The Zinch Flash Memoir Scholarship Recipient: Sarah Marie Keating

Back in February, Figment teamed up with Zinch, a website dedicated to matching bright, eager college applicants with the scholarships they need. We came up with a challenge: write a 600 character memoir for a chance to earn a $500 scholarship. And the judge? Jonathan Safran Foer, the author of Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and Everything is Illuminated. We received thousands of outstanding entries and Jonathan chose the winner: Sarah Marie Keating, a high school student from Holladay, Utah. Our friends at Zinch sat down with Sarah to get the deets on her success…

What motivates you to succeed in life?

My motivation in life is my family—I hail from a lot of strong women, and making a name for myself has been a priority for me since I was very little!

As a young adult, what is a “life lesson” you keep in mind everyday?

Absolutely nothing is impossible so long as one has integrity, ambition, and a whole lot of faith—these principles have followed me throughout my life.

What would you like to do after you graduate college?

After I graduate from college with my law degree, I’d love to be an advocate for victims of domestic violence, and hopefully start my own support organization for children with alcoholic/substance abusive parents.

How are you more than a test score?

Although test scores are very determinate, they cannot measure a student’s morality, initiative, or capacity to love. I am more than a test score, and one day, the world will know that.

Congratulations, Sarah! Five runners-up will also receive copies of Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Figment totes, and Zinch prize packs. A big shout out to Shreya AminElaine BurdenMadison Lovett, David Girard, and Leah Splinter as well!

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