Berkeley College Student Essay Awarded iGrad Scholarship

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Berkeley College student Imani Miller, Business Administration, Class of 2019, knows how to “seize the day” and take advantage of the opportunities set before her. In the small town of Buford, GA, where she grew up, she made a film about body image that won an award that she and her mom came to New York City to accept. Ms. Miller fell in love with the New York vibe and convinced her family about her decision and determination to attend college here.

“I started taking courses at BMCC in communications, but realized I loved business management,” Ms. Miller said.

Ms. Miller has the entrepreneurial spirit, persistence and drive that characterize so many successful business leaders today. After transferring credits to Berkeley College to earn her Bachelor’s degree, she chose to enroll continuously, which would prevent the cost for her tuition increasing. She also took advantage of financial aid programs that included scholarships, loans and a work-study assignment.

Prompted by a poster she saw on campus in the Financial Aid office that encourages students to check the iGrad website for scholarships, she promptly submitted an essay, and to her surprise, was awarded a $1,000 prize for her essay.

Students had to submit a 500 – 750 word essay that answered the question, “How did internet marketing influence your choice of college?”  The topics for the essays submitted ranged from social media and YouTube, to Google searches, reviews and even virtual reading glasses.

In her essay, Ms. Miller described how she learned about colleges in New York City from different websites she explored. Here are a few excerpts from her winning essay. Ms. Miller was attending a community college in New York at the time she wrote it and had chosen a particular college search website to help her.

“ … Berkeley did fit all of my needs and wants when it comes to college (small class sizes, tuition I was comfortable paying and location).  However, I wasn’t completely sold on the idea of attending a private college. I continued to look at different schools and researched my options …”

“One day I decided to click on the ad and fill out the contact information to see what Berkeley could offer me. To my surprise, I fell in love with the school immediately. I loved the environment, and how small the school was. I loved the benefits and the fact that they included the cost of textbooks in my tuition so you would never have to buy that $300 book you’d never read again after the course. After my first visit, I knew that I would be attending Berkeley, their staff is so supportive and they treat you like you are part of their family. They check in on you, they encourage you, and they truly do want the best for you. Berkeley College gave me that feeling that I didn’t get from other schools…” 

“… Berkeley helped me obtain so many things such as: helping me get my dream internship at The Corcoran Group; they helped me find a job that I love going to, and most importantly, they gave me my second family away from home, which is extremely important to me …”

Looking ahead, Ms. Miller soon will realize a dream-come-true. She has been accepted to the Disney College program at Disneyworld in Florida.

“I have been applying for several years,” Ms. Miller admits. Now she, and a friend, are both planning to attend.

Ms. Miller’s ambition also encompasses someday owning her own restaurant. “I love food, and people say that my food gives happiness,” she said. “Trying something new to eat bonds people.”

What advice does Ms. Miller have for today’s college bound students?

“Don’t give up, even when it seems hopeless,” Ms. Miller said. “Tell someone when you’re going through something. You may think they cannot help you and they really can.”

About Berkeley College

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls more than 7,000 students – including more than 350 international students – in its Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Associate’s degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business®, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers an MBA in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.


Berkeley College has three New York campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are four campuses – Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. For five consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans. The website address is

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