LOS ANGELES, Dec. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- American Bullion is proud to announce the winners in the Third Annual Essay Scholarship Program! Five college scholarships worth $500 each were awarded. Over 1000 submissions were received and considered. This year's full-time undergraduate applicants were asked to write an essay answering the question, "What is a Gold IRA?" Participating students offered a wide range of viewpoints, each with its own value and approach. American Bullion is proud to award this scholarship to the deserving students listed below. In no particular order, the 2016 winners are:
Patricia Giraldo – Samuel Merritt University
"I've enjoyed the past two decades with a lucrative career in hospitality. However, after the birth of my two children, I decided to go back to school for a new bachelor's degree in nursing to pursue a career change to pediatric nursing. Thanks to the generosity of American Bullion, this scholarship helps me reach my goal of helping improve the health of children in my community."
Kingston Handley – University of North Carolina, Charlotte
"Currently, I am a student at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Due to my early exposure to the pecuniary world, my interest has always been in the financial arena. So, I plan to major in Accounting, work for one of the Big 4 Accounting Firms, become a CPA, and open my own accounting firm. Leveraging my firm's reputation, I plan to partner with middle schools so I can mentor at-risk kids. I am very active in my community, and even started my own mentoring club for middle school kids. I am extremely grateful for this scholarship because it will help pay for my books and supplies."
Rebekah McKinley – Penn State University
I am currently enrolled at Penn State majoring in cybersecurity and international politics. I always enjoy reading and learning about new things, so when I saw this essay contest, I was excited to take the challenge. In the process, I learned about Gold IRAs and earned a scholarship!
James Marion – University of Colorado, Boulder
"I am a junior majoring in finance and accounting at Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado. I applied for the scholarship to help pay for tuition in upcoming semesters so that I have better chances of graduating college debt free. With this scholarship I will be able to reduce my work schedule and allocate more to studying and exploring beautiful Boulder. As a finance student, the scholarship's prompt also educated me about Gold IRAs and their possible uses personally and as a financial advisor."
Paige Burrell – Penn State University
"I'm Paige Burrell, a sophomore at The Pennsylvania State University majoring in Biotechnology. I'm thankful for this award and the opportunity to continue my education and research on the blood coagulation cascade with a little less financial burden."
We congratulate the winners and thank everyone who participated. Full-time undergraduate students in 2017 are encouraged to stay tuned for information about next year's scholarship opportunity, by visiting americanbullion.com/scholarship.
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SOURCE American Bullion, Inc.