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Bubba Wallace Live to Be Different Scholarship

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1 winner$10,000
Application Deadline
May 31, 2021
Winners Announced
Jun 15, 2021
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
Recent scholarship winners

"Creating unity and compassion and understanding of each of our brothers and sisters is so powerful. We have to preach that to the ones that don’t want to listen and understand." - Bubba Wallace

The Live To Be Different Foundation, led by NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace, was formed in 2017 to lift up individuals seeking a means to fulfill their potential, no matter their age, skin color, disabilities, or ambitions. Through a message of compassion, love, and understanding, Bubba believes all barriers can be removed so that all dreams can be realized. 

Bubba and Live To Be Different's mission is to encourage the next generation to be better and more inclusive than every generation before it so that they can achieve anything they put their mind to, just as Bubba has done in his journey standing up for racial justice while trailblazing as one of NASCAR's most successful African-American drivers.

In doing so, Live To Be Different strives to empower and support disadvantaged individuals with educational, medical, social, or other types of assistance needed to help make their dreams reality.

To enter, please share an experience of a time when you encountered adversity, and what you did to overcome it.

Selection Criteria:
Essay, Ambition, Vision, Different, Inclusive, Impact
Published February 2, 2021
Essay Topic

Please share a time in your life in which you encountered adversity, and how you were able to overcome it. How did the experience impact your life, and how will it contribute to your future endeavors?

250–750 words

Winning Application

Aleisha Medley
SUNY at AlbanyQueens, NY


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is May 31, 2021. Winners will be announced on Jun 15, 2021.

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