Shoot Less, Throw More- Girls Wrestling Scholarship

Funded by
Shevy & Rachel Nejad
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$2,000
2 winners, $1,000 each
Open
Application Deadline
Jul 1, 2022
Winners Announced
Aug 1, 2022
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Gender:
Must identify as a woman
Education Level:
Must be a high school or undergraduate student
GPA:
Must have a 3.0 GPA or higher
Athletics:
Must have two or more years of high school wrestling experience
Service:
Must have non-profit or volunteering experience
Gender:
Education Level:
GPA:
Athletics:
Service:
Must identify as a woman
Must be a high school or undergraduate student
Must have a 3.0 GPA or higher
Must have two or more years of high school wrestling experience
Must have non-profit or volunteering experience

Girl’s wrestling is one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States due to the determination of female wrestlers around the country.

Despite the many obstacles that female wrestlers face, they have continued to persevere, grow the sport, and break societal norms.

This scholarship seeks to empower girls and encourage them to continue breaking barriers in wrestling and in society in general.

Any female high school or undergraduate student with a 3.0 GPA or higher, non-profit or volunteering experience, and at least two years of high school wrestling experience may apply for this scholarship.

To apply, tell us about your favorite wrestling memory and how it impacted you.

Published February 28, 2022
$2,000
2 winners, $1,000 each
Open
Application Deadline
Jul 1, 2022
Winners Announced
Aug 1, 2022
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

Please write about your favorite memory from wrestling and explain the impact that moment had on you. 

400–600 words

Winning Application

Sara Soureshjani
Shawnee Mission South HighOverland Park, KS
Wrestling means a lot to me because as an Iranian American, it connects me to my culture, and as a female; I know that I’m making history for my Iranian women today. Wrestling plays a big role in our culture. My dad was a very famous wrestler in Iran however, he shared nothing about the sport with me. Instead, my nephew. I haven’t seen him since middle school due to custody changes. Freshman’s year I got into wrestling. I wanted my father know woman can do anything. At the time, there were only three ladies on the team: me, Erika, and Isabella, they weren’t near my weight, so I was stuck with wrestling the guys. We began, I would get beat up daily not just that but having to deal with the stench of their armpits killed me. I told the coach, what’s the point if I’m always failing. Coach told me the only way you're going to get better is by losing. So I kept fighting. After weeks of suffering, it was time for our first tournament. I was put in a women's bracket. I was ready to lose and after I saw that I was put in the bracket with seniors. Furthermore, I glanced over and saw my nephew. I felt even worse. I got up and told the coach I can’t do this. My coach said you’re doing this. I tried to explain to him that If get defeated in front of my nephew he will tell my Father that I’m a failure. My coach looked at me and said, but what if you win, what will your dad think of you then?'' The coach was right, this is my chance to show my father I am a Champion. It was time for my first match. I’m face to face with a senior. The whistle blew, and I hit a double leg instantly to a pin. My arm raised then I looked over to the bleachers and everybody cheered me on and I loved it. I moved into the winning bracket and kept fighting until my first place medal match. I was face to face with my last senior. The whistle blew and we began. This was different it all of me but the crowd kept me going. Time was up I did it I won. Everybody cheered, I took the gold with disbelief. As I walked I overheard people talking about me in the bleachers like she's a freshman now. Imagine how good she will be as years go on. And I will show them, I will be a champion. The year went on, and I can gladly say I placed in every tournament. Next year came along. My partner injured me during warm-ups. I ended up going to the hospital. No bones were broken, but muscles were pulled, which caused me to not finish the season. Junior year I moved to Shawnee Mission South. This time I was the only woman on the team, I learned from my first year if that’s what was going to make me stronger so be it. Sadly there weren’t any tournaments for me to place in due to Covid, however we did have duels. I noticed I became better even better than the guys. Instead of losing I would dominate live matches daily. Currently, I’m a senior, and wrestling is around the corner. A lesson I learned is don’t give up. Don’t tell yourself you're weak due to an age gap or gender, and don’t be afraid of losing because that’s what will make you stronger.

FAQ

When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Jul 1, 2022. Winners will be announced on Aug 1, 2022.