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Servela Theodore Memorial Scholarship

1 winner$700
Application Deadline
Nov 1, 2022
Winners Announced
Dec 1, 2022
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school or undergraduate student
Financial Status:
Desired Career Field:
Human services

Servela Theodore was a kind and giving mother who used her life to help others.

Throughout her life, Servela's goal was to help as many people as she could and wanted to leave an impact on all she met. Students pursuing careers in human services share Servela’s mission by devoting their careers to making positive changes in their community.

This scholarship aims to honor the legacy of Servela Theodore by supporting female students who are pursuing careers in human services.

Any low-income, female high school or undergraduate student of Caribbean descent who is pursuing human services may apply for this scholarship. 

To apply, tell us about yourself, your motivation for working in human services, and how you have already helped your community.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Need, Boldest Profile
Published May 25, 2022
Essay Topic

Please tell us a bit about you and what motivates you to work in human services. How have you serviced your community?

400–600 words

Winning Application

Christina Medor
Bentley UniversityBoston, MA
Being born to two immigrant parents means a few things. First, I would be raised to take pride in where my parents came from, I would learn to value education, something my parents sacrificed for me, and I would learn first hand what life without higher education looks like. My parents immigrated to the United States from Haiti, a third world country that lacks a strong government, no promises of quality education and unfortunately is ridden with poverty. Knowing this, they made their way to the United States leaving behind the only life they had ever known and began their family in what was advertised as the land of opportunity but for years after being there, learned that those opportunities may not apply to everyone. My parents had to give up hopes of obtaining the education they dreamed of in order to provide a life, from the very beginning of it, that they never had for my sisters and I. In America, there are very few jobs for those who do not have college or even complete high school education that allow people to support themselves and their families. Due to the life lasting effects child labor can have on a woman, my mother lost her ability to work, leaving the pressures on my father alone to provide for himself, his wife and his four children as well as his family members still in Haiti. Because of this, I have never met a more hard working, determined man than my father. He alongside my mother gave the ultimate sacrifices, putting their children before any dreams they had. I know stories like these are not one in a million, as it is the reality of many first generation students. But, what makes my story different is the motivations I acquired from it. Knowing the amount of hard work immigrant parents put into their lives so that their kids may gain the opportunity to do all that they have dreamed of has inspired me to go into the field of Public Relations. It is a field that my parents may not completely understand, but I know I can make an impact. Being the voice of people under represented and over worked is what I am hoping to do. Non profit organizations are probably the reason I am where I am today. Without the support I gained through The Steppingstone Foundation, there is no telling what and where I would be. My goal in the future is to become a Public Relations Specialist for non profit organizations so that they can gain the recognition and support that they deserve for offering all that they do for kids like me. Children whose parents didn’t know everything about navigating America but knew that it was the best choice for their children. Working with nonprofit organizations is a dream of mine that will become tangible after completing my degree and hopefully, all that my parents sacrificed for me will be worth it.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

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

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