Introducing the Customized Girl Statement Maker Scholarship Winner: Mariah Dlugosch

Recently, Customized Girl ran a scholarship contest asking for girls everywhere to submit their power statements. Knowing that every girl has a statement to make, we thought it would be fun to offer the chance to win some money for school by letting your voice be heard.

You guys are awesome! We received hundreds of submissions and were blown away by the many different personalities and powerful statements we read. Our judges had the difficult task of narrowing down the submissions to just one powerful statement that intrigued us the most.

We are happy to announce the Winner of the $2,500 Customized Girl Statement Maker ScholarshipMariah Dlugosch!

Mariah’s statement: What other people think of me is none of my business.


We love this statement because it is great advice for girls everywhere. It can be easy to get caught up in drama or fights between friends or bullies but if we all remember that our opinion of ourselves is the only one that matters then we can make life a lot easier.

Recently, we sat down and talked to Mariah and asked her why this statement is so important to her and her plans for school and beyond.  This is what she had to say:

Where do you currently go to school?

Well I’m senior right now but in the Fall I’m going to Boise Sate.

That’s exciting! Do you know what you want to go to school for?

I might study Business or Psychology and take some art classes. I’m not too sure what I want to do yet, I’m kind of all over the board but I still have some time to figure it out.

Yeah, there is no rush. Do you have any hobbies?

I’m really into photography. I took a class in school and developed a strong passion for it and now I shoot senior pictures and some weddings. I also recently started taking piano lessons but I’m not very good yet.

Sounds like you have lots of interests, which is awesome. So, why is this statement so important to you?

It’s how I try to live my life. I think if you are doing what makes you happy then that is the only thing that should matter.

We love that! How did you come across this statement? Is it something someone told you or did you come up with it yourself?

My friend’s mom told me this when I was in 7th grade. We were talking about some drama at school and she told us that what other people think of us is none of our business and it just really stuck with me. I carried it with me through high school and realized that if I am proud of the things that I am doing and accomplishing then other people’s opinions shouldn’t mater.

We dig. Last thing, what does the world need to know about you?

I am very goal oriented and when I set a goal for myself I pursue it and won’t give up until I achieve it. I feel like you need to go for whatever it is you want in life and as long as you are making yourself happy that is all that matters. It goes back to my statement. Just go for the life you want.

We were inspired by Mariah’s statement and hope it can inspire more girls to stand up and be statement makers. Thanks again to everyone who entered our scholarship contest! Continue to rock out your statements and share some of them below in the comments!

Customized Girl Scholarship Winning Statement

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