WyzAnt.com, the largest tutoring marketplace on the web, this week announced the winners of its 3rd annual WyzAnt College Scholarship Contest. After several months of voting, three outstanding students were selected to receive a total of $15,000 in college scholarship funding.
In a short essay, applicants were asked to describe how they intend to use their education to make an impact on others. During the preliminary round of voting, visitors to WyzAnt.com could read student essays and vote for their favorites. Chosen by popular vote, 20 finalists moved onto a final round of voting when tutors in the WyzAnt community voted to determine the three deserving winners.
"Educational opportunity is what our annual scholarship is all about,” said Andrew Geant, WyzAnt.com co-founder and CEO. “Through programs like this and our non-profit, WyzAid, we're trying to do a small part in the big challenge of making education accessible to all students.”
The first place winner and recipient of a $10,000 scholarship, Jennifer Patterson, is currently a Freshmen at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC. Jennifer’s essay, entitled “Quiverfull Freedom,” describes her experience growing up in a religiously conservative environment that did not promote or encourage her academic interests. Jennifer intends to use her scholarship to complete her degree in Business Administration and ultimately provide guidance and support for children with upbringings similar to her own.
Era Kryeziu, a graduating senior from Hopewell high school in Huntersville, SC, won second place and will receive a $3,000 scholarship to the school of her choice. Era wrote her essay about her relocation to the United States as a refugee from the Yugoslav wars. Era has not yet chosen which school she will attend, but plans to study Psychology and one day hopes to aid children living in refugee camps around the world.
Rounding out this year’s winners was Brandon Casutt, a 42 year old father whose youngest son recently lost his battle with Cystic Fibrosis. Brandon, himself a survivor of a traumatic car accident that nearly left him paralyzed, wishes to return to school in order to complete his PhD in medicine so that he may dedicate himself to researching treatments for Cystic Fibrosis. Brandon will receive a $2,000 scholarship and is currently in the process of choosing a school.
WyzAnt would like to thank all participants in this year’s college scholarship contest. To read the three winning essays and thousands of other inspirational stories, please visit WyzAnt College Scholarships on the web.
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