Many people face adversity, whether it’s through abuse, abandonment, or other trauma.
Fortunately, trauma-related barriers to success can often be mitigated through caring relationships. The support of just one caring person can increase the success of kids in difficult situations.
This scholarship is in loving memory of Keith Shafenberg, and aims to support students who have faced adversity so they can go on to thrive in their academic and personal lives.
Any undergraduate student or high school junior or senior who has a history of abandonment, abuse, trauma, neglect, or other toxic stress and has an educator or mentor who has noted their effort and desire to succeed may apply for this scholarship.
To apply, tell us how adversity in your past has shown the importance of support systems and how you plan to prioritize your support throughout college.
How has adversity in your past highlighted the importance and impact of positive support (mentors, group or team involvement, church membership, etc.) on your journey to higher education and how do you plan to continue prioritizing those types of support through college?
The application deadline is Apr 25, 2022. Winners will be announced on May 26, 2022.
Award amounts per winner are designated by the donor. Check the award amount for a detailed breakdown.
The winner will be publicly announced on May 26, 2022. Prior to the announcement date, we may contact finalists with additional questions about their application. We will work with donors to review all applications according to the scholarship criteria. Winners will be chosen based on the merit of their application.
Award checks will be sent to the financial aid office of the winner's academic institution or future academic institution in their name to be applied to their tuition, and in the name of their institution (depending on the school's requirements). If the award is for a qualified educational non-tuition expense, we will work with the winner directly to distribute the award and make sure it goes towards qualified expenses.
Before we award the scholarship, the winner will be required to confirm their academic enrollment status. Depending on the circumstances, verification of Student ID and/or their most recent transcript will be required.
If you have any questions about this scholarship or the Bold.org platform, just email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you as quickly as we can.
Yes. The terms and conditions for this scholarship can be found here.