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Latina student wins online scholarship photo contest

Latina student wins online scholarship photo contest



CAMARILLO — CSU Channel Islands (CI) student Jeannette Herrera used her smartphone, artistic skills and a persuasive personal plea to win a national scholarship contest from online textbook-seller TextbookX.com.

The 17-year-old psychology major from Santa Clarita Valley is the grand-prize winner of a $1,000 scholarship – beating out 130 other students from colleges across the country in in this year’s Akademos/TextbookX Textbook Scholarship Contest, the university reported in a media release.

Students were asked to upload a photo reflecting what textbook affordability means to them. Winners were chosen based on the individuality and thought behind the words and the creativity of the photo. Herrera snapped a photo on her smartphone of herself holding a sign that said: “Textbook affordability means being able to save more money for tuition, having less stress about paying for school, and being able to have all the tools I need in order to succeed!” In addition to Herrera’s first-place prize, three runner-up winners received $250 textbook scholarships.

“It’s such an honor to be chosen for this scholarship,” Herrera said. “This money will help me purchase all the tools and books I need for my courses, so I can focus on my goals of graduating from college, going to graduate school, and becoming a psychiatrist.”

Herrera, the oldest of four daughters, is…

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