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Omniwomyn Empowerment Scholarship

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1 winner$500
Application Deadline
Nov 1, 2022
Winners Announced
Nov 30, 2022
Education Level
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school, undergraduate, or graduate
Career Path:
College education or starting a business

Women and minorities have a more difficult time in business because of the gender gap that still exists between men and women in upper-level positions.

And yet, women and minorities have the potential to be just as successful as their male counterparts, if they are given the resources. In order to encourage women who are pursuing higher education or starting their own business, the Omniwomyn Empowerment Scholarship will support minority women on their journey to professional careers. 

This scholarship will support minority women from low-income backgrounds as they pursue either a college education or work to create their own business. Students in high school, undergraduate school, or graduate school are eligible to apply if they possess leadership skills and a drive to make a splash in their industry. To apply, write about your journey as a minority woman, your passions, and how this scholarship will help you pursue your career.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Need, Boldest Profile
Published September 20, 2022
Essay Topic

Describe your journey as a minority woman, your passions, and what career you seek to pursue with the support of the scholarship.

400–600 words

Winners and Finalists

Winning Application

Maria Ekwoge
University of San FranciscoOakland, CA
I come from a background that has taken me from rather humble beginnings in poor urban settings in Cameroon. I have lived, worked, and shared life with the wealthy, poor, racially black and white individuals. I have risen from the impoverished areas of Cameroon to the wealthy areas of California and have survived and adapted along the way. The end result has been a life experience that allows me to understand the rites and morays of all levels of society. The most important thing I have learned from my experience is the ability to understand people. I easily put myself in the shoes of others. This has been valuable for me professionally as well as personally. I am currently pursuing a degree in political science in order to become a lawyer. Throughout my undergraduate degree, I have maintained an average GPA of 3.6, with honorable academic achievements, such as the dean's honor list and the chancellor’s honor list. As a first-generation college student, I have set the bar high for myself. This includes both my journey in personal growth and in the legal profession.. As I continue to excel in my academics, I plan to use my strong work ethic to excel in law school. I believe that studying law is the best way to understand how society functions, the rules, and regulations, how political issues are involved, and how these issues affect individuals in a society. As a child of two immigrant parents, I have witnessed and experienced the numerous racial disparities not only in my community but in the justice system as well. I have seen minorities stigmatized and almost made as though they were invisible. As I grew older, I realized that higher education is the great equalizer and that knowledge is power, especially in America. As a law student, I want to know the law on a deeper level, so that I can practice the law to its full extent. Although I am going to law school in part to fulfill my parents' unfilled ambitions, I also want to acquire the ability to defend the unrepresented and bridge the enormous gap between minorities and the judicial system. I want to become a lawyer because it will challenge my critical thinking, and expand my knowledge of the law while allowing me to grow as a person. As a lawyer, I want to ensure that human rights are not being compromised, represent clients to the best of my abilities, and increase representation in the legal profession. As an individual, I do not like to shy away from conflict. I believe that problem-solving is essential in order for the law to advance and evolve.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Nov 1, 2022. Winners will be announced on Nov 30, 2022.

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