2021 Runner Up Winners Round 1

The Attorney Rick Merrill Dream Scholarship

The Dream Scholarship was started in 2016 to help support the dreams of a current high school or college student looking to make a difference through the pursuit of their passion.

Applicants were asked to submit a picture with a caption that in combination shares their dream and shows how it makes a difference.

Congratulations to our Runner Up Winners.

This year we are excited to announce that we have a multitude of winners to share with you. You will want to check back each week of July to share in more of the Dreams that were selected for an assortment of scholarships.

Annika Brockett Doctor

Annika Brockett

The blurred lights in the photo represent my doubts and fears of which career path I should pursue and the goblet, held up in a toast, represents the success and happiness I am seeking. Currently, I am interested in studying neurology as a doctor. I am always inspired by the kindness and intelligence of my mother, who studied biology in college. In the fall I will attend the University of Washington where I will complete the pre-medicine track and prepare for medical school. I  believe that becoming a doctor will enable me to feel fulfilled because my job will consist of compassionately caring for others.

Ian Brown Chiropractor

Ian Brown

The person that has inspired me most to become a chiropractor is my grandfather, who has been a well-established practicing doctor in Tacoma for over 40 years. It would mean everything to me if I was able to follow in his footsteps and carry his legacy onward. I have taken many steps to support this dreams fruition through studying hard in school, going above and beyond to gain an expansive knowledge in anatomy and physiology, as well as shadowing my grandfather in his clinic. This photo is representative of the present, where I have been admitted into a heavily research-based school, the University of Utah, where I will receive my BS in Biology before moving onto a chiropractic college. Being a chiropractor is important to me because I know first-hand the pain of spinal misalignment, and how relieving care can be. I want to share my talents and care with others and make sure my community stays well-adjusted. I came to the goal of attending a chiropractic college through identifying my drive to become a chiropractor, but also through identifying what discipline of science interested me most, which is the area of anatomy and physiology, and more generally, biological science.

Kaitlyn Cramer Financial Analyst

Kaitlyn Cramer

The funny thing about dreams is that they are always changing. If you would’ve asked me what my dream life was a few months ago I would have told you something completely different than today. My whole life I had one plan only for college and that was to attend the University of Washington, after being waitlisted and committing to Seattle Pacific University I now realize that I am going somewhere so much better for me. So, now when I’m asked about my dreams I say something about how I am officially attending my dream college at SPU, studying my dream major which is Business Administration, and that will help me achieve my dream job in finance after.

I have so many people to thank for getting me to where I am and where I’m going, first are my parents who help me through everything, followed by my siblings who understand each struggle I go through because they’ve gone through it too, then my friends who are going through this crazy experience we call high school with me, and finally the incredible support system I am so lucky to have found in my school through the teachers and staff. 

Adah Hall Forensic Psychologist

Adah Hall

The person most inspirational in my life was my great grandmother. She was a shining light and worked tirelessly to make it to the top. She retired as a school Principal and she was very proud of that accomplishment.

The rule in my house was 90’s and above. I have worked hard throughout my school career to keep my grades above a 90%. I haven’t always succeeded but I continue to focus and currently have a GPA of 3.82.

I am competitive and will do everything in my power to make it to the top. Being a woman makes me have to work a little harder, a little longer and play on my strengths but I love the challenge.

Everyone should dream, big and small dreams. My dream of being in the top tiers of the psychology field, is very important. I want to prove that I can make my dreams a reality.

I came to this goal after dealing with my own mental health challenges. Psychology has helped me understand my own mental health and I hope that one day I can pay it forward as I continue to work toward my goals of making it to the top.

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