Kira Motley, L’esprit Academy, Livonia, Mich.
As a college student, Kira dreamed of a career doing nails, but her family didn’t think of it as a real profession. Fifteen years later, Kira decided to “live my own destiny” and enrolled in nail school. Kira’s application essay reflects her entrepreneurial spirit and passion for giving back. “I want to open a nail studio that visits local shelters and helps women transitioning into the workforce,” she wrote.