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Bold Great Books Scholarship

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1 winner$500
Application Deadline
Jun 30, 2022
Winners Announced
Jul 30, 2022
Education Level
Recent scholarship winners

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” - Marcus Tullius Cicero

Reading is a wonderful source of both education and entertainment. As the world becomes increasingly reliant on technology, the pleasure of a great book must not be forgotten.

The Bold Great Books Scholarship exists to encourage students to continue reading, learning, and applying their acquired knowledge to their daily lives. 

All students from any field of study may apply for this scholarship. You can apply by telling us about your favorite book and why you love it so much.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Need, Boldest Profile
Published March 29, 2022
Essay Topic

What is your favorite book and why?

250–300 words

Winning Application

Tanner Stealey
Savannah College of Art and DesignSavannah, GA
“What is your favorite book?” A question akin to the unanswerable, “What is your favorite movie or song?” These answers are forever changing, strictly contingent upon the mood you’re in at the moment you decide to enjoy or reminisce about them. However, “Which book has changed your life the most?” I can answer that with fervor. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It’s about a young boy, embarking on an adventure to find his “personal legend”. A piece of fiction that made me realize how I, like so many others, was unmistakably “following the herd” rather than following my heart and chasing after my dreams. My “personal legend” as Paulo puts it. After having read it, my life has taken a complete one-eighty. It helped me find the tenacity to follow my dreams and aspirations and I’ve since been accepted into my school of choice to assist me in their pursuit. With help from my fiancé, Lorena, I left the career I spent twelve years building. I’ve sold my car and truck and purchased a motorcycle so I could afford to travel without much income. We’ve sold our home and moved halfway across the country, away from our friends, our family, and everything we found comfort in. Lorena has asked me, “Where do you think we’d be had I not checked that book out for you?” It's been scary, as all new things are but I’m not looking back. Paulo wrote: “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” To end, and I quote: “And when you want something, all the universe conspires to help you achieve it.” I hope you see fit to be part of my journey and help me find my personal legend.
Taylor Hendrickson
University of UtahWest Jordan, UT
Throughout my high school career, I have read many books but no book affected me as much as Michael Vey by Richard Paul Evans. I have always liked fiction books that I could easily relate to and that is exactly what Michael Vey was for me. Not only could I relate to this series but I was able to talk and meet with the author himself. Michael Vey is a story about courage, hope, and family. This series was extremely relatable to me because it's about a bunch of kids that don't know exactly where they fit in the world. Within the book Michael the protagonist loses his mother when she is held hostage by the antagonist Dr. Hatch. Growing up I didn't have a strong mother figure so reading about Michael's adventure and his determination to find his mother hit me hard. Michael's best friend's name just happened to be Taylor which is my name and made the series just that much more exciting for me. Throughout the story, Michael and his friends got the chance to travel around the world and go to several locations throughout the world. I love traveling and this aspect just put my heart right into the story. The author Richard Paul Evans just happened to be from Salt Lake City, Utah which is where I live. One day Richard came to our local comic con convention and I was able to get my book signed. As you can see there are just so many aspects to this series that I loved unconditionally. This book dragged me on an amazing journey as a child that I will never forget and that's why Michael Vey by Richard Paul Evans is my favorite book.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Jun 30, 2022. Winners will be announced on Jul 30, 2022.

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