Bold Reflection Scholarship

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Bold.org
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$500
1 winner$500
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
7
Application Deadline
May 29, 2022
Winners Announced
Jun 29, 2022
Education Level
Any
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners

We often don’t take time to reflect on our choices and experiences thus far in life. 

Looking back on your life can be a valuable experience and can teach you a lot about yourself and can even help you understand how your goals for the future came to be.

This scholarship seeks to encourage students to reflect on their lives and their goals for the future.   

All students may apply for this exclusive scholarship. To apply, reflect on your life so far and how it has impacted your future goals.

Published February 28, 2022
$500
1 winner$500
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
7
Application Deadline
May 29, 2022
Winners Announced
Jun 29, 2022
Education Level
Any
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

Please tell us about your life so far and how it has shaped your hopes for the future.

150–300 words

Winning Application

Lidya Nansanja
West Chester University of PennsylvaniaDrexel Hill, PA
Claudia Carr
University of California-Los AngelesLos Angeles, CA
As a child, I understood my sexual orientation made me vulnerable to violence, put me at risk, forced me to hide. This made me afraid of being a queer Peruvian. I must admit I am still afraid of what will happen if I am the victim of a hate crime because the Peruvian legal system will not protect me. I am afraid of having a girlfriend and not ever being able to legally share my life with her. I started coping with these fears through my activism. During last year’s pride month, parades and protests were canceled due to the pandemic. Consequently, we had to adapt and I organized a month of online webinars on LGBTQ+ rights. Congresswomen and activists were invited to share their experiences and knowledge. A transgender student shared that Peruvian universities forbid transgender students from using their preferred names. Congresswomen shared how they are insulted every time they present a project to protect LGBTQ+ rights. A transgender lesbian who ran for congress shared how difficult it is to enter the political atmosphere. Even with all of these testimonies, comment sections were flooded with messages saying that the pandemic was God’s punishment for “the gays”. That is Peru and that is why I care and fight for this cause. Additionally, recently I helped develop Diversxs, a project that gives LGBTQ+ activists a platform to raise awareness and create campaigns to promote LGBTQ+ rights. This project has launched an LGBTQ+ dictionary and used art to raise awareness of the disappearances of transgender women during the lockdown. I am now pursuing an undergraduate degree so I can continue fighting for LGBTQ+ rights in Peru. I want to come back to Peru, stand against the best Peruvian professionals, and tell them they are wrong: LGBTQ+ Peruvians deserve human rights.

FAQ

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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