[W]e are proud to announce the seven finalists for the 2017 DiversityJobs Scholarship award; they include Business, Biochemistry and English Rhetoric & Writing, Public Health, Education, and Agribusiness students. 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:
- 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 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.
Jamy Malone, Business Administration
My name is Jamy Malone and I am of the Deer Water clan. My maternal grandfather is of the Sleepy Rock clan and my paternal grandfather is of the Red Beard clan. I am a proud member of the Diné (Navajo) tribe. I am the youngest out of five children and am the first of my siblings to go to college. I was “homeschooled” from the age of seven to thirteen. However, I use the word “homeschool” very loosely because, in reality, I was the forgotten child. I sat at home alone every single day waiting for my parent to return home from work…
Libbie Miller, Biochemistry and English Rhetoric & Writing
I chose my majors together because the combination will allow me to do the most good in the world. I love researching two-partner secretion in my biochemistry lab under doctors Daniel Grilley and Robert Weaver. In order to successfully apply for grants to fund research, one must become a strong writer so one’s sponsors know the big picture of one’s research and its applications. I have also always been in love with reading and writing…
Steven Avila, MBA
I want to pursue and MBA because I think there is much we can accomplish in our country and in our society if both business and government operated with the value structure centered around contributing back to the community it operates in. We should be answering questions such as, how do we ensure that the increased automation of our industries protects the American worker? How do we close the gender gap when it comes to both pay and benefits?
Homira Omar, Public Health
My personal interests in the public health field stem from international health inequality and its consequences to the people suffering from lack of health resources. Born in an impoverished household living in a mud-brick home in Afghanistan and raised in the sunny skies of California, I never once looked back to my motherland and actually appreciated that I survived the first five most important years in a country that lacks fundamental facilities and professionals to keep its population alive and well…
Nimah Gobir, Education
Instead of purchasing bed sheets decorated with the widely produced fair-skinned character, my parents sought out and special ordered sheets that depicted a black Barbie princess. As Nigerian immigrant parents of first-generation Americans, they took steps wherever possible to instill in their children a sense of pride in African culture. However, internalizing the significance of being a black female in America came with the gradual realization that people have predetermined assumptions about who I am based on the color of my skin…
Cindy Chung, Childhood Education
At a young age, I struggled to understand the importance of school and education, as my reality comprised poverty and shelters. This new change, a combination of moving from shelter to shelter, dealing with recently divorced parents as a result of domestic violence, and having a mother who worked low-wage jobs to raise her three children on her own, was hard for me to adjust to. Education played an important factor in my childhood, as it was one of my saving benefactors…
Chetan Bafna, Agribusiness
Learning at a young age that I define the limits of my ability has made me set no limits for my achievement. In college, I decided to major in Agribusiness because my family had a farm in which I would work on after graduation. I enrolled in a biology class expecting a droning professor covering forgettable material. Instead, Dr. Steve Smith presented everything, from cellular biology to tree ring formation, with such energy and clarity that he could engage my inner smile…