SAN FRANCISCO (July 13, 2021) – Bold.org, the largest independent scholarship provider in the country, announces its first scholarship winner from its Year of Giving Campaign. The Year of Giving Campaign launched in January with impact-focused public figures championing scholarships each month. Today, the campaign’s inaugural partner, DJ and Producer 3LAU, awards the $14,500 3LAU "Everything" Scholarship to North Carolina State University student, Bhavana Veeravalli.
The 3LAU “Everything” Scholarship initially debuted to celebrate 3LAU’s 30th birthday and his new single “Everything” — which reached #5 on Billboard's Dance/Mixshow Airplay chart and garnered 5 million streams. What started as a $10,000 scholarship quickly gained momentum. Through additional contributions from 3LAU and his fans, the scholarship amount increased to more than $14,500. The scholarship received more than 3,000 applications from students sharing what they consider to be their "everything.” Bhavana Veeravalli’s scholarship-winning essay elaborated on her “everything”— the power of art.
“What is more powerful than giving life to something that was once thought intangible?” shared Bhavana in her application essay.
As an aspiring Motion Graphics Designer, Bhavana is honing her skills in animation and storytelling at North Carolina State University. “I know that every day that I am alive and able to listen and experience the stories of others and my own, that my animation will grow, expand, and live a life of its own.”
DJ and Producer, 3LAU, says: “Back in January, I launched The 3LAU ‘Everything’ Scholarship to celebrate my 30th Birthday and my new single “Everything.” I’m inspired by the number of applicants this scholarship received. Bhavana’s essay about the power of storytelling through art was thoughtful and moving. I’m so happy to award her this scholarship, which will help her pursue a Bachelor’s in Graphic Communications. I’m thankful to have kicked off this campaign with Bold.org — a platform that puts impact through philanthropy at the forefront — and provide meaningful support to a student with such exciting goals.”
Scholarship recipient, Bhavana Veeravalli, says: “I am incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to pursue my passion for animation without financial barriers in my education. It is always amazing to see artists such as 3LAU help aspiring creators realize their potential in the same way they have achieved theirs. I cannot wait to explore and grow as an animator and tell stories that need to be heard.”
3LAU has raised funds for multiple charitable causes throughout his career. His Bold.org scholarship is part of his overarching mission to positively impact others. Previous Year of Giving campaign partners include NBA stars Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, and Dwyane Wade, NFL Wide Receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace, Grammy-winning band Imagine Dragons and professional MMA fighter Cat Zingano. To join Bold.org in fighting America’s student debt crisis, donors can create their own custom scholarship by creating a profile at www.bold.org.