We apologize for the delay in this process. The response has been so overwhelming that our target deadline for scholarship awards has passed. We plan to disburse the funds in January, 2013
The idea for Share Your Story was borne from my college counseling work at a public high school in South Central Los Angeles. While helping seniors brainstorm for college essays, I discovered that most of my students had no idea how to answer or structure typical college application essay questions about their lives, dreams, inspirations and accomplishments. The many existing “How To” essay books commonly include personal statements by students from high socioeconomic backgrounds about topics that were foreign to my students. Once the writing process evolved, my students’ essays told stories of their lives – funny, sad, terrifying, challenging, and inspiring. They all ended with the same theme – the students’ goals were to attend college and forever change their futures.
I realized that I was in one of thousands of schools across the country filled with students of different cultural backgrounds but similar demographics. A compilation book of the top college essays written by these students, as well as a brief bio of each young author will provide a valuable, inspiring reference resource for students and educators. Aware of these students’ need for college funds, I included a scholarship component with the program.
Feel free to contact me with any questions via our email address:
Julia Moody Share Your Story, Los Angeles