Scholarship Winners

Amber Marshall (4th Quarter, 2007)

August 20, 2010

4th Quarter, 2007 Mesothelioma Memorial Scholarship Amber Marshall I am in my second year of the Child and Youth Worker Program at Sheridan College. My passion is helping people to see that they are valuable. I want others to know that they matter to this world and that they are cared for. I decided to […]

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Phillip Dorjath (3rd Quarter, 2007)

August 20, 2010

3rd Quarter, 2007 Mesothelioma Memorial Scholarship Phillip Dorjath I am currently a freshman attending Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. I grew up in the town of Batavia, Illinois a far western suburb of Chicago. When I was 5 years old I was diagnosed with kidney cancer and was forced to undergo surgery followed by […]

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Stephen Kung (4th Quarter, 2006)

August 20, 2010

4th Quarter, 2006 Mesothelioma Memorial Scholarship Stephen Kung “I am currently working as a full-time employee for Varian Medical Systems as a product training specialist. My work entails developing as well as training health care professionals to properly use our software and radiation equipment to treat cancer. I am involved heavily with my work and […]

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Erica DeBardeleben (1st Quarter, 2007)

August 20, 2010

1st Quarter, 2007 Mesothelioma Memorial Scholarship Erica Debardeleben Since graduating from Spelman College in May of 2004, Erica has been living out her commitment to justice as an inner-city school teacher and educational advocate. A Portion Of Erica’s Winning Essay: Black America is being sedated by the media and pop culture in ways that misrepresent […]

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Kristel Givogue (3rd Quarter, 2006)

August 20, 2010

3rd Quarter, 2006 Mesothelioma Memorial Scholarship Kristel Givogue “I moved to Lake St. Louis, MO with my family when I was 12 years old. My parents’ names are Yvan and Denise Givogue, and I have a 16 year old sister, Emilie, who is a sophomore in high school. I am active in my communities both […]

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Keith Jones (2nd Quarter, 2006)

August 20, 2010

2nd Quarter, 2006 Mesothelioma Memorial Scholarship Keith Jones Keith is looking to continue his education at Penn State’s Graduate School in either Applied Behavior Anyalisis or Training and Development. A Portion of Keith’s Winning Essay: During my life I have found out that we learn from our own mistakes as well as others. Our parents, […]

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Terrance Smith (4th Quarter, 2005)

August 20, 2010

4th Quarter, 2005 Mesothelioma Memorial Scholarship Terrance Smith Terrance will be studying abroad next year in Europe and eventually hopes to start his own business. He grew up in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan area. A Portion of Terrance’s Winning Essay: Getting my college degree means many things to me. It will help me to discover unique […]

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Samaneh Pourjalali (1st Quarter, 2006)

August 20, 2010

1st Quarter, 2006 Mesothelioma Memorial Scholarship Samaneh Pourjalali “I am very active at Mt. San in volunteer work and leadership roles while maintaining a very high GPA. As the President of Phi Theta Kappa, last year I initiated the first “Adopt a Scholar” program at our school to match up honors students with financial difficulty, […]

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Jeremy McGraw (2nd Quarter, 2008)

August 20, 2010

2nd Quarter, 2008 Teacher Scholarship Winner Jeremy McGraw “My name is Jeremy Sean McGraw, and I am a 20 year old Music Education Major at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. I have the privilege of being a member of the IUP Marching Band, “The Legend,” the IUP Tubaphonium Studio, and I am a brother in […]

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Jennifer Johnson (2nd Quarter, 2005)

August 20, 2010

2nd Quarter, 2005 Mesothelioma Memorial Scholarship Jennifer Johnson Jennifer is looking to get her PhD in Physical Chemistry. A Portion of Jennifer’s Winning Essay: Every chemistry and geology class I took during my undergraduate education only affirmed that science was the best career for me. Not only did I find great satisfaction in the discovery […]

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Jaclyn Kopel (1st Quarter, 2008)

August 20, 2010

1st Quarter, 2008 Teacher Scholarship Winner Jaclyn Kopel “I’m a junior at Pace University in New York City. My major is Adolescent Education and History. I student teach at a local high school. I also work for the University as an Orientation Test Proctor and a Teaching Assistant. In addition, I teach for the University’s […]

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Carmen Marble (4th Quarter, 2007)

August 20, 2010

4th Quarter, 2007 Teacher Scholarship Winner Carmen Marble When I was growing up in Ontario I spent my summers at a camp where I learned to windsurf. Camp also offered me my first exposure to teaching. I spent a week teaching a young girl how to windsurf. She struggled over and over again to pull […]

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Sierra Holmes (3rd Quarter, 2007)

August 20, 2010

3rd Quarter, 2007 Teacher Scholarship Winner Sierra Holmes I am currently a student at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, where I am studying secondary education. I plan to graduate in December of 2009 with teaching certification in English and Spanish. I’m a member of my university’s Honors College, the Honor Society of Phi […]

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Aaron Bregman (1st Quarter, 2007)

August 20, 2010

1st Quarter, 2007 Teacher Scholarship Winner Aaron Bregman “Hi, my name is Aaron Bregman, and I am a 22 year old born and raised in Danvers, Massachusetts. I attended college at American University in Washington D.C. where I majored in History and minored in American Foreign Policy and Jewish Studies. I will be attending American […]

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Heidi Beauregard (2nd Quarter, 2007)

August 20, 2010

2nd Quarter, 2007 Teacher Scholarship Winner Heidi Beauregard Heidi Beauregard, a native a western Massachusetts, received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Brown University in 2003. Since then, she has served a year in a literacy-based AmeriCorps program in Commerce City, CO and spent several years instructing Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) classes […]

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Danielle Bullara (4th Quarter, 2006)

