Student Loan Hero Fall 2018 Scholarship Winner: Renita Newton

 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.

Renita Newton, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

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Main prize: $5,000

Renita Newton, a master’s student pursuing a degree in counseling, worked hard to get where she is today. Growing up in Hammond, Louisiana, Newton and her two siblings were primarily raised by her mother. Newton’s dad was incarcerated for much of her childhood.

Getting by day to day was not easy. “At times, regardless of how hard [my mom] worked, we still went without,” said Newton. “One time in particular, I remember living without lights for approximately two weeks or more.”

When she was just 14 years old, her mother died, and the responsibility to look after her siblings fell to Newton. She got two jobs while still in high school to help after moving in with her grandmother.

But out of the heartbreak and sadness that came from her mother’s death, Newton became a goal-setter. She developed the “mindset of a conqueror,” working hard to help her family, encouraging her siblings to continue moving forward, and eventually graduating high school with top honors.

It’s that strong outlook that later propelled her to pursue the career in counseling. “Because of the many hardships I have endured, my goals and career aspirations are now driven by purpose and passion to succeed,” she said.

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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