Over the past week, we received more than 350 remarkable stories from learners all over the world on how they plan to make the world a better place through their education. Thank you for sharing your stories with us. They were inspiring!

Nearly 10,000 votes later, we are excited to announce the winners of the Blackboard #PayMyTuitionChallenge that were chosen by you:

  1st1st Place, $15,000 scholarship: Kathleen R.

 Drexel University School of Public Health

Kathleen is studying public health, working toward earning her MPH in epidemiology. Her studies brought her to the Women’s Center in Morant Bay, Jamaica, an alternative school system for pregnant teenagers and young mothers. There, she developed a health education curriculum to teach the students skills that promote healthy lifestyles. In Kathleen’s words, “If I had to pinpoint a moment in time I fell in love with public health, it would be right there in the tiny classroom in Jamaica.” Kathleen’s passion is disease control and prevention, and she dreams of working for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention performing health education and epidemiological research.

Second2nd Place, $5,000 scholarship: Keeyuania P.

The University of Southern Mississippi

Keeyuania’s submission to the #PayMyTuitionChallenge struck a particular chord with us as her words are closely aligned with our own mission: “Education is one of the best investments a young adult can make. Education has the power to change the world.” Keeyuania plans to use her education to give back and inspire the youth in her local Mississippi community.

3rd3rd Place, $5,000 scholarship: Tochukwu E.

William Carey University

Living by the philosophy “health is wealth,” Tochukwu plans to take his health care education back to his home in rural Africa. In his words: “I believe the main purpose of getting an education is to better ones self and give back to your community and the world at large.” Using his training, he plans on impacting lives in African communities and other places around the world.

Congratulations to our winners and thanks again to all who submitted. Tuition costs may be rising, but the true value of education came through in every video, image and submission we received.

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  • Richard Scott Farris

    CONGRATULATIONS to all 3 Winners, but as a native “Hattiesburger” of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, I am of course particularly pleased and proud to see that TWO of the three Blackboard scholarship winners nationwide are high-achieving college students at the two well-known and well-respected Universities in my Hometown of Hattiesburg! Go WILLIAM CAREY CRUSADERS! And SMTTT!!! (“Southern Miss–To The Top!!!”), it’s GREAT to be a GOLDEN EAGLE! R. Scott Farris (former Hattiesburg City Councilman) “Hattiesburg–‘The Hub City’ of Southern Miss!”