sleep every night. A good night's sleep is essential for cognitive health, and by contributing to this field, I hope to help people lead healthier and more balanced lives. My journey in STEM education is not just about personal gain; it's about giving back. I am immensely grateful for the opportunities this world has provided, despite the financial challenges my family has faced. Now, I believe it's my turn to pay it forward. Through my research and innovations in neuroscience and sleep, I aspire to contribute positively to society, helping individuals lead healthier, more productive lives. My pursuit of education in STEM has been marked by challenges stemming from my family's financial struggles, particularly exacerbated by the pandemic. However, these challenges have only ignited my determination to succeed and make a positive impact. With a focus on neuroscience and sleep, I aspire to craft a future where people can learn continuously and enjoy restful sleep. As I navigate the complexities of higher education, I'm reminded that my journey is not solely for my benefit but for the betterment of my family and society as a whole.
    Windward Spirit Scholarship
    Have you ever read something that makes you stop and think about the world we're living in? The "Ode to Millennials-Gen Z" does just that. It's like a message from the past that's calling us to create a better future. It talks about how our grandparents faced challenges with courage and determination, and it challenges us, the Millennials and Gen Z, to use those lessons to make our world healthier and happier. This got me thinking: how can we blend the wisdom of the past with the power of today's science to shape a future where learning and growth know no bounds? In this essay, I'm going to share my thoughts on how we can tap into the science of the brain, specifically neuroscience, to achieve exactly that. The words of the "Ode to Millennials-Gen Z" resonate deeply when it speaks of the struggles of past generations. Our grandparents went through tough times like the Great Depression and World War II, and their resilience and strength can teach us a lot. It's like they left behind a treasure trove of wisdom that we can draw from to navigate our own challenges. By learning from their experiences, we're better equipped to face our own battles and forge ahead with determination. Now, you might be wondering what neuroscience is all about. Why am I going to college for 8-10 years learning about it?. Neuroscience is basically the science of understanding how our brains work, and it's incredibly fascinating. One of the most exciting concepts in neuroscience is "neuroplasticity." It might sound like a complex term, but it's actually quite simple: it refers to the brain's ability to change and adapt over time. Think of your brain as a garden that keeps growing new flowers no matter how old it is. This is what truly captures my curiosity, and it's what I want to delve into to help people learn and grow no matter their age. Picture a world where learning never stops. Sounds amazing, doesn't it? Well, that's exactly what neuroplasticity promises. It's like a hidden superpower within our brains that enables us to keep expanding our horizons, regardless of age. Learning isn't a privilege reserved solely for the young; it's a lifelong gift that neuroplasticity offers us. With this incredible phenomenon, seniors can pick up new skills just as young children do, and adults can delve into new fields of knowledge they've never explored. It's as though neuroplasticity hands us a passport to continuous growth and learning. Have you ever heard someone say, "I'm too old to learn that"? It's a common belief that as we grow older, our ability to learn starts to slow down. But what if we could challenge that notion? This is where neuroplasticity comes into play. By understanding how our brains can rewire themselves, we can craft new approaches to learning that cater to people of all ages. Imagine a retired individual dedicating time to mastering the art of painting, a grandparent confidently conversing in a new language, or someone in their 50s venturing into an entirely new field of expertise. All of these scenarios become attainable through the magic of neuroplasticity. The "Ode to Millennials-Gen Z" carries a vital message: our aim isn't merely to survive, but to ensure that we leave behind a world that's better for future generations. The fusion of ancestral wisdom with the revolutionary concept of neuroplasticity. Much like the Greatest Generation turned their adversities into sources of strength, we now have the opportunity to use our understanding of neuroplasticity to break free from the limits we often place on ourselves due to age. Just as our ancestors overcame their struggles, we can harness the power of neuroplasticity to break down barriers and demonstrate that age should never be a barrier to personal growth. As we tread the path of life, it's important to recognize that we're part of a larger narrative. The lessons of the past serve as guideposts, pointing us toward a brighter future. The "Ode to Millennials-Gen Z" encourages us to take those lessons and transform them into actions that shape a world that's healthier and happier. Neuroscience, with its exploration of neuroplasticity, provides us with tools to accomplish just that. So, let's embrace our past, immerse ourselves in the science of the brain, and collaboratively build a future that's abundant in its potential through science.
    Maida Brkanovic Memorial Scholarship
    Leaving behind the familiar streets and bustling markets of Bangladesh was a bittersweet experience. Arriving in the bustling city of New Jersey, I felt a whirlwind of emotions - excitement for new opportunities, anxiety about adapting to a foreign culture, and a deep sense of responsibility to make my parents' sacrifices count. The early years were marked by challenges, but they laid the foundation for the beliefs that would guide me through life. Soon after our arrival, we moved to Philadelphia, where I attended Northeast High school. The journey was not without its hurdles. As my family adjusted to a new way of life, I struggled to navigate the American education system and balance cultural identity with the need to assimilate. The unfamiliarity of the language and customs posed a steep learning curve, but it also ignited a passion for learning and a profound appreciation for the opportunities available in this new land. While my journey was marked by its share of difficulties, it was watching my father's unwavering commitment that truly shaped my perspective on life. My dad, a hardworking individual who had left everything behind to provide us with a better life, took on a minimum-wage job at a 7-Eleven. With grit and determination, he worked tirelessly to make ends meet, even sharing a house with another family to manage the financial demands of our new life. Witnessing his sacrifices and experiencing the reality of financial constraints lit a fire within me to take education more seriously. As I progressed through high school in Philadelphia, I began to recognize the transformative power of education. My academic pursuits were no longer mere tasks to complete but stepping stones towards a brighter future. The ambition to study neuroscience at Temple University became a beacon of hope, a promise that my hard work could lead to a life less burdened by financial constraints. I realized that the education I was receiving was not just a privilege but a lifeline for breaking the chains of generational struggle. Becoming a first-generation student in my family, I felt a profound responsibility to break the cycle of financial hardship that my parents and their ancestors had endured. The sacrifices they had made were no longer just stories told; they were the driving force behind my dreams and aspirations. I carried their hopes with me as I strived to excel academically, all the while harboring the intention to shoulder the financial burdens that had haunted my family for generations. The idea of pursuing a career in neuroscience wasn't just a personal goal but a means to bring about a transformation that would ripple through generations. The path ahead would be arduous, requiring dedication and perseverance, but I was prepared to embrace the challenge. The notion of eventually obtaining a Ph.D. and alleviating my family's financial burdens became a potent motivator. I wanted to honor my parents' sacrifices by providing them with the comfort and security they had sacrificed for. My journey as a first-generation student and recent immigrant has imbued me with a profound understanding of the value of education, the power of determination, and the importance of breaking cycles of struggle. My experiences have shaped my beliefs, forging within me an unshakable resolve to succeed not only for myself but also for my family and the generations that follow. As I prepare to embark on my college journey at Temple University, I am armed with the conviction that my education will be the instrument of change that my family has long yearned for.
    Carlos F. Garcia Muentes Scholarship
    As a college freshman, my family's experiences greatly shape my path and ignite my passion for neuroscience. Growing up in a health-conscious household, witnessing my dad's fight against diabetes, relatives struggling with health issues, and my mom dealing with a chronic ear infection have fueled my interest in understanding the human body, especially how aging affects us. These experiences inspire me to explore neuroscience and find ways to make aging a positive journey. My dad's determination to battle diabetes has influenced my career dreams. Seeing him manage his health through lifestyle changes, medicine, and monitoring taught me about perseverance and the importance of exploring health matters. This motivates me to delve into biology, especially neuroscience, to uncover the inner workings of conditions like diabetes and develop innovative ways to help those affected. Family health struggles also emphasize the need for addressing health issues early. These stories show me the value of effective healthcare approaches. As I step into the world of biology, I aim to learn skills that can contribute to advanced medical solutions, preventing or alleviating suffering from various health challenges. Especially as people age, they become prone to severe diseases, thus making their body weaker. My mom's ongoing battle with a chronic ear infection has left a mark on me. Her persistent discomfort reminds me that even minor health issues can significantly impact our lives. This deepens my resolve to understand sensory experiences and improve well-being through neuroscience. Aging, a universal process, has heightened my interest in neuroscience. Witnessing how it weakens the body and leads to health issues motivates me to find ways to counter these effects. Studying biology, with a focus on neuroscience, I aim to uncover the connections between the brain and aging. By understanding these changes, I hope to develop strategies that support healthy aging, enabling people to maintain well-being as they grow older. Something that I can apply to not just my parents but also my own life. My family's experiences will continue to steer my beliefs and fuel my dreams. Seeing my dad's diabetes journey, relatives' health struggles, and my mom's battle with chronic ear infections has granted me respect for human health intricacies. Combined with my passion for neuroscience, these experiences drive me to explore the field and find ways to make aging a positive experience. Through biology and neuroscience, I aim to unearth insights that transform lives for the better.
