Congratulations to all 10 finalists who are in the running to receive Unviersities.com’s $2000 Scholarship. All 10 finalists are remarkable students who have achieved so much.
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“I am from Ethiopia, East Africa. It was considered a waste of time, money, and energy to educate a girl. Thankfully, my family believed in the power of education and sent me to school. Every hardship I faced taught me not only how to survive but also how to persevere and overcome future obstacles. Even though I did not begin with a firm educational foundation, I was surrounded by supportive friends and family who believed in me and my dreams.
When I came to the United States, I was given a second chance to go to school. Attending school was not easy as I had to learn English as my third language and how to communicate with classmates. However, I did not let these barriers stop me from thriving in school. I succeeded because I asked questions, received help with my papers, and kept learning English. Finishing school was not easy for me, but I did whatever it took to succeed.
I may not become a popular doctor, professor, president, or someone with authority, but my passion to learn and help others will enable me to defeat any hardships that block my way. I will not stop until I proudly reach my goal and achieve my dream.
My dream is to help students, especially girls in Ethiopia, have access to school and a brighter future. I want to give back to my community through mentorship, leadership, and service in Ethiopia. The power of education is indescribable. It changed me and my future, and I want the people of Ethiopia to see that.”
Jaqueline Villanueva Govea
“Hi, I’m Jaqueline Villanueva Govea. I was born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and was brought to the United States at the age of 3. I’m the oldest in my family out of three. When my parents are at work, I’m responsible for being the caretaker of my siblings. I love to photograph, read, and be involved in STEM programs during my free time. Since 2016, I’ve been a part of STEM programs at the University of Houston, where I’ve created inventions and presented them to judges in a showcase where I won 2nd place, in 2017, for the creation of a kid’s wagon with a solar-powered AC system.
This past summer, I was accepted into the Princeton Summer Journalism Program where I had the privilege of exercising my passion for writing through articles about Critical Race Theory, drag queens, politics, and other topics, which allowed other people’s voices to be heard/represented. At school, I’m the current Valedictorian of 126 students in my graduating class. I’m a part of the Accenture Business Club and KIPP Texas Engineering and Medicine Program where I get to explore my STEM interests even further, with a creative twist, and apply my skills to learn more. Besides being a scholar, I’m also a huge Disney nerd and could win a game of Disney trivia any day. Disney, growing up, has shaped me by teaching me the importance of family, adventure, honesty, and perseverance to accomplish my goals in life.
Currently, my goals consist of graduating college, making me the first in my family, finding a job that I’m passionate about, and continuing to support my family with more resources than are currently available to me. With this mindset, I’m willing to do everything in my power and take advantage of all the opportunities available to accomplish these goals, even if it means attending college out of state, away from my family, because I know that it’ll have a positive impact on my life and my siblings. I hope to encourage and pave the way for them to continue on any path they want so that they’re not afraid to take a chance. I’m proud to say that I’ll be attending Duke University in the fall with the interest of pursuing a major in Biology on the Pre-Med track. I plan to utilize my college education to pursue a career as a Pediatrician and help improve healthcare access for low-income families because growing up, my fascination for science and STEM was always there, and I loved learning about the biological processes, evolution theories, etc.
My past experiences in the STEM Programs have influenced my career interest as a Pediatrician and solidified my belief that STEM exists everywhere and can positively impact everyone. I enjoy working with kids which have motivated my Pediatrician pursuit. I’d like to educate kids on the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Some communities like my own, unfortunately, lack the financial support and education to take proper care of themselves. I’ve seen my own mom sometimes have to negotiate doctor visits and groceries, and I’d like to be a doctor so that I can help these communities and bridge the health inaccessibility gap. Receiving this scholarship will allow me to accomplish my goals of improving life for my family and myself because it could alleviate some of the costs that financial aid doesn’t cover like transportation, groceries, books, dorm, and school supplies as well as more so that my family is able to not be as stressed for covering so many fees which are hard to cover because my mom still needs to look out for her other three children’s needs and our home.
This scholarship can open new doors to unforgettable experiences, enabling me to grow even more and reach my full potential without worrying about the cost of taking a chance on the new experiences. It will be of tremendous help and won’t be in vain because I’m committed to my journey to and through college until it’s time for medical school.”
I am a young woman attending college to complete a bachelor’s degree in integrative physiology with a focus in public health. I intend to use my education to enter the realm of healthcare. I am very passionate about diversity and inclusion in any setting — growing up I have been inspired by my twin sister, Ella, who has cerebral palsy. Her perspective of the world has provided me with so much insight into the discrimination individuals face on a personal, public, and private level. I want to use my career to help become an advocate for those who need one, and to provide equal opportunities for any patient I come into contact with; I strive to make the world a better place with my education no matter how difficult the road to it may be.