August 20, 2010

4th Quarter, 2006 Teacher Scholarship Winner Danielle Bullara “Hello, I am Danielle. I am currently an Elementary Education Major at the University of South Florida, planning on graduating in Spring 2008. Ever since I was a little girl I have always wanted to be a teacher. I can remember playing teacher in my room with […]

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James Greenwood (2nd Quarter, 2006)

August 20, 2010

2nd Quarter, 2006 Teacher Scholarship Winner James Greenwood “When I first started teaching, I always got a little nervous before each class. Okay, who am I kidding; I got extremely nervous before each class! Even though I was confident in my knowledge of the material, I would dutifully spend hours each night preparing for class […]

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Craig Bevan (4th Quarter 2008)

August 20, 2010

4th Quarter, 2008 Teacher Scholarship Winner Craig Bevan “I am a graduate student University of AZ studying public health. It is my intent to utilize video to promote health among Native Americans.” A Portion of Craig’s Winning Essay: A philosophy is made up of both a viewpoint and a system of values. A viewpoint is […]

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Rebecca McKenney (1st Quarter, 2006)

August 20, 2010

1st Quarter, 2006 Teacher Scholarship Winner Rebecca McKenney “During my high school years, I began to notice that I had a sincere interest in young children. I loved to spend time playing with my young siblings and the toddlers at my church. When a parenting magazine came in the mail, I would intently read it […]

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Aubree Cantrall (4th Quarter, 2005)

August 20, 2010

4th Quarter, 2005 Teacher Scholarship Winner Aubree Cantrall “A teacher affects eternity: he can never tell where his influence stops.”; “These wise words, spoken by Henry Adams, embody my view of teaching. To me, teaching is about affecting change. It’s about inspiring others to want to learn for themselves and awakening in them the desire […]

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Kenneth Kulk (3rd Quarter, 2005)

August 20, 2010

3rd Quarter, 2005 Teacher Scholarship Winner Kenneth Kulk He is a graduate of SUNY Binghamton with a degree in Political Science and an Honor’s in History and has also completed a Liberal Arts Associates degree at Dutchess Community College. As of last March, he is a certified TEFL English Teacher through TEFL Worldwide Prague. A […]

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Amy Tussing (2nd Quarter, 2005)

August 20, 2010

2nd Quarter, 2005 Teacher Scholarship Winner Amy Tussing “When someone asks me who I am, I tell them I’m simply me. I’m Amy Tussing. I am from Richmond, Virginia and attend Gallaudet University in Washington DC. I am deaf with deaf parents and I have Treacher Collins Syndrome. I am also the former Miss Deaf […]

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Jeannett Keibler (3rd Quarter, 2007)

August 20, 2010

3rd Quarter, 2007 Minority  Scholarship Winner Jeannett Keibler I am currently enrolled at Northwest Vista College and am pursuing my Associates Degree in Teaching. Upon graduation, my plan is to continue my education and obtain a Bachelors Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (EC- 4th Grade). Naturally, as I get closer to my goal, I know that […]

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Vanessa Berryman (2nd Quarter, 2007)

August 20, 2010

2nd Quarter, 2007 Minority  Scholarship Winner Vanessa Berryman I am a full-time straight A student, part-time waitress, freelance writer, aspiring model and mother to my wonderful little boy Brandon here in my hometown of Tempe, Arizona. I began the pursuit of my education a little later than I had hoped to (at age 22), but […]

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Andrea Goldson (4th Quarter, 2008)

August 20, 2010

4th Quarter, 2008 Minority  Scholarship Winner Andrea Goldson My name is Andrea Goldson. I am currently enrolled as a graduate student at the University of British Columbia where I am pursuing doctoral studies in the area of Food Science. My life ambition is to become a food technologist assisting in the development of the agriculture […]

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Diana Valvidia-Rivera (1st Quarter, 2007)

August 20, 2010

1st Quarter, 2007 Minority  Scholarship Winner Diana Valvidia-Rivera I am currently attending Western Kentucky University at an extended campus in Elizabethtown Kentucky and I am majoring in Psychology with a minor in Social Work. After graduating in Spring 2008 I am planning on obtaining a Masters Degree in Social Work and hope to gain additional […]

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Siska Silitonga (4th Quarter, 2006)

August 20, 2010

4th Quarter, 2006 Minority  Scholarship Winner Siska Silitonga Siska Silitonga is an Indonesian radio journalist. She is the China Correspondent for an independent Indonesian radio called Radio 68H. Her efforts made it possible for KBR 68H to become the first official Indonesian news bureau in China. Her passion is to tell ordinary people’s stories, especially […]

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Jose Rodriguez (4th Quarter, 2007)

August 20, 2010

4th Quarter, 2007 Minority Scholarship Winner Jose Rodriguez “Graduate studies are very expensive and loans are too high in interest. By receiving a StraighForward Media Minority Scholarship it will help reduce my need of applying for loans and even to buy my books. Any financial help will help minimize expenses from graduate school.” A Portion […]

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Elvia Lopez-Hernandez (3rd Quarter, 2006)

August 20, 2010

3rd Quarter, 2006 Minority Scholarship Winner Elvia Lopez-Hernandez In 2001, I applied to college to study the B.A in English Language Teaching. Even though my family was having serious economical problems, I could afford my tuition, school material and rent with an economical scholarship I got at my school and some savings I got from […]

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Thu Nguyen (1st Quarter, 2006)

August 20, 2010

1st Quarter, 2006 Minority  Scholarship Winner Thu Nguyen “Growing up from a Vietnamese family, I was always pressured to do well in school, to succeed every task handed to me and to perform it with flying colors. My family instilled in me good work ethics and independence, more so by pressure than by encouragement. My […]

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