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Ambition Scholarship

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1 winner$550
Next Application Deadline
Jan 31, 2024
Next Winners Announced
Feb 29, 2024
Education Level
High School
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school student
New York
3.5 or higher
Volunteering or extracurriculars

It’s important to empower young women to pursue their educational goals, encouraging them to be ambitious and driven. 

Making a difference starts with the willingness to go the extra mile in pursuit of the things that are most important. In order to give young women the tools to pursue their educational goals, the Ambition Scholarship will award a female student who embodies the ambition and drive that it takes to be successful. 

Female high school students in New York are eligible to apply if they have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and have experience either in extracurriculars or volunteering. To apply, write about your future dreams and what you’ve done to start on the path to achieving those dreams.

Selection Criteria:
Essay, Ambition, Boldest Profile
Published August 31, 2023
Essay Topic

What are your future dreams, and what have you done to set yourself on a path to achieving those dreams?

400–600 words

Winning Application

Kylie Person
Sayville High SchoolSayville, NY
Dreams provide a roadmap, like stars in the night sky, guiding us towards our aspirations. My journey has been fueled by a passionate desire to contribute to the world in meaningful ways. As I stand at a pivotal moment in my life with college knocking at my door, I find myself reflecting on the path I've diligently crafted throughout high school leveraging not only my academic achievements but my work outside the classroom and in the community. When I was a little girl, I found a sea turtle with a plastic six-pack can holder around its neck. From that moment on, my passion for environmental conservation took root. The allure of protecting our planet for wildlife and future generations became my driving force. Earning recognition for my research project, "Can an Algal Bioplastic Serve as an Alternative to Single-Use Can Packaging," solidified my conviction. This project was a pivotal milestone, showing me the potential of science and innovation to transform industries and mitigate environmental harm. Being nominated for the New York State Science Congress and clinching accolades at the Long Island Science Congress affirmed that my dreams were on the right path. Leadership is an integral aspect of my character and something that I've nurtured throughout my academic, athletic, and community engagements. As President of Athletes Helping Others, I organized the Sayville Sports Swap, an event to address two significant issues: the environmental impact of discarded sports equipment and the financial barriers some individuals face in accessing these types of resources. As a 6-year Varsity tennis player, I not only honed my skills being selected by New York Newsday as one of the top 30 girls on Long Island for 2022, but I also nurtured teamwork, perseverance, and humility. In addition, I recently participated in The Play for Pink Breast Cancer Fundraiser highlighting the power of sports in uniting people for a worthy cause and building on my passion for community service. While accomplishments are important, the path toward my dreams is also marked by continuous learning. Joining the Girls with Impact "Mini MBA" program and engaging in the Sayville Book Club has cultivated my entrepreneurship and leadership skills. As I look toward my future dreams, the field of Environmental Science combined with Law remains a north star I hope to reach. I'm confident that bringing together science and advocacy will empower me to drive real change in the future. Through my participation in Students for Climate Action, I've embraced my responsibility as an advocate, amplifying my voice for a cause that transcends borders. My parents have instilled in me that while I continue to pursue my dreams, giving back is a critical component of leadership. As such, I've come to appreciate the sense of fulfillment in sharing knowledge, from tutoring classmates to teaching tennis, which has ignited my passion for education. With over 100 hours of community service, including beach cleanups, my commitment to the betterment of society continues to be the bedrock upon which I continue to build. As I look ahead, the stars of my dreams remain steady, guiding me. My past accomplishments mark a series of stepping stones toward my purpose. The path I've taken has been full of challenges and successes that have cultivated my potential. The world needs compassionate and empathetic leaders, dedicated researchers, and advocates for change. I'm confident that with my past accomplishments, community engagement, and the lessons learned on the tennis court, I'm positioned to bring my dreams to life for the betterment of society.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Jan 31, 2024. Winners will be announced on Feb 29, 2024.

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