Announces Winner of Spring 2012 College Essay Contest

San Leandro, California (EastBayDaily) — announces the winner of the Spring 2012 Sell Used Books College Essay Contest scholarship. Kayla Hancock, a student who is seeking her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Sciences at Texas A&M University, won the $1,000 grand prize scholarship award, with the submission of her written essay to the textbook buyback web site:

Many students today now use the internet as their preferred method to buy and sell used text books, and SellUsedBooks is a site many students turn to. In addition to helping students by paying cash for books on their web site, a chance to win a $1,000 award to be used towards their upcoming textbook costs was also offered. The grand prize winner was selected from a pool of highly qualified finalists. The essays were evaluated on the strength of theme, originality, organization, and grammar.

Students today are faced with growing financial challenges as college tuition's continue to rise and education budget cuts are slashed. The cost of college textbooks often exceeds $100 per course. Research shows that nearly 40% of college students are having serious difficulty, or are unable to pay for the cost of college tuition and books. The SellUsedBooks College Essay Contest was created to help alleviate what may be a financial barrier., the site many students use to get cash for books, has been in the textbook buyback industry for more than a decade. Founder, Michael Der, has witnessed the negative impact and changes the economic downturn has brought about. “The students often come to us to sell their books during textbook buyback because they desperately need the money. They sell textbooks for cash to help prepare for the expenses in the upcoming semester. I feel very passionate about books and the promise they offer to improve life through education. This scholarship contest is my way of giving back and supporting something I truly believe in.”

For the winner, Kayla Hancock, her cost of education will be less troublesome this year as she continues her pursuit to obtain her Bachelor of Science degree, in order to become a registered dietitian. “I am an enthusiastic finalist for the Sell Used Books College Essay Contest.” “I plan to become a registered dietitian who will help my family, friends, and community live more abundant lives by consuming balanced diets and establishing healthy lifestyles.” allows users to sell books for cash. With instant quotes, free shipping and fast payment, users can easily sell books and textbooks all in one simple transaction. For more information about the scholarship program, please visit the Sell Used Books College Essay Contest.


Andrew Ha