We're excited to announce the winner of the Unigo I Was Born in 1996 Scholarship!

“What is unique about students born in 1996?”

A lot of great things were introduced to the world in 1996, such as “Twister,” Oprah’s book club, Travelocity — and our I Was Born in 1996 Scholarship winner. There’s something special about every generation, and we wanted to know what was unique about students born in 1996. See our past winners and their scholarship responses below.

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2012 Winner

Maddie L-B. Hamilton, NY

Major: English

Fun facts of generation Z

  1. Many of us mistake Jerry Maguire with Lizzie Maguire.
  2. We have lived to see the entire Scream franchise including the reunion of the first movie’s cast.
  3. When asked what our favorite records are, we respond with “the ones Michael Phelps broke.”
  4. In 16 years, we have listened to cassette tapes, Walkman’s, cd players and iPods alike.
  5. We are the last generation born in a pre-9/11 world.
  6. Texting didn’t exist when we were born. Now it is hard for us to imagine a world without it.
  7. The USA Olympic gymnastics team won this year for the first time since infancy/utero.
  8. The world was supposed to end when we were three. (It really will this December.)
  9. Half of our age group does not know that Justin Timberlake was once in a band.
  10. We are the only current generation that has siblings from another millennium.

I was born in 1996, and writing this made me realize how unique an upbringing we have. Technology has created the ultimate globalization, and even at our young age we are allowed to express our ideas and opinions on a global scale with utmost convenience. Saturated with information, our generation has the primal task of controlling the flow of news and ideas, stories and changes, and help bridge the shift from old to new.

2011 Winner

“You were born in 1996. Tell us what will be going on in your life in 2026.”

Jazzmin W. Stockton, CA

Major: Neurobiology

Click Clack: The steady sound of my footsteps echoing down the hall. Donning a white lab coat with clipboard in hand, I check the board to find out who I am operating on today. “Adams, H,” it says. I check my patient files and discover I’m performing a simple craniotomy to excise the area of the brain that is causing the patient’s hippocampal sclerosis, a common procedure that takes about three hours to complete. I remember residency where no craniotomy ever finished before four hours – even the simple ones. Now, at 30, I have just completed my surgical residency and I practice at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco. Admittedly, I’m nervous about starting on my own. It’s not as if I haven’t performed surgeries by myself before, but this time my failures will fall on me. Not the chief resident, not my supervisor – me. In 2011, the younger more zealous me thought I’d be the best neurosurgeon this side of the Mississippi River. Can I live up to that expectation? As I step into surgery, all the nervous energy transforms into a mentality of diligence and dedication, thankfully so. I realize I can do this; after all, my teenaged self, husband, kids, and ScholarshipExperts.com who gave me $1,996 to fund my college education are all rooting for me.

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