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Bold Know Yourself Scholarship

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1 winner$500
Application Deadline
May 15, 2022
Winners Announced
Jun 15, 2022
Education Level
Recent scholarship winners

“I am larger, better than I thought; I did not know I held so much goodness,” -Walt Whitman.

Your longest and most important relationship in life is the one you have with yourself. As a result, it’s important to spend time truly getting to know yourself so you can appreciate all of your amazing qualities.

This scholarship encourages students to practice self-love and reflect upon themselves and their positive traits.  

Any student who would like to know more about themself may apply for this exclusive scholarship. 

To apply, tell us about something you have learned about yourself that you think is valuable.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Need, Boldest Profile
Published February 14, 2022
Essay Topic

What’s something you have learned about yourself that you’ve found valuable?

150–300 words

Winning Application

Brenisen Wheeler
Adler Graduate SchoolPlymouth, MN
I grew up believing that one's self-worth and value are attributed to what one can do for others and what one can excel at in a way that no one else can. I ventured through college pouring into everyone and everything else but myself. I always had more than two jobs while taking more classes than was necessary to be considered a full-time student. The paid, volunteering, and leadership opportunities that I gravitated toward always had a helping component to them. Whether it was being a community adviser in the dorms, tutoring student-athletes in psychology, or being a mentor to first-generation, low-income students, I truly believed that my only source of value was to be in service to others. On this journey, I learned that I could be a selfless, driven, reliable, and ambitious person. I also learned that I was unnecessarily hard on myself. I never felt like anything that I did was enough. I was in a constant state of striving because I did not think I was sufficient as I was. And while self-improvement is an admirable mission, I realized I should not be motivated to be the best version of myself because I was not enough. Our culture is already saturated with a deficit mindset and I realized that I was feeding into it. Amidst all of this, I learned the power of self-compassion. I learned the valuable lesson that at the end of the day, the way I treat myself matters and that if I can meet myself with compassion, not only does that have implications for how I show up with others, but that my own humanity is worthy of gentle love, care, and consideration. As an aspiring clinician, this is a lesson that I will carry with me into my career and beyond.
Erica Bomhoff
The Evergreen State CollegeOlympia, WA
Over the past four years, I have begun to learn what it means to practice radical acceptance: My college journey began in 2018 as Running Start student in rural Washington. My life shifted from knowing everyone in my school to having different strangers in each of my classes. I grew distant and quiet, and I struggled to talk in my classes- I dealt with impostor syndrome every day, especially as a first-generation student. Two years later, I graduated with a 4.0 GPA on my High School Diploma and AA degree. I hit the marks academically, but socially I felt inferior; I felt unable to be my authentic self. It was not until my last in-person quarter of Running Start that I took a 2-credit class that changed my life. It was called "Stress Management and Wellness," and we learned practices that promote well-being and reduce stress. Each week we would identify a stressful event and utilize stress management tools that we learned in class. Tools included progressive relaxation, breathing exercises, and other mindfulness practices. I say this 2-credit class changed my life because it allowed me to build a tool kit that helps me stay grounded in reality, accountable for my actions and attitudes, and more aware of my body, mind, and spirit. I have utilized the tools that I have gained to manage and overcome my social anxiety. Now, in my second year of college post Running Start, I am able to fully engage in my classes and take initiative in my life- I no longer freeze in social settings, but I am assertive and excited to learn from the new people I meet! The most important thing that I have learned about myself through this not-so-linear process is that I have a voice; I am enough.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is May 15, 2022. Winners will be announced on Jun 15, 2022.

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