Second Chance Scholarship

Funded by
Vecchione
Learn more about the Donor
$1,211
1 winner$1,211
Open
Application Deadline
Sep 18, 2022
Winners Announced
Oct 18, 2022
Education Level
High School
1
Contribution
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners

Nelson Vecchione, a dear friend, and family member, had dedicated his life to helping people find a ‘second chance’ at life. By offering guidance and mentorship to people in recovery or with conviction records, he was committed to the betterment of others through his practice. 

Everyone deserves a second chance, and Nelson believed the spirit of giving someone the opportunity to prove themselves would manifest in creating a new generation of leaders. 

Offering a second chance to one person may pay dividends down the line as well, as that person may give another person a second chance, continuing the cycle of giving. You can make a difference, not only for yourself but for others. 

To honor Nelson’s legacy and to continue his life’s work to help those that need another chance at life, the Second Chance Scholarship will be awarded to one student who has experienced adversity in their life and is ready to make a change for the better.

Selection Criteria:
Essay, Ambition, Impact
Published April 20, 2022
$1,211
1 winner$1,211
Open
Application Deadline
Sep 18, 2022
Winners Announced
Oct 18, 2022
Education Level
High School
1
Contribution
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

Why do you want to make a change in your life? What steps have you taken thus far to bring you closer to your goal, and how do you think this scholarship will help you? What do you plan to do to pay it forward to someone else?

400–600 words

Winners and Finalists

Winning Application

Vancella Bohn
Mifflin Co HsMilroy, PA
At the early age of four, I stood behind a closed bathroom door yelling, “Mom, please let me in, I have to go to the bathroom so bad!” “Just stay out there for a second.” I was told, as my bladder grew heavier. I couldn’t hold it anymore, so I finally burst into the bathroom, even though my mother had told me to wait. I looked up at her and saw a bra strap squeezing her bicep and a needle in her vein. Immediately I knew what she was doing and unfortunately it wasn’t the only time I had seen something like that. On multiple occasions, I walked into the living room to see my mother passed out on the couch, barely responsive because she took too many pills. Or I would walk into the bathroom and see her passed out on the toilet. I look back now and feel bad for my mom. She probably turned to drugs because she was raising two kids by herself while making less than minimum wage. My dad wasn’t able to help out much because he was in prison just about every year of my childhood. He would get out for a few months, steal something or get caught with drugs, and end up back in prison for a couple of years. When I was about six years old I had to live with my gram because my mom and dad both ended up in prison. My gram is my savior and the most selfless person I’ve ever met. She took in my brother and me while working the night shift at a cabinet factory. She didn’t make a lot of money and a lot of the time we barely had groceries. If there wasn’t enough of something we had, and she couldn’t afford more, she always ensured that my brother and I had what we needed before she considered herself. I always did good in grade school but in middle school, I hit a rough patch. I started hanging with the wrong people and making wrong choices. I was out one night with friends way past curfew, and the cops stopped us. I got a fine for being out past curfew and I was taken back to my gram’s house. Of course, when I got home I was getting yelled at, so I started acting like I didn’t care about my future and that I would be just fine. However, in the back of my mind, I felt so ashamed for disappointing my gram. This woman raised me to be the opposite of my parents. She wanted me to have a bright future with a good education, she didn’t want me to end up doing drugs and going to prison, like my parents. That is when I realized that I needed to do something great in my life, I didn’t want to end up like my parents. I stopped talking to the people I was getting in trouble with and got a better group of friends. I started to do better in school, I went from getting C’s and D’s to straight A’s. There is no better feeling than bringing my report cards home and seeing my gram teary-eyed, telling me how proud she is. My next step to better my future would be becoming one of the first people in my family to get a college degree. I want to prove to everyone, especially my gram, that I will end up nothing like my parents and I will do something great with my future.

FAQ

When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Sep 18, 2022. Winners will be announced on Oct 18, 2022.