JustJobs Announces 2016 Scholarship Finalists – help us choose one winner!

[W]e are proud to announce the seven finalists for the 2016 JustJobs Scholarship award, which include a future speech-language pathologist, game designer, neuroscientist, film director, political economist and engineer.  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:

  1.   outside voting (Facebook ‘Like’ and other social media options on the left side of the essays)
  2.   comments left by visitors
  3.   the JustJobs Scholarship committee’s scoring of the student’s application and essay

The one winner will be announced on Friday, July 15th.  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.

Jendayi Johnson, Communication Sciences and Disorders

JJ Jendayi Johnson 125In the Ancient Egyptian text, Maxims of Ptahhotep, speech is cited as being so powerful that it is “mightier than all fighting.” In this case, I am not referring to speech as a weapon in a literal sense. Instead, my desire to study speech-language pathology is driven by my belief that all individuals should have the opportunity to utilize speech to provide them with a sense of self-agency and to preserve their native language as an essential part of their culture

Preston Lingle, Games and Game Design

JJ - Preston Lingle 125How did I choose my major? Simple. The Last of Us. The Last of Us in just its first few hours of play showcased what you could do with a video game as a storytelling medium, integrating aspects of film and gameplay to tell a passionate story, ultimately, of the love between a father and daughter. Despite our two protagonists not being related. It has the players not only experience the development of character not just through cut-scenes but also displays character through subtle lines through gameplay.

Jacob Huls, Neuroscience

JJ - Jacob Hulls 125I came to my major through a long route of thought and interest. In middle school, I read a book about philosophy, which discussed the relationship between the brain and the mind. Oddly enough to me, the book discussed the mind and the brain as two different things, one immaterial and the other material, and provided several arguments as to why this is the case. After reading said book, I become engrossed in the branch of philosophy called “Philosophy of Mind,” which seeks to answer philosophical questions about the mind.

Raz Tzameret, Electronic Media and Film

JJ - Raz Tzameret 125For two years before moving to the US, I worked eighty hours a week to pursue my dream of moving to the US and become a film director. I spent my days as a full-time member of an IT department, and three nights a week and Saturday I spent working shifts at a gas station. People called me crazy for working so much, but I knew I could do it. I was no stranger to hard work. From the age of 18 to 21, I served in the Israeli Defense Force.

Antonio Sakkis, Political Economy

JJ - Antonio Sakkis 125Although active in the church, volunteering for the past five years, the experience of following politics has changed the way I look at most institutions. The church was no exception. I question many aspects of Christian dogma and have always used church teaching as I did politics, as a point of view and not necessarily an absolute. I’ve realized through my volunteer work that opinions on politics vary depending on social and economic conditions.

 George Nail, Engineering

Nail George 125It has been in my raising that I have discovered a loving relationship with math and physics and the potential applicability of its mechanisms to solve real world problems. The fascination of being able to make something the most efficient functioning component of its denomination is a topic that has developed in me and inspired me to take on engineering to solve the problems of the world.

 Nathan Rauscher, Jazz Performance

Nathan Rauscher 125Majoring in Jazz Performance meant overcoming fear. When I began planning for college, I didn’t know what to study. Music was my passion, but the whole starving artist image terrified me. I doubted I could make it as a performer, but performing was all I wanted to do. For a while, I considered studying health care like my parents and maybe playing in a band on the side. Although I never had much enthusiasm for that idea.



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  • George I have had the pleasure of watching you become the man you are and knowing from your beginnings you are a natural; athlete, student, service through scouting and organizations you are affiliated with, and knowing you are a very hard working adult. I believe you have the energy and fortitude to make great things happen. Your ideals and desires to make a difference globally with your education in engineering and global needs is what we need more of.. Not the least entitled I think you have a wonderful future ahead of you. I feel you truly deserve this scholarship.

  • After reading through all the entries, it is with no doubt in my mind that Preston Lingle’s essay, while not only a very well-crafted essay, is the only essay that truly answers the question: What made you choose your major. Other people have compelling stories that are indicative of making the most of your situation and seizing every opportunity available to you, however that’s not the question supposed to be answered. Preston’s essay cuts straight to the point and immediately begins to answer the question posed by the scholarship and explains what event caused him to be lead onto the path towards what he want to do in life. Instead of first talking about himself and his struggles, he answers the question first and THEN have a brief blurb in the middle talking about the reason he needs the scholarship, which is not so much of a begging for money but rather poses it in the frame of an investment—an investment on what’s to come with him, because he then goes to do something else not many other essays do: extends it. Preston’s essay takes the question posed by JustJobs and extends it to: What will you do when you get to your goal? What will you do with that position? Preston’s essay answers with: Because I want to make someone feel the way I did while playing The Last of Us. He wants to create something that changes the life of someone else, just like how that game changed him and made him actualize into something greater. I’ve known Preston for a long time, and he wanted to be an architect up until he played The Last of Us, and the art of video game culture and media, writing, etc. started to ooze out of him, spitting out ideas left and right everywhere he went.
    Now I know that walking around saying you want to make video games isn’t always the most selfless thing you can do—other people parade around with plans of being a doctor or a veterinarian, or a physical therapist, but Preston wants to create entertainment, which usually makes him fall out of the running with other scholarships he’s applied for—believe me, we’ve both filled out countless scholarship forms during school, all of which were given to people in those previously mentioned categories. It’s refreshing to see his hard work pay off in some way, and hopefully more so if he is granted the scholarship.
    I’ll reiterate: I don’t mean to marginalize the other essays; many of them are very good in their own right, and the stories attached to them are true American success stories that you would read about in an awe-inspiring autobiography…but they seem to dance around the question asked by the scholarship, adding it in as a side note instead of the essay being revolved around the question. If you’re to truly base it off who answered the question of “What made you choose your major?”, then I believe Preston Lingle has a very strong case to be the nominee.

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