Amber Beigay – JustJobs Scholarship Finalist for August 2012

Choosing to major in speech-language pathology stems from the combination of personal and community service experiences that have shown me where my great passion meets one of the world’s great needs.

While volunteering at Mother Theresa’s Shishu Bhavan I facilitated physical therapy, communication exercises, and daily care for abandoned and handicapped children. Throughout my time abroad I was reminded of the tremendous influence impaired communication skills can have on the quality of human life. Despite this influence, I was shocked to witness that the development of services for people with communication disabilities has a low priority in health care and rehabilitation in developing countries. Consequently, I realized there is a clear need to develop new and innovative service structures, which I hope to be a part of upon completion of my graduate program.

My domestic service experiences have shown me that there are also paramount needs to be addressed in our own nation. Being an undergraduate in Baltimore provided an enormous amount of opportunities to see how speech-language pathologists can serve and learn about their greater community. At Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital and at Mother Seton Academy, where I served as both a therapy aide and tutor respectively, I interacted with children experiencing homelessness and poverty. I again interacted with this population of children during this past year as I’ve served as an assistant teacher with AmeriCorps at the Notre Dame Montessori School, a pre-school located in an area that is economically integrated and subsidized for low income families. It is here that I have worked one-on-one daily with children, ages 3 to 7, affected by homelessness or a low socio-economic status. In this time I realized how significantly those factors can hinder literacy development, affecting the language skills and patterns that will stay with children throughout their lives.

As I progress into my career, I aspire to find ways to help alleviate the inverse relationship between literacy development and homelessness. As an AmeriCorps volunteer I lived below the poverty line so that I could work with the children from a place of mutual understanding. Although challenging, that experience has become synergized with my passion to change societal structures that impede equal opportunities for people with communication disorders. I believe that communication disorders create a population of people on the margins of society that need to be served and advocated for, and as a speech-language pathologist I will have the opportunity to do this very justice.

 With the aid of a scholarship towards my degree I will develop my intentions for societal change and formulate them into tangible possibilities. By being able to effectively communicate, people can thrive by manipulating their surroundings and actively engaging in the world around them, developing themselves to their fullest potential. As a speech-language pathologist I will dedicate myself to ensure that individuals have this chance. A graduate student scholarship towards the Northeastern University speech-language pathology graduate program will put me in a place that can help me foster my growth in this field. 

JustJobs.com’s scholarship program is proud to announce Amber Beigay as one of the seven finalists for its August 2012 application deadline. Vote for her essay (Facebook ‘Like’ and other social media sharing options in left column), and/or leave comments of support to help us with the selection process.

Email This Page
Print Friendly
0saves
If you enjoyed this post, please consider leaving a comment or subscribing to the RSS feed to have future articles delivered to your feed reader.

49 comments…

  • avatar

    Lily Bedell September 29, 2012, 4:59 am

    Amber is genuine. She is also intelligent, beautiful, generous, hardworking, caring, and loving. The world needs more Ambers. Her essay is evidence of where she is headed and helping her go forward is excellent use of a scholarship.

    Reply
  • avatar

    James Myers September 25, 2012, 9:03 pm

    In knowing Amber, her mom, and working with her dad, I know that Amber is dedicated to making a change in this world and society for the better .She has shown this with so many achievements including this essay .My wife is someone who works with special needs children with disabilities and communication difficulties . She tells me how much someone like Amber is needed. I know that Amber will make a huge different in lives of all who encounter her and her gifts and compassion .

    James Myers

    Reply
  • avatar

    Tranese September 25, 2012, 3:27 am

    Amber is well derserving of this scholarship! She is an intelligent, passionate, and generous individual. It was a pleasure working alongside her as an AmeriCorps volunteer! Her love for what she does it evident in her interactions with others and I believe that she will be very successful in her choosen career path!

    Reply
  • avatar

    Meagan Alex September 25, 2012, 2:25 am

    Wishing you the best of luck amber! So happy to have been a hound for four years with such an amazing young woman!

    Reply
  • avatar

    Stefanie Spain September 25, 2012, 1:41 am

    I truly can’t think of anyone else more deserving of this scholarship. I have had the honor to watch Amber grow through highschool and college and she has inspired me more and more each year. Through her genorisity, passion, and love, she has already made a big impact on many people’s lives, and I know she will continue to do so.

    Reply
  • avatar

    Carol Bufithis September 20, 2012, 1:52 pm

    Amber is a bright and shinning star. I have had the opportunity to get to her this past year and I’m so pleased that my daughter is her roommate. I love her sensitivity, passion for life and her graciousness as she navigates the world. I can envision her as an amazing therapist who gives so much of herself on all levels, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. She deserves all the help she can get.

    Reply
  • avatar

    Regina September 17, 2012, 4:26 pm

    Great Girl – Hard worker – totally deserves this

    Reply
  • avatar

    Tricia September 15, 2012, 2:50 am

    Amber is such an incredible woman who makes this world a better place. This scholarship should hands down go to Amber. I have never met anyone like her in my life and I am blessed to watch her journey through life. Her selfless determination and love for the world and other human beings goes unmatched. I would go to the ends of the earth with her….

    Reply
  • avatar

    Russ Pastena September 14, 2012, 11:54 pm

    JJ…You got my vote!!!! No one more deserving. No family more deserving. Go get’m
    Russ Pastena

    Reply
  • avatar

    Francesca September 14, 2012, 8:37 pm

    Amber is an amazing young adult.. With her sense of moral responsibility and her passion she will make a difference.. Good uck Amber, you have my vote!

