Of this year's four scholarship winners, three were born outside the United States and three aspire to be doctors. Many of the 220 scholars who submitted essays plan careers in medicine and engineering. A number are first or second generation in this country.
The pros and cons of technology were common themes in this year's essays.
These scholars embody the attributes of their generation, the largest and most diverse in U.S. history. They are confident, focused, open to change and have a close bond with their parents.
For three years Jamie Sullivan spent a weekend with other Jesuit High School students in Belle Glade tutoring migrant children, waxing buses and clearing trees at a monastery school.