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Aminah Darden

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Bio

Hi, my name is Aminah and my dream is to be a powerful female in the fashion industry. As a little girl, I always dreamed of being the head of a table and pointing out on my pie chart why my ideas are the recipe for a change. That little girl still lives inside. My assertiveness, motivation, and persistence have only grown stronger. These characteristics have allowed me to continue to work hard and have tunnel vision to my end goal. Five years from now, I see myself being employed at a global company, sitting in a conference room with the head of sales, and marketing the biggest name brands in the world. I can prove that not I do not only have what it takes to become a successful student, but I also have what it takes to become the next leader in the fashion industry. At my high school in rural Kentucky, there is only a small percentage of students who pursue post-secondary education because they feel discouraged to broaden their horizons outside of the farming lifestyle. More than 40% of black kids in my area do not attend college. I have broken that barrier and made more of myself than what the others in my area expect me to be. It has shaken me in the most positive way that the younger age group looks to me in my community as an inspiration. I am so excited to further my journey and surprise my people and the diverse community at Murray State University with what the future holds for me.

Education

Murray State University

Master's degree program
2023 - 2024
  • Majors:
    • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other

University of Kentucky

Bachelor's degree program
2020 - 2023
  • Majors:
    • Specialized Sales, Merchandising and Marketing Operations

Logan County High School

High School
2016 - 2020

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Master's degree program

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Apparel and Textiles
    • Specialized Sales, Merchandising and Marketing Operations
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Apparel & Fashion

    • Dream career goals:

      Chief Marketing Officer

    • Member

      The Fashion Crew
      2020 – 20233 years
    • Merchandising Intern

      Chicos FAS
      2023 – 2023
    • Sales Advisor

      Warby Parker
      2023 – 2023
    • Active Member

      Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences
      2022 – 20231 year
    • Support Associate

      White House Black Market
      2022 – Present2 years
    • House Manager

      The Davis Family
      2022 – 2022
    • Communications Assistant

      University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment
      2021 – 20221 year
    • Active Member

      Sister Circle
      2021 – 20221 year
    • Active Member

      National Association of Black Accountants
      2020 – 20211 year
    • Active Member

      DECA
      2017 – 20192 years
    • Day Intern

      Cornerstone Veterinary Services
      2019 – 2019
    • Parliamentarian

      Future Business Leaders of America
      2019 – 20201 year
    • Eboard Representative

      UK Minority Business Professionals
      2020 – 20211 year
    • Active Member

      Black is Gold University
      2020 – 20211 year
    • Online Grocery Personnel

      Walmart
      2020 – 20211 year
    • Online Tutoring

      Presentation U
      2021 – 2021

    Sports

    Baton Twirling

    Intramural
    2014 – 20151 year

    Basketball

    Intramural
    2010 – 20122 years

    Volleyball

    Junior Varsity
    2013 – 20141 year

    Softball

    Intramural
    2006 – 201610 years

    Research

    • Behavioral Sciences

      Gatton Research Experience Program — Participant
      2021 – 2022

    Arts

    • Adairville Middle School

      Design
      2015-2016 Yearbook designer
      2015 – 2016
    • Logan County Highschool

      Music
      Concert Band
      2017 – 2020

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      New City Church — Event organization for the youth of the community
      2022 – 2022
    • Volunteering

      University of Kentucky Health Corps — Assisting Covid vaccine stations
      2021 – 2021
    • Volunteering

      Barren River Area Safe Space — Providing new toiletries to women and children
      2019 – 2020
    • Volunteering

      Black Soil — Delivering produce to underserved communities
      2020 – 2020
    • Volunteering

      Logan County Humane Society — Assistant to the staff
      2019 – 2019
    • Volunteering

