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Priscilla Shireen Luke Scholarship

Funded by
1 winner$1,000
Application Deadline
Aug 2, 2024
Winners Announced
Sep 2, 2024
Education Level
Undergraduate, Graduate
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
Undergraduate or graduate student
Non-profit or volunteering experience

In her life, Priscilla Shireen Luke spread hope among her family, peers, and global community.

Priscilla was a service-oriented individual and was eager to better the world for the sake of others. Students who share Priscilla’s selfless values are crucial to leaving behind a better world for future generations.

This scholarship seeks to honor the legacy of Priscilla Shireen by supporting students who share her devotion to service.

Any community service-oriented undergraduate or graduate student who has non-profit or volunteering experience may apply for this scholarship.

To apply, tell us how you give back to others and how you plan to help the world further in the future.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Drive, Service
Published May 1, 2024
Essay Topic

How do you give back currently and how do you plan to positively impact the world in the future?

400–600 words

Winning Application

Levi Miedema
Wheaton College (IL)Hudsonville, MI
During the last few years of my life, tremendous personal and spiritual changes have taken place within my heart, concerning both how I view God and how I view my place within the world and my responsibility toward those who inhabit it. Of the shifting priorities and values that have occurred, none has been greater than the supernatural implantation of a soul-based hunger to serve those who have not had access to resources that should be available to all. As a result of my time spent volunteering at Holland Hospital and at Puente del Pueblo, God has implanted within me a deep yearning to serve those in underserved and under-resourced communities, whether that be domestically or abroad. In the first place, my experience as a volunteer at Holland Hospital forced me to reexamine the lenses through which I had, for so long, viewed the world and pushed me towards becoming a physician. My three years spent in this hospital allowed me to see the pain of others, opened and filled my heart with a compassion that I had never known, and forever changed the way that I saw others, particularly those who looked different from I did. The nature of the hospital surroundings allowed me to serve the local Latinx community and, for the first time in my life, I saw hurting people behind the once-foreign language and culture. Whereas my time before volunteering was characterized by a superiority complex and lack of compassion, my work forced me to not only think about the experiences of others but also share in the pain that has been a part of their culture for centuries as well as ask myself what I could do to walk alongside and accompany that community. As I saw how much I had been given by God as a citizen of this country in comparison to how few freedoms many citizens of other countries enjoy, I was moved to show my gratitude by way of compassion that costs me something. In addition to my time spent volunteering at Holland Hospital, I have also been a part of Wheaton Bible Church’s after-school program, Puente del Pueblo, over the past two years. Initially brought to my attention shortly after enrolling at Wheaton College, my participation in this program has allowed me to be an older role model and speak into the lives of middle and high school students who are experiencing difficult things. Primarily as a result of my own struggles with depression and the support that has been offered to me by older mentors both inside and outside of Wheaton College, including an older Hispanic couple at Wheaton Bible Church, I am devoted to providing someone else with the same support that was given to me. From my own experiences, I know and recognize that reaching out to receive such desperately needed help can often be incredibly difficult, especially since this affliction affects every moment of one’s life. Since serving at Puente del Pueblo, I have grown in my awareness of the difficulties encountered by students of minority cultures. More specifically, I have grown in my recognition that many minority groups typically do not have access to many of the resources that were available to me, being something who comes from a largely white, suburban community in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. Coupled with my experience serving the underserved Latinx community in Holland, Michigan, my time spent at Puente del Pueblo in West Chicago has furthered my desire to serve those in under-resourced communities, both in the United States and abroad.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Aug 2, 2024. Winners will be announced on Sep 2, 2024.