Cyrilla Olapeju Sanni Scholarship Fund

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Cyrilla Olapeju Sanni Scholarship Fund
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$1,000
1st winner$500
2nd winner$500
Open
Application Deadline
Sep 12, 2022
Winners Announced
Oct 12, 2022
Education Level
Any
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Race:
African
Financial Status:
Low-income
GPA:
3.0 or higher
Background:
Migrant from Africa or the child of African migrants
Race:
Financial Status:
GPA:
Background:
African
Low-income
3.0 or higher
Migrant from Africa or the child of African migrants

Cyrilla Olapeju Sanni never had the opportunity to go to college but lived an industrious and productive life. 

Immigrants and the children of immigrants often face significant challenges, such as high cost of tuition, language barriers, lack of mentors, and difficulty accessing education.

This scholarship seeks to support African students who are struggling financially so they can fund their education and achieve all of their dreams.  

Any low-income African student with a 3.0 GPA or higher who migrated from Africa to the United States or is the child of a parent who migrated from Africa to the US may apply for this scholarship.

To apply, tell us about the biggest challenge your family has faced when moving to the United States and how that challenge has impacted you.

Published April 24, 2022
$1,000
1st winner$500
2nd winner$500
Open
Application Deadline
Sep 12, 2022
Winners Announced
Oct 12, 2022
Education Level
Any
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

Please tell us about the greatest challenge your family faced when coming to the US and how that challenge has shaped who you are today?

400–600 words

Winning Application

Desola Sobamowo-Harrison
Castro Valley HighSan Leandro, CA
Aiyanah Munyororo
University of Nevada-Las VegasLas Vegas, NV
I was in middle school when I first began to tell people my dad got deported. Being black and not having my dad around meant the "where's your dad" jokes were a given. And when I told them my dad was deported back to African the you hunt lions and African booty scratches jokes rolled in. Despite being made fun of by the Latinos because I was African and not being accepted by the Africans because I look American was an interesting experience. I didn't struggle while my dad was here but I struggled when he left. My Dad came to America when he was 8. His country was going through a civil war and so him my grandpa and my uncles all came to America. When I was two years old he was deported back to Kinshasa, Congo. During those two years he was here with me I was the most spoiled child. I had all the toys my mom never had to work and best of all I got to be with my dad in person. I was only two at the time and I haven't seen him in person since. Having my dad be so out of reach has been one of the hardest things I've gone through. Phone calls to and from the US and Congo are very expensive so calls with my dad they were always short. Education has always been important to him, so I used it as my way of connecting with him. I was always a good student and child. I was always on honor roll, in dual enrollment while in high school, extra curriculars student body president, etc.. The more I was able to achieve through school the more connected I felt. It was and is my way of making my dad proud. He was so happy when I graduated high school and got accepted into all my top choice schools. But things took a turn when I got sick. I spent my first year of college struggling with a pandemic and then I was in the process of being diagnosed with Ulcerative colitis. I wanted so badly to follow the normal path of college straight out of high school, but I was not doing so good. I had no energy ever, everything made me sick, and I spent the year losing weight and getting sicker and sicker. During this time my dad and I's relationship took a significant hit. He was constantly worried about my health and things going on in his country restricted the amount of time we could talk. I got worse and worse health wise and ended up having to take this year off college and have an emergency surgery. I now have a stoma and colostomy bag attached to me 24/7 but I am ready to get back into the swing of life. I was my dad's only child for 17 years but now have a little brother. I want to go to school to learn French so I can build a relationship with my brother and be able to get a career that will allow for me to pay the right people to help my dad come back to America and for me to help my brother have a better life. I am determined as ever to be in control of my life and plan to do everything in my power to make it happen. I don't technically qualify because I barely got to experience my dad in America, but it was still hard and you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

FAQ

When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Sep 12, 2022. Winners will be announced on Oct 12, 2022.