Robert Jordan Memorial Scholarship Recipients

Many thanks to everyone who had a hand in the selection process for reading, analyzing, and making the difficult choices in determining our winners. We received 14 undergraduate applications, and 5 graduate applications. Without further ado, here are our 2020 scholarship recipients!

Undergraduate Scholarship Recipient: Keaton Roberts

Winning Essay:
I am in the Energy Systems Electrical Engineering Technologies Program at Idaho State University. There I learn how the various processes and methods we use to make electricity, distribute, and use it to its potential. This field is becoming more important as our world demands much more energy as it has in the past. When I graduate, I plan on going into power generation, where I hope to help develop and install new green ways to make our electricity.

My chosen field can help me exemplify a Servant of All by delivering one of the most important resources that is used in our modern society. Without electricity and people with skills that I will learn, our entire lives would be different, for example we will be back to using candles for lights and horse buggies, essentially going back in time to the 17th century. Our society heavily relies on electricity to function, from our normal everyday lives, to manufacturing our products and growing the food that we eat.

Other than being essential for our society, the main ways that electricity is generated can be harmful to the environment and people, such as coal plants having Carbon Dioxide and other greenhouse gasses as a byproduct or wind and solar farms taking up vast amounts of land. I want to be able to develop other ways to produce the demanded energy that does not have such negative drawbacks. One method that I would like see more utilized would hydrogen fuel cells. They are used mostly in cars and not yet been unitized to maximum potential. Hydrogen fuel cells take hydrogen and oxygen cells and generates electricity with a byproduct of heat and water vapor. The water molecules could be then broken apart and placed back into the system. If this could be developed to be used on a greater scale than a car, society’s need of energy could be stated with no negative emissions. Research and development such as this is what would help consider me as a servant of all.

Graduate Scholarship Winner: Virginia Mullins

Winning Essay:

My entire life, my family has helped nurture a servant’s heart in me and to always be willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. When I was five years old, my father had his fifth and final brain surgery resulting from a Pineloma brain tumor. He has had a brain shunt since 1981 to keep his nervous system and mind functioning. The capabilities of the shunt helped to pique my interest in the impact that research and design have. I knew I wanted to be the person who designed such devices that allow others to continue living with a healthy body, and I am in school to become capable of achieving this. All people whether Seanchan or Andoran need a healthy body to survive, and I want to spend my life providing the means and solutions to those currently without it. This led me to get my bachelor’s degree in biological engineering and pursue undergraduate research in solutions for heart calcification and disease.

I worked in a polymer science lab at the University of Southern Mississippi in the summer of 2019 researching thiol-ene membranes capable of separating carbon dioxide as a solution to the current and devastating dilemma of climate change, and I hope to continue this research as I enter the doctoral program there. The climate affects everyone from the Two Rivers to the Borderlands, and no matter how small my contribution may be, I want to do my part to provide solutions to fixing the problems we are facing.

I hope to emulate Verin Sedai of the Brown Ajah not just professionally, but in all areas of my life. She saw a problem in the White Tower’s ability to identify the Black Ajah and devoted her life to solving it while asking nothing in return except to be remembered of the Brown and not of the shadow. The woman I want to be each day is someone who goes out of her way to help others while asking nothing in return and takes it upon herself to solve problems she sees in the world just as Nynaeve solved the problem of gentling because she refused to believe it could not be healed. I am going to graduate school for polymer science and engineering because I have seen problems in the world, and I want to fix them. Solutions to problems like the Black Ajah, gentling, and climate change may seem impossible but not to Verin, not to Nynaeve, and not to me. Engineering is all about solving problems, and I want to use my drive, skills, and education to be a servant of all.

Congratulations, Keaton and Virginia!

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Black Lives Matter

As you’ve seen over the past few days, the site leadership team of officers and executives has been working to better understand and communicate with the membership of TarValon.Net about what is important to our community and how we develop programs to support these priorities. We have updated our organization and our programs to support those priorities, posted our Vision and Mission Statement, revised our Code of Conduct, and have been working to create more open, candid discussion forums.

