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Mirajur Rahman Perseverance Scholarship

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Mirajur Rahman
1 winner$1,010
Application Deadline
Sep 30, 2021
Winners Announced
Oct 30, 2021
Education Level
High School
Recent scholarship winners

I was born in Bangladesh and lived in poverty until my parents were lucky enough to bring our family to America in 2010. After our move, I soon realized I had to work twice as hard to obtain the opportunities that came so easily to my American peers.  

The education I’ve received paired with the work ethic I’ve adopted have thankfully opened doors I’ve never thought possible. With the help of these opportunities, I am hopeful to one day return to Bangladesh to build a hospital and provide medical care to those in need in my community. 

This past year has been hard on all students and their families. Jobs have been lost, lives have been taken, and people’s plans for their future have been significantly altered or completely halted as a result of the pandemic. 

I am a strong believer that if one has something to offer, it should be shared with the world. With that being said, I would like to do my part to try to help my peers be successful in their academic endeavors.

My scholarship, the Mirajur Rahman Perseverance Scholarship, will be awarded to one high school junior or senior who plans to attend college and has persevered through life’s hardship toward a brighter future for themselves and the world. 

While not required, it’s a plus if you:

  • Demonstrate financial need 
  • Demonstrate academic excellence
  • Are not originally born in the US or are a first-generation student
  • Have non-profit/volunteering experience

To apply, please share with us your background, any challenging circumstances that have placed you in a need of financial assistance, your plan for your educational future, and how you plan to use the scholarship money to assist you in your future endeavors.

Selection Criteria:
Essay, Perseverance, Ambition, Drive, Impact
Published February 19, 2021
Essay Topic

Please share with us your background. What are the challenging circumstances that have placed you in a need of financial assistance? What plan do you have for your future in education? How do you plan to use the scholarship money to assist you in your future endeavors?

400–600 words

Winning Application

Olivia Tagart
South Dakota State UniversityThornton, CO
For as long as I can remember I have wanted to enter the field of medicine. My passion for helping others flourished through my involvement in various leadership clubs. My interest in medicine sparked in fifth grade at the career fair and since then I have known what I want to do. In the Fall of 2021, I will major in Nursing. To be a nurse not only means I will be immersed in this world of medicine that has fascinated me for so long, but that I will be able to help people and create change in the world around me. The Mirajur Rahman Perseverance Scholarship would be the catalyst in my journey to create change and leave my mark on the world. I have spent the majority of my life learning. I immersed myself in every avenue possible to explore potential passions. One avenue which has stuck with me is leadership. Since third grade, I have been in some sort of a leadership club. I learned as much as I could about helping others, leading with confidence, and creating a legacy. All aspects of leadership are found in medicine. Helping patients, innovating medicine, and leaving an impact are directly related to the things I have learned in my leadership clubs. This year I was elected Student Body President and this role allowed me to take on more responsibility. With Covid hitting every area of high school, event planning was a struggle and it required me to think on my toes. There was of greater importance that I lead the school with grace and determination. So when it came to choosing my major, I looked for a career path that would allow me to continue my growth through challenges. Nursing is no easy feat, but I plan to head into it with the same grit and determination that carried me through each leadership club. It is the perfect path for me because it will provide me more room to grow and learn. I take planning very seriously and I have not made my decision without care. Instead, I have researched extensively to ensure this is the path I want to take and I am confident to say that I am eager to pursue it. I have decided to attend South Dakota State University to major in nursing. While this decision took a lot of weight off my shoulders, the new challenge was figuring out how to pay. Being the oldest of four children and the first of those four to attend college, it has been a struggle for my parents to decide the best way to tackle the tuition costs. To help them, I have taken to scholarships. These applications are a place where I can highlight my achievements in hopes of winning something that assists me in taking the next step towards my life. The Mirajur Rahman Perseverance Scholarship is not simply a monetary award. It is a dream starter. It is assistance. But most of all, this scholarship is yet another stepping stone in my journey to start my life and leave my mark on the world.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Sep 30, 2021. Winners will be announced on Oct 30, 2021.

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