      Nashville Rescue Mission — Feeding the homeless
      2016 – 2016

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Volunteering

    Philanthropy

    Entrepreneurship

    A Man Helping Women Helping Women Scholarship
    In my area, there is only a small percentage of students who pursue post-secondary education, because they feel discouraged to broaden their horizons outside of the farming lifestyle or feel as if they don't have the resources to go pursue education beyond high school. More than 40% of African American students in my area do not attend college. I intend to move past those statistics and make more of myself than the others in my area expect me to be. I have the power to show them that they can do the same with no hesitation. I am a constant example of a student who is breaking barriers in my area, my family, and my community. I will continue this by being a minority face in the business industry. I will do this by obtaining a Master of Business Administration Marketing Concentration degree at Murray State University. As a woman of color in this country, I am starting at an earlier age to break the barrier presented because of skin color. Black women have struggled for decades to have a seat in business. I want to be at a global company and make a difference for myself and the industry as a whole. A college education will help me do that by giving me the knowledge and a platform to set a foundation for myself and my community. I am serious about pursuing my dreams and going the educational route to do so. After college, I hope to be in the beginnings of my career, or should I say my dreams coming true. I have always been one to handle my business and have a great style while doing so. In other words, after college, I hope to be a powerful female working for a high-quality brand in the fashion industry. High quality is key to our environment, and this especially applies to our wardrobes. I have the perseverance to become that, and I know that the same passion that I had as a little girl still lives inside of me. I have high hopes to combine the fashion industry and bring about change to the environment at the same time. With my degree in marketing and communication experiences, I will be able to show the world the truth. I will spread the word about how the clothes that we wear are affecting our environment. The development of technology allows us a platform to spread the word loud and clear and how it affects our surroundings. Apparel is a part of everyone’s every day, and as humans fast fashion is expensive to the world around us. The future of fashion is expected to be creative, sustainable, inclusive, and exciting. There is a future in fashion. It is up to us to save it from being diminished by the human cost of fast fashion. Although fast fashion is cheap and the easy way out, our world deserves more. Innovation policy changes that could help curb the climate crisis would be a complete elimination of toxins that are used in fast fashion brands and the textile dyeing that involves the emission of those toxic chemicals. It is my mission to reveal the harsh truths in the clothing industry. I will be a voice of change. With my position in marketing in the fashion industry, I will be an advocate and let people know which products are sustainable and a better selection for our earth. When it comes to fashion, it shouldn't be about the dollar. It should be about earth-friendly fashion and wearing cleaner clothes for our earth.
    Zendaya Superfan Scholarship
    Like my role model, Zendaya I have a passion for providing a space for people of color to have business success. As a woman of color in this country, I am starting at an earlier age to break the barrier presented because of skin color. Just as Zendaya did, I am creating my own path in my teenage years to start a journey of success. Black women have struggled for decades to have a seat in business. There are many issues with the equal pay rate for black women. Daya was a lifestyle app and clothing line created by Zendaya. Her emergence into entrepreneurship is what I admire most. Zenday can be seen as the next generation of entrepreneurs. That alone is a goal that I have for myself and an example that I want to be for the generations after me. The key is to start now. The future of fashion is expected to be creative, sustainable, inclusive, and exciting. There is a future in fashion. It is up to us to save it from being diminished by the human cost of fast fashion. Although fast fashion is cheap and the easy way out, our world deserves more. Fast fashion is all about the less that must be spent on making the product. I plan to one day start a business centered around sustainability in fashion and making clean clothing into a lifestyle. I look up to Zendaya as she took the skills from acting, singing, and dancing and made herself a businesswoman. She is a constant inspiration to me and I want to thank her for allowing me to continue to believe that someone who looks like me can wear many hats and I won't allow myself to just check one box when I can check them all.
    Augustus L. Harper Scholarship
    In my area, there is only a small percentage of students who pursue post-secondary education, because they feel discouraged to broaden their horizons outside of the farming lifestyle or feel as if they don't have the resources to go pursue education beyond high school. More than 40% of African American students in my area do not attend college. I intend to move past those statistics and make more of myself than the others in my area expect me to be. I have the power to show them that they can do the same with no hesitation. I am a constant example of a student who is breaking barriers in my area, my family, and my community. I will continue this by being a minority face in the business industry. I will do this by obtaining a Master of Business Administration degree at Murray State University. I want to be at a global company and make a difference for myself and the industry as a whole. A college education will help me do that by giving me the knowledge and a platform to set a foundation for myself and my community. I am serious about pursuing my dreams and going the educational route to do so. As I continue to have high regard for my future, education, and potential opportunities, Murray State University is an institution with high credentials that I know has my best interest at heart. My degree program has an endless number of awards for its outstanding curriculum, professors, and overall educational standards. Murray State University has all the resources I need to be an outstanding student through my education journey as well as be an exceptional candidate in the workforce. Murray State University is filled with professionals who have direct networking and experience in my field of interest. With their knowledge of the business industry as well as connections due to experience, I know that I am in the right place to be set up for success. The value that I have gained throughout my time at Murray State University learning all the components of the marketing industry and being the businesswoman that I have always envisioned to be. This is due to the knowledge and skills I learned at the University. More value that I have gathered while being at Murray State University is to make connections with students and professors who will be a resource for me after obtaining my degree. I am so excited to be in an environment with professionals and eager students like myself who are striving to be the best in the business industry.
    Fall Favs: A Starbucks Stan Scholarship
    Joy for me is also in the form of an Apple Crisp Oat milk Macchiato. This drink is refreshing and screams nature, specifically being surrounded by the apple trees in my backyard. An Apple Crisp Oat milk Macchiato is home. I do my very best to maintain my mental wellness by creating joy and encompassing myself in nature. The apple trees in my backyards have witnessed milestones, core moments, tears of joy, and pain. I can still remember the first sip of an Apple Crisp Oat milk Macchiato and all the memories came flooding back. The thing that I love most about the Apple Crisp Oat milk Macchiato is the nostalgia and the feeling of familiarity that comes with it. When I take a sip, I feel like I can laugh with my cousins under the apple tree at my home and all my thoughts blow in the wind of those trees. Coming from a rural area, I am constantly surrounded by trees of produce. I have had many experiences with lakes, rivers, and many trails that lead into the unknown. But there was no place as secure and serene as the apple trees. Because of this, I always order an Apple Crisp Oat milk Macchiato as it reminds me of my home. I am far from home due to work and school and my contact with family is little to none. But during the fall, Starbucks can always bring me back to where I came from with an Apple Crisp Oat milk Macchiato. The peace and tranquility of being in the shade of the apple trees and the red peaking through the darkness make me less fearful of that unknown. Taking advantage of this place now that I am older is my way of relaxing and caring for my mental health. The great outdoors is truly a space where you can bring everything you are going through and clear your headspace with the help of the Earth. Where life may hurt, there is nature to help heal or an Apple Crisp Oat milk Macchiato. The warmth of the Apple Crisp Oat milk Macchiato is like a hug from my mom. This drink makes me feel like I'm living rather than existing. I thought when I left for college, this feeling couldn't be found on my new journey. The Apple Crisp Oat milk Macchiato gave me a pleasant surprise. The air outside gives my soul a calm stillness. As much as we try, humans can never recreate what nature offers.
    Netflix and Scholarships!
    At the beginning of my childhood, it was unheard of for a princess to have brown skin. I wanted to wear a crown, have my chin high, and spin in my dress just like the other princesses. Queen Charlotte is truly a dream come true. She is my favorite character on the Netflix platform and will remain my favorite character for many reasons. She symbolizes that royalty also belongs to people who look like me, especially girls. She did not wait for a prince to save her from distress. She shows that she can carry herself with great strength and independence. I want to be an inspiration to the black community and the generations that come after me that it is possible to stand your ground against adversity. She continues to teach me that with hard work and determination, dreams can come true. She had a vision for her people and what her legacy was going to look like and was going to do whatever it took to make it happen. I have a dream of creating my own legacy. I know to some that dream seems miles away. But just like Tiana, it is only a star in the sky away. Princess Tiana is a woman of color who carries herself with grace and elegance. That is something that many people didn't think go together. I want my impact on my community and the ground that I have laid for myself to be an inspiration to generations after me. In the future, I plan to encourage others to lie on their back find that spot in the ceiling and never stop dreaming, just like Queen Charlotte. As ladies, we must continue to dream and have determination and never let anything stop us from living our dreams and carrying out the full potential of the strength that they carry. Queen Charlotte is a role model for little black girls all over. Queen Charlotte may be a fictional character, but it is a reality that adversity can not stop you from accomplishing your dreams. I am on the journey to live out my ancestors' wildest dreams. We have a mission as young kings and queens to uplift each other and reach for the stars. I want my impact in my community to spread around the world and will touch the lives of other brown-skinned children. I dream that one day they will believe that the impossible does not exist for them. No matter what you've been through or where you come from, you are more than capable of being anything your heart desires.
    Sustainable Business Scholarship
    There are many benefits when it comes to making a change in the industry from fast and poor quality fashion to sustainable fashion that changes the quality of its workers, the earth, the integrity of the industry, and society. The change starts with brands creating conscious consumers and showing that actions speak louder than the shallowness of fast fashion companies in the industry. The lack of knowledge, concern, and acknowledgment in manufacturing, marketing, and selling is only a portion of the issue. Fashion has the green light to go green. One practice would be using better materials for products. The process of making sustainable fashion often uses biodegradable materials as well as recycling old materials. The material used consumes less energy and water and employs no chemical treatment. Sustainable fashion uses textiles made from natural material such as cotton, hemp, or bamboo. Its benefit to the environment is that it is fast growing and doesn’t require much water or pesticides. The pattern of less pesticides in fashion will allow these organic materials to grow and create a healthy cycle within the industry. The lack of chemical processing in fast fashion will make the air quality greater because of the decrease in air pollution. Upcycling also creates a space where old materials can be made into something new and eliminate wastefulness in close and reckless disclosure that is not biodegradable. Another practice would be to treat garment workers better. Garment workers are currently working fifteen or more hours a day. If sustainable brands come together, these workers can have a better life due to their income as well as well-being because of the lack of exhaustion from production. Ensuring workers are paid fair is a key for the industry to start an environmental footprint. The reason why fast fashion brands are so popular and are getting the most out of their behavior is because of their work practices which translate to overproduction in a disposable manner. Sustainable brands can allow workers to transition into the sustainable industry by consulting with workers. The safety and fairness of work workers are just as important as the production of clothes. The Rana Plaza tragedy in 2013 where 1,134 workers were killed due to the collapse of a garment factory could have potentially been avoided if mass production wasn’t the company's main concern. Lastly, overall integrity and supply chain validity in sustainable practices can ensure consumers the reduction of a carbon footprint. Sustainable companies know how to put in the work and create a greener global company all around. This can be done through green fashion companies volunteering to collect clothes to make new or simple internal policies to guide efforts within the workplace. Integrity can also be seen in these brands through certain sustainable certifications found on labels. Fashion brands need to go through the steps that qualify as Fair Trade Certified as well as the Green Seal. Completely sustainable fashion also has the certainty that sustainable choices start within the supply chain. Brands that dedicate themselves to resale are a step to attracting a new environmentally conscious consumer. This also ranges beyond the product. This means working with suppliers to find more efficient methods of transportation and expand material fulfillment in more local centers. When speaking beyond the product, eliminating greenwashing in marketing can begin when brands make consumers believe that having pure sustainable products is a fashion statement alone.
    Online Learning Innovator Scholarship
    Bing Chat is a program that uses artificial intelligence to generate content and answer questions on various topics. It can support your academic learning in the future by helping you with tasks such as exploring different perspectives, arguments, or scenarios on any issue. It can also help find facts, definitions, or explanations on any topic. Bing Chat can also help you improve your critical thinking, creativity, and communication skills by challenging you to design effective prompts, evaluate the quality and credibility of the responses, and provide feedback to the program. Bing Chat is a powerful tool that can enhance your learning experience and make it more fun and engaging. It was helpful to explore difficult topics, especially topics that I was unfamiliar with such as the different countries explored in this class. Bing Chat was my first introduction to AI and it was an easy process to learn. I have had other experiences with AI such as ChatGPT but I find that Bing Chat was more up to date than other AI platforms. Bing Chat also gave the option of delivery of facts where other platforms such as a creative delivery or a more business professional delivery. I find myself using this platform to develop ideas for other topics outside this class for academic and personal use. Bing Chat is useful because it can help you with various tasks and goals, such as browsing the web, researching topics, generating content, and learning new skills. Bing Chat uses artificial intelligence to understand your queries and provide relevant and engaging responses. You can also customize the conversation style of Bing Chat to suit your preferences and needs. I also use Wall Street Journal. With this, I now know what different economic as well as business format terms are. I can develop and implement marketing strategies and campaigns that are tailored to the local needs and expectations of target customers. I also know how to negotiate and manage contracts and relationships with suppliers, distributors, and retailers across different countries or regions based on the format of that specific country. Lastly, I can monitor and evaluate the performance and feedback of your products or services in the international markets and make adjustments as needed as well as conduct market research and analysis to identify the best markets and segments for products or services. The most interesting that I found within my research is the younger generation and its technological advances impacting the retail industry. I was unaware that there was such a large population of young people. This leads me to believe that in the future online retailing will dominate in store retailing. It also leads me to believe that most of the shopping is done with smartphones.
    Redefining Victory Scholarship
    Through this scholarship opportunity, I will be able to remove a portion of the burden of the lack of financial support for my educational endeavors. I am entering into this program directly after obtaining my undergraduate degree. To obtain that degree, I was required to gather multiple loans throughout the years and work multiple part-time jobs. I am the only person financially supporting myself through time, hard work, and dedication. This scholarship opportunity will help me maintain my education and will take away the financial strain through the process. This scholarship will help me become a powerful female in the marketing industry. I have the perseverance to become that, but I am worried about having the financial stability of having what it takes to accomplish these goals. I have what it takes to be the next educated businesswoman in the marketing industry. Education is the key needed for my success in the marketing industry. I can connect my passion for education with my passion for the world of business. This financial aid will allow me to have more stability in the university experience by having more flexibility in the ways to work toward my future. The income I will receive through this journey is dependent on me. I am now on the uprising of becoming an independent young woman who must support herself financially and has an active role in keeping student debt to a minimum and this scholarship will get me closer to my goal. "Don't sit down and wait for opportunities to happen, make them happen." These are the wise words from the late and great Madame C.J Walker. She has always been someone that I admire. Her determination and persistence are something that I aspire to keep with me as I continue to pursue my career. Like Mrs. Walker, I have a passion for providing a space for people of color to have business success. "I am not merely satisfied in making money for myself. For I am endeavoring to employ hundreds of women of my race." Black women have struggled for decades to have a seat in the world of business. There are many issues with the equal pay rate for black women. Black women make nearly $1 million less than white men during their careers. Madame C.J Walker can be labeled the first female black millionaire. That alone is a goal that I have for myself and an example that I want to be for the generations after me. I am on the journey to live out my ancestors' wildest dreams just as she once was. Five years from now, I see myself being employed at a global company, sitting in a conference room with the head of sales, and marketing the biggest name brands in the world. I can prove that I not only have what it takes to become a successful student, but I also have what it takes to become the next leader in the fashion industry. This happiness I have to chase my dream will lead to a long, healthy life. A healthy lifestyle consists of being able to not worry about others understanding you, but your ability to understand yourself. The biggest commitment that you can have is the one to yourself.
    Book Lovers Scholarship
    The future of fashion is expected to be creative, sustainable, inclusive, and exciting. There is a future in fashion. It is up to us to save it from being diminished by the human cost of fast fashion. Although fast fashion is cheap and the easy way out, our world deserves more. Innovation policy changes that could help curb the climate crisis would be a complete elimination of toxins that are used in fast fashion brands and the textile dyeing that involves the emission of those toxic chemicals. Fast fashion is all about the less that must be spent on making the product. The most inspiring book I've read is "Fashionopolis." If I could have everyone read just one book, this would be the one. This book discusses the price of fast fashion and the future of clothing. This book also discusses what makes fast fashion as well as alternatives to reduce fast fashion. After college I hope to be in the beginnings of my career, or should I say my dreams coming true. I have always been one to handle my business and have a great style while doing so. In other words, I hope to be a powerful female in the fashion industry. That is why I chose to study Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles at the University of Kentucky. This education can help me make a positive impact on the world and community by learning more about the industry and the materials needed to make it sustainable. I have always been one for dreaming big and playing dress-up at the same time. I know that the same passion that I had as a little girl still lives inside of me. I have what it takes to be the next educated businesswoman in the fashion industry. This is because I believe this is where I belong and the books I have read on the fashion industry have shaped my goals. I have read what the toxins that go into fast fashion are doing to the environment. This book has been an inspiration for my future. I will advocate and let people know which products are sustainable and a better selection for our earth. When it comes to fashion, it shouldn't be about the dollar. It should be about earth-friendly fashion and wearing cleaner clothes for our earth. We could change the world one page at a time.
    Once Upon a #BookTok Scholarship
    After college, I hope to be in the beginnings of my career, or should I say my dreams coming true. I have always been one to handle my business and have a great style while doing so. In other words, after college, I hope to be a powerful female working for a high-quality brand in the fashion industry. High quality is key to our environment, and this especially applies to our wardrobes. I have the perseverance to become that, and I know that the same passion that I had as a little girl still lives inside of me. I chose the Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles major at The University of Kentucky. I have high hopes to combine the fashion industry and bring about change to the environment at the same time. With my degree, I will be able to show the world the truth. I will spread the word about how the clothes that we wear are affecting our environment. The human cost of fast fashion is ultimately in definition, what humans are doing to obtain quick, and easy fashion. The human cost of fast fashion at a level of cheapness can result in environmental impacts worldwide fashion can impact the environment because of the ingredients and the fabrics used in the product that may not result in the best quality and become harmful to the environment such as low-quality inclusions in fast fashion. The development of technology allows us a platform to spread the word loud and clear and how it affects our surroundings. Apparel is a part of everyone’s every day, and as humans fast fashion is expensive to the world around us. The future of fashion is expected to be creative, sustainable, inclusive, and exciting. There is a future in fashion. It is up to us to save it from being diminished by the human cost of fast fashion. Although fast fashion is cheap and the easy way out, our world deserves more. Innovation policy changes that could help curb the climate crisis would be a complete elimination of toxins that are used in fast fashion brands and the textile dyeing that involves the emission of those toxic chemicals. Fast fashion is all about the less that has to be spent on the making of a product. Some of my favorite books that I have read about fast fashion are "Fashionopolis" and "Overdressed." These books discuss the price of fast fashion and the future of clothing. These books discuss what makes fast fashion as well as alternatives to reduce fast fashion. I have read what the toxins that go into fast fashion are doing to the environment. I will be a voice of change. With my position in the fashion industry, I will be an advocate and let people know which products are sustainable and a better selection for our earth. When it comes to fashion, it shouldn't be about the dollar. It should be about earth-friendly fashion and wearing cleaner clothes for our earth.
    Ninja Transfers Entrepreneurship Scholarship
