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Abigail D'Souza

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Hello! My name is Abigail D’Souza. I'm a junior student perusing my Bachelors degree in Marketing concentrating in digital marketing and management concentrating in international business with a minor in entrepreneurship, at Florida of Gulf Coast University, so I can pursue my dreams of working at my own ad agency. I describe myself as open minded and determined. I enjoy for my free time volunteering and being involved in clubs in my university. I'm planning to abroad in Dubai with my university at the end of spring 2023 to be expose and learn in a new and upcoming international business area and to explore the world. I am seeking to fund my education abroad as well as domestically. I hope you awesome day!

Education

Florida Gulf Coast University

Bachelor's degree program
2020 - 2024
  • Majors:
    • Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations
    • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
  • Minors:
    • Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations
  • GPA:
    3.6

Riverdale High School

High School
2016 - 2020
  • GPA:
    3.6

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Bachelor's degree program

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Marketing and Advertising

    • Dream career goals:

      traveling advertising

    • crew member

      tropical smoothie café
      2020 – 20222 years

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      humane society — walking
      2020 – Present
    • Volunteering

      school beach clean ups — trash picker
      2017 – 2018
    • Volunteering

      dress drive — dress collector/co-cordinator
      2019 – 2019

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Politics

    Volunteering

    Philanthropy

    TEAM ROX Scholarship
    Embarking on the entrepreneurial path has not just been a journey of self-discovery, but a commitment to cultivating a community where others can flourish. From the inception of my exploration into entrepreneurship, I have meticulously honed my skills with the purpose and passion of not only realizing my own dreams but also uplifting and empowering others to be their best. My venture into entrepreneurship began as an individual pursuit of creating something meaningful out of my ideas and passions. However, it quickly evolved into a mission to foster an environment where others could unlock their potential and realize their aspirations. Through various experiences and skill development endeavors, I have cultivated not just a set of entrepreneurial skills, but a dedication to helping others be their best in the entrepreneurial realm. One of the foundational aspects of my journey has been the continuous pursuit of knowledge. Recognizing the dynamic nature of entrepreneurship, I have actively sought educational opportunities, attended workshops, and immersed myself in literature related to business strategy, innovation, and leadership. This dedication to learning has not only enriched my understanding of entrepreneurship but has equipped me with the tools to guide and mentor others on their entrepreneurial journeys. As I cultivated my skills, networking became a powerful instrument in my entrepreneurial toolkit. I have actively engaged with diverse communities of entrepreneurs, attending networking events, participating in forums, and collaborating on projects. Building a robust network has not only expanded my own horizons but has also allowed me to connect aspiring entrepreneurs with mentors, collaborators, and potential investors, catalyzing their growth and success. In the realm of entrepreneurship, adaptability is a cornerstone skill. Through various ventures and projects, I have learned to navigate the uncertainties and challenges inherent in the entrepreneurial landscape. This adaptability is not just a personal asset but a resource that I aim to share with others. By providing guidance on pivoting strategies, overcoming setbacks, and embracing change, I aspire to empower fellow entrepreneurs to navigate the ever-evolving entrepreneurial terrain with confidence and resilience. Recognizing the importance of collaboration, I have actively sought opportunities to engage in team-based entrepreneurial projects. Working with diverse teams has enhanced my leadership skills and, more importantly, has provided a platform for others to contribute their unique strengths. As a leader, my focus is not just on achieving business success but on creating an inclusive environment where each team member's skills and perspectives are valued, fostering a collective sense of purpose and achievement. Furthermore, I have embraced mentorship as a powerful means of empowering others. As an entrepreneur who has weathered challenges and celebrated successes, I see mentorship as a responsibility to guide aspiring entrepreneurs, share insights, provide constructive feedback, and offer a supportive ear during the inevitable moments of uncertainty. Through mentorship, I aim to help others navigate the entrepreneurial journey with greater clarity, purpose, and confidence. In building my entrepreneurial skills, I have also made a conscious effort to contribute to the broader entrepreneurial ecosystem. Sharing my experiences, insights, and skills, I aspire to create a ripple effect, inspiring and equipping others to pursue their entrepreneurial aspirations. Entrepreneurship has evolved beyond a personal endeavor; it has become a purpose and passion to uplift others on their entrepreneurial quests. Through continuous skill development, networking, adaptability, collaborative leadership, and mentorship, I aim to create a positive impact by empowering others to be their best in the world of entrepreneurship. By fostering a community where innovation thrives, dreams are nurtured, and each entrepreneur can unlock their fullest potential, I believe we can collectively contribute to a more vibrant and dynamic entrepreneurial landscape.
