JustJobs Announces 2017 Scholarship Finalists – help us choose one winner!

[W]e are proud to announce the six finalists for the 2017 JustJobs Scholarship award; they include students in Clinical Psychology, Film Production, Engineering, Law, Psychology, and Journalism.  We received hundreds 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 14th.  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.

Lily Nelson, Clinical Psychology

I was lying in a hospital bed, shortly after brain surgery, experiencing the same sense of loss and angst I had felt after losing my father. It was at this moment that my interests in clinical psychology became more focused on the goal of studying and treating child and adolescent anxiety and depression. This realization built upon the general sense I had as a teen that I wished to pursue a career in helping others. The concept of therapy and counseling was something I had an interest in as early as age 13, and by my junior year in high school, I knew that I wanted to study psychology…

Tracy Egbas, Film Production

In the little rural town in Lagos, Nigeria where I grew up, children had to create their own entertainment. After school, they would gather together to play sing-a-long games and create frenzied contests. I was the child who preferred to sit alone in a corner, engrossed in a storybook. The fables about Mr. Tortoise and his near fatal fall from heaven or how he challenged the hare to a marathon; these were the tales that whetted my imagination. I would make up my own stories: about an old woman’s lonely tooth, or Okon’s bicycle tires that quarreled and refused to move in the same direction…

Nicholas Hallstedt, Engineering

When I was in high school, I had a pretty rough time compared to other friends. I made a lot of poor choices, and these reflected on my academic performance. But I still managed to graduate from high school with a 3.6 GPA. During my senior year, my father and I found a 1968 Chevrolet C10 truck at an auction site. It was rusted like none other but the frame was solid, so it stole my heart. We purchased it for $1700 and brought it home to our garage in suburbia so I could work on it. When this happened, things changed in my life…

Hannah Dunaway, Law

Growing up, I always knew that college was in my future; I come from a middle-class family who simply expected me to go. When I was twelve, I decided I wanted to go to law school. My path seemed set from the day I was born, and so did those of my older sister and the younger one. So I headed off to college my freshman year, ready to get an undergraduate degree in Economics before heading to law school…

Lucy Rawson, Psychology

I declared my major in psychology my sophomore year after observing the impact that mental illness has in the college-aged population. I have always been fascinated by the study of the mind, and from a young age, I fostered a strong inclination to help others work through their struggles. When I came to college, the need for mental health professionals became so apparent to me. In a society that promotes healthy living, psychological well-being is often downplayed. I have chosen my course of study because I believe that mental health is just as important, if not more important, than physical health…

Andrew Goldstein, Journalism

Ever since first grade, or around the time it became apparent that a pro football career was not in my future, I’ve had only one career goal: to be a sportscaster. And why wouldn’t I? Watching sporting events and talking about them is what people with actual jobs do for fun and for free. Other people work late because their boss wants the report done ASAP. When I work late, it’s because a basketball game went to overtime. For sports fans, anchoring a nightly segment about sports is like working in a candy store…



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  • I have known Lily Nelson since she was a young girl and have always been awed by her diligence and hard working determination. She was very active all through high school and college despite the loss of her father at an early age and brain surgery..Ever thing she has achieved was well deserved.Lily would be an excellent selection for the scholarship.

  • It took almost 5 years for my son to get an anxiety diagnosis. Simply because he was a child, the doctors chalked all his symptoms up to “kid stuff”. For someone to focus on pediatric anxiety in “normal” kids would be a welcome avenue. The fact that Lily Nelson already recognizes that pediatric anxiety is a whole different animal says she’s pretty enlightenend! Who knows what else she could see differently in the medical world??

  • Lily Nelson is a talented, passionate and driven young lady. She would be an ideal candidate for this scholarship.

  • I have had the pleasure of learning all about Lily Nelson through this past year. Lily’s testimony is inspiring and her passionate love for helping others is contagious. I believe strongly in what Lily will bring to the light as she pursues her passion. Lily is the perfect candidate for this scholarship.

  • I have known Lily Nelson since she was a student at the elementary school where I teach. I also saw her personally as a neighbor’s niece. As a student and a neighbor she was always good natured and diligent to whatever she set her mind too. I have followed her progress over the years and am proud of her achievements. Her medical experience also makes her a good candidate for the career path she has chosen and a scholarship would help her attain her goal.