Weekly Scholarship Winner: Sirley Carballo

sirley carballoCongratulations to Sirley Carballo, our latest Weekly “Three Sentence Essay” Scholarship winner!

Music can often trigger powerful memories. When we hear a certain song, melody, or lyric our minds are able to dig deep into our subconscious to replay a specific moment in time.

We wanted to hear about a memorable experience in our students’ lives associated with a particular song or piece of music, and the responses we received hit all the notes we were hoping for. At the end of the day though, Sirley’s response won over the judges for her whimsical tale of summertime fun.

Here’s her winning essay:
Upon hearing Carlos Gardel’s famous tango “Adios, Muchachos”, without fail I am transported to the patio of my grandpas house in Argentina where on one lazy summer afternoon, my grandfather spontaneously grabbed my hand as we began to dance along, as if we even truly knew how to.

Here’s a bit more about our winner:
I love anything that has to do with movies and hope to be involved in the making of some great films in the future. Right now I’m a junior at Fresno Pacific University where I’m majoring in Communications with a Film & Media Studies Emphasis and minoring in English. Outside of school, I also like to act and have been in several independent short films. On one hand, I’m a homebody and love to spend time with my family and our rambunctious cat, Joopy, while on the other, there’s nothing that I love more than going out and spending time with close friends.

Here’s a few of our favorite runners up:

Every time I hear “Tiger Lily” by Matchbook Romance, I remember sitting in the car with my mom. Our relationship had been rocky for years, and I was feeling alone and misunderstood. As the song was ending, she smiled at me, and I felt that everything was going to be okay after all. -Tya C.

The morning my grandfather died, I heard the song “It’s Only Life” by Kate Voegele. Every time I hear that song now, I can remember every detail of those four minutes that morning. I remember the light, the crisp, dry fall air, the puffy feeling in my eyes… everything. -Jennifer Z.

Hail to the orange, hail to the blue, hail Alma mater. As I start my journey at the university of Illinois, the song I have heard all my life at Illinois football games truly takes on more meaning. The University of Illinois has always been in my life, but now it is my family. -David H.

A famous musician once said “Mo’ money, mo’ problems,” but when it comes to paying for tuition costs, students can use all the help they can get. Make sure to apply for our Weekly “Three Sentence Essay” Scholarship to earn yourself a $1,000 for college.

written by
Sean Castillo
December 12, 2012

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