Taylor Ibarrondo Memorial Scholarship

Funded by
Ibarrondo Family
Learn more about the Donor
2 winners, $1,000 each
Application Deadline
Jun 8, 2022
Winners Announced
Jul 8, 2022
Education Level
High School

Taylor Ibarrondo was an amazing young woman who left this world too early. 

A 2016 Dunwoody High School graduate and Georgia State University student, Taylor passionately pursued causes and ideas she believed in. With everything she did, including with her civic engagement, she showcased her empathy, kindness, and love for the natural world.

To honor the legacy that Taylor left behind, The Taylor Ibarrondo Memorial Scholarship will support two graduating high school seniors who plan to attend college and embody some of her most inspiring traits and qualities.

To apply for the scholarship, you must be a high school senior who:

  • Resides in Georgia
  • Has a minimum of 3.0 GPA
  • Plans to attend a 2 or 4-year degree program
  • Has a demonstrated interest in civic engagement

As part of applying, please write about your core values, why they’re important to you, and how you apply these values to your civic engagement work, academic studies, and relationships.

Selection Criteria:
Essay, Kind, Loving, Empathy, Ambition
Essay Topic

Please write about your core values. Why are they important to you? How do you apply these values to your civic engagement work, academic studies, and relationships?

400–600 words

Winning Application

Nazarene Campodonico
Nazareth CollegeConyers, GA
I want to change the world. It can sound naive, considering I am just one eighteen-year-old girl, but I believe that with enough passion and drive, I can be the change that I wish to see in my community. Inspiration, for me, is the idea of living in a more inclusive world. I am motivated by the idea of what the world could become. For almost a year, I've been dedicating myself to breaking stigmas about teen mental health. It is a passion of mine. The teen suicide rate is too high. One loss to suicide is too much. This is why I believe in the power of using my voice. My core values consist of two ideas: empathy and passion. Empathy and passion bleed into all the work that I do. In June of 2020, I began a teen mental health blog. On my blog, Blossoming Youth, I write weekly articles about teen mental health issues that deserve more attention. I also interview teens from across the world who want to share their stories about their experience with mental health. My goal is to remind gen-z that they are never alone in the struggles that they face, whether mental or not. I believe that when we give a platform to everyday people who struggle, we break the stigmas surrounding mental health and teach that it is normal (and okay) to struggle. This is extremely important to me because of a lesson that I learned. I lost a friend to suicide in 2020, and it was a turning point for me. Her loss made me realize that empathy, passion, and compassion can save lives if we only dare to be the change that we wish to see in the world. As I continue to grow and develop through adulthood, I don't plan to stop my journey towards change. I believe that we can make our society more inclusive towards those who struggle with mental health. My blog is only the beginning. I want to continue my studies until I can earn my certification in Music Therapy and bring the practice to my community. There is limited access to Music Therapy in urban communities such as mine where the majority of the population are people of color. This is how I want to help my community. I'd like to make Music Therapy affordable and accessible. I am only one person, but I can spark the flame of change within my community and make mental health a bigger priority to others. I believe in being the change that I wish to see in the world, and I do not intend to stop. Empathy and passion allow me to spread compassion in hopes that we can someday see a better world.
Morgan Myles
Spelman CollegeDecatur, GA


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Jun 8, 2022. Winners will be announced on Jul 8, 2022.