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By Dr. James M. Dahle, WCI Founder

Splash June 2022

As we speak and tomorrow, we’ll be introducing you to this yr’s WCI Scholarship recipients. We’ve been working the WCI Scholarship for medical/skilled college students since 2015, making a gift of a whole bunch of 1000’s of {dollars} in money to college students to straight scale back the indebtedness they face upon graduating from faculty.

The scholarship additionally serves as a possibility to advertise monetary literacy amongst college students and their college whereas offering us a possibility to offer again to the group that has given us a lot.

As a reminder, this yr’s scholarship is split between 5 winners within the “Inspirational” class and 5 winners within the “Monetary” class, relying with reference to their submitted essay.

This yr’s contest noticed 701 submissions—509 within the inspirational class and 192 within the monetary class. In at this time’s publish, we’ll go over the winners within the inspirational class. Tomorrow, we’ll cowl the monetary class. All 10 of those people are grand prize winners and cut up the pot of $78,410 evenly. Every winner takes dwelling $7,841. Sure, we have already got verified every winner is a scholar in good standing at their establishment.

We additionally wish to prolong a particular thanks to the handfuls of volunteer judges, none of whom are a part of the WCI employees.  The winners on this contest are chosen earlier than I ever learn any of the essays.

Additionally, here is a thanks to the sponsors who supported this system. Though WCI donates to the scholarship from its earnings, the winners would obtain a lot much less cash with out the sponsors. Thanks for supporting those that assist such trigger.

Platinum Stage Contributors ($8,000 or extra)

The White Coat Investor, LLC
Larry Keller (Doctor Monetary Providers) – Incapacity and Life Insurance coverage
Bob Bhayani (Dr Incapacity Quotes) – Incapacity and Life Insurance coverage
Laurel Highway – Scholar Mortgage Refinancing
Paul Sundin (Emparion) – Office Retirement Plans
Dr. Stephanie Pearson (PearsonRavitz) – Incapacity and Life Insurance coverage

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Gold Stage Contributors ($1,500 or extra)

Jon Appino (Contract Diagnostics) – Contract Assessment/Negotiation
Chad Chubb (WealthKeel LLC) – Monetary Advising
Robert Kaplan (Kaplan Monetary) – Incapacity and Life Insurance coverage
Sample – Incapacity and Life Insurance coverage
Michael Relvas (MR Insurance coverage) – Incapacity and Life Insurance coverage
Dr. Robinson (Medical doctors Assist Medical doctors, LLC) – Contract Assessment/Profession Recommendation
Josh Mettle (Neo Dwelling Loans) – Doctor Mortgage Loans
Johanna Turner (Fox and Firm Wealth Administration) – Monetary Advising

Silver Stage Contributors 

Sandi Frith (Huntington Financial institution) – Doctor Mortgage Loans
Thomas Hackett (NW Legacy Legislation) – Property Planning

Bronze Stage Contributors

Joseph Hinton
Miracle Uzoekwe

For every scholarship winner, and in no explicit order, now we have included an excerpt from their essay and a hyperlink to the complete publish printed elsewhere on the positioning. Listed below are the winners within the Inspirational class.


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Lily Nguyen

Treating Habit Sufferers in Their Personal Language — Lily Nguyen

Our first winner is Lily Nguyen, a medical scholar on the College of Arizona, an establishment close to and pricey to my coronary heart. She writes an essay about how experiences along with her father and different addicted sufferers have impressed her to increase rehabilitation packages for non-English audio system. This is an excerpt:

“On one horrible night time when his overconsumption drove my mom to name the police, she and my sister jumped from our second story balcony to flee to the neighbors. My mom made the arduous resolution to not take me along with her and my father selected to run from the police. She all the time advised me it was as a result of she knew he would by no means damage me. He grabbed me and we scaled a cinderblock wall, ran throughout a darkish car parking zone, and hid behind a big, brown dumpster. I keep in mind the loud police helicopter overhead. After it disappeared, he put me on his shoulders, and we walked within the darkness.”

You possibly can learn the remainder of the essay right here.


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Nina Fukuma

The Promise of Radical Humility — Nina Fukuma

Our subsequent winner is Nina Fukuma, a medical scholar at USC who wrote a few affected person she met within the ED and befriended on the wards. This is an excerpt:

“Her first admission dated again to when she was a teen, coming to the ED with postpartum endometritis after giving beginning to a toddler, unknowing of her HIV analysis. Her story was sickening and infrequently left me feeling existential, uncomfortable by the truth that such horrors existed. She had fallen by way of the cracks of our programs and appeared now to be resistant to the makes an attempt we made to look after her with be aware after be aware describing her historical past of noncompliance, aggressive conduct, and AMAs.

