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Gabriella Carter Music and Me Scholarship

1 winner$1,778
Application Deadline
Mar 4, 2021
Winners Announced
Apr 2, 2021
Education Level
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There are undeniable limitations to language but sometimes we can't find the right words to express our feelings or thoughts. Music is often a tool used by people to express emotions that are difficult to convey through conventional speech.

For centuries, Black people have suffered immensely at the hands of slavery, discrimination, and social inequities. Music is such a therapeutic outlet for those who have suffered to revel in their experiences while nourishing their souls with sound.

The Music and Me Scholarship exists to support Black students who can also resonate with the comfort that only music can bring. 

Whether you play music or simply love to listen to artists, this scholarship is for you! To apply, you must write about a song that’s special to you and why.

Selection Criteria:
Essay, Passion for Music, Creativity
Published November 10, 2020
Essay Topic

Think about the role that music has played in your life. Perhaps you associate a certain song with cleaning the house on the weekend, or a tune helped you get through a tough breakup. What song is special to you and why?

250–500 words

Winning Application

Demi Adeoye
University of GeorgiaAthens, GA
Music is arguably the greatest creation of mankind. In many ways, it is the fabric of our lives and the definition of society. Music is the source of my most profound emotions. At each and every milestone, celebration, and challenge in my life, music has been an integral factor. In fact, it has been so much more than a mere factor. Music has always been, and remains, my very oxygen, the sustenance which carries me, the elixir of my soul. "Love It If We Made It" by The 1975 is a song that I hold very near to my heart. It suggests you can always find a way to keep going, even when you are drowning in the planet’s collective misery. The song reflects on and critiques current issues plaguing society, which younger generations have had no choice but to inherit from their predecessors. It offers a blend of 80s funk, electro-pop, ethereal choral parts, and heavy drum beats. Much of the lyrics are essentially shouted rather than sung. This rapid-fire shouting is a stylistic choice but also adds rawness and a grunge edge that helps the track present itself as a more modern spin on the American protest song. "Love It If We Made It" has lyrics that paint the times we are living in extremely well. One of the issues the song touches on is the rise of miscommunication and misinformation, a subject that is as prevalent as ever amidst the age of COVID-19. The idea that we now have access to more accurate information than ever but it has not resulted in people being more informed. We curate our own newsfeed to reflect sources we deem credible, but credible is different to everyone. The song also speaks on police brutality, the fetishization of black culture, and private prisons. The comments on melanin refer to the emergence of the commodification of black culture and skin in beauty and fashion trends. It highlights the fact that we live in a society that is so quick to consume black culture, yet just as quick to vilify and kill its originators. "Love It If We Made It", from the first listen is easy to fall in love with. Its controversial and bleak lyrics offer social commentary that is packaged with a hopeful title and a seemingly happy and upbeat backtrack. This song is special to me because it provides excellent original thought-provoking, and engaging lyrics that tell an honest narrative; one that perfectly encapsulates my anger for today and hope for a better tomorrow.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Mar 4, 2021. Winners will be announced on Apr 2, 2021.

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