    After college, I hope to be at the beginning of my career, or should I say my dreams coming true. In other words, after college, I hope to be a powerful female in the fashion industry handling product management for a high-quality brand. High quality is key to our environment; this especially applies to our wardrobes. This passion for the environment is why I chose the Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles major at The University of Kentucky. I have high hopes to combine the fashion industry and bringing about change to the environment at the same time. Because I have seen what the toxins that go into fast fashion are doing to the environment, I am a voice for change. When it comes to fashion, it shouldn't be about the dollar. It should be about earth-friendly fashion and wearing cleaner branded clothes for our earth. My apparel line will be 100% organic materials from a brand that thrives on radical transparency. The human cost of fast fashion is ultimately in definition, what humans are doing to obtain quick, and easy fashion. The human cost of fast fashion at a level of cheapness can result in environmental impacts around the world we live in, especially the increasing aggression of climate change. This is why the reduction of a carbon footprint through our clothes is important. The future of fashion is expected to be creative, sustainable, inclusive, and exciting. There is a future in fashion. It is up to us to save it from being diminished by the human cost of fast fashion. A cheaper alternative than cotton can be known as polyester. Polyester is a rayon that is responsible for emitting chemicals that are harmful to the earth and humans. This means that the greenhouse gas percentage is higher because of the viscose fiber. Our daily fashion choices impact the environment heavily. It can be as simple as the decision of what we wear that keeps this Earth clean and safe. The process of making sustainable fashion often uses biodegradable materials as well as upcycling old materials. The material used consumes less energy and water and employs no chemical treatment. Sustainable fashion uses textiles made from natural materials such as cotton, hemp, or bamboo. Its benefit to the environment is that it is fast growing and doesn’t require much water or pesticides. The pattern of fewer pesticides in fashion will allow these organic materials to grow and create a healthy cycle within the industry. The lack of chemical processing in fast fashion will make the air quality greater because of the decrease in air pollution. Upcycling also creates a space where old materials can be made into something new and eliminate wastefulness in close and reckless disclosure that is not biodegradable. When it comes to materials that are made in the fast fashion process it is associated with the greenhouse effect, which discusses the amounts of CO2 that are released into the atmosphere. There are many benefits when it comes to making a change in the industry from fast and poor quality fashion to sustainable fashion that changes the quality of its workers, the earth, the integrity of the industry, and society. The change starts with brands creating earth-friendly products and showing that actions speak louder than the shallowness of fast fashion companies in the industry. the lack of knowledge, concern, and acknowledgment in manufacturing, marketing, and selling is only a portion of the issue. Fashion has the green light to go green.
    Top of the Mountain Memorial Scholarship
    1. After college, I hope to be at the beginning of my career, or should I say my dreams coming true. In other words, after college, I hope to be a powerful female in the fashion industry handling product management for a high-quality brand. High quality is key to our environment; this especially applies to our wardrobes. This passion for the environment is why I chose the Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles major at The University of Kentucky. I have high hopes to combine the fashion industry and bringing about change to the environment at the same time. Because I have seen what the toxins that go into fast fashion are doing to the environment, I am a voice for change. With my experience in the fashion industry, I am an advocate and I work to let people know which products are sustainable and a better selection for our earth. When it comes to fashion, it shouldn't be about the dollar. It should be about earth-friendly fashion and wearing cleaner branded clothes for our earth. 2. After getting to the top of the mountain and planting my flag, the message that will be left behind at the top of the mountain is "low dollar fashion has a high price tag." This means The future of fashion is expected to be creative, sustainable, inclusive, and exciting. There is a future in fashion. It is up to us to save it from being diminished by the human cost of fast fashion. Although fast fashion is cheap and the easy way out, our world deserves more. Innovative changes that could help curb the climate crisis would be a complete elimination of toxins that are used in fast fashion brands and the textile dyeing that involves the emission of those toxic chemicals. Fast fashion is all about the less that has to be spent on the making of the product. As a society, we should spend more time wearing clothes that make the world a better place. The human cost of fast fashion is ultimately in definition, what humans are doing to obtain quick, and easy fashion. The human cost of fast fashion at a level of cheapness can result in environmental impacts around the world we live in. Fast fashion can impact the environment because of the ingredients and the fabrics used in the product that may not result in the best quality and become harmful to the environment to obtain such low-quality inclusions in fast fashion.
    VNutrition & Wellness’ Annual LGBTQ+ Vitality Scholarship
    At my hometown school, there is only a small percentage of students who pursue post-secondary education, because they feel discouraged to broaden their horizons. More than 40% of black kids in my area do not attend college. I intend to move past the statistics and make more of myself than the others in my area expect me to. I have the power to show them that they can do the same with no hesitation. Together we can lower statistics. My goal is to set an example for the younger generations that identify with me. I want to leave a positive impact on the world by helping to change the census in my community. I want to be a great example and advocate for the kids who aren't sure of their voices. A college education will help me do that by giving me the knowledge and a platform to set a foundation for my people back home who are counting on me. I am on the journey to live out my ancestors' wildest dreams. We have a mission as young kings and queens to uplift each other and reach for the stars. I want my impact in my community will spread around the world and will touch the lives of other brown skin children. I dream that one day they will believe that the impossible does not exist for them. After college, I hope to be in the beginnings of my career, or should I say my dreams coming true. In other words, after college, I hope to be a powerful female in the fashion industry handling strategic marketing for a high-quality brand. High quality is key to our environment; this especially applies to our wardrobes. I have the perseverance to become that, and I know that the same passion that I had as a little girl still lives inside of me. I chose the Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles major at The University of Kentucky. I have high hopes to combine the fashion industry and bringing about change to the environment at the same time. With my education, I can show the world the truth. I will spread the word about how the clothes that we wear are affecting our environment. I can do this while being an advocate for a better earth. The human cost of fast fashion is ultimately in definition, what humans are doing to obtain quick, and easy fashion. Fast fashion can impact the environment because of the ingredients and the fabrics used in the product that may not result in the best quality and become harmful to the environment to obtain such low-quality inclusions in fast fashion. Because I have seen what the toxins that go into fast fashion are doing to the environment, I will be a voice for change. With my position in the fashion industry, I will be an advocate and let people know which products are sustainable and a better selection for our earth. When it comes to fashion, it shouldn't be about the dollar. It should be about earth-friendly fashion and wearing cleaner branded clothes for our earth. I will continue this by being a minority face in the fashion industry. I will do this by studying Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles at the University of Kentucky. I want to be at a global company and make a difference for myself and the fashion industry as a whole. There needs to be more diversity in the world of apparel and business. Let the change begin.
    Godi Arts Scholarship
    After college, I hope to be in the beginnings of my career, or should I say my dreams coming true. In other words, after college, I hope to be a powerful female in the fashion industry. High quality is key to our environment, and this especially applies to our wardrobes. I have the perseverance to become that, and I know that the same passion that I had as a little girl still lives inside of me. That is why I chose the Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles major at The University of Kentucky. I have high hopes to combine the fashion industry and bringing about change to the environment at the same time. With my education, I will be able to show the world the truth. I will spread the word about how the clothes that we wear are affecting our environment. I have learned so much about materials and textiles that affect the world in so many different ways. It has made me see fashion through a different lens. My journey in fashion has given me so many experiences in merchandising, fabric testing as well as in-depth upcycling. The human cost of fast fashion is ultimately in definition, what humans are doing to obtain quick, and easy fashion. The human cost of fast fashion at a level of cheapness can result in environmental impacts around the world we live in. One of the biggest things that I've learned is that fast fashion can impact the environment because of the ingredients and the fabrics used in the product that may not result in the best quality and become harmful to the environment to obtain such low-quality inclusions in fast fashion. Because I have seen what the toxins that go into fast fashion are doing to the environment, I will be a voice for change. With my position in the fashion industry, I will be an advocate and let people know which products are sustainable and a better selection for our earth. When it comes to fashion, it shouldn't be about the dollar. It should be about earth-friendly fashion and wearing cleaner branded clothes for our earth. This scholarship is an amazing way to give me push forward to get me where I'm going. I am already in debt of loans that equal up to $10,000, and this is just the beginning. I am serious about pursuing my dreams and going the educational route to do so. There is a heavy financial burden throughout this journey. This scholarship will eliminate me from taking out a larger amount of a loan than preferred. It can be estimated that the ending loan balance upon graduation is going to be near $25,000. I have created a budget that spells out all estimated expenses for obtaining my degree. The budget plan breaks down an estimated total billable cost of $24,606 per academic year, including tuition, housing, and meal plans. The estimated non-billable cost totals $5,358 per academic year including books, travel, and personal supplies. This estimates to equal a cost of $29,964 per academic year. I am now on the uprising of becoming an independent young woman who must support herself financially and has an active role in keeping student debt to a minimum and this scholarship will get me closer to my goal.
    Servant Ships Scholarship
    The future of fashion is expected to be creative, sustainable, inclusive, and exciting. There is a future in fashion. It is up to us to save it from being diminished by the human cost of fast fashion. Although fast fashion is cheap and the easy way out, our world deserves more. Innovation policy changes that could help curb the climate crisis would be a complete elimination of toxins that are used in fast fashion brands and the textile dyeing that involves the emission of those toxic chemicals. Fast fashion is all about the less that must be spent on making the product. The most inspiring book I've read is "Fashionopolis." If I could have everyone read just one book, this would be the one. This book discusses the price of fast fashion and the future of clothing. This book also discusses what makes fast fashion as well as alternatives to reduce fast fashion. A cheaper alternative that is discussed in these readings can be known as polyester. Polyester is a rayon that is responsible for emitting chemicals that are harmful to the earth and humans. The wood pulp that polyester is made from creates carbon disulfide that is emitted as a result. This means that the greenhouse gas percentage is higher because of the viscose fiber. A ban on polyester can make for a greener environment because there will be no waste streams or harmful chemicals. After college I hope to be in the beginnings of my career, or should I say my dreams coming true. I have always been one to handle my business and have a great style while doing so. In other words, I hope to be a powerful female in the fashion industry. That is why I chose to study Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles at the University of Kentucky. This education can help me make a positive impact on the world and community by learning more about the industry and the materials needed to make it sustainable. I have always been one for dreaming big and playing dress-up at the same time. I know that the same passion that I had as a little girl still lives inside of me. I have what it takes to be the next educated businesswoman in the fashion industry. This is because I believe this is where I belong and the books I have read on the fashion industry have shaped my goals. I have read what the toxins that go into fast fashion are doing to the environment. This book has been an inspiration for my future. I will advocate and let people know which products are sustainable and a better selection for our earth. When it comes to fashion, it shouldn't be about the dollar. It should be about earth-friendly fashion and wearing cleaner clothes for our earth. We could change the world one page at a time.
    Rev. and Mrs. E B Dunbar Scholarship
    In my pursuit of higher education, I have had some financial obstacles that I have had to overcome upon my journey. I am already in debt of loans that equal up to $10,000, and this is just the beginning. I am serious about pursuing my dreams and going the educational route to do so. There is a heavy financial burden throughout this journey. This scholarship will eliminate me from taking out a larger amount of a loan than preferred. It can be estimated that the ending loan balance upon graduation is going to be nearly $30,000. That amount is something that I will struggle to come up with and maintain with my new adjustments. I have created a budget that spells out all estimated expenses for obtaining my degree. The budget plan breaks down an estimated total billable cost of $24,606 per academic year, including tuition, housing, and meal plans. The estimated non-billable cost totals $5,358 per academic year including books, travel, and personal supplies. This estimates to equal a cost of $29,964 per academic year. I am now on the uprising of becoming an independent young woman who must support herself financially to keep student debt to a minimum and this scholarship will get me closer to my goal. I have maintained multiple jobs at once for the past three years on top of volunteer and leadership roles within my community and at my university. I refuse to let a dollar sign stop me from giving back to my community in the future and getting my degree. At my hometown school, there is only a small percentage of students who pursue post-secondary education, because they feel discouraged to broaden their horizons. More than 40% of black kids in my area do not attend college. I intend to move past the statistics and make more of myself than the others in my area expect me to. I have the power to show them that they can do the same with no hesitation. Together we can lower statistics. My goal is to set an example for the younger generations that identify with me. I want to leave a positive impact on the world by helping to change the census in my community. I want to be a great example and advocate for the kids who aren't sure of their voices. A college education will help me do that by giving me the knowledge and a platform to set a foundation for my people back home who are counting on me. I am on the journey to live out my ancestors' wildest dreams. We have a mission as young kings and queens to uplift each other and reach for the stars. I want my impact in my community will spread around the world and will touch the lives of other brown skin children. I dream that one day they will believe that the impossible does not exist for them.
    Disney Super Fan Scholarship
    At the beginning of my childhood, it was unheard of for a princess to have brown skin. I wanted to wear a crown, have my chin high, and spin in my dress just like the other princesses. Princess Tiana is truly a dream come true. She is my favorite Disney character and will remain to be my favorite character for many reasons. She symbolizes that royalty also belongs to people who look like me, especially girls. She did not wait for a prince to save her from distress. She shows that she can carry herself with great strength and independence. I want to be an inspiration to the black community and the generations that come after me that it is possible to stand your ground against adversity. She continues to teach me that with hard work and determination, dreams can come true. She had a vision for her restaurant and was going to do whatever it took to make it happen. I have a dream of opening my clothing boutique. I know to some that dream seems miles away. But just like Tiana, it is only a star in the sky away. Princess Tiana is a woman of color that carries herself with grace and elegance. That is something that many people didn't think go together. I want my impact on my community and the ground that I have laid for myself to be an inspiration to generations after me. In the future, I plan to encourage others to find a star and wish upon it and to never let anything stop them from living their dreams and carrying out the full potential of the strength that they carry. I am on the journey to live out my ancestors' wildest dreams. We have a mission as young kings and queens to uplift each other and reach for the stars. I want my impact in my community to spread around the world and will touch the lives of other brown skin children. I dream that one day they will believe that the impossible does not exist for them. No matter what you've been through or where you come from, you are more than capable to be anything your heart desires. Tiana is a role model for little black girls all over. Princess Tiana may be a fairy tale character, but it is a reality that adversity can not stop you from accomplishing your dreams.
    Beyond The C.L.O.U.D Scholarship
    After college, I hope to be in the beginnings of my career, or should I say my dreams coming true. In other words, after college, I hope to be a powerful female in the fashion industry handling strategic marketing for a high-quality brand. High quality is key to our environment; this especially applies to our wardrobes. I have the perseverance to become that, and I know that the same passion that I had as a little girl still lives inside of me. I chose the Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles major at The University of Kentucky. I have high hopes to combine the fashion industry and bringing about change to the environment at the same time. With my marketing, I can show the world the truth. I will spread the word about how the clothes that we wear are affecting our environment. I can do this while being an advocate for a better earth. The human cost of fast fashion is ultimately in definition, what humans are doing to obtain quick, and easy fashion. The human cost of fast fashion at a level of cheapness can result in environmental impacts around the world we live in. Fast fashion can impact the environment because of the ingredients and the fabrics used in the product that may not result in the best quality and become harmful to the environment to obtain such low-quality inclusions in fast fashion. Because I have seen what the toxins that go into fast fashion are doing to the environment, I will be a voice for change. With my position in marketing in the fashion industry, I will be an advocate and let people know which products are sustainable and a better selection for our earth. When it comes to fashion, it shouldn't be about the dollar. It should be about earth-friendly fashion and wearing cleaner branded clothes for our earth. I will continue this by being a minority face in the fashion industry. I will do this by studying Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles at the University of Kentucky. I want to be at a global company and make a difference for myself and the fashion industry as a whole. There needs to be more diversity in the world of apparel and business as a whole. This scholarship is an amazing way to give me push forward to get me where I'm going. I am already in debt of loans that equal up to $10,000, and this is just the beginning. I am serious about pursuing my dreams and going the educational route to do so. There is a heavy financial burden throughout this journey. This scholarship will eliminate me from taking out a larger amount of a loan than preferred. It can be estimated that the ending loan balance upon graduation is going to be near $25,000. That amount is something that I will struggle to come up with and maintain with my new adjustments. The income I will receive from my family is little to none. I am now on the uprising of becoming an independent young woman who must support herself financially and has an active role in keeping student debt to a minimum and this scholarship will get me closer to my goal.
    Bright Lights Scholarship
    After college, I hope to be in the beginnings of my career, or should I say my dreams coming true. In other words, after college, I hope to be a powerful female in the fashion industry handling strategic marketing for a high-quality brand. High-quality is key to our environment, and this especially applies to our wardrobes. I have the perseverance to become that, and I know that the same passion that I had as a little girl still lives inside of me. That is why I chose the Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles major at The University of Kentucky. I have high hopes to combine the fashion industry and bringing about change to the environment at the same time. With my marketing, I will be able to show the world the truth. I will spread the word about how the clothes that we wear are affecting our environment. I can do this while being an advocate for a better earth. The human cost of fast fashion is ultimately in definition, what humans are doing to obtain quick, and easy fashion. The human cost of fast fashion at a level of cheapness can result in environmental impacts around the world we live in. Fast fashion can impact the environment because of the ingredients and the fabrics used in the product that may not result in the best quality and become harmful to the environment to obtain such low-quality inclusions in fast fashion. Because I have seen what the toxins that go into fast fashion are doing to the environment, I will be a voice of change. With my position in marketing in the fashion industry, I will be an advocate and let people know which products are sustainable and a better selection for our earth. When it comes to fashion, it shouldn't be about the dollar. It should be about earth-friendly fashion and wearing cleaner branded clothes for our earth. This scholarship is an amazing way to give me push forward to get me where I'm going. I am already in debt of loans that equal up to $10,000, and this is just the beginning. I am serious about pursuing my dreams and going the educational route to do so. There is a heavy financial burden throughout this journey. This scholarship will eliminate me from taking out a larger amount of a loan than preferred. It can be estimated that the ending loan balance upon graduation is going to be near $25,000. That amount is something that I will struggle to come up with and maintain with my new adjustments. I have created a budget that spells out all estimated expenses for obtaining my degree. The budget plan breaks down an estimated total billable cost of $24,606 per academic year, including tuition, housing, and meal plans. The estimated non-billable cost totals $5,358 per academic year including books, travel, and personal supplies. This estimates to equal a cost of $29,964 per academic year. The income I will receive from my family is little to none. I am now on the uprising of becoming an independent young woman who must support herself financially and has an active role in keeping student debt to a minimum and this scholarship will get me closer to my goal.
    I Can Do Anything Scholarship
    My name is Aminah and my dream is to be a powerful female in the fashion industry.
    Humanize LLC Gives In Honor of Shirley Kelley Scholarship
    I was raised around a woman that showed me that spreading kindness was the best self-investment. I carry that mentality around today, and that is the foundation of my relationships. When I encourage others, there is no price tag on the feeling of knowing that I could have made a situation better than what it started to be. Spreading kindness is my favorite way to show selflessness. My grandmother was the first person to show me that type of selfless love. She was diagnosed with cancer when I was six years old. But despite being sick, she still encouraged me to grow up and be the strong girl she knew I could be even without her around. That for her was a way of healing through her sickness. That selflessness is something that I am unable to wrap my head around, but it's a feeling that I want to pass on to everyone that I meet. After she passed, I wanted people to feel the love, compassion, and kindness that she made me feel. My grandmother and I were quite close. There is no relationship that I can find as strong as the one that I had with her. This is because she is all I had. I am an only child and she felt my void of having no siblings. Even though I don’t have a brother or sister, there was never a dull moment when I was with her. My grandmother was there for a big portion of my childhood and raised me when I was a little girl. I learned to cook, clean, and fend for myself at an early age. My favorite memories were when I shared those moments in the kitchen with her. She knew exactly what she was doing and that confidence is something I aspire to have. She had a way with the oven. She would bake so many goodies without a measuring cup in sight. I have always wondered how she baked without measuring ingredients, and her products always ended up so delicious. It's because all those baked goods were made with love just like the love she showed me. I love to look back and chuckle at all the times she would smack my hand away from the hot pan because I was such a curious child. She taught me patience. When I bake, I feel the tiny sting on the back of my hand. I know she's always in the kitchen with me. We laughed, fought, and confided in each other just like siblings would do. I am like my grandmother because I have a heart of gold. I will go to the ends of the earth for the people that I don’t even know. We both were taught that kindness doesn’t cost a thing and that in return, we will gather many blessings for the things we have done for people who are in need. Her strong faith in God has led me to believe she is watching over our family as we look after each other here on Earth.
    Barbara Cain Literary Scholarship
