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Sep 232013
2012 Norco High School Share Your Passion Scholarship Winner Julia Schemmer

2012 Norco High School Share Your Passion Scholarship Winner Julia Schemmer

The beginning of the year always brings feelings of ambition and high spirits, as the energy and vigor from the summer transition into long and exhausting days in a classroom. This year, I begin my junior year at Norco High School, and although it is only the first few months of school, I have been extremely blessed.

Since you last heard from me, I was in the process of creating a non-profit organization called the Face of Cancer, designed to give those affected by cancer support and a listening ear. However, I have made the choice to put the Face of Cancer on hold for now, and spending the gap year planning incredible events that will grab the Corona-Norco community’s attention.

In the meantime, this year, I have decided to challenge myself continually by taking three Advanced Placement courses and one honors course: AP Environmental, AP Language and Composition, AP United States History, and Spanish 3 Honors. Along with that, I have been participating in multiple clubs with officer positions including American Cancer Society, National Honor Society, German Club, Chinese Culture Club, Friday Night Live, Key Club, and Link Crew. I also serve at my church, Crossroads,  for many ministries.  At Generate Jr High, I am training to be a decision counselor while serving on the Creative Team and co-leading Lovebugs.  Every Wednesday, Generate, designed for high school and college aged kids, I help out with offering.  Finally, on the weekend, the Pastor’s Wives Ministry honor the wives of pastors by cooking them deluxe breakfasts and I serve on the Project Team/Communion and Offering teams every Saturday and Sunday.

The more different things I try, although initially frightening, the more I learn about myself and the things that interest me. For example, joining the German Club on campus has made me eager to learn the language and the history behind my heritage. I also never viewed myself as a leader, until I stepped out and was obedient to my callings. It’s been said that “by doing, you understand”, and I am living proof of that. Had I remained scared, insecure, and doubtful of my abilities, I would have never had the courage to apply myself and learn great and mighty things.

I am so grateful for the Tutoring Solution being an active part in my high school experience, from freshman year to now. When I applied for the $100 scholarship, I would have never imagined my academic and personal interests growing as much as they have. Now, although oncology will always be a part of whom I am and my passion, I am leaning towards a career of diplomacy and linguistics. I would love to be an ambassador for the United States to foreign countries. College wise, I am drawn to Bath University in Bath, England and plan to apply to that school my senior year of high school. After I graduate from Bath University, I plan on transferring to the London School of Economics and later, back in the States at Harvard University to finish my education. Ambitious? Without a doubt. Crazy? Some might think so. But I’ve found that to the inspired, anything is possible.  Most people are content with a good paying job, a nice house, and kids they can take to soccer practice in a four wheel drive. But for me, I want more than this life has to offer. I want adventure. I want uncertainty. And most of all, I want to be the change I want to see in the world, like one of my biggest role models, Gandhi once said.

If anything can be retained from my countless tangents and blubbering, remember this: you will regret it forever if you never try. Now, I don’t mean to try the *bad* things (e.g. smoking, bad addictions), but follow your own passion. Write your own story. Use your skills and the things that fill you to the brim with life to impact others. For good grief, you were created with awesome skills and talents, and it would be a disservice to the world to not share them with others. Be creative. Adore mastery. Change the world.

Because although it might start with the intentions of helping others, you’ll find it helps you out a lot too.

Oct 242012
Julia Schemmer: Norco High School Share Your Passion Scholarship Winner

Julia Schemmer: Norco High School Share Your Passion Scholarship Winner

When asked her goals for the future, #100 Norco High School Share Your Passion scholarship winner, Julia Schemmer replied, “Change the world.” Passionate in the medical field, Julia not only aspires to be a missionary doctor but has also founded her own organization, The Face of Cancer.

The Face of Cancer is a Facebook project launched in September 2012. Its primary function is to give support to Corona-Norco cancer patients. “It’s easy to see the cancer ribbons, or to be asked to donate,” she says, “While these are equally important, there is a great malnourishment of actual support to these patients.” Their past two events have been a huge success. Julia hopes to expand the organization by setting up a Pen Pal system with a member of the Face of Cancer and a cancer patient.


