3Wishes Women’s Empowerment Scholarship

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$1,010
1 winner
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
5
Application Deadline
Nov 30, 2021
Winners Announced
Dec 30, 2021
Education Level
Any
1
Contribution
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Enrollment Status:
Plans to attend college in the next 2 years
Enrollment Status:
Plans to attend college in the next 2 years

“When women thrive, all of society benefits and succeeding generations are given a better start in life.” — Kofi Annan, 7th UN Secretary-General

While the world has seen great progress with women’s rights and gender equality over the past century, there is no doubt that there is still so much to be done to ensure that women have the same opportunities and outcomes as men.

Today, there is still quite a large gap between men and women when it comes to income, wealth, debt, poverty levels, discrimination, abuse, domestic responsibilities, and the opportunity to take on leadership roles –– all of which are greater difficulties for women of color. Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic has also disproportionately harmed women in the workforce as over six hundred thousand more women than men have lost their jobs over the course of the pandemic.

At the core of 3Wishes is the support, upliftment, and encouragement of women past systemic and social barriers.  The 3Wishes Women’s Empowerment Scholarship is designed to support one special woman in achieving her dreams in and out of the classroom. 

All women planning to attend college sometime in the next two years are eligible. To apply, please write about how you think society can most effectively empower women. 

While not required, applicants who have volunteer experience, express financial need, and/or are women of color are encouraged to apply.

Selection Criteria:
Essay, Woman, Ambition, Purpose, Advocate
Published April 15, 2021
$1,010
1 winner
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
5
Application Deadline
Nov 30, 2021
Winners Announced
Dec 30, 2021
Education Level
Any
1
Contribution
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

How do you think society can most effectively empower women? What needs to be done to ensure these demands are met?

400–600 words

Winning Application

Bhavya Gireesh
Mansfield Lake Ridge H SMansfield, TX
Society can empower women from the day they are born by changing and educating people to show that they are equal opportunists. By doing so, it teaches everyone from young girls to women that they are not lacking anything to shine and become the best they can be in life. I grew up in a very traditional Indian home, and throughout my life, I restrained myself because of these strict ideals. After I moved to the United States, I realized how much I was withholding myself as a human being by following those societal views. Even now, I can remember how negatively they affected me. When I was a child, I used to think that women could not be as athletic as men or that they had certain gender roles they were tied to their entire life just because they were born as women. Everyone from my family to the media empowered these ideals by making it seem as if I had to be one with those ideas or I would be an outcast to society. But as I grew up and surrounded myself with people that showed me how there is a lot more to life than these inadequate standards. I became much more of a free-willed and empowered person. One of the most accurate sayings I have heard of which apply to this situation is that nothing will change in the world if nothing changes at home. True to this saying, I have realized the most liberating and empowered people grew up in a healthy environment that encouraged them to be the best they can be as human beings. To start on the process of empowering women, there should be a mandatory lesson in school for Women's history month. This lesson will be directed at young children, but it will immensely affect the community. Not only are children more likely to hold on to such relatable lessons but tell their parents and family members of what they learned, reminding adults that such teachings apply to everyone. Another way to empower women is by giving more impactful and positive media coverage, which will help bring light to the achievements of women. To change the mindset of people stuck in old customs, bringing light to all the accomplishments of high achieving women can be a great way to start positive discussions at home. More representation of women in culture and defeating damaging traditions will lead to a better future for society in general. In conclusion, to empower women, change needs to be made at home so that change can prevail in the world. One of the most significant adversities that stands in the way of empowerment is the minds of conservative people that teach children the wrong morals. By reforming such values, women will step closer to a flourishing future.

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When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Nov 30, 2021. Winners will be announced on Dec 30, 2021.

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