Life Reimagined First-Gen Scholarship

Funded by
Calvin Rosser
Learn more about the Donor
$1,000
1 winner
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
7
Application Deadline
Dec 30, 2019
Winners Announced
Mar 15, 2020
Education Level
Undergraduate
Eligibility Requirements
Family Status:
First generation college student (parents did not attend college)
Family Status:
First generation college student (parents did not attend college)

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.

Diversity and Inclusion
Selection Criteria:
Drive, Curiosity, Commitment to succeed
$1,000
1 winner
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
7
Application Deadline
Dec 30, 2019
Winners Announced
Mar 15, 2020
Education Level
Undergraduate

Scholarship application essay

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?

500–1000 words

Winning Application

Destini Hinton
University of Mount UnionOhio

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