Three Students Receive Academic Scholarships through the Cognella Cares Student Scholarship Program

Three Students Receive Academic Scholarships through the Cognella Cares Student Scholarship Program

Cognella recognizes students for writing personal essays about current events and issues

San Diego, CA – November 27, 2018 – Today Cognella announced the Fall 2018 winners of the Cognella Cares Student Scholarship Program: Emma Compton of West Chester University; Azalea Laverde of the University of Cincinnati; and Isaac Gonzalez of California State University, Fullerton.

The Cognella Cares Student Scholarship Program was established to provide students with a platform to speak to current issues that matter to them, highlight experiences that are unique to higher education, and share ideas that can inspire social, political, and intellectual change.

For Fall 2018, Cognella requested short essays on the topics of campus safety, LGBTQ pride, and politics today, awarding one essay per topic with a $1,000 prize.

“As an academic publisher, we’re thrilled to support the pursuit of education and development of thought leadership through the Cognella Cares Student Scholarship Program,” said Cognella CEO Bassim Hamadeh. “Emma, Azalea, and Isaac leveraged their intellect and unique voices to speak out about social issues that affect them—and countless others—in their personal lives, on college campuses, and in society at large. Truly, we are inspired by them, and we couldn’t be more excited to recognize them for their vulnerability, passion, and ambition.”

Emma Compton’s essay on the topic of campus safety speaks to deracializing fear on college campuses and the importance of prioritizing diversity, social justice, and self-reflection in communications, course offerings, and campus policies at academic institutions.

In her essay on the topic of LGBTQ pride, Azalea Laverde shares the story of how she discovered on social media that her friend, a member of the LGBT community, committed suicide—and the conversations about mental health, ostracism, and homophobia that ensued.

Isaac Gonzalez’s essay on the topic of politics today is a rallying cry for young people to engage in politics, recognize the power they wield as a free people, and cast their ballots to actively participate in the democratic process.

Read the award-winning essays:

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