As a startup company focused on protecting memories, Picture Keeper knows the time and work it takes to turn ideas into reality. That’s why we are excited to award scholarships to students two times per year! While we received many impressive applicants, these three students have truly inspired us. Learn more about our Fall 2017 Scholarship winners below. We hope your are as equally moved by their dreams as we have been.
1st Place: Sanah J.
As a young seventh grader, Sanah woke up to find all of her hair on her pillow. Her life was soon changed forever when she was diagnosed with Alopecia Universalis. Along with her new diagnosis, Sanah faced a battle with bullying and self-hatred. Sanah states, “I realized that no matter what people said to me, the things I said to myself were much worse. I decided to start living my life with a focus on self love.”
With Sanah’s positive outlook, she began accepting herself and made it her mission to spread joy to others. She soon started a non-profit organization called the Love Your Natural Self Foundation. This non-profit brings a curriculum focused on self-love to over 100 middle school and high school campuses. In the picture, you can see Sanah standing in front of a crowd sharing her story, and beginning her dream to spread her message of self-love.
The University of Texas at San Antonio student has dreams to see an International Day of Self Love celebrated in every school. Sanah explains, “I believe everyone deserves to celebrate who they are.”
2nd Place: Delainey B.
Delainey has always dreamt of becoming a doctor and has taken huge strides towards her goal. The high school student volunteers at Saint Agnes Hospital, and has since developed an interest in emergency medicine. From her Anatomy and Physiology science classes to her week-long internship at Mercy Medicine Center, Delainey centers her education around her long-term goal to become a doctor.
Delainey’s photo shows her in a resuscitation room in the hospital, where she has endured both challenging and rewarding experiences. Delainey explains, “While this has been very hard for me, it has not dampened my desire to become an emergency room doctor.” Delainey’s tenacity and determination to reach her dream is truly inspiring.
3rd Place: Brinnen S.
As a high school student, Brinnen set out to achieve dreams in two aspects of his life: academic and athletic. Many students set out for these goals, but Brinnen’s determination certainly helped him succeed.
“I have always wanted to become a criminal justice lawyer,” Brinnen states. “This will allow me to help families or individuals who have been harmed and seek legal action to be fixed.” Brinnen’s high school academic success and extracurriculars has allowed him to be accepted to a college he feels will best prepare him for Law School.
As for athletics, Brinnen has played soccer since he was four years old and has dreamt of strengthening his skills at the collegiate level. Brinnen’s hard work paid off as he has also signed a letter of intent to play division three collegiate soccer! His photo shows his pure excitement to have achieved these goals and begin this next chapter.
We’re so proud of each winner and excited to continue the scholarship program. Our Spring 2018 Scholarship is now open for applications. We will be accepting applications from February 1st, 2018 – April 30, 2018.