Robert F. Lawson Fund for Careers that Care

Funded by
Lance Lawson
Learn more about the Donor
$1,000
1st winner$500
2nd winner$500
Open
Application Deadline
Apr 16, 2023
Winners Announced
May 16, 2023
Education Level
Undergraduate, High School
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school senior or undergraduate student
Financial Status:
Low-income
Field of Interest:
Healthcare, social work, government, education or a related field
Education Level:
Financial Status:
Field of Interest:
High school senior or undergraduate student
Low-income
Healthcare, social work, government, education or a related field

Robert F. Lawson was a veteran who used his life to make the world a better place.

After retiring from the military, Robert continued his mission of benefiting the world by helping those in need. As tomorrow’s workforce comes of age, it’s critical that those who are dedicated to helping others have the support necessary to do so. 

This scholarship seeks to support high school and undergraduate students who intend to spend their careers helping other people.

Any low-income high school senior or undergraduate student who is planning to pursue a career in healthcare, social work, government, education or a related field may apply for this scholarship. 

To apply, tell us about yourself and how you hope to help the world with your career.

Published May 16, 2022
$1,000
1st winner$500
2nd winner$500
Open
Application Deadline
Apr 16, 2023
Winners Announced
May 16, 2023
Education Level
Undergraduate, High School
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

Please tell us a bit about yourself and how you plan to make a positive impact on the world through your career.

400–600 words

Winning Application

Sania Asim
Lone Star College SystemPorter, TX
I want to save lives. Being a Biology major may seem not at all exciting or as heroic as people might consider but for me, it’s one step further into creating a change I want to see in the world. Since my early years in middle school, becoming a doctor has always been a long-term goal of mine. It may seem completely mundane to declare that, “I want to be a doctor when I grow up!”, but for me, it's much more than that. I strive to fulfill my childhood passion of being a doctor or more specifically speaking, a general surgeon. Being a part of the medical field isn’t just about getting the title of “Dr. Asim.” Well honestly speaking, it is in some sort of manner but more about gaining that level of honor/respect. Growing up, I was always taught that “don’t run towards money, instead strive to gain that level of respect and everything else that is meant for you will come at the right time.” Originating from a Pakistani society in which women are never acknowledged for their hard work or considered equal in accordance to the men, becoming a doctor is the most ground-shattering step that I can take. I want to be a beacon of hope for all those Pakistani girls that are told they cannot pursue the same careers as the boys. The reality of reaching my goal of becoming a doctor is so I am able to help people, as cliche as that may sound. It’s more about than just being a medical official but someone that cares about the well-being of their patients and coworkers. I aspire to create a nurturing environment for my patients, so they feel safe and secure in terms of their welfare. Patients should never feel like a burden to their doctors and instead be comfortable to inform them about their concerns, but also feel heard. My patients would be given a voice, in accordance with respect to their personal boundaries and never feel neglected. That is one of my most sought out long-term goals after becoming a doctor. By pursuing Biology as a major, it’s just one step further into becoming a doctor who wants to make a positive change in the medical field and an impactful difference that will not only aid my patients in their journeys but also enhance my work environment for a well-maintained support for my co-workers. Saving lives doesn’t just mean literally saving lives (of course that is crucial), but also being there for my patients in the midst of saving them from their own struggles. That is how I will save lives as a Pakistani woman.
Lavon McGee
University of North FloridaMiami, FL
"Change is the law of life. And those who look to the past or present are certain to miss the future." My name is Lavon McGee and that quote by John F. Kennedy is a perfect example of how I learned to view the world. Growing up in Miami, Florida, I was able to witness and meet multiple individuals who come from different backgrounds. Some of them were similar to my own and some were the complete opposite but throughout my life they each have helped to shape where I go in the future. I was raised in Overtown. A poor area of Miami with a high crime rate. Both my parents were in there senior year of high school when they found out they were having me. They each worked hard to be able to support me but for a majority of my life we were struggling. Sometimes till this day we still do. During times like those my grandfather would always ask "what do you want to be when you grow up?" The answer was usually "I don't know" for at least 2 years. Then he asked "what career fits your personality, what would make you happy?" I briefly thought about it for a moment and the answer I came up with was lawyer. Lawyers are clever, passionate, calm, and well educated (most of the time). In the back of my mind I knew that being lawyer was the best career that could make me happy and more importantly useful to my community. Many of the most infamous cases in U.S history has led to changes that affected the country from roe v. Wade to brown v. the board of education. By being a federal criminal defense attorney I hope to inspire a new change that doesn't focus on politics but rather the rights we have as U.S citizens and more importantly, human beings. Too many times has this generation seen fighting in white house and capital that got nothing done for the American people. In the courtroom I feel I genuinely can make a difference not just for myself, but rather a precedent for the entire country. Hopefully someday, it could be the world. The U.S is a leading force in the world when it comes to quality of life and social purposes, however, we are not even in the top 15 countries of that category. Our country whose core principle is life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness can not agree on how to move forward which is holding the nation back from being the leader it could be. I would like the judicial branch not fall to same level and continue being a shining light that hopefully can shape the world. This dream of mine only seems possible now with help from scholarships like yours. With or without It I know I will strive to best of my ability to work hard and reach my goal. I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to listen and getting to know my story. I also want to thank Robert F. Lawson for his time serving

FAQ

When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Apr 16, 2023. Winners will be announced on May 16, 2023.