    The future of fashion is expected to be creative, sustainable, inclusive, and exciting. There is a future in fashion. It is up to us to save it from being diminished by the human cost of fast fashion. Although fast fashion is cheap and the easy way out, our world deserves more. Innovation policy changes that could help curb the climate crisis would be a complete elimination of toxins that are used in fast fashion brands and the textile dyeing that involves the emission of those toxic chemicals. Fast fashion is all about the less that must be spent on making the product. The most inspiring book I've read is "Fashionopolis." If I could have everyone read just one book, this would be the one. This book discusses the price of fast fashion and the future of clothing. This book also discusses what makes fast fashion as well as alternatives to reduce fast fashion. A cheaper alternative that is discussed in these readings can be known as polyester. polyester is a rayon that is responsible for emitting chemicals that are harmful to the earth and humans. The wood pulp that polyester is made from creates carbon disulfide that is emitted as a result. This means that the greenhouse gas percentage is higher because of the viscose fiber. A ban on polyester can make for a greener environment because there will be no waste streams or harmful chemicals. After college I hope to be in the beginnings of my career, or should I say my dreams coming true. I have always been one to handle my business and have a great style while doing so. In other words, I hope to be a powerful female in the fashion industry handling strategic marketing in the fashion industry. I have always been one for dreaming big and playing dress-up at the same time. I know that the same passion that I had as a little girl still lives inside of me. I have what it takes to be the next educated businesswoman in the fashion marketing industry. This is because I believe this is where I belong and the books I have read on the fashion industry have shaped my goals. I have read what the toxins that go into fast fashion are doing to the environment. This book has been an inspiration for my future. I will advocate and let people know which products are sustainable and a better selection for our earth. When it comes to fashion, it shouldn't be about the dollar. It should be about earth-friendly fashion and wearing cleaner clothes for our earth. We could change the world one page at a time.
    Eco-Warrior Scholarship
    After college, I hope to be at the beginning of my career, or the beginning of my dreams coming true. I have always been one to handle my business and have a great style while doing so. In other words, after college, I hope to be a powerful female in the fashion industry handling strategic marketing for a high-quality and sustainable brand. Those are the brands that are saving our environment. High quality is key to our environment, and this especially applies to our wardrobes. I have the perseverance to become that, and I know that the same passion I had as a little girl still lives inside me. That is why I chose the Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles major at The University of Kentucky. I have high hopes for combining the fashion industry and bringing about change to the environment at the same time. Studying the subject of sustainability at a university level and being taught at the hands of experts in the industry allow me to live sustainably and carry on with my life in that way. With my marketing, I can show the world the truth. I will spread the word about how the clothes that we wear are affecting our environment. I can do this while being an advocate for a better earth. The human cost of fast fashion is ultimately in definition, what humans are doing to obtain quick, and easy fashion. The human cost of fast fashion at a level of cheapness can result in environmental impacts around the world we live in, especially the increasing aggression of climate change. This is why the reduction of a carbon footprint through our clothes is important. Fast fashion can impact the environment because of the ingredients and the fabrics used in the product that may not result in the best quality and become harmful to the environment to obtain such low-quality inclusions in fast fashion. The future of fashion is expected to be creative, sustainable, inclusive, and exciting. There is a future in fashion. It is up to us to save it from being diminished by the human cost of fast fashion. A cheaper alternative than cotton can be known as polyester. Polyester is a rayon that is responsible for emitting chemicals that are harmful to the earth and humans. This means that the greenhouse gas percentage is higher because of the viscose fiber. Our daily fashion choices impact the environment heavily. It can be as simple as the decision of what we wear that keeps this Earth clean and safe. I am fashionably conscious of the clothes that I wear to live sustainably every day. I will advocate for a ban on polyester so we can make for a greener environment because there will be no waste streams or harmful chemicals that will affect our climate. Apparel is a part of everyone’s every day, and as humans fast fashion is expensive to the world around us. The end of fashion is expected to be creative, sustainable, inclusive, and exciting. With my platform in the fashion industry, I can spread the brands that are better for us, and warn about the ones that are hurting our earth. Although fast fashion is cheap and the easy way out, our world deserves better.
    Jorian Kuran Harris (Shugg) Helping Heart Foundation Scholarship
    After college I hope to be in the beginnings of my career, or should I say my dreams coming true. I have always been one to handle my business and have a great style while doing so. In other words, I hope to be a powerful female in the fashion industry handling strategic marketing in the fashion industry. I have always been one for dreaming big and playing dress-up at the same time. I know that the same passion that I had as a little girl still lives inside of me. I have what it takes to be the next educated businesswoman in the fashion marketing industry. This is because I believe this is where I belong. As a little girl, I always dreamed of being the head of a table and pointing out on my pie chart why my ideas are the recipe for change. That is why I chose the Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles major at The University of Kentucky. Five years from now, I see myself being employed at a global company, sitting in a conference room with the head of marketing and sales, and to be marketing for the biggest name brands in the world. I have always had this dream. I have come this far into my life and I have always been sure in my heart that business in fashion is what I’ve wanted to do. Fashion has always been my outlet to express myself and it's where I come to life. My happiness is in the clothes that I wear. I have what it takes to become the next chief marketing officer at one of the world's largest high-end name-brand fashion companies. This scholarship will help me become a leader in the fashion industry. I have the perseverance to become that, but I am worried about having the financial stability of having it to accomplish these goals. Even Though I do not have the proper funds to help me get where I am going, I won't stop there. I have what it takes to be the next educated businesswoman in the fashion marketing industry. Education is the key needed for my success in the marketing industry. I can connect my passion for education with my love for the world of business. This financial aid will allow me to have more stability in the university experience by having more flexibility in the ways to work toward my future. A time that I experience emotional weakness was a struggle with insecurities. I found myself lacking joy throughout my teenage years because of social media and the impacts of peer pressure The impact that joy has on me is my journey of self-love and not comparing myself to others. Because of the time that we live in and in a society that revolves around social media, I found myself trying to make a journey based on someone else just to feel a sense of acceptance. Social media tended to impact the decisions that I was making. I also witnessed the growth of anxiety among my peers to portray a certain image. My insecurities drowned my mental health. Something that I learned about myself that was the most valuable was, to be happy I had to simply take the path to become my person and stand true to my identity without the outside influences telling me to be something else. Social media tended to impact the decisions that I was making. Instead of following the trends around me, I made a turnaround and started to create my own.
    Olympians Academy Leadership Wings Scholarship
    After college, I hope to be in the beginnings of my career, or should I say the beginning of my dreams coming true. I have always been one to handle my business and have a great style while doing so. In other words, after college, I hope to be a powerful female in the fashion industry handling strategic marketing for a high-quality brand. High quality is key to our environment, and this especially applies to our wardrobes. I have the perseverance to become that, and I know that the same passion I had as a little girl still lives inside me. That is why I chose the Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles major at The University of Kentucky. I have high hopes to combine the fashion industry and bring about change to the environment at the same time. With my marketing, I will be able to show the world the truth. I will spread the word about how the clothes that we wear are affecting our environment. I can do this while being an advocate for a better earth. The human cost of fast fashion is ultimately in definition, what humans are doing to obtain quick, and easy fashion. The human cost of fast fashion at a level of cheapness can result in environmental impacts around the world we live in, especially the increasing aggression of climate change. Fast fashion can impact the environment because of the ingredients and the fabrics used in the product that may not result in the best quality and become harmful to the environment to obtain such low-quality inclusions in fast fashion. The future of fashion is expected to be creative, sustainable, inclusive, and exciting. There is a future in fashion. It is up to us to save it from being diminished by the human cost of fast fashion. A cheaper alternative than cotton can be known as viscose. Viscose is a rayon that is responsible for emitting chemicals that are harmful to the earth and humans. This means that the greenhouse gas percentage is higher because of the viscose fiber. Our daily fashion choices impact the environment heavily. It can be as simple as the decision of what we wear that keeps this Earth clean and safe. I am fashionably conscious of the clothes that I wear to live sustainably every day. I will advocate for a ban on viscose so we can make for a greener environment because there will be no waste streams or harmful chemicals that will affect our climate. Apparel is a part of everyone’s every day, and as humans fast fashion is expensive to the world around us. The end of fashion is expected to be creative, sustainable, inclusive, and exciting. With my platform in the fashion industry on the marketing team, I can spread the brands that are better for us, and warn about the ones that are hurting our earth. Although fast fashion is cheap and the easy way out, our world deserves better.
    STAR Scholarship - Students Taking Alternative Routes
    After college, I hope to be in the beginnings of my career, or should I say my dreams coming true. In other words, after college, I hope to be a powerful female in the fashion industry handling strategic product design for a high-quality brand. High quality is vital to our environment, and this especially applies to our wardrobes. I have the perseverance to become that, and I know that the same passion I had as a little girl still lives inside me. That is why I chose the Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles major at The University of Kentucky. I have high hopes to combine the fashion industry and bring about change to the environment at the same time. With my marketing, I will be able to show the world the truth. I will spread the word about how the clothes that we wear are affecting our environment. I can do this while being an advocate for a better earth. The human cost of fast fashion is ultimately in definition, what humans are doing to obtain quick, and easy fashion. The human cost of fast fashion at a level of cheapness can result in environmental impacts around the world we live in. Fast fashion can impact the environment because of the ingredients and the fabrics used in the product that may not result in the best quality and become harmful to the environment to obtain such low-quality inclusions in fast fashion. Because I have seen what the toxins that go into fast fashion are doing to the environment, I will be a voice for change. With my position in product design in the fashion industry, I will be an advocate and let people know which products are sustainable and a better selection for our earth. When it comes to fashion, it shouldn't be about the dollar. It should be about earth-friendly fashion and wearing cleaner branded clothes for our earth. The future of fashion is expected to be creative, sustainable, inclusive, and exciting. There is a future in fashion. It is up to us to save it from being diminished by the human cost of fast fashion. Although fast fashion is cheap and the easy way out, our world deserves more. Innovative changes that could help curb the climate crisis would be a complete elimination of toxins that are used in fast fashion brands and the textile dyeing that involves the emission of those toxic chemicals. Fast fashion is all about the less that has to be spent on the making of the product. As a society, we should spend more time wearing clothes that make the world a better place.
    FLIK Hospitality Group’s Entrepreneurial Council Scholarship
    After college, I hope to be in the beginnings of my career, or should I say my dreams coming true. In other words, after college, I hope to be a powerful female in the fashion industry handling strategic product design for a high-quality brand. High quality is vital to our environment, and this especially applies to our wardrobes. I have the perseverance to become that, and I know that the same passion I had as a little girl still lives inside me. That is why I chose the Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles major at The University of Kentucky. I have high hopes to combine the fashion industry and bring about change to the environment at the same time. With my marketing, I will be able to show the world the truth. I will spread the word about how the clothes that we wear are affecting our environment. I can do this while being an advocate for a better earth. The human cost of fast fashion is ultimately in definition, what humans are doing to obtain quick, and easy fashion. The human cost of fast fashion at a level of cheapness can result in environmental impacts around the world we live in. Fast fashion can impact the environment because of the ingredients and the fabrics used in the product that may not result in the best quality and become harmful to the environment to obtain such low-quality inclusions in fast fashion. Because I have seen what the toxins that go into fast fashion are doing to the environment, I will be a voice for change. With my position in product design in the fashion industry, I will be an advocate and let people know which products are sustainable and a better selection for our earth. When it comes to fashion, it shouldn't be about the dollar. It should be about earth-friendly fashion and wearing cleaner branded clothes for our earth. The future of fashion is expected to be creative, sustainable, inclusive, and exciting. There is a future in fashion. It is up to us to save it from being diminished by the human cost of fast fashion. Although fast fashion is cheap and the easy way out, our world deserves more. Innovative changes that could help curb the climate crisis would be a complete elimination of toxins that are used in fast fashion brands and the textile dyeing that involves the emission of those toxic chemicals. Fast fashion is all about the less that has to be spent on the making of the product. As a society, we should spend more time wearing clothes that make the world a better place.
    Ginny Biada Memorial Scholarship
    I was raised around a woman that showed me that spreading kindness was the best self-investment. I carry that mentality around today, and that is the foundation of my relationships. When I encourage others, there is no price tag on the feeling of knowing that I could have made a situation better than what it started to be. Spreading kindness is my favorite way to show selflessness and this has impacted my life in a positive way and has became an instrument to form the person I am today. My mother was the first person to show me that type of selfless love. She was diagnosed with severe epilepsy when I was five years old. But despite being sick, she still encouraged me to grow up and be the strong girl she knew I could be even without her around. That for her was a way of healing through her sickness. That selflessness is something that I am unable to wrap my head around, but it's a feeling that I want to pass on to everyone that I meet. My grandmother and I are quite close. There is no relationship that I can find as strong as the one that I have with her. This is because she is all I have. I am an only child and she feels my void of having no siblings. Even though I don’t have a brother or sister, there is never a dull moment when I ama with her. My mother was there for a big portion of my childhood and raised me, while also pursuing her nursing career. She is my role model and my hero. My mom teaches me what chasing dreams looks like. My favorite memories are when I shared those moments in the kitchen with her. She knows exactly what she is doing and that confidence is something I aspire to have. She has a way with the oven. She can bake so many goodies without a measuring cup in sight. I have always wondered how she baked without measuring ingredients, and her products always ended up so delicious. It's because all those baked goods were made with love just like the love she showed me. I love to look back and chuckle at all the times she would smack my hand away from the hot pan because I was such a curious child. She taught me patience. When I bake, I feel the tiny sting on the back of my hand. I know she's always in the kitchen with me even if I'm miles away. We laugh, disaree, and confide in each other just like siblings would do. I am like my mother because I have a heart of gold. I will go to the ends of the earth for the people that I don’t even know. We both were taught that kindness doesn’t cost a thing and that in return, we will gather many blessings for the things we have done for people who are in need. Her strong faith in God has led me to believe that he is watching over our family as we look after each other here on earth.
    Kozakov Foundation Fellowship for Creatives
    After college, I hope to be in the beginnings of my career, or should I say my dreams coming true. In other words, after college, I hope to be a powerful female in the fashion industry handling strategic product design for a high-quality brand. High quality is vital to our environment, and this especially applies to our wardrobes. I have the perseverance to become that, and I know that the same passion I had as a little girl still lives inside me. That is why I chose the Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles major at The University of Kentucky. I have high hopes to combine the fashion industry and bring about change to the environment at the same time. With my marketing, I will be able to show the world the truth. I will spread the word about how the clothes that we wear are affecting our environment. I can do this while being an advocate for a better earth. The human cost of fast fashion is ultimately in definition, what humans are doing to obtain quick, and easy fashion. The human cost of fast fashion at a level of cheapness can result in environmental impacts around the world we live in. Fast fashion can impact the environment because of the ingredients and the fabrics used in the product that may not result in the best quality and become harmful to the environment to obtain such low-quality inclusions in fast fashion. Because I have seen what the toxins that go into fast fashion are doing to the environment, I will be a voice for change. With my position in product design in the fashion industry, I will be an advocate and let people know which products are sustainable and a better selection for our earth. When it comes to fashion, it shouldn't be about the dollar. It should be about earth-friendly fashion and wearing cleaner branded clothes for our earth. The future of fashion is expected to be creative, sustainable, inclusive, and exciting. There is a future in fashion. It is up to us to save it from being diminished by the human cost of fast fashion. Although fast fashion is cheap and the easy way out, our world deserves more. Innovative changes that could help curb the climate crisis would be a complete elimination of toxins that are used in fast fashion brands and the textile dyeing that involves the emission of those toxic chemicals. Fast fashion is all about the less that has to be spent on the making of the product. As a society, we should spend more time wearing clothes that make the world a better place.
    CATALYSTS Scholarship
    After college, I hope to be in the beginnings of my career, or should I say the beginning of my dreams coming true. I have always been one to handle my business and have a great style while doing so. In other words, after college, I hope to be a powerful female in the fashion industry handling strategic marketing for a high-quality brand. High quality is key to our environment, and this especially applies to our wardrobes. I have the perseverance to become that, and I know that the same passion I had as a little girl still lives inside me. That is why I chose the Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles major at The University of Kentucky. I have high hopes to combine the fashion industry and bring about change to the environment at the same time. With my marketing, I will be able to show the world the truth. I will spread the word about how the clothes that we wear are affecting our environment. I can do this while being an advocate for a better earth. The human cost of fast fashion is ultimately in definition, what humans are doing to obtain quick, and easy fashion. The human cost of fast fashion at a level of cheapness can result in environmental impacts around the world we live in, especially the increasing aggression of climate change. Fast fashion can impact the environment because of the ingredients and the fabrics used in the product that may not result in the best quality and become harmful to the environment to obtain such low-quality inclusions in fast fashion. "Don't sit down and wait for opportunities to happen, make them happen." These are the wise words from the late and great Madame C.J Walker. She has always been someone that I admire. Her determination and persistence are something that I aspire to keep with me as I continue to pursue my career. Like Mrs. Walker, I have a passion for providing a space for people of color to have business success. "I am not merely satisfied in making money for myself. For I am endeavoring to employ hundreds of women of my race." Black women have struggled for decades to have a seat in the world of business. There are many issues with the equal pay rate for black women. Black women make nearly $1 million less than white men during their careers. Madame C.J Walker can be labeled the first female black millionaire. That alone is a goal that I have for myself and an example that I want to be for the generations after me. I am on the journey to live out my ancestors' wildest dreams just as she once was. With everything going on, I always say how can anybody raise a daughter in a world like the one today. We have a mission as young black women to use our strength from our struggles and to let nobody knock down our crowns. Adversity did not define who C.J Walker was. She continued to pursue her dreams despite the doubters and those who even tried to sabotage her business. She knew her worth, and she teaches me to know the value in mine.
    SmartAsset College SmartStart Personal Finance Scholarship
    I have seen my peers make the mistake of not knowing the total cost of adult life. A person will likely live paycheck to paycheck when they're young. Teens are typically blind to the price tag of everyday life. Food, housing, and healthcare all add up in the blink of an eye. It can be easy to miss this information because these costs are often covered by parents. If you’ve never known the costs of these things, it’s easy to undervalue them or forget to factor them into your expenses entirely. Unfortunately, this can lead to under-saving. When my friends and I describe our wildest dreams together, it often includes traveling the world, having a fancy wedding, or raising our kids with a huge backyard. This cannot be made possible if our paychecks go towards unessential things. I want to be ready when life throws me a curveball. I am a believer that money makes the world turn. The world does not stop turning when you can’t afford it. My best skill is my ability to invest properly in my future. Real life is coming whether we like it or not. It should not be taboo to discuss money with your parents. Financial advice that I have received that has changed my life is to invest in the future. I spread that advice to others, so they will become financially literate. I am improving my investing skills to help me become financially literate by creating budget plans for myself and my friends. As teenagers, it's vital to know where the money goes every single month. Some costs will transfer into adulthood, such as a cell phone plan, paying for gas, or paying for auto registration or insurance if they have their car. It's good to get used to having a reduced portion of pay available for "fun money" and is realistic for the future. Plus, what is saved can go towards building a healthy emergency savings fund or a special goal savings account. Like my role model, Madam CJ Walker, I have a passion for providing a space for people of color to have business success. As a woman of color in this country, I am starting at an earlier age to break the barrier presented because of skin color. "I am not merely satisfied in making money for myself. For I am endeavoring to employ hundreds of women of my race." Black women have struggled for decades to have a seat in the world of business. There are many issues with the equal pay rate for black women. Black women make nearly $1 million less than white men during their careers. Madame C.J Walker can be labeled the first female black millionaire. That alone is a goal that I have for myself and an example that I want to be for the generations after me. The key is to start now. This scholarship is an amazing way to give me push forward to get me where I'm going. I am already in debt of loans that equal up to $10,000, and this is just the beginning. I am serious about pursuing my dreams and going the educational route to do so. There is a heavy financial burden throughout this journey. This scholarship will eliminate me from taking out a larger amount of a loan than preferred. It can be estimated that the ending loan balance upon graduation is going to be near $25,000. That amount is something that I will struggle to come up with and maintain with my new adjustments. I have created a budget that spells out all estimated expenses for obtaining my degree. The budget plan breaks down an estimated total billable cost of $24,606 per academic year, including tuition, housing, and meal plans. The estimated non-billable cost totals $5,358 per academic year including books, travel, and personal supplies. This estimates to equal a cost of $29,964 per academic year. The income I will receive from my family is little to none. I am now on the uprising of becoming an independent young woman who must support herself financially and has an active role in keeping student debt to a minimum and this scholarship will get me closer to my goal.
