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Julius Quentin Jackson Scholarship

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$2,250
1 winner$2,250
Awarded
Application Deadline
Apr 19, 2024
Winners Announced
May 19, 2024
Education Level
Undergraduate
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Contribution
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Eligibility Requirements
Race:
BIPOC
GPA:
2.9 or higher
Financial Status:
Economically disadvantaged
Education Level:
Four-year undergraduate student or high school senior

Every child, no matter where they come from, can overcome their circumstances if given enough encouragement and support.  

These diamonds in the rough shouldn’t be held back by their financial circumstances, as all students deserve the opportunity to flourish and thrive. Unfortunately, many students aren’t offered the resources they need to succeed and are left with limited access to higher education.

This scholarship seeks to support students who have financial need so they can afford to pursue their collegiate dreams.

Any BIPOC four-year, full-time undergraduate student or high school seniors who has at least a 2.9 GPA and financial need may apply for this scholarship.

To apply, write an essay of 500 words or less telling us what challenges you have overcome and how they have impacted who you are. Please also detail your financial struggles and why this scholarship will help you to achieve your educational goals.


Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Drive, Need
Published January 10, 2024
Essay Topic

Please tell us what challenges you have had to overcome and how they have shaped you to be who you are today.Please also detail your financial struggles and why this scholarship will help you to achieve your educational goals.

200–500 words

Winning Application

Elias Goss
East High SchoolDENVER, CO
There's a time in every child's life when they believe that magic and superpowers are a reality, that if they got bitten by the right spider, they could climb walls, that if they wore a cape and put a big S on their chest, they could fly. To them, being a superhero meant having powers and defeating evil. I was 6, riding in my Dad's car, looking out the window, imagining Spiderman swinging from the buildings. However, this world that I conjured disappeared at home. Luckily for me, the car was our home; we were evicted and sleeping in our car. To a child who couldn't grasp the severity of our situation, it was just fine by me. I'd watch Superman save Lois from Lex Luther on top of whatever building we parked next to until I fell asleep. I woke up ready for the rematch, but this time, it was on top of an Army recruitment office. My father was walking into the building, and I jumped up and down with excitement. My Dad was going to be a superhero; like Captain America or Wolverine. They even gave us a house, which meant no more car rides, but I didn't care I had a real superhero at home. What powers did he have? What monsters did he fight? Usually, I would receive whatever fake response he could make up to excite me. Then, he finally answered truthfully. He told me he didn't have powers; he had a gun. He didn't fight monsters; he fought people. He wasn't fighting to save the world; he was fighting so my family would never have to sleep in a cold car again. With only human abilities, he could still defeat even the worst of evil. Yes, there comes a time in every person's life when the magic starts to fade, and powers start to become unfathomable. But thanks to my father, I realized that learning is the greatest superpower anyone has. So, I expand my knowledge, take every opportunity afforded to me, and forge a work ethic that helps me overcome academic obstacles. With this scholarship, I will be able to continue the expansion of my father's teachings by going to college. My academic career has given me a passion for helping people and fostering change in my community through an innovative, entrepreneurial, and business-oriented mindset. By being accepted into my dream school and the number 2 undergraduate university for Business at UC Berkeley, I am one step closer to achieving that dream. However, the price of that dream is $80,000 a year. My family is in extreme financial disparity with my unemployed mother being the sole caretaker of our family of 6, living in section 8 housing, and having a twin brother who is also entering college this year. I am prepared to commit to my dreams no matter the cost. I am asking for you to commit to me, and make an investment So that I can invest in others.

FAQ

When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Apr 19, 2024. Winners will be announced on May 19, 2024.

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