"If You Believe..." Scholarship

Funded by
Michael Hairston
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1 winner
Application Deadline
Nov 1, 2021
Winners Announced
Dec 1, 2021
Education Level
High School
Eligibility Requirements
Current high school senior planning to purse post-secondary education
Current high school senior planning to purse post-secondary education

Anything is possible as long as you believe.

School is a critical point in young adults’ lives when they’re determining their goals, plans for the future, and purpose in life. School can be a tumultuous time and a turning point for many students, so motivating others can be very beneficial. 

This scholarship seeks to support one student who is driven to inspire and motivate others and to make a positive impact on the lives of others. 

Any high school senior who has overcome adversity and is planning on pursuing some type of post-secondary education may apply for this scholarship. 

To apply, tell us about your "why", an experience in which you've overcome adversity, and why you're passionate about helping others.

College Readiness
Selection Criteria:
Essay Topic

What is your "why?" What adversity have you overcome and what did you learn from it? Why is inspiring and helping others important to you?

400–600 words

Winning Application

William McPhail Jr
Arlington Collegiate H SFort Worth, TX
My why has to do with the bettering of myself and my community. As the firstborn of a teen mom; who left for work when the sun rose and returned when it left, I have been tasked with the supervision of my two younger siblings. My father was not around to pick up what my mom could not, so starting from a young age, I stepped up. Not to take away from her, if we could see responsibility, she was benching 800. I was also a role model to my younger siblings. Since elementary, I have been in leadership programs, gifted and talented and, other clubs to inspire them to do better. As they are doing their homework, I am doing mines to poke at their curiosity; to show them that their education is dire. I did everything in school to expose them to everything so that even if school was not in their future, an instrument or sports could be. Because of this, and that I take on everything myself, I became stressed and anxious. I felt a lot of pressure from everyone around me to be the best. I had a reputation to uphold in the eyes of my mother, siblings, teachers, and other individuals who believed in me. My mother had to rely on me because I was her last resort; my siblings had to rely on me without knowing it because they did not know any better. I did not talk to anyone about my stress and emotions because I felt like a burden every time my mother spent money on me, I felt like a burden every time I ate the last of the cereal, I felt like a burden every time I forgot to take out the trash. Getting into the high school I am at now has helped me redevelop my skills. It took me a lot of time and effort, but as more work came the, more confident I became in myself to complete the tasks at hand. I learned a lot from my past experiences. I do not have to do everything myself, others are willing to help, and my mental health should be my top priority because getting overwhelmed and crashing will bring everything I have worked towards to a halt as they crash with me. I have not only bettered myself. I am an active member in my community, excluding this past year for safety, and I have accepted more responsibility. Being inspirational and helping others has been integrated into my personality since I was a toddler. I have seen the positive impacts that come from helping others and being a role model in someone else's eyes. It brings me an unmatched joy when I can help someone whether it be with math, life, or even where to go. It has been for these reasons that I have been elected class president for the last two years. I have used this platform to continue helping others get through the stress that comes with life.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Nov 1, 2021. Winners will be announced on Dec 1, 2021.

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