For as frail and sick, younger and child-like, as she appeared, weighing not more than 70 kilos, her vitriol was explosive with anger. Violent curse phrases rattled the skinny partitions of her room, gorgeous me into silence on multiple event. It was exhausting to really feel just like the punching bag for her anger, and but I discovered solace within the promise of radical humility. I sought to the perfect of my potential—regardless of the consolation and luxurious of my very own privileged upbringing—to interact in her struggling, to make room for it and perceive it. The world had been horrible to her, handing her a life full of unimaginable struggling.”

You possibly can learn the remainder of the essay right here.


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Emma Sand

Being There on the Worst Day of Somebody’s Life Emma Sand

Emma Sand, a medical scholar at Western Michigan, wrote in regards to the accident she had whereas making use of to medical faculty and the way it has affected her desired profession path. I loved the essay as a result of one of many issues I like finest about EM is being there for folks on one of many worst days of their lives. This is an excerpt:

“The automotive related with my physique, sending me 30 ft by way of the air. My recollection of the following week within the ICU is simply as absent because the accident itself. My chart learn: subarachnoid hemorrhage, subdural hemorrhage, liver laceration, traumatic mind harm, fractured transverse course of, capitate, and hamate, amongst different accidents . . . I began medical faculty 9 months later . . . Sufferers and their households come into the hospital and work together with the important care group on what might presumably be the worst day of their life; I do know it was mine. To be that particular person for another person, the doctor who’s working their absolute hardest to maintain their affected person alive, would make the entire different challenges price it. What an absolute privilege to be the doctor who will get to do that. That is what I would like my profession to be.”

You possibly can learn the remainder of the essay right here.


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Omar Alzayat

Radical Acceptance as a Secret Weapon — Omar Alzayat

Omar Alzayat is a medical scholar at UC Davis and wrote about his expertise being homeless as an undergraduate scholar. This is an excerpt:

“I used to be speculated to be receiving monetary assist from the local people faculty as a freshman however was denied as a result of my father falsely claimed me as a depending on his taxes the identical yr he determined to return to his homeland of Syria. I wasn’t completely upset with him, if I’m being sincere. He labored a collection of strange jobs all through the course of my childhood, together with an prolonged stint as an ice cream truck driver, so he wasn’t precisely flush with money. I used to be extra perplexed that I couldn’t obtain funding for residing bills and tuition as a result of the truth that my father apparently made simply sufficient cash handing out SpongeBob popsicles from a truck he didn’t personal.

However, I discovered myself homeless whereas trying to juggle 4 courses and a full-time job as a waiter, whereas concurrently discovering intervals in between to bathe on the fitness center and wash my garments at a laundromat that was open at sporadic and unpredictable hours. It was my predicament to personal, so I made a decision to shoulder it to the fullest extent. On the time, I used to be all too conversant in the notion of disallowing a dire circumstance to turn out to be interchangeable and synonymous with one’s id. In my very own twisted manner, I used to be decided to embrace the other strategy of guaranteeing that my struggles would turn out to be an inseparable a part of my existence. Radical acceptance was my secret weapon, and I ensured that it might turn out to be the inspiration of my potential to beat failure.”

You possibly can learn the remainder of the essay right here.


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Anima Shrestha

A New Stillness within the Home — Anima Shrestha

Our closing winner within the inspirational class is Anima Shrestha, a medical scholar on the College of Colorado who wrote about her sister’s incapacity and premature dying and the way it impressed her to work with the disabled and pursue a profession in pediatric neurology. This is an excerpt:

“. . . Sisterhood wasn’t in any respect what I anticipated. My little sister was born with autism and a number of other developmental disabilities, a lot of which went undiagnosed for years. Our childhood was marked by drugs and confusion. Watching my sister wrestle to stroll, discuss, and reside the carefree life of youngsters her age, all I wished to do was alleviate her ache. As I accompanied my sister to her physician’s appointments, I started to develop an curiosity in drugs. The primary time we visited her neurologist, he ordered an MRI, and once I noticed the scan of her mind with shiny blue and orange splotches, I used to be hooked. I made a decision to pursue a profession in drugs to dedicate myself to serving to my sister . . . Then, unexpectedly, my sister handed away, and my world was plunged into black and white . . . I flew again to varsity, partly to flee the brand new stillness in the home we grew up in and partly as a result of my mother and father insisted I full my final two years of faculty on time. However as I attempted to squeeze myself again into the mildew of pre-med scholar, I noticed I had overlooked the longer term. How might I think about a future with out her in it? It felt like betrayal.”

You possibly can learn the remainder of the essay right here.


Congratulations to all 5 of the winners within the inspirational class. Might this cash enable you to achieve your goals with out fairly a lot monetary fear holding you again.

And ensure to verify again tomorrow after we’ll publish the 5 winners within the Monetary class.

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