Life Reimagined First-Gen Scholarship
Funded by
Calvin Rosser
Family
In Review
Scholarship Amount
$1,000
Application Deadline
Dec 31, 2019
Winner Announced
Jan 31, 2020
Education Level
Undergraduate
Scholarships Awarded
1 winner
Eligibility Requirements
Family Status:
First generation college student (parents did not attend college)
Selection Criteria
  • Drive
  • Curiosity
  • Commitment to succeed

This scholarship is for first-generation (first in their family to attend college) college students who are determined to succeed in a complex world rigged to favor those at the top.

The donor, Calvin Rosser, is a writer on a mission to empower 10 million people. Here’s Calvin’s story:

“I grew up in Orlando, Florida with a mom who made less than $14,000 a year. My dad was a drug addict and gambler who disappeared when I was two years old. As a kid, I hated the unstable world of economic scarcity and desperately wanted to create a better life.

So I did the only thing a kid can do – I worked my tail off in school and hoped that things would get better. And eventually, they did. After lots of hard work, some luck, and support from a generous mentor, I landed a full ride to Princeton University. Princeton was my opportunity to elevate myself out of poverty and create a better life.

Since then, my life has been consistently improving. After graduating from Princeton, I achieved financial stability while working a lucrative job as an investment banker. Looking for a more fulfilling career, I joined a fully remote startup and traveled to 30+ countries while learning the fundamentals of growing a business. Two years ago, I began my mission to empower 10 million people to live a more fulfilling life.

My life is now filled with more stability, opportunities, and joy than I previously imagined possible. And now that I’ve “made it,” I’m committed to helping others create a better life.”

The recipient of the Life Reimagined Scholarship will receive $1,000 and have the opportunity for one year of mentorship with Calvin. All GPAs will be considered, and all majors are invited to apply.

Essay Topic

Please write short essays on each of the following topics. They should be 500-1,000 words in total.

  1. What book has had the most profound impact on your life? Discuss why.
  2. What's one important lesson you learned from your childhood that sticks with you to this day? Explain why the lesson is important in your life.
  3. What is a big life challenge that you have overcome? Describe the challenge and what you did to conquer it.
  4. Imagine that you win the Life Reimagined First-Gen Scholarship. As the winner, how would you get the most out of the year of mentorship?

Essay Length
500–1000 words
Scholarship Amount
$1,000
Application Deadline
Dec 31, 2019
Winner Announced
Jan 31, 2020
Education Level
Undergraduate
Scholarships Awarded
1 winner
Eligibility Requirements
Family Status:
First generation college student (parents did not attend college)
Selection Criteria
  • Drive
  • Curiosity
  • Commitment to succeed

FAQ

When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Dec 31, 2019. Winners will be announced on Jan 31, 2020.