Natalie Sabillon, studying Illustration, is a JustJobs Scholarship Finalist

I really want to write and illustrate children’s books.  I think it would be a lot of fun to create a book in not only Spanish and English – which are the two languages that I’m fluent in – but French as well.

I don’t know who will end up reading my children’s books, or who I will reach, but I hope it is somebody who was like me—who is little and doesn’t get to experience all the same things that other little kids experience, but still gets to have fun, and be young.  That’s really what I’m looking forward to doing.

Watch her full video essay below:’s scholarship program is proud to announce Natalie Sabillon as one of the finalists for its December 2012 application deadline. Vote for her video essay (Facebook ‘Like’ and other social media sharing options in left column), click the ‘star’ just above comments section below, and/or leave comments of support to help us with the selection process.

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  • Vicki

    Natalie is a sweetheart who has good character. You know that when she says she wants to do something, she really works to make that happen. She’s a level headed young lady with maturity well beyond her years and I truly believe that she could set a wonderful example for children not only through one on one communication but through the words of her children books.
    She truly would put this scholarship towards the best use

  • Whitney

    Oh wow, Natalie. To put is simply she is amazing! One of the few people I’ve known to not only find but hold on to the child in us all. I’ve had the pleasure of watching her work in her studio on various illustrations and it is that amazing factor that works into watching her create 50 very different picture off a single idea she had. You go girl!

  • Janina

    She’s the best!! Choose her… You will not regret it!

  • There’s so much more that can be transmitted through drawings and colors itself than simple words can describe, a figure can make your imagination fly, and that’s what my cousin is trying to do in here: spur children’s imagination, stimulate their creativity, and make these young adults raise up and boldly follow their dreams. A fully illustrated book can impact kids in ways we can’t even think of, depending on each child’s specific state of mind and circumstances. Natalie is targeting kids going through tough times, “trapped” kids, and setting them free!! throughout her stories and illustrations; I think it takes two things to be able to help in someone else’s problems and situations: one- have lived through it already and therefore know what’s best, and second-have the desire to help, and she has both of them! the second one OVERFLOWING so please make this happen, have her win this! And make your future generations happier! =)

  • Waldina

    Love your essay Natalie!!

    Children are the future of our society. As a mother of four kids I have seen how those first years in a person’s life can impact a persons future. We have read so many experiences and learned how the love of reading has saved so many lives, given them hope, and changed their lives around. We need people like Natalie, not just with great talent and creativity, but also with the other human qualities that can reach a child’s heart. Nurturing our children and helping them to get access to books that they can connect, laugh, dream, create, and also learn at the same time is a gift that can last forever.

    That’s why I think Natalie deserves this scholarship; because by helping a child, you’re helping to create a better society and eliminate so much trouble from our young ones.
    Like Natalie mentions in her essay, books are something that a child could access easily, at no cost if the family doesn’t have the means.
    Raising kids as readers means getting them involved while they’re young because reading is vital to every child’s success.

    I’m totally positive that Natalie would make great use of this scholarship if she were the winner.

  • Carly

    Hope you win this!! Good Luck!

  • Sara Anderson

    Good luck Natalie! 🙂

  • Rocky

    Even though I haven’t known Natalie for all that long, I can honestly say I’ve never met anyone as diverse and talented as she is. She interacts with kids as if she were just an adult sized 8 year old. Who better to write children’s books?!