    Goobie-Ramlal Education Scholarship
    My journey as a college student within an immigrant family is a tapestry woven with resilience, sacrifice, and the unwavering belief in the transformative power of education. Born into the vibrant tapestry of diverse cultures and languages that shape my immigrant family, my pursuit of higher education has been a testament to the dreams and aspirations that transcend borders and generations. I am driven not only by personal ambition but also by a profound commitment to make a positive impact on the world through my experiences and education. In the mosaic of my immigrant family, the echoes of determination resonate. Their stories, etched with the struggles of adapting to a new land, overcoming language barriers, and navigating unfamiliar systems, have been my guiding lights. My parents, both fueled by dreams that transcended the limitations of their circumstances, instilled in me the belief that education is the gateway to a better future. Their sacrifices, often concealed behind smiles of encouragement, have been the foundation upon which my aspirations stand. Being a college student in an immigrant family is a poignant blend of pride and responsibility. It is an acknowledgment of the sacrifices made by those who came before me and a recognition of the opportunities that education can provide. The immigrant narrative, with its unique blend of challenges and triumphs, has shaped my perspective on the world. It has taught me resilience, cultural empathy, and the importance of embracing diversity as a source of strength. One of the most profound aspects of my experience is the intersectionality of identity that comes with being both an immigrant and a student. It is a delicate dance between honoring the traditions and values of my cultural heritage and navigating the uncharted territories of higher education. This duality has fueled my determination to bridge gaps, foster understanding, and contribute to the narrative of inclusivity within academic spaces. My vision for making a positive impact on the world through my experiences and education is rooted in the belief that diversity is an asset to be celebrated, not a barrier to be overcome. I aspire to amplify the voices of underrepresented communities, leveraging my education to create spaces for dialogue, understanding, and collaboration. I recognize the transformative potential of education as a catalyst for social change. Armed with the tools of knowledge and critical thinking, I aim to advocate for policies that promote inclusivity, equity, and accessibility in education. By participating in initiatives that address the systemic barriers faced by immigrant students, I hope to contribute to a more equitable educational landscape where everyone, regardless of their background, has the opportunity to thrive. In addition to advocacy, I am passionate about leveraging my education to create tangible solutions, whether through community projects, research endeavors, or entrepreneurial initiatives, I aspire to apply my knowledge and skills to address issues that impact marginalized communities. By channeling the lessons learned from my immigrant family's journey into actionable change, I hope to be a catalyst for positive transformation in the world. As I embark on the rest of my journey, I carry with me the hopes and dreams of those who paved the way before me. My family's narrative, with its blend of resilience, culture, and the pursuit of education, propels me forward. I am committed to embracing the responsibilities that come with being a college-bound student from an immigrant family and to using my experiences and education as tools for positive change. In doing so, I aim to contribute to a world where diversity is celebrated, barriers are dismantled, and the transformative power of education becomes accessible to all.
    Augustus L. Harper Scholarship
    Education stands as the cornerstone of personal and societal development, a beacon of opportunity that illuminates the path toward knowledge and fulfillment. I firmly believe in its paramount importance, as it has been a transformative force in my own life, infusing it with value and opening doors to a myriad of possibilities. At its core, education is a dynamic process that transcends the boundaries of classrooms and textbooks. It is a journey of exploration, inquiry, and self-discovery—a journey that empowers individuals with the tools to navigate the complexities of the world. From my earliest encounters with formal education, I realized its profound impact on shaping not only my intellect but also my character, values, and aspirations. Education serves as the bridge between potential and achievement, offering a structured pathway for personal and intellectual development. It equips individuals with critical thinking skills, fosters creativity, and nurtures a lifelong