There was a time my mom and her friend were encountered in a situation filled with peril in which they almost lost their lives. Running saved their lives, and ultimately saved my life, as I am typing this blog for you all to read. Well, you all have heard my story (I hope), and I want to share with you all what helped me succeed to where I am at right now. Reflecting on the fact that running saved my life has kept me humble and motivated to continue succeeding in school. As cliché as it may sound, the most important factor of success is to not give up. I have often favored a quote in regard to doubters when I try to accomplish something that seems untouchable, which stands to be, “My belief is stronger than your doubt.” With that quote, I have always kept motivation to keep pushing forward. One must simply not give up. Simple as that. Those are the tools I have used as a vessel for the success I have acquired, although I am yet to taste a vast amount of success as I am a young freshman scholar at UC San Diego. As of now, I am attending UC San Diego and am an aspiring Chemical Engineer and I will continue using the tools I have been using to continue succeeding and I would like to invite you all to do the same. I firmly believe the application of these tools will inevitably result in success.
We are pleased to announce the winner of our 2013 Share Your Passion Scholarship – Michael Benjamin. We were fortunate to receive many great entries from passionate young students who genuinely wish to use their passions in order to help others; therefore, choosing a winner was not an easy task. Nonetheless, after reviewing all the entries, we decided that the clear winner was Michael.
Michael entered a beautifully written essay in which he talks about his passion for running. He talks about the great impact running has had on his life and how running has presented him with many opportunities for a better life. Michael describes how running helped him escape certain negative paths that many young people around him were taking; in essence, it allowed him to stay out of trouble. Running also motivated Michael to excel in school, because it allowed him to see the benefits of hard work and determination, leading him to decide to use that same approach in his education. Although Michael does not necessarily want to pursue running as a career, he hopes to use his passion to motivate others to be health conscious and to follow their own passions. We are thrilled to be able to acknowledge Michael’s hard work and passion. We know Michael will be successful in whatever path he chooses. Please take a moment to read Michael’s essay and share it with others.
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Numerous bullets ring through the air like deadly fireworks across the dark sky. Two figures scramble behind cars as chaos once again fills the streets. While my mother and her friend were caught in the middle of a gang shooting, I was ready to be born. My mom’s friend did not know what to do as my mother muttered to her, “Just run.” They were able to escape unharmed and, because of this, I was given the opportunity to tell you about my passion. I am passionate about running. I have been running for as long as I can remember. Where I grew up, running served as a means of staying away from trouble. I fell excitement and adrenaline pumping through my body with every step I take. My parents both ran track and field, so I was destined to be a runner. I have a passion for running, because it relieves my stress, and it saved my life. Dating back to my elementary school year, I was encouraged to join my school’s track team as my teachers and peers observed a talent in my running ability. Joining my elementary school’s track team enhanced my love of running. I saw my teammates every day at practice. It was as if I had a second family. I pushed them to their limits; they pushed me to mine. I felt at home. I attended rigorous practices under the difficult condition that I had to walk several miles to get home. Due to the fact that my parents were at work while I was at practice, they could not pick me up from school. Although I was an elementary school child and it would have been easy to give up track for the comfort of a ride home, I assured myself that sacrifices were necessary for what I loved doing. After all, I had already developed a special relationship with my competitive muse. Running is my passion, so I did anything to continue running on the track team. Running became more than an exciting activity for me; it became a reliever of stress. On any occasion that I was encountered with a stressful situation, I merely ran to alleviate the weight on my shoulders. I was never the greatest runner, but I put the greatest effort into my craft. I made the sacrifices to run on my elementary school track team, a team that I would soon be disconnected from when I progressed to junior high school. My memories with that team will forever be cherished. This period in my life represented a significant epiphany for me. I realized that, if I could put into my schoolwork half the effort that I did into my running, I could excel in my academic endeavors. As I grew up, I lived my life with the mentality I developed as a youth, enjoying a simple activity that game me life. Because I have developed a strong relationship with running, I intend to share its impact on me to others. I strive to be a lifelong runner regardless of whether or not I run for a track team. With this mindset, I aim to convey to my family, friends, and peers of the impact of running on one’s health. I have already convinced my uncle to start running in the past because he has high cholesterol, and after a couple of months his doctor has observed improvement in his cholesterol. Running will always be an activity that changed my life. I would not be the same without it, and it would not be the same without me. Running did not just give me life, it has helped me shape and mold my dreams into a very tangible reality.
This is the fourth year that we are offering our Share Your Passion Scholarships. It has been such a heartwarming and inspiring experience to see how talented and passionate the youth in our community are, which is part of the reason that drives us to continue to give out scholarships to deserving students.
The founder and owner of The Tutoring Solution, Zeb Welborn, held a Golf Tournament in order to raise money for different charities, particularly to raise money for next years’ Share Your Passion Scholarship.
When Zeb first founded The Tutoring Solution, his main goal was to help students and inspire them to follow their dreams. As the business grew, he decided he wanted to give back to students in our community even more, so he created the Share Your Passion Scholarship.