I am a member and fundraising leader for Shippensburg University’s marching band and hold a chair position as a member of Kappa Delta Phi Fraternity. In addition, I co-host a weekly campus radio show and handle PR duties for our student-run newspaper organization, The Slate. I am a Human Communications major and have been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being inducted into two honor societies. As a member of the transgender community, I am passionate about LGBTQ issues and plan on applying my expertise from my campus involvement to a future career in advocacy and PR for a nonprofit.
I am currently a rising junior studying Mechanical Engineering here at UMass. My goal as a mechanical engineer is to use the principles of advanced manufacturing to create more sustainable, accessible, and reliable means of transportation for lower-class communities and people from unfavoured socioeconomic backgrounds. This scholarship will be particularly helpful to me as it will enable me to enroll in online classes and certificate programs to better equip me as I work towards this goal. Previously, I have acquired 2 six sigma(yellow and white belt) certifications and recently completed a sustainability course organized by the United Nations.
I’m a first-generation college student looking to break the cycle of poverty in my family. I’ve been heavily involved in theatre for 5 years, taking on leadership roles. I also founded my school’s GSA, sparking important conversations. I’m passionate about social justice and equality. I love digital arts and writing, winning several awards for my photography. I deeply care about our world and advocate for those who can’t stand up for themselves. I strive for more equal representation in the media and be a voice for those who are often silenced.
I’m a first-generation college student. My parents and I came to America in 1993 from Vietnam. I obtained my BSN in 2016 after serving in the Army as a medic for two years. I have been an active RN since august 2016. I’m currently in my master’s program pursuing an acute care nurse practitioner degree. My calling is to be a palliative care NP. There is such a great need for palliative care in our growing medical field. I am a mom to two under 4. I want to show our society how strong women and nurses are, and how much they can accomplish. I want to serve with compassion and hope. I want to serve the geriatric population in palliative medicine and help them navigate their healthcare during a time of vulnerability, fear, anxiety, and the unknown. This is the calling God has given me.
“I’m a first-generation college student. My parents and I came to America in 1993 from Vietnam. I obtained my BSN in 2016 after serving in the Army as a medic for two years. I have been an active RN since august 2016. I’m currently in my master’s program pursuing an acute care nurse practitioner degree. My calling is to be a palliative care NP. There is such a great need for palliative care in our growing medical field. I am a mom to two under 4. I want to show our society how strong women and nurses are, and how much they can accomplish. I want to serve with compassion and hope. I want to serve the geriatric population in palliative medicine and help them navigate their healthcare during a time of vulnerability, fear, anxiety, and the unknown. This is the calling God has given me.
I was born in the Dominican Republic, a beautiful country, part of an island, in the Caribbean where the breeze brings me peace, the waves whisper to me, the music brings me joy, and the food emanates a sense of pleasure. I first entered the country when I was around 9, I am a Salutatorian of the Class of 2022, I have earned The New Jersey Seal of Biliteracy, and I am an honors and dual-enrollment student. Also, I was one of the 2 recipients that received the Private Prep Scholarship. Not only have I dedicated myself to academics but also to my community, I am the Vice President of the Interact Club, I participated in two Seeds of Peace summer programs, and I volunteered at OASIS tutoring K-3rd grade students. Unfortunately, the pandemic limited my plan to volunteer at several locations, however, I look forward to investing some of my time into enjoying the beauty of helping others.
My aspiration is to become the woman I see in my dreams; independent, hard-working, strong-minded, one that has integrity, passion, a prestigious career, overcoming obstacles, one that does not only care about herself, one that believes that the world could still be a better place for all. In fall of 2022, I will attend the New Jersey Institute of Technology to major in Biomedical Engineering. My career goal is to become a Doctor specializing in Neurology. I believe that I am prepared to face any barriers and achieve my goal of becoming a doctor, to listening to my future patients with inclusion and professionalism. I hope to educate patients, improve inclusive care excellence without stereotypes, help others when they are going through hard times, and help in providing others with the same or better opportunities I have had.”
Some achievements of mine include being a member of the National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, and Health Occupations Students of America. I have also received the Congress of Future Medical Leaders Award of Excellence, Oklahoma Academic Scholar Award, and 4.0 GPA award. As a senior, I became a Valedictorian. My passions consist of medical lab science, healthcare, and helping others. My goal is to get a bachelor’s degree in medical lab science, receive the necessary certification, gain lab experience through interning at a lab for two years, and finally work as a medical lab scientist at a hospital.
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The UNIVERSITIES.COM Scholarship is offered to students entering or currently pursuing, an educational program. Applicants must be US citizens, at least 17 years of age, and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
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