love for learning. These attributes, ingrained through education, have been invaluable in shaping my worldview, enabling me to approach challenges with resilience and adaptability. One of the most tangible values that education has brought to my life is the acquisition of knowledge—a treasure trove that transcends the confines of any particular subject. Through education, I have gained insights into diverse fields, each contributing to a more holistic understanding of the world. This broadened perspective has not only enriched my intellectual landscape but has also fueled a sense of curiosity and a passion for continuous learning. Furthermore, education has been a catalyst for personal growth and self-discovery. It has provided me with the tools to identify my strengths, confront my weaknesses, and chart a course toward self-improvement. The challenges presented within an educational environment have served as opportunities for character development, instilling qualities such as discipline, perseverance, and a commitment to excellence. Beyond the individual, education is an engine for societal progress. It is a force that dismantles barriers, empowers communities, and drives economic development. Witnessing the transformative impact of education on societies around the world, I am acutely aware of its potential to break the cycles of poverty, inequality, and ignorance. Education is not merely a personal endeavor; it is a collective investment in the future, laying the groundwork for a more enlightened and equitable society. In my own journey, education has opened doors to opportunities that were once beyond my reach. It has been a vehicle for upward mobility, granting me access to knowledge and experiences that have broadened my horizons. The empowerment derived from education extends beyond academic achievements; it manifests in the confidence to pursue ambitious goals, the ability to contribute meaningfully to discussions, and the capacity to effect positive change. Moreover, education serves as a vehicle for fostering connections and understanding among diverse individuals. It is a unifying force that transcends cultural, linguistic, and geographical boundaries. Through interactions with peers from varied backgrounds, I have gained a deep appreciation for diversity, cultivating empathy and a global perspective that extends far beyond the confines of my immediate surroundings. Education is a beacon that dispels ignorance, illuminates the mind, and paves the way for progress. Its intrinsic value lies not only in the acquisition of knowledge but in its capacity to transform individuals and societies. For me, education has been a constant companion on a journey of self-discovery, personal growth, and the pursuit of a more enlightened and interconnected world. As I reflect on its profound impact in shaping my life, I am reminded that the true value of education extends far beyond the classroom—it is a lifelong companion on the quest for knowledge, understanding, and meaningful contributions to the world.
    Beyond The C.L.O.U.D Scholarship
    As I navigate the challenging terrain of pursuing higher education in STEM and Business, my personal experiences and aspirations converge into a narrative of determination and community impact. The financial burden of student loans has been a persistent challenge, and it is with a profound sense of purpose that I seek this scholarship. Beyond alleviating the financial strain, my educational journey is fueled by a passion to contribute to the STEM and Business community, particularly by fostering the entrepreneurial spirit among young minds. From a young age, my fascination with science and technology has been a guiding force, steering me toward the intricate world of STEM. The problem-solving nature of STEM disciplines, coupled with the limitless possibilities for innovation, has always captivated my imagination. The decision to pursue a STEM-related field is not just a career choice; it is an embodiment of my commitment to contribute to advancements that shape the future. Simultaneously, my interest in the business realm has grown, driven by a desire to understand the dynamics of organizational success and economic development. I believe that a fusion of STEM and Business knowledge is a potent catalyst for transformative change—a synergy capable of generating solutions to complex challenges and propelling communities toward sustainable growth. However, the journey to educational attainment is not without its obstacles. The financial constraints associated with pursuing higher education have been a formidable hurdle. It is in this context that I humbly seek this scholarship, not merely as financial aid but as an affirmation of my commitment to overcoming barriers and realizing my aspirations. With this support, I aim to focus wholeheartedly on my studies, extracurricular activities, and community initiatives, unburdened by the weight of excessive financial stress. My aspirations extend beyond personal achievement; they encompass a fervent desire to contribute to the STEM and Business community in a meaningful way. One of my most cherished goals is to play a pivotal role in nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit among young individuals in my community. I envision creating programs and mentorship initiatives that empower students to explore their innovative ideas, providing them with the resources and guidance needed to transform concepts into