College Admissions Assistance received lots of wonderful entries to our annual Jerome Evans Memorial Scholarship essay contest. The topic asks our graduating seniors to share their favorite quote and how it relates to their story. This year we are proud to announce that Joshua Brown is the winner and will receive a $1,500 prize. Joshua is an impressive student who will attend Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in the fall pursuing his bachelor’s in engineering.
Joshua chose to write about a quote from Frederick Douglass,“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” He did a wonderful job of tying his own experience to this meaningful quote. Joshua has worked very hard and overcome many obstacles to get to this place of entering college. At the end of his essay he summed it up by writing, “This quote is my favorite because it defines who I am.”
Joshua has shown his academic chops by completing the Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education, which is a challenging college-prep program. While he is a gifted student, he also showed his musical talent. Joshua was involved in the wind symphony, jazz band, and marching band where he played the clarinet. He shared with us that being in those bands really felt like family and gave him a chance to be a leader among his peers.
Outside of school Joshua was highly involved in his church. He was part of a group called Men of Honor, which was particularly encouraging in his life. This group seeks to help a generation of men to be the leaders for tomorrow. For the group this means learning to control your emotions, setting goals, and striving to be a better person. These once-a-month gatherings have been part of his life for over 10 years.
Joshua shared that CAA helped him right from the start with his career options. It was one of the factors that confirmed his career goal of engineering. CAA also assisted him with his test prep for the SAT and tutoring for some of his high school classes. Joshua applied to six colleges, got into all of them, and chose FAMU since they had the best scholarship for him.
As a first-generation college student Joshua encourages those in high school to take their academics seriously and just be themselves. We know that Joshua will be a leader during his time at FAMU and beyond. CAA is proud that he is our 2019 winner for this scholarship.