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Spokeo Connections Scholarship

Spokeo has awarded eight deserving students with scholarships to pursue higher education through an online essay contest. Get to know all of the winners of the Spokeo Connections Scholarship below.
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Spokeo Connections Scholarship Winners

    • Fall 2017 Winner
    • Karenina Thomas
    • Hometown: Brasilia, Brazil
    • School: Elmhurst College
  • Karenina is a Junior at Elmhurst College and a member of the Women's Chorus. After graduating she plans to work as a special education teacher and researcher. She hopes to promote education for children with special needs in third world countries.

    Read Karenina Thomas' Essay
    • Spring 2017 Winner
    • Dan Krajewski
    • Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
    • School: Arizona State University
  • Dan is a Junior at Arizona State University and is working towards a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. He enjoys fiction writing, baking and music. Upon graduating, Dan hopes to work in healthcare and / or neuropsychological research.

    Read Dan Krajewski's Essay
    • Fall 2016 Winner
    • Shashank Rao
    • Hometown: Canton, MI
    • School: University of Michigan
  • Shashank is a Sophomore at the University of Michigan with a double major in English and Creative Writing, and a minor in Japanese. He enjoys reading, writing, bike rides and long nature walks. After graduation, Shashank plans on teaching English abroad and getting involved with organizations related to social justice and politics. His ultimate goal is to become a novelist.

    Read Shashank Rao's Essay
    • Spring 2016 Winner
    • Mark Hewertson
    • Hometown: Wescosville, PA
    • School: Pennsylvania State University
  • Mark is a scholar of the Pennsylvania State Schreyer Honors College at University Park with a major in Honors Computer Engineering. He enjoys playing intramural soccer, spending time with friends and has a strong interest in finance. After graduation, Mark’s goal is to work for a large banking organization building financial market tracking technologies.

    Read Mark Hewertson's Essay
    • Fall 2015 Winner
    • Bradley Lewis
    • Hometown: Portland, Oregon
    • School: Marymount Manhattan College
  • Bradley is transferring to Marymount Manhattan College to study theatre and musical theatre after a rigorous audition process. Bradley has volunteered annually with Bike First - the program showcased in his winning entry - which helps kids with mental and physical disabilities learn to ride bikes. In his spare time he loves to sing and act.

    Read Bradley Lewis' Essay
    • Spring 2015 Winner
    • Emma Browning
    • Hometown: Cumming, Georgia
    • School: Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Emma currently attends North Forsyth High School and is both the president of the academic team and the captain of the debate team. She is on the leadership team of Simple Charity - the subject of her winning entry. She plans to attend the Georgia Institute of Technology in the fall of 2015 with her a focus on International Relations.

    Read Emma Browning's Essay
    • Fall 2014 Winner
    • Darrell Falconburg
    • Hometown: Twin Falls, Idaho
    • School: College of Idaho
  • Darrell attends the College of Idaho with a major in History and minors in Mathematics and Philosophy. Darrell was the Idaho State Chair of the Young Americans for Liberty, which promotes a non-interventionist foreign policy and a laissez-faire domestic policy. In the future, he plans on attending a graduate school for a Ph.D in economics.

    Read Darrell Falconburg's Essay
    • Spring 2014 Winner
    • Ashley S. Dillon
    • Hometown: Port St. John, Florida
    • School: University of Central Florida
  • Ashley attends University of of Central Florida with a major in psychology and a minor in cognitive sciences. Her involvement with Out of the Life, an organization committed to assisting individuals exit the sex traffic industry, demonstrates her passion for helping those in need. She plans on attending graduate school for a Ph.D in clinical psychology.

    Read Ashley S. Dillon's Essay
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