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Giva Announces New Scholarship for Tony Robbins "Unleash the Power Within" March 2016, Palm Beach FL

Tony Robbins Unleash the Power Within Giva Scholarship

Giva is offering scholarships for free general admission to the recently announced Tony Robbins' seminar in the Palm Beach, Florida Area, March 10-13, 2016. Scholarships will be awarded to individuals who write thoughtful essays in answering the following questions:

What are your dreams and aspirations and how specifically will you achieve them? How will you contribute to the world by giving back?

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Giva Announces "Anthony Robbins Unleash the Power Within" Scholarship Winner & Essay: Jonathan Clark

Giva's Tony Robbins Scholarship Award Winning Essay

In July, 1999, Ron Avignone, Giva Founder, attended an Anthony Robbins Unleash the Power Within (UPW) event in San Francisco which ultimately inspired him to create the great success story that is Giva today! In the spirit of giving back, Giva has established a corporate scholarship to current UPW events to help others realize their own dreams.

Giva is very pleased to congratulate Jonathan Clark, 2015 award recipient of Giva's Corporate Scholarship to Anthony Robbins' "Unleash the Power Within (UPW) Seminar.

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Samsung's Summer Program Educating the Future

Samsung Mobile App Academy

Samsung awarded its first place $20,000 scholarship to Aditiya Suri, an 11th grader at Walton High School in Marietta, GA. Suri was one of a few high school students to attend Samsung's annual Mobile App Academy, where he designed the app "Mobi Sense," a tool to facilitate communication for those with visual, vocal, or auditory impairment.

High school students who are in the 11th or 12th grade have the opportunity to become App Developers through a summer coding program sponsored by Samsung Electronics. In addition to providing a combination of useful curriculum and technology, Samsung also donates a total of $35,000 in scholarships to participating high school students, such as Suri.

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Giva Student Scholarship & Worldwide Community Ambassador Award Winning Essay: Malerie Pratt

Giva Scholarship Award Winning Essay from Malerie Pratt

Giva is proud to showcase the essays of its Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award winners. Below is the winning essay from Ms. Malerie Pratt, medical student at Oregon Health and Science University. Giva's hope is to inspire others through these essays. The Essay question was, "How will you use your talents and education to make the world a better place for future generations? What are your career and personal goals and why?" We hope that sharing these essays will help others realize the joys and benefits of service. Congratulations to Ms. Pratt!

Giva Scholarship Winning Essay
By Malerie Pratt

Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity of receiving the Giva Scholarship and representing the Worldwide Community Ambassador Award. My goal is to become a doctor and work in under-served communities in rural and inner city areas, both in the United States and in developing countries. I am currently a first year medical student at Oregon Health and Science University, where I am actively pursuing my dreams of becoming a physician to help those in need. Thank you again for this incredible opportunity.

The following is my essay:

Because my parents raised me to be goal-oriented, it did not surprise me when my dad asked me to write my goals for the next ten years when I was only nine. My goals focused on helping people and protecting the environment. Most importantly, I wanted to build and to run orphanages in Africa.

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Giva Student Scholarship Winner Essay: Dr. Rushabe Malde - Columbia University Reflections

Giva is proud to showcase the essays of its Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award winners. Below is an essay from Dr. Rushabh Malde, currently attending Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health pursuing his Master's Degree in Healthcare Administration. Giva's hope is to inspire others through these essays. We hope that sharing these essays will help others realize the joys and benefits of service.

Columbia University Reflections

Columbia University Reflections
By Dr. Rushabh Malde

In my past essays, I have spoken about my experiences while working in the healthcare sector and also shared with you the life changing moment which convinced me to pursue a career in public health. I have also shared my journey with you since my Dental college days to my work as a Hospital Administrator to now when I am currently studying at Columbia University, New York pursuing a Master's degree in Public Health. Today, I would like to share about my time at Columbia University and how it has opened my eyes to so many unknown aspects of public health.

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Giva Announces Outstanding Nursing Student Scholarship!

Giva Medical Scholarship

Giva's Corporate Outstanding Nursing Student Scholarship is for anyone currently enrolled in an accredited nursing program in the United States or Canada. This scholarship grant is aimed at assisting nursing students further their education.

$1000 scholarships will be awarded to students currently enrolled in an accredited nursing program in the United States or Canada who write thoughtful essays in answering the following questions:

How will you use your talents and education to make the world a better place for future generations? What are your career and personal goals and why?

The essay needs to be between 600-1000 words, and must be received by Giva no later than September 1st or March 1st of each year. A current resume must also be included with the essay. Giva will choose the scholarship winners and will award the scholarships by November 15th and May 15th of each year. Students can only apply once in any 12-month period.

For more information, please see visit our Giva Semi-Annual Outstanding Nursing Student Scholarship. Submit your application and essay today!

Giva Announces Excellence in Medicine Student Scholarship!

