Haiti Rising Christlike Scholarship

Funded by
Hodgdon Family
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$2,500
1 winner$2,500
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
9
Next Application Deadline
May 19, 2022
Next Winners Announced
Jun 18, 2022
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
GPA:
3.0 or higher
Education Level:
High school or undergraduate
Religion:
Christian
GPA:
Education Level:
Religion:
3.0 or higher
High school or undergraduate
Christian

Haiti, whose population is almost entirely descended from African slaves, won independence from France in 1804. Over the centuries, however, economic, political, and social difficulties as well as a number of natural disasters have beset Haiti with chronic poverty and other serious problems.

Although Haitian immigrants account for less than 2 percent of the U.S. foreign-born population, the U.S. has the largest Haitian migrant population in the world Additionally, the numbers of Haitian immigrants increased by 17 percent from 2010 to 2018. For Haitian college students, it can be difficult to fund their education, so it is crucial that they get the support they need.

To help Haitian students, we created this scholarship to give $2,500 to one student each year who has migrated from Haiti or whose parents have migrated from Haiti pursuing a degree and shows Christlike qualities in their community.

To apply, you must be a high school or undergraduate Haitian student with a 3.0 GPA or higher and who identifies as Christian.

Published January 1, 2022
$2,500
1 winner$2,500
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
9
Next Application Deadline
May 19, 2022
Next Winners Announced
Jun 18, 2022
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

Please tell us about your experience (or your parent's experience) living in Haiti, and why pursuing a college education is important to you. Additionally, please tell us how you show love and give back to your community.

400–600 words

Winning Application

Rashmi Perceval
University of FloridaWindermere, FL
My parents have always strived for excellence in themselves and our family. Growing up in Haiti, they had a hard time following their ambitions as there were many struggles and hardships, but that never stopped them in their pursuit for education and growth. My mother is the ninth out of eleven children. At just the age of twelve, my mom had to live with her older brother in order to acquire the education and lifestyle that wasn’t quite accessible to her at the family home in Thomassique. Though money was tight, she pursued knowledge with an endless hunger, pushing towards her goal of becoming a nurse. My father was equally passionate about the medical field, and though he lost his mother at a young age, he still found strength and support in his siblings, father, and community to become a doctor. My parents always tell me stories of Haiti. They tell me about the days when there was not much to eat but my grandmother would make sure to cook for the neighbors, the days where the electricity would go out but my father would use a lamp so he could continue to read, the days where they had to walk miles to get to school. My parents worked so hard in Haiti and even harder once they came to America, I can’t help but find the value of education through their story and their experiences. A college education helps grow and uplift members of the Haitian community, elevating us towards the God given greatness we are granted. My church was key in helping me serve my community. As part of both Adventurers and Pathfinders, the youth of my church went out to spread the word and love of God to the surrounding community. My favorite form of service to my community is feeding the less fortunate. My church hosts food drives every Wednesday and I love to aid not only my church but many other organizations that aim to help the homeless and hungry population in our community. My favorite organization is Rise Against Hunger, which specializes in sending sealed meals of rice, preserved veggies, nutrition packets, and many other things to countries suffering from hunger. It may be a bit ironic that this is my favorite organization as most of the shipments are sent to Haiti. Yet, sending care packages to countries like Haiti is only the first step in what I hope to achieve. Once I finish medical school, I hope to travel with my father to Haiti and other countries in the Caribbean to provide healthcare to those who need it. I have so many goals I want to achieve when it comes to aiding struggling countries, especially my own of Haiti, and I plan on using my education as a way to catapult me towards that goal. Serving my community and God with the support of my parents has led me to where I am today, a well-rounded student who graduated in the top 10% of her class and has an innate love for knowledge and growth. It’s poetic and sentimental to me that I graduated high school on May 18, 2022, or Haitian Flag Day. I am a living testament that no matter what society’s perception of Haitians may be, we are made of and for excellence. My parents are a living testament of the greatness of hard work and dedication to education and learning more about what you love to do. My family is a living testament of the glory God has blessed us with: a love and affinity for education and knowledge.

FAQ

When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is May 19, 2022. Winners will be announced on Jun 18, 2022.

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