Connie Konatsotis Scholarship

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Connie Konatsotis Scholarship Fund
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$2,000
2 winners, $1,000 each
Awarded
Winners
2
Finalists
7
Application Deadline
Feb 15, 2022
Winners Announced
Mar 16, 2022
Education Level
Any
1
Contribution
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Gender:
Must identify as female
Education Level:
Must be a high school senior, undergraduate, or graduate student
Degree of Interest:
Interested in pursuing a degree in STEAM
Gender:
Education Level:
Degree of Interest:
Must identify as female
Must be a high school senior, undergraduate, or graduate student
Interested in pursuing a degree in STEAM

Connie Konatsotis (née Kohnle) truly believed that there should be Gender Equality in the world, often fighting to ensure people from all walks of life, and especially Women, received their fair share of opportunities. She dedicated her time to various charities that helped create and award grants and scholarships for young women to pursue higher education. With her passing, her family decided to launch The Connie Konatsotis Scholarship Fund so that her passion and legacy will live on and contribute to the next generations’ opportunities in life.    

Connie and her husband, Nick believed that “the only thing that cannot be taken away from you is Education.” They reminded everyone they could about how important it was to continue learning, whether through self-taught, experience or formal education. While they were each from NY and loved the Arts, they were both equally curious about Life, People, Technology and Science and took time to research and continue learning well into retirement. They believed in the power and balance of the Arts & Sciences. This life mantra lived on in their home, but it really started at an early age in Connie’s life.   

Growing up, Connie was surrounded by women who were all independent, professional, and talented. The challenge was, they weren’t always encouraged to pursue their education beyond the Arts, even though they had aptitude for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Moreover, if they did pursue it, there was often bias and pushback from those in class or in the workforce.   

Connie applied to go to the prestigious, (at the time, All-girls), Hunter College High School, where she rode multiple trains and buses to get to school. She excelled at Hunter, exploring many avenues of education and her own identity as a “smart, young woman.” She always spoke very fondly of the support and opportunities that came to her from other women and specifically, from this time in life, as she acknowledged it is a pivotal time in a young person’s development. Connie went on further to complete her college education at Drexel University.   

Connie was a full-time working mother, entrepreneurially spirited, and had a long career in the financial services industry where she worked with many technology partners. She also co-owned multiple restaurants and a very successful catering company with her husband.   

This scholarship seeks to honor Connie’s legacy and passion for promoting Gender Equality and Education of Women and will award female students who plan to pursue higher education in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics).  

STEAM fields are rapidly growing as the world continues to innovate. Unfortunately, decades on, women are still underrepresented in many STEAM sectors. Gender-based discrimination, the wage gap, and a lack of encouragement to pursue STEAM contribute to this imbalance. The Connie Konatsotis Scholarship Fund hopes to help make a positive impact to close the gap.  

To apply, please tell us about yourself, the impact you hope to make on the world through your education, and what interests you about STEAM.

Published September 29, 2021
$2,000
2 winners, $1,000 each
Awarded
Winners
2
Finalists
7
Application Deadline
Feb 15, 2022
Winners Announced
Mar 16, 2022
Education Level
Any
1
Contribution
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

To apply, please tell us about yourself, the impact you hope to make on the world through your education, and what interests you about STEAM.

400–600 words

Winning Applications

Stella Walborn
Jackson County Early College High SchoolCherokee, NC
I am a daughter, friend, and student. I currently attend Jackson County Early College as a senior. I can often be found reading a good historical fiction or suspense novel with a mug of hot chocolate. One of my favorite places to be is in the kitchen. I enjoy whipping up some fantastic desserts and pastries! I also spend time giving back by serving my community at food banks and nonprofit thrift stores. I have even had the privilege to spend some time in a free health clinic and interview a doctor on her daily schedule and duties. This summer, I will gain my C.N.A license to work with patients, gaining patient care experience. My career goal is to become a physician to provide crucial healthcare to individuals living in impoverished areas or who do not have access to proper healthcare. Many people die every day because they do not have the medical care to survive. I want to change that. I dream of fighting for the right to live in my career, traveling to unreached areas of the world, providing medical care, and sharing the gospel. The daily interaction I would have with various people of all age groups, ethnicities, and backgrounds excites me and would educate me on the different walks of life, something a textbook fails to do. My dream of becoming a doctor comes with a long road, yet I feel that I will be equipped to handle the journey because this is what I am meant to do, and with that belief, I can overcome any obstacle. I hope to specialize in pediatrics, as I have always felt I connect better with children than adults. I will be successful in becoming a doctor because it is my calling. Science encourages us to explore; never satisfied with unanswered questions. Technology calls us to invent and perfect, creating beautiful things that make life easier for others. Engineering is for the builders, the dreamers, always looking into the future and crafting the essentials and the ideas. Art makes the world burst with color, creating masterpieces of all shapes and forms, inspiring others, and impacting us profoundly. Mathematics is an unending puzzle that connects to all other aspects: art, science, technology, and engineering. STEAM holds something for everyone; we all have a role in this acronym. Through STEAM, we create a beautiful, diverse picture of how everyone contributes their knowledge; we make a wonderfully distinct and varied world, holding hope for everyone. We are united in our pursuit of STEAM fields, each lending to the other, building blocks of knowledge. Through the outreach of STEAM, individuals have the opportunity to make a lasting difference in the world.
Morgan Myles
Spelman CollegeDecatur, GA

FAQ

When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Feb 15, 2022. Winners will be announced on Mar 16, 2022.

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