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Redefining Victory Scholarship

$20,000
8 winners, $2,500 each
Open
Application Deadline
Apr 1, 2025
Winners Announced
May 1, 2025
Education Level
Any
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
Any

Success can mean different things for different people; from the pursuit of academic excellence to the realization of personal passions and goals, these diverse interpretations of achievement reflect the perspectives that individuals develop as they navigate their unique journeys.

Regardless of their paths, achievers' lives are marked by passion, perseverance, and self-education, proving that potential is not limited to the traditional academic route. The common thread is a commitment to improvement and a resilience in the face of challenges and hardships. By embracing diverse avenues for personal growth, anyone can conquer the challenges of life and attain the pinnacle of success.

Any student may apply, whether pursuing a community college or university degree, attending a trade school, or completing a certificate program.

To apply, describe what success looks like to you and how this opportunity will help you achieve it.

Previous winners are encouraged to apply; please include how you have progressed in your program.

Selection Criteria:
Impact, Drive, Passion
Published June 9, 2024
Essay Topic

Describe what success looks like for you and how this opportunity will help you achieve it.

500–800 words

Winning Application

Udochi Okoro
Westlake HighSaratoga Springs, UT
A victory can mean a myriad of different things to a variety of people. Factors that determine one's standards of success can be ethnic/racial background, economic class, goals, setbacks, and even previous successes. Your definition of success may be based on the amount of money you can earn in a lifetime, while someone else's may be how many meaningful relationships they cultivated throughout their own life. Regardless of one's definition of ultimate success, feeling victorious or having any sort of success is an important aspect of human life that keeps us striving to do and be better. For me, success is an outcome that leaves you feeling satisfied, proud, and motivated to keep pursuing more. I have always struggled with being content with my accomplishments for the better part of my life. I've won accolades, awards, and many sorts of recognitions, but despite how significant these may have been, I have quickly been left feeling empty, and sometimes even disappointed. I never felt as if my achievements were ever that impressive or remarkable. It was not until I defined for myself what real success looks and feels like that I realized that my definition of "success" did not align with the definitions others have placed on me. To feel like I have succeeded, I need to see what positive impact my success has had on others. Whether that means I have changed another’s life positively, solved a local problem, or amplified another underprivileged voice, I need to see the impacts of my work. Being able to see the difference I can make or have made is what gives me a feeling of satisfaction, pride, and motivation to keep going. This is a crucial reason why I have decided to pursue a career in medicine as an OB/GYN. The United States has one of the highest maternal mortality rates as a developed country in the world. These statistics grow more grim when you separate the demographics of American women who experience the highest mortality rates during childbirth. Black women are three to four times more likely to die during childbirth than their white counterparts. Brown and indigenous women are not too far behind as well. My ultimate success would be to find and implement a solution that not only addresses the disparities in maternal healthcare but also lowers the mortality rate in the United States as a whole. Even if this means starting small, and improving the rates in my hospital before branching out and implementing change elsewhere, I would still be able to see success in the small victories that lead up to my ultimate goal. Although a very big portion of my goals are to solve a national problem, I also would find success in the local and community differences I could make. I would like to know that my profession is helping individuals feel comfortable in every stage of the birthing process. Many women struggle not only during pregnancy but also after childbirth. I would be satisfied with creating a supportive environment within my workplace that would assist women through every part of their maternal experiences. Success to me is being able to observe the difference I make as an OB/GYN in the United States of America. The positive impacts I could make on individuals around me would ultimately fit my criteria for what constitutes a successful life for myself. This scholarship would greatly contribute to my goals by funding my education and bringing me closer to my end goal. As a student who comes from an immigrant background, I’ve always known that it would become my responsibility to fund my higher education. With the “Redefining Victory” scholarship I can worry less about how to fund my education and put most of my focus into my studies in pre-med, passing the MCAT, and getting into medical school. I am very passionate about addressing and implementing solutions in the United States healthcare system and this scholarship would be a key stepping stone to doing that. If I am selected as a winner, the money would go towards a good cause that will greatly benefit hundreds of women in the United States and maybe even eventually, the world.
Ty Wilson
Liberty UniversityAUSTIN, TX
On August 20, 2014, I woke up to the sight of my left leg amputated three inches above my knee. In that very moment, instead of being mournful over the absence of my limb, I became a man full of hope and purpose after internalizing the Bible passage Acts 26:16. This verse states, “But rise up and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a minister.” The verse has defined what success and achievement mean to me. Success looks like rising up to endure strenuous hours of rehabilitation and standing up on the only foot I have left to finish my undergraduate degree and become a minister to college students for the last five years. Now, my intention in this personal statement is to convey how this scholarship opportunity will help achieve a new level of success by becoming a licensed mental health counselor that will impact the quality of life of people with disabilities. To begin, I have faced a great number of challenges that have molded me into the man addressing you today. My twin sister and I were born and raised in Houston, Texas by our single-mother tirelessly working to provide for us. In 2011, I was deemed the class Valedictorian and attended The University of Texas at Austin to earn a bachelor’s degree in film/television with hopes to become an independent filmmaker. Then, at 20 years old, tragedy came. I was involved in a car accident that resulted in the loss of my twin sister and my left leg. I never knew it was humanly possible to be in that much pain and the grief and rehabilitation