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Melissa Boston Memorial Scholarship

Funded by
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The Boston Family
1 winner$1,266
Application Deadline
Nov 2, 2022
Winners Announced
Dec 2, 2022
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
You must be a African American woman.
You must have been accepted into a technical school or a two- or four-year college.

The Melissa Boston Memorial Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Melissa Boston who, in January 2019, tragically lost her battle with cancer at the age of 36.

It is our hope that once our scholarship winner has graduated and engaged in a productive career, they will help honor the memory of Melissa by giving future students a similar financial opportunity, engaging in cancer awareness campaigns and serving their community.

You are eligible for the scholarship if you are:

  • A black female student who lives in New York
  • Graduated high school in 2022
  • Have been accepted to a two or four-year college

To apply, write an essay demonstrating your passion and commitment to helping others.

Note: You can learn more about Melissa here.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Need, Boldest Profile
Published August 3, 2022
Essay Topic

Describe your passion and commitment to helping others.

600–1000 words

Winning Application

Angelica Chavez-Downes
Temple UniversityWhite Plains, NY
I started working at the age of 14 at YMCA helping autistic children learn how to swim. I do not think I woke up one morning and said that is what I wanted to do, but I believe God put that opportunity in my path as he has done with many things in my life. I embraced the opportunity and there is something to be said about being wanted. The little girl who was one of my first students always asked for me every week and although she had her own unique way of being, I began to look forward to our hour of swim as well. What started out as a mere weekly paycheck, a little pocket money for me to be able to get around and buy a little lunch after school, became such a meaningfully learning experience for me. To this day, although I no longer work there, I carry that little young lady in my heart. I now teach gymnastics to little kids and have found my true calling of merging my talents of gymnastics and desire to help people. I am recently a direct admit into the Temple University BSN program which is a highly selective program. I am blessed that I found them and they chose me. This will mark the beginning of my journey to making a difference one person at a time while simultaneously financially securing a life for myself. By the age of 21 I will sit for my boards and begin working as a registered nurse. I intend to work for a city hospital like my mom and begin saving my money to open my own business. I will continue to seek funding for my continued education, as I intend my ultimate educational destination to be a Nurse Practitioner and open my own clinic. Watching the summer Olympics last summer made me realize how important it is to have a one stop shop for gymnasts and athletes who are training everyday for so many hours. With all that has also transpired with the USA gymnastics board, as a lifetime gymnast, I feel like having services for gymnasts and their families readily available in real time us vital to the progression of athletes. This is why I intend to have my own gym where gymnastics is taught and adjacent to the gym will be my pediatric clinic with specialization in orthopedics to treat injuries. Also on site will be the Clinic Psychiatrist and Psychologist who can assist the gymnasts with anything they need. I believe this will be an amazing financial endeavor that will serve our communities, by providing healthy resources for our young people, keep them busy, teach them dedication, commitment, and in the mist of all success. This is the plan for my future and in the midst of reaching for my dreams I will help others reach theirs. I am your ambassador for change. Invest in me and I will invest in those who follow.
Ariana Small
University at BuffaloNew York, NY
My community experience was very meaningful and will always be special to me. During this time, I was working at my old elementary school, P.S. 176 (The Cambria Heights School) as a summer camp counselor. It was not only my responsibility to supervise the students during their day-to-day activities, I, in particular, assisted the Music Club in teaching participating students music theory and how to play the keyboard for an upcoming performance they would take part in. Being my first job, I was initially extremely doubtful that I would have an impact on the students since I was new to teaching younger kids. I am very grateful I was wrong. When I first started, it was a very slow process. I had to teach these students the foundation of music theory, which involved a lot of sight-reading, note identifications, and basic counting skills. Even though we spent approximately two weeks revising music theory, they seemed very disinterested. This was expected-- all they wanted to do was play the keyboard--but I had to teach them that playing the keyboard is pointless without the proper knowledge behind it. Moving on to the third week, they began practicing the C-Major Scale, and they were astonished by how quickly they were able to learn it. At this moment, they all realized that having the foundation of music theory was essential in learning this instrument. Moving into the final weeks of the program, along with the Program Manager, we taught the younger kids the song “Going Home” by Antonin Dvorak, while we taught middle school students a more advanced jazz piece called “Road Song” by Wes Montgomery. We decided to make things even more interesting for the two groups of students; Instead of all the students playing the same melody on the keyboard, we wanted to see how skillful they could be with these two songs. Therefore, we made each student have their own individual section. One of the students played the bass, while another played the strings, another was responsible for the melody, and the last student carried it through with the harmony. It was my responsibility on the day of the concert to conduct the younger children in the song “Going Home”, and I was nervous since I never conducted them in front of a live audience before. But while conducting the children when they played, I felt extremely proud of them. Even though it took a lot of discipline, practicing, theory, and rehearsals, every second I spent with the children was worth it because they displayed an excellent performance on the day of their concert. This opportunity was also serendipity because practicing with the children also inspired me to continue one of my passions of playing the piano, no matter how busy I may be. That same year I got a keyboard for my personal use, so now every day I have a constant reminder and motivation to play my favorite instrument because of the children I taught. The inspiration was mutual, which is very beautiful to me. Overall, this opportunity to give back to my community, to make a connection with the students that I will be making in the near future while taking the time to gain a love for my passion all over again was a very heart-warming experience. I was so grateful to work with them officially because I always wanted the chance to help spread creativity to the children and to give back to my school and community. I am glad that I was a part of that process. This is why this community service is very meaningful to me and it will definitely be an experience I will never forget, no matter how far I go in life. Although music and musical education are one of my passions, medicine is my main passion. The experiences that I had learning and teaching children will translate to what I will do in the medical field as well. The main thing I learned while working there was that some things take time and patience for them to blossom into success. Having this value will be a very great trait to have while working in medicine. Becoming a physician is an extensive process, and having the ability to have the proper patience to achieve this goal may be challenging, but I know that each day I put into my studies will be worth it because, in the end, I will have the skill to show all the hard work and effort I put in for this accomplishment. One of the reasons why I chose to dive into the medical field was that I love the idea of helping others with their situations. There were incidents such as my father suffering from kidney stones, and I couldn’t do anything because I was impotent. I am very grateful that my family is alive and well today, which motivates me to help the people that surround me with their physical, mental, and emotional needs. Being able to assist others is second nature to me, and I always do the best I can in any situation I put myself in. In addition, I always help and give back to my school and community because the notion of lending a helping hand when necessary is very important to me. I accomplish this through the National Honor Society, where it is our responsibility and duty to give back to our school and community. While being a part of this organization, I have participated in numerous walks such as the Alzheimer’s and Breast Cancer Walks to help fight these diseases and show support for the people who need them. In addition, for the past three years, I have been tutoring middle school students in Mandarin. I also help raise money for our school with bake sales and donate to canned food drives. In my opinion, being helpful is a powerful characteristic to have while being in the medical field, a trait essential to becoming a great doctor.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Nov 2, 2022. Winners will be announced on Dec 2, 2022.

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