Jennifer Monroe, majoring in Pharmacy, is a DiversityJobs Scholarship Finalist

[I] chose my major, Pharmacy, because I have always dreamed of being in the Medical field so I could help people who are less fortunate than myself. I dreamt of myself having many professions; from a doctor to a surgeon.  One day, these dreams were crushed.

On October 13, 2003, when I was 11 years old, I was walking home from school when I was hit by an impaired driver who ran a red light. Ever since that day, I have had an ongoing tremor in my dominant arm. I was forced to switch over to doing everything with my non-dominant arm; this included writing, eating and much more. I am very limited in what I can do now but that experience has only furthered my dream in having a profession in the medical field. However, I can no longer be a doctor nor could I be a surgeon. I aspire to be a Pharmacist because they actually do help people in ways that an average person cannot. They make medicines and give them to people who are in need of them so people can stay healthy.

To graduate with this degree would mean the world to me because I would accomplish my biggest dream and overcome my biggest obstacle. I would prove to the world that, even though I have a disability, I can still help and add value to society. I would also stand as an example for many who believe they cannot accomplish their dreams because something is holding them back. My disability holds me back in many ways every single day, but I do not let it stop me from being the best I can be. With this example set, I honestly believe I can change the lives of those who consider themselves insignificant with no purpose in life. I have been there and I have overcome what many people cannot and do not overcome themselves. This is why it is important for me to graduate with this degree; to not only help myself, but to help others.’s scholarship program is proud to announce Jennifer Monroe as one of the finalists for its December 2012 application deadline. Vote for her essay (Facebook ‘Like’ and other social media sharing options in left column), click the ‘star’ just above comments section below, and/or leave comments of support to help us with the selection process.