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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

Yaah Adwere-Boamah

Won $1,000

Challenges or barriers you had to work to overcome.

Essay Topic:

"...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..."

Winning Essay Excerpt:

Jesús Adrian Arroyo-Ramirez

Won $40,000

"I honestly had 

an amazing experience with Going Merry."

Gabby DeMott

Won $10,000

Event that sparked personal growth and new understanding.

Essay Topic:

"...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..."

Winning Essay Excerpt:

Daniel Gill

Won $1,000

Why are you the Most Unique?

Essay Topic:

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

Winning Essay Excerpt:

Michelle Marie Charles

Won $2,500

Event that sparked personal growth and new understanding.

Essay Topic:

"...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..."

Winning Essay Excerpt:

Juanita del Rosario Mejia Gutierrez

Won $1,000

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

Video Prompt:

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

Video description

Elizabeth Contreras

Won $1,500

Career goals and aspirations

Essay Topic:

"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..."


Essay Excerpt

Violetta & Jess

Won $1,000

Who is the best friend ever, and why?

Essay Topic:

"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."

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John Flowers

Won $500

What realization sparked personal growth in you?

Essay Topic:

"...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..."

Winning Essay Excerpt:

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

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Jordane Torres
Won $250

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

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Lizet Yoselin Cano Rodriguez

Won $250

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"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."

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Mariam Ibanaz

Won $250

Swati Prashar 

Won $1,000

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

Scholarship tip

Swati Prashar
Won $1
,000

Nana Aba Turkson

Won $20,000

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

Video Prompt:

"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."

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Pablo Castro
Won $10,000

"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."

Personal Statement:

Show and tell us about an amazing moment.

Video Prompt:

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