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Going Merry scholarship winners

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Dozens of students win scholarships on Going Merry every week.

Here are just some of our scholarship winners. Get inspired by their award-winning essays and videos. You never know... we might just be featuring you next!

MEET THE SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

Check out these winning scholarship essay examples.

Jesús Adrian Arroyo-Ramirez

Won $40,000

"I honestly had 

an amazing experience with Going Merry."

Nana Aba Turkson

Won $20,000

Video Prompt:

Show us what you’ve done or created to better a community or the world.

Scholarship tips

"Always apply!!! Better to apply than to wonder. Rejection and 'no' does not mean that it will be the answer for this next application. You are awesome. Keep going. Apply."

Gabby DeMott

Won $10,000

Essay Topic:

Event that sparked personal growth and new understanding.

Winning Essay Excerpt:

"...Never have I felt so accepted while being an outsider, so proud of a country that isn't even mine, so part of something I didn't really belong to..."

Pablo Castro
Won $10,000

Personal Statement:

"My name is Pablo Castro. I am a deaf college student at the Rochester Institute of Technology and the National Technology Institute for the Deaf (RIT/NTID). My passion is aiming at the Graphic Design major in RIT. I am always looking forward to gaining my experiences and pieces of knowledge from somewhere or someone."

Video Prompt:

Show and tell us about an amazing moment.

Swati Prashar
Won $1
,000

Swati Prashar 

Won $1,000

Scholarship tip

Be persistent and honest, and see how you can serve others while building on your uniqueness.

Michelle Marie Charles

Won $2,500

Essay Topic:

Event that sparked personal growth and new understanding.

Winning Essay Excerpt:

"...The inhumane feeling of not being able to defend yourself from typical stereotypes because the fear of losing your job outweighs your dignity, is a sign of discrimination..."

Juanita del Rosario Mejia Gutierrez

Won $1,000

Video Prompt:

Make a hilarious, gorgeous, or heartbreaking video, worthy of breaking the internet.

Video description

A little sneak peek into the eccentric world that exists inside my mind. Enjoy!

Lizet Yoselin Cano Rodriguez

Won $250

Scholarship

Going Merry No Essay Scholarship

Scholarship tip

"Simply don’t give up, share your story, do what will make you happy, and apply to as many scholarships as humanly possible."

Jordane Torres
Won $250

Scholarship

Going Merry No Essay Scholarship

Scholarship tip:

"I would recommend Going Merry to other students because it offers a variety of scholarships that students can apply for."

Violetta & Jess

Won $1,000

Essay Topic:

Who is the best friend ever, and why?

About the video:

"Even if we hadn’t won, I still would have wanted to make [my friend Jess] something she could watch when she was having a bad day and needed a reminder that she is important and loved."

Yaah Adwere-Boamah

Won $1,000

Essay Topic:

Challenges or barriers you had to work to overcome.

Winning Essay Excerpt:

"...I was raised knowing that I was a unique Ghanaian-American woman who could achieve anything, and I wasn’t going to let the words of others tell me otherwise..."

Elizabeth Contreras

Won $1,500

Essay Topic:

Career goals and aspirations

Essay Excerpt

"I am majoring in kinesiology to become a physical therapist. I want to pursue my dream job and be able to buy my parents a house..."


John Flowers

Won $500

Essay Topic:

What realization sparked personal growth in you?

Winning Essay Excerpt:

"...People use the saying, “the sky is the limit”, but it isn’t. The sky is limitless. I don’t want to stop chasing my goals when I reach the sky. I want to reach for the stars and everything above..."

Mariam Ibanaz

Won $250

Scholarship

Going Merry No Essay Scholarship

Scholarship Quote:

"As a scholarship recipient, I encourage all students to apply relentlessly in order to explore the multitude of opportunities at hand, afforded to the community by many generous companies."

Daniel Gill

Won $1,000

Essay Topic:

Why are you the Most Unique?

Winning Essay Excerpt:

"By teaching diversity, equity, and inclusion through puppetry, I feel that I am making a difference..."

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