BIPOC Educators Scholarship

Funded by
Julia Parzyck
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$1,000
1 winner
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
7
Application Deadline
Apr 1, 2021
Winners Announced
Apr 23, 2021
Education Level
Any
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners

Educators are vital to the success of upcoming generations and the progression of the human race. 

In all sectors, educators are needed to foster an inclusive environment for students both young and old that also manifests a deep love for learning, lasting throughout their lifetime. 

In public school education, the educator workforce is staggeringly homogenous, as 82 percent of teachers in that sector are white, even though the student distribution within public schools nationally is almost an even split between white students and minority students

It’s essential for educators to have backgrounds often left out of the history books to truly unravel the multiple complexities present in all sectors of our world today and to break apart many of the systemic barriers seen in communities of color. 

To support the needs of educators who want to fight for a more equitable tomorrow for their students and the world, the BIPOC Educators Scholarship exists and will support one ambitious education major in their studies to become an educator for the future. All BIPOC students who are pursuing or are interested in pursuing a major in education are eligible.

To apply, please write about the time when you realized education would be the right path for your career and why you are passionate about educating future generations.

Diversity and Inclusion
Selection Criteria:
Essay, Driven, Selfless, Ambition, Impact
$1,000
1 winner
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
7
Application Deadline
Apr 1, 2021
Winners Announced
Apr 23, 2021
Education Level
Any
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

Please tell us about a time when you realized education would be the right path for your career.

200–500 words

Winning Application

Uyioghosa Ebomoyi
DePaul UniversityOak Lawn, IL
I’ve worked with at-risk children for the past seven years because I felt called to do so. When I was very young, I was pulled out of class frequently to receive special attention. I was learning at a slower rate than most kids which warranted the attention of learning specialists and counselors. I didn’t know it at the time, but I had A.D.D. (Attention Deficit Disorder). I was officially diagnosed with the condition when I was 17 years old. Throughout my adolescence, I was very humbled by my academic experiences, but things started to change as I got older. In my junior year of college, I came across the field of Neuroscience through a tutoring job at Firman Community Services. When I first learned about it, I discovered an abundance of useful information that I applied in my own life. This altered my lifestyle significantly, and as I changed, so did my circumstances. I began to lead study groups, lend out my notes and assist with lecturing for some college courses. As all this was happening, I started to think that maybe there was a reason I started with such humble beginnings. With the tutoring jobs I’ve had over the years, I connected well with underachieving students because I dealt with this issue for most of my life. Over time, I developed an inner sense of purpose and concluded that the insight I derived from my obstacle could be used to help those who struggle with similar issues. While I was working at a company known as By The Hand Club For Kids, there was a child who told their mother that I made a difference in their life and that I changed the way they saw education. When I found out that’s what the child said about me, I realized that education would be the best path for me. It’s my personal goal to have children say that I made learning fun for them and that I made a difference in their lives. Unfortunately, two things that have affected my financial stability are my dad’s illness and the pandemic. I wasn’t able to work for several months because of the pandemic and my dad’s illness took a toll on my finances and well-being. These two situations resulted in a considerable loss of income which has placed a financial burden on me. I’m very close to completing all of the requisite courses for my degree, however, I’m not sure how I’m going to pay for the remaining courses I need to graduate. I don’t want this obstacle to prevent me from finishing my program. To conclude, I feel as if my passion and work ethic are reflected in the straight-A average I’ve maintained since I first began my graduate studies. If I were to receive this scholarship, it would assist me in getting a few steps closer to obtaining my teacher’s license so I can serve in marginalized communities.

FAQ

When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Apr 1, 2021. Winners will be announced on Apr 23, 2021.

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