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Glen E Kaplan Memorial Scholarship

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1 winner$2,500
Application Deadline
Feb 1, 2023
Winners Announced
Mar 1, 2023
Education Level
High School
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school senior
Volunteering experience
3.0 or higher

Glen E Kaplan was a kind, gentle human being who only wished the best for others.

With more and more students choosing to pursue the college path, it’s critical that the next generation is encouraged to spend their college years following their passions. Students who pursue a degree that follows their passion and can end up turning that into a career that leads to a life of fulfillment through their work. To boost the happiness and success of the workforce of tomorrow, it’s crucial that students consider this when choosing a career path.

This scholarship honors the memory of Glen E Kaplan by supporting students who plan to pursue a college degree.

Any high school senior who has volunteering experience and at least a 3.0 GPA may apply for this scholarship.

To apply, write an essay describing what it is you are passionate about, why you will persevere, and how you would like to give back to the community now or in the future.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Need, Boldest Profile
Published November 14, 2022
Essay Topic

1. Tell us what you are passionate about.

2. Tell us WHY you have what it takes to overcome the obstacles that will come your way.

3. Tell us HOW you will give back to those less fortunate than yourself, now or in the future.

400–600 words

Winning Application

Heavenly Porter
Texas Southern UniversityHouston, TX
I feel like I’ve been preparing myself to write this very essay throughout my entire life. “What are you passionate about?”, they ask. I have prepared this answer very well. “I aspire to go to the Air Force”, I respond each time. I have been saying this answer for years. I am not passionate to join the military, but I believe I have trained myself to say this simple answer to keep adults from trying to tell me all they’ve done with their lives. I just want to be free to express how I feel and all I want to do without the feedback that could lead me downhill. I appreciate this opportunity because I can share a part of myself without the degrading judgment or the limits people try to force onto me. I am Heavenly Porter. I aspire to be a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA). I dedicate my time and life to Jesus Christ, volunteering, and assisting in God's work on earth. I am passionate about following Christ and being one of His disciplines. I want to do whatever I can to be a reflection of Him, and because of this, I want to live my life knowing I can help be a vessel to whoever is in my path. I may never know when my days will end, so with that, I want to live my life to the fullest. I keep a positive headspace because I cannot allow anger to take my days away. I forgive with ease because I cannot let rage hold me back. I make the most of my days because everything eventually comes to an end. I am passionate about helping others who truly need me. This is why I dream about being a nurse. Sometimes, certain situations lead people to things they never thought imaginable for themselves. I want to be the strength they need during their times of distress. I've learned that people become embarrassed under certain circumstances. I want to be the comfort they need, and I can do that while being a nurse. I chose this nursing path instead of any other one because of the kind of patient care I will be assigned. I want to leave a positive view of myself when I am not around. I want my integrity to take up for me when I can't help myself. I fear being average. I will remain ambitious to be better than I was yesterday, for all the days of my life. I always want to be reminded of why I started my journey, and I’ll always want to be encouraged to finish it. I already know that I want to help others, so I would like my career and future workplace to exploit those characteristics. So the next time someone asks what I want to do with my life, I’ll be ready. I’ll be able to answer this question with confidence, and my simple response won’t be needed. I am proud to walk into my nursing career. I have been well prepared by high school and other experiences throughout my years, and I believe my good heart will lead me to those people who will need my care. I am excited to branch out and begin something new and innovative. I have developed many skills, such as communication and collaboration skills and so much more. I am ready to begin growing into the new person I will become.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Feb 1, 2023. Winners will be announced on Mar 1, 2023.

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