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Apply for a Writing Center Scholarship!

The MSU Denver Writing Center is once again accepting applications for the Committed Writer Scholarship, worth up to $1500. The scholarship is intended for students who have used our services and have shown dedication to improving their writing and writing processes.

The Writing Center will be awarding two of these scholarships. Criteria are as follows:

  • Be meeting the University’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements and cannot be in default or owe any refund/repayment of federal, state or institutional aid
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher at the time the scholarship is awarded
  • Have a current general scholarship application on file with the Office of Financial Aid
  • Have a record of appointment on file during the current academic year at the Writing Center and have utilized the Writing Center’s services
  • Write a 200-500-word essay describing their commitment to improving their writing skills 


Application information is available at

Application is due March 30, 2021! 

Questions?  You can contact JJ Seggelke, Writing Center Assistant Director, at  


Current Winners

Meet some of the amazing students who earned a scholarship from the Writing Center in 2020

Jawhara Adan


I’m currently a junior at MSU. I am majoring in Social Work, I’m also a first-generation student. I was born in Kenya, Africa but raised in America. Mymyis my native language. Learning a whole new language was very difficult for me but I took advantage of all the learning opportunities that were provided to me so, that I can become a better writer and speaker. Because I took advantage of those opportunities I am better at writing and speaking now and I’m proud of my self for not giving up.

Jose Morales


"I am starting my third year of college in the fall of 2020. I'm studying international business and Spanish, in addition, I speak two languages. My interest in languages encouraged me to start writing for newsletters in the university. I plan to develop my business writing skills with creative skills and hoping to use them both to touch people's minds and hearts."
Past Winners

Meet the amazing students who earned a scholarship from the writing center

2018 Scholarship Winners

Meet some of the amazing students who earned a scholarship from the Writing Center in 2018
David MacFarlane

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Major: Advanced Manufacturing Sciences concentration in Mechanical Engineering

Desired Career: CNC programmer/machinist and hopefully have the opportunity to be able to work for a company like Lockheed Martin machining parts that will be used in the aerospace field.                                                                                                                                                    

Hobbies: Cycling, hiking, squash, racket ball, ultimate frisbee, violin and tinkering in the garage.

Words of Wisdom: “Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon.”     - Paul Brandt

Advice to others for success at MSU-Denver:                                                                                      

My advice for students at MSU is that you can accomplish anything if you put your mind to it and work hard.

What is one of the biggest challenges or obstacles you have faced, and how did you overcome it?                               One of the biggest challenges that I have had to overcome was an eye condition called “bilateral keratoconus.” I was diagnosed when I was 16 years old. This condition results in the eyes’ corneas becoming progressively “corrugated” which means that light is dispersed unevenly and hence words look out of focus or blend into each other. This suddenly explained why I found school so challenging as I had battled with reading for many years. I was told an operation would not be able to reverse the damage done but it could halt future damage, which would mean eventually going blind. The operation, corneal cross linking, involves scraping off the outer layer of the cornea before applying a type of B vitamin which is then activated with UV light. Recovery from this is excruciatingly painful and takes about two weeks. Nevertheless, I went through the operation (barely surviving!!). Despite this condition making school so difficult for me, I completed my senior year obtaining university entrance and have gone on to get an associate degree at the Community College of Denver. I am currently studding a BSc in machining at MSU.

What inspires you?  What are your sources of inspiration?                                                                

I am inspired by my faith as it keeps me grounded, and my family which continues to give me encouragement, love and support.

Sekia Lor

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Major: Human Nutrition & Dietetics and Pre-Nursing

Desired Career: Register Nurse or Register Dietitian

Hobbies: Tennis! Crafting! Learning! Helping people.

Words of Wisdom: You only go to school for yourself. 

Advice to others for success at MSU-Denver:  

One of biggest advice to students is meet with an advisor. If you don’t like them or if you think they weren’t any help, meet with a different one! There are two different types of advisors, academic advisors, and faculty advisors. An academic advisor’s job is to help students find majors and help them plan what classes to take. Faculty advisors are your professors in your major and might have been in your field before. It’s important you get to know faculty advisors because they are the ones who might be able to write letters of recommendations for you in the future. 


What is one of the biggest challenges or obstacles you have faced, and how did you overcome it? 

A challenge I’ve faced is understanding that not everyone wants my help. I became an orientation leader because I wanted to help new students ease into college because I had a tough time doing so. I often went out of my way to help students in every way that I could, until, someone told me to back off. I had a hard time understanding that because my intentions were clear to me. From that moment on, I started to reflect on my actions and realized that I was being too pushy with enforcing that I was a resource. I didn’t stop doing my job, but I thought about my words each time I said them to a group of students. I made myself less available and that made more student reach out to me when they wanted help, not when I wanted to help.


What inspires you?  What are your sources of inspiration? 

The ability to succeed inspires me and my biggest source of inspiration is myself. There can be many things in the world that can influence one to do well, but only you can make it happen. 


Adam van Lewen

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Major: Business Management

Minor: Economics

Desired Career: Executive Development Director, Entrepreneur.

Hobbies: Skiing, Hiking, Biking, Riding Motorcycles, Golf, Singing.

Words of Wisdom: Tenacity is the ability to hang on when letting go seems most attractive.

Advice to others for success at MSU-Denver:                                                 

MSU Denver is a very welcoming university, with a great support network. Anything can be done even if one thinks they don’t have the required skills/knowledge. Always ask your administration team for help, they have lots of great insight.


What is one of the biggest challenges or obstacles you have faced, and how did you overcome it?                                                                                                                                      

One of the biggest challenges I’ve had to face was buying my house when I was 19 years old. Not only was it difficult to keep discipline and save as much as possible, while also managing my credit report. The underwriting process was extremely stressful and keeping up with a lender to get approved is very taxing. It was one of my greatest achievements so far and am very proud of it.


What inspires you?  What are your sources of inspiration?                                                

The unlimited potential and freedom of the United States of America inspires me every day. Anyone can do anything they put their mind to, and there are an unlimited amount of options as well. Striving to be the best you can be is always something one should desire; it will prove fruitful in the future. My source of inspiration is the stories of all of the people who have been able to transcend their statistical roles. According to statistics, my life should’ve been much different. Because I was in foster care, I shouldn’t even be in college. Defying these limits and refusing to fall victim to stereotypes is what makes a previous unfortunate circumstance able to help instead of hinder.

2017 Scholarship Winners

Meet the 2017 winners of the Writing Center Scholarship

Katarina Nilsson

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Major: Event and Meeting Management.

Desired Career: Event Manager/Coordinator.

Hobbies: Sports, concerts, social events, travels, hikes, friends, family and good food.

Words of Wisdom“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi.

Advice to others for success at MSU-Denver:

Get involved! Since our university in part of a commute campus it is easy to simply go to class and then home again. I am a part of three societies on campus and often participate in different volunteer opportunities, I can honestly say that it has really made a different and that I met some of my very close friends this way. You will get what you put into your education and your university career. This is something I strongly believe in all areas of life and it is the best tip I can give my fellow peers at MSU Denver.

What is one of the biggest challenges or obstacles you have faced, and how did you overcome it?
I think being a self paid international student is, and always has been my biggest challenge that I am still learning to overcome. I am not sure how I found the courage to leave everything I know behind in Sweden and move here by myself, but I think it could all be summed up in one word: curiosity. In part one of this interview I used the adjective “curious” to best describe me and I believe that is what it all boils down to. I am an extremely curious person, that in combination with being very determined and adventurous has given me a “what is the worst that can happen?” view on life and in trying new things to get out of my comfort zone. I tend to look at the bright side of life and tackle obstacles once they appear instead of waiting for one to happen. Keeping a positive and open mind towards the unknown is how I believe I face and overcome all obstacles that may come my way, and that is exactly what I will keep doing because so far it has worked out great!

What inspires you? What are your sources of inspiration?

I think it is more of a question of who inspires me rather than what. It would be impossible for me to only pick one source of inspiration in my life so to name a few; my mother, father, sister and grandparents. All of which I mentioned are the most genuine, hardworking and loving people I have ever met in my entire life. No matter what I set my mind to in life, and even if we do not always agree, my family has always supported me in all my decisions and therefore made me confident and empowered in being my own person. They taught me the value and rewards that come from hard work and following your intuition. Even though I know they would love and support me no matter what, making them and myself proud of who I am and my accomplishments is what inspires me and keeps me going even when times are tough.

Jazmine R. Fernandez

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Major: Management

Desired career: Entrepreneur

Hobbies: Playing violin and art

Words of wisdom: You sort of start thinking anything's possible if you've got enough nerve.” –J.K. Rowling


Advice to other for success at MSU-Denver:

Even if you feel lost in your first year in college, just keep on going. You never know what opportunities you will see in the future.

What is one of the biggest challenges or obstacles you have faced, and how did you overcome it?
One of the biggest challenges that I had faced is asking for help. Since I am an introvert, I didn’t really ask for help because I always thought that people were constantly judging me. I overcame this by collecting enough courage to go to a tutor to help with my writing. Ever since the first day I went to the Writing Center, I felt more comfortable talking and asking questions. Now, I feel I have lots of support and met great people at the Writing Center!

What inspires you? What are your sources of inspiration?

The people that inspired me the most is my family and friends. Not only them inspired me, but organizations like Colorado Challenge and Excel as well. Without any of them, I would not be where I am today.


Luis Parades

 Medium shot of Luis


Major: Accounting

Desired Career: Certified Public Accountant

Hobbies: Hiking

Words of Wisdom: “Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.” - Martin Luther King Jr.


Advice to others for success at MSU-Denver:

Use all of your school’s resources. Get involved with any student organizations that interests you. This will make the most of your college experience.

What is one of the biggest challenges or obstacles you have faced, and how did you overcome it?

There are many challenges I can name but the one that stands out is paying for my education. Balancing life, a full time job and school is never easy. The way I overcome this obstacle is by taking control of my finances. As an accounting student I have learned how to create an image (literary) of my finances. Another thing that I’ve been doing is keeping up with all the scholarships that are offered to us as students. Scholarships are essential to overcoming this challenge.

What inspires you? What are your sources of inspiration?

My ultimate inspiration is learning. Learning new things is what keeps me motivated, what gets me out of bed every morning and what keeps me reading new and interesting books.

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