    Book Lovers Scholarship
    The future of fashion is expected to be creative, sustainable, inclusive, and exciting. There is a future in fashion. It is up to us to save it from being diminished by the human cost of fast fashion. Although fast fashion is cheap and the easy way out, our world deserves more. Innovation policy changes that could help curb the climate crisis would be a complete elimination of toxins that are used in fast fashion brands and the textile dyeing that involves the emission of those toxic chemicals. Fast fashion is all about the less that has to be spent on the making of the product. The most inspiring book I've read is "Fashionopolis." If I could have everyone in the world read just one book, this would be the one. This book discusses the price of fast fashion and the future of clothing. This book also discusses what makes fast fashion as well as alternatives to reduce fast fashion. A cheaper alternative that is discussed in these readings can be known as viscose. Viscose is a rayon that is responsible for emitting chemicals that are harmful to the earth and humans. The wood pulp that viscose is made from creates carbon disulfide that is emitted as a result. This means that the greenhouse gas percentage is higher because of the viscose fiber. A ban on viscose can make for a greener environment because there will be no waste streams or harmful chemicals. I have read what the toxins that go into fast fashion are doing to the environment. This book has been an inspiration for my future. I will be an advocate and let people know which products are sustainable and a better selection for our earth. When it comes to fashion, it shouldn't be about the dollar. It should be about earth-friendly fashion and wearing cleaner clothes for our earth. We could change the world one page at a time.
    Ruthie Brown Scholarship
    After college I hope to be in the beginnings of my career, or should I say my dreams coming true. I have always been one to handle my business and have a great style while doing so. In other words, I hope to be a powerful female in the fashion industry handling strategic marketing in the fashion industry. I have always been one for dreaming big and playing dress-up at the same time. I know that the same passion that I had as a little girl still lives inside of me. I have what it takes to be the next educated businesswoman in the fashion marketing industry. This is because I believe this is where I belong. As a little girl, I always dreamed of being the head of a table and pointing out on my pie chart why my ideas are the recipe for change. That is why I chose the Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles major at The University of Kentucky. Five years from now, I see myself being employed at a global company, sitting in a conference room with the head of marketing and sales, and to be marketing for the biggest name brands in the world. I have always had this dream. I have come this far into my life and I have always been sure in my heart that the fashion industry is what I’ve wanted to do. This scholarship will help me become a powerful female in the fashion industry. I have the perseverance to become that, but I am worried about having the financial stability of having that it takes to accomplish these goals. Even Though I do not have the proper funds to help me get where I am going, I won't stop there. I have what it takes to be the next educated businesswoman in the fashion marketing industry. Education is the key needed for my success in the marketing industry. I can connect my passion for education with my passion for the world of business. This financial aid will allow me to have more stability in the university experience by having more flexibility in the ways to work toward my future. I have created a budget that spells out all estimated expenses for obtaining my degree. The budget plan breaks down an estimated total billable cost of $24,606 per academic year, including tuition, housing, and meal plans. The estimated non-billable cost totals $5,358 per academic year including books, travel, and personal supplies. This estimates to equal a cost of $29,964 per academic year. The income I will receive from my family is little to none. I am now on the uprising of becoming an independent young woman who must support herself financially and has an active role in keeping student debt to a minimum and this scholarship will get me closer to my goal.
    NE1 NE-Dream Scholarship
    At my hometown school, there is only a small percentage of students who pursue post-secondary education, because they feel discouraged to broaden their horizons outside of the farming lifestyle. More than 40% of black kids in my area do not attend college. I intend to move past the statistics and make more of myself than the others in my area expect me to. I have the power to show them that they can do the same with no hesitation. My goal is to set an example for the younger generations that identify with me. I want to leave a positive impact on the world by helping to change the census in my community. I want to be a great example and advocate for the kids who aren't sure of their voices. My desire to change my community for black women and generations after me makes me the up-stander that I am today. A college education will help me do that by giving me the knowledge and a platform to set a foundation for my people back home who are counting on me. I want my impact in my community will spread around the world and will touch the lives of other brown skin children. I dream that one day they will believe that the impossible does not exist for them. No matter what you've been through or where you come from, you are more than capable to be anything your heart desires. "Don't sit down and wait for opportunities to happen, make them happen." These are the wise words from the late and great Madame C.J Walker. She has always been someone that I admire. Her determination and persistence are something that I aspire to keep with me as I continue to pursue my career. Like Mrs. Walker, I have a passion for providing a space for people of color to have business success. "I am not merely satisfied in making money for myself. For I am endeavoring to employ hundreds of women of my race." Black women have struggled for decades to have a seat in the world of business. There are many issues with the equal pay rate for black women. Black women make nearly $1 million less than white men during their careers. Madame C.J Walker can be labeled the first female black millionaire. That alone is a goal I have for myself and an example I want to be for the generations after me. I am on the journey to live out my ancestors' wildest dreams just as Madame C.J Walker once was. With everything going on, I always say how can anybody raise a daughter in a world like the one today. We have a mission as young black women to use our strength from our struggles and to let nobody knock down our crowns. Adversity did not define who C.J. Walker was. She continued to pursue her dreams despite the doubters and those who even tried to sabotage her business. She knew her worth, and she taught me to know the value in mine.
    Holt Scholarship
    After college, I hope to be in the beginnings of my career, or should I say the beginning of my dreams coming true. I have always been one to handle my business and have a great style while doing so. In other words, after college, I hope to be a powerful female in the fashion industry handling strategic marketing for a high-quality brand. High quality is key to our environment, and this especially applies to our wardrobes. I have the perseverance to become that, and I know that the same passion I had as a little girl still lives inside me. That is why I chose the Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles major at The University of Kentucky. I have high hopes to combine the fashion industry and bring about change to the environment at the same time. With my marketing, I will be able to show the world the truth. I will spread the word about how the clothes that we wear are affecting our environment. I can do this while being an advocate for a better earth. The human cost of fast fashion is ultimately in definition, what humans are doing to obtain quick, and easy fashion. The human cost of fast fashion at a level of cheapness can result in environmental impacts around the world we live in, especially the increasing aggression of climate change. Fast fashion can impact the environment because of the ingredients and the fabrics used in the product that may not result in the best quality and become harmful to the environment to obtain such low-quality inclusions in fast fashion. The future of fashion is expected to be creative, sustainable, inclusive, and exciting. There is a future in fashion. It is up to us to save it from being diminished by the human cost of fast fashion. A cheaper alternative than cotton can be known as viscose. Viscose is a rayon that is responsible for emitting chemicals that are harmful to the earth and humans. This means that the greenhouse gas percentage is higher because of the viscose fiber. I will advocate for a ban on viscose so we can make for a greener environment because there will be no waste streams or harmful chemicals that will affect our climate. Apparel is a part of everyone’s every day, and as humans fast fashion is expensive to the world around us. The end of fashion is expected to be creative, sustainable, inclusive, and exciting. With my platform in the fashion industry on the marketing team, I can spread the brands that are better for us, and warn about the ones that are hurting our earth. Although fast fashion is cheap and the easy way out, our world deserves better.
    Climate Conservation Scholarship
    After college, I hope to be in the beginnings of my career, or should I say the beginning of my dreams coming true. I have always been one to handle my business and have a great style while doing so. In other words, after college, I hope to be a powerful female in the fashion industry handling strategic marketing for a high-quality brand. High quality is key to our environment, and this especially applies to our wardrobes. I have the perseverance to become that, and I know that the same passion I had as a little girl still lives inside me. That is why I chose the Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles major at The University of Kentucky. I have high hopes to combine the fashion industry and bring about change to the environment at the same time. With my marketing, I will be able to show the world the truth. I will spread the word about how the clothes that we wear are affecting our environment. I can do this while being an advocate for a better earth. The human cost of fast fashion is ultimately in definition, what humans are doing to obtain quick, and easy fashion. The human cost of fast fashion at a level of cheapness can result in environmental impacts around the world we live in, especially the increasing aggression of climate change. Fast fashion can impact the environment because of the ingredients and the fabrics used in the product that may not result in the best quality and become harmful to the environment to obtain such low-quality inclusions in fast fashion. The future of fashion is expected to be creative, sustainable, inclusive, and exciting. There is a future in fashion. It is up to us to save it from being diminished by the human cost of fast fashion. A cheaper alternative than cotton can be known as viscose. Viscose is a rayon that is responsible for emitting chemicals that are harmful to the earth and humans. This means that the greenhouse gas percentage is higher because of the viscose fiber. Our daily fashion choices impact the environment heavily. It can be as simple as the decision of what we wear that keeps this Earth clean and safe. I am fashionably conscious of the clothes that I wear to live sustainably every day. I will advocate for a ban on viscose so we can make for a greener environment because there will be no waste streams or harmful chemicals that will affect our climate. Apparel is a part of everyone’s every day, and as humans fast fashion is expensive to the world around us. The end of fashion is expected to be creative, sustainable, inclusive, and exciting. With my platform in the fashion industry on the marketing team, I can spread the brands that are better for us, and warn about the ones that are hurting our earth. Although fast fashion is cheap and the easy way out, our world deserves better.
    Financial Hygiene Scholarship
    I have seen my peers make the mistake of not knowing the total cost of adult life. A person will likely live paycheck to paycheck when they're young. Teens are typically blind to the price tag of everyday life. Food, housing, and healthcare all add up in the blink of an eye. It can be easy to miss this information because these costs are often covered by parents. If you’ve never known the costs of these things, it’s easy to undervalue them or forget to factor them into your expenses entirely. Unfortunately, this can lead to under-saving. When my friends and I describe our wildest dreams together, it often includes traveling the world, having a fancy wedding, or raising our kids with a huge backyard. This cannot be made possible if our paychecks go towards unessential things. I want to be ready when life throws me a curveball. I am a believer that money makes the world turn. The world does not stop turning when you can’t afford it. My best skill is my ability to invest properly in my future. Real life is coming whether we like it or not. It should not be taboo to discuss money with your parents. Financial advice that I have received that has changed my life is to invest in the future. I spread that advice to others, so they will become financially literate. I am improving my investing skills to help me become financially literate by creating budget plans for myself and my friends. As teenagers, it's vital to know where the money goes every single month. Some costs will transfer into adulthood, such as a cell phone plan, paying for gas, or paying for auto registration or insurance if they have their car. It's good to get used to having a reduced portion of pay available for "fun money" and is realistic for the future. Plus, what is saved can go towards building a healthy emergency savings fund or a special goal savings account. Like my role model, Madam CJ Walker, I have a passion for providing a space for people of color to have business success. As a woman of color in this country, I am starting at an earlier age to break the barrier presented because of skin color. "I am not merely satisfied in making money for myself. For I am endeavoring to employ hundreds of women of my race." Black women have struggled for decades to have a seat in the world of business. There are many issues with the equal pay rate for black women. Black women make nearly $1 million less than white men during their careers. Madame C.J Walker can be labeled the first female black millionaire. That alone is a goal that I have for myself and an example that I want to be for the generations after me. The key is to start now.
    Jeannine Schroeder Women in Public Service Memorial Scholarship
    "Don't sit down and wait for opportunities to happen, make them happen." These are the wise words from the late and great Madame C.J Walker. She has always been someone that I admire. Her determination and persistence are something I aspire to keep with me as I pursue my career. Like Mrs. Walker, I have a passion for providing a space for people of color to have business success. "I am not merely satisfied in making money for myself. For I am endeavoring to employ hundreds of women of my race." Black women have struggled for decades to have a seat in the world of business. There are many issues with the equal pay rate for black women. Black women make nearly $1 million less than white men during their careers. Madame C.J Walker can be labeled the first female black millionaire. That alone is a goal that I have for myself and an example that I want to be for the generations after me. After college, I hope to be in the beginnings of my career, or should I say my dreams coming true. In other words, after college, I hope to be a powerful female in the fashion industry handling strategic marketing for a high-quality brand. I have the perseverance to become that, and I know that the same passion that I had as a little girl still lives inside of me. That is why I chose the Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles major at The University of Kentucky. I have high hopes for combining the fashion industry and bringing about change to the social issues of the black community at the same time. My team of women who are of this minority will carry this mission to success. I am on the journey to live out my ancestors' wildest dreams. This is how I am working on addressing an important social issue. I am gaining an education to open space and employ women of color. This is a social issue that is holding back many mothers, wives, and women who have dependents. With everything going on, I always ask how can anybody raise a daughter in a world like the one today. I can only question, is why we have to work harder for our opportunities. This social issue of unfair pay rates in the black community can be one point to blame. We have a mission as young black women to use our strength from our struggles and to let nobody knock down our crowns. Adversity did not define who C.J. Walker was. She continued to pursue her dreams despite the doubters and those who tried to sabotage her business. She knew her worth, and she teaches me to know my value of mine. My team of employed and well-paid black women will help allow this to be achieved in the future.
    @normandiealise #GenWealth Scholarship
    "Don't sit down and wait for opportunities to happen, make them happen." These are the wise words from the late and great Madame C.J Walker. She has always been someone that I admire. Her determination and persistence are something I aspire to keep with me as I pursue my career. Like Mrs. Walker, I have a passion for providing a space for people of color to have business success. "I am not merely satisfied in making money for myself. For I am endeavoring to employ hundreds of women of my race." Black women have struggled for decades to have a seat in the world of business. There are many issues with the equal pay rate for black women. Black women make nearly $1 million less than white men during their careers. Madame C.J Walker can be labeled the first female black millionaire. That alone is a goal that I have for myself and an example that I want to be for the generations after me. After college, I hope to be in the beginnings of my career, or should I say my dreams coming true. In other words, after college, I hope to be a powerful female in the fashion industry handling strategic marketing for a high-quality brand. I have the perseverance to become that, and I know that the same passion that I had as a little girl still lives inside of me. That is why I chose the Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles major at The University of Kentucky. I have high hopes to combine the fashion industry and bring about change to the environment at the same time. My team of women who are minority will carry this mission to success. I am on the journey to live out my ancestors' wildest dreams. This is what generational wealth means to me. Wealth can go beyond money and mean much more than the physical dollar. Wealth is having a value in the growth that someone has achieved. With everything going on, I always ask how can anybody raise a daughter in a world like the one today. We have a mission as young black women to use our strength from our struggles and to let nobody knock down our crowns. Adversity did not define who C.J Walker was. She continued to pursue her dreams despite the doubters and those who tried to sabotage her business. She knew her worth, and he teaches me to know the value in mine. My team of employed and well-paid black women will help allow this to be achieved in the future.
    Elevate Women in Technology Scholarship
    When Karl Benz began making the first car, it would be in his wildest dreams that it would be powered by anything else except man. As times have changed and technology has advanced, so has the power of artificial intelligence. Artificial intelligence is a 21st-century advancement in vehicles that have done the most to improve safety while driving. Artificial ​intelligence is the theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence. People are no longer the only ones in the car. The power of artificial intelligence is my favorite scientific discovery and inspires me on how it can make the world a better place. Driver monitoring is a key feature in today's automobiles. The driver monitoring can tell whether the driver is inactive. If the driver is feeling symptoms of drowsiness or has fallen asleep under the wheel, the monitor can alert the driver with sensor alarms. The car can back up the alerts by sending the driver information about supporting navigation and points of interest that can get the driver to a safe place at times of vulnerability. Information about weather and traffic updates can also be sent along with information about navigation. This can also contribute to lowering the rates of car accidents. Artificial intelligence is changing the game in the automotive industry. The next ten years are approaching quickly and transforming all around us. The way that AI assistance drivers are like no other and make driving more accessible than it has ever been. The high technology in cars puts roadside assistance to a minimum. Drivers are now becoming safe and aware of their surroundings because of the way AI can sense activity from a geographical standpoint. That accessibility keeps marketers on their toes and ready for the car business and keeps the safety of all drivers at bay.
    Mohamed Magdi Taha Memorial Scholarship
    At my hometown school, there is only a small percentage of students who pursue post-secondary education, because they feel discouraged to broaden their horizons outside of the farming lifestyle. More than 40% of black kids in my area do not attend college. I intend to move past the statistics and make more of myself than the others in my area expect me to. I have the power to show them that they can do the same with no hesitation. My goal is to set an example for the younger generations that identify with me. I want to leave a positive impact on the world by helping to change the census in my community. I want to be a great example and advocate for the kids who aren't sure of their voices. My desire to change my community for black women and generations after me makes me the up-stander that I am today. A college education will help me do that by giving me the knowledge and a platform to set a foundation for my people back home who are counting on me. I want my impact in my community will spread around the world and will touch the lives of other brown skin children. I dream that one day they will believe that the impossible does not exist for them. No matter what you've been through or where you come from, you are more than capable to be anything your heart desires. "Don't sit down and wait for opportunities to happen, make them happen." These are the wise words from the late and great Madame C.J Walker. She has always been someone that I admire. Her determination and persistence are something that I aspire to keep with me as I continue to pursue my career. Like Mrs. Walker, I have a passion for providing a space for people of color to have business success. "I am not merely satisfied in making money for myself. For I am endeavoring to employ hundreds of women of my race." Black women have struggled for decades to have a seat in the world of business. There are many issues with the equal pay rate for black women. Black women make nearly $1 million less than white men during their careers. Madame C.J Walker can be labeled the first female black millionaire. That alone is a goal that I have for myself and an example that I want to be for the generations after me. I am on the journey to live out my ancestors' wildest dreams just as Mohamed Magdi Taha once was. With everything going on, I always say how can anybody raise a daughter in a world like the one today. We have a mission as young black women to use our strength from our struggles and to let nobody knock down our crowns. Adversity did not define who C.J Walker was. She continued to pursue her dreams despite the doubters and those who even tried to sabotage her business. She knew her worth, and he teaches me to know the value in mine.
    SmartSolar Sustainability Scholarship
    After college, I hope to be in the beginnings of my career, or should I say the beginning of my dreams coming true. I have always been one to handle my business and have a great style while doing so. In other words, after college, I hope to be a powerful female in the fashion industry handling strategic marketing for a high-quality brand. High quality is key to our environment, and this especially applies to our wardrobes. I have the perseverance to become that, and I know that the same passion I had as a little girl still lives inside me. That is why I chose the Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles major at The University of Kentucky. I have high hopes to combine the fashion industry and bring about change to the environment at the same time. With my marketing, I will be able to show the world the truth. I will spread the word about how the clothes that we wear are affecting our environment. I can do this while being an advocate for a better earth. The human cost of fast fashion is ultimately in definition, what humans are doing to obtain quick, and easy fashion. The human cost of fast fashion at a level of cheapness can result in environmental impacts around the world we live in, especially the increasing aggression of climate change. Fast fashion can impact the environment because of the ingredients and the fabrics used in the product that may not result in the best quality and become harmful to the environment to obtain such low-quality inclusions in fast fashion. The future of fashion is expected to be creative, sustainable, inclusive, and exciting. There is a future in fashion. It is up to us to save it from being diminished by the human cost of fast fashion. A cheaper alternative than cotton can be known as viscose. Viscose is a rayon that is responsible for emitting chemicals that are harmful to the earth and humans. This means that the greenhouse gas percentage is higher because of the viscose fiber. I will advocate for a ban on viscose so we can make for a greener environment because there will be no waste streams or harmful chemicals that will affect our climate. Apparel is a part of everyone’s every day, and as humans fast fashion is expensive to the world around us. The end of fashion is expected to be creative, sustainable, inclusive, and exciting. With my platform in the fashion industry on the marketing team, I can spread the brands that are better for us, and warn about the ones that are hurting our earth. Although fast fashion is cheap and the easy way out, our world deserves better.
    Taylor J. Paul Arts and Media Scholarship