tangible ventures. As a prospective member of the STEM and Business community, I see myself bridging the gap between technological innovation and entrepreneurial acumen. The synthesis of these two realms holds the potential to drive economic growth, create job opportunities, and cultivate a culture of innovation within my community. I am committed to leveraging my education to establish outreach programs, workshops, and collaborative initiatives that inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs. Moreover, I recognize the importance of diversity and inclusivity in both STEM and Business. I am dedicated to promoting equal opportunities for individuals from all backgrounds, ensuring that underrepresented voices are heard and valued. By fostering diversity, I believe we can unlock untapped potential and introduce fresh perspectives that lead to more comprehensive solutions and inclusive economic development. In essence, my journey toward a STEM and Business education is marked by a deep-seated passion to contribute to something greater than myself. This scholarship, if awarded, will not only alleviate financial burdens but will catalyze the realization of my aspirations. I am driven to make a lasting impact on the STEM and Business community by empowering the next generation of entrepreneurs and fostering an environment where innovation thrives. With gratitude for your consideration, I am committed to turning these aspirations into tangible contributions that resonate within the heart of my community and beyond.
    Boyd J. Cameron Memorial Scholarship
    Embarking on the journey to pursue a business degree, has been a choice, rooted in the impact that entrepreneurship can have on individuals and communities. My inspiration for this academic pursuit emanates from the profound influence of my high school entrepreneurship teacher, whose life in the field became a catalyst for my passion and commitment to making a positive impact on my community. The decision to pursue a business degree in marketing and management is not a career choice; it is a reflection of my belief in the power of entrepreneurship to drive change and create opportunities. My high school entrepreneurship teacher, became a beacon of inspiration. Through his dynamic and immersive teaching style, he not only imparted knowledge but also shared his lived experiences, providing a firsthand account of the challenges and triumphs in the world of business. Witnessing the impact of entrepreneurship on his life ignited a spark within me. His stories of innovation, resilience, and the ability to bring ideas to fruition resonated deeply. It became evident that a business degree was not only a gateway to a fulfilling career but also a means to contribute to the prosperity and growth of my community. Marketing, as a discipline, captivates me with its ability to create connections and influence perceptions. It is a powerful tool that, when wielded with ethical intent, has the potential to transform businesses and elevate communities. Through marketing strategies, I envision facilitating the growth of local businesses, creating platforms for entrepreneurs to showcase their products and services, and fostering an environment where innovation and creativity thrive. Management, on the other hand, embodies the organizational skills and strategic thinking essential for sustainable growth. Effective management is the backbone of successful enterprises, and I am driven to acquire the skills needed to lead and inspire teams. By mastering management principles, I aim to contribute to the development of efficient and thriving businesses within my community, thereby fostering economic stability and generating employment opportunities. My vision for making a positive impact on my community through my education extends beyond theoretical knowledge. I plan to actively engage with local businesses, leveraging the skills acquired during my academic journey to offer practical solutions. Through internships, mentorship programs, and community outreach initiatives, I aim to bridge the gap between academic learning and real-world application. Furthermore, I am passionate about empowering aspiring entrepreneurs within my community. I intend to establish workshops and educational programs that provide practical insights into the intricacies of starting and sustaining a business. By sharing my knowledge and experiences, I hope to inspire others to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams and contribute to the economic vitality of our community. A key aspect of my commitment to community impact is rooted in ethical business practices. I believe in the importance of corporate social responsibility and aim to integrate sustainable and socially conscious strategies into the businesses I engage with. By promoting ethical business conduct, environmental sustainability, and community engagement, I hope to contribute to a business landscape that prioritizes both profit and purpose. My pursuit of a business degree in marketing and management is a deliberate choice driven by a desire to follow in the footsteps of my high school entrepreneurship teacher, whose life in the field inspired me profoundly. Through this academic journey, I aim to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to make a positive impact on my community. Whether through marketing initiatives that elevate local businesses, management practices that drive efficiency, or educational programs that empower aspiring entrepreneurs, my goal is to contribute to the growth and prosperity of the community that has shaped me.
