We are proud to announce the six finalists for the current DiversityJobs Scholarship award, which include future public health advocates, artists, economic and social activists, advertising analysts, historians, and chemical engineers. We received thousands of exceptional applications, but we feel that these candidates showed the best combination of passion, integrity, and dedication to their chosen fields of study.
Now we need your help in choosing the one scholarship award winner! The final selection process will involve three different factors:
- outside voting (Facebook ‘Like’ and other social media options on the left side of the essays)
- comments left by visitors
- the DiversityJobs Scholarship committee’s scoring of the student’s application and essay
The one winner will be announced on Wednesday, June 5th. Please help us with our selection by voting for your favorite essay (Facebook ‘Like’ and other social media sharing options on the left side of the essays) and by leaving comments or clicking the ‘star’ icon above the comments section.
Maria Crandall, Historic Preservation/Composition, Savannah College of Art and Design
As an artist, I see historical landmarks as places to be appreciated by all, like a work of art in a museum. And, like a painting or sculpture, architecture requires as much creativity and labor to complete…Thus, preservation is more than a concern to me; it is a necessity to communities and even economic development. While I intend on being an advocate for the silent, looming structures of our past, I am also determined to increase awareness for their value by restoring and opening structures for public use as museums, music halls, and retail establishments, in addition to housing.
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Yasaman Moarrab, Occupational Therapy, Towson University
My first job was with a boy who had moderate motor impairments as a result of a developmental disability. He was unable to perform many physical tasks, although he responded positively to non-traditional approaches to basic life skills that we worked on regularly. Much of our day was spent practicing things that might seem second nature to most; things like how to button his own shirts, how to dress himself independently, and how to soothe himself when he was upset…When I discovered that I was teaching skills as an occupational therapist would, I knew that I had found the environment in which I wanted to work.
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Gabrielle Soria, Advertising, Savannah College of Art and Design
I’m half Filipino, half Caucasian, and while my ethnicity and my looks make me chameleonic to many varied ethnic groups, I grew up never seeing a family that looked like mine in the many advertisements that blared in the breaks between television shows that never featured brown-complexioned characters…It was in these first years on my own, in this entirely new place, that I began to notice the roles race played, or didn’t play, in the media around me. As the child of an interracial marriage, I always noticed the lack of mixed race couples in television and movie plots, novels, commercials. When they were featured, it was more for shock value than as an honest representation of the couple or environment.
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Morgan Wilson, History, Harvard University
From Ancient Egypt to the Civil Rights movement, my young mind absorbed every fact and narrative like a sponge. On family vacations to Virginia and Hawaii, I urged my parents to take me to Jamestown and Pearl Harbor. This passion grew as I progressed through school, and before I entered college, I knew that it was the major for me. My confidence was further enhanced by my interactions with the professors and advisors within my college’s History department. I have always felt at home within the department, and I respect and appreciate its stoking of intellectual curiosity.
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Alvin Zhou, Chemical Engineering, Columbia University
A 1950s dial telephone was one of my best free yard sale finds as a 12-year-old. I felt like a surgeon, dissecting as I tried to understand how the intricate springs and circuits could dial an entire phone number and produce audio. Years later, I would find the same excitement in my AP Chemistry class, but with compounds and solutions instead of metal parts. Whether the thrill of winding the last number on the dial or the anticipation of pouring the final few milliliters, I have always loved solving the puzzles of science. Creating the bridge between the unknown and the mundane is at the heart of what attracts me to engineering, but equally I am drawn to how these exciting connections are related to our everyday lives.
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