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Alenya Mouton, a speech and language pathology graduate student at the University of West Georgia, was named one of 20 recipients chosen for a $2,500 scholarship. The scholarship was given as part of a contest offered by Higher One CARES (Community Action for Resources, Education and Service), with the theme “There Is a Way.”

“We have been inspired by the submissions received for the One Scholarship and are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s competition,” said Miles Lasater, co-founder and COO of Higher One. “All 20 winners, including Alenya, have shown great character in overcoming personal and financial obstacles to obtain their education, and Higher One is proud to support these individuals in their pursuits.”

Requirements for entry included maintaining a 3.0 GPA and submitting a video about overcoming obstacles. Mouton was intrigued by the creativity of the contest and used her entry to speak loudly about her passion for speech and language pathology.

“I had to submit a two-minute video of how I have overcome obstacles,” she said of her entry. “In my video, I purposely chose to silence my voice and use written expressions. I used this method to signify the need for speech-language pathologists.”

Mouton was severely surprised by her winning entry. As an out-of-state student, she was burdened by the costs of graduate school, and winning, though it took a while to sink in, gave her a huge lift financially.

Mouton is currently in her second year of graduate school at the University of West Georgia, and has big hopes for her future after graduation.

“There are several avenues speech-language pathologists can take.  Though I am not completely sure which one I will take, I really enjoy working with children with Autism or developmental delays,” said Mouton. “It is my hope to help change as many lives as I can.”

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