Bold Wise Words Scholarship

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$500
1st winner$100
2nd winner$100
3rd winner$100
4th winner$100
5th winner$100
In Review
Application Deadline
Jun 12, 2022
Winners Announced
Jul 12, 2022
Education Level
Any
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners

Wisdom, a term so loosely used today that often, we don’t know when we truly experience it. 

In life, some people hold more wisdom than others. This may be the result of experience, upbringing, or a vast difference in their education. Nonetheless, wise people send wise messages that can change the lives of others in more ways than one. 

In an effort to allow students to reflect on the wise words they’ve been told, the Bold Wise Words Scholarship will go to one student in any field of study who has heard some profound and life-changing words they’d like to share. 

To apply, please write about the wisest thing you’ve ever heard.

Selection Criteria:
Essay, Reflection, Vision, Meaningful
Published March 11, 2022
$500
1st winner$100
2nd winner$100
3rd winner$100
4th winner$100
5th winner$100
In Review
Application Deadline
Jun 12, 2022
Winners Announced
Jul 12, 2022
Education Level
Any
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

What is the wisest thing you've ever heard?

200–300 words

Winning Application

Fei Andres
Yeshiva UniversityNew York, NY
“You cannot pour from an empty cup.” I’ve always taken pride in supporting others whenever needed. However, I was always burning the candle at both ends, working long days, taking extra shifts, staying after classes to tutor others, and always leaving my phone on in case a friend was in crisis. I thought I was doing everyone a service, and maybe in a way, I was. It made me feel like my existence mattered, but what I didn’t know was that my actions were insidiously taking a toll on me. In 2018 everything came to a crux. My overachieving self thought my unreasonable schedule was sustainable, and spoiler alert, it wasn’t. On top of that, I was also struggling with deteriorating mental health. I was not attending to my needs, and as a result, many self-destructive coping mechanisms returned. I was hospitalised three times in four months due to two suicide attempts, one so severe I was in the ICU for three days. I eventually began a PHP and it was there that I learned the empty cup metaphor. Since 2018, I’ve witnessed that it’s only when your cup is full that you can truly help others. It’s just like the metaphor of the oxygen mask on planes. By taking care of your needs first, you’re making sure you have enough air so you can provide others assistance. Until that need is met, you cannot healthily help others. And now, as I begin my PhD program, I know I need to make sure I'm taking as best care of myself as I can. My cup might not be full right now, but I’m taking steps to ensure that one day it will be so I can live my value of helping others and continue creating a life worth living.

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The application deadline is Jun 12, 2022. Winners will be announced on Jul 12, 2022.

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