Nearly 800,000 people die by suicide in the world each year, which is roughly one death every 40 seconds. By the time you read this description, at least one person will have taken their lives.
But suicide is often the conclusion of a long story of mental illness, and there are still hundreds of millions of people around the world suffering.
A personal story that I rarely tell is that of my sister’s mental health struggle. She was diagnosed with anorexia in junior high school and has wrestled with other mental illnesses for nearly two decades since.
The reality is that my sister isn’t the outlier. She is one of billions around the world that will face mental illness at some point in their lives. It is one of the only unifiers that traverses borders, race, gender, or religion. It is truly ubiquitous.
Mental illness is part of someone’s story, but it does not need to define them. Abraham Lincoln fought clinical depression throughout his life. Dr. John Nash, the Nobel Price winner for his work on game theory, suffered from schizophrenia. Lady Gaga had spoken out about her battle with PTSD.
After a worldwide pandemic, we’re more isolated than ever and mental health illnesses are soaring. As we work to normalize the dialogue around mental health, this scholarship aims to support any student pursuing any field of study that has battled or had a loved one battle mental illness.
To apply, please share a 300-word essay describing your personal/loved one’s journey and how you want to use these experiences to positively impact the lives of others battling mental illness.
I feel that now, especially during this pandemic and isolation, many people are becoming overwhelmed, stressed out, and afraid. More and more people now more than ever, need help to overcome these mental obstacles so that they are not holding themselves back from the happy and successful life they deserve.
To apply for this scholarship, you will be required to write about your experience with mental illness and how this has impacted your life.
This scholarship is part of a 12-part Amplify Scholarship Series, spanning topics including women in tech, continuous learning, environmental science, and more. These scholarships are announced quarterly and awarded monthly throughout 2021. Follow along here!
Tell us about how mental health has impacted your life and career aspirations. What have you learned from these experiences and what do you hope to achieve moving forward?
The application deadline is May 1, 2021. Winners will be announced on May 31, 2021.
Award amounts per winner are designated by the donor. Check the award amount for a detailed breakdown.
The winner will be publicly announced on May 31, 2021. Prior to the announcement date, we may contact finalists with additional questions about their application. We will work with donors to review all applications according to the scholarship criteria. Winners will be chosen based on the merit of their application.
Award checks will be sent to the financial aid office of the winner's academic institution or future academic institution in their name to be applied to their tuition, and in the name of their institution (depending on the school's requirements). If the award is for a qualified educational non-tuition expense, we will work with the winner directly to distribute the award and make sure it goes towards qualified expenses.
Before we award the scholarship, the winner will be required to confirm their academic enrollment status. Depending on the circumstances, verification of Student ID and/or their most recent transcript will be required.
If you have any questions about this scholarship or the Bold.org platform, just email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you as quickly as we can.
Yes. The terms and conditions for this scholarship can be found here.