    Cheryl Twilley Outreach Memorial Scholarship
    Experiencing socioeconomic adversity can profoundly shape one's perspectives, motivations, and aspirations. As a college student with a strong focus on health consciousness, a love for acquiring new skills, and a passion for making a positive impact, my journey has been significantly influenced by the challenges I've faced and my determination to create a better future for my community. This essay outlines my personal background, the transformative effect of socioeconomic adversity on my beliefs and relationships, and my ambitions to pursue a Ph.D. in neuroscience to contribute to poor communities, especially my own city, Philadelphia. Growing up, I encountered firsthand the disparities that exist in access to quality healthcare, education, and resources in both economically disadvantaged neighborhoods and my own family. This exposure ignited a desire to address the root causes of these disparities and offer tangible solutions. As someone who values education and is pursuing a major in biology, I am keenly aware of the power of science to transform lives. My passion for health and science-based approaches has driven me to seek opportunities to not only enhance my own knowledge but also to leverage that knowledge to serve my community and help my parents and relatives live a long healthy life Experiencing socioeconomic adversity has instilled in me a deep sense of empathy and a commitment to fostering positive change. Witnessing the struggles faced by individuals in underserved areas has reinforced my belief in the importance of equitable access to healthcare and resources. This belief has, in turn, influenced my relationships, pushing me to engage in collaborations and conversations that promote inclusivity and social justice. I have actively sought out opportunities to volunteer, participate in community initiatives, and connect with organizations that share my values. I envision a path that aligns with my passions and desire to address the health disparities prevalent in marginalized communities. I am driven to dedicate myself to a journey of education and research, ultimately earning a PhD in neuroscience. By focusing on neuroscience, I aim to delve into the intricacies of the brain and its connection to overall well-being. My aspiration is to develop science-based tools and interventions that can positively impact individuals, especially in impoverished areas where access to quality healthcare is limited. Philadelphia, my chosen community, has its own unique set of challenges and opportunities. With its diverse population and array of socioeconomic backgrounds, it serves as an ideal setting for research and implementation of innovative solutions. Through my eight-year educational journey, I intend to equip myself with the knowledge and expertise necessary to develop interventions that are tailored to the specific needs of this community. By collaborating with local healthcare providers, community organizations, and fellow researchers, I aspire to contribute to a healthier and more resilient Philadelphia. My experiences with socioeconomic adversity and even witnessing my own family has have reinforced my commitment to making a positive impact on my community. Through my pursuit of a PhD in neuroscience, I hope to bridge the gap in healthcare disparities by developing science-based tools and interventions. This journey is deeply rooted in my values, passions, and desire to address the inequalities that persist in underserved communities. As a college student with a strong sense of purpose, I am eager to embark on this path of learning, discovery, and service, working towards a future where everyone has the opportunity to live a healthy and fulfilling life, regardless of their socioeconomic background.
    Ethel Hayes Destigmatization of Mental Health Scholarship
    My experience with mental health has fundamentally influenced the goals I set for myself. Struggling with mental health challenges in respect to religon and personal belifs in general has allowed me to recognize the importance of being grateful toward one and another and rather than just being solely driven by external accomplishments, I now place equal emphasis on personal growth and emotional stability. This heatlhy shift has allowed me to pursue goals that align with my passion and values, rather than being solely driven by societal expectations or peer pressure. Understanding the significance of mental health has taught me that true success is not just about achieving milestones, but also about nurturing a balanced and fulfilled state of mind. Maintaining my mental well-being has been crucial in cultivating meaningful relationships with friends and family. M my journey with mental health has made me aware of the importance of supporting others who may be facing similar struggles. By sharing my experiences with my homies and close people, I have been able to create a safe and understanding environment for others to open up about their own challenges. These connections have enriched my life and reminded me of the strength that lies in vulnerability and genuine human connection. Embracing my experience with mental health has been transformative, shaping my goals, relationships, and understanding of the world. Learning to prioritize my mental well-being has gifted me with gratitude and a newfound appreciation for life's wonders. As I navigate through high school and beyond, I am continually reminded of the importance of mental health and the profound impact it has on every aspect of life. By valuing my mental health, I have unlocked the ability to cherish the simple joys, share memorable experiences with friends, and forge deeper connections with others.
    Ahmadi Family Scholarship
    As I stand on the threshold of higher education, I can't help but reflect on the challenges my family and I faced along the way. Last year, in September 2022, my father unexpectedly lost his job, throwing us into a huge financial worries. Despite the hurdles, we held on, making sacrifices and pulling together as a family to weather the storm. Now, fueled by my passion for neuroscience, I am determined to forge ahead, and this scholarship would be the much-needed lifeline to help me achieve my dreams. When my dad lost his job, it felt like this year will be ruined, late on car payments, rents and other things I wanted to as a senior in highschool. With him being the sole breadwinner, we had to tighten our belts and learn to prioritize our needs over wants. Since my mom couldnt work, it wasn't easy witnessing my dad work so hard to make ends meet, but they showed me the strength of resilience and unity, instilling in me the value of determination when life gets tough. Through it all, my dream of delving into neuroscience never wavered. I knew I wanted to make a difference in this field, understanding the complexities of the human brain and using that knowledge to improve lives. However, commuting to college wasn't the best option for me as it would take away precious time from my studies and research. This scholarship would be a tremendous relief for my family, easing the financial burden and allowing me to focus on my academics without the worry of dorm expenses. Becoming a neuroscientist is no small feat. It requires years of dedication, study, and research. Balancing a job alongside my studies would be overwhelming, potentially hindering my progress. Hence, the financial support from this scholarship would be a game-changer, giving me the freedom to focus on my academic pursuits and personal growth. Beyond my aspirations, I see this journey as an opportunity to make a positive impact on society. Neuroscience offers the potential to unlock the mysteries of neurological disorders and mental health, bringing hope to those suffering from these conditions. This scholarship isn't just an investment in my future; it's an investment in the betterment of society through my scientific contributions. Ultimately, my family and I have faced significant financial challenges due to my father's job loss, but we've emerged stronger and more determined. This scholarship represents more than just financial assistance; it symbolizes hope, support, and the belief that dreams are worth chasing. With this scholarship's generous help, I can pursue my passion for neuroscience wholeheartedly and become a force for positive change in the world.
    Christina Taylese Singh Memorial Scholarship
    As an individual passionate about making a positive impact on the world, I have set my sights on pursuing a career in neurosciences. Through my dedication and ambition, I aim to contribute to society by unraveling the mysteries of the human brain and developing innovative solutions to enhance health, fitness, sleep, and overall nutrition. I Since an early age, I have been captivated by the complexities of the human mind and itsconnection to the body. This fascination led me to choose a career path that encompasses both medicine and law, allowing me to make a difference on multiple fronts. However, my ultimate goal lies in the field of neurosciences, where I believe I can make significant contributions to understanding brain function and improving quality of life. To embark on my journey toward becoming a neuroscientist, I have some what crafted an academic roadmap, although things can change depending on my finncial situation. I plan to pursue my undergraduate education at Temple University, where I intend to complete a Bachelor's degree in Biology with an accelerated Master's program. I can pushing for an accelerated program so I dont have to pay for another year of college and take the burden of debt. Following the completion of my accelerated Master's program, I am determined to push forward and pursue a Ph.D. in Neurosciences. Obtaining a doctoral degree will equip me with the knowledge and research skills necessary to delve deeper into the intricacies of the human brain. I am aware that this path will demand dedication, perseverance, and years of hard work, but I am ready to embrace the challenges to fulfill my long-term ambitions. Within the field of neurosciences, my particular area of interest lies in finding solutions to slow down the aging process and improving overall quality of life. I firmly believe that by focusing on health, fitness, sleep, and nutrition, we can enhance the well-being of individuals and help them lead fulfilling lives. Aging is a universal phenomenon that affects everyone, and by studying the brain's aging mechanisms, I hope to contribute to the development of interventions that can delay age-related cognitive decline and promote healthy aging. I am eager to engage in rigorous research endeavors. Through collaboration with fellow researchers, scientists, and medical professionals, I aim to foster innovation and develop novel strategies that improve brain health. By participating in research projects and clinical trials, I can contribute to the accumulation of scientific knowledge and translate these findings into practical applications. My aspiration to become a neuroscientist stems from a genuine desire to make a positive impact on the world. By pursuing a career in neurosciences, focusing on health, fitness, sleep, and overall nutrition, I hope to contribute to the development of solutions that slow down aging and improve quality of life. With a well-structured academic journey, including an accelerated Master's program and a Ph.D., I aim to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to delve into the complexities of the human brain. Through research, collaboration, and a passion for discovery, I am confident that I can contribute to the betterment of society and make a lasting impact in the field of neurosciences.
    WCEJ Thornton Foundation Low-Income Scholarship
    Throughout our lives, we encounter moments that define us, shaping our perspectives and aspirations. Reflecting on my journey, two significant achievements stand out: participating in the Pennsylvania Chess State High School Championship and performing as a violinist for the All-City Orchestra. These experiences have not only highlighted the importance of embracing diverse passions but also taught me valuable lessons about self-discovery. Looking towards the future, my aspirations lie in the field of neuroscience, aiming to unlock the secrets of aging and promote happier and healthier lives. Participating in the Pennsylvania Chess State High School Championship stands as one of my greatest achievements. Chess has taught me the value of strategic thinking, patience, and perseverance. Through intense competition and hours of practice, I learned to navigate complex situations and make calculated decisions. This experience taught me that success requires a blend of dedication, resilience, and mental fortitude. Simultaneously, my involvement as a violinist in the All City Orchestra has been a defining moment in my life. The power of music to evoke emotions and create connections is profound. Being part of an ensemble allowed me to appreciate the beauty of collaboration and the importance of discipline and practice. Music taught me the significance of passion, expression, and working harmoniously with others toward a common goal. These achievements have taught me the importance of embracing a well-rounded approach to life. While my career path lies in biology and neuroscience, I have learned not to limit myself solely to academic pursuits. Exploring diverse interests, such as chess and music, has provided me with a broader perspective, enriched my life experiences, and enhanced my creativity. It has taught me that embracing multiple passions can lead to personal growth, a sense of balance, and a more fulfilling life overall. Looking towards the future, my aspirations lie in the field of neuroscience, particularly in unlocking the secrets of aging. I am deeply motivated to understand how the brain functions and how we can slow down the aging process to promote happier and healthier lives. Through research and collaboration, I hope to contribute to groundbreaking discoveries that can extend the quality and duration of human life. This pursuit aligns with my belief that scientific advancements hold the potential to transform society and empower individuals to lead fulfilling and meaningful lives. In addition to my scientific aspirations, I also hope to continue exploring my passion for chess and music. I want to share the joy of these pursuits with others, inspire younger generations, and foster a sense of creativity and intellectual stimulation within my community. By integrating these diverse interests into my life, I aim to create a harmonious balance between my academic pursuits and my personal growth. As a young academic student, my greatest achievements to date, participating in the Pennsylvania Chess State High School Championship and performing as a violinist for the All-City Orchestra, have taught me invaluable lessons about perseverance, collaboration, and the importance of embracing diverse passions. These experiences have shaped my understanding of myself and have influenced my aspirations for the future. Combining my love for biology and neuroscience with my diverse interests, I hope to contribute to the field by unlocking the secrets of aging and promoting happier and healthier lives. By embracing a multidimensional approach to life, I aim to find fulfillment and make a meaningful impact in the scientific and artistic spheres.
