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Abby's First-Generation College Student Scholarship

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1 winner$500
Application Deadline
Jun 1, 2022
Winners Announced
Jul 1, 2022
Education Level
High School
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
Must be a high school senior
Must have a 3.0 GPA or higher
Must be planning to attend a four-year university as a first-generation student
Must be involved in sports or extracurriculars

First-generation college students face many social and financial challenges when pursuing higher education. 

Due to the high costs of college and the fact that many first-generation students come from lower-income families, it can be difficult for first-generation students to pursue their education goals. 

This scholarship seeks to support a graduating high school senior who will be the first in their family to attend a four-year university.

Any high school senior who is involved in sports or extracurricular activities, has a 3.0 GPA or higher, is helping to fund their own education, and will be the first in their immediate family to attend college may apply for this scholarship.

To apply, please tell us about a challenge or setback you’ve experienced and how you overcame or are working to overcome that challenge.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Need, Boldest Profile
Published October 7, 2021
Essay Topic

Please tell us about a challenge or setback you’ve experienced and how you overcame or are working to overcome that challenge.

300–600 words

Winning Application

Breanna Broderick
University of South Florida-Main CampusTampa, FL
While the COVID-19 pandemic affected everyone differently, distance learning was a major change for all students. I adjusted to online school quite easier than my peers because I am technologically inclined and intrinsically motivated. However, being at home without my own room and with about 8 to 10 people in the house at any given time did not leave any room for concentration. I had cousins, grandparents, and children in my home for the first time as we tried to make it by. There were also no spaces in the house I could use for studying. This made it hard for me to participate in virtual classes, focus when it came to assignments for my higher-level courses, and complete work on time. While I was an active member of the National Honors Society and Creative Writing Club during these times, there was far less opportunity for extracurricular activities. I would have been entirely more involved in other activities if I had not struggled to manage my workload with online school. Also, the distance from the classroom made it difficult for me to make new connections or maintain the relationships I had with my peers. I missed out on some really big milestones which may have delayed my growth mentally. The pandemic put a damper on my grades, my participation in and outside of class, and my relationships with my peers. But throughout that difficult time, I stayed focused on my goals. Moving into my senior year, I went on to do impressive work. I was named my Class President, FCIAC Scholar Leader for Central High School, and a College Board National Recognition program Scholar. I was accepted to 12 incredible universities including Howard University, Penn State, and the University of Connecticut. Finally, I gained many new friends and connections with people that will have an important place in my life. Of course, it was not easy. But I was able to salvage my high school career, even in the midst of a pandemic.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Jun 1, 2022. Winners will be announced on Jul 1, 2022.

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