Louise Speller Cooper Memorial Scholarship

Funded by
Chelsea Watson
Learn more about the Donor
$1,036
1 winner
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
5
Application Deadline
Oct 1, 2021
Winners Announced
Oct 31, 2021
Education Level
High School
3
Contributions
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Ethnicity:
Identify as Black
Gender:
Female
Ethnicity:
Gender:
Identify as Black
Female

Since my early years, my mother wanted me to attend college. Attending college was a dream she had for herself that was just not an option for a poor girl from the rural south who attended a single-room schoolhouse during her most formative years.

She encouraged me to attend college even though we knew nothing about what "attending" higher education meant. Thankfully, we learned together. My mother supported me throughout undergrad, completing my master's, and cheered me on when I enrolled in a doctoral program.

I lost my 63 year old mother to a three year battle with A-typical Parkinson's disease and dementia in 2016. In her memory, the Louise Speller Cooper Memorial Scholarship will support one African American female student who dreams of attending college. Although this scholarship is small, I hope it will help with the unexpected expenses for a first year undergraduate student.

To apply, please write about how your relationship with your mother has influenced your decision to attend college.

Selection Criteria:
Essay, Motivated, Driven, Passion
Published July 16, 2021
$1,036
1 winner
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
5
Application Deadline
Oct 1, 2021
Winners Announced
Oct 31, 2021
Education Level
High School
3
Contributions
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

How has your relationship with your mother influenced your decision to attend college?

400–600 words

Winning Application

Kayla Rucker
Lee Davis HighMechanicsville, VA
“LOUISE” means famous warrior! It sounds like Ms. Cooper was an amazing warrior in her home and rural community. I enjoyed reading about how she inspired her daughter to reach goals and opportunities that were beyond her reach at the time. I have visited rural North Carolina areas as my grandfather is from Hertford, NC just about 35 minutes from where Ms. Cooper lived. While the town is peaceful and close-knit, you do have to reach outside the area to access opportunities. As I reflected on my visits there and information about Ms. Cooper it reminded me of the close relationship with my mother and her inspiration for me to attend college. During my first two years of high school, I earned average grades but excelled in participating in school and community activities. I have always wanted to attend college and become a veterinarian but we knew I would need to pull my GPA up and excel. I struggled with performing well on tests and navigating racial issues throughout my school years. My mother encouraged me each day to try harder, study more, and never give up. She would make flashcards, call me questions, practice problems, take me to the library, and exposed me to museums and trips that would broaden my worldview. Last school year, I earned all A’s and my confidence soared. I know that I would not have improved significantly without my mother’s support and guidance. She was patient, understanding and never allowed me to fall and stay there. She helped me to always rise up and press on. My dear mother has also inspired me to advocate for myself and speak up on issues of concern. Throughout my education, I’ve dealt with racist comments and subtle racial actions around me. My high school was named Lee-Davis, after confederate leaders Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis. The mascot was “the confederates” or “C-Feds”. I have always felt uncomfortable attending the school with that name and mascot. I avoided using those names and words. I was excited when my mother encouraged me to participate in protests related to the name and macot changes. I was invited to be a part of the name and mascot change committee and I served proudly. Some family members thought I should be quiet and not get involved as they feared my safety but my mother assessed the situation ahead of time and confirmed it was safe to participate. While the people and mindset are the same, I’m more comfortable attending school and learning in the environment. The inspiration from both instances has propelled me forward! I am excited about attending college and also advocating when necessary. My mother has motivated me beyond measure and I am driven to pursue my passions and make a difference in the world. This scholarship will support my dream and the dream of my mother and mothers before me! Thank you for the opportunity to learn about Ms. Louise Cooper; a warrior who valued education!

FAQ

When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Oct 1, 2021. Winners will be announced on Oct 31, 2021.

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