    La Santana Scholarship
    When we think about our wildest dreams, they often reflect our deepest passions and aspirations. As a student, I am filled with an insatiable curiosity about the mysteries of life and the possibilities that lie ahead. My wildest dream is to contribute to the field of neuroscience and unlock the secrets of aging, enabling humanity to live longer, healthier lives. I envision a future where I can witness remarkable achievements such as mankind making contact with another intelligent civilization, exploring the depths of the ocean, and solving global issues like world hunger. Age is a universal aspect of the human experience, and the prospect of slowing down the aging process has always fascinated me. Through my studies in neuroscience, I aim to unravel the intricate workings of the human brain, seeking to understand the biological mechanisms underlying aging. By gaining a deep comprehension of these processes, I hope to contribute to the development of interventions that slow down the effects of aging, enabling individuals to live longer, healthier lives. Living an extended life would offer remarkable opportunities to witness and participate in extraordinary milestones. One of my wildest dreams is to be present when humanity makes contact with another intellectual civilization. Imagining the moment when we realize that we are not alone in the vastness of the universe fills me with awe and wonder. With an extended lifespan, I could contribute to the advancements in communication, technology, and interstellar exploration, fostering a harmonious connection with extraterrestrial beings. The vast unexplored depths of the ocean hold countless mysteries waiting to be unveiled. Another of my wildest dreams is to witness the exploration of these untouched realms. By understanding the complexities of the human brain and its connection to our senses, I hope to contribute to the development of groundbreaking technologies that enable us to explore and comprehend the wonders that lie beneath the ocean's surface. As a global citizen, I am deeply concerned about the challenges facing humanity, particularly world hunger. Solving this crisis requires innovative solutions and a collective effort. With my education in neuroscience, I aspire to contribute to the understanding of how hunger affects the brain and how we can develop interventions to address this pressing issue. By collaborating with experts in various fields, I aim to be part of a movement that eradicates hunger, ensuring that every individual has access to nutritious food and the opportunity to thrive. Education serves as the foundation for turning dreams into reality. As I pursue my studies in neuroscience, I am equipping myself with the knowledge, skills, and critical thinking abilities necessary to make a meaningful impact. By staying at the forefront of scientific advancements, collaborating with fellow researchers, and engaging in interdisciplinary projects, I will leverage my education to propel advancements in the field and contribute to the realization of my wildest dreams. My wildest dreams encompass an array of extraordinary aspirations, from unraveling the secrets of aging to witnessing humanity's contact with another intellectual civilization, exploring the depths of the ocean, and solving world hunger. Through my education in neuroscience, I am committed to making these dreams a reality. By dedicating myself to research, collaboration, and innovation, I aim to contribute to transformative advancements that push the boundaries of human knowledge and propel humanity toward a future filled with wonder, discovery, and solutions to our most pressing challenges. With unwavering determination and a steadfast commitment to learning, I am confident that I can play a part in shaping a world where our wildest dreams become tangible achievements.
    CEW IV Foundation Scholarship Program
    In today's world, many individuals face significant disadvantages due to financial constraints, limiting their access to higher education. As a student with a firsthand understanding of these challenges, I firmly believe that society must transform its approach in responding to the problems faced by the disadvantaged. Access to quality education should not be determined by one's socioeconomic status. Unfortunately, the current system often hinders the aspirations of talented and driven individuals who lack financial resources. By expanding financial opportunities, such as scholarships and grants, society can level the playing field and ensure that every deserving student has an equal chance to pursue higher education. Financial assistance can alleviate the burden of tuition fees and create a more inclusive educational landscape. Student loans have become a prevalent source of financial support for aspiring college students. However, the burden of high-interest rates on these loans can be crippling and deter many from pursuing higher education. Lowering interest rates on student loans would ease the financial strain faced by disadvantaged individuals, enabling them to focus on their studies and future careers rather than being burdened by overwhelming debt. This change would empower students to pursue their passions and contribute to society without being held back by financial constraints. Beyond the immediate benefits to individual students, transforming society's response to the disadvantaged would yield long-term advantages. By investing in the education of young individuals, society cultivates a skilled and knowledgeable workforce, driving economic growth and innovation. A more educated population opens doors to new discoveries, breakthroughs, and advancements in various fields. Additionally, an educated society fosters social mobility and reduces inequality, leading to a more cohesive and harmonious community. Providing financial opportunities and lower interest rates on student loans would not only benefit students but also stimulate the economy. When individuals have access to affordable education, they can secure better employment opportunities, leading to increased earning potential and economic stability. Furthermore, the positive impact of investing in education would ripple across generations, as educated individuals tend to pass on their knowledge, values, and aspirations to their families, creating a cycle of educational achievement and social progress. While some may argue against the necessity of changing society's response to the disadvantaged, claiming it places an undue burden on taxpayers, the benefits far outweigh the costs. Investing in education today means investing in a brighter future for all. A society that values and supports the aspirations of its young students fosters a sense of hope, determination, and a belief that dreams can be achieved regardless of one's background. It is our collective responsibility to create an environment where the potential of every individual can be realized, paving the way for a more equitable and prosperous society. I ultimately think that, society must transform its approach to addressing the challenges faced by the disadvantaged. By providing more financial opportunities for young students pursuing higher education and implementing lower interest rates on student loans, we can create a fairer and more inclusive society. This shift will not only empower individuals to pursue their dreams but also yield long-term benefits for the economy and foster social mobility. Let us embrace the transformative power of education and work together to build a future where no talented student is denied their potential due to financial barriers.
    Hilliard L. "Tack" Gibbs Jr. Memorial Scholarship
    As an individual passionate about making a positive impact on the world, I have set my sights on pursuing a career in neurosciences. Through my dedication and ambition, I aim to contribute to society by unraveling the mysteries of the human brain and developing innovative solutions to enhance health, fitness, sleep, and overall nutrition. In this essay, I will discuss my aspirations to become a neuroscientist and outline the steps I plan to take to achieve my goals. Since an early age, I have been captivated by the complexities of the human mind and its intricate connection to the body. This fascination led me to choose a career path that encompasses both medicine and law, allowing me to make a difference on multiple fronts. However, my ultimate goal lies in the field of neurosciences, where I believe I can make significant contributions to understanding brain function and improving quality of life. To embark on my journey toward becoming a neuroscientist, I have carefully crafted an academic roadmap. My plan is to pursue my undergraduate education at Temple University, where I intend to complete a Bachelor's degree in Biology with an accelerated Master's program. By integrating the Master's coursework with my undergraduate studies, I aim to complete my education efficiently without accumulating excessive student debt. Following the completion of my accelerated Master's program, I am determined to push forward and pursue a Ph.D. in Neurosciences. Obtaining a doctoral degree will equip me with the knowledge and research skills necessary to delve deeper into the intricacies of the human brain. I am aware that this path will demand dedication, perseverance, and years of hard work, but I am ready to embrace the challenges to fulfill my long-term ambitions. Within the field of neurosciences, my particular area of interest lies in finding solutions to slow down the aging process and improving overall quality of life. I firmly believe that by focusing on health, fitness, sleep, and nutrition, we can enhance the well-being of individuals and help them lead fulfilling lives. Aging is a universal phenomenon that affects everyone, and by studying the brain's aging mechanisms, I hope to contribute to the development of interventions that can delay age-related cognitive decline and promote healthy aging. To make a positive impact in the field of neurosciences, I am eager to engage in rigorous research endeavors. Through collaboration with fellow researchers, scientists, and medical professionals, I aim to foster innovation and develop novel strategies that improve brain health. By participating in research projects and clinical trials, I can contribute to the accumulation of scientific knowledge and translate these findings into practical applications. In conclusion, my aspiration to become a neuroscientist stems from a genuine desire to make a positive impact on the world. By pursuing a career in neurosciences, focusing on health, fitness, sleep, and overall nutrition, I hope to contribute to the development of solutions that slow down aging and improve quality of life. With a well-structured academic journey, including an accelerated Master's program and a Ph.D., I aim to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to delve into the complexities of the human brain. Through research, collaboration, and a passion for discovery, I am confident that I can contribute to the betterment of society and make a lasting impact in the field of neurosciences.
    Catrina Celestine Aquilino Memorial Scholarship
    As an individual passionate about making a positive impact on the world, I have set my sights on pursuing a career in neurosciences. Through my dedication and ambition, I aim to contribute to society by unraveling the mysteries of the human brain and developing innovative solutions to enhance health, fitness, sleep, and overall nutrition. In this essay, I will discuss my aspirations to become a neuroscientist and outline the steps I plan to take to achieve my goals. Since an early age, I have been captivated by the complexities of the human mind and its intricate connection to the body. This fascination led me to choose a career path that encompasses both medicine and law, allowing me to make a difference on multiple fronts. However, my ultimate goal lies in the field of neurosciences, where I believe I can make significant contributions to understanding brain function and improving quality of life. To embark on my journey toward becoming a neuroscientist, I have carefully crafted an academic roadmap. My plan is to pursue my undergraduate education at Temple University, where I intend to complete a Bachelor's degree in Biology with an accelerated Master's program. By integrating the Master's coursework with my undergraduate studies, I aim to complete my education efficiently without accumulating excessive student debt. Following the completion of my accelerated Master's program, I am determined to push forward and pursue a Ph.D. in Neurosciences. Obtaining a doctoral degree will equip me with the knowledge and research skills necessary to delve deeper into the intricacies of the human brain. I am aware that this path will demand dedication, perseverance, and years of hard work, but I am ready to embrace the challenges to fulfill my long-term ambitions. Within the field of neurosciences, my particular area of interest lies in finding solutions to slow down the aging process and improving overall quality of life. I firmly believe that by focusing on health, fitness, sleep, and nutrition, we can enhance the well-being of individuals and help them lead fulfilling lives. Aging is a universal phenomenon that affects everyone, and by studying the brain's aging mechanisms, I hope to contribute to the development of interventions that can delay age-related cognitive decline and promote healthy aging. To make a positive impact in the field of neurosciences, I am eager to engage in rigorous research endeavors. Through collaboration with fellow researchers, scientists, and medical professionals, I aim to foster innovation and develop novel strategies that improve brain health. By participating in research projects and clinical trials, I can contribute to the accumulation of scientific knowledge and translate these findings into practical applications. In conclusion, my aspiration to become a neuroscientist stems from a genuine desire to make a positive impact on the world. By pursuing a career in neurosciences, focusing on health, fitness, sleep, and overall nutrition, I hope to contribute to the development of solutions that slow down aging and improve quality of life. With a well-structured academic journey, including an accelerated Master's program and a Ph.D., I aim to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to delve into the complexities of the human brain. Through research, collaboration, and a passion for discovery, I am confident that I can contribute to the betterment of society and make a lasting impact in the field of neurosciences.
