Uniball's Skilled Trades Scholarship

Funded by
Lansing Family
Learn more about the Donor
$2,000
2 winners, $1,000 each
Open
Application Deadline
Mar 13, 2023
Winners Announced
Apr 13, 2023
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Field of Study:
Must be pursuing a skilled trade
Education Level:
Must be a High School or Undergraduate Student
Field of Study:
Education Level:
Must be pursuing a skilled trade
Must be a High School or Undergraduate Student

My dad, Dan "Uniball" Lansing, was an incredible, resilient, and very well-loved person. He passed away recently due to complications with COVID. He has an incredible story of resilience and survival, fighting his way back from cancer, learning to walk again after paralysis, and five separate joint replacements to live a happy life.

My dad was a welder for much of his life and was passionate about the skilled trades. He was also concerned about the gap in the need for skilled tradespeople and the number of people pursuing this career path.

In honor of my dad, we have established the Uniball's Skilled Trades Scholarship. With a focus on helping the next generation of welders pay for trade schooling, we will also consider all applicants pursuing a skilled trade such as electricians, plumbers, and more.

The ideal applicant for this scholarship:

  • Will be or is going to a trade school – welding, electrician, plumbing, etc.
  • Has overcome some personal adversity.
  • Is a high school senior or currently at a trade school.
Published April 13, 2022
$2,000
2 winners, $1,000 each
Open
Application Deadline
Mar 13, 2023
Winners Announced
Apr 13, 2023
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

To apply, please answer three simple questions. We encourage focusing on quality over quantity in your responses.

1. What trade are you pursuing and why are you passionate about it?

2. What are your future plans after your trade education?

3. Describe a time in your life when you overcame adversity? How did you work through it?

400–600 words

Winning Application

Lorenz Anderson
Santa Fe CollegeGainesville, FL
As an independent student due to both of my parents dying from cancer leaving me to survive on my own. Unlike most of my peers whom can fall back on their parents for support. I am the support system emotionally, physically, and financially. This scholarship could ease the burden for me to fully focus on my academic studies. The current covid19 pandemic has ushered in a new way of life for many the effects of the virus has had a dramatic impact on society. HVAC is an essential profession in society air filtration will help aid in upcoming battles of war against future invisible virus that come. Being able to control temperatures allow the elimination of the spread of germs thanks to HVAC workers. My life has had various obstacles of adversity I have had to overcome. Being a black minority in America was my birth right it was cast upon my rich chocolate skin the moment I was delivered. Growing up in Gainesville in low-income housing or as some refer to as the ghetto was my survival boot camp training. Every day was survival for the fittest Darwin would be proud the way I survived shoot outs being surround by guns, violence, drugs, and mental health disorders from a plagued diminished community of low economic standings. Being a product of public housing, I have always worn the fact of where I come from with pride it is my scarlet letter. My community shaped and molded the individual I am today. Through my adversities I gained real life experiences low-income public housing allowed for myself to bear witness to societies worst attributes as well as the true beauty of humanity. Rather it was watching drugs cripple families forcing children to turn to gun violence leaving them to turn to gangs for a false sense of family security. However, on the other side of that coin I got to view fierce mothers protect and provide for their children making sacrifices every day to place food on the table. I watched many in my community bleed out on the concrete streets. While, some overdosed hunched over against the brick buildings. Yet, they did not own a street or brick they left no generational wealth only vouchers of misery. Most students have the luxury of dreaming of being scientist, doctors, engineers, or liberal art majors to accumulate a mass of loan debt is not an option for me. I am attending Santa Fe to receive a trade in HVAC program to start my own business offering a service to the community at a fair rate in order to sustain the life I would like to live. Hopefully if I'm successful in my business I can help my community and reach back. Giving the men like me jobs to make a living instead of having them sell drug to one another. This will be for my childhood friends whom have lost their ability to dream of a brighter future only left with the darkness of the barrel of a gun. The struggling single mother whom just would like to provide a safe environment for her children to academically thrive in with out the worrisome thought of violence plaguing their daily life. Creating real economic change in my Community there is a need for more trade workers. The pandemic shined a light on the shortage in all professional fields which are essential pillars to society. I will achieve my goals due to the fact in this game of life you have to play the cards dealt to you even if it is a bad hand.
Cole Belknap
Swartz Creek High SchoolSwartz Creek, MI

FAQ

When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Mar 13, 2023. Winners will be announced on Apr 13, 2023.