Student Loan Hero Fall 2018 Scholarship Winner: Rachel Goldstein

 June 22, 2018
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Student Loan Hero is excited to once again award six scholarships to dedicated college students for the fall 2018 semester.

After carefully reviewing hundreds of applicants, our financial experts selected six recipients. Two students took home the main prize of $5,000 each, while four students won the runner-up prize of $2,000. A total of $18,000 was awarded.

All the recipients wowed us in different ways — by overcoming adversity, working hard toward goals, or showing great passion about their chosen fields. Check out this Student Loan Hero scholarship winner’s inspiring story.

Rachel Goldstein, University of Pennsylvania

Runner-up prize: $2,000

When Rachel Goldstein was 8, her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Through quality care and advanced research that helped develop life-saving cancer treatments, her mom survived — but her battle with cancer inspired Goldstein to pay it forward.

In high school, Goldstein started Play for the Cure, which organized fundraising through her school’s sports teams. “As a community, we have accomplished and done more than I ever could have completed on my own,” she said. In three years, she has helped raise more than $8,000 for cancer research.

She used her savvy business sense to quickly develop Play for the Cure and turn it into a success. “To achieve my goals for [Play for the Cure], what I needed to [do] was, essentially, start a small business,” she explained. “I had to plan and manage the events, as well as build a network of coaches, athletes, philanthropic businesses, and the benefiting foundations.”

That hands-on experience led her to the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, where she’ll continue to work with Philadelphia-based nonprofits on breast cancer awareness and research.

Get ready for our spring 2019 scholarship contest

Congratulations to the winners of our fall 2018 scholarship contest! We wish them great success in their education and future careers.

If you’re a current college student or will be one soon, we invite you to apply to our spring 2019 Student Loan Hero $5K Scholarship contest. The application will be open from Aug. 13 to Oct. 15, and the recipients will be announced Nov. 16. We’re so excited to hear your stories and support your educational pursuits.

Check out the other five recipients of our fall 2018 scholarship:

Want to start applying to scholarships today? Check out this useful guide to finding scholarships and learn about other awards for which you might qualify.

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