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Kerry Kennedy Life Is Good Scholarship

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1 winner$1,000
Application Deadline
Mar 1, 2025
Winners Announced
Apr 1, 2025
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school junior or senior or undergraduate
Education, public service, or social work

Kerry Kennedy was an educator and a social worker. 

She believes strongly in education and credits her college years as the time when she came into her own. Kerry knew how to make a small amount of money work magic. Whether it was a game of collecting ten dollar bills, picking up a side gig, or keeping an old car to save money, she found ways to save and fund her education. The Kerry Kennedy Life is Good Scholarship will support female students who've chosen public service as a profession and a mission.

High school juniors and seniors as well as undergraduate students are eligible to apply if they identify as female and are majoring in public education, public service, or social work. In your application, submit a video or essay about your career of choice, why you’re passionate about it, and what sacrifices you’ve made for your education.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Need, Boldest Profile
Published April 2, 2024
Essay Topic

Please submit a video or essay answering the following questions: What is your career of choice, and why are you passionate about it? What sacrifices have you made to accomplish your personal and educational goals?

400–600 words

Winners and Finalists

April 2024

Madison Adler
Halee Perdue
Sarah lamonica
Lexie Denis
Gracie Vess
Emily LaMorey
Mackenzie Mercer
Allison Finn
Julianna Lindberg
Hannah Best
Bethany Settle
Sarah Mohammad
Jasmine Guzman
Madelyn Todd
alexis falance
Angelina Gonzales
Jordis Harrington
Miniya Lothschutz
Jacquelyn McKay
Quinn Huyg
Jenna Maddux Arnold
Sarena Lally
Brynn Sargent
Leslie Pacheco
Kylee Rassmussen
Margaret Baeta
Josilyn Calvert

April 2023

Jenna Robbins
Carmen Kodagoda-Peiris
Baylee Wythe
Lydia Maloney
Faith Joslin
Esperanza Garcia
Addie Brinkler
Zoey Wilson
ava devenney
Peggy Crozier
Peyton Coleman
Kaylee Unruh
Mercy Nwachukwu
laquan barnett
Lydia Draper
Rachel Schmidt
Sydney Hill
Lydia Taylor
Shelby McAndrew-Walker
Jenna Nicholson
Caidence Douglas
Megan Marsh
Yvonne Posada
Taylor Lieberman

Winning Application

Lauren Willberg
University of IowaIowa City, IA
Elliana Corbett
Florida State College at JacksonvilleJacksonville, FL
I am pursuing Social Work as my career of choice. Ever since I became old enough to think about my future, I knew I wanted a career where I could work with people and help people, though, at the time I truly believed such as job did not exist. Yes, there was nursing, but I didn't want to limit myself to the healthcare field. I was also considering teaching, however, similar to nursing, there is not much flexibility with that career either. I wanted something that encompassed everything you could find in nursing and teaching. That's when I found Social Work. When I first heard of Social Work, my thoughts were of a job where annoying government employees went to harass families and tried to get them separated. However, this was all before I started doing research and began meeting and reaching out to actual social workers, one of whom I am still in contact with today. Her name is StanVonna Gaulden, and if it were not for her guidance and encouragement to learn more, I would not have known nearly as much as I do about Social Work. I have such an appreciation for social workers now, as they can be some of the most hard-working, caring helpers in the world. After learning all this, I decided Social Work was the career for me, and that there would be a plethora of opportunities for me in this field. Through Social Work, I hope to gain quantities of knowledge, skills and experience needed for me to be given a problem, come up with solutions to those problems, and carry out those solutions. In the distant future, I plan on running for a position in politics, and hopefully, with my experience in social work, I would be well-equipped to help a wide variety of people and their issues and or needs perhaps with this skill, I would apply this to helping a larger scale of people and their needs. While I am grateful to have found a clear career path and a sense of purpose now, getting here was far from a straightforward journey. The COVID-19 pandemic hit during my transition from middle school to high school, and it changed everything. Suddenly, I found myself spending a lot of time alone, with plenty of time to reflect. I grappled with self-doubt and uncertainty. I had this burning desire to make a difference in people's lives, but I had no idea how to turn that desire into a concrete plan. This period also forced me to confront my shyness head-on, realizing that it was holding me back from personal growth and development after looking back at all the missed opportunities in elementary and middle school, all due to me being too hesitant to act. Out of that difficult period, however, something beautiful emerged. I decided to embark on a journey of self-improvement. I worked to boost my self-confidence, pushed myself out of my comfort zone, and actively sought experiences that would broaden my horizons. This transformative process led me to the profound realization that Social Work was my true calling, the path that aligned perfectly with my desire to make a positive impact on the lives of others. In reflecting on my journey, I've come to appreciate that challenges are not roadblocks, but rather growth opportunities. The trials of the COVID-19 pandemic taught me resilience, self-discovery, and the power of determination, and through this experience, I found my calling in Social Work. I look forward to contributing meaningfully to the field of Social Work and touching the lives of those in need.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Mar 1, 2025. Winners will be announced on Apr 1, 2025.