    From Anna & Ava Scholarship
    Choosing a career path is a decision that shapes our future and defines our purpose. For me, the field of neuroscience holds an irresistible allure. I am drawn to unraveling the intricacies of the human brain, understanding its mysteries, and using this knowledge to improve lives. My ambition is to become a neuroscientist, and I firmly believe that the pursuit of this path will enable me to contribute to society in meaningful ways. This essay explores the reasons behind my choice of career and how the scholarship will aid me in achieving my educational goals. As a student, I have always been fascinated by the intricate workings of the human brain. Its immense complexity and the potential it holds to unlock groundbreaking discoveries have captivated my imagination. With the aim of becoming a neuroscientist, I have carefully crafted a plan to pursue an accelerated Bachelor's and Master's degree in Biology at Temple University, followed by a Ph.D. in Neuroscience. This approach will allow me to streamline my educational journey and minimize the financial burden associated with a more extended academic pursuit. One of the driving forces behind my desire to expedite my education is to alleviate the financial strain on my father, who is the sole breadwinner in our family. The Bold Scholarship presents an invaluable opportunity to maximize my college fund and fulfill my aspirations without burdening my father with exorbitant debts. By availing myself of this scholarship, I can focus on my studies wholeheartedly, without the constant worry of financial constraints, and dedicate my energy to excelling academically and making the most of the opportunities available to me. My overarching goal as a neuroscientist is to contribute to the development of solutions that slow down the aging process and improve the quality of life for individuals. Through scientific research and inquiry, I aspire to unravel the complexities of the brain's aging mechanisms and identify novel approaches to combat age-related neurodegenerative disorders. I firmly believe that advancements in neuroscience have the potential to revolutionize the way we understand and address the challenges associated with aging, leading to breakthroughs that could positively impact countless lives. In conclusion, my pursuit of a career in neuroscience is driven by my unwavering passion for unraveling the mysteries of the human brain. By completing an accelerated Bachelor's and Master's degree in Biology at Temple University and subsequently pursuing a Ph.D., I aim to minimize financial burdens and expedite my educational journey. The Bold Scholarship is a crucial stepping stone that will help me achieve my educational goals and contribute to the field of neuroscience, ultimately working towards a better future where aging is better understood and lives are improved.
    Boundless Scholarship
    The experience of poverty and homelessness can be profoundly transformative, shaping an individual's mindset and determination to overcome adversity. As someone who immigrated from Bangladesh to the United States in 2015, I understand firsthand the challenges that accompany financial instability. With my father's unemployment for two years, my family had to rely on the support of our aunt. However, through these trials, I have developed an unwavering resilience and a deep appreciation for the opportunities before me. In this essay, I will explore how my experiences with poverty have shaped my mindset, instilled a drive to overcome adversity, and propelled me toward my goals. The hardships endured during periods of poverty have fostered a profound sense of gratitude within me. Having experienced a lack of basic necessities, I now appreciate the importance of the things I once took for granted. The support provided by my aunt and the stability she offered our family under her roof served as a reminder of the power of kindness and family bonds. This sense of gratitude drives me to make the most of every opportunity presented to me, including pursuing higher education at Temple University. Witnessing my parents' unwavering strength and resourcefulness in the face of adversity inspired me to adopt a similar mindset. I learned to confront challenges head-on, viewing them as opportunities for growth and self-improvement. This resilience has become a fundamental part of my character and has equipped me with the determination to overcome obstacles that may arise in my academic journey. It also has ignited a fierce ambition within me to break free from its constraints. I have witnessed firsthand the limitations and struggles that come with financial instability, and it has motivated me to strive for a better future. By pursuing a bachelor's degree in biology and eventually pursuing a Ph.D. in neuroscience, I aspire to equip myself with the knowledge and expertise to make a meaningful impact in the field. This drive to excel academically and professionally is fueled by the desire to create a stable and secure future for myself and my family. I am determined to leverage my education and experiences to contribute positively to society. Through my academic pursuits in biology and neuroscience, I aim to actively engage in research and advocacy, striving to address the underlying issues contributing to poverty and homelessness. Additionally, I aspire to support my parents by fulfilling their dream of owning a home in New Jersey, thus repaying them for their sacrifices and dedication to our family. The experience of poverty and homelessness has undoubtedly shaped my mindset, imbuing me with an unwavering determination to overcome adversity. As an immigrant from Bangladesh, I have witnessed the challenges of financial instability and relied on the support of my aunt during our early years in the United States. However, these experiences have served as catalysts for personal growth, cultivating gratitude, perseverance, ambition, and a commitment to giving back. As I embark on my academic journey at Temple University, I carry with me the lessons learned from my past, propelling me towards a future where I can make a meaningful difference in the lives of others. By embracing the resilience forged through poverty, I am confident that I will overcome any obstacles on my path to success and create a better future for myself, my family, and those around me.
    Wellness Warriors Scholarship
    Transitioning from high school to college is an exciting and transformative phase of life. As I embark on my journey at Temple University this fall, pursuing a biology major and actively participating as a violinist, it becomes crucial to prioritize and manage my personal wellness. In this essay, I will explore various strategies that I plan to adopt to maintain my personal well-being while attending college and discuss how investing in self-care can contribute to my success as a student. One effective way to manage personal wellness in college is by establishing a well-structured daily routine. By creating a schedule that balances academic commitments, extracurricular activities, and personal time, I can ensure that I allocate sufficient hours for rest, relaxation, and self-care, Something I really enjoy doing. This routine will enable me to maintain a sense of control over my time, reducing stress and promoting overall well-being. Temple University offers a variety of resources to support students' well-being. I intend to take advantage of the campus facilities, such as the gym, wellness center, and counseling services. Engaging in physical exercise, attending wellness workshops, and seeking guidance when needed will contribute to my overall health and help me manage the pressures of college life more effectively. Amidst the bustling campus life, finding moments of tranquility and connection with nature is vital for personal well-being. Fortunately, I have the opportunity to visit my friend's brother's farm every Saturday to study. Spending time in a peaceful and natural environment will provide a refreshing change of scenery, reduce stress, and enhance my focus and concentration. Being surrounded by nature has been proven to boost cognitive function and improve overall mental well-being. As a passionate violinist and a dedicated biology major, striking a balance between these two areas of my life will be challenging. To maintain personal wellness, I plan to create a realistic and manageable schedule that allows for both academic and musical pursuits. Setting aside specific time slots for violin practice, rehearsals, and coursework will help me prioritize effectively and avoid burnout. Moreover, playing the violin serves as a form of stress relief and allows me to express myself creatively, contributing positively to my overall well-being. Building a strong support system and maintaining social connections is vital for personal wellness in college. I will actively participate in campus organizations, clubs, and events that align with my interests and values. Engaging with like-minded individuals will foster a sense of belonging, provide emotional support, and help create a healthy work-life balance. Sharing experiences, challenges, and achievements with friends and classmates will not only enhance my personal well-being but also contribute to my academic success through collaborative learning and the exchange of ideas. Managing personal wellness is a crucial aspect of a fulfilling college experience. As I embark on my journey at Temple University as a biology major and a violinist, I am aware of the importance of nurturing my well-being. By establishing a routine, utilizing campus resources, connecting with nature, balancing academic and musical commitments, and nurturing social connections, I aim to prioritize self-care. Maintaining personal wellness will not only enhance my overall happiness and fulfillment but also contribute to my success as a student. By prioritizing my well-being, I will be better equipped to handle the challenges, maintain focus, and make the most of the opportunities that college life has to offer.
    Humanize LLC Gives In Honor of Shirley Kelley Scholarship
    Every individual has a unique story that shapes their identity and future aspirations. For me, the journey from Bangladesh to the United States in March 2015 brought about significant changes in my life. Due to financial difficulties faced by my parents upon arrival, my aunt assumed the role of my guardian, playing an instrumental role in shaping my upbringing and influencing my future goals. In this essay, I will delve into how being raised by my aunt impacted my upbringing and explore the ways it shaped my aspirations. Coming from Bangladesh, a country rich in vibrant traditions and customs, I faced the challenge of adapting to a new culture. However, my aunt's presence provided me with a sense of familiarity and a support system to navigate this transition. She ensured that I maintained a connection with our cultural roots, teaching me our language, celebrating festivals, and sharing stories about our heritage. This foundation instilled a deep appreciation for my roots and fostered a strong sense of identity. In the initial years of our journey in the United States, my parents faced difficulties securing employment. This posed financial hardships for our family. However, my aunt, who had established herself in the country earlier, stepped up to take care of me and support our family. Her unwavering love, emotional guidance, and stability became the pillar of strength during this challenging period. She taught me the importance of resilience, perseverance, and determination, inspiring me to overcome obstacles and work towards a better future. As my guardian, my aunt placed great emphasis on education. She encouraged me to excel academically and provided the necessary resources to support my learning. With her guidance, I developed a strong work ethic, dedication, and a thirst for knowledge. Her belief in my potential and her unwavering support motivated me to set high goals for myself and strive for excellence. The experience of being raised by my aunt deeply influenced my future goals. Witnessing her selflessness and sacrifice for our family, I developed a passion for helping others and making a positive impact in society. I realized that my journey was not just about personal success but also about creating opportunities for others facing similar challenges. This realization led me to aspire to pursue a career in social work or community development, where I can empower individuals and uplift communities. Being raised by my aunt taught me the importance of gratitude, empathy, and resilience. It made me realize that family extends beyond biological ties and can be built on love, care, and shared experiences. This perspective shaped my values and character, making me appreciate the value of relationships and the significance of giving back to society. The experience of being raised by my aunt while my parents struggled to find employment in the United States has had a profound impact on my upbringing and future goals. Her support, guidance, and love laid the foundation for my personal and academic growth. Through her example, I have gained valuable life lessons and developed a strong desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others. As I continue my educational journey and work towards my aspirations, I carry with me the lessons learned from my unique upbringing and the gratitude for the support and sacrifices of my aunt and my family.
