Education Matters Scholarship

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$15,000
3 winners, $5,000 each
Awarded
Winners
3
Finalists
6
Application Deadline
Aug 23, 2021
Winners Announced
Aug 27, 2021
Education Level
Undergraduate
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
GPA:
3.0 or higher
Education Level:
Current Undergraduate
GPA:
Education Level:
3.0 or higher
Current Undergraduate

Everyone deserves the chance to obtain a high-quality education, but unfortunately for many students, money is a limiting factor. 

Even though financial aid is awarded to 86% of first-year, full-time students, many students still have to go out of pocket or apply for loans to pay for their education, which can make their financial troubles increase drastically.

As a small solution to the $1.8 trillion dollar student debt crisis, the Education Matters Scholarship is open to all motivated and driven undergraduate students in any field of study. 

To apply, please tell us about a time you overcame adversity and what that experience taught you about yourself? Please also let us know about your educational and career goals.

General
Selection Criteria:
Essay, Motivated, Driven, Passion
$15,000
3 winners, $5,000 each
Awarded
Winners
3
Finalists
6
Application Deadline
Aug 23, 2021
Winners Announced
Aug 27, 2021
Education Level
Undergraduate
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

Please tell us about a time you overcame adversity and what that experience taught you about yourself? Please also let us know about your educational and career goals.

400–600 words

Winning Applications

Jess Gascon
Columbia College (MO)Georgetown, KY
Aidan Raney
University of Wisconsin-StoutMenomonie, WI
I am going to be brutally honest, the hardships I have faced will not neatly fit within six hundred words. But just like how impossible it was for me to overcome my obstacles, I will overcome this one, for there is no better option. I know what it's like to lose it all, I know what the phrase “rock bottom” really means, I know how it feels to lose absolutely everything. Two years ago my mother passed away from cancer, and it destroyed me. She meant the world to me and was all I had. I lost my father when I was ten years old to liver disease, and my family was never there for me or my siblings. Not only did I lose my mother then, but I also lost my home, my hopes, and my dreams. I had to overcome homelessness, and this misfortune to have the opportunity to pursue my dreams again. I would get up every day from a cot in a homeless shelter, and walk to high school where my peers would berate me for my appearance. I would go to high school during the day and work an exhausting fast-food job during the night, in order to keep a roof over my head. And none of my peers would understand what I was going through, even if I told them. They still had the luxury of their childhood, while I was thrown into adulthood, without any support. I finished high school alone and missed out on a well-deserved graduation because of COVID19. With no one encouraging me or cheerleading my success, I was left to my own passion and drive to succeed. Thankfully though, I wanted to succeed more than anything in the world, and I still do. After graduating high school, I spent a year at a community college, before transferring to the University of Wisconsin - Stout, for a 4-year education in computer science. I currently work as an online private instructor at iDTech, teaching coding/programming to younger students, as I pursue my own education in computer science. I am a self-taught programmer and developer, and constantly work side-gigs and odd jobs in programming for extra income. I live a very cheap life, to afford college, I survive off the refund from financial aid, and whatever work I can do on the side, in addition to a regular job. I’m a full-time student and have worked very hard to be where I am today. Finally, I’d like to say that adversity is a subjective word. While I don’t like comparing myself to others, I have while reading the winning essays on this site. I have a hard time understanding the adversity that others have been through because it is not the same meaning of the word adversity I have. For me, adversity is losing everything and having no one supporting you. For me, adversity is becoming an orphan, and being thrown into adulthood. For me, adversity is “rock-bottom”. I’d give everything to have a normal childhood, to just lose my grandma or a single parent like many of the people applying here have. Because at least then, I’d have some resemblance of normal. There is rarely someone who will have the same definition of “adversity” as I do. That's the harsh truth, but for me, it doesn’t matter, because I will always succeed in the face of my adversity, despite its astronomical disadvantages. There is no one that can tell me otherwise, and nothing that will stop me.
Rachel Langston
Chippewa Valley Technical CollegeEau Claire, WI
Being a meth and heroin addict was the biggest obstacle in my life that I have overcome. I was in and out of jails, rehab centers, and other institutions for years. It took me a long time to finally say enough was enough and put all my effort and energy into staying sober. I wanted more for myself in life. I remind myself daily that I have to be thankful for what I currently have because in my using days, it is what I wanted and I need to remember this to keep me sober. I learned that I am worth more than I ever could have dreamed , I never really knew who I truly was until I got sober and stayed sober. I learned that, because I was at my lowest of lows, I can aspire to be at my highest of highs. I know I can achieve anything I set my mind to because I have already done just that. I am now married for almost a year and have a beautiful little boy that I hope one day to show him that if I can do anything, he can too. I am working on a degree to become a substance use disorder counselor because I firmly believe in recovery that you can only keep what you have by giving it away. I want to be able to show others it IS possible if they set their minds to it, it's okay to fall back because a fall back makes for an even greater come back. Thank you

FAQ

When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Aug 23, 2021. Winners will be announced on Aug 27, 2021.

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