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Female Musician Scholarship

1 winner$20,000
In Review
Application Deadline
Jun 10, 2024
Winners Announced
Jun 30, 2024
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school or undergraduate student
Middle Eastern or Asian descent (Pakistani preferred)
3.0 or higher
Has contributed to the musical arts - band, chorus, orchestra, etc.

Women often face significant barriers in the music industry, especially women belonging to minority groups.

Music can impart a wide variety of skills and lessons, such as patience, collaboration, and creativity. Women who participate in the musical arts, regardless of their field of study or career goals, are setting themselves up for success later in life.

This scholarship seeks to support women who are passionate about music as they pursue higher education.

Any female high school or undergraduate student who has at least a 3.0 GPA and has contributed to the musical arts (band, chorus, orchestra, etc.) may apply for this scholarship. Applicants must be of Middle Eastern or Asian descent, but Pakistani students are preferred.

To apply, tell us about someone you know who embodies success based on your definition of it.

Selection Criteria:
Passion, Ambition, Drive
Published April 26, 2024
Essay Topic

Tell us about someone in your life who embodies success, as you define it.

400–600 words

Winning Application

Natalie Naqvi
Vandegrift High SchoolAustin, TX
Success is a multifaceted term whose meaning varies from person to person. Some may equate it with wealth and financial stability, while others see it as living a life of fulfillment and achievement. Regardless of how you define it, success is a beautifully complex metric by which individuals measure the value of themselves and life. When I think of defining this metric as a person, my father stands out the most among others. My grandparents when recalling my father as a child liked to say that he was born with a fire ignited in his heart. He was born in the small rural village of Gujrat, Pakistan in 1978 to a blended family of siblings plenty. Growing up in such a crowded household proved to have its disadvantages, however, having to claw his way through people to the dinner table and battle for a turn in the shower taught him traits that made him a persuasive, cunning, and adaptable adult. In his early years, he wasn’t the most academically inclined student in high school- a rambunctious boy with a rebellious streak is mostly how my grandparents would describe him. He didn’t care much for his mathematics or literature classes and found himself drifting away during lectures. The one subject he found himself enthralled in was the arts. My father found himself lost in the realms of sculpting and theater, but being the son of an imam came with pressure to follow that path. My grandfather discouraged him from pursuing a career in theater, breaking my father’s heart. Years later he was in a daze about what to do with his career after dropping out of college and found himself in San Francisco, and even later, he met the beautiful and sharp woman to later be my mother. Her pregnancy with me was unexpected and once again put pressure on my father, but this time he didn’t buckle. Using his fantastic persuasive skills and knowledge about other people, he forced himself out of his own introversion for the sake of my mother and Is future. Film, advertising, and sales were all fields he found himself able to thrive in- balancing both his desire for creativity and determination for a stable income. When the door of opportunity ever opened, my father never hesitated to insert his foot in the way. There aren't enough words in the English language that could suffice in describing my adoration for my father, nor is there enough time to admire the obstacles my father overcame for the sake of his family. His ability to come from a small rural village in Pakistan to then the United States, and furthermore work his way to the top of world-renowned companies such as PIMCO without any formal education or internal networking is astounding- and he achieved these goals fueled solely by the love he holds for his family. For these reasons alone, when I think of a single person to embody the definition of success- my father is the most worthy candidate.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Jun 10, 2024. Winners will be announced on Jun 30, 2024.

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