    Healthy Eating Scholarship
    In today's fast-paced world, where convenience often trumps nutrition, it becomes increasingly important to recognize the significance of healthy eating habits. Optimal nutrition not only fuels our bodies but also plays a pivotal role in maintaining our physical and mental well-being. In this essay, we will explore the reasons behind the importance of healthy eating habits and discuss the transformative effects they can have on both the physical and mental aspects of our lives. Healthy eating habits are essential for several reasons. Firstly, they provide the necessary nutrients and energy required for our bodies to function optimally. Proper nutrition supports healthy growth, development, and maintenance of bodily functions. Secondly, a well-balanced diet contributes to a strong immune system, reducing the risk of illnesses and diseases. Thirdly, healthy eating habits promote a healthy weight, which is vital for overall physical health. Lastly, the consumption of nutrient-dense foods aids in maintaining mental clarity, focus, and emotional stability. By adopting healthy eating habits, individuals can effectively nourish their bodies, reduce the risk of chronic diseases, and improve their overall quality of life. As an 19-year-old male, I experienced weight issues that affected my physical and mental health. At one point, I weighed less than 100 pounds, which was far below a healthy weight for my age and gender. Recognizing the importance of healthy eating habits, I decided to make positive changes to my diet by increasing my calorie intake and consuming nutrient-rich foods. With consistent effort and a well-rounded diet, I gradually achieved a healthier weight of over 130 pounds. The impact of this transformation was remarkable. Physically, I noticed a significant increase in my energy levels and stamina. With the proper nutrients fueling my body, I was able to engage in physical activities more efficiently, leading to improved fitness levels. Additionally, my muscle strength and endurance improved, allowing me to perform better in sports and daily tasks. Mentally, practicing healthy eating habits had a profound effect. I experienced heightened mental clarity and improved focus, enabling me to concentrate better on my studies and other cognitive tasks. Additionally, I noticed a considerable reduction in mood swings and increased emotional stability. The balance in my diet, rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains, contributed to a greater sense of well-being and overall happiness. In conclusion, healthy eating habits play a vital role in maintaining physical and mental well-being. By providing essential nutrients, supporting a healthy weight, and enhancing overall energy levels, these habits significantly improve our quality of life. My personal journey from being underweight to achieving a healthier weight showcases the transformative effects of healthy eating. Not only did I gain physical strength and endurance, but I also experienced heightened mental clarity, improved focus, and emotional stability. It is through prioritizing healthy eating habits that we can unlock our full potential and live a vibrant and fulfilling life.
    Richard P. Mullen Memorial Scholarship
    With my current finance, this scholarship with definitely help me get started with my academic carrier path on both my double majors, Biology and psychology, and a minor in music theory. My first goal is to get my bachelor's in both my majors, whether its Temple University, Drexel University, or the University of Pennsylvania, then I want to go for my master's in Biology, which might also be from the same University, depending on what my financial situation is and what other Universities have to offer me so I can push for my Ph.D. in Neuroscience, which I'm hoping to achieve from my dream school, Stanford. As I push for my academic achievements, I am also hoping to continue performing as a violinist for university orchestras and also peruse my interests in the field of music. I've been playing in my high school orchestra as a violinist for over two years, I started as a second violin then made my way up to a first violin position. Aside from school orchestra, I was also a part of ACOSA, a city summer orchestra, which was a summer orchestra camp for young instrumentalists like me and I acquired many different skills, one of them being a team player. The musicianship was one of the things that were taught to be as an orchestra musician, on how to work as a team, whether it's in music, academics, or even sports. All the skills I have acquired over the years, and my interest in perusing for these goals made me a well-disciplined and resilient student, wanting to peruse more and more. I always continue to see myself as a student, hoping to learn more and more but there is always a drawback, money. Having these goals in plate also comes with financial needs that I doubt my parents will be able to fulfill without student debt. Either route I take for my major will put me in $10K - $15K debt. My academic journey can continue for another ten years, it might take even longer before I can an actual job in my field of interest and also afford to pay for my tuition. I am also not trying to ask my parents for tuition fees because they are of age now and it won't be long till they retire, plus my dad is a huge finncaial burden and I would hate get them involved with my finnacial struggles. I believe that this scholarship can be a great head start, it has a lot to offer me as a student who is perusing a carrier in both music and the field of Nueroscience.
    Michael Rudometkin Memorial Scholarship
    To me, selflessness is a virtue that encompasses acts of kindness, compassion, and empathy toward others. It involves putting others' needs before our own, offering support, and making a positive impact in their lives. In this essay, we will explore how embodying selflessness can be achieved through leveraging structured apps to assist people in establishing and maintaining healthy routines. By focusing on sleep, hygiene, diet, and overall scheduling, individuals can enhance their well-being and lead fulfilling lives. Additionally, the satisfaction derived from helping others in this manner can be immensely rewarding, even when resources are limited. I use an app called Structured that plays a crucial role in guiding individuals towards establishing and maintaining good routines. These apps provide a framework and reminders, helping users prioritize their activities, achieve balance, and ultimately enhance their overall well-being. By leveraging technology, individuals can access valuable resources that may not be readily available otherwise, enabling them to maintain good sleep, hygiene, diet, and a well-planned schedule. One significant aspect of selflessness is assisting others in improving their sleep patterns. Many individuals struggle with sleep deprivation due to busy lifestyles or lack of awareness about healthy sleep practices. By utilizing structured apps, users can set reminders for regular sleep times, incorporate relaxation techniques, and establish bedtime rituals. For instance, suggesting apps that provide soothing sounds or guided meditation can help individuals unwind before bed, fostering a restful sleep environment Another vital aspect of maintaining overall well-being is personal hygiene and self-care. Sometimes people need support in establishing consistent self-care routines. Structured apps can offer reminders for daily hygiene practices, such as brushing teeth, showering, and skincare. These apps can also provide guidance on proper techniques and the benefits of maintaining good hygiene. By assisting individuals in adopting and sticking to such routines, one can have a positive impact on their overall health and self-confidence. Good nutrition is essential for physical and mental well-being. However, many individuals struggle with maintaining a balanced diet due to various reasons. Structured apps can be utilized to help people plan their meals, track their calorie intake, and access nutritional information. By recommending apps that provide healthy recipes, meal planning tools, or personalized dietary suggestions, one can empower individuals to make informed choices and improve their eating habits. Maintaining an organized daily schedule is crucial for productivity and managing stress. Structured apps can assist individuals in planning their day, setting reminders for important tasks, and allocating time for various activities. These apps can help prioritize self-care, work responsibilities, hobbies, and social engagements. By helping others optimize their time management and create well-structured routines, one can support them in achieving a healthier work-life balance and reduce stress levels. In conclusion, embodying selflessness involves assisting others in need and making a positive impact on their lives. By leveraging structured apps, individuals can guide and empower others to establish and maintain good routines, focusing on sleep, hygiene, diet, and overall scheduling. Despite limited resources, the ability to help others through technology can be immensely rewarding. By promoting healthy practices and empowering individuals to lead balanced lives, we contribute to their well-being and foster a sense of fulfillment within ourselves. Through small acts of selflessness, we create a ripple effect that has the potential to transform lives and ultimately, that is what I thrive on, other people's happiness.
    Book Lovers Scholarship
    "Scythe" takes place in a future where death has been conquered, and society is regulated by a group of individuals known as "scythes" who are responsible for maintaining population control. This premise immediately captures the reader's attention, as it raises crucial questions about the role of humanity, the impact of technological progress, and the ethical boundaries. In a world where immortality is attainable, the novel forces readers to confront the implications of living without the fear of death. It encourages us to reflect on the value of mortality, the importance of limited time in shaping the human experience. In today's world, where advancements in medicine and life-prolonging technologies continue to emerge, "Scythe" serves as a cautionary reminder to preserve the significance of mortality and the transient nature of life. It highlights the ethical dilemmas of rapid advancement of technology. As artificial intelligence and automation continue to shape our society, the novel prompts readers to consider the consequences of relinquishing control and decision-making to technology. It urges us to reflect on the potential dangers of losing our humanity in favor of efficiency and convenience. Within the pages of the book the concept of power and its corrupting influence takes center stage. The scythes, entrusted with the responsibility of maintaining population control, grapple with the weight of their authority. As readers witness their struggles, we are reminded of the delicate balance between power and morality in our own world. The novel serves as a powerful reminder to remain vigilant in the face of power, ensuring that it is used for the greater good rather than personal gain. "Scythe" by Neal Shusterman is a literary masterpiece that transcends its genre, resonating with readers on a profound level. Its exploration of mortality, technological advancements, power dynamics, and societal implications makes it a book that should be read by people from all walks of life. In a world that is becoming increasingly interconnected and technologically advanced, "Scythe" serves as a powerful reminder to reflect upon the ethical implications of our actions and the responsibility we hold in shaping our own future. By choosing "Scythe" as the book for the world to read, we can collectively engage in conversations about the future we are creating and strive for a more compassionate, thoughtful, and equitable world. Ultimately, Shusterman's novel, followed by this other books of this series helps me view the world in a more critical manner,
    David G. Sutton Memorial Scholarship
    During a crucial swimming competition, I found myself facing a daunting challenge as I pushed my limits in the 500-meter freestyle race. The race demanded immense physical and mental endurance, and I was determined to give it my all. However, fate had different plans for me that day. Midway through the race, exhaustion took over, and I fainted in the water, losing consciousness. In that perilous moment, my coach, Mr Sweeney, demonstrated his exceptional dedication and quick thinking. Without hesitation, he dove into the water, fearlessly reaching for me and pulling me to safety. His swift action and unwavering commitment saved my life, leaving an indelible mark on my heart. His heroic act had a profound impact on my life. It served as a wake-up call, reminding me of the preciousness of life itself. As I regained consciousness and realized what had happened, my overwhelming sense of gratitude flooded my thoughts. It was as if a veil had been lifted, revealing the beauty and blessings that surrounded me. Some of his traits exemplified several traits that shaped my journey toward gratitude. His unwavering dedication and commitment to his athletes were evident in his quick response to my dire situation. He prioritized the well-being of his swimmers above all else, putting their safety and happiness at the forefront. This selflessness and genuine care for others are traits that I strive to emulate in my own life. Following the incident, I realized that gratitude should not be confined to extraordinary moments but should become an integral part of my everyday life. I began expressing gratitude for the simplest of things: the warm embrace of my family, the laughter shared with friends, and the opportunities to pursue my dreams. By practicing gratitude, I discovered a newfound appreciation for life's wonders and an optimistic outlook on the future. Moreover, my coach's heroic act opened my eyes to the incredible potential within the world. I became acutely aware of the immense goodness that exists, manifested through the actions of people like David. This realization empowered me to embrace life's challenges with renewed vigor and enthusiasm, knowing that there is always room for growth and new experiences. The life-changing event during that 500-meter freestyle race forever altered my perspective. My coach's selfless act of saving me not only reminded me of the importance of gratitude but also highlighted the boundless possibilities that lie within our grasp. Through David's example, I continue to embody his valued traits of dedication, commitment, and care for others. Today, I move forward in life with a grateful heart, embracing each new day as an opportunity to express gratitude, pursue my dreams, and make a positive impact on the world around me.
