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Christine Atwater

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Hometown: Surprise, AZ

Drawing Date: June 30, 2016

I could not be more grateful for the opportunity and am thrilled at the possibility for myself in my educational journey. Being a single parent has been challenging at times as I have gone through this process, through being available to my children who are very active, working a full time job, and now presently pursuing my Graduate Certificate program in forensic psychology with the ultimate goal in achieving a Master’s Degree in Psychology. My intention with this award is to upgrade my current computer which is operating on an outdated operating system and software program which makes homework a challenge at times. As I am attending my classes through an online program, this tool is very necessary to my success. I will also pay down some of the interest that my current student loans are accruing presently in order to minimize my debts. I hope that what I have accomplished with my educational journey will inspire my kids to do the same. My education has changed my confidence in a way that I never expected and I hope that my story will help someone else to do the same. As now that I understand the value that education adds to a person’s life as far as earning potential, the achievement of goals and dreams, and increased self-esteem or self-worth it is something that a person can never truly place a dollar value amount on. Knowledge is a skill set that a person carries with that always that no one can take away. Thank you again for what your organization does to help working, single moms to be role models for their children and themselves.

Dakota Stammen

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Hometown: Wapakoneta, OH

Drawing Date: March 31, 2016

Hi, I am Dakota Stammen and I live with my parents in a small city called Wapakoneta, Ohio. I am currently a freshman at the University of Northwest Ohio (UNOH), which is located in Lima, Ohio. I commute 45 minutes to school every day to attend the various classes on my schedule. So far I have completed two quarters towards my degree and have made the Dean’s list for both quarters. I am currently in my third quarter.

My goal is to seek a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Administration. Although UNOH only has an Associate Degree in Computer Administration, I plan to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio after I achieve my Associates Degree at UNOH. Then after I acquire my Bachelor Degree I hope to obtain a Computer Administration position at a well-established firm.

I am currently working part-time at McDonalds to save money for my college expenses. However, with only making minimum wage the savings account does not increase very fast. Since I am now in my third quarter at UNOH I have pretty much depleted my savings.

Therefore, I was looking for another avenue to help pay for my college expenses. That is why I entered this scholarship contest. Although I didn’t think my chances of winning were very high, I was thrilled when I received a phone call and an email informing me that I was the chosen winner of the $10,000 Scholarship. This $10,000 Scholarship will help me pay most of my tuition costs for the next three quarters. This $10,000 Scholarship will also help alleviate my concern on how I was going to pay for the upcoming quarters, minimize my accumulation of college debt, and help me achieve my dream of becoming a Computer Administrator. No words can really thank you enough for this $10,000 Scholarship. So I will just say from the bottom of my heart—THANK YOU. This opportunity means a great deal to me!!!

Rebecca Cairns

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Hometown: Bullock, NC

Drawing Date: January 31, 2016

My name is Rebecca Cairns. I am originally from Nigeria, a country in West Africa. Nigeria is also the most populous country in Africa and has a very diverse culture and many languages. In Nigeria we value education and I inherited my educational ambitions from my family. I am married and have children. I lived in Japan a few years where I met my future husband, an American and that is how I came to live in the U.S. I have since naturalized so this is my home now. Currently I live in a small town in rural North Carolina. North Carolina has some beautiful areas, some diversity, and reasonable education and employment opportunities. I work hard with a full time job and raising three kids, taking care of our home and our little farm, and trying to further myself with my studies. Presently I am a student at American Public University. I am pursuing a Master’s degree program in Psychology. After finishing the MA Psychology program I plan to enroll in a PhD program most probably Health Psychology.

Coming from where I come from, cultural activities are important to me. My hobbies are dance and music, mostly West African styles but I like reggae and other kinds of music too. I also enjoy gardening on our farm, raising some for the vegetables I miss the most and use the most to cook with. I travel with my family when time allows, visiting my husband’s family and traveling to the eastern shores of North Carolina where there are many peaceful beautiful areas that are not too expensive to visit.

It was a big surprise to get a phone call today the 1st of April, 2016 that I won a scholarship from Scholarship Zone. Needless to say I am very excited, and I look forward to using the $10,000 to complete my MA Psychology degree program at APUS. Thank you very much Scholarship Zone.

Amber Sweetland

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Hometown: Coolidge, AZ

Drawing Date: January 15, 2016

My name is Amber. I am a 33 year old mother of two daughters, one is 5 and the other is 17. My 17 year old daughter finished high school almost two years early, which was last October. She started col...

Lora Peterson

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Hometown: Nampa, ID

Drawing Date: November 15, 2015

I'm a single mom of 2 beautiful girls. I have a few disabilities. One is apexa. Apexa is a brain injury that I got when I was a baby. It disrupts the speech. So the signal from the brain to my mouth is disrupted. It doesn't make it easy to learn. I don't remember thing from book I'm hands on learner. I have look at defend jobs and the colleges here in Idaho. I have always loved doing hair so I decided to go and get my cosmetology degree. Most of the schooling it hands on. That is the best way to learn for me. I went to another school and they were not teaching me the right stuff. So I look at other schools that have the right teaching. Then I found Paul Mitchell. They teach everything I need to know. I'm going to Paul Mitchell the school. I love it there. I have learned so much so far. So many wonderful people that is going or work at the school. They make going to school fun and don't look down at me. I look forward to school each week. For the first time in my life I enjoy school. I have less then 900 hours left in my schooling. I can't wait until I'm done. I really look forward in life that I can do it. I will have a job that I know I can do it for the rest of my life. All the money I get from you will be going to my school. This will bring down the bill down for me. This will be one less thing to stress or worry about. And I can do the job and spend time with my girls. I want to say a big thank you for picking me. I felt like so happy that I can be getting this money!

Parris Bell

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Hometown: Hartford, CT

Drawing Date: September 15, 2015

Growing up in a church, I know me being chosen as the winner of's $10,000 is a blessing so I will first like to start off by thanking God! Each month for a year I registered for the $10,000 scholarship just for the heck of it because I honestly couldn't believe I'll actually win! However, I did win and me winning couldn't have came at a better time in my life. For a year now I've taken interest in nursing school. I am very compassionate of others and truly look forward to being in peoples lives when their in the stage of getting better and getting over hurdles in life. I've recently been accepted to Stone Academy's LPN Program. I wasn't fortunate to receive any scholarships from the school at the time of my acceptance or receive that much money in grants through financial aid. Seeing how hard it is to pay for school makes me regret not doing too well in highschool, but motivates me not to fool around in college. Therefore, since I had to make a plan for the monthly payments so I can attend the program I will use this $10,000 scholarship for that. Also, I will be using the scholarship for school books, student loans and my school uniform. Thank you so much for selecting me as the winner!

Sierra Wright

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Hometown: Reno, NV

Drawing Date: August 15, 2015

My name is Sierra Wright and I am a 21 year old full time student at the University of Nevada Reno pursuing a bachelors degree in Speech Pathology and minoring in Drawing for Art Therapy. My dream is to become a Speech Pathologist with an emphasis on Art Therapy so I can help children with communicative disorders. At first when I signed up for this I did not expect that I would actually win something as huge as $10K but I did and I am extremely grateful for this incredible opportunity. I pay for my own schooling so when that call came in, I was amazed and excited to know that I actually won something. This scholarship will help me out hugely when it comes to paying my tuition for school, buying all of these textbooks I need in order to pursue my dream, and paying rent for my apartment because although I am working, I only get paid minimum wage which is hard to use when paying rent. Being a full time student in college is really stressful and wining this scholarship really helped me feel relieved and now I am able to not worry about if I will be able to pursue my dream or not.