Online-Education.net awards second annual scholarship

Georgia Doucette in Denmark

Online-Education.net, a website that provides information to students seeking online education, recently announced the winner of its second annual essay contest. (Online-Education.net and Schools.com are owned by the same parent company.)

Aspiring teacher Georgia Doucette, 21, was awarded a $2,000 scholarship to the college of her choice for submitting an essay that answered the question, "What TV character's career would you like to have and why?"

Doucette, a junior at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, is currently studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her winning essay expressed her desire to be like Hilary Swank's character Erin Gruwell in the 2007 film "Freedom Writers."

"I would like to have a teaching career similar to that of Erin Gruwell's so I can apply my anthropological skills to better educate myself and others on the racial segregation and civil rights issues in today's society," Doucette wrote in her essay. "Understanding and appreciating peoples' differences at a local level is a small yet essential step in creating a peaceful, tolerant world."

Doucette will be spending her summer pursuing her interest in environmental studies through an internship at the Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery in East Orland, Maine.

Scholarship contest

"This contest provided a platform for current and prospective students to showcase their opinions and writing skills in a creative and fun way," Online-Education.net spokeperson Anne Larsson said in a statement. "Georgia's essay was very engaging and showed how strongly she believes in furthering her own education to ultimately reach her goal of becoming an inner-city school teacher."

The site also launched its third annual scholarship contest on May 3, 2011. Two entrants will win $2,000 each for answering one of the two available essay topics: "If you could pick anyone, dead or alive, famous or not, to be your teacher, who would it be and why?" and "Describe a moment that inspired you to get an education." Essays must be no longer than 500 words, and must be submitted by the end of the day on August 2, 2011. The winners will be announced on or around August 16, 2011.

"With each scholarship contest we launch, we see more and more quality entries," Larrson said. "We are happy to be able to provide students with the opportunity to showcase their talents and help fund their educational goals."

More information about the Online-Education.net scholarship contest can be found here.