Tiffane King, UCI Law Student, Shares Moving Essay That Won Her a $2,500 Scholarship
It's not often you'll see us cynical bastards at the Weekly share the news that a college student received a $2,500 scholarship from a bank, even if said student was a first place winner (out of 3,000 submissions nationwide) for her volunteer efforts to enrich her community.
But there was something about UC Irvine School of Law student Tiffane King's 250-word submission essay on the next page that warrants our and your attention ...
As a victim of a stray bullet, after fighting for months in the hospital, I survived. The doctor's prognosis was I would never move any portion of my body below the bullet lodged behind my heart. I was given no plan for future care. I could have felt defeated and given up, instead, I worked hard to recover. I wanted to help other disabled individuals who were traversing a similar path. I mentored individuals who attended a community based physical therapy program at California State Los Angeles. Our mission is to challenge traditional physical therapy by helping people with life-altering injuries restore function and maximize their recovery beyond normal expectations.
This program has been instrumental in assisting many who are told they will never walk, regain mobility. Within the program I mentored others who are struggling with a disability, I provide resources for them to improve their care, and I share information about medical advancements in their condition.
UCI Law Tiffane King is presented with a scholarship check by Charter One Senior Vice President Michael McFarlane on Aug. 21.
Additionally, I co-founded Pretty F. A.C.E., an organization that provides wigs to cancer patients and burn victims. I orchestrate and implement creative strategies, advertisement campaigns, distribution logistics, and expansion initiatives. In addition, I serve as liaison for distribution partners including hospitals, prisons, and physical rehabilitation clinics. It is my hope to provide cancer patients with wigs and uplift meant as they battle this adverse challenge.
Ultimately, after graduating law school, it is my goal to legally represent underserved populations such as the disabled, to create change for the betterment of our status.