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Grace Lynn Ross Memorial Scholarship

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1 winner$500
Application Deadline
Jun 15, 2023
Winners Announced
Jul 15, 2023
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school seniors or undergraduates
Desired Career Field:
Criminal Justice, Child Psychology, or Grief Counseling

The death of a child is extremely difficult, especially for children who knew and were close to the victim. Michelle Ross’ daughter, Grace Lynn Ross, was tragically murdered in March of 2021. 

There is no footprint too small to leave an imprint on this world. The Grace Lynn Ross Memorial Scholarship wishes to help someone reach their dreams of completing their education by assisting children to get past tragedies or helping students interested in criminal justice to advocate for victims and their families. 

The Grace Lynn Ross Memorial Scholarship aims to honor Grace by supporting students pursuing a career in criminal justice or child psychology/grief counseling. 

High school seniors and undergraduates seeking a degree in criminal justice or child psychology/grief counseling may apply. Those who have lost a loved one to violence or murder are especially encouraged to apply. 

To apply, please tell us why you decided to pursue a degree in your chosen field and how you plan to use your degree to make an impact on the lives of others.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Need, Boldest Profile
Published January 31, 2023
Essay Topic

Please tell us why you have decided to pursue a degree in your chosen field. How do you plan on using your degree to make an impact on the lives of others? 

400–600 words

Winning Application

Tai Pruitt
North Carolina Central UniversityFayetteville, NC
My career choice is to become a counselor, therapist, or social worker. I am currently attending Fayetteville State University majoring in Psychology with a minor in Social Work. The reason I want to be a social worker is due to my own personal experiences. The desire to use my own life experiences to better the lives of others is a common motivation for social workers to pursue careers in the profession. I came from an oppressed and underfunded area and growing up was a struggle. I lacked many necessary resources and I wish I had the support I needed to make life easier. I want to help give back to the community and make a positive impact on the lives of other people. My journey to pursuing my career has been far from easy. I've had to make many sacrifices and overcome many obstacles. There were times where I had to pull all nighters to make sure I study hard enough to get an A on my assignments. I've also had to deal with lack of funding for my education so I had to work multiple jobs which put a mental, emotional, and physical strain on my body. Receiving this scholarship will help to relieve the financial burden of pursuing my degree. How my degree will improve society is because my chosen career path will assist those suffering with mental health issues. I plan to spread awareness because in my community mental health is something that is often overlooked and not talked about. We are usually taught to “suck it up” and push through any obstacles we are facing. I want minorities to understand the importance of acknowledging mental health issues and that it is okay to need assistance. I am heavily involved both on my campus and in my community because I am big on volunteering and service. Currently I volunteer with Manna Church Dream Center where we pass out lunches to a homeless shelter, we also provide bus passes, job opportunities, tents, and any other necessities. I also volunteer at Fayetteville Operation InAsMuch where we pass out hygiene kits and hot meals to the homeless community. What inspires me to get involved in my community is how grateful the people are. I live by the Bible verse “it is better to give than it is to receive”. Growing up in the church we would dedicate some of our time to helping our local community. My plan after graduate studies in social work is to get my license to be a counselor and help give back to people in need. More specifically I want to help at risk youth who may not have the resources to be set up for success.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Jun 15, 2023. Winners will be announced on Jul 15, 2023.

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