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Alcázar Legacy Scholarship

1 winner$500
Application Deadline
Dec 1, 2022
Winners Announced
Dec 25, 2022
Education Level
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
Lost a parent to cancer

M. Alcázar was a devoted father to his two daughters.

He was diagnosed with cancer in 2020 and during the two years he fought, he became their hero and light. But most importantly, he became their purpose.

Both of his daughters found their true career calling and were inspired by their father’s legacy of love that he left behind.

The light he left will be used to help other students that have also been inspired by their parent’s legacy, in hopes that they will continue their education and give back to the community.

Undergraduate students are eligible to apply if they have lost a parent to cancer. To apply, write about how your parent’s story and loss has inspired you to chose a career you love.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Need, Boldest Profile
Published August 30, 2022
Essay Topic

Please share how the loss of a parent has inspired you to keep going and pursue your education. How do you plan to create a professional future in which you will be able to give back to the community?

400–600 words

Winning Application

Nicole Lunn
The University of West FloridaTallahassee, FL
After a 6 year long divorce and 2 years of battling cancer, my dad passed away my first semester of college. The passing of my father initially sparked a career in nutrition, but the more seasons of life I enter, the more I can realize the vast impact that my dad had on me. I was undoubtedly the favorite and my dad and I had always been close. Unfortunately, with the divorce between he and my mom, tension arose that hadn't been there before. And with terminal cancer, the relationship never had time to resolve. The last few years were rough, physically on him, and emotionally for the rest of us. He was financially ruined and it left nothing for myself and my two siblings as we entered college. Skip forward a few years and I've met my husband. Little did I know, unresolved issues between me and my dad put chasms in my relationship with my soon-to-be spouse. By the grace of God, I can confidently say that I have forgiven my dad for his shortcomings, for his failures, and for all the things that felt hurtful coming out of years of emotional turmoil. But because of my upbringing, I know I want differently for my children. I miss my dad and I know I love him, but I hope to raise children that operate out of wholeness and provided for. After my husband and I married, we decided that we would want to have children. We're planning for children down the road and would be open to adoption. My new career path is most certainly about loving my family and providing for them in a way that generations after us are whole people able to love out of wholeness and not trying to put band-aids on brokenness. My way of giving back to the community is by giving to my children what far too many children miss out on. And while we desire to provide for our children, we also live our lives in a way where we are able to give to others. We aim to raise children that are also able to give and to love. My husband I have continued to work on a budget that allows us to maintain spending habits regardless of increases to income. While we do give regularly to various organizations, we do always want to be able to give generously. We want to be financially free to give to others and not just for personal gain. We both want to see children (whether ours or not) be able to grow up in a way that fosters growth and prosperity in every area of life. If we are able to pour into several people along the way and they can pour into several people along their way, the consequences are multiplied far beyond what we could even imagine. The death of my father has given me purpose in pursuing a career that is going to allow me to provide for my family in ways that I otherwise could not. And if for some reason not my own biological family, I desire as much to see other children raised in a home where they are without lack and where they know they are truly loved.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Dec 1, 2022. Winners will be announced on Dec 25, 2022.

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