Bold Turnaround Story Scholarship

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Bold.org
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$500
1 winner
In Review
Application Deadline
Apr 27, 2022
Winners Announced
May 27, 2022
Education Level
Any
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it,” -Helen Keller. 

While obstacles often feel discouraging, they give you a chance to learn, grow, and overcome, ultimately making you a more strong and resilient person.

This scholarship seeks to support students who have overcome difficulties, obstacles, or adversity in their life.

Any student who has turned an obstacle into a positive situation or a learning experience may apply for this scholarship. 

To apply, tell us about a turnaround story in your life that you are proud of.

Published January 27, 2022
$500
1 winner
In Review
Application Deadline
Apr 27, 2022
Winners Announced
May 27, 2022
Education Level
Any
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

What’s a turnaround story from your life that you’re proud of?

150–300 words

Winning Application

Avary Wathen
Larry A. Ryle High SchoolUnion, KY
In recent years, I have developed a serious and chronic gastrointestinal disorder. I have endured multiple hospital stays, doctors visits, tests, procedures, and bouts of unimaginable pain and embarrassment. In the past year, I have started treatments for lupus, and I recently had a feeding tube placed for nutrition. Through it all, I have learned that we all have struggles—some you see, some you don't. Illness and disability are much like an extra-curricular club you never wanted to join, but you are forced to participate in daily. But we all have a story to tell, and through the hardships, you must find your own story of redemption, growth and purpose. Not too long ago, a nationally-known photographer learned of my story, and invited me to join his team of models. In this time of diversity and inclusion, he chose me not in spite of my disability, or even because of it. He chose me because I have the courage to show authenticity, unafraid to bring my whole self to the project. I know I can bring that same authenticity with me as a freshman in college. There is something powerful about not letting your hardships finish writing your story for you. I know that seeking a major in Marketing will not be easy. But my goal is not to seek a life without struggles. Instead I seek the strength to endure, and the grace to know, that today’s struggles will lead to tomorrow’s successes. It is up to me to press onward, like this illness has taught me.

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The application deadline is Apr 27, 2022. Winners will be announced on May 27, 2022.

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