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Lotus Scholarship

Funded by
1 winner$500
Application Deadline
Sep 10, 2024
Winners Announced
Oct 10, 2024
Education Level
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school senior, undergraduate, or graduate
Low-income or raised by a single parent

College has many inherent expenses, but while tuition and housing are often covered in scholarships, few focus on the other costs of college.

Textbooks, technological tools, and various equipment are required for college students, and they aren’t cheap. The Lotus Scholarship seeks to offset the cost of these additional college expenses as well as support students who are children of single parents or come from low-income households. Support is important in order for students to succeed, and this scholarship hopes to provide some of that support for minority students.

BIPOC high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply if they are either from a low-income background or have been raised by a single parent.

To apply, write about the lessons you’ve learned coming from a single-parent or low-income household and how you will use your life experiences to create a positive impact on the lives of others. Please describe how you're actively working towards pursuing your goals.

AI generated essays will not be considered.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Need, Boldest Profile
Published June 10, 2024
Essay Topic

How has coming from a single parent or low-income household led you to persevere through challenges? How do you plan to use your life experience to make a positive impact in your community/world? Please describe how you're actively working towards pursuing your goals.

400–600 words

Winners and Finalists

February 2024

Yanellis Bonano
Cameron Cooper
KaeDriona Heath
Phillip Woods
Deandrea Woodhouse
Jessica Williams
Deepika Rani
SaMarah Willis
Amber Mott
Makena Silva
Jacquelyn Layton - Brown
Vrushali Thakkar
Nyree Hinton
Zulleiry Talavera Perez

Winning Application

Nonya Khedr
Columbia University in the City of New YorkQueens, NY
Taylor Villanueva
New York UniversityRancho Cucamonga, CA
Jace Beard
Texas Tech UniversityMesquite, TX


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Sep 10, 2024. Winners will be announced on Oct 10, 2024.