Ms. Sobaski’s Strength and Kindness Memorial Scholarship

Funded by
Spiro Siavelis
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$1,000
1 winner
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
2
Application Deadline
Feb 20, 2022
Winners Announced
Mar 21, 2022
Education Level
High School
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Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
Must be a junior or senior in high school
Location:
Must live in Nevada
Education Level:
Location:
Must be a junior or senior in high school
Must live in Nevada

Ms. Sobaski was a teacher in Las Vegas who battled stage 4 breast cancer for half of her teaching career.

While fighting breast cancer, Ms. Sobaski taught her students that it’s possible to be strong even when facing the most difficult challenges in life.

This scholarship seeks to help students who honor Ms. Sobaski’s legacy through their strength, bravery, passion, and kindness in the face of difficult circumstances.

Any high school junior or senior in Nevada who has overcome obstacles in life may apply for this scholarship. Students interested in becoming educators or going into social work are strongly encouraged to apply. 

To apply, tell us about a challenge you faced and how you were able to overcome it through strength and kindness.

Published October 15, 2021
$1,000
1 winner
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
2
Application Deadline
Feb 20, 2022
Winners Announced
Mar 21, 2022
Education Level
High School
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

Tell us about a difficulty you faced and how strength and kindness helped you make it through.

400–600 words

Winning Application

Dayanara Saldarriaga
Delta AcademyLas Vegas, NV
Growing up I felt so incredibly tiny. Not physically, I was actually very tall for my age. Elementary is a time when our minds are so pure and innocent. For a while I was too, then 4th grade came along. I could tell popular from nerdy. I was somehow labeled as weird. Too tall, poor clothing, no friends, I was just kind of there. I existed but no one really knew. Why was I treated so crudely? As I kept explaining to my parents that I did not want to go to school, they were confused because I always loved going and learning something new every day. I concluded by just pushing my feelings aside so I would not make them feel bad. They gave me enough and all they could afford and even as a 9-year old I could understand that they were trying. As time passed by it somehow became the middle of the school year. Yes! Halfway done, then one day. On a random Wednesday morning, a new girl appears. Everyone automatically wanted to be her friend. She was taller than the other kids, she had radical clothes and pretty, long, sleeked, curled hair. She sat next to me, I did not think she would even say hi. She just talked and talked to me, making me feel as if I belonged. I couldn't help but smile from ear to ear. She even invited me to play with her in recess. That was one of the happiest days I ever experienced. Such little things can go a long way, even if it sounds corny. A Lot of the time we don't know what someone could be going through and even just with a wave you can make someone smile and brighten their day. I believe that kindness should be taught to all kids as they grow up. School is usually where we start to figure out who we are. How we treat others and if we can humble ourselves enough to make sure everyone feels included. We could all strengthen each other and build up the confidence to make an impact on different lives. Even if it is scary, even if we move in silence. It's one of the most important aspects of the time we have here on this earth. If we keep pushing others down, no one will succeed. Together we are stronger than alone.

FAQ

When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Feb 20, 2022. Winners will be announced on Mar 21, 2022.

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