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Scholarship Institute Future Leaders Scholarship

1 winner$1,000
Application Deadline
Apr 30, 2022
Winners Announced
Jun 1, 2022
Education Level
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school senior, undergraduate, or graduate student
Must be a US citizen or permanent legal resident
Leadership in your school, community, family, or personal life

Encouraging future leaders is a key component in building the world of the future. 

Motivating young leaders and fostering their growth is more important than ever. In order for organizations to progress, achieve greatness, and make the world a better place, they need to have strong leaders guiding them. 

This scholarship aims to support students who have demonstrated a history of leadership in or out of the classroom.

Any high school senior, undergraduate, or graduate student who demonstrates a track record of leadership in their school, community, or personal life may apply for this scholarship. 

To apply, tell us how you have demonstrated leadership, what leadership means to you, and why you want to be a leader.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Need, Boldest Profile
Published November 19, 2021
Essay Topic

How have you demonstrated leadership in your school, community, or family? What does great leadership mean to you? Why is being a leader important to you? 

300–500 words

Winning Application

Drameka Elder
Texas Woman's UniversityRockwall, TX
A leader sets the bar. Those who lead have a gift to go beyond ordinary measures. Leaders are exceptional. They don't just go to college, but they are the first person in their family to go to college. Or they are the first in their family to graduate debt-free. Leaders inspire others to challenge themselves. I have set the bar before. I have always been headstrong, so when I set my mind on being able to drive, all it took was a plan and just a few months short of a year. In my junior year of high school, I set out to get my driver's license. I had no background knowledge on what it took to get a license. So I asked my friend's parents and researched it on my own. Shortly after, I signed up for Aceable, an online driving program. I managed to pay for the $80 membership with all I could scrounge up and got my license. I noticed my 20-year-old and 19-year-old brothers following the lead of their 16-year-old sister. Not long after I got a job and began saving for a car, my brothers took notice once again. After about 6 months of pulling shots, steaming milk, and blending frappuccinos at Starbucks, I saved $5,000. Finally, after working long Summer days and taking many Lyft rides, I bought my first car, a beautiful rich blue 2012 Ford Focus. Which lead my brothers to get their licenses and begin to save up for themselves. Although it makes a great story now, leading is a strenuous task. It tests your perseverance. You've got eyes looking at you in admiration, even when you want to call it quits. At times when I wanted to throw in the towel, those eyes reminded me that I had so much to prove. Not just to myself, but for my brothers to see what started as a will made a way. So they could do the same for themselves. What I learned from my brief leading moment at 16 showed me that it takes one person to elevate so that others will follow. Beyond my high school and college education, I plan to always be a leader for myself. I want to continuously challenge the standard of what it is to be remarkable. Not just in my future career but my personal life and faith as well. I strive to become a better daughter, friend, and Christian. So I'll continue to be a leader to others, starting with myself.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Apr 30, 2022. Winners will be announced on Jun 1, 2022.

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