This is the first time we've ever held a scholarship here at Goedeker's. With over 3,000 entries for our Annual College Book Scholarship, it was no easy task narrowing the applicants down to just three winners. There were hundreds of well-written essays from students with inspiring stories. With much deliberation, we chose our top three winners. There are two honorable mentions that will be awarded $100, and the top winner will be awarded $500.
So without further ado...
1st Honorable Mention: Rachael Largmann
Rachael spent the first eight months of her life in what was considered the worst orphanage in China. She said food and comforting were scarce, and they learned early that crying did not work. Fortunately, she was one of the lucky ones who got adopted by an American couple. Given another chance at life, she intends to use her blessing to make a difference by becoming a surgeon, so that she may give others a second chance too.
"When I was only a few days old, I was found in a rice field in the poor, rural town of Tonglu, China and taken to an orphanage. At the time of my birth, China had a strict One Child Policy that made it a crime for a family to have more than one child. Most of the kept children were boys because males were traditionally expected to care for their elderly parents in a country with no social security or retirement plans. Regrettably, Chinese society considered females like me inferior and insignificant. My birth mother, however, thought otherwise. Thanks to her courageous love, my life was spared. In hopes for her daughter, she secretly placed me where she prayed I would be found and eventually adopted by a couple from America.
...I am motivated to pursue that career because of the struggles I dealt with from a stroke I suffered as an infant, and because of the amazing life of my chemistry lab partner and friend, Chloe Zulcosky, who heartbreakingly succumbed to brain cancer. Working as a neurosurgeon, I will dedicate myself to bettering or saving the lives of others so that misfortunes such as these do not have to happen.
I am grateful to have the chance to live and be educated in America. I will work hard to live up to my potential and the hopes of my birth mother who knew her daughter could become a person of worth and value to others. And inspired by the incredible life of my friend, Chloe, I will one day be able to spare lives, just as my life was spared; to offer hope to others in seemingly hopeless situations."
We wish Rachael all the best in her future pursuits.
Tune in tomorrow for the second honorable mention announcement!