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McCusker Family Scholarship

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1 winner$500
In Review
Application Deadline
Jun 17, 2024
Winners Announced
Jul 17, 2024
Education Level
High School
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school senior
Major of Interest:
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.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Need, Boldest Profile
Published July 17, 2023
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.
Baleigh Morris
Commerce High SchoolCommerce, GA
My name is Baleigh Morris. I am a senior at Commerce High School in Commerce GA. At the age of five I was put into foster care. I was separated from my siblings, and was constantly moving from home to home. When I would go back home with my birth mother, I would just end up in another foster home a month later. Thankfully I ended up in the same home with my siblings, and was adopted at the age of seven. Growing up I thought that what I went through was horrible, until I realized that my foster care experience was nothing compared to other people's stories. After years of believing that I wanted to go into the medical field, I finally realized that the best fit for me was a Social Worker. I never thought that I would want to go back, but then I realized that through Social Work I could help children and teens who had it like me or worse. The number one thing that I always wanted was someone who understood what I was going through on a personal level. That's when I realized that I could be an advocate for foster children. I could be someone who could relate to them while staying professional. I would never give up on them, and I would never have a blind eye when it came to what was best for them. While I was not able to permanently return to my biological home, I ended up in an even better place, a home, a place where I was loved and accepted. Once I become a social worker I will not give up until I find a home for where the foster child becomes part of a family, and does not have to feel less of the person that they are. I believe that through Social Work I can make a positive impact on my community through my career in social services by making sure that not only the foster children are safe, but by also making sure that the birth parents make the best decisions for not just their kid(s), but for themselves too. If a child goes back to a broken home, then it will only add to their trauma. Or if a parent could have fought but chose not to then regrets it later it would not do either side any good, because they would have a harder time getting them back. Overall when I become a social worker I plan to everything in my power to make sure that the foster children end up in the best possible place they can, and I will never leave them stranded in an unsafe environment.


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The application deadline is Jun 17, 2024. Winners will be announced on Jul 17, 2024.

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