The SR Education Group Scholarship program is currently inactive. Please check back soon for updates and view our previous winners below.
- Community College Scholarship - We were able to help 21 community college students work towards their degrees. We chose this scholarship because of the lower costs of community college, so we knew we could make a big impact on students.
- Make a Difference Scholarship - Applicants submitted a short video or a photo essay explaining how their degrees would change the world. We had 4 winners going into the fields of wilderness therapy, education, and nursing.
- Military Scholarship - We've awarded 5 military scholarships to very inspiring individuals. Keenan Sanchez is pursuing biomedical engineering in hopes of contributing to the advancement of prosthetic limbs.
- Study Abroad Scholarship - This was our very first scholarship and we were able to help 6 students study abroad. Our very first winner studied the global food crisis in the Sacred Valley in the Andes of Peru.
- Women's Scholarship - We awarded 23 outstanding women this scholarship to help them pursue their dreams.
Alexa van Bromel, the July winner of the Women's Scholarship, is pursuing a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Central Florida. Her goal is to become a Speech Pathologist and help children who have communication disorders. It was clear from Alexa's application that she has a passion for helping others, and will use her education towards this purpose.
SR Education Group is proud to announce Ryan Bosela, an Architectural Drafting student, as the winner of the Community College Scholarship. Since a young age, Ryan has been passionate about the field of Architecture. This passion has encouraged him to push for excellence in all areas of his schooling, eventually earning him recognition from his teachers and the National Technical Honor Society.
Amanda Christensen, June's Single Parent Scholarship winner, aspires to become a professor upon her 2014 graduation with a PhD in Business Management. Her goal is to help students work towards their dreams and do it in a manner that inspires her students to help those around them. She hopes that by earning her PhD, she will have been able to show her son that anything is possible.
Shannan Widboom, May's Women's Scholarship winner, is attending Oregon Health and Science University to pursue her dream of becoming a Nurse. Shannan is ambitious, and hopes that by receiving her nursing degree she will be able to give back to the world through a variety of charitable organizations as well as help her own son with his educational goals.
Ali won the committee vote for the Make a Difference scholarship with her ambition to provide wilderness therapy to all at risk adolescents regardless of economic means. Ali plans to use her degree program to collect evidence that will inspire organizations to provide wilderness therapy to adolescents who don't currently have the means to attend these programs.
Ashanti, a student from the University of Illinois-Chicago, won the popular vote for the Make a Difference scholarship with her vision of opening an elementary school for underprivileged youth. Having already worked with children through volunteer programs, Ashanti has the experience and drive it will take to make her dreams into reality.
Jessica Hin is an inspirational single parent who is pursuing surgical technician certification through training at CNI College. Despite having five dependents to care for and two jobs, Jessica has been able to maintain excitement and energy for her schooling and future career.
We are proud to announce Ben Hansen, a Welding student from Snow College, as the April 2013 Community College Scholarship winner. Ben demonstrated in his scholarship application a strong work ethic and motivation to succeed. It is clear Ben has a big heart, and that his success will positively influence the lives of his friends and family.
SR Education Group is proud to award Patricia Jackson the March 2013 Women's Scholarship. Patricia is currently attending Mercer University to pursue a degree in Early Care and Education. Her application demonstrated that she has a passion for her field and is determined to obtain her education.
Jill Karelitz's inspirational video won the popular vote scholarship. Despite having severe hearing loss, Jill has overcome several obstacles to become a successful student. Recognizing the significant impact that her own healthcare providers had on her rehabilitation and success, Jill is hoping to use her education to "pay it forward" and become a nurse.
Harmony Fisher was the winner chosen by the SR Education Group scholarship committee. Harmony was adopted from Ethiopia at a young age. She feels that she has a responsibility to give back to her native country, as so much was given to her. She intends to use her degree in elementary education to teach children in Ethiopia.
Lara Foster is working towards her dream of becoming a middle school teacher by pursuing a degree from Centralia College. Lara believes that middle school is an important stepping stone on a child's educational path and would like to inspire students of this age to develop habits necessary for success in high school. She hopes that by earning this degree, she will also inspire her own children towards educational success.
Jossie Morales is an aspiring 3D Animation Artist working towards her degree at Valencia Community College. Her passion for art and animation design was evident in her application and inspirational. This first generation college student has had many obstacles, but has persevered to become a remarkable student.
Carlos Ramirez is working to complete his Bachelor's degree in Sports and Exercise Medicine from the University of Central Florida. He hopes that he will be able to educate younger populations on how to lead a healthy life by educating families about the effects of childhood obesity and promoting physical activity.
Oksana Usenko is currently completing her associate degree at Valencia Community College with the hopes of transferring to the University of Central Florida to earn a degree in health informatics and information management. She aspires to use her degree either working with special needs children or continuing her work with disabled veterans.
Letitia McGuinness has worked in the non-profit sphere for 15 years. She is pursuing a degree in Gerontology with the hopes of helping the aging population in San Diego. Throughout her life, Letitia has encountered many people who did not believe that she should or could get a higher education. However, she has persevered and remained vigilant in her passion to receive a college degree.
Haley Vice is a student pursuing her passion for Dental Hygiene. She dreams of being able to travel to Mexico and Thailand in an effort to provide free dental care to those who have been affected by sex trafficking. In addition, she hopes that her own academic success will help to inspire other teen parents to complete their education.
Keenan Sanchez is currently pursuing a degree in Biomedical Engineering. He will use this degree to develop technology to improve prosthetic limbs. As a partial hand amputee himself, this is a field of study that he is particularly passionate about. Additionally, he hopes work in this field will allow him a continued connection with the military.
Brook-Ann Young is an intended Legal Studies major, who is hoping to start her own legal advocacy business upon graduation. While caring for her wheelchair bound husband, she realized how many obstacles there are for handicapped people. She would like to use her education to improve awareness and accessibility for the handicapped, as well as fight for justice for other underprivileged individuals.
Elizabeth Lord has worked as a paraprofessional for several years. She works with Emotional Behavior Disabled Children and helps them cope with the challenges and struggles of everyday life. She is working on a degree to become a certified teacher.
Debra Dick plans to pursue a degree in order to achieve her life long goal of working in the information and technology field. Computers are Debra's passion, and she hopes to write programs,repair hardware, recover lost data, and help people when their computers crash. In college, she will push herself to attain a degree, but to also actively participate in all of her studies and classroom activities.
Jordan Smith is currently pursuing a degree in international studies with a concentration in international politics and diplomacy from Texas A&M University. Second Lieutenant Smith plans on continuing her officer career in the Army on active duty as soon as she graduates from college.
Ms. Santistevan's mission is to help young people in crisis and to show them the path to healing. She acknowledges that this is a very important and challenging undertaking. That said, she is willing to make sacrifices to help secure the future of adolescents in her community.
Parisa has endured more in her 21 years than most folks read about--including escaping persecution in Iran and living as a refugee in Turkey--all in order to seek a better life and pursue her dreams as an engineer. Her goals may seem lofty (literally reaching for the stars with NASA), but her incredible focus and will have continued to bless her with the academic success she'll need to achieve them. "Since in the United States, the right of education is given to everyone, I am sure nothing and no one can stop a determined woman like me from getting my degree."
John is studying Biomedical Science at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida with the hopes of one day becoming a dentist. Shane's dreams don't stop there, however. Shane hopes to one day give back to the less fortunate by working at a community clinic for the poor and uninsured. We were particularly struck by Shane's desire to provide for his son's financial and spiritual well-being.
Even with tips, single dad John Kaleo's minimum-wage job isn't enough to make ends meet. He has done the math--he needs a better job in order to make enough money to provide the right life for his two daughters. Options are extremely limited in his area, but a future in welding is the best chance he and is family has.
Amanda Kloepfer had a promising military career cut short by an unfortunate car accident and suffered permanent injuries which continue to impede her daily life. Rather than hide behind her misfortunes, Amanda embraces the natural fortitude she brought to her unit and is working hard to overcome her challenges. A Master's in Forensic Accounting from Southern New Hampshire University will help her compete and excel despite her disadvantages.
Courtney Dotson works multiple jobs to pay for as much of her education as possible and the patience she emphasizes as a teacher has served her to persevere as she continues her own education. Watching her brother grow up with severe learning disabilities provided Courtney with the inspiration to focus her natural desire to teach special education. Her family's struggles to make ends meet further motivate career advancement and she hopes she can help provide for her mother and brother by alleviating some of the financial burden.
Lauren Johnson has spent her life listening to the stories of heroism, stress, war, and witnessing first-hand the kaleidoscope of experiences service men and women face in combat--and when adjusting after being discharged. With a degree from Emerson College, she is preparing to share these stories to help promote understanding between soldiers and the civilian public.
As Nicole Schmidt struggled to maintain employment following her divorce, she soon realized that she would need an education to enter a career that could provide stability for her and her two daughters. Tapping into her interest in medical terminology, technology, and numbers, Nicole enrolled in the Medical Billing and Coding certificate program through Marion Technical College. She is taking control of her future and making it better.
Kristina Boisvert is a single mother of two, struggling with raising her children, working to support her family, and attending Front Range Community College, while enduring the financial hardship and physical debilitation of a blood disease. Amazingly, Kristina maintains focus on her studies and never lets her 6-year old daughter or 4-month old son know despair, but rather determination.
Living below the poverty line was not enough to discourage Summer. She worked hard to excel as she resumed part-time education--ultimately earning an Associate's Degree, Cum Laude. Throughout all of her hardships, Summer has maintained top marks in her school work as she volunteers at least two hours each week in each of her children's classrooms along with actively volunteering in her community. With this scholarship, Summer will round out her education, having been accepted to the Northland Pioneer College Nursing program.
Dawnlei Hunter Ben is of the Naash’tezhi Ta’chiinii clan on the Navajo reservation in Arizona and has long witnessed the poverty and substance abuse that plague her community. Rather than acquiesce to despair, Dawnlei has dedicated herself to educating future generations and preserving her native language and culture. She will use her BA in Teacher Education through Diné College to help Navajo children discover their heritage and escape the cycle of drug and alcohol abuse.
It was after her experiences in Haiti that Julie realized the world needed to see what she had witnessed—hope. It was a simple message and she was developing a way to frame it, but she needed the right education to fit everything together. As she put it, "there is a world of opportunities out there, the trick is learning how to connect need with resources." This time, we are able to provide the resources for Julie's need, as she pursues Web Design and New Media through Academy of Art University. Now that she's found the education, we're going to help her afford it.
Scott Schrock's 22-foot fall marked a turning point in his life. He chose to change careers and pursue a field about which he was passionate. The nursing degree he is working to obtain through Stark State College will provide him with a valuable key to unlocking doors to higher medical service, a new career, and a more stable future for his family.
Michelle Varvaris has worked in healthcare since she was seventeen and currently serves American Veterans as an LPN. After her fiance's health began to decline, Michelle realized advancing her career as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing was the best way to apply her passion and talents while earning more to support her family.
After being laid off from her shipping and receiving job of 10 years, Crystal is looking to start a brand new career in Criminal Justice as a victim's advocate--specifically by helping teens recovering from abuse. As she puts it, "...these kids would benefit from having someone to talk to or just listen to and feel that they are not alone and have others who can help them begin heal and rebuild there lives."
Ebony Covington has focused her intrinsic need to help others into success as an aspiring nurse. She has endured hardship and tragedy, but she continues to exemplify the strength and determination necessary to not only persevere in her academic career, but provide an inspiration to others. “I continue to believe that hard work is the foundation on which our country was founded, and although hard work may not guarantee my success—I know that I will not achieve success without hard work.” - Ebony Covington
Carl Finkbeiner is currently maintaining a 4.0 GPA and working toward an Associate of Arts Degree in Business at Lawson State Community College. While he is returning to school after a nearly four-decade hiatus, Carl’s education has included the world beyond the classroom. “Having fallen from a secure place in life, I am filled with wonder as I am assisted and pointed back towards my dream...and I learned that it takes active participation to help others, and to encourage others to help me.” - Carl Finkbeiner
Molly O’Brien is pursuing medical training through Fort Range Community College with the goal of completing a Radiation Therapy program. As a single mother, Molly has endured family tragedy to rebuild the life she lost and provide a safe and stable life for her daughters. Now she’s exemplifying boot-strap perseverance by excelling in an education track with intensive work loads. “I sincerely look forward to a new start, putting my intelligence and energy into the noble cause of helping to fight cancer and the unfortunate inflicted with the disease.” - Molly O'Brien
Jere Coolidge used to feel that going to college seemed just out of reach. Now she is pursuing a degree in Occupational Therapy at Macomb Community College. She emphasizes the importance of occupational therapy and explains, “occupational therapy helps people to see the possibilities in their life with respect to remediating or compensating for their disabilities. This degree means that someday soon I will be able to contribute to my family's financial stability while doing something I love, and the bonus is that I get to help people!”
A former Emergency Medical Technician in the Army National Guard during operation Desert Storm/Fix and later a professional truck driver, John Saylors is now back in school to start a career in warranty work, general maintenance, and specialized services. He says “the love, support and side work from my friends and family has value that I sometimes have trouble quantifying but no longer recognizing. Having to start over and learn a new trade has been difficult and humbling. In the long run it will be worth it and so am I.”
Ritty Samreth is currently pursuing an Associates Degree in Mathematics and Business Management. His two-year tenure at Minneapolis Community & Technical College is preparing him for his ultimate career goal as an Actuary. Ritty says of his lofty ambitions, “I am setting my foundation. I feel that I am being equipped with the necessary tools for success, not only in my educational pursuits, but in life. I know that this experience will create opportunities.”
Vanessa Moreno is currently enrolled at Long Beach City College. After six years of military service with the US Army, Vanessa moved to California to start a new chapter in her life. She says of her academic endeavors, ”I hope to open my eyes to lessons and opportunity I never knew existed. I hope to finish community college then transfer to a University and achieve my Bachelor degree. I want to be proud of what I have accomplished in this life. I feel with a degree I will achieve that personal goal.”
Kelsey is a Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Animal Biosciences major at the University of Delaware. This Winter, she plans to travel to Tanzania to participate in a wildlife conservation program focused on the “real, practical challenges involved in wildlife conservation.” While studying abroad, Kelsey will be staying with two indigenous hunter-gatherer societies – an arrangement that will require her to sustainably live from the land.
Sadaf Hasan plans to study abroad at the American University in Beirut, Lebanon where she will be taking classes in Arabic, international relations, and political theory. On her trip, Sadaf also hopes to participate in a part-time internship/volunteer position that will enable her to work with displaced Palestinians. She says of the project, "I would like to further explore refugee rights after I graduate and see Arabic fluency as a necessary skill...I hope to pursue a career in public policy or law...and to advance policies that work towards championing the ideals of asylum law."
Jennifer is a comparative human development major at the University of Chicago. She recently enrolled in a study abroad program based in Pune, India. While overseas, she will study the Hindi language, as well as the culture and economics of India. With plans to enroll in the Peace Corps after graduation and then attend medical school, Jennifer is looking forward to a study abroad experience that will take her out of her comfort zone.
Chansopava Srey is the first person in her family to attend college and has been pleased with her experiences at Long Beach City College thus far. Chansopava plans to study psychology and eventually transfer into California State University of Long Beach to pursue her bachelor's degree and eventually, a doctorate for psychology. She says of her academic pursuits, "Above all, I want to...become a guidance for another person through their life problems, whether they are mental, physical, or emotional problems."
Cliffette Longford currently attends Shelton State Community College. She has worked as a personal care aid for 7 years and is pursuing a career in nursing. Cliffette hopes to teach her two children that they can do anything they set their mind to. She also said of her career path, "I know that by becoming a nurse I will be able to help so many people."
Destiny Hellman is the first person in her family to attend college and has been thrilled with her experiences at Sinclair Community College thus far. She currently has plans to graduate in 2011 with a degree in aviation technology. Destiny says of her major choice, "I have always had a strong passion for space and aviation...I am getting myself prepared for a career that I have only dreamed of attaining."
Meghan Von Tersch plans to study abroad in Kolkata, India for the service-learning program. Her study abroad program will allow her to volunteer 25 hours a week at the Mother Theresa Rehabilitation Center, a home for abandoned children. She says of the program, "I chose this program because it will teach me to be selfless, it will force me to break out of my own boring cultural bubble, and it will test everything about myself."
Katie Pollock graduated from high school in 2009 and promptly enrolled in Salt Lake Community College. Thus far, she has loved the experience of attending SLCC, from the small class sizes to the accessible campus and teachers. Recently, Katie finished the certified nursing assistant program the school offers. She hopes to continue on this path and become a psychiatric nurse, a field which will allow her to work with the mentally ill.
In her quest to obtain a Master's in Health Sciences from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Lindsay will be interning with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in Sierra Leone. She says of the program, "This is an excellent opportunity to help, learn, and grow, and also to make connections with individuals and organizations that might lead to a career after graduation."
Harrison O'Connor will be studying in the Sacred Valley in the Andes of Peru during the Spring of 2010. While there, Harrison hopes to address the global food crisis currently plaguing much of the country through working with the non-profit organization Campesino a Campesino. While attending Evergreen State College, Harrison has been studying subjects concerning globalization and its effects on different communities and states: "This comprehensive and focused learning has culminated in my trip abroad and I am fully prepared and ready."