Kenyada Me'Chon Thomas Legacy Scholarship

Funded by
Cermonia Thomas
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$4,000
1st winner$2,000
2nd winner$2,000
Awarded
Winners
2
Finalists
7
Application Deadline
Jun 3, 2022
Winners Announced
Jun 15, 2022
Education Level
High School
1
Contribution
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school senior
Race/Ethnicity:
BIPOC
GPA:
2.5 or higher
Education Level:
Race/Ethnicity:
GPA:
High school senior
BIPOC
2.5 or higher

Paying for higher education is expensive, and not everyone has the resources to afford a college education. 

As a result of this, there are students that never pursue their desired career path, choosing instead to find jobs right out of high school, enlist in the military, etc. The Kenyada Me’Chon Thomas Legacy Scholarship seeks to give students of underrepresented minorities the opportunity to earn higher education without a financial burden that would otherwise stop them. 

This scholarship is specifically for BIPOC students who are in their senior year of high school. To be considered for this scholarship, you must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher. In your application, write about how you would influence a major social issue if given the chance.

Published February 18, 2022
$4,000
1st winner$2,000
2nd winner$2,000
Awarded
Winners
2
Finalists
7
Application Deadline
Jun 3, 2022
Winners Announced
Jun 15, 2022
Education Level
High School
1
Contribution
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

How would you influence a prominent social issue if given the opportunity?

400–600 words

Winning Applications

Keyonna Davis
Young Womens Leadership AcadSan Antonio, TX
We often overlook the phenomenon of mental health in children and ignore their pleas. Some children want love, some children want stability, and some just want a listening ear. Through my own journey, I realized that despite my pain I could be there for them. I could be the one listening ear they needed who would believe them. I sat and pondered on all the stories I've heard from the children I've met, and have come to the realisation that being a resource of expression is all that people need. I've never had that resource. I've never had someone who I could come to that would openly listen without judgmental undertones. I never had someone who was willing to listen and hear my side. Every single trail of finding help ended up with me being labeled. I often heard the mummers of “ troubled,” “disrespectful,” and “crazy” escape the mouths of those around me. Growing up I´ve always had problems pertaining to my behavior and my relationship with my mom. We could never see eye to eye which led to many arguments. My home and school life had been affected by this as well as my social life. My grades started falling as well as I had begun to experience the early stages of depression. At first, I felt isolated, ignored, and abandoned, but now I've realized this experience is what made me. Over time, I've molded into a goal-oriented individual and have used my past to shape my future. I've put more effort into my learning, and have gained a sense of responsibility. This experience is the foundation for my interest in studying psychology in college and has furthered my knowledge on the lack of mental guidance in our lives . I’ve always felt like I never had enough support to work through my problems.I lived in a single parent home which made it very hard for my mother to balance all of her responsibilities. I've heard the perspectives of young adults who have expressed the yearning for recognition, and with this I want to be the entity of free expression for them. I want to prove to them that there is always someone willing to hear you and listen. Going to study this field will open the doors for many others to peruse a career which will bring more awareness to mental health. Going into this field will not only bring about comfort to my younger self , but it will also set the tone of just how important it is to take care of your mental health.
Jordan Bennett
Mansfield Timberview High SchoolArlington, TX
My educational goal is to attend college and work toward obtaining an engineering degree. I love cars and I am an avid race car fan. From a very young age, I have studied the way that they are designed, the speed, the roar of the engine, aerodynamics, the varying colors, and the computer systems they house. Someone once said, if you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life; as a result, I am majoring in Mechanical Engineering. I am passionate not only about the idea of an actual car but about truly learning the business of the automotive industry. This is a true passion of mine. My career as a race car driver can allow me to build towards my ultimate dream of opening my own car manufacturing plant focusing on designing high-end race and luxury cars. In thinking about my future, I tend to consider opportunities afforded to me that many are not able to even dream about. Poverty is very real and it comes in many forms including, insufficient food, access to basic utilities or transportation, lack of education, and even life on the street. I believe that I can use my passion to influence others through example and building business relationships that see a benefit in building profitable communities and the impact that can have on their financial goals. In reviewing the life stories of the rich and famous, there appears to be a greater drive to help those in other countries, however, I plan to focus on those we drive past each day. In opening a business of my own, I would like to partner with non-profit and public service organizations to invest in continued education as well as bring about awareness services are available to the public. Often, communities are not aware of where they can turn to for assistance and with that knowledge, they are one step closer to pulling themselves out of a bad situation. I would also like to provide the necessary training to allow for employment opportunities for those interested in car manufacturing through internships and mentoring. Working alone cannot stamp out poverty but working together as a community can go a long way to end this plague. Obtaining a scholarship would mean so much to me and my family because it makes carrying the weight of this financial burden a bit lighter and I will be able to focus solely on my education. It would also provide me with the ability to pursue my chosen career after college and realize success at a faster rate so that I can not only be of help to those with a greater need by continuing to pay it forward. I hope that you will consider me a good candidate for this scholarship opportunity.

FAQ

When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Jun 3, 2022. Winners will be announced on Jun 15, 2022.

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