    Strong Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship
    In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for efficient communication and organization within educational institutions became paramount. My essay delves into the journey of managing a school Discord server, which initially hosted 40 users and grew to accommodate 800. By providing essential information, fostering inclusivity, and organizing a dedicated team of moderators, the server became a pivotal tool in making school easier for everyone. I decided to manage the school Discord server out of sheer boredom and a desire to create a sense of community. With remote learning, students felt disconnected, so I wanted to address that. My main aim was to provide a space where students could interact and support one another. Little did I know, this small project would grow into something much bigger. The server became a hub where everyone felt included and connected in our school. It was an unexpected outcome of my initial curiosity and restlessness. By channeling my boredom into something productive, I inadvertently fostered an environment that brought students together, bridging the gap of isolation during remote learning. In just a short time, the server became a vibrant community that made a positive impact on the entire school. As the admin of the Northeast Highschool Discord Server, my main goal was to create a platform where everyone could find all the important stuff. I set up different channels for class updates, activities, and club announcements. I made sure to update these channels regularly so that everyone had the latest news and resources for their studies, clubs, and school events. Having everything in one place made it way easier for people to know what was going on and feel connected to the school. I also wanted the server to be a place where everyone could collaborate and share ideas. So, I organized meetings and open discussions where people could give feedback and suggest things. I wanted to make sure that the server met the needs and preferences of all the users. I also encouraged students to share their own ideas and resources. This made people feel like they were a part of the server and proud of it. I also made sure that everyone knew how to communicate respectfully so that everyone felt safe and included, no matter who they were. Managing a school Discord server that went from 40 users to 800 showed me how important it is to be a good leader. By having a central place for info, promoting inclusivity and teamwork, and having a reliable team of moderators, I made the server a really useful tool that made school easier for everyone. Ultimately, my use of resources and the ability to bring lead a massive community of students had given me the traits of a leader for this new generation.
    Liv For The Future Scholarship
    In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for efficient communication and organization within educational institutions became paramount. My essay delves into the journey of managing a school Discord server, which initially hosted 40 users and grew to accommodate 800. By providing essential information, fostering inclusivity, and organizing a dedicated team of moderators, the server became a pivotal tool in making school easier for everyone. I decided to manage the school Discord server out of sheer boredom and a desire to create a sense of community. With remote learning, students felt disconnected, so I wanted to address that. My main aim was to provide a space where students could interact and support one another. Little did I know, this small project would grow into something much bigger. The server became a hub where everyone felt included and connected in our school. It was an unexpected outcome of my initial curiosity and restlessness. By channeling my boredom into something productive, I inadvertently fostered an environment that brought students together, bridging the gap of isolation during remote learning. In just a short time, the server became a vibrant community that made a positive impact on the entire school. As the admin of the Northeast Highschool Discord Server, my main goal was to create a platform where everyone could find all the important stuff. I set up different channels for class updates, activities, and club announcements. I made sure to update these channels regularly so that everyone had the latest news and resources for their studies, clubs, and school events. Having everything in one place made it way easier for people to know what was going on and feel connected to the school. I also wanted the server to be a place where everyone could collaborate and share ideas. So, I organized meetings and open discussions where people could give feedback and suggest things. I wanted to make sure that the server met the needs and preferences of all the users. I also encouraged students to share their own ideas and resources. This made people feel like they were a part of the server and proud of it. I also made sure that everyone knew how to communicate respectfully so that everyone felt safe and included, no matter who they were. Managing a school Discord server that went from 40 users to 800 showed me how important it is to be a good leader. By having a central place for info, promoting inclusivity and teamwork, and having a reliable team of moderators, I made the server a really useful tool that made school easier for everyone.
    Nasser Seconi Scholarship Fund
    Sports have a profound impact on our lives, shaping our character, teaching us valuable lessons, and presenting us with both triumphs and challenges. In my soccer career, I encountered two defining moments that greatly influenced me as a person. The worst time was a debilitating injury that sidelined me for an entire season, while the best time came when the league provided me with a pair of cleats when I couldn't afford them. These experiences have not only shaped my character but also fueled my determination to overcome obstacles and achieve my goals. Moreover, the scholarship I seek will play a pivotal role in realizing my aspirations. My junior year of high school was clouded by a devastating injury resulting from a tackle during a critical match. The injury was severe enough to keep me out of play for an entire season. This period marked one of the most challenging times in my soccer journey. It was a time of physical pain, frustration, and a sense of detachment from the sport I loved. However, amidst the despair, I learned invaluable life lessons. Firstly, the setback taught me the importance of resilience and perseverance. I realized that setbacks are an inherent part of any journey and that success often comes after overcoming adversity. Secondly, the injury enabled me to develop a newfound appreciation for my physical abilities and the opportunities soccer provided me. It taught me not to take my health and abilities for granted, but instead, to cherish every moment on the field. During a time when I struggled to afford a decent pair of cleats, my spirits were lifted by an unexpected act of kindness from the league. They generously provided me with a brand-new pair of cleats. This act of generosity not only improved my gameplay but also rekindled my passion for the sport. This experience taught me the power of empathy and support from a community. It highlighted the significance of individuals and organizations coming together to uplift and empower one another. It taught me the importance of giving back, as I now aspire to help others facing similar financial constraints pursue their sporting dreams. The scholarship I am applying for represents a critical stepping stone toward achieving my goals. It will provide me with the necessary financial support to further my education while continuing to pursue soccer at the collegiate level. This scholarship will not only alleviate the burden of financial constraints but also allow me to fully invest my time and energy into honing my skills in the field and excelling academically. Additionally, the scholarship represents more than just financial assistance. It symbolizes recognition and validation of my efforts and potential. It will instill in me a deep sense of gratitude and a commitment to utilizing this opportunity to its fullest extent. With this scholarship, I will be able to push myself further, explore new avenues, and make a lasting impact both on and off the soccer field.
    Frantz Barron Scholarship
    I was not drawn to Islam; I was born in it. Every aspect, from the principles to its scriptures, was pounded into my head like a hammer to a nail. However, aren't we all? Aren't we all neophytes at birth? I was just an empty vessel, waiting for Islam to fill me with its morals and ethics, at least most of it. Part of the vessel remained empty, and that emptiness soon became doubt and mistrust. Despite my devotion, I began questioning loose ends at a very young age. When I was eight, I once questioned its authority: "If He exists, then how come he has never helped us?" "Why do we need to listen to him?" My question was viewed as blasphemous; that day, I was beaten by the mullahs in school. That is when I realized something was wrong, and this discouragement led me to ask more questions. My doubt soon evolved into utter disgust, but I never blamed my parents for raising me in this faith. I always loved them because I deeply understood their intentions to provide the best for us. I remember that my brother and I would wake up every morning to pray with our father in the living room. While our mom prepared breakfast, we would have to recite the Quran for at least half an hour before we were allowed to eat and get ready for school. The second prayer would usually take place around noon underneath the blazing sun, where all the kids would gather in the field to pray with the mullahs while the girls would stay back in their classrooms. The same went for the third prayer, which would be in the afternoon, shortly followed by the fourth and the fifth. My life was primarily centered on my adherence to Islam; it was almost like a metronome with a 5-4 time signature. Each of the five prayers was a tick on the metronome. Failing to hit each would soon be held against me. Although it fashioned discipline into my life, it also terrorized me. Every action I took, every question I asked, and every interaction I made was subjected to judgment and scrutiny. My only pushback to these instances was my words and my ability to question, even if they were not always on the bright side of faith. Most of my questions were in the gray area of my faith. As I got older, my questions began to gravitate more toward the black, and it was not long till questions became statements of accusations and assertions. Regardless of my view, my intention was never to criticize but to challenge my own beliefs that I once had and regardless of my past experience, I was able to overcome these frightful thoughts by looking at things from a different perspective. Yes, I am guilty of misjudging and criticizing people rather than challenging their ideas. Having those regrets was something I was able to fix over the years as a free thinker. I began to consider both sides of an idea rather than cherry-picking and making moral assumptions. Although I was beginning to be more open-minded and understanding of religions and ideas, my questions remained the same. I may have set myself up for a journey that will be met with ignorance and hundreds of unanswered questions, but for someone who had to put up with a life of naivete and terror, nothing can prevent me from challenging views and ideas. The challenge is a taste I acquired, and if something seems unjust, it must be challenged.