    After college, I hope to be in the beginnings of my career, or should I say my dreams coming true. In other words, after college, I hope to be a powerful female in the fashion industry handling strategic marketing for a high-quality brand. High quality is key to our environment, and this especially applies to our wardrobes. I have the perseverance to become that, and I know that the same passion that I had as a little girl still lives inside of me. That is why I chose the Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles major at The University of Kentucky. I have high hopes to combine the fashion industry and bring about change to the environment at the same time. With my position in fashion, I will be able to show the world the truth. I will spread the word about how the clothes that we wear are affecting our environment. I can do this while being an advocate for a better earth. The human cost of fast fashion is ultimately in definition, what humans are doing to obtain quick, and easy fashion. The human cost of fast fashion at a level of cheapness can result in environmental impacts around the world we live in. Fast fashion can impact the environment because of the ingredients and the fabrics used in the product that may not result in the best quality and become harmful to the environment to obtain such low-quality inclusions in fast fashion. Because I have seen what the toxins that go into fast fashion are doing to the environment, I will be a voice for change. With my position in the fashion industry, I will be an advocate and let people know which products are sustainable and a better selection for our earth. When it comes to fashion, it shouldn't be about the dollar. It should be about earth-friendly fashion and wearing cleaner branded clothes for our earth. Having a college education will increase my chances of success in finding a career in my intended major. I want to be a businesswoman. Employers will not hire someone who doesn’t have the proper understanding of the job. I want to show that I am more capable and qualified to be a leader in my intended career and that it all begins with obtaining a college degree. I can prove that not only do I have what it takes to become a successful student, but I also have what it takes to become the next leader in the fashion industry. Education is the key needed for my success in the world of fashion. I can connect my passion for education with my love for the fashion world. Undoubtedly, higher education will expand much more than my knowledge and understanding of my major, but it will broaden and help me develop as a person.
    Firstcard-Scholarship for Students
    I have seen my peers make the mistake of not knowing the total cost of adult life. A person will likely live paycheck to paycheck when they're young. Teens are typically blind to the price tag of everyday life. Food, housing, and healthcare all add up in the blink of an eye. It can be easy to miss this information because these costs are often covered by parents. If you’ve never known the costs of these things, it’s easy to undervalue them or forget to factor them into your expenses entirely. Unfortunately, this can lead to under-saving. When my friends and I describe our wildest dreams together, it often includes traveling the world, having a fancy wedding, or raising our kids with a huge backyard. This cannot be made possible if our paychecks go towards unessential things. I want to be ready when life throws me a curveball. I am a believer that money makes the world turn. The world does not stop turning when you can’t afford it. My best skill is my ability to invest properly in my future. Real life is coming whether we like it or not. It should not be taboo to discuss money with your parents. Financial advice that I have received that has changed my life is to invest in the future. I am improving my investing skills by creating budget plans for myself and my friends. As teenagers, it's vital to know where the money goes every single month. Some costs will transfer into adulthood, such as a cell phone plan, paying for gas, or paying for auto registration or insurance if they have their car. It's good to get used to having a reduced portion of pay available for fun money and is realistic for the future. Plus, what is saved can go towards building a healthy emergency savings fund or a special goal savings account. Like my role model, Madam CJ Walker, I have a passion for providing a space for people of color to have business success. As a woman of color in this country, I am starting at an earlier age to break the barrier presented because of skin color. "I am not merely satisfied in making money for myself. For I am endeavoring to employ hundreds of women of my race." Black women have struggled for decades to have a seat in the world of business. There are many issues with the equal pay rate for black women. Black women make nearly $1 million less than white men during their careers. Madame C.J Walker can be labeled the first female black millionaire. That alone is a goal that I have for myself and an example that I want to be for the generations after me. The key is to start now.
    Eitel Scholarship
    After college, I hope to be in the beginnings of my career, or should I say my dreams coming true. In other words, after college, I hope to be a powerful female in the fashion industry handling strategic marketing for a high-quality brand. High quality is key to our environment, and this especially applies to our wardrobes. I have the perseverance to become that, and I know that the same passion that I had as a little girl still lives inside of me. That is why I chose the Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles major at The University of Kentucky. I have high hopes to combine the fashion industry and bring about change to the environment at the same time. With my marketing, I will be able to show the world the truth. I will spread the word about how the clothes that we wear are affecting our environment. I can do this while being an advocate for a better earth. The human cost of fast fashion is ultimately in definition, what humans are doing to obtain quick, and easy fashion. The human cost of fast fashion at a level of cheapness can result in environmental impacts around the world we live in. Fast fashion can impact the environment because of the ingredients and the fabrics used in the product that may not result in the best quality and become harmful to the environment to obtain such low-quality inclusions in fast fashion. Because I have seen what the toxins that go into fast fashion are doing to the environment, I will be a voice of change. With my position in marketing in the fashion industry, I will be an advocate and let people know which products are sustainable and a better selection for our earth. When it comes to fashion, it shouldn't be about the dollar. It should be about earth-friendly fashion and wearing cleaner branded clothes for our earth. This scholarship is an amazing way to give me push forward to get me where I'm going. I am already in debt of loans that equal up to $10,000, and this is just the beginning. I am serious about pursuing my dreams and going the educational route to do so. There is a heavy financial burden throughout this journey. This scholarship will eliminate me from taking out a larger amount of a loan than preferred. It can be estimated that the ending loan balance upon graduation is going to be near $25,000. That amount is something that I will struggle to come up with and maintain with my new adjustments. I have created a budget that spells out all estimated expenses for obtaining my degree. The budget plan breaks down an estimated total billable cost of $24,606 per academic year, including tuition, housing, and meal plans. The estimated non-billable cost totals $5,358 per academic year including books, travel, and personal supplies. This estimates to equal a cost of $29,964 per academic year. The income I will receive from my family is little to none. I am now on the uprising of becoming an independent young woman who must support herself financially and has an active role in keeping student debt to a minimum and this scholarship will get me closer to my goal.
    Share Your Poetry Scholarship
    I have written a poem that explains how a dog has changed my life... My dog keeps me sane. The touch of his wet nose is a slime I don’t mind. With him, I feel important, wanted, and needed. No matter what, I know he accepts me for who I am. He wants me to pick my head up so I can give him attention. I need him to continue to need me and never leave me. His silence speaks volumes, for it is louder than a human. The bass in his growl is like rolling thunder. The barks rattle the room like an earthquake. I feel like a celebrity, as he sniffs the corners for trouble. The wagging of the tail confirms the coast is clear. My bodyguard has four legs, I keep him nearby. I am the protector of my protector. When my dog paces for joy, I do the same, constantly running in a circle. His favorite squeaky is a funny song and brings to smile to our faces. The squeal of the rubber bone gives me clarity. If that song didn’t play, I would be surrounded by the sound of my thoughts. I throw the jukebox across the room and wait for its return. I long for the replay of those songs. Every treat he gets he deserves. He gets rewarded for his good behavior or just merely for his presence. He even knows a few tricks that’ll lead to a hug. Who knew that rolling over would be such a delight? The things he does is entertainment at his finest. It is a treat for me to give him treats. His glossy eyes reassure me. With you, it’s a judgment-free zone. I can be me and you love the real me. I’m not as bad as I think I am. The listening ears and the shoulder for tears make it all the easier. I rub those ears to thank you for your service. I’ll never walk alone. I come around the corner to see him patiently waiting at the door. He’s like a child clinging to my legs holding on for dear life. I am his dear life as he is mine. My legs bump his body as I move forward down the street. I almost trip over him every time. I’m not too worried because I’ll have a savior. He shows loyalty like no other as it is truly one of a kind. He will get scrappy against any enemy for me. I will get scrappy to defend his name in vain. Loyalty makes you family, and the bond will never break. I owe my loyalty to him. This is because I never question his. I ask myself, what did I do to deserve him? Could I ever care for him as he does me? The thump of his tail Is my heartbeat. He keeps me going. The sniff on my forehead wakes me up in the morning. Without my dog, I’d have no rhythm in my chest. I would have no motivation to get out of bed. It’s hard to remember that a dog is not all to your whole life. It’s crazy how a dog makes your life whole. It's like having a child, but you know it won’t last forever. One will never know love until they have felt the heartbeat of a dog in their arms.
    Theresa Lord Future Leader Scholarship
    Having a college education will increase my chances of success in finding a career in my intended major. I want to be a businesswoman. Employers will not hire someone who doesn’t have the proper understanding of the job. I want to show that I am more capable and qualified to be a leader in my intended career and that it all begins with obtaining a college degree. I can prove that not only do I have what it takes to become a successful student, but I also have what it takes to become the next leader in the fashion industry. Education is the key needed for my success in the worlds of business and also fashion. I can connect my passion for education with my love for the world of business. Undoubtedly, higher education will expand much more than my knowledge and understanding of my major, but it will broaden and help me develop as a person. As a little girl, I always dreamed of being the head of a table and pointing out on my pie chart why my ideas are the recipe for a change. That little girl still lives inside. My assertiveness, motivation, and persistence have only grown stronger. These characteristics have allowed me to continue to work hard and have a tunnel vision of my end goal. Five years from now, I see myself being employed at a global company, sitting in a conference room with the head of sales, and marketing the biggest name brands in the world. It has shaken me in the most positive way that the younger age group looks to me in my community as an inspiration. I am so excited to further my journey and surprise my people and the community at the University of Kentucky with what the future holds for me. Because of the time that we live in and in a society that revolves around social media, I found myself trying to make a journey based on someone else just to feel a sense of acceptance. My insecurities drowned my mental health. I had to overcome the peer pressure of being someone that I was not. This caused me to suffer from severe anxiety. Something that I learned about myself that was the most valuable was to be happy. I had to simply take the path to become my person and stand true to my identity without the outside influences telling me to be something else. Social media tended to impact the decisions that I was making. Instead of following the trends around me, I made a turnaround and started to create my own.
    Growing with Gabby Scholarship
    As a little girl, I always dreamed of being the head of a table and pointing out on my pie chart why my ideas are the recipe for a change. That little girl still lives inside. My assertiveness, motivation, and persistence have only grown stronger. These characteristics have allowed me to continue to work hard and have a tunnel vision of my end goal. The best way to live a long, healthy life is to find your dreams and chase them until you achieve them. When you have a dream and begin to chase it, that becomes the meaning of your life. Your dreams are the things that bring you happiness and allow you to look forward and begin creating your best self. I am in love with who am I because I know the person that I am growing to become for my dreams. Over the past year, I have living a healthier lifestyle and transforming into there person I want to become. Five years from now, I see myself being employed at a global company, sitting in a conference room with the head of sales, and marketing the biggest name brands in the world. I can prove that not I do not only have what it takes to become a successful student, but I also have what it takes to become the next leader in the fashion industry. This happiness I have to chase my dream will lead to a long, healthy life. A healthy lifestyle consists of being able to not worry about others understanding you, but your ability to understand yourself. The biggest commitment that you can have is the one to yourself. Confidence can be intimidating but overall, as long as you can make a turnaround for yourself the reward is greater. I have learned that this part of myself has always been inside. The sun will continue to shine whether people understand where you are coming from or not, so it is most critical that you make every day count most importantly for yourself. The impact that confidence has on me is my journey of self-love and not comparing myself to others. Because of the time that we live in and in a society that revolves around social media, I found myself trying to make a journey based on someone else just to feel a sense of acceptance. My insecurities drowned my mental health. Something that I learned about myself that was the most valuable was, to be happy I had to simply take the path to become my person and stand true to my identity without the outside influences telling me to be something else. Social media tended to impact the decisions that I was making. Instead of following the trends around me, I made a turnaround and started to create my own.
    Ms. Susy’s Disney Character Scholarship
    At the beginning of my childhood, it was unheard of for a princess to have brown skin. I wanted to wear a crown, have my chin high, and spin in my dress just like the other princesses. Princess Tiana is truly a dream come true. She is my favorite Disney character and will remain to be my favorite character for many reasons. She symbolizes that royalty also belongs to people who look like me, especially girls. She did not wait for a prince to save her from distress. She shows that she is able to carry herself with great strength and independence. I want to be an inspiration to the black community and the generations that come after me that it is possible to stand your ground against adversity. She continues to teach me that with hard work and determination, dreams can come true. She had a vision for her restaurant and was going to do whatever it took to make it happen. I have a dream of opening my own clothing boutique. I know to some that dream seems miles away. But just like Tiana, it is only a star in the sky away. Princess Tiana is a woman of color that carries herself with grace and elegance. That is something that many people didn't think go together. I want my impact on my community and the ground that I have laid for myself to be an inspiration to generations after me. In the future, I plan to encourage others to find a star and wish upon it and to never let anything stop them from living their dreams and carrying out the full potential of the strength that they carry. Tiana is a role model for little black girls all over. Princess Tiana may be a fairy tale character, but it is a reality that adversity can not stop you from accomplishing your dreams.
    Mental Health Importance Scholarship
    I found myself lacking joy throughout my teenage years because of social media and the impacts of peer pressure The impact that joy has on me is my journey of self-love and not comparing myself to others. Because of the time that we live in and in a society that revolves around social media, I found myself trying to make a journey based on someone else just to feel a sense of acceptance. Social media tended to impact the decisions that I was making. I also witnessed the growth of anxiety amongst my peers to portray a certain image. Joy for me is instead of following the trends around me I started to create my own. A healthy lifestyle consists of being able to not worry about others understanding you, but your ability to understand yourself. The biggest commitment that you can have is the one to yourself. Mental health is important because it's what drives us as humans. Our mental is how we navigate how we approach one another as well as our emotions. I do my very best to maintain my mental wellness by creating my own joy and encompassing myself in nature. The thing that I love most about the great outdoors is the peace that comes with it. When I go outside, I feel like everything is going to be alright and that my problems just escape with the wind. Coming from a rural area, I am constantly surrounded by open land. I have had many experiences with lakes, rivers, and many trails that lead into the unknown. Because of this, I have to learn to maintain a healthy balance between the motions of life and serenity. The peace and tranquility of being with nature and the freedom of everything around it make me less fearful of that unknown. Taking advantage of nature is my way of relaxing and caring for my mental health. The great outdoors is truly a space where you can bring everything you are going through and clear your headspace with the help of the Earth. Where life may hurt, there is nature to help heal. The warmth of the sun is like a hug that I can't get anywhere else. Being outside makes me feel like I'm living rather than existing. When I am within nature, there is beauty everywhere that I look. So far, I can't seem to find that feeling anywhere else. The air outside gives my soul a calm stillness. As much as we try, humans can never recreate what nature offers.
    Dog Owner Scholarship
    I have written a poem that explains how a dog has changed my life... My dog keeps me sane. The touch of his wet nose is a slime I don’t mind. With him, I feel important, wanted, and needed. No matter what, I know he accepts me for who I am. He wants me to pick my head up so I can give him attention. I need him to continue to need me and never leave me. His silence speaks volumes, for it is louder than a human. The bass in his growl is like rolling thunder. The barks rattle the room like an earthquake. I feel like a celebrity, as he sniffs the corners for trouble. The wagging of the tail confirms the coast is clear. My bodyguard has four legs, I keep him nearby. I am the protector of my protector. When my dog paces for joy, I do the same, constantly running in a circle. His favorite squeaky is a funny song and brings to smile to our faces. The squeal of the rubber bone gives me clarity. If that song didn’t play, I would be surrounded by the sound of my thoughts. I throw the jukebox across the room and wait for its return. I long for the replay of those songs. Every treat he gets he deserves. He gets rewarded for his good behavior or just merely for his presence. He even knows a few tricks that’ll lead to a hug. Who knew that rolling over would be such a delight? The things he does is entertainment at his finest. It is a treat for me to give him treats. His glossy eyes bring me reassurance. With you, it’s a judgment-free zone. I can be me and you love the real me. I’m not as bad as I think I am. The listening ears and the shoulder for tears make it all the easier. I rub those ears to thank you for your service. I’ll never walk alone. I come around the corner to see him patiently waiting at the door. He’s like a child clinging to my legs holding on for dear life. I am his dear life as he is mine. My legs bump his body as I move forward down the street. I almost trip over him every time. I’m not too worried because I’ll have a savior. He shows loyalty like no other as it is truly one of a kind. He will get scrappy against any enemy for me. I will get scrappy to defend his name in vain. Loyalty makes you family, and the bond will never break. I owe my loyalty to him. This is because I never question his. I ask myself, what did I do to deserve him? Could I ever care for him as he does me? The thump of his tail Is my heartbeat. He keeps me going. The sniff on my forehead wakes me up in the morning. Without my dog, I’d have no rhythm in my chest. I would have no motivation to get out of bed. It’s hard to remember that a dog is not all to your whole life. It’s crazy how a dog makes your life whole. It's like having a child, but you know it won’t last forever. One will never know love until they have felt the heartbeat of a dog in their arms.
    Holistic Health Scholarship
    Coming from a rural area, I am constantly surrounded by open land. I find joy at home. I have had many experiences with lakes, rivers, and many trails that lead into the unknown. Because of this, I have to learn to maintain a healthy balance between the motions of life and serenity. The peace and tranquility of being with nature and the freedom of everything around it make me less fearful of that unknown. Taking advantage of nature is something that brings me joy. The great outdoors is truly a space where you can bring everything that you are going through and clear your headspace with the help of the Earth. Where life may hurt, there is nature to help heal. The warmth of the sun is like a hug that I can't get anywhere else. Being outside makes me feel like I'm living rather than existing. When I am within nature, there is beauty everywhere that I look. The air outside gives my soul a calm stillness. As much as we try, humans can never recreate what nature has to offer. I maintain my mental, physical, and nutritional health while being in school by allowing myself to be encompassed in nature and following the path to my dreams. As a little girl, I always dreamed of being the head of a table and pointing out on my pie chart why my ideas are the recipe for a change. That little girl still lives inside. My assertiveness, motivation, and persistence have only grown stronger. These characteristics have allowed me to continue to work hard and have a tunnel vision of my end goal. The best way to live a long, healthy life is to find your dreams and chase them until you achieve them. When you have a dream and begin to chase it, that becomes the meaning of your life. Your dreams are the things that bring you happiness and allow you to look forward and begin creating your best self. I am in love with who am I because I know the person that I am growing to become for my dreams. Five years from now, I see myself being employed at a global company, sitting in a conference room with the head of sales, and marketing the biggest name brands in the world. I can prove that not I do not only have what it takes to become a successful student, but I also have what it takes to become the next leader in the fashion industry. This happiness I have to chase my dream will lead to a long, healthy life.
    Femi Chebaís Scholarship
    My name is Aminah, and I dream of being a powerful female in the fashion industry. I have broken that barrier and made more of myself than the others in my area expect me to be. I can prove that not I do not only have what it takes to become a successful student, but I also have what it takes to become the next leader in the fashion industry.
    Michael Rudometkin Memorial Scholarship
    It's not about how you arrive at the end to me, but it's about the thing that was being done to build you up in the process. Encouragement is something that gives me hope that humanity isn't as bad off, as we oftentimes like to make it. A kind spirit and compassionate giving are what this world needs more of. Being selfless is when you give, but within that giving, you are receiving a sense of peace and accomplishment in your efforts. I was raised around women that showed me that selflessness was the best self-investment. I carry that mentality around today, and that is the foundation of my relationships. When I encourage others, there is no price tag on the feeling of knowing that I could have made a situation better than what it started to be. Acts of encouragement are my favorite way to show selflessness. My grandmother was the first to show me that type of selfless love. She was diagnosed with cancer when I was six years old. But despite being sick, she still encouraged me to grow up and be the strong girl she knew I could be even without her around. That for her was a way of healing through her sickness. That selflessness is something that I am unable to wrap my head around, but it's a feeling that I want to pass on to everyone that I meet. I want people to know that my love, compassion, and kindness for them are simultaneous feelings for me.
    Pet Lover Scholarship
    I have written a poem that explains how a dog has changed my life... My dog keeps me sane. The touch of his wet nose is a slime I don’t mind. With him, I feel important, wanted, and needed. No matter what, I know he accepts me for who I am. He wants me to pick my head up so I can give him attention. I need him to continue to need me and never leave me. His silence speaks volumes, for it is louder than a human. The bass in his growl is like rolling thunder. The barks rattle the room like an earthquake. I feel like a celebrity, as he sniffs the corners for trouble. The wagging of the tail confirms the coast is clear. My bodyguard has four legs, I keep him nearby. I am the protector of my protector. When my dog paces for joy, I do the same, constantly running in a circle. His favorite squeaky is a funny song and brings to smile to our faces. The squeal of the rubber bone gives me clarity. If that song didn’t play, I would be surrounded by the sound of my thoughts. I throw the jukebox across the room and wait for its return. I long for the replay of those songs. Every treats he gets he deserves. He gets rewarded for his good behavior or just merely for his presence. He even knows a few tricks that’ll lead to a hug. Who knew that rolling over would be such a delight? The things he does is entertainment at his finest. It is a treat for me to give him treats. His glossy eyes bring me reassurance. With you, it’s a judgment-free zone. I can be me and you love the real me. I’m not as bad as I think I am. The listening ears and the shoulder for tears make it all the easier. I rub those ears to thank you for your service. I’ll never walk alone. I come around the corner to see him patiently waiting at the door. He’s like a child clinging to my legs holding on for dear life. I am his dear life as he is mine. My legs bump his body as I move forward down the street. I almost trip over him every time. I’m not too worried because I’ll have a savior. He shows loyalty like no other as it is truly one of a kind. He will get scrappy against any enemy for me. I will get scrappy to defend his name in vain. Loyalty makes you family, and the bond will never break. I owe my loyalty to him. This is because I never question his. I ask myself, what did I do to deserve him? Could I ever care for him as he does me? The thump of his tail Is my heartbeat. He keeps me going. The sniff on my forehead wakes me up in the morning. Without my dog, I’d have no rhythm in my chest. I would have no motivation to get out of bed. It’s hard to remember that a dog is not all to your whole life. It’s crazy how a dog makes your life whole. It's like having a child, but you know it won’t last forever. One will never know love until they have felt the heartbeat of a dog in their arms.