“It’s amazing the things you can do for the community with your resources,” Julia says. “Sometimes the best world-change is just letting people know that you care. I hope this organization inspires others to make a difference as well.”

If you’d like to be involved with the Face of Cancer, “like” us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/

Aug 272012

Julia Schemmer – Winner of $100 Norco High School Share Your Passion Scholarship

BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! The alarm clock rings at an unrighteous hour, signaling an end to the wonderful summer. Commercials play tirelessly, convincing you to buy their low school supply deals. As you enter this school year, it can be intimating to you. Whether you’re a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior, back to school nerves can arise. But have no fear! The How to Survive High School guide will guide you through all insecurities, fears, worries, and more!

Let me introduce myself first: my name is Julia Schemmer. I am a sophomore at Norco High School, and I have very high aspirations. My freshman year of high school I was blessed to win four scholarships and acceptance into the University of Southern California’s summer residential program. Recently, one of my classic Shakespearean sonnets that I wrote has been selected to be in a book titled Talented. I aspire to be a missionary doctor, helping less fortunate people with their basic medical needs in poverty-stricken areas.

Success is relative, and other people’s views of success differ. However, my school has three elements needed to be successful: Resourceful, Responsible, and Ready to Achieve. In this guide, we will further discuss these and how to attain them for your maximum enjoyment of high school and the world beyond.

The first element of the “key to success” is being resourceful. The reason why I achieved a lot of scholarships was because of the Career Center at my high school. High schools and libraries offer a lot of helpful resources that if used, could bring you a lot of success. If you’re falling behind in classes, an important resource is tutoring. Do everything that you can to improve your grades, and you’ll see yourself understanding and enjoying the material more and more. By using your local resources, success will come.

The second element of the “key to success” is being responsible. This includes doing your homework on time, studying for tests and quizzes, and adhering to the school rules. Doing homework on time projects a good image to your teacher and administration. You want to look the best you can for teachers because they are the ones who will recommend you for different scholarships and activities. Studying for tests and quizzes are essential to getting a good grade in the course. It doesn’t have to be a two hour session of studying. Setting aside twenty minutes a day can make a huge difference in your grade. When I was struggling with Geometry last year, studying made a big difference and I ended up with a C+ in the class. Adhering to the school rules is a huge responsibility. No matter how tedious they might seem school rules are established for a reason: to give you the best learning experience for you and the teacher. Even if it’s not chewing gum, following the dress code or showing up to class on time; they make you a better student. If you break the rules at a college or university, they throw you out.  If you are seriously college bound, it would be wise to focus on obeying the rules now, so you are prepared for college and ready to succeed.

The last element of the “key to success” is being ready to achieve. Even though it seems straight forward, it is very important to success. You don’t go as the lead of a musical ready to give only 25%. You wouldn’t go into a football game saying “Let’s beat them! But if not, lose with style.” No, you enter these situations with a wholehearted passionate decision to give it all. You use the best of your efforts to bring forward success and to make yourself proud. Same with school success. In being studious, it is essential that you give your all. It will take dedication to study for that Physics test instead of chatting on Facebook. It will take discipline to go to tutoring sessions and get that help. But I promise you it is worth it. Nothing worth having will be easy; and nothing easy will be worth having. Giving your all as a student will give you success. Stay focused, stay yourself, and stay studious.

Apr 092012

Norco High School Student Wins Tutoring Scholarship

Passions stir in all direction, demanding the best of you in every circumstance. As every person is different, so their passions are unique from others. My passion for medical research formed when my sister Jayden was diagnosed with Leukemia in the year of two thousand and eight. Seeing her in unimaginable states led me to a new curiosity for how our body works and functions. As an Honors Biology student and a prospective doctor, I love hearing about the way our body functions under extremities just to keep us alive and well. I become excited when my class does hands on labs to enhance our learning of the body and demonstrate our learning.

