Applicants included single moms, cancer survivors, and a Miss America runner-up. So we're doing it again.
Nearly 400 high school and college students applied for the Debt.com Scholarship For Aggressive Scholarship Applicants. So we’re doing it again — and every three months.
Before we tell you more about that, let’s talk about the $500 winner. Well, first let’s review the runners-up, who sadly win nothing but our respect…
- Jennifer Sedler has a 4.0 GPA at the University of Arizona and has applied for 38 other scholarships. She decided to be a doctor after volunteering at a hospital and meeting a terminally ill 6-year-old boy named Jack, whom she befriended until his death. She was also Miss Arizona 2011 and third runner-up in the Miss America pageant. “I hope my hard work pays off, so that someday I can spend less energy on paying off my student debt, and more energy on becoming an incredible physician,” she told us. We hope so, too.
- Elisabeth Enriquez works as a Dollar Tree cashier to pay her way through college in California, where she’s pursuing a business management degree. She’s applied for 32 scholarships, getting just one. “I am a Type 1 diabetic since the age of 5,” she says. “My father has been disabled since 2000 and my mother unemployed since 2008.” But better times are ahead: Her brother just graduated with an accounting degree, and her younger brother just started college. Oh, and she volunteers for Toys For Tots and at a local elementary school.
- Ingrid Lecot has applied for a whopping 142 scholarships as she pursues a business administration degree at Baylor University in Texas. “While I was still in high school, our career counselor told me that there are many scholarships available, not just for super smart kids but for all types of people with different interests,” she recalls. “I am happy to report that I got $10,700 in scholarships in my first year and $14,500 this year. I apply for about 5 scholarships each week.” We’ve contacted Ingrid to ask if she’d explain her success in greater detail — so others can copy it.
Given that awesomeness, what does it take to win this thing? As it turns out, it’s about balancing personal history with personal finance with financial need. That’s why Ijaaz Cousin won. While she’s applied for 180 scholarships, she says, “Of these 180, I’ve won one.”
“I feel stressed, disheartened, and tired every time I apply and don’t win,” Ijaaz says, but she tries to stay upbeat: “The one thing that isn’t so bad about applying over and over is that I’ve become a better writer.”
A film student at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Ijaaz suffers the fate of many students: “My parents are broke and their credit is horrible, so there aren’t any savings for me nor are they able to cosign a loan. I have a great FAFSA package, but it’s nowhere near enough money.”
Debt.com’s contribution of $500 won’t solve all his problems, but it helps both his bottom line and raises his spirits. He’s now a two-time winner, with more certain to come. “I won’t stop until I achieve my goals,” he says. “You can bet on that.”
Debt.com continues its scholarship
The success of the first Debt.com Scholarship For Aggressive Scholarship Applicants has convinced us to offer it again — and every three months. For all those who applied before, update your stuff and apply again. And if you haven’t applied before, we’d love to hear from you.