Giva Medical Scholarship

Giva has just announced its Corporate Excellence in Medicine Student Scholarship, which is for anyone currently enrolled in an accredited school of medicine in the United States or Canada. This scholarship grant is aimed at assisting medical students further their education.

$1000 scholarships will be awarded to students currently enrolled in an accredited school of medicine in the United States or Canada who write thoughtful essays in answering the following questions:

How will you use your talents and education to make the world a better place for future generations? What are your career and personal goals and why?

The essay needs to be between 600-1000 words, and must be received by Giva no later than September 1st or March 1st of each year. A current resume must also be included with the essay. Giva will choose the scholarship winners and will award the scholarships by November 15th and May 15th of each year. Students can only apply once in any 12-month period.

For more information, please see visit our Giva Semi-Annual Excellence in Medicine Student Scholarship. Submit your application and essay today!

Giva Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award Winner - Malerie Pratt

Student Scholarship Award Winner

Giva is very pleased to congratulate Malerie Pratt, 2015 recipient of Giva's Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award!

Ms. Pratt is enrolled at Oregon Health and Science University. Upon receiving the award, Ms. Pratt responded, "Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity of receiving the Giva Scholarship. My goal is to become a doctor and work in under-served communities in rural and inner city areas, both in the United States and in developing countries. I am currently a first year medical student at Oregon Health and Science University, where I am actively pursuing my dreams of becoming a physician to help those in need. Thank you again for this incredible opportunity."

"Giva is proud to support students like Ms. Pratt who pursue their dreams and strive tirelessly to change the world through their hard work and dedication. Her personal vision of helping others will certainly inspire the next generation of exceptional and selfless individuals. Congratulations, Malerie," said Ron Avignone, Founder of Giva.

For more information on Giva's Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award and other scholarships, please visit our scholarships page.

Congratulations again to Malerie Pratt!

Giva Student Scholarship Winner Essay: Dr. Rushabe Malde - Truly Making a Long-Term Difference

Giva is proud to showcase the essays of its Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award winners. Below is an essay from Dr. Rushabh Malde, currently attending Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health pursuing his Master's Degree in Healthcare Administration. Giva's hope is to inspire others through these essays. We hope that sharing these essays will help others realize the joys and benefits of service.

Planting the Seed of Long-term Serving Benefits

Truly Making a Long-Term Difference
By Dr. Rushabh Malde

If you have read my earlier essay, you will know that I worked as a Hospital Administrative intern after finishing my bachelor's degree. I would like to share with you today some immensely satisfying experiences I have had while working in this position. These experiences not only provided me with joy but also reinforced my belief to pursue a career in healthcare.

While working as an intern at a hospital in Mumbai, I was extremely happy with my career. I was learning a lot of interesting stuff everyday as well as given the ability to make my voice heard and make changes to improve the quality of care afforded to the patients. During my time there, we introduced various patient centric programs like free text messaging services, which informed patients when they would need to come in to meet their doctors. This reduced the patient waiting time at our hospital by almost 75%, significantly improving patient satisfaction. Another initiative introduced by my team was to offer counseling services for patients' families, which helped them deal with stress, and showed them how to move forward to deal with chronic debilitating diseases. These initiatives aligned very well with my goal to positively affect people's lives through healthcare, and I realized this is what I wanted to do permanently.

In spite of the above-mentioned initiatives being very successful, there is one idea which is particularly close to my heart. Pediatric primary healthcare is only a myth in most developing or under developed countries. Apart from offering the basic necessary vaccines, no specialized primary care was available to the poor or lower middle class infants and their families. Any government schemes designed for children were centered on government or aided schools. These schemes were rarely ever implemented to achieve the desired outcomes. More than half the children in most countries go to other non-governmental and non-aided schools and fail to avail themselves of any of these primary healthcare schemes. This leads to an entire generation of a nation failing to achieve the required health standards from childhood and leaving a huge void to fill. Taking into consideration these factors, our team decided to offer annual primary pediatric health plans to children belonging to this category. This plan saw unprecedented success in the local community.

Instead of offering these plans to parents for their children, we decided to offer these services straight to the unaided schools. The response we received from the schools was tremendous. We offered annual subscription packages at very low costs using economy of scale to make the program sustainable. Economy of scale here means that we planned to register large numbers of students to offer the services at the lowest cost possible. The primary healthcare program included a variety of services such as pediatric care, dental care, psychological counseling, nutritional counseling, immunization and vaccines, eye-care and health education. Most of these services were offered at the participating school itself to make it more convenient for the students. In addition, the program Included organized health education camps for teachers and parents.

This program became hugely successful and thousands of children were covered under it. It allowed me to make a very meaningful change in the society and be a part of something of which I will always be proud. This initiative made me realize how simple ideas like these in the healthcare sector can bring about a very long lasting and profound effect. It has planted within me a seed for healthcare entrepreneurship, and I have vowed to myself to start a self-sustaining social venture after completing my studies that brings a similar change in the society.

