Julia Elizabeth Legacy Scholarship

Funded by
Ancient Baby Brand, LLC
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$1,000
1 winner$1,000
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
12
Application Deadline
Mar 7, 2022
Winners Announced
Apr 8, 2022
Education Level
High School
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
Must be a high school student
Race:
Must be an African American student
Career Goals:
Must be planning to pursue a STEM-related degree
Education Level:
Race:
Career Goals:
Must be a high school student
Must be an African American student
Must be planning to pursue a STEM-related degree

STEM fields are booming right now and often offer lucrative opportunities. Unfortunately, many STEM sectors are sorely lacking in diversity. 

Only 9% of STEM workers are Black, and there is a persistent wage gap in STEM, too. The median income for white STEM workers is $70,000 while the median income for Black STEM workers is only $59,000.

This scholarship seeks to honor the legacy of Julia Elizabeth by supporting underrepresented minority students who are planning to pursue a college degree in a STEM-related field.  

Any African American high school student planning to pursue a 2 or 4 year degree in STEM may apply for this scholarship. 

To apply, tell us why diversity in STEM is so important to you.

Published January 10, 2022
$1,000
1 winner$1,000
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
12
Application Deadline
Mar 7, 2022
Winners Announced
Apr 8, 2022
Education Level
High School
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

Why is it important to have diverse representation in STEM careers?

400–600 words

Winning Application

Alayah Osullivan
East Brooklyn Community High SchoolBrooklyn, NY
Have you ever been in pain? As a black woman, I know a lot about it. You have things coming at you from all sides – colorism, racism, sexism, stereotypes – and these things cause pain. Black people get sicker and die earlier than other races. For example, black women are three times more prone to death after childbirth. Yet, when black women tell their doctors they're in pain, they’re not taken seriously. We as black women are getting inferior medical care because we are seen incorrectly as more aggressive and tougher than everyone else. Stereotypes about black women’s sexuality also prevent them from getting good medical care. In the 1980’s, if a black woman entered a hospital with pain in her pelvis, doctors were taught to treat her for a sexually transmitted disease. As a black woman it’s disheartening to know that the first thing doctors think of when a black woman says she’s in pain, is that she has an STD. How would you feel if that was your mother or sister getting misdiagnosed by a doctor? I can answer this question for you, most likely upset and disgusted. I know first hand how it feels to have a loved one receive improper health care due to being a black woman. Back in 2011, my mom miscarried my younger brother due to the doctor giving her the wrong medication and properly taking precautions to make sure my baby brother survived. From the result of her miscarriage and have to live with my decease brother in her stomach, my mother was diagnosed with high blood pressure and diabetes due to the harmful toxins from the babys body. This is what is pushing me to want to pursue a career in medicine. Sadly we can’t erase these stereotypes but we can fight the problem by having more black women working in hospitals. If black doctors are caring for black people, then patients will feel more comfortable, and the doctors won’t turn to the stereotypes that black women don’t feel pain or that they are nothing more than their sexuality. Having black people practicing medicine not only helps fight stereotypes but strengthens the black community. Growing up, I didn't see many black doctors but when I did, I remember connecting with them and answering questions about their experiences in the medical field. One common thing they would all say was when they met another black person, who was also studying medicine, the bond that they would make was incredible. I believe having diversity and representation in medical fields and STEM careers are extremely important and fundamental to making STEM careers more open and comfortable for all.

FAQ

When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Mar 7, 2022. Winners will be announced on Apr 8, 2022.

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