Two Scholarship Opportunities in 2014

posted Feb 9, 2014, 2:10 PM by Sandy G   [ updated Feb 10, 2014, 4:35 AM by Remember Robert Yin ]
I'm happy to announce the 4th Annual SPIRIT Scholarship, a $5000 scholarship for a deserving student in the Wootton Class of 2014!

Opportunity is a door, you open and go thru, to get somewhere else.

Same as in past years, the scholarship is open to any interested Wootton senior. We are in search of a special youth with spirit. That is, someone whose SPIRIT will, "Show Potential, Integrity, Responsibility, and Inspire Thousands!"

Interested applicants will submit an inspirational speech or story. The SPIRIT Scholar winner will make a video about his or her idea. Applications are open NOW through April 6, 2014. For more information about the scholarship visit the 2013-2014 Scholarship webpage at the Remember Robert website

The scholarship is given in memory of Robert, sponsored by Robert's family and a generous anonymous donor. A big thank you goes out to Wootton High School - for the wonderful students they educate and nurture, and to the WHS teachers who helped to nominate and judge the applicants.

In previous years I strived to kickoff the SPIRIT Scholarship announcement on December 12, the birthday of the late Robert Yin. Although I'm late to announce the SPIRIT Scholarship this year, the Scholarship program is unchanged.

To donate your time, effort or money to the Robert Yin SPIRIT Foundation, or for general questions, contact or call 301-448-9516.

- Sandy Giger, February 9, 2014
And there's another Scholarship I want to make you aware of...
And I highly recommend, you go for it!

This scholarship is NOT associated with the Robert Yin SPIRIT Foundation, Inc., but it is a wonderful opportunity for our DC region: 

  • Prizes: $5,000 First Place Scholarship; $3,000 Second Place Scholarship; and Six $1,000 Honorable Mentions!
  • Deadline: 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 31, 2014
  • Theme“Organ & Tissue Donation: Persuade Someone to Give the Gift of a Lifetime.” Write a 1,000 word persuasive argument on the topic, fiction or non fiction, with sources cited.
  • SponsorWashington Regional Transplant Community (WRTC), the D.C. metropolitan area’s organ recovery agency.
  • You will be disqualified if there are no citations, if there are more than 1,000 words or your submission is late! Read the RULES!

Here are my two cents (adjusted for inflation) about the Legacy of Life Scholarship: 

This is an excellent chance to use your power of persuasion to argue passionately for a good cause, which is organ & tissue donation. And the generous prizes are highly worth trying for. Why not try? 

Some people might avoid or not know how to express themselves with regard to organ donation. Maybe I can help? If anyone is interested, I will make myself available to let you ask all the questions you have or are afraid to ask about organ donation (because Robert was an organ donor). Email me and we'll talk. 

One last word, I saw some great passionate essays from WHS kids in the past years. Though, I was shown these after they submitted them (and it was too late to change)... I suspect one or two may have been disqualified for not providing citations (i.e. references). That's a preventable error, so follow the RULES!