BooksRun $1000 scholarship winner

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Hi there, it’s Tom! I am glad to announce the winner of our scholarship contest.  It was difficult to choose out of 127 wonderful essays, but we did it.

We congratulate Carol Tally, the student of the Massasoit Community College for winning the $1000 scholarship.  You can read a part of her story below.

Dear BooksRun Scholarship Committee:

Thank you for the opportunity to apply for the BooksRun scholarship.

Returning to college in my mid-fifties started out as an intimidating experience but I realized with resources such as BooksRun, the journey was going to be possible. My college-age children shared their experiences, introduced me to ISBN and navigated around with me. This was an amazing introduction and surpassed my experience of standing in a long bookstore line to learn the book just sold out or is selling at a higher than usual mark-up. 

When I graduated from high school my plan was to become a physical therapist. I was elated to be accepted into a local college program. Unfortunately, due to minimal guidance and a lack of financial support, I was not able to pursue my dreams at that time. I have learned so much about perseverance since then and wish rental and selling options were available in the 80s.

In 2016 I started attending college for nursing prerequisites while working full-time. Living in the Boston area with top-notch medical facilities and health care providers is a privilege, and I look forward to joining the amazing nursing profession. College is still an expensive, rewarding experience but so much has changed…

Thanks to all the participants and make sure you follow our news and contests. It will be fun!

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