    Girls Ready to Empower Girls
    In the tapestry of my life, there exists a profound thread woven by the strength, resilience, and unwavering support of my mother. Growing up in a culture where educational opportunities for women were often limited, my mother stood as a beacon of courage, defying societal norms to guide me on a path toward knowledge and empowerment. In our community, the pursuit of education was a path seldom trodden by women. However, my mother, with a spirit both bold and nurturing, broke free from these constraints and envisioned a different destiny for her daughter. She became my guiding light, inspiring me to reach for academic heights that transcended the boundaries imposed by tradition. From a young age, my mother instilled in me the belief that education was the key to liberation, a force capable of unlocking doors to a future of limitless possibilities. Her stories of perseverance in the face of adversity, as a woman seeking knowledge in an environment resistant to change, fueled my determination to follow in her footsteps. What makes her support truly exceptional is not just the encouragement to pursue education, but the freedom she granted me in choosing my own path. In a society that often dictates predefined roles for women, my mother broke the mold by allowing me to explore and choose a field of study that resonated with my passion and interests. Unlike many who felt compelled to steer their daughters toward professions deemed more socially acceptable, she championed my autonomy, fostering an environment where my dreams could flourish. Her journey was not without sacrifice. Through her experiences, my mother recognized the transformative power of education in reshaping destinies. Armed with this wisdom, she ensured that I had every opportunity to go as far as my abilities and aspirations would take me. It was not merely about obtaining a degree but about using education as a tool to break through barriers, challenge stereotypes, and carve out a space for myself in a world that, at times, seemed resistant to change. As I navigated the academic landscape, her support became a source of resilience during challenging times. When doubts crept in, and societal expectations clashed with personal aspirations, my mother stood firm, reminding me that the pursuit of knowledge was a journey worth embracing, regardless of the obstacles in the way. One of the most profound aspects of my mother's influence is her belief in the intrinsic value of education for its own sake. She taught me that the pursuit of knowledge is not only a means to an end but a lifelong journey that enriches the soul. This perspective liberated me from the pressure of conforming to predefined success metrics and empowered me to embrace the joy of learning for its own sake. My mother's unwavering support has been the cornerstone of my educational journey. Through her example, she shattered societal expectations, empowering me to tread a path that transcends cultural norms. Her courage in advocating for women's education, coupled with her commitment to allowing me to forge my own academic path, has been a testament to the transformative power of a mother's love and guidance. As I navigate the complex landscape of education and career, I carry with me the lessons she imparted—the importance of resilience, the pursuit of passion, and the enduring belief that education has the power to redefine destinies. My mother's legacy is not only a testament to her strength but also a reminder that, with the right support, every woman has the potential to rewrite her story.
    Inflow Digital Marketing Scholarship
    Winner
    In an era dominated by technological advancements and a relentless pursuit of innovation, I find myself drawn to the dynamic and ever-evolving field of digital marketing. The ability to leverage technology to connect with audiences on a global scale and influence consumer behavior has always fascinated me. My decision to pursue a career in digital marketing stems from a combination of my passion for creativity, analytical thinking, and the profound impact digital strategies have on shaping modern businesses. Digital marketing, to me, is more than just a profession—it's a canvas for creativity and a conduit for meaningful connections. The power to craft compelling narratives, engage diverse audiences, and analyze data to optimize campaigns aligns perfectly with my skill set and aspirations. The rapidly changing landscape of digital marketing excites me, pushing me to stay on the cutting edge of emerging technologies and trends. I see it as a field where innovation is not only encouraged but essential for success. One of the aspects of digital marketing that captivates me is its transformative impact on traditional business models. Unlike conventional marketing methods, digital marketing provides an unprecedented level of audience engagement and real-time feedback. Through social media platforms, search engine optimization, and data analytics, businesses can tailor their messages to specific demographics, resulting in more effective and personalized communication. This level of precision and customization is what I find most intriguing about the field—being able to connect with individuals on a personal level and tailor marketing strategies to their