forced me to discontinue college for almost two years. However, my story does not end in defeat. Over these last twelve years, I have been successful in various ways through the support of my family and church members. I have exemplified what it means to be resilient and have not let grief or physical limitations stop me from learning how to walk with a prosthetic leg with the help of a walker, crutches, and a cane to eventually march across the stage on my own at my UT graduation. On that day of commencement, I was crying with tears because I felt accomplished, not merely because of academic success, but because I personally persevered through so much pain, grief and limitations to make it to that point in life. That day of graduation, I learned that my success wasn't determined by my grade point average or degree, but it was about breaking through setback after setback to keep moving forward in my life. Over the years, I have refused to let my hardships hold me back from becoming a minister, enduring the physicality of walking for long periods for appointments and gospel outreach. So, I want it to be made known that I intend to pursue every single one of my educational and career goals, in spite of my disability. With that said, with the help of scholarship, my plan is to finish a Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Liberty University in the summer of 2026. Upon obtaining my professional counseling license, I will open my own private practice that will offer counseling services specifically to people with disabilities. This private practice will be available both online and in-person so that our community can easily access this depository of mental health services. My sole desire is that this counseling will be a haven of hope, healing and restoration for countless people with disabilities. In conclusion, I will achieve my aspirations in life, not for mere financial gain, but to leave an indelible mark on this world by using my gifts and talents as a disabled person as a platform in order to help other disabled people defeat their respective giants. This is ultimately what success looks like to me, finding fulfillment and passion in uplifting the disabled community and to essentially carry out Acts 26:16. I hope I have clearly demonstrated how I will use every dollar of this scholarship opportunity for it to come into fruition.
Abbie Strait
Triangle Tech Inc-DuboisDuke Center, PA
Anish Yakkanti
Texas A & M University-College StationFrisco, TX
I believe that success is a journey that combines excellence, personal growth, and making an impact, on society, especially in the field of engineering. As a student currently enrolled in both the Engineering Academy Program at Dallas College and Texas A&M my definition of success goes beyond achieving milestones. It also includes developing the skills and insights to contribute to the engineering industry. My academic journey has been truly unique and rewarding thanks to the Engineering Academy Program. This collaborative initiative between Dallas College and Texas A&M has provided me with an education that blends the foundation of a community college with the specialized training of a renowned university. Balancing coursework from both institutions has been challenging and fulfilling as it has greatly improved my time management and study skills. This program demonstrates my dedication to engineering. Marks a milestone on my path to success. Transitioning into full-time studies at Texas A&M marks a chapter in my educational journey. Renowned for its engineering program Texas A&M offers opportunities, for deep learning, research, and practical application of engineering principles. The state-of-the-art facilities, esteemed professors, and vibrant community, at the university are elements that will drive my growth both academically and professionally. Choosing to attend Texas A&M on a full-time basis represents not only a change in my environment but also a crucial step toward achieving my full potential as an engineer. However, this transition comes with challenges. The $2,500 scholarship is more than assistance; it is a vital support system that will allow me to fully dedicate myself to my studies. This scholarship will greatly alleviate the burden associated with tuition fees and living expenses granting me the opportunity to focus on maximizing the prospects provided by Texas A&M. Moreover it will enable me to become deeply involved in activities and professional development opportunities that play an integral role in obtaining a well-rounded engineering education. One aspect that particularly excites me about Texas A&M is the chance to participate in hands-on projects and research endeavors. These experiences hold value as they bridge the gap between knowledge and practical applications. I eagerly anticipate engaging in projects where students from different backgrounds come together to tackle complex engineering challenges. Not only do these initiatives enhance skills but they also foster important qualities such as teamwork, effective communication, and problem-solving abilities. All of which are critical for a successful career, in engineering. Moreover, the strong connections that Texas A&M has, with industries present prospects for internships and co-op programs. These programs serve as gateways to real-world experience providing insights into the aspects of engineering and helping to establish a professional network. I am eager to make the most of these opportunities to gain exposure to engineering fields, which will play a role in shaping my career trajectory. My ultimate goal is to become an engineer who not only excels technically but comprehends the broader impact of engineering solutions. I aspire to contribute my skills and expertise to projects that influence sectors such as energy, smart technologies, or biomedical engineering. Not only are these fields at the forefront of innovation but they also possess the potential to substantially enhance quality of life and protect our environment. Receiving this scholarship would mark a milestone in my pursuit of success. It serves as recognition for my commitment to excellence and represents vital support on my journey towards becoming an active participant within the engineering community. This scholarship signifies an investment in my future empowering me to embrace the opportunities presented by Texas A&M while making contributions, towards technological advancement and societal progress. In conclusion, my experience, in the Engineering Academy Program and my desire to become a full-time student at Texas A&M represent my dedication to achieving success in the field of engineering. The scholarship of $2,500 will be incredibly influential on this journey as it will help me overcome obstacles and allow me to focus on my professional growth. I am sincerely grateful for the opportunity to apply for this scholarship. I promise to make the most of it. I aim to ensure that this investment in my education leads to contributions in engineering and benefits society, as a whole.

FAQ

When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Apr 1, 2025. Winners will be announced on May 1, 2025.