    A Dog Changed My Life Scholarship
    I have written a poem that explains how a dog has changed my life... My dog keeps me sane. The touch of his wet nose is a slime I don’t mind. With him, I feel important, wanted, and needed. No matter what, I know he accepts me for who I am. He wants me to pick my head up so I can give him attention. I need him to continue to need me and never leave me. His silence speaks volumes, for it is louder than a human. The bass in his growl is like rolling thunder. The barks rattle the room like an earthquake. I feel like a celebrity, as he sniffs the corners for trouble. The wagging of the tail confirms the coast is clear. My bodyguard has four legs, I keep him nearby. I am the protector of my protector. When my dog paces for joy, I do the same, constantly running in a circle. His favorite squeaky is a funny song and brings to smile to our faces. The squeal of the rubber bone gives me clarity. If that song didn’t play, I would be surrounded by the sound of my thoughts. I throw the jukebox across the room and wait for its return. I long for the replay of those songs. Every treats he gets he deserves. He gets rewarded for his good behavior or just merely for his presence. He even knows a few tricks that’ll lead to a hug. Who knew that rolling over would be such a delight? The things he does is entertainment at his finest. It is a treat for me to give him treats. His glossy eyes bring me reassurance. With you, it’s a judgment-free zone. I can be me and you love the real me. I’m not as bad as I think I am. The listening ears and the shoulder for tears make it all the easier. I rub those ears to thank you for your service. I’ll never walk alone. I come around the corner to see him patiently waiting at the door. He’s like a child clinging to my legs holding on for dear life. I am his dear life as he is mine. My legs bump his body as I move forward down the street. I almost trip over him every time. I’m not too worried because I’ll have a savior. He shows a loyalty like no other as it is truly one of a kind. He will get scrappy against any enemy for me. I will get scrappy to defend his name in vain. Loyalty makes you family, which the bond will never break. I owe my loyalty to him. This is because I never question his. I ask myself, what did I do to deserve him? Could I ever care for him like he does me? The thump of his tail Is my heartbeat. He keeps me going. The sniff on my forehead wakes me up in the morning. Without my dog I’d have no rhythm in my chest. I would have no motivation to get out of bed. It’s hard to remember that a dog is not all to your whole life It’s crazy how a dog makes your life whole. It's like having a child, but you know it won’t last forever. One will never know love until they have felt the heartbeat of a dog in their arms
    Healthy Living Scholarship
    I found myself lacking joy throughout my teenage years because of social media and the impacts of peer pressure The impact that joy has on me is my journey of self-love and not comparing myself to others. Because of the time that we live in and in a society that revolves around social media, I found myself trying to make a journey based on someone else just to feel a sense of acceptance. Social media tended to impact the decisions that I was making. I also witnessed the growth of anxiety amongst my peers to portray a certain image. Joy for me is instead of following the trends around me I started to create my own. Coming from a rural area, I am constantly surrounded by open land. I find joy at home. I have had many experiences with lakes, rivers, and many trails that lead into the unknown. Because of this, I have to learn to maintain a healthy balance between the motions of life and serenity. The peace and tranquility of being with nature and the freedom of everything around it make me less fearful of that unknown. Taking advantage of nature is something that brings me joy. The great outdoors is truly a space where you can bring everything that you are going through and clear your headspace with the help of the Earth. Where life may hurt, there is nature to help heal. The warmth of the sun is like a hug that I can't get anywhere else. Being outside makes me feel like I'm living rather than existing. When I am within nature, there is beauty everywhere that I look. The air outside gives my soul a calm stillness. As much as we try, humans can never recreate what nature has to offer. As a little girl, I always dreamed of being the head of a table and pointing out on my pie chart why my ideas are the recipe for a change. That little girl still lives inside. My assertiveness, motivation, and persistence have only grown stronger. These characteristics have allowed me to continue to work hard and have a tunnel vision of my end goal. The best way to live a long, healthy life is to find your dreams and chase them until you achieve them. When you have a dream and begin to chase it, that becomes the meaning of your life. Your dreams are the things that bring you happiness and allow you to look forward and begin creating your best self. I am in love with who am I because I know the person that I am growing to become for my dreams. Five years from now, I see myself being employed at a global company, sitting in a conference room with the head of sales, and marketing the biggest name brands in the world. I can prove that not I do not only have what it takes to become a successful student, but I also have what it takes to become the next leader in the fashion industry. This happiness I have to chase my dream will lead to a long, healthy life. A healthy lifestyle consists of being able to not worry about others understanding you, but your ability to understand yourself. The biggest commitment that you can have is the one to yourself. Confidence can be intimidating but overall, as long as you can make a turnaround for yourself the reward is greater. I have learned that this part of myself has always been inside. The sun will continue to shine whether people understand where you are coming from or not, so it is most critical that you make every day count most importantly for yourself. The impact that confidence has on me is my journey of self-love and not comparing myself to others. Because of the time that we live in and in a society that revolves around social media, I found myself trying to make a journey based on someone else just to feel a sense of acceptance. My insecurities drowned my mental health. Something that I learned about myself that was the most valuable was, to be happy I had to simply take the path to become my person and stand true to my identity without the outside influences telling me to be something else. Social media tended to impact the decisions that I was making. I also witnessed the growth of anxiety amongst my peers to portray a certain image. Instead of following the trends around me, I made a turnaround and started to create my own.
    Shawn’s Mental Health Resources Scholarship
    I found myself lacking joy throughout my teenage years because of social media and the impacts of peer pressure The impact that joy has on me is my journey of self-love and not comparing myself to others. Because of the time that we live in and in a society that revolves around social media, I found myself trying to make a journey based on someone else just to feel a sense of acceptance. Social media tended to impact the decisions that I was making. I also witnessed the growth of anxiety amongst my peers to portray a certain image. Joy for me is instead of following the trends around me I started to create my own. Coming from a rural area, I am constantly surrounded by open land. I find joy at home. I have had many experiences with lakes, rivers, and many trails that lead into the unknown. Because of this, I have to learn to maintain a healthy balance between the motions of life and serenity. The peace and tranquility of being with nature and the freedom of everything around it make me less fearful of that unknown. Taking advantage of nature is something that brings me joy. The great outdoors is truly a space where you can bring everything that you are going through and clear your headspace with the help of the Earth. Where life may hurt, there is nature to help heal. The warmth of the sun is like a hug that I can't get anywhere else. Being outside makes me feel like I'm living rather than existing. When I am within nature, there is beauty everywhere that I look. The air outside gives my soul a calm stillness. As much as we try, humans can never recreate what nature has to offer.
    Bookman 5 Scholarship
    At my hometown school, there is only a small percentage of students who pursue post-secondary education, because they feel discouraged to broaden their horizons outside of the farming lifestyle. More than 40% of black kids in my area do not attend college. I intend to move past the statistics and make more of myself than the others in my area expect me to be. I have the power to show them that they can do the same with no hesitation. My goal is to set an example for the younger generations that identify with me. I want to leave a positive impact on the world by helping to change the census in my community. I want to be a great example and advocate for the kids who aren't sure of their voice. A college education will help me do that by giving me the knowledge and a platform to set a foundation for my people back home who are counting on me. I want my impact in my community will spread around the world and will touch the lives of other brown skin children. I dream that one day they will believe that the impossible does not exist for them. No matter what you've been through or where you come from, you are more than capable to be anything your heart desires. "Don't sit down and wait for opportunities to happen, make them happen." These are the wise words from the late and the great Madame C.J Walker. She has always been someone that I admire. Her determination and persistence are something that I aspire to keep with me as I continue to pursue my career. Like Mrs. Walker, I have a passion for providing a space for people of color to have business success. "I am not merely satisfied in making money for myself. For I am endeavoring to employ hundreds of women of my race." Black women have struggled for decades to have a seat in the world of business. There are many issues with the equal pay rate for black women. Black women make nearly $1 million less than white men during their careers. Madame C.J Walker can be labeled the first female black millionaire. That alone is a goal that I have for myself and an example that I want to be for the generations after me. I am on the journey to live out my ancestors' wildest dreams. With everything going on, I always say how can anybody raise a daughter in a world like the one today. We have a mission as young black women to use our strength from our struggles and to let nobody knock down our crowns. Adversity did not define who C.J Walker was. She continued to pursue her dreams despite the doubters and those who even tried to sabotage her business. She knew her worth, and he teaches me to know the value in mine.
    Bold Community Activist Scholarship
    At my hometown school, there is only a small percentage of students who pursue post-secondary education, because they feel discouraged to broaden their horizons outside of the farming lifestyle. More than 40% of black kids in my area do not attend college. I intend to move past the statistics and make more of myself than the others in my area expect me to be. I have the power to show them that they can do the same with no hesitation. My goal is to set an example for the younger generations that identify with me. I want to leave a positive impact on the world by helping to change the census in my community. I want to be a great example and advocate for the kids who aren't sure of their voice. A college education will help me do that by giving me the knowledge and a platform to set a foundation for my people back home who are counting on me. I am on the journey to live out my ancestors' wildest dreams. We have a mission as young kings and queens to uplift each other and reach for the stars. I want my impact in my community will spread around the world and will touch the lives of other brown skin children. I dream that one day they will believe that the impossible does not exist for them. No matter what you've been through or where you come from, you are more than capable to be anything your heart desires.
    Bold Mentor Scholarship
    At my hometown school, there is only a small percentage of students who pursue post-secondary education, because they feel discouraged to broaden their horizons outside of the farming lifestyle. More than 40% of black kids in my area do not attend college. I intend to move past the statistics and make more of myself than the others in my area expect me to be. I have the power to show them that they can do the same with no hesitation. My goal is to set an example for the younger generations that identify with me. I want to leave a positive impact on the world by helping to change the census in my community. I want to be a great example and advocate for the kids who aren't sure of their voice. A college education will help me do that by giving me the knowledge and a platform to set a foundation for my people back home who are counting on me. I am on the journey to live out my ancestors' wildest dreams. We have a mission as young kings and queens to uplift each other and reach for the stars. I want my impact through mentorship to spread around the world and touch the lives of other brown skin children. I dream that one day they will believe that the impossible does not exist for them. No matter what you've been through or where you come from, you are more than capable to be anything your heart desires.
    Bold Climate Changemakers Scholarship
    I have high hopes to combine the fashion industry and bring about change to the environment at the same time. This is why I chose to study Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles at the University of Kentucky. The human cost of fast fashion is ultimately in definition, what humans are doing to obtain quick, and easy fashion. Fast fashion is at a level of cheapness that can result in environmental impacts around the world. Fast fashion can impact the environment because of the ingredients and the fabrics used in the product that may not result in the best quality and become harmful to the environment to obtain such low-quality inclusions in fast fashion. Apparel is a part of everyone’s every day, and as humans fast fashion is expensive to the world around us. The future of fashion is expected to be creative, sustainable, inclusive, and exciting. There is a future in fashion. It is up to us to save it from being diminished by the human cost of fast fashion. A cheaper alternative than cotton can be known as viscose. Viscose is a rayon that is responsible for emitting chemicals that are harmful to earth and humans. This means that the greenhouse gas percentage is higher because of the viscose fiber. I will advocate for a ban on viscose so we can make for a greener environment because there will be no waste streams or harmful chemicals that will affect our climate. Because I have seen what the toxins that go into fast fashion are doing to the environment, I will be a voice of change. With my position in marketing in the fashion industry, When it comes to fashion, it shouldn't be about the dollar. It should be about earth-friendly fashion and wearing cleaner branded clothes for our earth.
    Cat Zingano Overcoming Loss Scholarship
    I was raised around a woman that showed me that spreading kindness was the best self-investment. I carry that mentality around today, and that is the foundation of my relationships. When I encourage others, there is no price tag on the feeling of knowing that I could have made a situation better than what it started to be. Spreading kindness is my favorite way to show selflessness. My grandmother was the first person to show me that type of selfless love. She was diagnosed with cancer when I was six years old. But despite being sick, she still encouraged me to grow up and be the strong girl she knew I could be even without her around. That for her was a way of healing through her sickness. That selflessness is something that I am unable to wrap my head around, but it's a feeling that I want to pass on to everyone that I meet. After she passed, I wanted people to feel the love, compassion, and kindness that she made me feel. My grandmother and I were quite close. There is no relationship that I can find as strong as the one that I had with her. This is because she is all I had. I am an only child and she felt my void of having no siblings. Even though I don’t have a brother or sister, there was never a dull moment when I was with her. My grandmother was there for a big portion of my childhood and raised me when I was a little girl. I learned to cook, clean, and fend for myself at an early age. My favorite memories are when I shared those moments in the kitchen with her. She knew exactly what she was doing and that confidence is something I aspire to have. She had a way with the oven. She would bake so many goodies without a measuring cup in sight. I have always wondered how she baked without measuring ingredients, and her products always ended up so delicious. It's because all those baked goods were made with love just like the love she showed me. I love to look back and chuckle at all the times she would smack my hand away from the hot pan because I was such a curious child. She taught me patience. When I bake, I feel the tiny sting on the back of my hand. I know she's always in the kitchen with me. We laughed, fought, and confide in each other just like siblings would do. I am like my grandmother because I have a heart of gold. I will go to the ends of the earth for the people that I don’t even know. We both were taught that kindness doesn’t cost a thing and that in return, we will gather many blessings for the things we have done for people who are in need. Her strong faith in God has led me to believe that she is watching over our family as we look after each other here on earth.
    RESILIENCE Scholarship
    I was raised around a woman that showed me that spreading kindness was the best self-investment. I carry that mentality around today, and that is the foundation of my relationships. When I encourage others, there is no price tag on the feeling of knowing that I could have made a situation better than what it started to be. Spreading kindness is my favorite way to show selflessness. My grandmother was the first person to show me that type of selfless love. She was diagnosed with cancer when I was six years old. But despite being sick, she still encouraged me to grow up and be the strong girl she knew I could be even without her around. That for her was a way of healing through her sickness. That selflessness is something that I am unable to wrap my head around, but it's a feeling that I want to pass on to everyone that I meet. After she passed, I wanted people to feel the love, compassion, and kindness that she made me feel. My grandmother and I were quite close. There is no relationship that I can find as strong as the one that I had with her. This is because she is all I had. I am an only child and she felt my void of having no siblings. Even though I don’t have a brother or sister, there was never a dull moment when I was with her. My grandmother was there for a big portion of my childhood and raised me when I was a little girl. I learned to cook, clean, and fend for myself at an early age. My favorite memories are when I shared those moments in the kitchen with her. She knew exactly what she was doing and that confidence is something I aspire to have. She had a way with the oven. She would bake so many goodies without a measuring cup in sight. I have always wondered how she baked without measuring ingredients, and her products always ended up so delicious. It's because all those baked goods were made with love just like the love she showed me. I love to look back and chuckle at all the times she would smack my hand away from the hot pan because I was such a curious child. She taught me patience. When I bake, I feel the tiny sting on the back of my hand. I know she's always in the kitchen with me. We laughed, fought, and confide in each other just like siblings would do. I am like my grandmother because I have a heart of gold. I will go to the ends of the earth for the people that I don’t even know. We both were taught that kindness doesn’t cost a thing and that in return, we will gather many blessings for the things we have done for people who are in need. Her strong faith in God has led me to believe that she is watching over our family as we look after each other here on earth.
    College Showdown Scholarship
    Surya Education Assistance Scholarship
    At my hometown school, there is only a small percentage of students who pursue post-secondary education, because they feel discouraged to broaden their horizons outside of the farming lifestyle. More than 40% of black kids in my area do not attend college. I intend to move past the statistics and make more of myself than the others in my area expect me to be. I have the power to show them that they can do the same with no hesitation. My goal is to set an example for the younger generations that identify with me. I want to leave a positive impact on the world by helping to change the census amongst my community. I want to be a great example and advocate for the kids who aren't sure of their voice. A college education will help me do that by giving me the knowledge and a platform to set a foundation for my people back home who are counting on me. I am on the journey to live out my ancestors' wildest dreams. We have a mission as young kings and queens to uplift each other and reach for the stars. I want my impact in my community will spread around the world and will touch the lives of other brown skin children. I dream that one day they will believe that the impossible does not exist for them. No matter what you've been through or where you come from, you are more than capable to be anything your heart desires. A college education will increase my chances of success in finding a career in my intended major. I want to be a businesswoman. It is no doubt that higher education will expand much more than my knowledge and understanding of my major, but it will broaden and help me develop as a person. This comes with a price. A price that I am committed to paying for a dream that has never left my side. With the help of this scholarship, it can allow me to see out the plan that I have always had with more financial ease. You will be helping me and who I am meant to be. Education is the key needed for my success in the worlds of business and also fashion. I can connect my passion for education with my passion for the world of business. It is no doubt that higher education will expand much more than my knowledge and understanding of my major. But it will broaden and help me develop as a person. A college education will help me achieve those goals by giving me the knowledge that I need to succeed in the industry. My teachers and professors will be highly knowledgeable and have information that I can apply to my career. Through their careers, they have made connections, and it will allow me to network with the people that they know in the fashion industry. I have opportunities that can take me places. The environment of a college education is completely hands-on, and that is not sonneting that they provide in high school. I will endure labs, work studies, and internships that will give me a feel of what it’s like to be in the career of my dreams. With my college-level courses and interactive moments in the classroom, I will have a sense of the challenges that I will face in my line of work.
    Youssef University’s College Life Scholarship
    This scholarship is an amazing way to give me push forward to get me where I'm going. I am already in debt of loans that equal up to $10,000, and this is just the beginning. I am serious about pursuing my dreams and going the educational route to do so. There is a heavy financial burden throughout this journey. This scholarship will eliminate me from taking out a larger amount of a loan than preferred. It can be estimated that the ending loan balance upon graduation is going to be near $25,000. That amount is something that I will struggle to come up with and maintain with my new adjustments. I have created a budget that spells out all estimated expenses for obtaining my degree. The budget plan breaks down an estimated total billable cost of $24,606 per academic year, including tuition, housing, and meal plans. The estimated non-billable cost totals $5,358 per academic year including books, travel, and personal supplies. This estimates to equal a cost of $29,964 per academic year. The income I will receive from my family is little to none. I am now on the uprising of becoming an independent young woman who must support herself financially and has an active role in keeping student debt to a minimum and this scholarship will get me closer to my goal.
    Bold Selfless Acts Scholarship
    It's not about how you arrive at the end to me, but it's about the thing that was being done to build you up in the process. Encouragement is something that gives me hope that humanity isn't as bad off, as we oftentimes like to make it. A kind spirit and compassionate giving are what this world needs more of. Being selfless is when you give, but within that giving, you are receiving a sense of peace and accomplishment in your efforts. I was raised around women that showed me that selflessness was the best self-investment. I carry that mentality around today, and that is the foundation of my relationships. When I encourage others, there is no price tag on the feeling of knowing that I could have made a situation better than what it started to be. Acts of encouragement are my favorite way to show selflessness. My grandmother was the first person to show me that type of selfless love. She was diagnosed with cancer when I was six years old. But despite being sick, she still encouraged me to grow up and be the strong girl she knew I could be even without her around. That for her was a way of healing through her sickness. That selflessness is something that I am unable to wrap my head around, but it's a feeling that I want to pass to everyone that I meet. I want people to know that my love, compassion, and kindness for them are simultaneous feelings for me.
    Bold Bravery Scholarship
