2019 Bills.com Scholarship Winner - Emily Merrill
We are proud to award our 2019 BIlls.com Scholarship to Emily Merrill of Louisville, Kentucky!
Emily's answer to our question "How are you planning on paying for college?" stood out, even though we received many fine entries. We judged all the finalists based on the thoughfulness, completeness, qaulity, and grammatical accuracy of their essay.
Emily joins last years winner, Maya Bluthenthal. Both are extraordinary young women. Maya is currently a student at Columbia University and she has authored posts about the financial challenges of a college student living at home in our Cents in the City blog.
We are excited that Emily will contribute to our blog, too, with posts upcoming that focus on developing good financial health habits and how they compliment a good education and career path for acheiveing long-term goals.
Emily has already demonstrated awareness of the impact that financial choices made at age 18 can impact her life for a long time to come. This is why she has worked so hard to find ways to attend a top-notch university that costs a lot of money while graduating without debt.
Emily was awarded a significant academic scholarship by Baylor University. Emily has earned over $10,000 in private scholarship awards, including our award, after submitting about 60 scholarship contest entries. She also works.
The significant time spent on work and scholarship entries hasn't come at the expense of her schooling, where Emily carries a 4.0 GPA and earned membership in the National Honor Society. Emily is a 2018 Kentucky Governor's Scholar, received the Louisville Youth Choric Excellence Award, and is a an award winning archer.
We applaud all of Emily's hard work, admire her commmitment to excellence, and are honored to make a $2,500 contribution to her college expenses.
Our contest was open to graduating high school seniors, as well as college freshmen, sophomores or juniors who planned to enroll in full-time undergraduate study during the 2019-2020 academic year at an accredited two- or four-year college or university in the United States. Applicants were required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale), and be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident.
We couldn't have selected a better winner.