CHICAGO -- The five winners of the 2009 Scholarships.com Resolve to Evolve Scholarship tackled college costs, achievement gaps, energy policy, and post-graduation struggles in essays that provided not only their criticism and opinions, but workable solutions to problems facing the country.
College students have been creatively addressing current events and issues through the Resolve to Evolve Essay Scholarship since 2006. This year, the contest asked applicants to explore the efficacy of general education requirements or create their own "calls for change" in response to the current administration's tasks for the future. The five winners each received $1,000 scholarship awards, and will have their essays posted online and forwarded to officials who may be able to act on their suggestions.
"In our fourth year awarding the Resolve to Evolve Scholarship, we were very pleased with the response, both quantity and quality," said Kevin Ladd, Vice President for Scholarships.com. "I wouldn't be surprised if this isn't the only scholarship these scholars are awarded."
This year's winners were Jennifer C., who argued that general education requirements should include life skills to help students get and keep jobs after graduation; Andrew K., who suggested legalizing and taxing marijuana to pay for two years of free tuition for every college-bound American; Tara M., who proposed investing in early childhood education to close achievement gaps and support lifelong learning; Yvonne V., who suggested more flexible general education requirements with a firm foundation that left room for greater freedom after the first year of school; and Tai W., who offered a strategy for energy reform in the United States.
Resolve to Evolve applicants are asked to think critically and constructively in essays of 300 to 800 words on themes that change annually, along with brief statements about their career and educational goals. The essay competition is open to current undergraduate students and returning adult students at accredited postsecondary education institutions in the United States.
Scholarships.com is a free college scholarship search service and financial aid information resource that allows members to create a user account and search a database of millions of scholarship and grant opportunities worth billions of dollars.
"2009 Scholarships.com Resolve to Evolve Scholarship Winners Call for Change." Business Wire 11 Nov. 2009. General OneFile. Web. 16 Nov. 2009.
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