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Career Search Scholarship

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1 winner$1,000
Application Deadline
Jul 1, 2023
Winners Announced
Aug 1, 2023
Education Level
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school senior, undergraduate, or graduate student

Your career has a huge impact on your life, and yet it isn’t always easy to find a career that is personally fulfilling.

There are many people who look back on their lives with regret, wishing they had chosen different paths when they were younger. Many people who make wrong choices early on haven’t given themselves enough time to truly explore what a satisfying career looks like for them. It’s extremely important for students to give plenty of thought to their future career. The Career Search Scholarship seeks to support a student who is educating themselves and exploring potential careers that align with their goals.

High school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply if they are actively exploring opportunities for their future.

Selection Criteria:
Essay, Exploration, Boldest Profile
Published February 27, 2023
Essay Topic

What potential careers are you currently exploring or planning to explore while in college? Why do you believe these potential careers will bring you fulfillment?

400–600 words

Winning Application

Abigail Walters
Grand Valley State UniversityAda, MI
I am exploring a career in nursing. I am not quite sure what nursing specialty I want to pursue, but I am greatly looking forward to exploring all of the possible specialties during my clinicals in college. Some nursing specialties that I am interested in and excited to explore are obstetrics, perianesthesia, research, and psych nursing. I believe that a career in nursing will bring me fulfillment because my goal in life is to make a difference, and I have explored multiple careers, and I believe that nursing is a career in which I can make a positive difference in the lives of people. I have explored social work and human services, and have even had careers in these fields. I have been able to make a small difference in these fields, however, in these fields there are a lot of limits to what I can do. Nursing is a field in which I believe I can make the biggest impact. When it comes to the specific specialties I want to explore, I also have different reasons to believe that each individual specialty will bring me different types of fulfillment. Obstetrics nurses care for women during their pregnancy, labor, birth, and also help with a multitude of other reproductive health issues. In the medical field, women's health issues, especially women's reproductive health problems are often overlooked or minimized. I believe that being an obstetrics nurse would allow me to be an advocate for women in healthcare. Perianesthesia nurses work with patients who are either about to go into surgery or patients who are recovering from anesthesia. I think that I would get fulfillment from this job as either a pre-op nurse or a post-op nurse. Many times patients who are about to have surgery are incredibly nervous to undergo the surgery. Having already worked in the mental health field, I am incredibly skilled in helping people cope and calm down, and I believe I would be an asset to patients who are afraid. On the other side, patients who are coming out of surgery can be afraid and in pain, and I believe that it would be fulfilling to help calm them down and offer treatment to alleviate pain and make patients feel better. Research nurses work with patients during clinical trials and record and manage data in order to find new and better ways to provide patient care and even work to find ways to cure diseases. Being able to help find cures for diseases and better ways to care for patients, would be incredibly fulfilling. There are so many diseases out there without cures that are detrimental to people's health, and that are even killing people. Being a part of clinical trials that could alleviate diseases or even cure them, would be amazing and fulfilling. Finally, psych nurses care for patients with psychiatric disorders including mental illness, eating disorders, addiction, substance abuse and more. I have already spent five years of my life working in the psych field and I have been able to make a small difference in the lives of multiple different people. However, I have not felt like the positions I have held have allowed me to make a large difference, but I believe psych nursing would. Being able to help people going through psych problems is so fulfilling, and I believe that being a nurse for psych patients would I allow me to have a bigger impact in the lives of patients.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Jul 1, 2023. Winners will be announced on Aug 1, 2023.

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