Bold Optimist Scholarship

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Bold.org
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$500
1 winner
Open
Application Deadline
Jul 14, 2022
Winners Announced
Aug 14, 2022
Education Level
Any
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” -Helen Keller

With so many problems in today’s world, staying positive and living with optimism can feel impossible. Maintaining a positive attitude through all of the tough times in your life is a difficult but important task.

This scholarship seeks to encourage students to live their lives with optimism, hope, and joy. 

Any student dedicated to staying optimistic throughout all of life’s trials may apply for this scholarship. To apply, tell us how you have stayed optimistic during difficult times, and what you have learned by doing so.

Published April 14, 2022
$500
1 winner
Open
Application Deadline
Jul 14, 2022
Winners Announced
Aug 14, 2022
Education Level
Any
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

How have you stayed optimistic through tough times and what has that taught you?

150–300 words

Winning Application

Cedric Williams
Howard UniversityMiddleton, WI
Ironically, much of my optimism has occurred in dire moments when people were struggling. As social worker, my capacity of rapport building played a vital role when helping clients grapple with complex psychosocial issues. I counseled patients enduring mental health crises, helped clients attain emergency food and shelter, and aided those fleeing domestic violence. Though these interactions were frequently clunky and uncomfortable, I always recognized the mutual good-will between myself and those I served. These moments made me optimistic that despite current circumstances, there are good people in this world that want to help others. No ulterior motives. Just help for help’s sake. Teaching has been another unexpected source of my optimism. As a brain injury group facilitator, I educated clients about brain injury severity, common symptoms, and coping strategies to address cognitive issues. My brain-injured clients-who previously struggled to cope with their new health issue-found solace and community in the group. Further, I mentored medical staff about systemic racism in medicine, its impact on minority groups, and troubleshot healthier ways to approach diverse populations. Through dissemination of information, I helped others better themselves or the lives of others. Information, if used correctly, can change lives of those who are struggling. As a future educator and researcher, this gives me hope. In conclusion, I have more optimism than I ever thought I would. Through the traumas, struggles, and emergencies I have witnessed, there has also been growth, kindness, and good-will towards those who suffer. I keep these thoughts close on my darkness days, and will continue to do so in my mission to aid those who struggle.

FAQ

When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Jul 14, 2022. Winners will be announced on Aug 14, 2022.