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Greg London Memorial Scholarship

Funded by
Picture of the donor
London Family
$6,650
1st winner$4,434
2nd winner$2,216
Awarded
Application Deadline
Dec 14, 2023
Winners Announced
Jan 14, 2024
Education Level
Undergraduate, Graduate
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Contributions
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
Undergraduate or graduate student
School Name:
University of New Mexico
Background:
Has been affected by mental illness and is pursuing a career related to mental health

Greg London was a beloved son, brother, and friend who passed away in 2019 after battling mental illness. He was a 2017 graduate of the University of New Mexico while majoring in Chemistry and Biology. During his life, Greg exhibited a profound level of compassion and kindness that truly made the world a better place.

Unfortunately, mental illnesses are common and affect the lives of one in five adults in the U.S. Despite the prevalence of mental illnesses, there is still a significant stigma and lack of support around mental health struggles, which prevents many people from seeking help.

This scholarship seeks to honor the life of Greg London by supporting students who have been affected by mental illness and is pursuing a career related to mental health or related field.

Any undergraduate or graduate student at the University of New Mexico who has personally been affected by mental illness and is studying to work in mental health or related field such as psychology, medicine, or science may apply for this scholarship. 

To apply, tell us how your experience with mental health has affected your beliefs, relationships, and career goals.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Need, Boldest Bold.org Profile
Published August 31, 2023
Essay Topic

How has your experience with mental health influenced your beliefs, relationships, and career aspirations?

400–600 words

Winning Applications

Kate Colovos
University of New Mexico-Main CampusALBUQUERQUE, NM
Jennifer Bartoshevich
University of New Mexico-Main CampusALBUQUERQUE, NM
Maintaining good mental health is crucial for leading a fulfilling life. Coping with mental illnesses can be a daunting task, making even the simplest of tasks challenging. As someone who grapples with anxiety and depressive disorder, I have personally experienced the impact of these conditions. Thus, I am committed to eradicating the stigma associated with mental health and advocating for better care and treatment for individuals, including myself, who are impacted by it. In my role as a nurse, I see it as my duty to speak up for those patients whose voices may go unheard. While providing care is essential, as a compassionate human being, I believe it is equally important to acknowledge the other challenges that individuals face. My passion for holistic care has led me to pursue a career as a Nurse Practitioner primally focusing on mental health. My training in the PHMNP program at the University of New Mexico has equipped me with the skills to effectively engage with patients who are struggling. Mental health has influenced my beliefs by changing the way I view people and the world. A familiar saying “You cannot judge a person until you have walked a mile in their shoes” speaks volumes. Having dealt with depression, I was lucky enough to have a good support system helping me get out of bed and listening to me when I needed to be heard. As difficult as that point was in my life it gave me a new perspective on opening up to people about these difficult issues. I am a better nurse, friend, and person for the struggle. Many times, it's hard for others to see what we are going through. Mental illness is a complex relationship. Having someone to lean on makes all the difference. During my time as a novice nurse shadowing at the mental health clinic at the University of New Mexico Hospital, I was deeply moved by the compassionate care and skilled treatment provided to patients with mental illness. This experience ignited a passion within me to devote my education and career to helping those struggling with mental health disorders. During my time as a novice nurse shadowing at the mental health clinic at the University of New Mexico Hospital, I was deeply moved by the compassionate care and skilled treatment provided to patients with mental illness. This experience ignited a passion within me to devote my education and career to helping those struggling with mental health disorders. I am lucky I can share my story and struggles and empathize with my patients. Not many can say the same, unfortunately. I have lost people in my life related to depression. People always tell me, “I never saw the signs.” That is why I chose mental health because as a person who has occasionally struggled it is important to have someone to lean on and relate to. With this I believe my journey as a Nurse Practitioner, I can accommodate my patients by trying to treat them with availability and vulnerability.
Izze Thomas
University of New Mexico-Main CampusSanta Fe, NM

FAQ

When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Dec 14, 2023. Winners will be announced on Jan 14, 2024.

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