Spring 2020 student loan scholarships: meet our winners


Student Loan Hero is thrilled to announce the six winners of our Spring 2020 Scholarships. These students have inspired us with their resilience and commitment to helping others.

We hope that these scholarships will help ease the financial burden on colleges in pursuing their ambitions, as well as minimize the amount of student debt they have to assume for their degrees. Read on to meet the recipients of our Student Loan Hero scholarships…

Feven Gebremariam, University of Texas at Tyler
Daniel Andersen, Brigham Young University
Corinne Sylvain, University of Central Florida
DeMario Butts, Howard University College of Medicine
Isabel Adeniji, University of Rochester
Carlie Mead, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Prepare to apply for our Fall 2020 scholarships

Feven Gebremariam, University of Texas at Tyler

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Main price: $ 5,000

Growing up in Ethiopia, Feven saw first-hand the dire consequences of limited access to healthcare and medicine. To help achieve what she calls a “basic human right to adequate health care,” Feven is pursuing graduate studies in pharmacy.

As a low-income student and the first in her family to attend college, Feven was required to work 30 hours a week while continuing her undergraduate education. She also borrowed student loans to cover tuition fees. Feven hopes this scholarship and other financial aid will allow her to work fewer hours as a student so that she can focus on her studies and successfully graduate from pharmacy.

Daniel Andersen, Brigham Young University

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Main price: $ 5,000

A native of Missouri and a junior, Daniel Anderson continued his studies in journalism at his parents’ Brigham Young University. Daniel was diagnosed with a form of muscular dystrophy when he was born, a condition that made him unable to walk. His experiences have led him to develop a dynamism and a passion for life that he shares with those around him.

Daniel has spoken at several disability rights advocacy conferences and received awards for his work. After graduation, Daniel hopes to continue his activism and share his life story by speaking in public. He also plans to use his journalism degree to become a media professional who promotes compassion and understanding.

Corinne Sylvain, University of Central Florida

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Second prize: $ 2,000

Corinne Sylvain is a nursing student at the University of Central Florida. Child of Haitian immigrants, Corinne had to face financial difficulties with her family, including unemployment and hunger. But she says these challenges have taught her to persevere in the face of difficulties and stay focused on her goals.

Corinne intends to work in a children’s hospital after graduation and someday open her own clinic. By working as a pediatric nurse, Corinne intends to provide health care to her community and make a difference in people’s daily lives.

DeMario Butts, Howard University College of Medicine

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Second prize: $ 2,000

Fourth-year medical student at Howard University College of Medicine, DeMario Butts, has shown an unwavering dedication to helping the underprivileged and underserved. He is a member of the board of directors of the New Freedmen’s Student Run Clinic at Howard University Hospital and has volunteered at the New York Avenue Men’s Emergency Shelter in Washington, DC, and at Health Talents International, where he helped provide relief. medical services to the villages of rural Guatemala.

Raised by his great-grandmother in the social housing projects of Chattanooga, Tenn., DeMario credits him and other kind people in his community for helping him overcome adversity and excel at school. After obtaining his medical degree, he plans to work in poor communities to provide care to families in need.

Isabel Adeniji, University of Rochester

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Second prize: $ 2,000

Isabel Adeniji is a brain and cognitive science student at the University of Rochester. After emigrating from Nigeria with her mother, Isabel grew up in the southern Bronx, an area she later realized was a food desert. Healthy eating options were scarce, says Isabel, and most people lacked the health knowledge to make better choices.

Today, she wants to use her training to become a nutrition educator and pediatric nutritionist. Not only is she committed to her own health and well-being, Isabel also wants to make sure that people in her community have access to the resources they need to make healthy decisions.

Carlie Mead, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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Second prize: $ 2,000

Carlie Mead is in her second year at UW La-Crosse, studying early childhood education with a minor in social sciences. Her father is a teacher and she chose to follow in his footsteps to make a difference in the lives of children.

Carlie is particularly committed to helping children who feel like they haven’t fitted in or who don’t have the financial resources to afford the same activities or experiences as their peers. Carlie is passionate about helping others and looks forward to making a positive impact on her future students.

Prepare to apply for our Fall 2020 scholarships

Congratulations again to the deserving recipients of our spring 2020 scholarships! We are inspired by your stories and wish you all the best in the pursuit of your goals.

For all current or upcoming students, we encourage you to apply for our Fall 2020 scholarships. When applying, we will ask you to answer the following question:

What financial challenges did you overcome growing up? How have they shaped your goals and career aspirations?

The app is open from February 24, 2020 until April 24, 2020. We look forward to hearing your stories.

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