    Aspiring Musician Scholarship
    Performing as a violinist in an orchestra, particularly in a prestigious ensemble like the All-City High School Orchestra, has profoundly influenced my life. This essay explores the transformative effects of this musical journey, focusing on two key aspects: the cultivation of discipline and the development of a complex understanding of music and its impact on the human mind. Playing the violin requires a high level of discipline, and participating in an orchestra amplifies this demand. The commitment to regular practice, attendance at rehearsals, and following the conductor's cues instills a strong sense of responsibility and time management skills. These attributes have spilled over into other aspects of my life, making me a disciplined student. The dedication required to excel in music has taught me the value of persistence, perseverance, and consistent effort to achieve long-term goals. Being part of an orchestra has provided me with a complex understanding of music and its profound impact on the human mind. Through the exploration of diverse musical genres, periods, and styles, starting from baroque to late romantc, performing such has gained a broader perspective on the historical, cultural, and emotional context of different compositions. The process of dissecting and interpreting complex musical scores has cultivated my analytical skills, enabling me to discern patterns, structures, and motifs within the music. This understanding has allowed me to delve into the intricacies of musical expression, delving beyond the notes to grasp the underlying emotions and messages conveyed by composers. It has significantly impacted my cognitive development. Research has consistently shown that engaging in musical activities enhances cognitive abilities, such as memory, attention, and problem-solving skills. The simultaneous coordination of motor skills, reading sheet music, and interpreting musical cues exercises various regions of the brain, promoting neuroplasticity and enhancing cognitive function. This increased cognitive agility has extended to other academic disciplines, empowering me to think critically, creatively, and analytically. My journey as a violinist in an orchestra, particularly in the All-City High School Orchestra, has been transformative. The experience has not only fostered discipline and contributed to my growth as a student but has also provided me with a profound understanding of music and its impact on the human mind. Through dedication, practice, and ensemble collaboration, I have honed my technical proficiency and musicality while broadening my musical horizons. Moreover, the cognitive benefits of playing the violin have facilitated my academic success by improving my memory, attention, and problem-solving abilities. Overall, my participation in the orchestra has shaped me into a disciplined, well-rounded individual with a deep appreciation for the transformative power of music.
    Charity's Alumnus Erudition Award
    My academic journey will continue for another nine to ten years, starting from my accelerated bachelor in biology and master's in Neuroscience to my PhD, which will most likely be in the University of Temple. Although this specific science route is susceptible to change depending on my financial situation, I will still manage a way to make an impact in the world of science and mental health. As someone who loves bodybuilding and nurturing one’s mental health, I believe neuroscience would be the ultimate pathway for me to understand and improve the relationship between physiology and the psychology of one’s self. In today’s society people, especially teens that are maturing, have access to all sorts of technology and information about the world around them. When scrolling through social media, teens often come across pictures or rells of other teens around their age with astonishing physiques. This creates an unrealistic expectation for most teenagers, being unable to reach these goals makes them insecure, which further negatively affects their mental health as developing teens. Something I experienced as a teen and was a victim of. Through my education, my goal is to create a nonprofit organization where we will bring resources for young individuals, specifically for young individuals in low-income neighborhoods, like here in Philadelphia city. The treatments include a non–emergency hotline for them to call if they ever need someone to talk to, resources such as financial administrator, and help with work papers so they are able to seek jobs. Now, where is the fund coming from? It goes back to my work in the science world. Throughout my years in that field, I will continue to advocate for funding in non-profit organizations where teenagers from low-income neighborhoods will be able to reach the same standards as high-income neighborhoods in terms of academic, mental and financial resources. As we progress as a civilization, the mental health of young individuals is starting to be a major concern for their future, and for our future. This is why there will be a high demand for organizations such as mine to be placed in low-income neighborhoods. I spent the majority of my life in Bangladesh, we moved to New Jersey about eight years ago and then moved to Philadelphia two years later. I haven’t been in Philadelphia for that long, but I stayed long enough to see how our city lacks organizations that provide mental health resources for their young citizens, along with financial advocacy. Although I haven’t been in this city or even this country for much of my life, I feel obligated to put my life’s work and pay back into this city, because Philadelphia gave me more than I asked, it made me who I am, and now it is time for me to pay back to my city.
    Jose Montanez Memorial Scholarship
    No, I was fortunate enough to not be in a foster care. My academic journey will continue for another nine to ten years, starting from my accelerated bachelor in biology and master's in Neuroscience to my PhD, which will most likely be in the University of Temple. Although this specific science route is susceptible to change depending on my financial situation, I will still manage a way to make an impact in the world of science and mental health. As someone who loves bodybuilding and nurturing one’s mental health, I believe neuroscience would be the ultimate pathway for me to understand and improve the relationship between physiology and the psychology of one’s self. In today’s society people, especially teens that are maturing, have access to all sorts of technology and information about the world around them. When scrolling through social media, teens often come across pictures or rells of other teens around their age with astonishing physiques. This creates an unrealistic expectation for most teenagers, being unable to reach these goals makes them insecure, which further negatively affects their mental health as developing teens. Something I experienced as a teen and was a victim of. Through my education, my goal is to create a nonprofit organization where we will bring resources for young individuals, specifically for young individuals in low-income neighborhoods, like here in Philadelphia city. The treatments include a non–emergency hotline for them to call if they ever need someone to talk to, resources such as financial administrator, and help with work papers so they are able to seek jobs. Now, where is the fund coming from? It goes back to my work in the science world. Throughout my years in that field, I will continue to ask for funding in non-profit organizations where teenagers from low-income neighborhoods will be able to reach the same standards as high-income neighborhoods in terms of academic, mental and financial resources. As we progress as a civilization, the mental health of young individuals is starting to be a major concern for their future, and for our future. This is why there will be a high demand for organizations such as mine to be placed in low-income neighborhoods. I spent the majority of my life in Bangladesh, we moved to New Jersey about eight years ago and then moved to Philadelphia two years later. I haven’t been in Philadelphia for that long, but I stayed long enough to see how our city lacks organizations that provide mental health resources for their young citizens, along with financial advocacy. Although I haven’t been in this city or even this country for much of my life, I feel obligated to put my life’s work and pay back into this city, because Philadelphia gave me more than I asked, it made me who I am, and now it is time for me to pay back to my city.
    North Star Dreamers Memorial Scholarship
    With my current finance, this scholarship with definitely help me get started with my academic carrier path on both my double majors, psychology and criminal justice, and a minor in music theory. My first goal is to get my bachelor's in both my majors, whether its Temple University, Drexel University, or the University of Pennsylvania, then I want to go for my masters in psychology, which might also be from the same University, depending on what my financial situation is and what other Universities have to offer me so I can push for my Ph.D. in Forensic psychology, which I'm hoping to achieve from my dream school, Stanford. As I push for my academic achievements, I am also hoping to continue performing as a violinist for university orchestras and also peruse my interests in the field of music. I've been playing in my high school orchestra as a violinist for over two years, I started as a second violin then made my way up to a first violin position. Aside from school orchestra, I was also a part of ACOSA, a city summer orchestra, which was a summer orchestra camp for young instrumentalists like me and I acquired many different skills, one of them being a team player. Musicianship was one of the things that were taught to be as an orchestra musician, on how to work as a team, whether it's in music, academics, or even sports. All the skills I have acquired over the years, and my interest in perusing for these goals made me a well-disciplined and resilient student, wanting to peruse more and more. I always continue to see myself as a student, hoping to learn more and more but there is always a drawback, money. Having these goals in plate also comes with financial needs that I doubt my parents will be able to fulfill without student debt. My academic journey can continue for another ten years, it might take even longer before I can an actual job in my field of interest and also afford to pay for my tuition. I am also not trying to ask my parents for tuition fees because they are of age now and it won't be long till they retire. I believe that this scholarship can be a great head start, it has a lot to offer me as a student who is perusing a carrier in both music and the field of forensic psychology.
    Morgan Levine Dolan Community Service Scholarship
    With my current finance, this scholarship with definitely help me get started with my academic carrier path on both my double majors, psychology and criminal justice, and a minor in music theory. My first goal is to get my bachelor's in both my majors, whether its Temple University, Drexel University, or the University of Pennsylvania, then I want to go for my masters in psychology, which might also be from the same University, depending on what my financial situation is and what other Universities have to offer me so I can push for my Ph.D. in Forensic psychology, which I'm hoping to achieve from my dream school, Stanford. As I push for my academic achievements, I am also hoping to continue performing as a violinist for university orchestras and also peruse my interests in the field of music. I've been playing in my high school orchestra as a violinist for over two years, I started as a second violin then made my way up to a first violin position. Aside from school orchestra, I was also a part of ACOSA, a city summer orchestra, which was a summer orchestra camp for young instrumentalists like me and I acquired many different skills, one of them being a team player. Musicianship was one of the things that were taught to be as an orchestra musician, on how to work as a team, whether it's in music, academics, or even sports. All the skills I have acquired over the years, and my interest in perusing for these goals made me a well-disciplined and resilient student, wanting to peruse more and more. I always continue to see myself as a student, hoping to learn more and more but there is always a drawback, money. Having these goals in plate also comes with financial needs that I doubt my parents will be able to fulfill without student debt. My academic journey can continue for another ten years, it might take even longer before I can an actual job in my field of interest and also afford to pay for my tuition. I am also not trying to ask my parents for tuition fees because they are of age now and it won't be long till they retire. I believe that this scholarship can be a great head start, it has a lot to offer me as a student who is perusing a carrier in both music and the field of forensic psychology.
    Walking In Authority International Ministry Scholarship
    I was heavily inspired to get involved in the community library because that was the only place I was able to make friends after moving to US. One innovative project I was involved in was a mobile food pantry for homeless individuals in my community. My team and I identified that there was a lack of accessible food resources for homeless individuals, as many shelters and pantries were located in areas that were difficult for them to reach. We partnered with a local grocery store to donate excess food and worked with a local homeless shelter to identify the most convenient location for the mobile pantry. We also recruited volunteers to help distribute the food and provided information on other resources such as healthcare and housing assistance. This project not only provided much-needed food for homeless individuals, but also helped to build connections and create a sense of community among those who may have felt isolated. We saw a significant impact in the number of people served and the positive feedback we received from both volunteers and those utilizing the mobile pantry. Another project I did back when I was in New Jersey was a community garden program for individuals in my city that would often come to our local library. We recognized that access to fresh, healthy food can be a challenge for these populations, so we decided to create a space where they could grow their own produce and learn about sustainable agriculture. To get started, we partnered with a local community center and secured a plot of land to use for the garden. We then recruited volunteers from the community and organized workshops on gardening techniques and sustainability. Throughout the growing season, we held regular gardening sessions where participants could work in the garden and learn about different plant varieties and how to care for them. We also offered nutritional education sessions to help participants understand the importance of a healthy diet and how to incorporate fresh produce into their meals. Overall, this project was a great way to meet the needs of marginalized and underserved populations in my community and help them access healthy, affordable food. It was also a rewarding and meaningful experience for all of the volunteers involved and I also had a great time being able to meet new people in our Paterson library community and find new ways to help people around our neighboorhood.
