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I Am Third Scholarship

1 winner$1,000
Application Deadline
Apr 12, 2022
Winners Announced
May 12, 2022
Education Level
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We all have the single most precious currency one can possess – time. 

Today, people are rewarded not for working hard but for working smart and intentionally toward their goals. As a young person, the world is yours, but people often don’t realize their potential in the world until it’s too late. 

All students who have an extraordinary view of the world and specific goals for their education deserve to be supported in their endeavors in and out of the classroom, which is why the I Am Third Scholarship exists. All students of any level and field of study are eligible. 

To apply, please write an essay explaining your goal in education and life, the why behind it, and how you see your education/vision making a positive impact on the world. 

Selection Criteria:
Impact, Ambition
Published July 16, 2021
Essay Topic

What is your goal in education/life? What's your why? How do you see your vision impacting the world positively in the future?

400–600 words

Winning Application

Emily Wanamaker
University of North Carolina at GreensboroSalisbury, NC
I don't want just any job that pays the bills, I want to do something that makes me happy and can help others. I believe that teaching is the most important thing I could do, for the children, and for myself. All I want to do is help future generations discover a love of learning, and so that they can do so in a place that will help them thrive. I promise that I will try my best to change the lives of as many students as I can, they deserve to be cared for and be valued. I’ve had educators throughout my life who have made me despise the thought of ever being involved in teaching. I never felt like I could talk to anyone about my mental health or any troubles I was facing. It wasn’t until I entered high school and met certain teachers, that I knew I could finally open up to people and be safe. My School became my safe place, and I realized that there are quality teachers in the world. I realized just how much a quality teacher can impact a student’s life, but just watching how some of my friends and I were able to open up. It made me wonder how much it could benefit students to have someone show that they care about them right from the start of their studies: Elementary School. I began discussing future college plans with advisors, and the pathways I thought were my dreams before just didn’t feel right. That’s why I began looking at being an elementary school teacher. Just hearing how much teachers are involved in the lives of students and dedicating themselves to the empowerment of children gave me so much hope. They understand that children need to be raised and taught in an environment that nurtures them, and teaches them how to succeed. I dream of working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education for that reason. Getting my degree would allow me to prepare for life in my own classroom one day, and that just would mean the absolute world to me. I want to help children discover a love of education while in a supportive environment that allows them to communicate their feelings. I believe that it is crucial that students learn to communicate what they are feeling so they can develop certain skills such as self-regulation, self-awareness, and empathy. These things would allow students to build the necessary communication skills to succeed when they become teachers and when they go off into their careers. I wish I could have learned how to communicate effectively when I was younger, it would have prevented me from bottling up my emotions and I could have been a lot happier. As a teacher, I would want to create an open environment for students to develop quality communication skills and have a place where they can be themselves.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Apr 12, 2022. Winners will be announced on May 12, 2022.

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