Bold Meaning of Life Scholarship

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$500
1 winner$500
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
5
Application Deadline
May 29, 2022
Winners Announced
Jun 29, 2022
Education Level
Any
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners

“Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone - we find it with another,” -Thomas Merton. 

Like most people, you likely find yourself wondering what the meaning of life is. We all have different ideas about life’s overall purpose, and these ideas often shape our actions and goals.

This scholarship aims to encourage students to consider the meaning of life and how it has impacted their actions.

All students may apply for this scholarship opportunity. To apply, tell us what you think the meaning of life is and how you try to achieve it.

Published February 28, 2022
$500
1 winner$500
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
5
Application Deadline
May 29, 2022
Winners Announced
Jun 29, 2022
Education Level
Any
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

Please tell us what you think the meaning of life is and how you try to achieve it.

150–300 words

Winning Application

Emily Long
Lebanon Valley CollegeAnnville, PA
Humans are incredibly social creatures, and we find ourselves reaching out to one another for support, empathy, and partnership. Though our lifestyles have vastly changed throughout thousands of generations of history, this aspect of human nature has not. Therefore, I wholeheartedly believe that the meaning of life is to help others. Because I hold this perspective, I live my life such that I am regularly giving back to the community that has supported me in my life, as well as preparing for a career path in which I hope to improve the quality of life for individuals in underserved communities. Through my college career, I have collected over 200 hours of community service, many of which have been in the field of healthcare, but in other fields as well. Through my community service, I provide physical labor, complete and file paperwork, reach out to outside organizations, and, most importantly, serve, directly and indirectly, members of the community. One of the most impactful ways I have given back to the community has been through serving on the Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center hotline. This hotline provides listening ears and support for sexual assault victims who may find themselves in crisis. Speaking directly with survivors has changed the way that I interact with individuals in my regular life and made me more aware of the fact that everyone is dealing with something that may not be apparent on the surface. Moving forward, I plan to continue my participation in community service, and I will be attending a physician assistant program in the fall of 2022 to become a physician assistant. In my career as a physician assistant, I hope to work with underserved populations to ensure that everyone receives high-quality, affordable healthcare.
Ayla Say
Reed CollegePortland, OR
The meaning of life has nothing to do with your career. My life purpose is not to work, even though this society might lead you to think that it is. We all die in the end, and no amount of money or career advancements is going to change that. Instead, I believe that the meaning of life is to do what we love. This might sound cheesy or broad, but it's true. Different things make people happy. Sometimes that happiness is career-oriented: for example, someone who wants to save people finds happiness through being a doctor. Then that is his meaning of life. However, it might also be more simple than that. Someone else finds happiness through spending time with loved ones. Then that is her meaning of life. For me, I love to create. My meaning of life is to create art, be that through acting, writing, or singing. That is what I find makes me the happiest. I cannot imagine myself doing anything else. I have been told time and time again that there are no careers in the arts, but I think that it's easy to forget that life doesn't just have to be about finding a career. While it is important because we all need a basic income, that shouldn't be the most important aspect of life. The meaning of life is pursuing what we love, which can mean so many different things to individual people.

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When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is May 29, 2022. Winners will be announced on Jun 29, 2022.

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