The votes are in. We finally have a winner of the 2017 Life Lessons AccuQuote Scholarship Program. Congratulations to Jessica Copley and the other Life Lessons semifinalists.
The votes have been tallied for our 2017 Life Lessons Scholarship Program event. The contest was a great success and AccuQuote customers helped decide this year’s winner…Jessica Copley. Jessica will receive a $5,000 Life Lessons AccuQuote Scholarship.
Since 2005, the Life Lessons Scholarship Program has provided financial assistance to deserving college-ready kids, to help make their dreams of higher education come true. This scholarship is funded by AccuQuote and administered through Life Happens.
According to a Life Happens press release, the scholarship program “provides financial assistance to students pursuing their dreams of a college education despite having experienced the tremendous loss of a parent or legal guardian who passed away without life insurance.”
In 2016, AccuQuote began working with Life Happens to create the Life Lessons AccuQuote Scholarship. Last year’s winner was Zachary Kern. Zack is currently attending Purdue University.
The five semifinalists for this year’s prize each overcame amazing personal adversity. Each candidate was required to submit either a 500-word essay or a 3-minute video to explain why their life story and future aspirations made them deserving of the scholarship.
This past spring, AccuQuote promoted this event via social media, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and on our own website (www.accuquote.com). In addition, we also sent out an email to a representative section of our customer base, inviting each email recipient to view the candidates’ submitted entries. A link was provided to allow each participant to vote for their favorite candidate.
In her winning essay, Jessica movingly described the tragedy of losing her father while she was so young. Her father took his own life when she was only thirteen years old. To compound the tragedy, her family had no life insurance.
Jessica had to grow up to be a responsible adult practically overnight. This is what she said (in part) in her essay: “My teenage years were ripped away, forcing me to become a parent to my siblings. This could have been avoided if my father would have been insured.”
Jessica is currently in her sophomore year, studying Biology at Marshall University in West Virginia. She plans to go to medical school after getting her bachelor’s degree.
“I’m grateful to AccuQuote and their generous support in the Life Lessons Scholarship Program and I’ll continue to share my story with others about the importance of having proper life insurance and financial protection for the future,” says Jessica.
You can view Jessica’s essay and her full video acceptance statement here.