Here it is, folks! The news you’ve been patiently waiting for…the winner of the 2017 Resume Companion $1,000 Scholarship!
It’s been a full 12 months since we awarded $1,000 to Rajan Patel from the University of Windsor, after he created the resume of Anakin Skywalker (Darth Vadar). Although I hope that money was spent on tuition fees and books, we suspect in typical student fashion most of it went on beer, computer games and fast food. But that’s the beauty of the RC Scholarship – you can spend the money however you like!
With this being my 4th consecutive year acting as a judge for the $1,000 scholarship, I’m starting to think I’ve seen just about everything. We’ve received resumes based on a whole array of people: from Stephen Hawkins to Homer J Simpson, Jesus to Satan, John Snow to Fred Flinstone; we’ve had movie stars, comic book heroes, classical Greek Gods, politicians, singers, kings and queens. But among this huge variety of resumes, if there’s one thing that never fails to astonish me, it’s the sheer amount of Sponge-Bob Square-Pants resumes we receive! Unfortunately for those who choose this character, he is not the winning resume this year (again).
It was clear to me that each submission was carefully designed and written, in most cases having required a lot of time and thought, so I would like to say a big thank-you to every single applicant for your submission. Although we had to read through thousands of resumes over the past few weeks, it was a relatively pleasurable experience with so many interesting, funny, entertaining submissions to keep us engaged!
This year we found it so difficult to pick the winner from a list of finalists that we ended up adding a new selection criteria to help us decide. It was cutthroat stuff, just like a boss picking applicants for a job interview. That’s why we’ve published not only the winner, but also a list of very strong finalists.
Thanks again to everyone who applied this year, and remember: this is an annual scholarship with $1,000 available each year before the Fall semester begins, so if you were unlucky this time, feel free to apply again!
Winner of Fall 2017 $1,000 Resume Companion Scholarship
Caroline Diep, Harvard University: Harley Quinn
List of Runners Up
Shanmurugan Selvamurugan, Georgia Tech: Walter White
Jennifer Werth, University of Maryland: Marlin Fishman
Tosha Sanchez, University of Utah: Jane Eyre
Meghan Webb, Oklahoma City University: Nellie McCaslin
Abdullah Umar, University of Illinois (Chicago): Harmione Granger