Larry Darnell Green Scholarship

Funded by
Gloria Green
Learn more about the Donor
$2,250
1st winner$750
2nd winner$750
3rd winner$750
Awarded
Winners
3
Finalists
5
Application Deadline
Mar 31, 2022
Winners Announced
Apr 30, 2022
Education Level
Undergraduate, High School
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school senior or undergraduate student
Family:
Single parent or the child of a single parent
Education Level:
Family:
High school senior or undergraduate student
Single parent or the child of a single parent

Larry Darnell Green lived a life full of helping others and giving back to his community.

Single-parent families have become increasingly common in recent decades, increasing from 13% of families in1968 to a staggering 32% in 2017. With more children coming from single-parent households, it’s critical that there is adequate support so they can overcome the barriers to higher education.

This scholarship aims to honor Larry’s legacy by helping single parents or the children of single parents afford their college education.   

Any high school senior or undergraduate student who is the child of a single parent or a single parent themself may apply for this scholarship but applicants with volunteering experience are preferred. 

To apply, tell us how being a single parent or the child of a single parent has shaped your educational journey and how you hope to give back to your community.

Published December 3, 2021
$2,250
1st winner$750
2nd winner$750
3rd winner$750
Awarded
Winners
3
Finalists
5
Application Deadline
Mar 31, 2022
Winners Announced
Apr 30, 2022
Education Level
Undergraduate, High School
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

How has coming from a single parent household or being a single parent yourself shaped your educational journey? How do you plan on giving back to your community in the future? 

400–600 words

Winning Applications

Christina Colon
Southern New Hampshire University- OnlineStuart, VA
When I graduated from high school, I had no idea who I was or what I wanted to do with my life. My parents were very strict while I was growing up and did not teach me about the world. The expectations were high, but the support was low. I stumbled through life as an "adult" with no passion for living. Now I have two kids, and they have helped me find my passion for life again. I wish to set an example for my girls and show them that life only holds you back if you allow it to. Far too often, young people are told what they can and cannot do with their life. Failure is taught as a bad thing instead of something to learn from. How else did we learn to fly if not by falling many times first? I received very little help from their father over the last thirteen years and always put my children first. Now I have decided to take care of myself too. Part of taking care of myself has going back to school and getting a degree. I have begun nurturing my mind again and not only focusing on my children. A healthy mother can provide a healthy environment. It was not wise to only care for my children and let my own needs fall by the wayside. My children are proud and inspired. I have learned to be proud of myself and my efforts. I started my journey less than two years ago. I have officially earned my associate's degree in Health and Human Services. I am in the process of enrolling in another program to continue my studies, working towards a Bachelor's in Psychology. My focus will be on children and adolescents. My current degree has opened doors for me. I am hoping to work within my community as a registered behavior technician. As an RBT, I will be helping children and families with developmental delays or Autism. My ultimate goal is to work with foster children and their families, providing the counseling and support they need to get through the hardships that come with life. Some children have hope of being reunited with their parents. I wish to foster that hope and work with the parents to find the best way for everyone to do their part. Other children are simply in need of a family to love them. Foster children face many emotional struggles. For those children, I want to help them learn to love themselves and discover their strengths.
Johnathan Walk
The University of Texas at ArlingtonWylie, TX
Anastesia Yankson
University of Cincinnati-Main CampusFairfield, OH
Igneous rocks are porous. They are made when magma cools and crystallizes. I was surrounded in a 2 parent household until I arrived in the United States at age 4 and ended up with one. This change in parental influence would change me forever. A life of dependency yet independence, with the sole fear of inconsistency and abandonment. A single mother with 3 children: two in grade school and me advancing toward the age of school. I watched her cry on the phone as my father announced his divorce from her on the phone from Ghana. At that moment I realized that my life was going to be different from other kids. I watched my brother and mother walk to work at late hours of the night, only for my brother to come home and make his way to school, sometimes missing the bus. From him, I learned relentlessness and perseverance. I watched my sister engross herself in so many school activities, to then walk home after all of these clubs. She taught me dedication and passion. And my mother, the lady that sang in the church choir, sewed, and also worked odd jobs taught me that regardless of your situation, the only way out is through. If there was not a way through, I was determined to make a way , even if it required a pickaxe. All these lessons were poured into me, and I soaked them up. Sedimentary rocks are formed by deposits of pre-existing rocks or pieces on once living organisms. Once a lively family, reality began to settle in. My brother would not be able to go to college after high school. And later, my sister took a gap year to go to the army so we could afford for her to go to college. I watched all this happen in front of my eyes. I would go to sleep covering my ears with pillows to drown out the arguments about rents and bills. I became anxious that I too would not be able to reach or accomplish the goals I had set for myself. That feeling of fear and instability began to creep its way towards me. It was crippling. I tried to ignore these feelings and distract myself, but that only ended in wet pillows and swollen eyes in the morning. When rocks are subjected to high heat, high pressure, and rich fluids, they become metamorphic rocks. They conform to their environment. My surroundings should have made me unmotivated and undetermined, but it rather made me want to be and do the opposite. I wanted my life to change. Not only for me but for my family and especially my community. I continuously had my family help me through school even though they needed help themselves, help I could not provide. Although struggle will not be absent from my life, I want to be able to provide help to others, the same way my village helped me. But despite all of this, I still saw the sun come up and it told me that there was still work to be done. It told me to live, to seize the day. When Lauryn Hill said, “Don’t be a hard rock when you really are a gem…” I understood her. Pressure creates diamonds, and I am just beginning to crystalize. I am like rocks in this way: eroded by debris, weathering, and heat. The only difference is that I can choose what I want these factors to do to me. And I have decided that I want them to build me.

FAQ

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The application deadline is Mar 31, 2022. Winners will be announced on Apr 30, 2022.

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