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Bottlinger Law L.L.C. Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to our Scholarship Winners!

The legal team at Bottlinger Law L.L.C. would like to congratulate all the following students who succeeded in winning our scholarship. We have great hopes for the future of Nebraska—indeed, for our entire Nation. By offering this scholarship money, we hope that we, in some small way, have helped these future leaders pursue a higher education, and in the end, serve our global community.

We would also like to thank every student who took the time to apply. Please check our blog and Facebook page for announcements and other scholarship opportunities.

2018 Co-Winning Entry

"I will do my part to change things for the better, ensuring healthy lives for the ecosystems and generations ahead."

- Haven J., 2018 Scholarship Winner

Introduction

"Solving environmental issues requires appreciation for interdependencies, summoning creativity and collaboration between all parts of society."
- Haven J.

I’m a dedicated student, an active part of my community, and I work in a nonprofit recording studio. I play music in two bands, and I love to travel and learn. In the fall, I will attend the Honors program at Western Washington University to study Environmental Science. Through the unique major-building programs available there, I hope to involve social justice and reproductive health in my degree. I am excited to make the most of this immense opportunity, and to begin learning and solving problems at a collegiate level.

I’ve worked a part-time job throughout high school, and will continue to work during college. I’ve also collaborated with my parents to establish a savings plan that will help me pay for school. For this, I am very lucky. However, there are still some costs in tuition, housing and food that I simply cannot cover. This scholarship will help me to realize my dream of working alongside professors and other passionate students to create a more sustainable, connected world. Contributing to my educational fund now will have a great return on investment. I will do my part to change things for the better, ensuring healthy lives for the ecosystems and generations ahead.

Short Essay

My father raised me to be a scuba diver. He filled my childhood with stories about the ink-black nighttime sea, towering kelp forests and walls of fish feeding on phytoplankton. At age 12, I was scuba certified by PADI and started joining my dad on dive trips, exposing me to remarkable marine ecosystems around the world.

My mother raised me camping. We spent weekends together exploring the most peaceful, untouched forests we could find. My most vivid memories of her are laced with wildflowers and aspen trees. Because of her, I have observed intricate trophic pyramids and tasted clean mountain air.

Firsthand experiences in wild places have shown me the importance of sustainability. I am not interested in polarizing emotional arguments about environmental issues. Instead, I want to find creative, actionable solutions. I believe this will require solid science, thoughtful social policy, political compromise, and practical economics. Finding solutions will demand critical thinking and an appreciation for the complex interactions between each working part of our world.

An earthy, frenzied science teacher, Mr. Mulick, taught me to appreciate these interdependencies in several of his Advanced Placement classes. He showed me that environmentalism is a tangle of science and social issues. During in-class debates and research projects, he taught me to move past emotional statements in favor of fact-based analysis. I left his classes determined to use science and data to drive change.

"Firsthand experiences in wild places have shown me the importance of sustainability. I am not interested in polarizing emotional arguments about environmental issues. Instead, I want to find creative, actionable solutions."
- Haven J.

Mr. Mulick and other excellent teachers have given me more than I could thank them for. They have urged me to ask questions about the world and have helped me discover what I am passionate about. They have helped me cultivate a solid sense of purpose in my search for quality education. I believe that continuing to work with great professors like Mr. Mulick and collaborating with dedicated students will help me to learn the skills I need to contribute to cause positive change.

In the fall, I will attend Western Washington University. I appreciate WWU’s commitment to environmental sustainability as evidenced by its academic programs, environmental research tracks, renewable energy initiatives, and community engagement. Most importantly, I will be attending the college’s Honors program. This means that my class sizes will be especially small, and I will have many opportunities to collaborate, discuss, and cause positive change with a community of dedicated professors and students.

I've prepared for success at WWU by working hard in the classroom, engaging in the events happening in the world around me, and experiencing the effects of environmental advocacy in person. I am the co-founder and co-president of my school’s Conservation Council, and have debated resource management as a member of a Model UN team. I am ready to pursue the educational opportunities that WWU can offer.

Because of my experiences in wild places, environmentalism has been important to me since before I knew how to spell the word. Learning from great teachers, thinkers, and advocates has furthered my passion for sustainability. Solving environmental issues requires appreciation for interdependencies, summoning creativity and collaboration between all parts of society. I am committed to continue finding those connections and contributing to the solutions. I believe WWU is the best place for me to continue pursuing my dream.

- Haven J.


2018 Co-Winning Entry

"People see me on the surface, yet my hope is that they see my heart through my actions with others and through my service to my community."

- Lauren J., 2018 Scholarship Winner

Introduction

"Many things that matter aren’t directly noticed. I experienced this truth through long hours of sewing. But I chose to serve anyway. Serving is excellence – a lifestyle I chose to embrace."
- Lauren J.

