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West Family Scholarship

Funded by
1 winner$500
Application Deadline
Jul 15, 2024
Winners Announced
Aug 15, 2024
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
3.0 or higher
Active in athletics, community, drama, band, etc.
Education Level:
Undergraduate or high school senior

A college education can open up innumerable doors and opportunities that can help students create better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities.

While college isn’t the only path that a student can take, pursuing higher education can lead to personal fulfillment, a new sense of community, and increased job options. With the high costs of tuition, many students are forced to turn away from college or take on significant debt early on in life, which can deter borrowers from starting businesses, attending graduate school, or pursuing other endeavors.

This scholarship aims to honor the West family legacy by helping underserved students access higher education.

Any BIPOC high school senior or undergraduate student who has at least a 3.0 GPA and is involved in athletics, community activities, drama, band, etc., may apply for this scholarship.

To apply, tell us how you’re working to address a social issue.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Drive, Impact
Published March 3, 2024
Essay Topic

How are you working to address a specific social issue?

400–600 words

Winners and Finalists

Winning Application

Joel Koomson
Georgia State UniversityAtlanta, GA
My Great-grandfather was a very honorable Man; he was a principal, Husband, and veteran. He fought in World War II and was an active speaker against war. Coming from a small nation called Ghana (located in West Africa), Where my Father and mother were born. I don't know much about him, but I believe that he stood for world peace and equality and was a born nationalist. I Love being a Christian and often think about how my faith can create a world my grandfather believed in with science. Through my early years in college, the outlook for most youth in Atlanta, Georgia, is to work but to be innovative later. Whereas this goes against who I am, I believe in financial sovereignty and dignification through an endeavor. Working for a company is worthwhile, and accumulating new skills is essential. But life is more than banknotes and monetary security. Sometimes, you must take a painstaking risk to gain that rare reward. Due to that, my mother never contacted a repairperson or a plumber but commissioned me at a tender age to mend everything, calling me the "fixer". As I matured, my friends introduced me to computer science, leading me to try to comprehend everything about it. I grew up in Chicago, which was very different from my African background, but I desired to try to understand the components of computers and how they could alter all forms of life. I have numerous relatives and few friends, and each didn't understand much about technology, creating an opportunity for me to help. I took the time and operated on my family's laptops with my twin brother; I endeavored to understand how their computers became so unperceptive and wanted to comprehend them. To our surprise, we repaired some, and this changed the perspective of everyone around me; it created the pathway for me to grow and sparked my parents' curiosity to continue pushing me. Due to that, people I knew started allowing me to fix their devices, which led me to improve my coding and familiarity with technology. Financial technology is vital to the success of any online or physical credit system; many companies launched in the retail market in the past decades have disappeared or filed for bankruptcy. However, I want to transform the industry; food loss is unpredictable for farmers in Georgia, with Georgia having its most alarming peach season ironically. It created a burning passion for me to solve this, and create a company based on Climate and Data analysis that provides a market for local farmers to use this Data to distribute and purchase products on my B2B marketplace. As well as to bring this to African nations. Furthermore, I am enrolled at Georgia State University and studying Computer Science. In the next three years, I hope that computer science can help me understand the philosophical features of hardware and can push me further into S.T.E.M. and Fintech (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). I think about how I could utilize hardware to change the lives of the less fortunate and the disabled, who may not be able to access computers, which people like me regard as a right but truly is a privilege. Winning this Scholarship would aid me in producing the Information God leads me to create that will truly change lives, nations, and the world.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Jul 15, 2024. Winners will be announced on Aug 15, 2024.