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#Back2SchoolBold Scholarship

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2 winners, $500 each
Application Deadline
Sep 30, 2021
Winners Announced
Oct 31, 2021
Education Level
Recent scholarship winners

School is almost here! We're celebrating this major milestone with a scholarship + giveaway!

We know that the back to school transition is going to look a little different this time around. This scholarship exists to equip you with everything you need to jumpstart your education and help get you started off on the right foot.

The #Back2SchoolBold Scholarship is open to all students from any field of study. To apply, please submit a photo, Pinterest board, video, or any other visual medium. Please also share a short essay about what inspired your #Back2SchoolBold moment.

Your submission can be anything ranging from Y2K fashion, dorm room tours, tips on saving money, or anything that you'd like to share. The winner will be selected based on their short essay and accompanying file.

As a bonus, we will also be running a merch giveaway alongside this scholarship. To participate in the giveaway, you will need to post your submission publicly (feed post only), tag, and use the hashtag to participate in the merch giveaway.

We’ll be putting together a collection of our favorite submissions on our social media channels for everyone to review and vote on.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Need, Boldest Profile
Published August 30, 2021
Essay Topic

What inspired your #Back2SchoolBold moment?

50–200 words

Winning Applications

Hannah Sturgeon
Otterbein UniversityNewark, OH
My #Back2SchoolBold moments have been inspired by staying involved with my campus and the local community. Working with the Center for Community Engagement I represented my organization, the Cardinal Corps Leaders, during a tabling event at the end of the first week of school for students to get to know more about involvement on campus. As the Vice President of the Cardinal Corps Leaders, I am proud to help coordinate the team of students that organizes and runs all of the community service opportunities at Otterbein. Another passion I have found in school is leading a student voter engagement and registration group, Raise Your Voice. Through Raise Your Voice, I have been a fellow for the Campus Election Engagement Project and Campus Vote Project. This year I will be launching the Ohio Student Voting Network along with my fellow classmate. Finally, before classes even started I was able to help lead a service event that has been a tradition at Otterbein for over 20 years. Speaking alongside our City Mayor and the President of my University, I helped kick off an event hosting over 100 freshmen in 18 different service locations across our community.
Simone Braithwaite
Guilford CollegeNewark, NJ
Where there is a need for solutions to issues such as poverty, homelessness, and food insecurity, there is a community worth advocating for. I want to challenge the notion that community starts and ends with those in the closest proximity to you. I committed to Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina to be a Bonner Scholar. We are required to do 140 hours of service each semester and two summers of service as 240 hours for each. As a second-year Bonner Scholar, I already knew a lot of the service opportunities that would be open to me for the fall semester. The one that caught my eye though, was a service site that was added to our list of community-building opportunities in the last week of August. It was a tutoring program to work as a teacher’s aide in a transition school for refugee and immigrant elementary school children that don’t know how to speak English. My #Back2School moment was inspired by the will to help others and to be of service to a vulnerable community that may need guidance in adjusting to being in a foreign place. I can’t wait to start working with my students this year.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Sep 30, 2021. Winners will be announced on Oct 31, 2021.

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