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Oct 012013
Winner of the 2012 Share Your Passion & Facebook Scholarships, David Dillon

Winner of the 2012 Share Your Passion & Facebook Scholarships, David Dillon

The transition from high school to college is stereotyped with the necessity to grow up, get one’s life in order, and approach the final stages of finding oneself. Academics are expected to be a lot more challenging, so people expect their lives to become more tedious and less exciting. While some of this is true, I have found my transition experience to be far different from what I initially expected.

The root of the college experience is found in the independence factor. How will one fare on their own? Everyone will use independence for their own benefit, whether it is disregarding the moral instruction instilled in them from childhood, or taking bits and pieces of said instruction and approaching life prudently. Coming from a home where I was instructed in a certain way, but not held on a tight leash, I know what may take place under both scenarios, so I applied my life’s lessons the best I could and found myself doing pretty well. In my first semester of college, I received a 4.0 GPA, I was involved with a dance team, I often recited poetry at open mic events on and off campus, and I found a nice network of friends through my involvement with a church and my extracurricular activities.

            It is said that there is a triangle of elements once entering college: Academics, Social life, and Sleep, and we must sacrifice one, leaving us to soar high in two. In my first year of college, I found myself rotating this triangle time and time again: sacrificing sleep to spend time with friends, sacrificing time with friends to study for an quiz, deciding whether or not more studying or more sleep would be more beneficial to me for the next day’s exam. I found myself in more of a hexagonal dilemma, balancing the latter three with fitness, time with God, and my personal hobbies. Like with all dilemmas, there is a painful solution, and I learned that growing up for me meant sacrificing some things in order for other things to flourish, so I gained twenty pounds, combined social time and hobbies by performing on campus, and sacrificed much sleep for extra time to study.

            From this, college may sound like the worst thing ever, having to decide between things we love so that we can express love for some of these things more efficiently. With two semesters worth of college experience, I would like to say, however, that every moment offers a lesson, and with new lessons come new challenges and obstacles. But I will be one of many to say that growing up is learning to love a challenge, and loving a challenge is what allowed me to break through obstacles and pave a new path for the multi-faceted, fun-loving, wisdom-crazed student. From experience, I can tell you that making quality friends, getting an A average, making up for lost sleep on the weekends, expressing oneself artistically, staying somewhat in shape, and continuing to grow closer to a loving God is all possible.

            Ultimately, the transition into college is what you make of it. On the outside looking in, I have seen what was made of questionable choices and peer-pressured decisions. What I made of my transition is something that I can look back on and be proud of. Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it. So, how will you respond?

Aug 082012

David Dillon - Winner of $100 Facebook Scholarship Contest and the $250 Share Your Passion Scholarship

Education, according to the Oxford Dictionary, is “the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction.” With that definition, one can see that there exist two roles in the education system: receivers and distributors. It is the responsibility of teachers to distribute information to their students, the receivers, in as lucid a manner as possible; however, as receivers, it is the students’ responsibility to be receptive of what the teachers distribute. In an academic environment, cooperation is required between both parties for complete success to be achieved.

Based upon statistics and common knowledge, there are students who enjoy learning and students who need some sort of incentive to delve into the learning process. Due to this fact, it is up to the teachers to create an inviting educational environment, a place where the retention of knowledge and abstract thinking is encouraged. Alongside that, teachers must be open to the different manners in which students learn, so that every student has a fair opportunity to comprehend the teacher’s instruction. Once an encouraging environment has been established, the student has the responsibility to be receptive of the teacher’s material. If the open environment still is not sufficient encouragement for the student, then that student must become self-motivated. In my case, when I feel that the style in which the teacher delivers information is not compatible with my way of learning, I have to do what I can in order to understand the material. If that means independently studying at home, asking questions, or seeking tutoring, then I have to take that upon myself and do so.

When I find myself uninterested in a specific topic, I do my best to apply it to something that I am interested in so that I can not only stay focused, but actually understand the material. For instance, I initially did not understand the purpose of physics and analyzing free-fall acceleration until I applied it to breakdancing. I realized that an upward force has to be greater than the natural downward force of gravity in order to remain in the air for a given amount of time, causing me to look again into how I executed certain movements. The application of uninteresting information to interesting information amplifies one’s understanding of the interesting information, inherently making both more comprehensible.

One way to conquer an array of learning styles is through flexibility. Each participant in the education system has to be willing to accept a method that may be foreign to them, including the parents. The parents play an interesting role because they are not in the classroom with their students; they do not see the everyday classroom procedures. The parent/guardian’s responsibility, even outside of the realm of education, is simply to encourage the student. When the student is struggling with a specific topic, the parent should be there to let the child know that they are able to accomplish any task as long as they work for it. Dually, it is the parent’s responsibility to discipline the student in a way that the teacher cannot. The parent is there when the teacher cannot be, and knows the student better than anyone else; therefore, the parent must be sure that the student is staying on task and completing his or her work at home so that they can get the most out of their education.

