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LatPro scholarship finalists announced for August 2012 – vote for your favorite essay!

LatPro is proud to announce the six finalists for our current scholarship award. We received an unprecedented number of applications for the August 2012 deadline, and the quality of essays was exceptional.  We are very thankful for the registered universities that help us spread the word about our scholarships.

All applicants are graded on the essay which addresses how the applicant chose his/her major, what he/she has accomplished or overcome, and what it means to graduate with his/her chosen degree.  As we read through the essays, we note the student’s passion for area of study, motivation, writing style and how well the essay was crafted.  These six candidates scored the highest after our review.

Now we need your help in choosing the one scholarship award winner!  The final selection process will involve three different factors – outside voting, comments left by visitors, and LatPro scholarship committee’s final review of the essays on September 26th.

Please help us with our selection by voting for your favorite essay (Facebook ‘Like’ and other social media sharing options on the left side of the essays) and by leaving comments or clicking on the star icon at the bottom of the page.

Shannon Cummings – Master of Business Administration at University of Kansas – click here to read Shannon’s full essay and vote.

“This past fall, a professional in the advertising field spoke to one of my classes about his career. He shared his experiences about the agencies he worked for, the wide range of clients he served, and his work in practically every aspect of the field from media buying, to account planning, to copy editing. Every experience he shared sounded challenging and interesting. One student in our class asked him what the most important steppingstone was in his career. The speaker responded immediately. He said that attaining his MBA degree was inherently important to his career and where he was today.”

Maria Alexandra Fine – Education at Florida Gulf Coast University – click here to read Maria’s full essay and vote.

“My favorite game when I was little, was to pretend to be a teacher. Yes, many children like to “be the teacher” at some point, but for me, it was more than just a game. I would teach my dolls and stuffed animals. I would make up homework and exams and report cards! I would play school with my little cousins and with friends. By the time I reached 3rd grade I realized that I had a natural ability to explain things to my peers. The game became an early career interest.”

Mayra Herrera – Anthropology at University of California Berkeley – click here to read Mayra’s full essay and vote.

“Since I was old enough to read and write, I was also cleaning toilets and mopping floors in addition to being my mom’s translator. We would ride the bus from our liquor store lined neighborhood into ocean view properties and pretend that this was our home. The reality was that we were undocumented immigrants trying to make it in a society with a label that dehumanizes us as dispensable and undeserving without taking into consideration anything else but our status. In response to those sentiments I chose anthropology as my major at UC Berkeley.”

Diana Martinez – Biology at University of California Riverside – click here to read Diana’s full essay and vote.

“As a little girl my curiosity for science flourished and I imagined that someday I would use science to change the lives of people I saw suffer day to day, due to chronic diseases that did not have a cure. I sometimes wished for a miracle, but I soon learned that the solution to so much suffering could be adequate medical treatment, yet many of the people I knew did not have access to. With new technology developing quickly, the hunt for cures is only a matter of time and I want to be part of these new discoveries.”

Edna Martinez – Counseling Psychology at University of Texas El Paso – click here to read Edna’s full essay and vote.

“I grew up in Ciudad Juarez  in a crime-ridden neighborhood. I was 12 years old when I witnessed a young man, no older than 15, rip the eyebrow piercing off another teenager with a pair of pincers; the sole concept of such an act was a shock to me and one question kept repeating itself in my head: What was he thinking? It’s not morbid curiosity that sparked this question, but rather a desire to understand thoroughly the theories of crime and to be able to apply them in a crime-ridden environment in order to develop a form of therapy that would aid in successfully socializing the criminal mind.”

Damaris Sanchez – Higher and Post-Secondary Education at Teachers College Columbia University – click here to read Damaris’ full essay and vote.

“In the fall of 2008, a young brown-eyed woman with curly black hair and caramel skin sat in Washington Square Park. While she stared at the powerful sprays from the central fountain, childhood memories stirred. There were struggles that she did not want to remember, such as when this same five-year-old girl went to St. Vincent’s hospital to be evaluated by unfamiliar faces for a learning disability she did not know she had. Other faint images surfaced, such as wiping down dirty windows and tables at other people’s homes, helping her mother do laundry, mop floors, and dust wooden panels.”

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