    Reply
    • avatar

      Francesca September 14, 2012, 8:39 pm

      LUCK!!

      Reply
  • avatar

    Jane Starkes September 14, 2012, 8:29 pm

    I’ve known Amber since she was a young child, and she has become a caring, upstanding woman who deserves to be awarded this scholarship.

    Reply
  • avatar

    Joette Beigay September 14, 2012, 8:15 pm

    I am prejudiced of course, but I can emphatically say that Amber
    has always had great passion to make this world a better place and to make a
    difference to the lives of people who are do not have the access to the
    resources to improve their economic situation, health, and education. There is
    no doubt she will touch the lives of many and leave her mark on the world. She
    is so deserving of the scholarship so that she can further her education in
    speech pathology. I am so proud of Amber.

    Reply
  • avatar

    Chin-Mei Malia Maniyatt September 14, 2012, 3:07 pm

    I was privileged to have a chance to work with Amber for 1.5 years at Loyola Center for Community Service and Justice. I would say Amber is one of the few students that I supervised who truly embodies the mission of our Center. She incorporates service in her life and develops a deep passion for justice. She is one of those students who would go above and beyond to educate self and others about social justice issues. I remembered being so impressed by the knowledge she imparted about the situation of Congo women and seeing how her peers inspired by her effort. I firmly believe this scholarship will be a great support to Amber in making more differences to her community and the world.

    Reply
  • avatar

    Paulina Stachnik September 14, 2012, 12:25 pm

    Amber is truly an inspiration! Kind, giving, and big-hearted, she beams compassion and love. Wishing you the best of luck on your continued journey, as a woman for others who seeks opportunities to better our world in tanglible and soulful ways. Amazing essay.
    Godspeed!

    Reply
  • avatar

    Terri Whiteman September 14, 2012, 2:30 am

    I have never met a young woman more deserving of this scholarship. Amber is a dedicated, caring and concerned individual. She daily makes the world a better place in which to live!

    Reply
  • avatar

    Chrissy Glaser September 14, 2012, 1:16 am

    Amber is wholeheartedly deserving of this scholarship. Her genuine passion and desire to help others inspires all around her to leave this world a better place than when we found it. Her spirit paired with her incredible work ethic, dedication, and determination to push the boundaries of her field to those who need it most will bring about immense positive change to countless people. She has found vocation through Speech Pathology, and granting her this scholarship will allow her to pursue her calling to the benefit of all the lives she encounters. She is the most caring, loving, person I know, and pours this into every sphere of her life. Love is the strongest motivator-select her for this scholarship and help invest more love in this world.

    Reply
  • avatar

    Kate McGrain September 13, 2012, 7:08 pm

    I’ve been staring at this screen for quite a bit, as I can’t quiet figure out how to put into words how truly AWEsome Amber is! Amber is a ball of energy; she is full of life, hope, spirit, and joy. Wherever she goes her personality radiates and you can’t help but sense her passion to make the world a more peaceful and just place. She lives her life, genuinely, faithfully, and justly. I’m honored to know Amber, and am not surprised she is a finalist for this scholarship. She is incredibly deserving and will make the most of this opportunity.

    Reply
  • avatar

    Amanda Gaal September 13, 2012, 2:57 pm

    Amber doesn’t just talk about change- she acts. She doesn’t let obstacles stand in her way- she pushes through them and her passion inspires others to do the same. She did not do these things for honor or success or achievement- she did them for that child, that friend, that stranger. Amber is not only an advocate for change- she is the single match spreading the fire. I can name 100 more amazing things Amber has done for others and for social justice in the 5 years that I have known her. She deserves this scholarship because she turns thoughts into words and words into actions better than anyone I’ve ever known.

    Reply
  • avatar

    Roberta Sharkey September 12, 2012, 11:23 pm

    My niece Amber is one of the most dedicated driven young women I know that has always kept her eye on her goals and I have no doubt always will. To not give Amber this scholarship would be a sin as she will use it to help not only her future but the future of many unfortunate children and adults in our world. I her short lifetime she has already accomplished many great things and I believe there are still many more great things coming in her future!! Help this passionate young woman continue her goals by awarding her the scholarhship. Amber I am forever proud of you!!

    Reply
  • avatar

    Kristen September 12, 2012, 8:14 pm

    Amber is not able to fully highlight her great capacity to care for others and walk with them. I have witnessed Amber during her year long service experience fully dedicate herself to her students. She was exceedingly patient and helped them make real academic strides. Her placement was structurally challenging and she handled this with tact and grace. Amber is a unique individual with overflowing positivity and an admirable work ethic. I would recommend her for any scholarship and know that is was money well spent!

    Reply
  • avatar

    Chris Sharkey September 12, 2012, 8:06 pm

    Amber is a very driven, intelligent and caring person who succeeds in anything she puts her mind to. She gets my vote for sure!

    Reply
  • avatar

    Marie Macchione September 12, 2012, 7:59 pm

    Amber is a dedicated young lady with so much to offer. She is always ready to help those in need around her. Already she has made a difference with her choices. Just imagine what her future will hold!

    Reply

Leave a Comment

*

JustJobs.com chosen for Forbes.com top 75 websites for your career

Follow JustJobs on Twittervisit our facebook pagesubscribe with RSSFollow Me on Pinterest

Job Search

Top