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Yolanda and Sam Shuster Scholarship

1 winner$1,500
Application Deadline
Dec 31, 2023
Winners Announced
Jan 31, 2024
Education Level
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
Undergraduate student
Field of Study:
First-generation American (child of immigrant parents)

First-generation Americans face many pressures and obstacles when paving a path for their families.

Many children of immigrant parents face financial difficulties as their parents strive to achieve the American Dream and provide for their children. Language barriers, citizenship struggles, discrimination, and financial struggle can make it difficult for the children of immigrants to pursue their academic dreams.

This scholarship aims to support first-generation Americans who need assistance to pursue higher education in order to create a better life for themselves and their families.

Any first-generation American (the child of immigrant parents) who is an undergraduate student majoring in business may apply for this scholarship.

To apply, tell us the story of your parents and how their experiences and work ethic have impacted who you are today.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Drive, Passion
Published August 2, 2023
Essay Topic

Please tell us how your parents' story and work ethic has shaped who you are today.

250–500 words

Winning Application

Trevaughn sheppard
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona BeachDaytona Beach, FL
My name is Trevaughn Sheppard, a first-generation college student and a junior at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, pursuing a degree in Aviation Business Administration, focusing on Supply Chain Management in Aviation and Aerospace and a minor in Project Management. Joining the Army National Guard has empowered me to serve my country while managing college expenses to some degree. As the president of Future Business Leaders of America and a dedicated member of the Student Advisory Board, I am deeply engaged in community service, leadership development, and mentorship. I serve as the Vice President of the Business Eagles program at the O'Maley College of Business, a prestigious group that aims to launch high-achieving students into the dynamic aviation, and aerospace sectors. The internships I secured at The Boeing Company, first as a Supplier Quality Intern and later as a Property Management Analyst intern, provided me with a real-world application of my studies and a deeper understanding of the aerospace sector's supply chain complexities. They also afforded me the opportunity to contribute to the industry I am so passionate about, directly linking my academic experiences with my professional development. This scholarship is more than financial aid; it's a beacon of hope in the wake of my father's passing. His absence left a void, not just of love and guidance, but of economic support, shaking the very foundations of our home. As the sole breadwinner for five, my mother's unyielding efforts to keep us afloat have deeply moved me. Determined to lighten her load, I've shouldered the responsibility for my education costs, doing so to ensure that my siblings' futures remain bright and unhampered by our present trials. The scholarship funding will empower me to continue serving my community, maintaining my academic excellence, and contributing to the aerospace industry without the burden that financial constraints often bring. Your support would not only ease a financial burden—it would honor my father's legacy and fortify a family's dream of a better tomorrow. This scholarship will afford me the invaluable opportunity to engage in advanced projects and research initiatives, attend pivotal industry conferences, and network with leading professionals in the aviation field. Each step of my journey is dedicated to inspiring young black professionals, demonstrating unequivocally that the peaks of success can be scaled through sheer perseverance and unwavering commitment. By advocating for inclusivity, I will encourage a more dynamic dialogue within the industry, where different viewpoints lead to smarter, more creative solutions. Granting me this opportunity is not just an investment in my future—it's a vote of confidence in a vision that transcends barriers, and a celebration of the power of ambition to redefine what it means to be the business leaders of tomorrow. With this degree, my goal is to pay tribute to my father’s legacy and motivate the next wave of visionaries to leave a lasting impact on the world. Your support has the power to turn these aspirations into a shared reality.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Dec 31, 2023. Winners will be announced on Jan 31, 2024.

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