Ultimately, practice makes perfect. Motivation is the key to success in the education system, whether it comes from the teachers, the parents, or the students themselves. With motivation and diligence, anything can be accomplished, even getting accepted to one’s dream college.

Jul 272012

This year has been very exciting.  It is the first year that we have offered scholarships.  We offered the $250 Share Your Passion Scholarship, which was open to all the schools we currently or have in the past tutored students from, the $100 Share Your Passion Scholarship (exclusively for Roosevelt High School Students), the $100 Share Your Passion Scholarship (exclusively for Norco High School Students), and the $100 Facebook Scholarship Contest, which was open to all the runner ups.

We had high expectations for the quality of essays we would receive; however, we did not expect to get so many wonderfully written essays by such talented and passionate young students.

Because we were so excited by the essays we received, we decided to create a $100 Facebook Scholarship Contest, in which we would ask our four runner ups of the $250 Share Your Passion Scholarship and our previous two scholarship winners, from Norco and Roosevelt, to participate in the contest.

Our main goal behind the $100 Facebook Scholarship Contest was that we wanted to share the six essays with our followers and to give them the opportunity to help us pick a winner.  Little did we expect to receive such an impressive response from the Facebook community.

Within a matter of a one or two days of posting the contest on Facebook, the contestants began uploading their entries, and the votes started pouring in.  Although not all six contestants participated in our Facebook contest, the four that did participate really impressed our followers.  We were sincerely astounded by the incredible support that some of our contestants received.

David Dillon: Winner of the $100 Facebook Scholarship Contest

The essay that received the most votes was David Dillon’s essay – which also happened to be our $250 Share Your Passion Scholarship Winner.  Right from the beginning, David was able to garner a lot of support from his Facebook friends and family.  Throughout the whole contests, his family shared many of our Facebook posts to their followers – the comments they posted on our posts revealed their great pride in David, it was truly moving.  After reading David’s essay, we understand why they are so proud of this outstanding young man.

David will soon be attending Cal State Northridge, and we know for a fact that he is bound to accomplish many wonderful things.  We hope that he keeps all of us updated on his future success and that he becomes a part of The Tutoring Solution family.  Congratulations David!

We tutor students in Chino, Chino Hills, Eastvale, Mira Loma, Alta Loma, Ontario, Corona, Norco, Rancho Cucamonga and all the surrounding cities.  We have students from Sky Country Elementary, Oxford Prepatory Academy, Townsend Junior High School, Roosevelt High School, Alta  Loma High School, Norco High School, Centennial High School, Chino Hills High School, Ontario Christian High School and Ayala High School.

To take advantage of summer tutoring, call us or email us today.  We provide one-on-one in hometutoring in Southern California.

Jun 282012

Roosevelt High School Student Wins Tutoring Scholarship

If I were to walk into a room filled with people who do not speak English, I would be able to communicate with 18% percent of them. That room is the world and that 18% is 1.2 billion people. Our world has an abundance of culture that has yet to be discovered by the ears of other cultures. Every day, I study foreign languages from around the world and have learned that everyone has a voice and that everyone’s voice should be heard and understood.

Over the past few years, I have indulged in the studies of the Korean, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese languages, in addition to the improvement of my native English tongue.  A large fraction of my time is spent outside of my domestic comfort zone, experiencing the unique customs of various cultures. My aim is to unite people with reverent recognition of each person’s individuality and cultural heritage. At the same time, I consider it a necessity for separate cultures to come together and interact without the hindrance of a language barrier; therefore, I intend to eliminate language barriers for the progression of cultural interaction and comprehension through efficient communication.

Two years ago I began attending a Korean Christian Church. Being an African-American male, I had never imagined myself in such a place. I joined in order to improve my skills with the Korean language and learn, through first-hand experience, about Korean culture. It was difficult to understand the language, let alone fit in with people who were so different from me; hence, I felt out of place. However, with time and determination, I overcame the difficulty and realized my reason for being there. I was put in that place to discover my love for other cultures and my appreciation for differences. Through this revelation, I can see the road ahead of me, a road leading to teaching about unfamiliar cultures, a road leading to assisting others in learning languages, a road leading to efficient communication between people from different backgrounds.

