On January 16th, Study.com wrapped up another successful round of our weekly Tuition Won't Stop Me Scholarship. Each of our winners engaged thoughtfully with the issues facing today's students, and were able to effectively use social media to draw attention to their opinions and raise awareness. Our grand prize winner, Jason Ofodile, took home a total of $1308 to use toward tuition and fees at the University of Illinois. Samuel Vega, a second-time entrant from Southwestern Adventist University, was a close second-place and won $500. Lexy Lane of Miracosta College won $250, Alisha Terry of Chowan University won $150, and Gunjan Luitel of Palm Beach Atlantic University won $100. Congratulations to all of our winners!
It was winter break when Jason Ofodile heard about Study.com's Tuition Won't Stop Me Scholarship through an email from the African Cultural Association. 'It was the last two weeks of break and I really wasn't doing anything but getting ready to go back, so I looked it up, and I figured I had time.' Answering and promoting his answer to Study.com's scholarship question turned out to be a fantastic use of his last few weeks of vacation: As our grand prize winner, Jason took home a total of $1308 to use toward tuition and fees at the University of Illinois.
Jason, a sophomore Kinesiology major, is a member of ROTC who has just signed a contract to enter the Reserves after graduation. But since the Reserves, Jason says, are 'kind of like a part-time job,' he hopes to spend that time simultaneously working toward a graduate degree to launch his career as a physical therapist.
This type of proactive, forward thinking is typical for Jason, who advises prospective college students to keep up their GPAs ('A lot of times the scholarships you see are for people with 3.0, or the competitive ones have 2.5,' Jason says) and take as many AP tests as possible. 'I would just say look into the future and definitely think about if you can give up something you do right now, like going out, and maybe spend a few days to stay in and study--like really study.' Jason identifies credit-granting exams like AP tests as useful for students looking to save time and money in school: 'Biology was a big one, because if you get a 5 that tests you out of all the Gen Eds for biology, so I was clear on that. Psychology was the same way, I tested out. I had all my life sciences and social sciences covered coming into UofI.'
Jason's advance preparation allowed him the time and freedom to take advantage of the unique opportunities that characterize on-campus college education. 'I'd say the best part about my college are the networking opportunities,' Jason explains. 'You meet a lot of different people from around the world, from your same state, from around the country, and you kind of get the feeling that whoever you meet, they're not really too much different from you.' We hope Jason continues to take advantage of this unique environment to meet his goals!
Once again, congratulations to Jason, Samuel, Lexy, Alisha, and Gunjan! New rounds of Tuition Won't Stop Me will begin every Wednesday. More information on how to enter can be found at the following link: Tuition Won't Stop Me Scholarship.