A collection of winning essays

Maximus Ramirez

I still remember walking into her classroom for the first time. The 32 desks arranged into 8 groups of 4. The gargantuan bookshelf that must've had at least 500 books. The 3 computers lined up on the right side of the classroom. What caught my eye was the big, golden, fabric chair. For me, it […]

Jessica Price

This year, I took on the challenge of completing my first semester of college. I am enrolled at the University of Delaware as a Cognitive Science major with the Speech-Language Pathology concentration and Disabilities Studies and Psychology minors. My significant accomplishment this year was making Dean's list for the Fall 2019 semester and earning a […]

Adamari Rodriguez

My name is Adamari Rodriguez, I am from slower lower Millsboro Delaware where I graduated from Sussex Central High School in 2017 third in my class. I am the oldest of 3 girls, therefore, I had to quickly learn how to become like a second mother for my sisters. While I was growing up, I […]

Justin Malone

"Can my friend get some water? She is overheating!" I overhear as I finish eating my fast food that somehow passes for a meal. As you know, curiosity killed the cat, and thank goodness I am not a feline because I would need many more than nine lives. As the battle between laziness and curiosity […]

Justin Yeung

My family virtually started from the bottom. My parents and grandparents immigrated from China and built themselves up from the very bottom. They struggled in their villages growing up where they had virtually no income. My family immigrated to the United States searching for more opportunity but knew very little English. Maintaining their hard-working mentality, […]

John Byler

I am the first in my father's family to accomplish a variety of achievements. My father was raised Amish, yes Lancaster County Amish, so he was not fortunate enough to experience the schooling and activities I have over the past eighteen years. First and foremost, I am an Eagle Scout, which less than 4% of […]

Shea Sweeney

"What do you want to be when you grow up?" 6 year old me would have said a shoe designer. 10 year old me would have said an interior designer. 14 year old me would have said a doctor. 16 year old me would have said a nutritionist. But now, 18 year old me is […]

Jonte Desire

Growing up as a small, brown child, I learned labels quicker than my times tables. Being called "stupid," "whore," "nigger," "bitch," and other slurs took my attention away from knowing the answer to 24x7. I had friends in my community, yet some seemingly had a distorted obsession with my brown appearance as if it were […]

John Kane

For this John B. Lynch Scholarship, I was asked to write an essay on three different topics: my academic and personal goals, my summer employment experience, and a life experience. In doing this I hope the committee can get a better understanding of who I am as a candidate for the John B. Lynch Scholarship. […]

Anna Masciantonio

My life journey began in Nanchang, China where I was born into a family I would never come to know. A few days after I was brought into this world, I was placed on the steps of a local orphanage with only a piece of paper stating my birth name, Li Li, and the date […]

Shawn Mitchell

I plan to go to Frostburg State University to get a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries. I am interested in pursuing this degree because I have always wanted a job that allows me to be outside and not stuck in an office all day. I am also considering a minor in Parks and Recreation or […]

Morgan Williams

I have autism. Specifically, I have Asperger's Syndrome. Having Asperger's Syndrome is a lot like being an alien landing on a foreign planet. You don't understand what facial expressions mean, nor can you recognize human emotion. You are an outcast that cannot communicate with everyone else, and you wonder if something is truly wrong with […]

Briana Benenati

Dance, Dance, Where Ever You May Be Hop two, three, four, five, six, seven... back two, three... back two, three. If only I had known thirteen years ago how much these steps would form my life. Irish dance. To some, my obsession may seem like a silly cultural phenomenon. Big curly hair, 1950's style poodle […]

Jacqueline Grifith

I was a camp counselor at a bereavement camp Delaware Hospice provided for children who had lost loved ones in the past year. Some of the children in attendance had lost relatives and friends within the few weeks before camp. I was intimidated by the thought of this camp at first. I had been trained […]

Brendan McDermott

Bleary eyes, hunched shoulders and a throbbing headache from information overload — no I'm not describing my late night study sessions. I'm imagining what scholarship applications must feel like from your perspective. Before you read any farther, I encourage you to indulge in a stretch break. It's important to me that you view my essay, […]

Caleb Buchler

Thank you for the opportunity to apply for another grant from the John B. Lynch Foundation. It hardly seems like a full year has passed since my initial application. However, my daily routine now is dramatically different than it was at this time last winter. I am a freshman at the University of Delaware and […]

Dylan McDowell

As usual, there is a lot to report since the last time I submitted an essay to your organization. However, this time I am writing to you from Vladimir, Russia, the city where I am currently studying abroad. For the reason that I am speaking almost exclusively Russian here, please excuse what, in my opinion, […]


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