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2017 Scholarship Finalists

Please Note: To vote for a 2017 Scholarship essay, click ‘read more’ under the essay you would like to vote for. Further instructions on how to vote are on the individual essay page.

  • Voting is limited to one vote per person
  • The voting period closes on May 25, 2017

The top 5 essays with the most votes will win:

  • 1st place awarded a $1,000 scholarship
  • Runner up awarded a $500 scholarship
  • Three applicants will be awarded $250 for honorable mention.

2017 Scholarship Finalists

Essay One

Number of votes:
59

Helping people is something I try to do every day. Whether it be carrying someone’s groceries, helping a fellow student with classwork, or helping a teacher run errands, I make a point to put someone else before myself every day. Although I think it is equally important to do little acts of kindness every day, I have also had larger experiences where I have been able to impact someone’s life more drastically. ...READ MORE

Essay Two

Number of votes:
209

There he is again, I thought to myself. While traveling to and from school, I had seen the same homeless man with the shaggy beard and ripped jeans in the middle of State Road 436 for three consecutive days holding his “God bless” sign in his weathered hands. Until recently, I did not realize the severity of homelessness in my community. Currently there are 35,964 homeless people living in the state of Florida, 8,000 of which live in my county. ...READ MORE

Essay Three

Number of votes:
2

EnFamilia, Inc., a non-profit organization in Homestead, Florida, hosts an annual “Art-in-Action” summer camp which I began attending in 2013. The six week summer camp provides low income students with an opportunity to work with art teachers in order to help them explore their creative capacities. My first summer at the camp and subsequent years working with EnFamilia gave me a drive to explore my own creative side. ...READ MORE

Essay Four

Number of votes:
41

As teenagers, we are constantly making decisions that shape the rest of our lives. By contributing to our communities, we are influencing ourselves in a positive way that often follows us throughout our adult lives. I’ve always felt that volunteering and community service are something that we, as citizens, are internally obligated to do. When we find a cause we care about, a cause we connect with, we are able to dedicate time from our lives to this cause, and make a big difference to others. ...READ MORE

Essay Five

Number of votes:
116

“New City Ambulance,” the radio crackles in, loud and clear. ​“Man found unconscious in car.” The dispatcher’s voice echoes through the room. ​“Nonresponsive.” I hold my breath. “CPR in progress.” For the briefest of moments, the world comes to a standstill as the words take meaning in our minds. Not a soul in the room moves a muscle. There is complete, and utter, silence. But it is only for a moment. ...READ MORE

Essay Six

Number of votes:
15

At the age of four my parents worked opposite shifts to take care of me. On the way home, one rainy morning my dad' s car was hit by another car that choose to take an exit ramp at the last minute and cut across the front of my dad' s car, sending in to a guard rail. The Jaws of Life had to cut my dad out and he had broken his back. My mom was told if my dad did not have surgery, he would not walk as he got older. ...READ MORE

Essay Seven

Number of votes:
329

With medical mal practice errors making up one third of the leading causes of death in the U.S. we need to begin taking the issue with more respect. There are a lot of ethical guidelines that need to be followed when dealing with patients directly that aim to protect the integrity of the patients psychological health, physical well being, and over all comfort throughout the procedure if such is needed. ...READ MORE

Essay Eight

Number of votes:
13

There it was. The text my friend sent me around 10 at night. Today I didn't want to look but I knew I needed to see how she was feeling. I slowly unlocked my phone, pressed my messages icon, then tapped on her name. The text read, "The pain, it feels so good. Yesterday I dug my nails into my skin and it was so relieving." This was another alarming text from her, she went on to tell me how much she hated living, and why she wanted to die. ...READ MORE

Essay Nine

Number of votes:
49

When I joined a youth organization over four years ago, little did I know that it would change my life completely. This organization has given me friends from all over the world, leadership skills, and so much more. Older members consistently inspired me to do more in the organization and pushed me to be a better version of myself. As I continued in this organization, I was given the unwritten responsibility of passing the torch and motivating those younger than me. ...READ MORE

Essay Ten

Number of votes:
115

_____ is not a stereotypical seventh grade boy. He enjoys browsing the Prom Dress section in Macy’s, knitting winter scarves, and taking a daily trip to Starbuck’s for a Venti Caramel Macchiato. I have had the privilege of spending every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon with _____this year as his babysitter, Algebra tutor, and eventually as his friend. The relationship_____and I have created has made a profound impact on his sense of self-worth and confidence, and has reinforced for me the power of a good friend. ...READ MORE

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