The first scholarships awarded were in 2012 and we have continued to offer scholarships each year. We have awarded scholarships to 17 very deserving students. Throughout the years we have kept in contact with many of the scholarship winners and we have seen how they have blossomed into truly outstanding human beings. They have all kept true to the spirit of their essays and continue to work towards following their passions and helping better the lives of others. We like to think that our Scholarship motivated them, even if just a little, into continuing to follow their dreams.
Continue below to learn more about our past scholarship winners.
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Check out the winners of our 2015 Student of the Year Scholarship!
Theresa Valdez is an exceptional young woman; she is truly one of a kind. We were very fortunate to get the opportunity to work with her, and her mother, for over 2 years. Throughout those two years, we have been extremely impressed with everything that Theresa has accomplished. We knew she would make a perfect candidate as our Student of the Year, that is why we selected her for our first annual Student of the Year Scholarship.
Check out the winners of the 2015 Share Your Passion Scholarships!
Martha Rosario wrote an inspired essay about her desire to improve the environment and make the world a better place for us all. Her goal is to make people aware of the effects humankind has on our environment.
Kyaw Kyaw Aung wrote about his admiration for his dad and his desire to become an engineer like his father. He hopes to be able to help others by becoming an engineer.
Eui Kyung (Pearl) Rhee wrote about her aspiration to play the flute and create beautiful music for others to enjoy, as well as to become a flute teacher, and/or a music therapist.
– Morgan Craig moved us with her essay about becoming a psychologist, with an emphasis in gerontology. Her goal was to help the elderly find peace during their last years of life.
– Lucia Sanchez also inspired us by writing an essay about her passion for forensic pathology. She aspired to become a forensic pathologist in order to bring peace to the families of murder victims.
– Andrea Calderon wrote about her passion for dance and her desire to share that passion with young students and become a dance teacher. She wrote about the love of expressing herself with dance movements.
– Maria Bello Carrillo talked about her strong desire to pursue a career in medicine and help children from underdeveloped countries. She wanted to provide people from underdeveloped countries with information, knowledge, and preventative care.
– Ching Li expressed her desire to become a nurse and help people who are in need of medical attention. She wanted to provide them with some hope and comfort in their time of need.
– Asia Nguyen talked about her goals to become a biomedical engineer and to make medical machines better and more accessible to everyone.
– Keely Schemmer wrote an essay about her passion for the arts. She talked about wanting to become a middle school music teacher and share her love of music with others.
– Mena Mekhaeel also wrote about his passion for music and how he aspired to pass on his love of music to others. He wishes to inspire others through his music.
Check out the winners of the 2013 Share Your Passion Scholarships!
– Michael Benjamin wrote about his love for running. He wanted to share his love of running with others and show them what hard work and motivation could do. When we last spoke to Michael he was attending UC San Diego and working on becoming a Chemical Engineer and still running.
– Kevin San Juan wanted to become a chef. While growing up, he often had to cook his own meals, even as a young child. His goal was to help others by offering delicious food and eventually start his own business and be able to give back to his family and community.
– Alexandra Robledo’s goal was to become a nurse in order to help people in need of medical care. She wanted to be able to offer support to people in need of medical attention.
Check out the winners of the 2012 Share Your Passion Scholarships!
– David Dillon was an impressive young man working towards bringing people together. He wanted to learn different languages and to teach others, by example, the importance of learning about other people’s cultures and valuing what each culture has to offer. When we last heard from him he was attending college and adjusting successfully to the transition.
– Julia Schemmer aspired to become a medical doctor and travel to impoverished countries to help people with fewer resources to medical attention. When we last heard from her she had created a Facebook page in support of cancer patients and she was also writing for the HuffPost Teen.
– Jennifer Aneke wrote about her desire to become a lawyer and help bring justice to people who had been mistreated. She wanted to follow Martin Luther King Jr.’s example and stand up for the voiceless.
– Alex Bernstein talked about her passion for the arts – from painting, to drawing, photography, music and writing. She talked about sharing her passion for art and helping others find their voice through art.
– Jessica Senior’s goal was to follow in the footsteps of some of the individuals that had inspired her the most in life – her teachers. Her goal was to obtain a PhD in English Composition and become a high school teacher and continue on the tradition of inspiring young people like herself.
– Nicole Hyland aspired to be an actress. She wanted to share the same joy that she had felt when watching great actors. She wanted to be able to inspire, teach, and entertain others through her craft.
– Our main scholarship will be open to all students (from Elementary to High School) who wish to participate.
– We will be having a Facebook Share Your Passion Scholarship Contest to let our Facebook Followers help us select our Main Scholarship Winner.
– The last day to submit an entry is May 30th.
– The contest will last about a week, at which point, whoever receives the most “likes” will be selected as our Share Your Passion Scholarship Winner.
– For students to be eligible for our main Share Your Passion Scholarship they have to write an essay (at least 1 page long and no more than 2 pages) from the following prompt:
“What are you passionate about? Why are you passionate about it? How do you plan on using your passion to help others?”
***Students must then email us their essay, before being allowed to participate. Along with their essay participants must include:
– School name (along with the city and state of the school),
– A photo,
– Phone number,
– Email address, and
– Parents’ Contact Information (name, email address and phone number).
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Check out the winning entries from our 2013 Share Your Passion Contest:
Check out the winning entries from our 2012 Share Your Passion Contest: