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Aperture Education is Now Accepting Entries for its December Scholarship Contest

Students can submit an essay describing the impact of a teacher to win $1,000

Charlotte N.C. (Oct. 26, 2017) — Teachers often have a positive impact on students that goes beyond academics. Social-emotional learning (SEL) company Aperture Education wants to hear these stories. For its Essay Scholarship Contest, Aperture Education is asking high school seniors and college students to submit essays that “Describe a high school teacher who made an impact on you in a non-academic way.” The winning essay will receive a $1,000 college scholarship. Participants must submit their essays by Dec. 1, 2017. To enter, visit:

The scholarship contest will include a public voting period from Dec. 2 - Dec. 15, 2017. Aperture Education will choose a winner from the three essays that receive the most votes.

“Teachers can play a vital role in helping a student learn how to interact well with their peers, make good decisions, and many other non-academic skills that will help them succeed in life,” said Jessica Adamson, CEO of Aperture Education. “We hope that this essay contest will get students thinking about the importance of these types of skills and the amazing teachers who go out of their way to truly focus on the whole child.”

The scholarship is part of Aperture Education’s ongoing work to support educators, administrators and out-of-school-time providers in implementing social-emotional learning programs within their schools or programs.

This is the second Essay Scholarship Contest that Aperture Education has held. In the first one, which took place in August, participants were asked to answer the question:  “What non-academic skill helped you get through high school? How did you acquire this skill (maybe a sports team or a specific event in your life)?  How will you apply this skill to your time in college?” High school senior Khylah Everage won the scholarship with an essay on how the non-academic skill of resiliency helped her handle a tragic life event that caused her grades to plummet.

“With the help of a school counselor I was able to deal with the sudden loss of my father, turn things around academically and get into college. I also started a counseling group to help other students in similar situations,” said Everage. “I was honored to be selected for this scholarship and I hope my essay will get others thinking about these important skills!” 

About Aperture Education

Aperture Education is a social enterprise focused on addressing the whole child. Its social and emotional learning (SEL) solution, Evo Social/Emotional, is based on the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA), a standardized, strengths-based measure of critical social and emotional skills such as personal responsibility, self-management, relationship skills and healthy decision-making. The Evo Social/Emotional online system includes both the DESSA assessment and the DESSA-mini, a brief, universal screener of social and emotional competence. Evo Social/Emotional also provides strategies to strengthen social and emotional skills. Version 2.0, now available, provides the data needed to help SEL program administrators measure the impact of their programs and to help educators understand students’ SEL needs and strengths. For more information, go to

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