Giving to others has truly molded my character. Between competing in three varsity-level sports, serving as President of the National Honor Society, and earning valedictorian at Wisner-Pilger, community service encompassed my high-school years. However, I didn't just donate my time and talents to local hospitals and nursing homes. As I sewed Alzheimer’s mats or taught local youth about nutrition, I learned the truth about the work and passion needed to serve others. As my last months of high school approach, I want to continue to give back to the people of rural Nebraska. I plan to pursue a career in medicine as a pediatrician while attending Wayne State College next fall as a Pre-Medicine Major. One of my biggest challenges looking forward to my next eight years of school is finances. This scholarship will help fulfill my post-secondary school dreams by contributing to my room and board, fees, and books in college.

Short Essay

I grew up going to nursing homes with my parents. As therapists, they treated patients in a variety of different homes. I became very familiar with the chirps of the birds and the sound of Bingo chips during afternoon games. I felt comfortable being around the elderly, and from a young age, I tried to do everything I could to benefit my area’s nursing homes and community.

Community service has become a part of who I am. My family taught me this through their commitments to our country. My grandfather served as a Green Beret in the U.S. Army during Vietnam, and my great-grandfather served in special forces in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. Hearing stories about their bravery and sacrifice empowered me to put others before myself. Many people have congratulated me as I became the recipient of multiple Philanthropy Contest Awards, the Prudential Service Award, and the 4-H Diamond Clover Award, but these accomplishments don’t define me. My time giving back to my community means so much more.

Beneath the awards were commitment and a willingness to help others. As I spent my weekends sewing mats for Alzheimer’s patients or sewing patriotic wheelchair and walker bags for the members of the Norfolk Veterans home, I began to truly see the value and determination needed to serve others. This epiphany led to my decision to donate over two hundred hours at Faith Regional Hospital and pursue other service projects such as Port Covers for the Carson Cancer Center.

Even though many people in my community know that I donate my talents to my community, few really understand the time and effort I commit. Similarly, much of who I am is unnoticed at first glance. People see me on the surface, yet my hope is that they see my heart through my actions with others and through my service to my community.

Giving to others has truly molded my character. As my last months of high school approach, I want to continue to give back to the people of rural Nebraska. I plan to pursue a career in medicine as a pediatrician while attending Wayne State College next fall. The Rural Heath Opportunities Program (RHOP) will give me course program and will also hold my spot at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) for medical school. My desire to enter the medical field became clear during our 2015 family Christmas. I watched as clear tubes breathed life into my grandma.

"Serving others looks different for everyone: my grandpa’s valor in the jungles of Vietnam, the Nebraska doctors helping my grandma to health, my parents healing their patients, and myself, doing little things to brighten the lives of the elderly."
- Lauren J.

The terminal diagnosis was more than a slight change for my grandma and our family. The oxygen tank placed restrictions on my grandma’s physical abilities and crushed her mental spirit. I sat at my grandparents’ kitchen table and listened as my grandma spoke of her life regrets in what I thought were her final breaths. Our days of kneading dough for rye bread and feeling the sting of jalapeño peppers as we cut them for home-made salsa came to a halt. Therefore, when I heard the Nebraska Medical Center had harvested a lung and was immediately initiating a transplant, I was filled with a new hope for my grandma and our relationship.

Lung transplants were new to Nebraska, and my grandma was the second lung-transplant patient at Nebraska Medical Center. With every visit, I witnessed her physical and mental strength returning. After completing months of rehabilitation, my grandma had a new outlook on life and our relationship had blossomed once again. This experience not only influenced my perspective on Nebraska medicine but was a crucial factor in my decision to pursue a healthcare career. My grandma’s doctors, who were committed and passionate about their field, solidified my desire to influence my future patients in the same way.

Through shadowing family physicians and surgeons and volunteering weekly at local hospitals, I immersed myself into the health field. This allowed me to learn more, see more, and appreciate different careers in healthcare.

Serving others looks different for everyone: my grandpa’s valor in the jungles of Vietnam, the Nebraska doctors helping my grandma to health, my parents healing their patients, and myself, doing little things to brighten the lives of the elderly.

Many things that matter aren’t directly noticed. I experienced this truth through long hours of sewing. But I chose to serve anyway. Serving is excellence – a lifestyle I chose to embrace.

- Lauren J.


About Us

Managing Attorney Jason B. Bottlinger

We at Bottlinger Law L.L.C. want to invest our country’s future, which is why we are pleased to announce a $1,000 scholarship for one deserving student from anywhere in the United States. Our firm believes that helping even one person secure an education helps the community as a whole. Best of luck to all our participants!