preferences. In my ideal future role, I envision myself as a Digital Marketing Strategist, collaborating with a forward-thinking company that values creativity, diversity, and social responsibility. I aspire to work in an industry where I can blend my love for storytelling with data-driven decision-making, creating impactful campaigns that not only drive business results but also contribute positively to society. The intersection of technology and marketing is where I believe I can make a lasting impact, utilizing digital channels to not only promote products but also to foster connections and drive positive change. Moreover, I am attracted to companies that prioritize environmental sustainability and social impact. As digital marketing continues to play a pivotal role in shaping consumer perceptions, I want to contribute to campaigns that align with ethical and sustainable practices. The idea of working for a company that values both profit and purpose resonates deeply with my personal values and long-term career goals. In addition to my academic and professional pursuits, I have actively sought opportunities to enhance my skills in digital marketing. I have completed relevant online courses, participated in marketing internships, and engaged in hands-on projects that allowed me to apply theoretical knowledge to real-world scenarios. This proactive approach to learning reflects my commitment to mastering the intricacies of digital marketing and staying ahead of industry trends. My choice to pursue a career in digital marketing is fueled by a desire to be at the forefront of innovation, blend creativity with analytics, and contribute meaningfully to the evolving landscape of marketing. My ideal future role involves working as a Digital Marketing Strategist in an industry-leading company that values innovation, sustainability, and social responsibility. I am excited about the opportunities that lie ahead in the digital marketing realm and am committed to continuously learning, adapting, and contributing to the dynamic field.
    LiveYourDash Entrepreneurs Scholarship
    Entrepreneurship is a fascinating journey that many people decide to embark on for various reasons. Being an entrepreneur offers numerous benefits and opportunities, as discussed in this essay. One of the most attractive benefits of being an entrepreneur is creative freedom. As an entrepreneur, you have the freedom to create something that is uniquely your own. You can pursue your passion and turn your ideas into reality. This freedom can be empowering and satisfying, as you get to see your vision come to life. Another advantage of being an entrepreneur is personal growth. Running a business requires you to learn new skills, take on challenges, and face obstacles. This can be an opportunity for personal growth and development. As you face new challenges, you learn how to problem-solve, think outside the box, and become more resilient. In addition to personal growth, entrepreneurship can also lead to financial rewards. Starting a successful business can lead to financial freedom and stability. As an entrepreneur, you are in control of your destiny and have the opportunity to create a financially secure future for yourself and your family. Many entrepreneurs are driven by a desire to make a difference in the world. By creating a product or service that solves a problem or meets a need, you can positively impact people's lives. This is an excellent opportunity to make a difference in the world and leave a legacy. Such as the founders of BoomChickaPop are husband and wife team, Angie and Dan Bastian, who I had the pleasure of hearing as NextGen speakers. They started the company in 2001 in Mankato, Minnesota, USA. At the time, Dan was working as a teacher, and Angie was a nurse. They began making kettle corn for friends and family as a hobby, and soon it became popular enough to turn into a business. Initially, they sold their kettle corn at local events and festivals and eventually began selling it at grocery stores. In 2013, they changed the name of the company to BoomChickaPop and began expanding their product line to include other flavors of popcorn. The company has grown significantly since its humble beginnings, but Angie and Dan still play an active role in the business. Their story of struggle and learning how to run a business as they were going, was truly inspirational and reaffirmed my passion for opening my own business. That it's okay to make mistake and that building a community that you support and helps supports you is key in any small business. Finally, being an entrepreneur often lead to a hectic schedule and sometimes the ability to work from anywhere. This can be appealing to those who want to have more control over their work-life balance. Entrepreneurship can be a great way to achieve more freedom and flexibility in your life. Of course, being an entrepreneur also involves risks and challenges, such as financial uncertainty and the need to wear many hats. But, for those who are passionate about their ideas and willing to take on these challenges, the rewards can be significant. In conclusion, being an entrepreneur offers many benefits, including creative freedom, personal growth, financial rewards, the opportunity to make a difference, and flexibility. While entrepreneurship can be challenging, those who are passionate about their ideas and willing to take risks can achieve great success and satisfaction in their lives.