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Valentine’s Day Scholarship, February

Valentine’s Day Scholarship Winners

2019 winner
Rafi Saqer - Valentine's Day Winner

Rafi Saqer

High School Senior
Houston, TX

“MoneySolver took a chance on my weird little essay, and I’m incredibly grateful and surprised by their generosity!”

Just a decade ago, I was a chubby Arab kid with a wispy mustache. You’d think my appearance would have made me an outcast, but my humor, talent for storytelling, and eagerness to entertain made me socially affluent. My charisma was credited to the hundreds of movies I watched, as I stayed up late flipping through channels stumbling upon Hollywood gold like She’s the Man, Uptown Girls, and The Devil Wears Prada. What captivated me about them most were the smart, spunky female leads. Each character determinedly chased some goal. Whether it was a soccer championship, a transition into adulthood, or a career in journalism, they fought through each journey with a picturesque backdrop and fantastic hair. The more I watched, the more I felt a yearning to embark on my cinematic journey, and the inspirational messages each film posed empowered me to do so. When I realized my goal was to create films like these, my life became angled at applying for the University of Southern California. With dozens of artfully curated Spotify playlists comprised of movie soundtracks to motivate me, I’ve reached the end of my high school career at the top of my class. However, high tuition rates have sneakily gained on me like an M. Night Shyamalan antagonist, which is why I’d prefer a $1,000 scholarship. In my case, it is more than money. It’s an essential piece of the plotline I’ve orchestrated for myself and a relic of Valentine’s Day tradition–keeping Chick Flicks alive.

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