Mirajur Rahman's Satirical Experiential Essay Scholarship

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Mirajur Rahman
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$500
1 winner
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
5
Application Deadline
Jan 1, 2022
Winners Announced
Feb 1, 2022
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
Must be an undergraduate student
Education Level:
Must be an undergraduate student

We all know that the best jokes are the ones that are true. They can reveal deep insights about problems and prejudices in our society and break the ice so we can start working towards solutions. 

Sometimes the most outrageous events we have witnessed speak to say something meaningful about the society or the world in general.

For example, parents giving their children their Frappuccino to stop them from whining doesn't actually help the kid. It just gives them a prescription for diabetes a few years in the future.

Sometimes it's hard to get people to talk about societal problems or how we can use humor to acknowledge problems in the real world that people are too scared to talk about. Almost like an ice breaker.

I want to create a scholarship to give $500 to one student who I feel has the best piece of satirical writing and honors this centuries-long tradition of satire.

In order to apply, write a short essay about an experience that you have you witnessed that made you worry for the future of humanity. Be sure to show your humorous and satirical side when writing your essay and have fun!

Published November 4, 2021
$500
1 winner
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
5
Application Deadline
Jan 1, 2022
Winners Announced
Feb 1, 2022
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

What experience have you witnessed that made you worry for the future of humanity?

400–500 words

Winning Application

Leah Benoit
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State AbingtonAbington, PA
Does anyone remember the simple times where when a classmate at school had a crush on you, they would hand you a folded-up piece of paper that read “Would you go out with me?” with a yes or no checkbox write under it in not-so-good handwriting? Now-a-days, when someone asks you out, your only option of rejecting them is by saying no and hoping they accept that as an answer or whip out your mace, spray them, and then take off running as far away as you can. Let’s hope you had your running shoes on that day. It’s sad how much things have changed, and this is the world we live. Everyday can be a hardship for women. If it’s not the bad hair day or constant gender equality problems, it’s the constant harassment from the male species. Now you may wonder “What is this male species you speak of?” Well, to put it into words, the male species is a vast group of human beings that can either be for you or against you. The ones that are for you are the respectful ones that can be a friend, a lover, or even a father figure. The ones that are against you are the disrespectful ones that care only about themselves or what’s between your legs. Now this isn’t a rant on why men can be the most awful thing to walk Earth. That’s for another day. The reason why I pointed these two different types in the male species is because a lot of times us women encounter the men that are against us and only want us for our looks or for sex. No matter how many times I’ve stated that I’m in a relationship, underage, or being lesbian, some men kept badgering for me to go out with them like the constant annoyance was going to make me change my answer. Some men went as far as to trying to force me to sleep with them even after the fact of knowing I was underage at the time. Having gone through many situations like this, I’ve realized how bad harassment has gotten over the years. It’s a serious matter that needs to be stopped and changed. With that being said, I’ve came up with two acronyms to prepare for these types of situations. They are K.E.I.T.H. and A.S.A.P. They stand for Kick Em In The Hoo-ha and Always Stay Alert Please! Desperate times calls for desperate measures. Sometimes you must protect yourself from men because they can get handsy or try to force themselves on you. When it’s a situation where you know they don’t have a weapon or won’t use a weapon on you and try to force themselves on you, Kick. Em. In. The. Hoo-ha. They will be overwhelmed with pain, which will give you enough time to escape and call for help and remember Always Stay Alert Please. You may never know if any one the men you rejected is following you.

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When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Jan 1, 2022. Winners will be announced on Feb 1, 2022.

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