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2012 $2,500 Cappex Lead With Your Heart Scholarship Winner

Cappex is happy to announce that the winner of the 2012 $2,500 Lead With Your Heart Scholarship is Nayo M. from Perris, California!

Before she was born, Nayo’s parents immigrated to the United States from Sierra Leone in West Africa. At that time, the country was engaged in a brutal civil war. In eighth grade, Nayo lead an initiative to adopt a school in Sierra Leone, and helped organize a drive to collect used backpacks and school supplies for the students at that school. In 2009, after the country had stabilized, she had the opportunity to visit Sierra Leone. Her experience there compelled her to start the Change for Teens foundation, whose mission is to cultivate awareness and action in order to address poverty and promote literacy among teens on a community and global level.

Her work with the foundation includes directing projects that involve more than 100 students from four different high schools. The community projects include holding food and clothing drives, holiday events, and tutoring programs for local shelters. The foundation has also conducted a workshop at a veteran’s shelter, where they assisted veterans with creating resumes, applying for jobs online, and conducting mock interviews. Internationally, Nayo conducted a children’s book drive, which raised more than 1,000 books that were donated to two primary schools in West Africa. She also established a scholarship fund, raising more than $2,000 for tuition, books, and uniforms for seven female students in West Africa who would not have had access to basic education. Nayo reflects upon her efforts: “As teens, these experiences of serving others have enriched our lives in a meaningful and purposeful way.” Please visit the website for Nayo’s foundation at

Nayo has applied for admission at Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, USC, UC Berkeley, and UCLA. She has already been accepted at UC Riverside and Howard University. She plans to major in human biology and ecology, with the goal of going to medical school and then volunteering with Doctors Without Borders. She would eventually like to work for the World Health Organization. “I am indeed grateful to Cappex for the assistance it provided me in my college search,” Nayo says, “and of course for the opportunity to apply and win a scholarship.”

Please join us in congratulating Nayo!

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“A GPA Isn’t Everything” Scholarship Winner: Kaileigh K. Prescott, Ariz.

Recent winner of the $1,000 “A GPA Isn’t Everything” Scholarship,  Kaileigh K. took some time aside to share with her peers (you guys!) her experience in the college and scholarship search, plus some extra tidbits about herself. Hopefully you’ll find some very useful tips!

Here’s what Kaileigh had to share:

What is your secret to finding and applying for scholarships?

My mom is my secret weapon when it comes to scholarships. She helps me out so much by doing research on scholarships I’m eligible for. She always encourages me to apply because she wants me to have a wonderful college experience without having to worry about being in debt. I am very blessed to have such wonderful parents.

Why are you going to college?

I am going to college because I know I cannot pursue my dream of becoming a speech pathologist without a degree. I want to be able to independently support myself financially and help others at the same time.

Favorite movie and why?

I love the movie “A Walk to Remember”! It is such a wonderful movie. It shows that being a good person is what matters most. It’s important to surround yourself with people that you love and that love you. Popularity doesn’t matter when you look at the big picture.

If you could offer a younger student one piece of advice for the college search, what would you say?

I would say focus on your grades all four years [of high school] and when you’re ready to start applying for colleges, visit the campus and see if you like the city it’s in because that’s where you’ll be living for the next four or more years.

You can discover more scholarships from Cappex and beyond. Simply visit And thanks again to Kaileigh for sharing her college and scholarship tips!

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