Bold Persistence Scholarship

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$500
1 winner$500
In Review
Application Deadline
Jun 12, 2022
Winners Announced
Jul 12, 2022
Education Level
Any
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners

“Energy and persistence conquer all things,” -Benjamin Franklin.

Having persistence can guide you through the difficulties you face in life. No matter what obstacles you’re facing, stress you’re experiencing, or doubts you have in yourself, persisting throughout all of them is the only way to reach your goals.

This scholarship aims to support persistent students who persevere through all of the challenges they face.  

Any student may apply for this scholarship opportunity. To apply, tell us about how you’ve used persistence to overcome obstacles in the past.

Published March 11, 2022
$500
1 winner$500
In Review
Application Deadline
Jun 12, 2022
Winners Announced
Jul 12, 2022
Education Level
Any
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

Please tell us about a time when you used persistence to overcome an obstacle.

150–300 words

Winning Application

Chelsea Kiefer
Fort Hays State UniversityRaleigh, NC
For years I had undiagnosed pain. I slowly got weaker and weaker as the pounds melted off of my body, and I became incapable of the activity I once enjoyed. The active lifestyle I lived with my dogs seemed out of reach. I worried constantly about medical bills, the risks of treatments, and what would happen if I continued to lose weight. I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease of the small intestine, including fistulas, blockages, and internal bleeding. I dropped down to 83 pounds, was anemic from lack of nutrients, and was sick every day. Living with Crohn's disease, especially with such an aggressive case, has taught me I can overcome any challenge in life. Through my sickest months, I did not give up. I wanted to be more than my illness, and I did not want it to define my life. It has taught me to work hard and I can face any obstacle put in my way. So, I decided to quit my job and follow my dreams of getting a degree in history to eventually work in a museum. If I could survive everything my health threw at me, I could do this for myself. Life is unpredictable. Even if someone does everything right -- stays active, eats well, exercises -- life can throw a wrench in the plans. This means we each have to be flexible to adjust our plans to our new reality, but it does not mean we need to give up those plans. In fact, being sick gave me an appreciation for every small victory in life that I did not have before my illness. While my journey has been long, hard, and painful, I have come out on top and have gained the confidence to know I will continue to thrive.

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