After countless hours devoted to studying, I finally became comfortable with the Korean language; I offered to teach Level 1 Korean School at my church. I may only be helping a few students at a time, but my teaching brings the world one step closer to tearing down its language barrier. I am proud of what I chose to do, but I am more proud of my students who will be able to communicate more efficiently with others in the future. Cumulatively, my aims to unite this world reveal my characteristics of impartiality, ambition, and fortitude. With the information I have retained from independent and classroom studies in English, Spanish, Korean, and Chinese, my goal is to create a path for future generations to broaden their knowledge of, and develop interest in, other cultures.



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.

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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

Theresa Valdez

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!

From Left to Right: Martha Rosario, Kyaw Kyaw Aung, and Eui Kyung (Pearl) Rhee

From Left to Right: Eui Kyung (Pearl) Rhee, Martha Rosario, and Kyaw Kyaw Aung

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.

Check out the winners of the 2014 Share Your Passion Scholarships!
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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!

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From Left to Right: Michael Benjamin, Kevin San Juan, and Alexandra Robledo

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!

From Left to Right: David Dillon, Julia Schemmer, Jennifer Aneke, Alex Bernstein, and Jessica Senior

From Left to Right (Top): David Dillon, Julia Schemmer, and Jennifer Aneke; From Left to Right (Bottom): Alex Bernstein and Jessica Senior

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.

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Jul 032012

The $250 Share Your Passion Scholarship Contest is finally over and we have found a winner.  With the help of some of our most trusted supporters, we selected the winner of our First Annual Share Your Passion Scholarship.

We had many wonderful entries from very talented young students; however, we ended up narrowing it down to 4 finalists.  We selected those essays as our top four, because they were truly inspiring essays written by students who have very bright futures ahead of them.  These young students genuinely wish to help make other people’s lives better.  We hope that the four finalists, and our two previous winners from Norco and Roosevelt, will become part of The Tutoring Solution family for years to come.

The 4th Place finalist is Nicole Hyland.  Nicole Hyland is a student in Chino Hills High School.  She is a very talented young lady who hopes to pursue acting.  She hopes to use acting as a way to inspire and bring people together.  She hopes to one day teach others how to do the same.  To read Nicole Hyland’s essay, click on the link.  We awarded her with a $10 gift card from Amazon.

The 3rd Place finalist is Jessica Senior of Beaumont High School.  Jessica wrote a beautiful essay about her passion for education and how she wishes to pursue a career as an English professor at the University level.  We know she is bound to become a very inspiring and talented professor one day.  To read Jessica Senior’s essay, click on the link.  We awarded Jessica with a $15 gift card from Amazon.

Alex Bernstein

Alex Bernstein

The 2nd Place finalist is Alex Bernstein.  Alex is a student at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy.  Alex’s passion for art and for helping minorities and the underprivileged express themselves through art, really moved us.  We genuinely wish success to Alex because we know the future holds great things for this talented and selfless young student.  To read Alex Bernstein’s essay, click on the link.  We have awarded Alex with a $50 Scholarship and a $20 gift card from Amazon.

David Dillon - Winner of the Scholarship

David Dillon

The 1st Place Winner of the $250 Share Your Passion Scholarship is David Dillon from Eleanor Roosevelt High School.  David is a truly special student.  He wants to learn as many languages as possible in order to bring people together and allow everyone to communicate openly with one another.  He wishes to break down the language barriers and to be able to understand people from different cultures and different walks of life.  If more people shared David’s mentality, the world would be a much more accepting and peaceful place.  To read David Dillon’s essay, click on the link.  We have awarded David with a $250 Scholarship.

$100 Facebook Scholarship Contest – All of our finalists, plus our past two winners of the $100 Share Your Passion Scholarship, still have the opportunity to win our $100 Facebook Scholarship Contest.  You have the opportunity to help us chose a winner.  In order to participate, simply “Like” us on Facebook and vote for the essay you feel is the best.

Blog-Based Learning Program – We have begun a Blog-Based Learning Program to help students learn through blogging.  Our first student is Stephanie Perera.  Follow her blog at StephanietheGreat and see all the wonderful tidbits Stephanie has to share with the world.

We tutor students in Chino, Chino Hills, Eastvale, Mira Loma, Alta Loma, Ontario, Corona, Norco, Rancho Cucamonga and all the surrounding cities.  We have students from Sky Country Elementary, Oxford Prepatory Academy, Townsend Junior High School, Roosevelt High School, Alta  Loma High School, Norco High School, Centennial High School, Chino Hills High School, Ontario Christian High School and Ayala High School.

To take advantage of summer tutoring, call us or email us today.  We provide one-on-one in home tutoring in Southern California.

May 152014

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This year we have decided to change the format and rules of our main scholarship a bit.

For example:

– 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.


Additional Information:

– 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:

– Name,

– 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).


“Like” us on Facebook and check out our website regularly for updates on our Share Your Passion Scholarship.

 Check out the winning entries from our 2013 Share Your Passion Contest: