Spirit of West Virginia Scholarship

Funded by
Joel Bracken
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$500
1 winner
Open
Application Deadline
Mar 4, 2023
Winners Announced
Apr 4, 2023
Education Level
High School
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Location:
Must attend school in West Virginia
Education Level:
Must be a senior in high school
Location:
Education Level:
Must attend school in West Virginia
Must be a senior in high school

Many students are deterred from seeking a college education due to the rising costs of a degree.

Student loan debt has reached a record $1.7 trillion in the United States alone. There are 45 million Americans who hold student loan debt, and the increasing costs of tuition and housing will only increase the number of students who turn to loans to finance their education.

The educational picture is even worse in West Virginia, which has the lowest rate of college-educated people in the United States.

As one small way to support education in West Virginia, the Spirit of West Virginia Scholarship exists to inspire students to prioritize their education and to alleviate some of the financial burden of their pursuit.

Any high school senior who attends school in West Virginia may apply for this scholarship. 

To apply, tell us what being a West Virginian means to you or how growing up in West Virginia has impacted your worldview.

Published April 9, 2022
$500
1 winner
Open
Application Deadline
Mar 4, 2023
Winners Announced
Apr 4, 2023
Education Level
High School
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

What does it mean to you to be a West Virginian or how has growing up in West Virginia shaped your view of the world?

400–600 words

Winning Application

Emma Flynn
Cabell Midland High SchoolBarboursville, WV
To me being a West Virginian is not just physically residing within the state but also the state of mind and experiences. As the second poorest state in the country, according to worldpopulationreview.com, West Virginia is a place where poverty is everywhere. Living here means seeing homelessness and addiction anywhere you go with government officials promising better conditions. It's one thing to read about poverty online and feel empathy for a few moments and another to see poverty first hand with people struggling to make ends meet with families and children. I believe this is what sparks the personality that many tourists claim we have, with so many people in need we just want to help and have this caring attitude compared to other states. Being a West Virginian means being able to adapt, like the recent ice storms in Cabell County that left hundreds without power for weeks. Many had to find ways to cook food or travel the slick roads with no power or WiFi. Even before the ice storms roads, especially those leading to less populated areas, were very poorly made. There are often potholes or pieces of the road cracking off that take months to be tended to. As a West Virginian you learn that there is poverty everywhere, the media portrays this as a foreign concept when in reality you can just drive five minutes down the road and view it. I think living in West Virginia has changed my view of the world because you get to see that not everyone has the same quality of life as you. It humbles a lot of people and makes you grateful for what you have seeing people who have very little who are some of the kindest people you will ever meet. West Virginia hasn't just affected me this way, but also with nature and my respect for it. With living in the country you spend a lot of time outside interacting with nature. Wildlife is everywhere and a big part of the environment here leading you to have an appreciation of it. I understand that I share the world with others and need to take care of the environment which relates to the world as a whole. Growing up in West Virginia has helped me to realize hard work because I am constantly surrounded by people who go into work every day and do the best they can whether they work at a gas station or as a doctor to help out their community. You always see programs attempting to help those in need such as ECHO or food drives and help you understand that helping others is better than doing nothing no matter how small the action.

FAQ

When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Mar 4, 2023. Winners will be announced on Apr 4, 2023.