Announces Winner of the Spring 2012 Textbooks for a Year Scholarship Essay Contest

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Textbook buyback company announces the winner of the Spring 2012 scholarship essay contest, giving students the opportunity to win enough money to buy textbooks for a year.

"My biggest dream is to set up a hospital where poor people can get medical facilities free of cost and free of hectic paper work at the time of emergency.” Ms. Soneji

Textbook buyback company has announced the winner of the Spring 2012 Textbooks for a Year Scholarship essay contest $1,250 grand prize is Nishita Soneji. Ms. Soneji, a biochemistry and premed student at The University of Texas-Austin, wrote the award winning essay which will enable her to pay for textbooks for an entire year.

MyBookBuyer has been in the textbook buyback industry for over a decade. During this time, the cost of textbooks have been rising even faster than inflation, education budgets have been consistently cut, and the continued economic downturn have all contributed to creating a financial hardship for many students. "They often sell textbooks for cash to us during textbook buyback in order to help themselves put together enough money in preparation for the next semester. Many have openly communicated to us that it is a monetary struggle to pay for their tuition and to get cash for books" says company founder, Michael Der.

Recognizing this need, Mr. Der, decided to help the students who come to the site to sell textbooks for cash, and the MyBookBuyer Textbooks for a Year Scholarship Essay Contest was created. The contest was designed to provide the winner with enough money to buy textbooks for a whole year, awarding one $1,250 Grand Prize Cash Winner.

The Spring 2012 Textbooks for a Year Scholarship essay contest was open to all College and University students, ages 18 and older, and who are legal residents of the United States. Nishita Soneji’s grand prize-winning essay talks about her heartfelt dreams. “I, too, have a dream in my eyes, a goal to become a cardiologist. My journey does not stop with a bachelor degree in my hand; it is a long run requiring money and hard work. I will have to earn a medical degree and then complete required years of residency to become a cardiologist.” With her $1,250 grand prize, Ms.Soneji won't have to rely on selling textbooks to cover the cost of the next year of her education. She will be attending University of Texas at Austin next fall, and her goal doesn’t stop with being a cardiologist. “I also want to write a book for the high school students that will include fun ways to explore the heart and its functioning. I want to convey the coming generation that biology is not something that needs them to learn like a parrot but is the everyday matter that fills up their surrounding space with life.”

MyBookBuyer has made a difference for the winners of the Spring 2012 Scholarship and continues to help make textbooks more affordable for all the students who come to the textbook buyback site. allows users to sell textbooks for cash. MyBookBuyer is the book and textbook buyback service of Beagle Books, the largest online bookseller in Northern California, finding new homes for thousands of books a month. Those books MyBookBuyer absolutely cannot resell are recycled or donated to Resource Area For Teachers (RAFT), a non-profit organization that provides classroom materials to teachers.

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