This spring, Honoree Nicholas Lowinger‘s organization announced their Inaugural Gotta Have School Scholarship program, which is awarding each of 5 teen recipients with $1,000 scholarships to help them with their financial obligations of their higher education.
Gotta Have Sole Foundation believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to continue their education and realize their dreams. Their new scholarship program is designed to provide extraordinary students in need with the funds to take a step forward. In the first year of the program, they received over 2,000 applications from brilliant, caring and strong individuals.
From the 2,000 applicants, they selected 5 students that have defied the odds and shown endless strength in the face of challenges. Five passionate individuals who give back to their community at every turn. And they have huge goals for their future. We’re proud to stand with Gotta Have Sole in honoring these amazing teens. We can’t wait to see what they have to contribute to the world. Congratulations Gotta Have School Scholarship Class of 2016!
Malaika is a senior enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Diploma at Palisade High School. She will be attending the University of Northern Colorado to pursue an English degree with an emphasis in secondary education. With her degree, Malaika plans to teach on her Native American reservation in western Montana, and as an educator she hopes to encourage Native students to rise beyond their socioeconomic obstacles and predetermined racial stereotypes to pursue their dreams through higher education. The Gotta Have Sole Scholarship is meaningful to Malaika because the funds will enable her to follow her dreams and earn a degree in a field she feels passionately about, and in turn give back to her Native community. Malaika enjoys volunteering in her local community; she is most proud of her project “Bella Baskets”, a service initiative which fundraises to provide items for her town’s local domestic abuse shelter.
Katie is a senior at Cranston High School West in Cranston, RI who dreams of becoming an emergency room physician. She will be attending the University of Maine with a major in Biochemistry to help her reach this goal. She played basketball for her school and is a peer tutor as often as she can. When not in school, she works at Cold Stone Creamery and enjoys reading in her spare time.
Keiron is a senior at Thomas Edison High School in Alexandria, Virginia. His plan is to study Mechanical Engineering at either Virginia Tech or the University of Virginia once he graduates from high school. When he’s not busy with school or running track, he likes to spend his time volunteering with the various clubs he is in, whether it be helping out in his school or his community. Kern enjoys volunteering with his friends because it makes the experience more enjoyable, and they all have a love for volunteering. Kern says, “Being selected for this scholarship means a lot to me because it shows that my hard work and effort is not going unnoticed, and this money will help provide for the opportunity I get to further my education.”
Priscila says she is truly honored to have received this scholarship. She is currently living in the beautiful city of San Diego and attends Crawford High School. Recently she has been occupied with volunteering at her high school tutoring math at the Crawford Math Center. Priscilla intends to study engineering in college. Priscilla say, “Being selected for this scholarship means a great deal to me because it allows me to pursue my passion, engineering, by paying some expenses towards that goal.”
Alina is a current senior at MacArthur High School. She has been involved in AVID, drill team, ambassadors, and Model United Nations. She has volunteered at the West and Central Irving Public Libraries, Las Colinas OBGYN, and interned at The Elisa Project. On top of being an active member of her community and working a part-time job, Alina has managed to remain in the top 7% of her class and plans on attending the University of Texas at Austin for the College of Natural Sciences next fall. She intends to study biology and pursue a career in the medical field. Alina’s drive to be successful comes from the desire to break the expectations and continue to give back to those in need. She is extremely honored to be receiving the Gotta Have Sole Scholarship because of the organization’s marvelous mission to provide aid to children in need. This scholarship will be extremely beneficial to the investment of Alina’s educational success.