Of course, no passion would be worth it if it wasn’t practiced using the right way. To utilize my passion to enrich our community, I aspire to become a medical doctor in the slums of India and Kenya, working with underprivileged children and adults to fully satisfy their medical needs. People with goals and dreams like mine die before it is their time because of the lack of proper sanitation and medical supplies. I would come fully educated, for my dream is to go to University of California Los Angeles for pre-medical studies, and Harvard Medical School for medical school. Like Dr. Seuss once said in The Lorax, “Unless people like you care an awful lot, its not going to get better, its not.” My heart burns with compassion for these people in the lost and unreached areas of the world, and through a proper college education, my passions can become take flight.



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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Jun 202012

The deadline for the $250 Share Your Passion Scholarship has come and gone.  Although we received an overwhelming response, we selected 4 finalists.  We will be announcing the winner soon.  We will announce the four finalists next week, starting Monday, on our blog and Facebook Page – so make sure to “Like” us on Facebook to find out whom the four finalists and the winner of our first annual Share Your Passion Scholarship are.

Here are the four prices that the four finalists will win:

1st Place – $250 Share Your Passion Scholarship

2nd Place – $50 Share Your Passion Scholarship & $20 gift card from Amazon

3rd Place – $15 gift card from Amazon

4th Place – $10 gift card from Amazon

While we will be selecting the winner of the $250 Share Your Passion Scholarship, we wanted to offer a second scholarship – the $100 Facebook Scholarship Contest – in which our Facebook followers would be able to help us pick the winner for that scholarship.

The individuals that were asked to participate in the Facebook contest were our four finalists and our two previous Scholarship Winners, Julia Schemmer from Norco High School, and Jennifer Aneke from Roosevelt High School.  Three of the six contestants have already posted their essays on Facebook, and the votes keep increasing by the minute.  We still need Alex Bernstein and Jessica Senior to submit their essays.

Help us pick the winner of the $100 Facebook Scholarship Contest by picking the best essay.  Show your support for these impressive scholars.


For more information on our tutoring services, give us a call or send us an email.  We provide one-on-one in home tutoring in Chino Hills, Chino, Ontario, Eastvale, Corona, Norco, Rancho Cucamonga, Mira Loma, and Alta Loma.


Jun 142012

$250 Share Your Passion Scholarship – The deadline for the $250 Share Your Passion Scholarship is finally up.  We received quite a few entries and we will be announcing the winner of the first annual Share Your Passion Scholarship soon.  We were excited to receive so many wonderful entries from dedicated, intelligent, and passionate young students who are bound to have bright futures and will make the world a much better place. Although we received an overwhelming response, we have narrowed it down to four finalists for the $250 Share Your Passion Scholarship Essay Contest.  We will be announcing the winner on Facebook, so make sure to “Like” us on Facebook to find out the winner of the first annual Share Your Passion Scholarship.

$100 Facebook Contest Scholarship – In addition to winning the $250 Scholarship, the four finalists, plus our two past winners, Jennifer Aneke and Julia Schemmer, have an opportunity to win our $100 Facebook Contest Scholarship.  We will soon be posting the essays on Facebook and Facebook users will be able to vote for the one they think is the winning essay.  “Like” us on Facebook so that you will be alerted when the time comes to vote for the winning essay.  Help us pick a winner by selecting the most qualified essay and voting for them.

GATE Together – We were excited to participate in the GATE Together workshops again this year. On Saturday, May 19th, we presented a workshop on the benefits and reasons for becoming a blogger.  Most students walked in having a vague idea on blogging, but they walked out excited to start their own blog on topics ranging from animals, to video games, to music.  There is nothing more rewarding than presenting a new and fun topic to intelligent students who are eager to learn.  We really appreciate the Chino Valley Unified School District for inviting us to present again this year.

