Cognella Awards Three Students with Academic Scholarships for Thought Leadership on Emerging Issues

The 2019 Cognella Cares Student Scholarship Program recognizes students for writing about immigration in America, sustainability and environmental issues, and technology in higher education

San Diego, CA – October 23, 2019 – Today Cognella announced the Fall 2019 winners of the Cognella Cares Student Scholarship Program: Yana Obiekwe of the University of Georgia; Maxwell Sall of The George Washington University; and Dillon Polley of Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis.

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 2019, Cognella requested short essays on the topics of immigration in America, sustainability and environmental issues, and technology in higher education, awarding one essay per topic with a $1,000 prize.

“Yana, Maxwell, and Dillon certainly rose to the occasion this year, crafting thought-provoking and eloquent essays about topics that are important and personal to each of them,” said Cognella CEO Bassim Hamadeh. “In their essays, these students combine intellect and passion to share personal truths and encourage others to not only carefully consider social issues but also to take action and provide a brighter future for all. As an academic publisher, we’re proud to support Yana, Maxwell, and Dillon in their pursuit of education and thought leadership.”

Yana Obeikwe’s essay on the topic of immigration in America speaks to the numerous obstacles her family has faced in pursuit of U.S. citizenship, including displacement, separation, financial hardship, and legal challenges.

In his essay on the topic of sustainability and environmental issues, Maxwell Sall argues that shortcomings in the American healthcare system, especially with regard to pharmaceuticals, greatly impact climate change, pollution, and resource overuse.

Dillon Polley’s essay on the topic of technology in higher education demonstrates how students can effectively leverage numerous apps and programs to manage stress, improve mental health and wellness, and as a result, succeed in their studies.

Read the award-winning essays:

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