Nia Kline is a 2017 Cecil E. Newman Scholarship recipient. Below is her scholarship-winning essay. I look at life as a puzzle. It is one big picture full of mystery. You learn to use your observation skills, you learn to not force it if it doesn't fit, you learn patience, and finally, you learn tolerance and understanding. Pieces of my puzzle that significantly altered the … [Read more...]
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SharLamar Wren-Buchanan is a 2017 Cecil E. Newman Scholarship recipient. Below is her scholarship-winning essay. Shortly after I was born, my grandmother was murdered. We had to move to get away from that harsh setting. We were living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the time and decided to come to Minnesota. It was similar to Wisconsin in certain aspects like the weather, and was … [Read more...]
Noah Branch is a 2017 Cecil E. Newman Scholarship recipient. His scholarship-winning essay appears below. Throughout my life, I have been blessed to have received a significant amount of tutelage, but in recent years there are two people who stick out in my mind as both mentors and inspirations for me: My father and my brother, Joseph. Both men have gone through great … [Read more...]
Molubah Seley is a 2017 Cecil E. Newman Scholarship recipient. His scholarship-winning essay appears below. “I’m not mad, just disappointed.” If you’ve ever had someone say those words to you, you’ll recall the hurt in letting them down. Dealing with one person is tough; how about your entire family, church and community? I’ve been through the furnace of failure; I … [Read more...]