To end my essay, I would like to appeal to anyone who has similar interest to affect millions of people positively to take up healthcare or public health as a career. This industry allows you to work with the sharpest minds and the kindest souls. This is how you can make a difference. You cannot ask for anything more from life, can you?

Giva Student Scholarship Winner Essay: Dr. Rushabe Malde - Pursuing A Dream

Giva is proud to showcase the essays of its Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award winners. Below is an essay from Dr. Rushabh Malde, currently attending Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health pursuing his Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration. Giva's hope is to inspire others through these essays. We hope that sharing these essays will help others realize the joys and benefits of service.

Business Dreams & Vision

Pursuing A Dream
By Dr. Rushabh Malde

I would like to begin by introducing myself. My name is Dr. Rushabh Malde. I am 25 years old and I am currently studying Masters in Healthcare Administration (MHA) at Columbia University in New York City. This is the first among a series of essays in which I would like to share some of my views, beliefs, past experiences and most importantly my dreams with all of you. In this essay I wanted to write about my educational journey and what made me give up a lucrative life as a dentist to pursue a career in Public Health.

I was born into a middle class family in the Indian City of Mumbai. My parents have always worked hard to make ends meet and tried to provide me with the best they could. Growing up in the financial capital of India, I was always enamored by the life of the rich and powerful around me. I used to look up to all of the successful men from varied backgrounds, but there was always one profession which instantly pulled me towards it. That profession was being a doctor. More than money or the status they enjoyed in the society, it was the respect they commanded from everyone that made me fall in love with it. Every individual, whether rich or poor, showed humility toward doctors and their service to the society. It was then, a 10 year old me, that I decided I wanted to become a doctor when I grew up. It was the beginning of my dream. I distinctly remember sharing my dream with my parents at that young age and promising them I would make them proud one day. I started paying more attention to studies and won many academic awards throughout my school life. After two years of hard work during my pre-medical years, I finally secured admission in Bachelors of Dental Surgery at Rural Dental College (RDC), Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) situated at Loni, India. And this is where my life changed...

I was living my dream at RDC, studying to ultimately earn my doctors degree. I had made some amazing friends and finally made my parents proud. I could see myself five years down the line working as a dentist and achieving that elusive respect I always sought. It was in my third year at RDC when I was introduced to the subject of Public Health. As a part of the curriculum, we were supposed to go on dental camps in the surrounding rural areas where we provided free preventive dental care. It was during that first rural dental camp that made me question what I really wanted in my life. We were in a small hamlet going from house to house offering free dental checkups. It was a hot day, and around noon I entered this dimly lit small clay hut. I saw an old woman in her 60s playing with her grandson. I asked her if I could giver her a free dental check up and refer her to our main hospital if she required any further treatment. She refused downright without even giving it a single thought. At that moment, I saw a huge ulcerating wound on her feet very much similar to the specimen pictures for cancer tumors we were shown in our surgery classes. On asking her about the wound and why she did not get it treated, her reply startled me. She told me that she had no money to treat her injury and could not afford to go to any hospital for the same. She further added that it was such an irony that I was offering her free dental check up when she might not even survive the next month. I was shocked. I withdrew into my shell that day. I thought to myself, if this was the state of healthcare in one of the fastest developing countries in the world, what is the medical fraternity I was so proud being a part of doing about it. I realized I did not want to earn respect and make money when people go through such extreme suffering without anyone even caring about them.

It dawned on me that I could offer much more to the community than serving as a dentist. It made me question my dream. I started researching for summer internship opportunities where I could use my medical background to help the community on a much wider scale. I started working as a hospital administrative intern trying to learn more about the healthcare industry. After my experiences working in this industry, I realized that the necessary infrastructure required to serve the population was already in place. The need of the hour was to streamline and manage the already existing network to maximize the services available to the target community. I quickly realized in order to achieve this I would have to study the intricacies of finance, economics, strategic planning, accounting and managerial and organizational behavior. This desire and new-found vision helped me decide to pursue a career in Healthcare Administration. After applying to some of the best universities in the world, I was overwhelmed to be accepted in the MHA program at Columbia University. I hope to learn from the best in the healthcare industry and apply my knowledge back in India to serve the greater community needs. I know one day I will...

I am sure you must have noticed that I have excessively used the word "dream" throughout my essay. I have done that because I hope each and every one of you will nurse a dream. I hope you will keep on pursuing your dream, fight for it against all odds, and as you grow you will develop a vision for yourself, for your career, for what you want to be remembered for. I agree I am still at a very nascent stage in the process of achieving my vision but I hope I can inspire at least a few more individuals to work in the healthcare industry and work for public health development. I thank you for taking out some time to read my essay. I also hope you come back to read the remaining essays.

 

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