Each year, CAA asks members of its senior class to write a short essay to enter a scholarship contest. This year we asked students to write about their favorite quote, how it relates to them, and why it is their favorite. CAA offers this scholarship each year in honor of Jerome Evans. Jerome was a member of the College Admissions Assistance team who passed away a few years ago. CAA is proud to grant this scholarship to a deserving student in memory of Jerome’s legacy of helping students reach their educational goals.
Rimpal Bajwa’s essay was selected as the 2018 winner of the Jerome Evans Memorial Scholarship! The coaching team selected her as the winner based on her moving essay about her experience marching in honor of the victims of the Parkland, Florida school shooting. As winner of the essay contest, she will receive $1,500 toward her college education. Rimpal plans to attend Georgetown University and pursue a degree in International Politics. She told CAA that her parents are very proud of her being admitted to such a prestigious university.
During the March for Our Lives, which was the backdrop of her essay, Rimpal held a sign with this June Jordan quote, “We are the ones we have been waiting for.” In her essay, Rimpal did an outstanding job painting a picture of the events of March 14th as well as conveying her own feelings about participating in the march. She interpreted the quote as a call to courage as she seeks to bring about change in the world.
Rimpal shared with CAA that she has a passion for human rights and wants to become a lawyer who assists this cause worldwide. She chose Georgetown because they have a “great program” that will teach her about more than just the “American perspective” on this issue. She chose this school because of the location in Washington, D.C., the fact that it would be a new cultural experience for her, and the amazing faculty. Rimpal is very excited for all she will learn through her college education.
She will be immersed in her subject area right away at Georgetown because she has chosen to join their Justice and Diversity in Action (JDA) living-learning community. Through this program, she will get to explore more about social justice issues, dialogue with others in the group, participate in community service, and learn how to articulate her views more clearly. Growing up as an Indian American, she has encountered the subject matter in her own context, but through this program she will learn about others’ perspective on these issues.
Rimpal is an impressive student who earned admission to Georgetown based on her academics and extracurricular activities. She was involved in debate at her school and competed at the national competition. She also spent a large amount of time outside of class doing community service, such as working at a food bank after school and volunteering in her religious community.
Rimpal shared with us that CAA assisted her with preparing for her college entrance exams. She was thankful that CAA was there to answer questions since her counselors at school were not always available. She also used the tutoring to help her through her Physics class. At CAA, we are proud to have assisted Rimpal and wish her all the best as she begins college!