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Revolutionary Builder Scholarship

Funded by
2 winners, $500 each
Application Deadline
Dec 1, 2022
Winners Announced
Dec 25, 2022
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school senior in D.C. or a freshman attending Howard University
Non-profit or community service experience

Community involvement creates revolutionary change and is essential for improving the quality of life within the community.

Giving back to one’s community continues the growth and prosperity of its inhabitants and creates a better world for future generations. Community service and non-profit work are vital ways to contribute to the well-being of one’s community, especially if the service involved lifts up those who are underserved or disadvantaged. 

This scholarship seeks to support high school seniors in Washington, D.C. and Howard University freshmen so they can go on to make a positive impact on the world.

Any high school senior in D.C. or undergraduate freshman attending Howard University with non-profit or community service experience may apply for this scholarship, but femme-identifying BIPOC students are preferred.

To apply, submit a 1-2 minute video OR 250-500 word essay describing the qualities, skills, and experiences of the ideal revolutionary person and how they would make a difference in their community.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Need, Boldest Profile
Published August 30, 2022
Essay Topic

Imagine that you are tasked with building your own image of the ideal revolutionary person. In 250-500 words, explain how their qualities, skills, and experiences shape how they would make an impact on their community.

0–500 words

Winning Applications

Cheyenne Harris
Howard UniversityWashington, DC
Sent in a video submission.
Kerri Ward
Howard UniversityWashington, DC
To be revolutionary, you have to feel a burn for change. You have to know that if you do not succeed, you will have to come to terms with the fact that everything is going to stay the same. A revolutionary person is more than just a leader. They inspire young children and encourage the old. They emulate power and poise so that when an enemy arises, they can be torn down with ease and might. They must be strong enough in their faith to know that failure is not, and never will be, an option. They must be extraordinary so that the people around them will feel empowered. They must have the confidence to take on any and every challenge. They must have the wisdom to make good decisions. She/he has to have a pure heart and a strong mind, in order to lead with an equal amount of both. To be revolutionary, one has to feel the pain that one wishes to take away from others. They have to understand what their community has gone through so that they know how to never put them through it again. If the leader does not understand, nothing will ever change. The community will not grow. Hearts will not be healed. Their experiences are almost as important as what they actually do for their community. Without their experiences, they would have no idea how to make sound decisions. They become a shell of the person they were meant to be. Their experiences help them and us to know what not to do when challenges arise. That burn I mentioned has to feel like an inferno. Hotter than the hottest of suns. We will not survive without that fire. We will not survive without their memories. To be revolutionary is one thing, but to be a member of a minority while doing it is even more amazing. A revolutionary black human fights until they cannot fight anymore. Naturally, we have to push hard in order to be heard; but a person of this mindset has to push even further. They push their community in the right direction, setting us on the course to a brighter future. The revolutionary black woman gives everything she has to her people. She has to convince both her people and every other race that she is worthy of their respect. She inspires little black girls to demand equality. She fights for the women who could not fight before her, and the women who will continue the fight after her. By standing up for herself and the women around her, she shows all Whites, Blacks, Asians, etc that black women are powerful and we deserve to be treated as such. She burns for a better world. To be revolutionary is a blessing to those who cannot be. Not everyone has this gift. Not everyone has a fire within them. But if we all come together, under the direction of this human, we can be extraordinary. Thank you.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Dec 1, 2022. Winners will be announced on Dec 25, 2022.

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