    Coleman for Patriots Scholarship
    One innovative project I was involved in was a mobile food pantry for homeless individuals in my community. My team and I identified that there was a lack of accessible food resources for homeless individuals, as many shelters and pantries were located in areas that were difficult for them to reach. We partnered with a local grocery store to donate excess food and worked with a local homeless shelter to identify the most convenient location for the mobile pantry. We also recruited volunteers to help distribute the food and provided information on other resources such as healthcare and housing assistance. This project not only provided much-needed food for homeless individuals, but also helped to build connections and create a sense of community among those who may have felt isolated. We saw a significant impact in the number of people served and the positive feedback we received from both volunteers and those utilizing the mobile pantry. Another project I did back when I was in New Jersey was a community garden program for individuals in my city that would often come to our local library. We recognized that access to fresh, healthy food can be a challenge for these populations, so we decided to create a space where they could grow their own produce and learn about sustainable agriculture. To get started, we partnered with a local community center and secured a plot of land to use for the garden. We then recruited volunteers from the community and organized workshops on gardening techniques and sustainability. Throughout the growing season, we held regular gardening sessions where participants could work in the garden and learn about different plant varieties and how to care for them. We also offered nutritional education sessions to help participants understand the importance of a healthy diet and how to incorporate fresh produce into their meals.The community garden was a huge success, and we were able to provide fresh produce to participants throughout the growing season. We also saw an increase in participants' knowledge of gardening and nutrition, and many reported feeling more connected to their community and more empowered to take control of their own health and wellness. Overall, this project was a great way to meet the needs of marginalized and underserved populations in my community and help them access healthy, affordable food. It was also a rewarding and meaningful experience for all of the volunteers involved.
    Larry R. Jones Volunteer For Life Scholarship
    One innovative project I was involved in was a mobile food pantry for homeless individuals in my community. My team and I identified that there was a lack of accessible food resources for homeless individuals, as many shelters and pantries were located in areas that were difficult for them to reach. We partnered with a local grocery store to donate excess food and worked with a local homeless shelter to identify the most convenient location for the mobile pantry. We also recruited volunteers to help distribute the food and provided information on other resources such as healthcare and housing assistance. This project not only provided much-needed food for homeless individuals, but also helped to build connections and create a sense of community among those who may have felt isolated. We saw a significant impact in the number of people served and the positive feedback we received from both volunteers and those utilizing the mobile pantry. Another project I did back when I was in New Jersey was a community garden program for individuals in my city that would often come to our local library. We recognized that access to fresh, healthy food can be a challenge for these populations, so we decided to create a space where they could grow their own produce and learn about sustainable agriculture. To get started, we partnered with a local community center and secured a plot of land to use for the garden. We then recruited volunteers from the community and organized workshops on gardening techniques and sustainability. Throughout the growing season, we held regular gardening sessions where participants could work in the garden and learn about different plant varieties and how to care for them. We also offered nutritional education sessions to help participants understand the importance of a healthy diet and how to incorporate fresh produce into their meals. The community garden was a huge success, and we were able to provide fresh produce to participants throughout the growing season. We also saw an increase in participants' knowledge of gardening and nutrition, and many reported feeling more connected to their community and more empowered to take control of their own health and wellness. Overall, this project was a great way to meet the needs of marginalized and underserved populations in my community and help them access healthy, affordable food. It was also a rewarding and meaningful experience for all of the volunteers involved.
    Goobie-Ramlal Education Scholarship
    Winner
    As a college-bound student of an immigrant family, I have experienced a unique blend of cultures and perspectives that have shaped my worldview and motivated me to make a positive impact on the world, which is something I really appreciate, being able to experience both side of spectrum. Growing up, my parents instilled in me the importance of education and the opportunities it can provide for personal and professional growth. As an immigrant, my parents faced numerous challenges and sacrifices in pursuit of a better life for our family, and I have always felt a sense of responsibility to pay it forward and give back to my community. In college, I plan on majoring in international studies with a focus on human rights and social justice. I believe that education is a powerful tool for creating positive change, and I hope to use my education to advocate for marginalized communities and work towards a more equitable and inclusive society. I also plan on participating in service-learning opportunities and internships to gain hands-on experience and make a tangible difference in the world. Along with that, I hope to use my personal experience as an immigrant to shed light on the struggles and challenges faced by immigrant communities and work towards policies and initiatives that support and empower them. I hope to use my experience as an immigrant and the skills I acquire in college to advocate for marginalized communities and promote equality and justice. Although it dosen't directly fall under my majors or minor. I also plan on using my education to give back to my community and help others achieve their goals. I hope to mentor and support young immigrants, particularly those who may face similar challenges as I did. Overall, my experience as a college-bound student of an immigrant family has taught me the value of hard work and determination. I am excited to use my education to make a positive impact on the world and contribute to a more inclusive and just society. I believe that my unique background and perspective can provide valuable insights and contribute to important discussions and decision-making processes. Ultimately, I hope to use my education and experiences to make a positive impact on the world through activism, advocacy, and service. I am grateful for the opportunities that education has provided for me and am determined to use my skills and knowledge to make a difference in the world.
    Williams Foundation Trailblazer Scholarship
    One innovative project I was involved in was a mobile food pantry for homeless individuals in my community. My team and I identified that there was a lack of accessible food resources for homeless individuals, as many shelters and pantries were located in areas that were difficult for them to reach. We partnered with a local grocery store to donate excess food and worked with a local homeless shelter to identify the most convenient location for the mobile pantry. We also recruited volunteers to help distribute the food and provided information on other resources such as healthcare and housing assistance. This project not only provided much-needed food for homeless individuals, but also helped to build connections and create a sense of community among those who may have felt isolated. We saw a significant impact in the number of people served and the positive feedback we received from both volunteers and those utilizing the mobile pantry. Another project I did back when I was in New Jersey was a community garden program for individuals in my city that would often come to our local library. We recognized that access to fresh, healthy food can be a challenge for these populations, so we decided to create a space where they could grow their own produce and learn about sustainable agriculture. To get started, we partnered with a local community center and secured a plot of land to use for the garden. We then recruited volunteers from the community and organized workshops on gardening techniques and sustainability. Throughout the growing season, we held regular gardening sessions where participants could work in the garden and learn about different plant varieties and how to care for them. We also offered nutritional education sessions to help participants understand the importance of a healthy diet and how to incorporate fresh produce into their meals. The community garden was a huge success, and we were able to provide fresh produce to participants throughout the growing season. We also saw an increase in participants' knowledge of gardening and nutrition, and many reported feeling more connected to their community and more empowered to take control of their own health and wellness. Overall, this project was a great way to meet the needs of marginalized and underserved populations in my community and help them access healthy, affordable food. It was also a rewarding and meaningful experience for all of the volunteers involved.
    Lauren Czebatul Scholarship
    With my current finance, this scholarship with definitely help me get started with my academic carrier path on both my double majors, psychology and criminal justice, and a minor in music theory. My first goal is to get my bachelor's in both my majors, whether its Temple University, Drexel University, or the University of Pennsylvania, then I want to go for my masters in psychology, which might also be from the same University, depending on what my financial situation is and what other Universities have to offer me so I can push for my Ph.D. in Forensic psychology, which I'm hoping to achieve from my dream school, Stanford. As I push for my academic achievements, I am also hoping to continue performing as a violinist for university orchestras and also peruse my interests in the field of music. I've been playing in my high school orchestra as a violinist for over two years, I started as a second violin then made my way up to a first violin position. Aside from school orchestra, I was also a part of ACOSA, a city summer orchestra, which was a summer orchestra camp for young instrumentalists like me and I acquired many different skills, one of them being a team player. Musicianship was one of the things that were taught to be as an orchestra musician, on how to work as a team, whether it's in music, academics, or even sports. All the skills I have acquired over the years by volunterring, and my interest in perusing for these goals made me a well-disciplined and resilient student, wanting to peruse more and more. I always continue to see myself as a student, hoping to learn more and more but there is always a drawback, money. Having these goals in plate also comes with financial needs that I doubt my parents will be able to fulfill without student debt. My academic journey can continue for another ten years, it might take even longer before I can an actual job in my field of interest and also afford to pay for my tuition. I am also not trying to ask my parents for tuition fees because they are of age now and it won't be long till they retire. I believe that this scholarship can be a great head start, it has a lot to offer me as a student who is perusing a carrier in both music and the field of forensic psychology.
    @Carle100 National Scholarship Month Scholarship
    Voila Natural Lifestyle Scholarship
    With my current finance, this scholarship with definitely help me get started with my academic carrier path on both my double majors, psychology and criminal justice, and a minor in music theory. My first goal is to get my bachelor's in both my majors, whether its Temple University, Drexel University, or the University of Pennsylvania, then I want to go for my masters in psychology, which might also be from the same University, depending on what my financial situation is and what other Universities have to offer me so I can push for my Ph.D. in Forensic psychology, which I'm hoping to achieve from my dream school, Stanford. As I push for my academic achievements, I am also hoping to continue performing as a violinist for university orchestras and also peruse my interests in the field of music. I've been playing in my high school orchestra as a violinist for over two years, I started as a second violin then made my way up to a first violin position. Aside from school orchestra, I was also a part of ACOSA, a city summer orchestra, which was a summer orchestra camp for young instrumentalists like me and I acquired many different skills, one of them being a team player. Musicianship was one of the things that were taught to be as an orchestra musician, on how to work as a team, whether it's in music, academics, or even sports. All the skills I have acquired over the years, and my interest in perusing for these goals made me a well-disciplined and resilient student, wanting to peruse more and more. I always continue to see myself as a student, hoping to learn more and more but there is always a drawback, money. Having these goals in plate also comes with financial needs that I doubt my parents will be able to fulfill without student debt. My academic journey can continue for another ten years, it might take even longer before I can an actual job in my field of interest and also afford to pay for my tuition. I am also not trying to ask my parents for tuition fees because they are of age now and it won't be long till they retire. I believe that this scholarship can be a great head start, it has a lot to offer me as a student who is perusing a carrier in both music and the field of forensic psychology.
    Femi Chebaís Scholarship
    One of my academic goal in life is to get my Ph.D. in Forensic Psychology. The reason I chose to push for Forensic Psychology is because I wanted to push for something that has both law and medical related.