Scholarships recognize ambitious students and their most important life lesson.
WyzAnt.com, the nation’s largest marketplace for private tutors and students, today announced the winners of the 2012 WyzAnt College Scholarship Contest. After several months of voting, three deserving students have been selected to receive a total of $10,000 in college scholarship funding.
In a short essay, applicants shared stories on WyzAnt.com about the most important lesson they had learned in their lives. During the preliminary round, site visitors could read the essays and vote for their favorites. In the final round, hundreds of current WyzAnt tutors voted to narrow the finalists to three outstanding winners.
“WyzAnt prides itself on the quality and selection of tutors available through our online tutor marketplace,” said Andrew Geant, WyzAnt.com co-founder and CEO. “But what this contest shows is that our tutor quality is equally matched by the amazing students across the country. It was truly inspiring to read these outstanding essays and the entire WyzAnt.com team wishes every participant the best of luck as they go forward and accomplish great things.”
The first place recipient, Jesse Barnes, a senior from Spencer High School in Spencer, Iowa, wrote about her family and the importance of selflessness. In her piece, titled “Know the Difference,” Jesse talks about growing up with her identical twin sister during difficult financial times and learning to appreciate the sacrifices everyone in her family made for one another. Next year, Jesse will attend the University of Iowa where she and her sister will major in Biology, with aspirations to attain PhDs in the subject.
Iman Seale, a junior at East Ridge High school in Clermont, Fla., took home second place with an essay about learning to embrace and value one’s differences. In her essay, Iman shares her experience with cultural diversity and her appreciation that “the world is not a place of uniformity.” Iman plans to study Graphic Design when she goes to college in 2014. Until then, she will continue to bolster her resume as she takes advanced English and Economics classes through Florida Virtual Schools, in addition to her standard high school curriculum.
Rounding out this year’s winners was Elena Chavez, a senior from Kempner High School in Sugarland, Tex. As the first member of her family to complete high school, Elena credits her achievement to the hard work and ambition of her youngest sister. “Witnessing my young sister’s adversity and accomplishments opened my eyes and gave me the push I needed to succeed,” she writes. Elena says she is proud to be a role model to her two younger sisters and looks forward to seeing them follow in her footsteps. Elena will attend the University of Texas next year, where she plans to study Dentistry and to continue pursuing her love of the arts.
WyzAnt would like to thank all participants in this year’s college scholarship contest. To read these three essays and thousands of other inspirational stories, please visit WyzAnt College Scholarships on the web.
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