Fifth Month Scholarship Winners

Unigo is pleased to announce the winners of the Fifth Month Scholarship.

“May is the fifth month of the year. Write a letter to the number five explaining why five is important. Be serious or be funny. Either way, here’s a high five to you for being original.”

The number five has just become these winners’ lucky number. Our Fifth Month Scholarship celebrates the number five by awarding a $1,500 scholarship to an applicant who can tell us what’s so great about this pentamerous digit. We’ll high five to that! See our past winners and their scholarship responses below.

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2015 Winner

Winners will be notified in advance by email or phone and announced here by September 9, 2015.

2014 Winner

Rachel C. Lanexa, VA

Major: Creative Writing

A bumpy ride in a wooden wagon. Mouths vibrating—a childish war call. Padded elbows pushed up against splintering beams. Squeezing my eyes shut, I wished the length of the yard would last forever. How much longer, Dad?

Five more minutes.

Those days we spent in blanket forts. Hidden in a world of fleece and cushions. An empire built out of rickety chairs and ruled by sunburnt heroes. The tick of the clock felt rushed—grownups must use faulty batteries. They whispered to my mother that it was time to leave. Guess what kids?

You only get five more minutes.

I wish I could shrink back into the age of hiccups and buttercups and the magical number five. My world could come crashing down with the thought of five more minutes. Sheer agony, ripping apart my joyous existence.

Five always seemed like a threat. An end. But looking back, I see the beauty in those three hundred seconds.

Words that were able to be spoken. Storms we escaped in our havens of sheets and quilts. Tummy tickling bumps on wagons that made up my childhood.

One day I’ll break it to my children. I’ll dash their dreams and end their playdates with that warning. “Five more minutes.” Three hundred more seconds to enjoy this slice of life.

But what they might not notice—until five or fifteen or fifty years later—is that there’s no end to the immeasurable number of gifts wrapped within the ever elusive miracle of five.

2013 Winner

Breanna S. Solana Beach, CA

Major: Biochemistry and Cell Biology


Five was my age when I met him; he was just the older boy next door.
Over time we became best friends: five years, then five years more.

Five, you are the number of minutes it took
to sign his life away.
You are the number of hours I spent
begging him to stay.

Now he represents our country, and that building with five sides.
You are the number of nights I had nightmares, afraid for him to fight.

You are the number of years on his contract,
times a thousand miles away.
You are the number of months without contact;
the minutes we got for that phone call, once it finally came.

Five care-packages, five letters, five times thirty sleepless nights.
Five friends lost during that deployment,
Rest in peace, Semper Fi.

Five, you were the number of days left,
when I finally started to count down.
Times 100 gives the number of faces
that were there when that plane touched the ground.
Five sisters, five brothers, five mothers, five fathers;
Five minutes, five seconds, that felt like five hours.

Five, you are the number of men who stepped off before he;
the number of crying families that stood before me.

You are the number of seconds it took,
before I, too, began to sob.
When I saw him step off that plane in one piece,
five is the number of times I thanked God.

Thank you, Five, for being a number I can count on.

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