Though the Statement of Diversity Support posted last week reflects our advocacy of all of our members it does not speak specifically to our support of the Black Lives Matter movement. The shocking and sickening murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis was one of many similar events in the sad history of racial injustice in the United States. It has led to important demonstrations around the world and has stimulated reflection for individuals, communities, and society. Addressing the deep issues at the heart of this vital movement will take time, and not just thoughts but committed, long-term pushes for social and legal reform. There is information available on the Servant of All forum, sharing how TarValon.Net and our members can support the goals of Black Lives Matter. Our team continues to collect more information and determine how we can combine our resources to make a direct impact. We welcome everyone to contribute their suggestions in the Servant of All forum.

We understand that this will be a long journey and that we still have a lot to learn, but we remain committed to providing resources, educating ourselves and others, and serving those in need.

Serinia Edoras

Amyrlin Seat

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Robert Jordan Memorial Scholarship Opens for Applications

 

An undergraduate student studying how “individuals, cities, and industries” can reduce the risks of earthquake hazards. A medical student who wants to ensure that the “physical, mental, emotional and social health needs” of others are taken care of. An education student who wants to inspire.

 

What do all of these individuals have in common? They’re Wheel of Time fans who want to make the world a better place by being Servants of All.

 

They’re also all past winners of the Robert Jordan Memorial Scholarship, which has just opened for 2020 applications. For more information, please see below.

 


 

The Robert Jordan Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship awarded to fans of the Wheel of Time. One undergraduate student, and one graduate student, at an accredited college or university will be chosen each year to receive a scholarship. Previously it was called the Servant of All Scholarship, however, it was renamed in 2007 to memorialize the life of our beloved Robert Jordan. In 2010, the scholarship was opened to all Wheel of Time fans, instead of being restricted to TarValon.Net members.

 

It is with great pleasure that we are now accepting applications for the Robert Jordan Memorial Scholarship. Rank in the Tower is not a factor, nor is major, or how far along you are in your studies. Any student who is a current undergraduate or graduate at an accredited college or university, and can craft an essay in the English language fluently, qualifies to apply for this scholarship. Previous recipients may reapply as long as they still meet the criteria.
The amount of each scholarship is $500 per student.

 

Applications will be accepted starting May 1, 2020 thru June 5, 2020. Please access the application at the following link:

 

https://forms.gle/zySLjieAU2XW6ma27

 

The scholarships are awarded based on an essay. The topic of the essay shall be chosen by the Officers and Director of Community Outreach. Essays are read blind and voted on by the Hall of the Tower of TarValon.net Inc.

 

If you would like to view previous winning essays please see our library:

 

https://library.tarvalon.net/index.php?title=Annual_Robert_Jordan_Memorial_Scholarship

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WoT Memes

The goings-on in Randland provide some great material to feed the meme craze, and with the series coming to Amazon Prime, we’ve definitely seen an uptick in Wheel of Time meme activity. Here are a few to brighten your day!

 

(With thanks to Elia LePhant and Atarah al’Norahn for the memes.)

 

 

 

 

 

What are some of the best Wheel of Time memes you’ve seen out there?

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WoT Wednesday #0.5: A Question for Fans

 

 

This week for a pre-WoT Wednesday, Rafe asked what fans might want to see. We’re not quite sure if this meant what we’d like to see from him about the series, or what we’re most excited to see depicted on screen, but here are some of my favorite responses:

 

 

 

Narg Trolloc made a poll not 20 minutes before Rafe posted this, asking what people want to see.

 

 

 

 

A lot of other people wanted to know about casting and how they could possibly be involved with the show.

 

 

 

 

Several people were wondering what possible cuts there might be in the series.

 

 

 

 
One thing that people really wanted to know about was how channeling was going to be depicted on screen.

 

 

 

 

And some people just wanted to know a few particulars about how the series was going to be adapted.

 

 

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