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Frank and Nelcie Williams Memorial Scholarship

Funded by
1 winner$500
Application Deadline
Nov 27, 2023
Winners Announced
Dec 27, 2023
Education Level
High School
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school
New Jersey

Frank and Nelcie Williams placed a high priority on young people getting a good education, and strongly believed that every person who desired to get a good education should not be limited by finances.

They were very dedicated to the community where they lived in Edison, New Jersey. Frank and Nelcie were kind people who were committed to their family, community and church.

Because of their love of the Edison community and their passion for the education of students, the Frank and Nelcie Williams Memorial Scholarship will support a student from New Jersey. 

In order to apply, students must be from New Jersey. In your application, write about goals you’d like to achieve through your education and what you believe is in store for your future.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Need, Boldest Profile
Published August 29, 2023
Essay Topic

What are some goals you'd like to accomplish through your education? What do you envision for your future?

400–600 words

Winning Application

destiny Andrews
Edison High SchoolEdison, NJ
My goal for pursuing a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership is to first gain more knowledge of research as well as approach methods as it relates to my education. I mainly want to perfect my skills in research as I feel like that is vital to my form of education. I realize the significance of this degree for gaining credibility with my future associates. Being the first one to graduate college as well as earning my degree in the medical field would be one not only to show my accomplishments but to thank those who were there to push me through. Although the medical field is my main goal in education, I'd also like to do a few things such as volunteer work on the side to help better my community, some things with women empowerment, and also helping those without a voice gain one. My goal for the future is to get the highest medical degree I can, my determination isn't just seen through me but through my mother as well. With her not being able to get this far it only pushes me to go farther. I always hear it's a lot of schooling but I know if you want something you have to work for it. There are a lot of things that come with it, but I am up for the challenge. Being a doctor in my family would just show everyone how much I meant it and my desire for it. This was my long-term goal since I was three and to envision it and be in the position would be even greater. My community has meant a lot to me since I started taking action. Helping people was always my desire so my goal is to do this in any aspect possible. Whether it's helping the homeless, donating clothes, making platers and giving them out, or mainly working in a hospital helping a handful of people. Some doctors do it for the money, and some do it because of the ingenuity in their hearts. I am destined to be a doctor creating new medicines or curing incurable deceases. I graduate this year and the only things on my mind and on my calendars are college visits, high school medical programs, and scholarship deadlines. When I look at myself I see a young black determined doctor in the making, not just a doctor but a women empowerment worker, a real estate agent, a woman you see working to better her community, and lastly a young female who came from nothing who made her life into something.
Hannah Steinlauf
Edison High SchoolEdison, NJ
As a kid, my home life was not ideal. When my father was at home, he was abusing me, and my mother worked too much to notice that not all of my cuts and bruises were from slipping on the playground. Because of this, my teachers at school became some of my best friends. They kept me after class to work on projects, until my mother could come pick me up, instead of my father. They told kids to “knock it off” when they asked me why I had another bruise on my arm. They kept extra snacks in their classrooms and closets in case my family forgot to pack me one. These teachers changed my life, and made me feel safe and welcomed for once. Through their influence, and the fond memories I have of my childhood teachers, I have remained optimistic about my life. These teachers taught me at a young age that regardless of what might be going on at home, I can always find a means of escape. They helped me through elementary, middle, and high school, and have shaped me into the person I am today. Because of their influence on my life, I’ve known for a long time that I want to become a teacher, especially because of the way I help my sister at home. I have always been her “on call tutor” because neither of my parents had the time to spare to help us. Thus, when I came to high school, I enrolled in my school’s Future Teachers of America chapter. I go into the classrooms of elementary school students, in order to receive hands-on experience with the children. I even went virtually during the Covid-19 Pandemic, and attended a Kindergarten ESL class, and I taught them lessons about the seasons, pets and food over the months I worked with them. Having this in-class experience before attending college helped me to solidify my goals of wanting to become a teacher, as I was able to experience creating lesson plans and executing them to a group of students. Furthermore, I am a part of a tutoring program in my high school via my involvement in National Honors Society, which I was inducted into my Junior year. I tutor two kids once a week and I prepare them for their upcoming tests, quizzes and homework assignments. Since I have taken the initiative to be involved in mentoring and student teaching in high school, I feel more prepared for my future as a teacher. Additionally, I have applied Early Action to colleges for programs in teaching. Specifically, I have applied to schools with 5 year combined Bachelors and Masters education degrees, so that I can have a more in depth preparation before I go into the field. I think my passion for helping the younger generations as well as my current experience has adequately prepared me to be a teacher, and I hope to one day change the lives of students.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Nov 27, 2023. Winners will be announced on Dec 27, 2023.

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