Macaroni Kids – We wanted to take this opportunity to share with our readers a wonderful website and blog called Macaroni Kid.  If you are not familiar with Macaroni Kid, be sure to click on the link and check them out, they are a group of moms that provide their readers with information on kid-friendly family events and activities that are happening in our communities every week.  They provide great opportunities for parents to take their kids to fun activities and spend quality time together as a family.

Our Prominent Articles – If you have visited our blog yet, please be sure to do so.  This month we wrote articles on the different types of intelligence, we looked at different learning styles, we took a closer look at the STAR test, we tackled the bullying problem, and we covered how to improve your child’s self-esteem in 3 different articles – learning to listen, teach your children about their culture and history, and remind them that you love them every day.  We always strive to open communication between parents, tutors, students, teachers, counselors, and anyone else invested in children’s education, so please feel free to comment on our articles and share your opinions.

We are tutoring students in Chino, Chino Hills, Eastvale, Mira Loma, Alta Loma, Ontario, Corona, Norco, and Rancho Cucamonga at Sky Country Elementary, Oxford Preparatory Academy, Townshend 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.

Please be sure to take advantage of summer tutoring and sign up with us today.  We provide one-on-one in home tutoring in Southern California and we would love to help your children succeed in and out of school.

May 012012

With summer just around the corner, students eagerly await the moment they will get to rest and relax without having to worry about studying or doing homework; however, there are detrimental learning losses when children are on summer break.  To avoid learning loss, many researchers suggest that children get tutoring or participate in educational summer camps, during the summer, in order to retain the information they have learned during the school year and to prepare for the new information they will be learning during the new school year.  To find out more about the importance of summer tutoring click on the link and read our informative blog.

We are excited to announce the winners of our Roosevelt and Norco Share Your Passion Scholarships.  These two young ladies showed us what they are passionate about and how they will use their passions to help others.  They are both inspirational young ladies that show how passion can lead us all to achieve greatness and do it selflessly.  Read their essays to learn more about these two bright and inspirational students.

Jennifer Aneke, our Scholarship winner from Roosevelt High School, discusses the role racial discrimination has played in her life, and how she plans on becoming a lawyer in order to combat racism and help others not have to go through the same obstacles that she has gone through.

Jennifer Aneke

Similarly, Julia Schemmer, our Scholarship winner from Norco High School, talks about how her sister’s Leukemia inspired her to want to go into medicine and become a doctor in order to help people in India and Kenya.

Julia Schemmer

Students still have the opportunity to win one of the many scholarships we are offering this year.  We are giving back to our community by offering a $250 scholarship.  In order to participate, students must be from one of the schools that have had a student tutored by the Tutoring Solution – Sky Country Elementary, San Joaquin Elementary, Wickman Elementary, Eastvale Elementary, Loma Vista Elementary, Oxford Preparatory 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, Beaumont High School, Damien High School, Colony High School, Flintridge Sacred Heart, Fontana High School, Patriot High School, South Pasadena High School and Ayala High School.  Students must simply write an essay describing what they are passionate about and how they will be using their passion in order to help others.

We are excited to be participating in GATE-together again this year.  On May 19th, we will be presenting our tips on blog writing to Elementary and Junior High School GATE students from the Chino Valley Unified School District.  GATE-together is a terrific program aimed at gifted students from 4th to 8th grade.  The students are presented with several different workshops spanning many different subjects, and they are given the opportunity to pick 3 that they are interested in.  The workshops expose these gifted students to many different subjects and they allow them to explore different ways of expressing their creativity.

In an effort to share the knowledge that we have acquired throughout the years we have written a few blog articles on topics that we are very passionate about.  Some of the more noteworthy ones are our blog articles on the benefits of Arts Educationhow to improve your child’s Critical Thinking Skills, and our School on Wheels Motivating the Unmotivated Workshop Review.

If you know someone who could benefit from our tutoring services, please pass along this newsletter or give us a call.  Our objective is to help students achieve their goals and become productive members of society, help us achieve that objective.

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: