Thursday, March 29, 2018

Youth Express Their Sense of Purpose

Youth and purpose have dominated the news recently. When purpose lands at one's feet through a violent act, that is a most unfortunate situation. But for the bulk of the world's youth, purpose remains a conundrum.  The Purpose Challenge, recently sponsored an essay contest opened to high school students, with winnings earmarked toward scholarships.

Purpose Challenge Scholarship Recipients

$25,000 Scholarship

Camryn Morrow
Camryn Morrow is a senior creative writing major at the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati. She plans to major in sociology at the University of Cincinnati as part of her goal to improve underrepresented youth in the education system by working towards inclusion and equal access. Read her essay here.

$5,000 Scholarships

Jordan Bucknor, a senior at Alexander Hamilton High School in Los Angeles, has dreams of breaking into the film industry, with the goal of increasing representation in film. Expect to see her works breaking barriers and breaking stereotypes, one story at a time. Read her essay here.

Liam Conrad attends St. Edmond School in Fort Dodge, Iowa. During his senior year, he worked as a page at the Iowa House of Representatives. Next year, he will attend Drake University with a major in International Relations. Read his essay here.

Mariah Jordan is a senior at Shaker Heights High School in Cleveland, Ohio. She plans on attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to study biology and aspires to obtain an M.D./Ph.D. degree so she can work on eradicating health disparities through genetic research. Read her essay here.

Devan Roper is an urban naturalist, a diversity champion, and a service-minded individualist. She attends New Explorations into Science, Technology, and Math in New York City and lives in Long Island City.  Devan aspires to study Intercultural Studies and Spanish in college, preparing her for a life of service in Latin America. She plans to attend college in California. Read her essay here.

Tyler Zangaglia, a senior at Eastlake High School in Sammamish, Washington, is founder of The Hope Festival, which provides necessities for in-need individuals across several Seattle suburban communities. Tyler will be pursuing a business degree this fall and has yet to select which college he’ll attend. Read his essay here.

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