Noah Wilson "Loaded Spinach" Arts & Mental Health Awareness Scholarship

Funded by
Desirie McKay
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$1,200
1 winner$1,200
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalist
1
Application Deadline
Apr 19, 2022
Winners Announced
May 19, 2022
Education Level
High School
6
Contributions
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school senior graduating in 2022
Education Level:
High school senior graduating in 2022

I lost my son, Noah A.H. Wilson to suicide in August of 2020. He was an academic scholar and graduated 10th in his high school class of 367 students. He was a Massey Scholar gaining a full tuition scholarship at The School of the Art Institute at Chicago and was beginning his sophomore year before his passing.

Depression robbed my son of his livelihood and devastated all those around him. He was loved by everyone who came into contact with him. He was gifted in visual arts, songwriting and became a phenomenal rap artist. His music and art has impacted his peers and resonated with many others within the arts community and beyond; moreover, Noah helped many of his peers struggling with their own mental health.

The Noah Wilson “Loaded Spinach” Arts & Mental Health Awareness Scholarship was created to support a high school senior pursuing a degree in the arts who is also interested in making a difference in the mental health of young adults & suicide prevention.

To apply, tell us a bit about yourself and how you developed a passion to study the arts, as well as how your experience with the arts and mental health has influenced your beliefs, relationships, and career aspirations. You may also add images of your art work, if you would like.

Selection Criteria:
Published July 6, 2021
$1,200
1 winner$1,200
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalist
1
Application Deadline
Apr 19, 2022
Winners Announced
May 19, 2022
Education Level
High School
6
Contributions
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

How did you develop a passion to study the Arts? How has your experience with the Arts and mental health influenced your beliefs, relationships, and career aspirations?

400–600 words

Winners and Finalists

Winning Application

Alyssa Hart
Hardin County High SchoolAdamsville, TN
As someone who struggles with anxiety, making friends is one of my greatest challenges. Despite being a loud, energetic person, it was still hard to find other kids who shared the same interests as me, especially during middle school. At this point in my life, the other kids I grew up with left a damaging impact on me. I was introduced to alcohol which ruined my reputation, relationships, and beliefs. I had to face consequences and I lost many friends. Sometimes, my loneliness left me feeling depressed, worthless, and an overall burden to those around me. I was bullied every day and never wanted to go to school. The constant negativity that filled my mind and controlled the way I viewed the world was a devastating challenge. I tried running away from home which crushed my family. Feeling this depression caused me to reach out to guidance counselors, teachers, and my parents; thankfully, they all told me to join a club and find others who have the same interests as I do. I have always been passionate about singing and acting, so during my years in middle school I joined a children's theater program called Dream Catchers of West Tennessee. Throughout those years, I met many other kids who felt the same loneliness I did. We all, in a way, grew up together and grew away from feeling those feelings. Acting alongside overly-expressive, talented, and just outright funny kids made me happier than ever before. Through this group I met my best friend, became more independent, and learned self-love. I realize now that theater is not just who I am, but it helped me find who I am. I no longer cared for the opinions of others regarding the way I lived my own life. My experiences with theater provided me many opportunities in high school such as becoming the school mascot, joining my school's rock band: Wired, and joining chorus. Now, I am considered a member of this theater group's adult section, Dreamweavers of West Tennessee, and it is now my most therapeutic source. I am at the happiest point in my life so far and every day keeps getting better and better. I also realize, since I will graduate very soon, that I never want to stop acting, singing, and performing. I plan to become a volunteering director for my childhood theater group in the future. This way, I can help other children like my younger self.

FAQ

When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Apr 19, 2022. Winners will be announced on May 19, 2022.

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