McCusker Family Scholarship

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McCusker
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$500
1 winner$500
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
3
Application Deadline
May 19, 2022
Winners Announced
Jun 20, 2022
Education Level
High School
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Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school senior
State:
Georgia
Major of Interest:
Social work or social services
Education Level:
State:
Major of Interest:
High school senior
Georgia
Social work or social services

Social work is a critical field, helping countless people and families each year.

Social work is also a great sector to go into and is one of the most rapidly growing careers in the US right now. In 2020 alone, more than 715,000 social work jobs were added and the field is expected to grow by another 12% by 2030.

This scholarship seeks to support students in Georgia who are interested in pursuing careers in social work. 

Any high school senior in Georgia who is interested in majoring in social work or social services may apply for this scholarship opportunity. 

To apply, tell us about yourself and how you hope to help your community through your social services career.

Published December 24, 2021
$500
1 winner$500
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
3
Application Deadline
May 19, 2022
Winners Announced
Jun 20, 2022
Education Level
High School
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

Please tell us a bit about yourself and how you plan to make a positive impact on your community through your career in social services.

400–600 words

Winning Application

Alexandria Clowers
Howard High SchoolMacon, GA
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress. Mental health has always affected me starting from an early age. When I was three years old, I lost my father due to a brain hemorrhage which, completely turned my world upside down. Once I transitioned into middle school I started thinking about how different my life would be if he were still on this planet. I thought about all of the things that he would not be able to do. He wouldn't be able to walk me down the aisle at my wedding or see me receive my high school diploma or degrees at my college graduations. Losing my father has had the most significant impact on my mental health and I am still affected by it today. Mental health is very important and everyone should be able to get the help they need and find positive methods to help them. I learned how to cope with the loss of my father with music. Although I was only three years old when my father passed, I can remember my mom talking to me about my father being in heaven. I often thought that I would see him soon but was always reminded that he would not be coming back home. When I began to express to my mom how I felt she immediately started thinking of things that could help me cope. To name a few, we tried painting, cooking, and shopping which all helped to some extent, but nothing seemed to comfort me as much as hearing and playing music did. When I am stressed I take a break and just listen to some of my favorite songs. Some have special meanings in the words but some are simply soothing to listen to. Furthermore, I attended a fine arts magnet elementary school and I played the viola which comforted me as well. I enjoyed the sounds that were made when all of the instruments played together. I was very involved with music during my elementary career as I was in my school’s chorus as well as the honor choir for my school district. I began to discover my passion for music and realized how much it helped me to cope with the loss of my father. When deciding on what I wanted to do after high school, I was immediately drawn towards social work. A profession in social work will allow me to help those who are in need and struggle with mental health issues. I also want to use music as a positive method to help others. My future aspirations are to attend Georgia State University to earn a degree in Social Work and then further my education by earning an advanced degree in Psychology. My ultimate goal is to be able to assist others that are suffering from mental health issues and share ways for them to cope with them. I would love to sponsor a camp for young children which would include music, dance, and drama lessons designed to support them. When I become a social worker in the future, I aspire to make a positive impact on others regardless of their background. I truly want to make an impact on the lives of others so that they know that they can be happy even when they are experiencing sadness.

FAQ

When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is May 19, 2022. Winners will be announced on Jun 20, 2022.

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