Announces the Winners of its 2012 Scholarship Program

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Five college students share nearly $10,000, engineering student from University of Phoenix wins top $5,000 prize

“Thank you for selecting my essay to receive an award in your scholarship program. My personal goal of obtaining a bachelor’s degree and working in America’s energy sector is one step closer with your accolade." today announced the winners of its 2012 scholarship program, which rewards five current college students with a total of $9,000 to put toward their higher educations.

Thousands of current college students nationwide answered the call during the 2012 Scholarship Program, submitting essays of 800 to 1,000 words or more that answered the following question:

“What creative solutions, programs and/or initiatives to stimulate the United States housing market, as well as to turn the foreclosure tide, must a presidential candidate outline/promise to earn your vote? Feel free to include your very own original stimulus plan and/or ideas in your response, which can also be used to enhance existing platforms from candidates and/or other influential thought leaders.”

Aric R. Olsen, a senior at University of Phoenix, however, was voted to the head of the class by a third-party judge, winning the $5,000 top prize.

“Thank you for selecting my essay to receive an award in your scholarship program,” said Aric. “My personal goal of obtaining a bachelor’s degree and working in America’s energy sector is one step closer with your accolade. The financial challenges facing today’s university student are significant obstacles to higher education and the pursuit of career goals. Organizations like, who choose to invest in education through scholarship programs for the student, are helping to create an educated global community capable of addressing the economic, energy and environmental issues facing our world today and in the future.”

The program, which ran from Jan. 31 to Dec. 1, 2012, also awarded four $1,000 scholarships to the contest semifinalists (in alphabetical order):

  •     Tamara Lemmon-Bostrom, attending Dixie State College of Utah in St. George, Utah
  •     Olivia Dixon, attending Daytona State College in Daytona Beach, Florida
  •     Marques Fields, attending San Francisco State University in San Francisco, California
  •     David Tapia, attending University of Texas at Tyler in Tyler, Texas

In addition to the five cash prizes in the form of scholarships, which are pending enrollment verification, these winning entries will be featured on To read Aric’s winning essay, along with the others from the four semifinalists, visit the Article Center (

“The winning essay demonstrates critical thinking, vision and a thoughtful appraisal of the need for cooperation between a government and its people,” said Kate M. Myers de Vega, B.A., M.A., M.A., Asst. Professor of English and Writing, Palm Beach Atlantic University, a third-party judge who read the top submissions, assessing, grading and determining the five finalists. “It is a compelling and satisfying read that balances a realistic plan-of-action and the ideological forces needed to catalyze it.”

The company has already announced the 2013 Scholarship Program, which will once again run for the entire year until Dec. 15, 2013. To read the new topic, as well as learn more about the eligibility/submission requirements, visit the scholarship page ( introduced its scholarship program in 2009. Since that time, the company has awarded (or will soon award) 20 deserving college students throughout the United States with a total of $36,000 in scholarship money.

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