Writers Studio Awards High School Students Scholarships Worth $1500 Towards Common App Essay

  • "Especially with the pandemic, it's been very hard for a lot of students to do this on their own. I am so grateful that I got the opportunity to work with the Writers Studio and not go through this alone," says scholarship awardee, Fatima Shahid.

    "Especially with the pandemic, it's been very hard for a lot of students to do this on their own. I am so grateful that I got the opportunity to work with the Writers Studio and not go through this alone," says scholarship awardee, Fatima Shahid.

 
 
Updated 5/3/2021 10:27 AM

To say that 2020 was a tumultuous year is an understatement. That said, we also know that it takes just one person to do something kind, to make the world a slightly brighter place. It was with this intention that a local family-owned business, Writers Studio (www.writersstudio.us), launched its "Pathway to Success" annual scholarship, to help offset the cost of working with a professional guide on the Common App essay and college supplements.

"Given all the events of 2020, offering professional guidance on college application essays to some very deserving students, via such a scholarship, made perfect sense," says Writers Studio CEO, Naazish YarKhan.

 

Especially during COVID, when university's may accept grades as pass\ fail and the SAT and ACT maybe optional at some schools, the college essay is the student's chance to put a personal face to their application. With most universities receiving more applications than they have seats, the college essay has the potential to sway an admissions committee when candidates are identical in every other respect, or even when your scores aren't of the same caliber.

Based in Chicago's suburbs, Writers Studio (www.writersstudio.us) offers writing workshops to students in grades 3 to 12. It also offers services working with students on their college essays, including the Common App, the Coalition Essay, ApplyTexas and supplemental essays. Its students from across the US, Canada, India and UAE have been accepted to MIT, Cornell, Columbia, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Notre Dame, Northwestern, Tufts, Vanderbilt, the big ten schools and other competitive schools. In the past 3 years, six of its students were offered full rides.

Glenbard West Students Qualify for Scholarship

Writers Studio (www.writersstudio.us) is excited to announce that two Glenbard West High School seniors, Ms. Laiba Khan and Ms. Fatima Shahid, were selected for its inaugural "Pathway to Success" scholarships, a combined value of $1,500. The "Pathway to Success" scholarship is for minority students who face incredible personal challenges and continue to strive, and even thrive, academically. Writers Studio is excited to share that both students have also been accepted to their first choice of university and with scholarships. Each academic year, two awardees will be chosen.

"Mrs. YarKhan's kind-hearted spirit and unwavering support transformed the chaotic college admissions process into an amazing learning opportunity. I can't imagine going through this journey without her," said awardee, Laiba Khan.

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She will be attending University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. At Glenbard West, Ms. Khan is a member on the Principal's Advisory Board, a Student Equity Council Member and the first female President of the Muslim Student Association. She plays Varsity Girls Badminton and is a member of Best Buddies and National Honors Society, just to name a few achievements, all while working at Bouna Beef and Kumon Math and Reading Center.

Fatima Shahid will be attending University of Kansas and aspires to be a nurse. At Glenbard West, she is involved in the Muslim Student Association, South Asian Nation, Best Buddies, Eco club and STEM club. She has played badminton at West for 3 years, as well. She has worked as a dental assistant for 2 years and is now employed at It'Sugar candy shop at Oakbrook Mall. Along with her family, she's been a volunteer with Al-Maghreb Institute since she was 7 years old.

"Ms. YarKhan is so extremely talented and well spoken. Her immense help and genuine involvement made the college decision and admission process less stressful and uncomplicated, especially with the pandemic. It's been very hard for a lot of students to do this on their own. I am so grateful that I got the opportunity to work with the Writers Studio and not go through this alone. Thank you so much for this opportunity, Mrs. YarKhan."

For information, contact writersstudiousa@gmail.com

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