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Taylor Swift ‘1989’ Fan Scholarship

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1 winner$1,989
Application Deadline
Aug 1, 2023
Winners Announced
Sep 1, 2023
Education Level
Recent scholarship winners

Calling all Swifties and ‘1989’ stans! This scholarship is just for YOU! You voted in’s Album of the Year March Madness bracket throughout the month of March and have crowned Taylor Switft’s ‘1989’ as your Album of the Year. 

There may be some bad blood with some other students who voted against Taylor in the bracket, but shake it off because we’re out of the woods and in the clear because Taylor came out on top!

The Swifties are one strong army and are very well deserving of a scholarship made just for them! This is your chance to show off your love for your favorite artist and her best-selling album ever, ‘1989’.

Any student at any education level with any GPA is eligible to apply for this scholarship. The only requirement is that you are a fan of Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ album!

Selection Criteria:
Passion, Drive, Ambition
Published April 10, 2023
Essay Topic

What is your favorite song on Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ album and why?

400–600 words

Winning Application

Hannah Kelcourse
Florida State UniversitySafety Harbor, FL
As I sit beneath the canopies of palm trees in my backyard, the soft, haunting melody of Taylor Swift’s “Clean” dances around me, evoking a sense of introspection and resilience. I am a 33-year-old graduate student, immersing myself in the world of clinical social work at Florida State University. I find solace in the lyrics and tunes of Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ album. Among its masterpieces, “Clean” resonates with me most profoundly as it parallels my journey of self-discovery and growth, particularly after grieving the loss of my brother, who left this world at just 33 years of age. The same age I am today. Interestingly, Taylor Swift and I share more than just a love for music; we are both 33, we are both sisters, and as dedicated pet parents, we understand the importance of providing love, care, and support to our furry companions. This commonality strengthens my connection to her music and reinforces the relevance of “Clean” to my life and chosen career path. The process of grieving has been a catalyst for my personal transformation. As I navigated the pain and sorrow, I found solace in the message of “Clean.” Its lyrics, “Rain came pouring down when I was drowning / That’s when I could finally breathe / And by morning, gone was any trace of you / I think I am finally clean,” speak to the power of healing and renewal that follows even the darkest moments. This experience has motivated me to pursue a career in clinical social work, where I can help others through their own journeys. My passion, drive, and ambition to make a difference in the lives of others will lift me to success within my field. I am committed to using my experiences and empathy to help individuals navigate their struggles and find healing, just as I have discovered through the lyrics of “Clean.” Embarking on the path to becoming a clinical social worker at this stage in my life has presented a unique set of challenges. Juggling work, family, and personal responsibilities while dedicating myself to my studies requires resilience and determination. The lyrics of “Clean” speak to my soul, mirroring my experiences and aspirations in overcoming obstacles and embracing change. The stories of individuals triumphing over adversity I have encountered in my studies mirror the narrative of “Clean.” Inspired by the tenacity of the human spirit, this song serves as a reminder of the healing power of self-compassion and therapy. I hope to empower clients to find their strength and healing, much like Taylor Swift’s protagonist emerges from the storm stronger and more self-aware. Moreover, “Clean” highlights the importance of love and support in fostering transformation, a concept directly applicable to social work. As a social worker, I will provide crucial support to individuals and families, helping them face and surmount their challenges. The song is a poignant reminder of the need to establish solid connections and safe environments for clients to heal and grow. In essence, the anthem of hope and perseverance that is Taylor Swift’s “Clean” has been added to the playlist of my journey towards becoming a social worker. The song’s themes of healing, resilience, and personal growth echo my experiences and ambitions in this field, especially in the context of overcoming grief. Grateful for the opportunity to share my passion for this song and the similarities between Taylor Swift and myself, I remain steadfast in my belief that its message will continue to inspire and guide me as I strive to impact the lives of others.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Aug 1, 2023. Winners will be announced on Sep 1, 2023.

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