    Bravery is being able to not worry about others understanding you, but your ability to understand yourself. The biggest commitment that you can have is the one to yourself. Bravery can be intimidating but overall, as long as you can make a turnaround for yourself the reward is greater. I have learned that this part of myself has always been inside. The sun will continue to shine whether people understand where you are coming from or not, so it is most critical that you make every day count most importantly for yourself. The impact that bravery has for me is my journey of self-love and not comparing myself to others. Because of the time that we live in and in a society that revolves around social media, I found myself trying to make a journey based on someone else just to feel a sense of acceptance. My insecurities drowned my mental health. Something that I learned about myself that was the most valuable was, to be happy I had to simply take the path to become my person and stand true to my identity without the outside influences telling me to be something else. Social media tended to impact the decisions that I was making. I also witnessed the growth of anxiety amongst my peers to portray a certain image. Instead of following the trends around me, I made a turnaround and started to create my own.
    Bold Career Goals Scholarship
    After college, I hope to be in the beginnings of my career, or should I say my dreams coming true. In other words, after college, I hope to be a powerful female in the fashion industry handling strategic marketing for a high-quality brand. High-quality is key to our environment, and this especially applies to our wardrobes. I have the perseverance to become that, and I know that the same passion that I had as a little girl still lives inside of me. That is why I chose the Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles major at The University of Kentucky. I have high hopes to combine the fashion industry and bring about change to the environment at the same time. With my marketing, I will be able to show the world the truth. I will spread the word about how the clothes that we wear are affecting our environment. I can do this while being an advocate for a better earth. The human cost of fast fashion is ultimately in definition, what humans are doing to obtain quick, and easy fashion. The human cost of fast fashion at a level of cheapness can result in environmental impacts around the world we live in. Because I have seen what the toxins that go into fast fashion are doing to the environment, I will be a voice of change. With my position in marketing in the fashion industry, I will be an advocate and let people know which products are sustainable and a better selection for our earth. When it comes to fashion, it shouldn't be about the dollar. It should be about earth-friendly fashion and wearing cleaner branded clothes for our earth.
    Bold Success Scholarship
    After college, I hope to be in the beginnings of my career, or should I say my dreams coming true. In other words, after college, I hope to be a powerful female in the fashion industry handling strategic marketing for a high-quality brand. High-quality is key to our environment, and this especially applies to our wardrobes. I have the perseverance to become that, and I know that the same passion that I had as a little girl still lives inside of me. That is why I chose the Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles major at The University of Kentucky. I have high hopes to combine the fashion industry and bring about change to the environment at the same time. With my marketing, I will be able to show the world the truth. I will spread the word about how the clothes that we wear are affecting our environment. I can do this while being an advocate for a better earth. The human cost of fast fashion is ultimately in definition, what humans are doing to obtain quick, and easy fashion. The human cost of fast fashion at a level of cheapness can result in environmental impacts around the world we live in. Because I have seen what the toxins that go into fast fashion are doing to the environment, I will be a voice of change. With my position in marketing in the fashion industry, I will be an advocate and let people know which products are sustainable and a better selection for our earth. When it comes to fashion, it shouldn't be about the dollar. It should be about earth-friendly fashion and wearing cleaner branded clothes for our earth.
    Bold Reflection Scholarship
    At my high school in rural Kentucky, there is only a small percentage of students who pursue post-secondary education because they feel discouraged to broaden their horizons outside of the farming lifestyle. More than 40% of black kids in my area do not attend college. I have broken that barrier and made more of myself than what the others in my area expect me to be. It has shaken me in the most positive way that the younger age group looks to me in my community as an inspiration. I am so excited to further my journey and surprise my people and the diverse community at the University of Kentucky with what the future holds for me. My mother's drive to achieve their goals and become educated in the field she is passionate about inspires me to reach out where the resources are to help me achieve the same. When I hear my mother speak about saving lives in the medical field, this makes me more expressive about my passions too. I speak openly about my excitement about my future and my career in the fashion industry. Because of her continuous belief in me and my capabilities, I believe in myself. I can make anything that I put my mind to come true.
    Bold Fuel Your Life Scholarship
    As a little girl, I always dreamed of being the head of a table and pointing out on my pie chart why my ideas are the recipe for a change. That little girl still lives inside. My assertiveness, motivation, and persistence have only grown stronger. These characteristics have allowed me to continue to work hard and have tunnel vision to my end goal. Five years from now, I see myself being employed at a global company, sitting in a conference room with the head of sales, and marketing the biggest name brands in the world. I can prove that not I do not only have what it takes to become a successful student, but I also have what it takes to become the next leader in the fashion industry. At my high school in rural Kentucky, there is only a small percentage of students who pursue post-secondary education because they feel discouraged to broaden their horizons outside of the farming lifestyle. More than 40% of black kids in my area do not attend college. I have broken that barrier and made more of myself than what the others in my area expect me to be. It has shaken me in the most positive way that the younger age group looks to me in my community as an inspiration. I am so excited to further my journey and surprise my people and the diverse community at the University of Kentucky with what the future holds for me. The goals and aspirations that I have for myself fuel my life and make me excited for the next steps to come.
    Bold Speak Your Mind Scholarship
    At my high school in rural Kentucky, there is only a small percentage of students who pursue post-secondary education because they feel discouraged to broaden their horizons outside of the farming lifestyle. More than 40% of black kids in my area do not attend college. I have broken that barrier and made more of myself than what the others in my area expect me to be. It has shaken me in the most positive way that the younger age group looks to me in my community as an inspiration. I am so excited to further my journey and surprise my people and the diverse community at the University of Kentucky with what the future holds for me. My diverse background from where I am from and the adversities that I’ve faced will allow me to contribute to the educational diversity at the University of Kentucky by allowing the university to see my mission and my journey through the work that I put in at the University of Kentucky. So far here at the university, only 6.7% of the students here at the University of Kentucky are African American. The fact that I am here at the University of Kentucky proves that I am committed to speaking my mind and not listening to others' opinions about what direction to take my life. l know my capabilities and that anything that I put my mind to I achieve.
    Bold Bucket List Scholarship
    After college I hope to be in the beginnings of my career, or should I say my dreams coming true. I have always been one to handle my business and have a great style while doing so. In other words, I hope to be a powerful female in the fashion industry handing strategic marketing in the fashion industry. I have always been one for dreaming big and playing dress-up at the same time. I know that the same passion that I had as a little girl still lives inside of me. I have what it takes to be the next educated businesswoman in the fashion marketing industry. This is because I believe this is where I belong. As a little girl, I always dreamed of being the head of a table and pointing out on my pie chart why my ideas are the recipe for a change. One thing I have achieved on my bucket list is graduating high school and making it to college. That is why I chose the Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles major at The University of Kentucky. Five years from now, I hope to be employed at a global company, sitting in a conference room with the head of marketing and sales, and to be marketing for the biggest name brands in the world. I have always had this dream. I have come this far into my life and I have always been sure in my heart that the fashion industry is what I’ve wanted to do. Fashion has always been my outlet to express myself and it's where I come to life. My happiness is in the clothes that I wear.
    Bold Confidence Matters Scholarship
    Five years from now, I see myself being employed at a global company, sitting in a conference room with the head of sales, and marketing the biggest name brands in the world. I can prove that not I do not only have what it takes to become a successful student, but I also have what it takes to become the next leader in the fashion industry. This is why I have chosen to get my bachelor's degree in Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles. At my high school in rural Kentucky, there is only a small percentage of students who pursue post-secondary education because they feel discouraged to broaden their horizons outside of the farming lifestyle. More than 40% of black kids in my area do not attend college. I have broken that barrier and made more of myself than what the others in my area expect me to be. It has shaken me in the most positive way that the younger age group looks to me in my community as an inspiration. I am so excited to further my journey and surprise my people and the diverse community at the University of Kentucky with what the future holds for me. "Don't sit down and wait for opportunities to happen, make them happen." These are the wise words from the late and the great Madame C.J Walker. She has always been someone that I admire. Her determination and persistence are something that I aspire to keep with me as I continue to pursue my career. Confidence is realizing your purpose in life and fulfilling the purpose. My purpose is to change the world in the fashion industry as well as in the black community. I am my ancestor's wildest dreams and I am confident I will see those dreams through.
    Bold Hope for the Future Scholarship
    After college, I hope to be in the beginnings of my career, or should I say my dreams coming true. I have always been one to handle my business and have a great style while doing so. In other words, after college, I hope to be a powerful female in the fashion industry handling strategic marketing for a high-quality brand. High-quality is key to our environment, and this especially applies to our wardrobes. I have the perseverance to become that, and I know that the same passion that I had as a little girl still lives inside of me. That is why I chose the Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles major at The University of Kentucky. I have high hopes to combine the fashion industry and bring about change to the environment at the same time. With my marketing, I will be able to show the world the truth. I will spread the word about how the clothes that we wear are affecting our environment. I can do this while being an advocate for a better earth. The human cost of fast fashion is ultimately in definition, what humans are doing to obtain quick, and easy fashion. The human cost of fast fashion at a level of cheapness can result in environmental impacts around the world we live in. Fast fashion can impact the environment because of the ingredients and the fabrics used in the product that may not result in the best quality and become harmful to the environment to obtain such low-quality inclusions in fast fashion. The development of technology allows us a platform to be able to spread the word loud and clear and how it affects our surroundings. this development gives me hope for the future. Apparel is a part of everyone’s every day, and as human’s fast fashion is expensive to the world around us. The future of fashion is expected to be creative, sustainable, inclusive, and exciting. There is a future in fashion. It is up to us to save it from being diminished by the human cost of fast fashion. With my platform in the fashion industry on the marketing team, I can spread the brands that are better for us, and warn about the ones that are hurting our earth. Although fast fashion is cheap and the easy way out, our world deserves more.
    Marissa Collections Scholarship
    My favorite fashion designer is an idol for women to embrace their femininity as well as embody that life that is given to us. My all-time favorite fashion designer is Felisha Noel. She is an inspiration to me. It is always inspiring to me to see a woman of color so successful in the fashion industry. Felisha is from the Brooklyn, NY. I feel like I can relate to her because our background comes from building our dreams from the ground up with all that we have around us and making the most of it. Noel's brand embodies bright and electric colors with her mantra for life which is to "Eat well, travel often, and dress to inspire" The one thing about Felish Noel's designs and brand is her care and consideration for the earth. Felisha uses all-natural fabrics as well as has her products handcrafted in the heart of Brooklyn, NY. Felisha Noel turns old water bottles, fishing nets, and other waste items into bras, leggings, and shorts. Reusing materials saves the earth from the harmful greenhouse gases that are in the air when making fast fashion items. They also have an in-house recycling program for when wear and tear take its toll on clothing items. High-quality is key to our environment, and this especially applies to our wardrobes. Felisha and I have an understanding of this and want to make the earth a cleaner place while changing the fashion industry. That is why I chose the Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles major at The University of Kentucky. I have high hopes to combine the fashion industry and bring about change to the environment at the same time. The human cost of fast fashion is ultimately in definition, what humans are doing to obtain quick, and easy fashion. The human cost of fast fashion at a level of cheapness can result in environmental impacts around the world we live in. Fast fashion can impact the environment because of the ingredients and the fabrics used in the product that may not result in the best quality and become harmful to the environment to obtain such low-quality inclusions in fast fashion. Because I have seen what the toxins that go into fast fashion are doing to the environment, I will be a voice of change. With my position in the fashion industry, I will be an advocate and let people know which products are sustainable and a better selection for our earth. When it comes to fashion, it shouldn't be about the dollar. It should be about earth-friendly fashion and wearing cleaner branded clothes for our earth. I have come this far into my life and I have always been sure in my heart that the fashion industry is what I’ve wanted to do. Fashion has always been my outlet to express myself and it's where I come to life. My happiness is in the clothes that I wear. I want to be able to show others that they can express themselves through fashion in a sustainable way. I have what it takes to become the face of the fashion industry.
    Snap Finance “Funding the Future” Scholarship
    At my hometown school, there is only a small percentage of students who pursue post-secondary education, because they feel discouraged to broaden their horizons outside of the farming lifestyle. More than 40% of black kids in my area do not attend college. I intend to move past the statistics and make more of myself than the others in my area expect me to be. I have the power to show them that they can do the same with no hesitation. My goal is to set an example for the younger generations that identify with me. I want to leave a positive impact on the world by helping to change the census amongst my community. I want to be a great example and advocate for the kids who aren't sure of their voice. A college education will help me do that by giving me the knowledge and a platform to set a foundation for my people back home who are counting on me. I am on the journey to live out my ancestors' wildest dreams. We have a mission as young kings and queens to uplift each other and reach for the stars. I want my impact in my community will spread around the world and will touch the lives of other brown skin children. I dream that one day they will believe that the impossible does not exist for them. No matter what you've been through or where you come from, you are more than capable to be anything your heart desires. After college, I hope to be in the beginnings of my career, or should I say my dreams coming true. In other words, after college, I hope to be a powerful female in the fashion industry handling strategic marketing for a high-quality brand. High-quality is key to our environment, and this especially applies to our wardrobes. I have the perseverance to become that, and I know that the same passion that I had as a little girl still lives inside of me. That is why I chose the Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles major at The University of Kentucky. I have high hopes to combine the fashion industry and bring about change to the environment at the same time. With my marketing, I will be able to show the world the truth. I will spread the word about how the clothes that we wear are affecting our environment. I can do this while being an advocate for a better earth. The human cost of fast fashion is ultimately in definition, what humans are doing to obtain quick, and easy fashion. The human cost of fast fashion at a level of cheapness can result in environmental impacts around the world we live in. Fast fashion can impact the environment because of the ingredients and the fabrics used in the product that may not result in the best quality and become harmful to the environment to obtain such low-quality inclusions in fast fashion. Because I have seen what the toxins that go into fast fashion are doing to the environment, I will be a voice of change. With my position in marketing in the fashion industry, I will be an advocate and let people know which products are sustainable and a better selection for our earth. When it comes to fashion, it shouldn't be about the dollar. It should be about earth-friendly fashion and wearing cleaner branded clothes for our earth.
    Ginny Biada Memorial Scholarship
    My mother and I are quite close. There is no relationship that I can find as strong as the one that I have with her. This is because she is all I have. I am an only child and she fills my void of having no siblings. Even though I don’t have a brother or sister, there is never a dull moment when I am with her. We laugh, fight, and confide in each other just like siblings would do. I am like my mother because I have a heart of gold. I will go to the ends of the earth for the people that I don’t even know. We both were taught that kindness doesn’t cost a thing and that in return, we will gather many blessings for the things we have done for people who are in need. Her strong faith in God has led me to believe that he is watching over our family as we look after each other here on earth. Everything that I do, I do for her. I make good grades to get into a good school. I go to a credible school that can offer me a good degree in a solid degree to repay her for all she has given me. My mom has shaped me to give back to those who have looked out for me. She doesn't know that I have savings to give her when I get older. Just like I found out her secret savings for me for my post-secondary education. My mother's drive to achieve their goals and become educated in the field she is passionate about inspires me to reach out where the resources are to help me achieve the same. When I hear my mother speak about saving lives in the medical field, this makes me more expressive about my passions too. I speak openly about my excitement about my future and my career in the fashion industry. Because of her continuous belief in me and my capabilities, I believe in myself. I can make anything that I put my mind to come true. Even though she faced difficulties in school, she never looked back. After her graduation, it was then in the past. I was taught that the only time I should ever look back is to see how far I’ve come. She shows me how far I’ve come by expressing her love and support in telling me how proud she is of me. I do the same for them and the people around me. I remind people that they are important, and they matter. That could give someone a boost of confidence when they least expect it, just like it does for me and when my mom tells me that I am her world. She will forever be my world too.
    Bold Know Yourself Scholarship
    Confidence is being able to not worry about others understanding you, but your ability to understand yourself. The biggest commitment that you can have is the one to yourself. Confidence can be intimidating but overall, as long as you can make a turnaround for yourself the reward is greater. I have learned that this part of myself has always been inside. The sun will continue to shine whether people understand where you are coming from or not, so it is most critical that you make every day count most importantly for yourself. The impact that confidence has for me is my journey of self-love and not comparing myself to others. Because of the time that we live in and in a society that revolves around social media, I found myself trying to make a journey based on someone else just to feel a sense of acceptance. My insecurities drowned my mental health. Something that I learned about myself that was the most valuable was, to be happy I had to simply take the path to become my person and stand true to my identity without the outside influences telling me to be something else. Social media tended to impact the decisions that I was making. I also witnessed the growth of anxiety amongst my peers to portray a certain image. Instead of following the trends around me, I made a turnaround and started to create my own.
    Bold Legacy Scholarship
    After college, I hope to be in the beginnings of my career, or should I say my dreams coming true. In other words, after college, I hope to be a powerful female in the fashion industry handling strategic marketing for a high-quality brand. High-quality is key to our environment, and this especially applies to our wardrobes. I have the perseverance to become that, and I know that the same passion that I had as a little girl still lives inside of me. That is why I chose the Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles major at The University of Kentucky. I have high hopes to combine the fashion industry and bring about change to the environment at the same time. With my marketing, I will be able to show the world the truth. I will spread the word about how the clothes that we wear are affecting our environment. I can do this while being an advocate for a better earth. This is the legacy I want to leave. I want to make a change for our planet. The human cost of fast fashion is ultimately in definition, what humans are doing to obtain quick, and easy fashion. Because I have seen what the toxins that go into fast fashion are doing to the environment, I will be a voice of change. With my position in marketing in the fashion industry, I will be an advocate and let people know which products are sustainable and a better selection for our earth. When it comes to fashion, it shouldn't be about the dollar. It should be about earth-friendly fashion and wearing cleaner branded clothes for our earth.
    Bold Wisdom Scholarship
    "Don't sit down and wait for opportunities to happen, make them happen." These are the wise words from the late and the great Madame C.J Walker. She has always been someone that I admire. Her determination and persistence are something that I aspire to keep with me as I continue to pursue my career. Madame C.J Walker can be labeled the first female black millionaire. That alone is a goal that I have for myself and an example that I want to be for the generations after me. I am on the journey to live out my ancestors' wildest dreams. We have a mission as young black women to use our strength from our struggles and to let nobody knock down our crowns. Adversity did not define who C.J Walker was. She continued to pursue her dreams despite the doubters and those who even tried to sabotage her business. Like her, I know my worth and I am passionate about creating a better life for the generations to come after me.
    Bold Books Scholarship
    The future of fashion is expected to be creative, sustainable, inclusive, and exciting. There is a future in fashion. It is up to us to save it from being diminished by the human cost of fast fashion. Although fast fashion is cheap and the easy way out, our world deserves more. Innovation policy changes that could help curb the climate crisis would be a complete elimination of toxins that are used in fast fashion brands and the textile dyeing that involves the emission of those toxic chemicals. Fast fashion is all about the less that has to be spent on the making of the product. The most inspiring book I've read is "Fashionopolis." This book discusses the price of fast fashion and the future of clothing. This book also discusses what makes fast fashion as well as alternatives to reduce fast fashion. A cheaper alternative that is discussed in these readings can be known as viscose. Viscose is a rayon that is responsible for emitting chemicals that are harmful to earth and humans. The wood pulp that viscose is made from creates carbon disulfide that is emitted as a result. This means that the greenhouse gas percentage is higher because of the viscose fiber. A ban on viscose can make for a greener environment because there will be no waste streams or harmful chemicals. I have read what the toxins that go into fast fashion are doing to the environment. This book has been an inspiration for my future. I will be an advocate and let people know which products are sustainable and a better selection for our earth. When it comes to fashion, it shouldn't be about the dollar. It should be about earth-friendly fashion and wearing cleaner clothes for our earth.
    Bold Equality Scholarship
    "Don't sit down and wait for opportunities to happen, make them happen." These are the wise words from the late and the great Madame C.J Walker. She has always been someone that I admire. Her determination and persistence are something that I aspire to keep with me as I continue to pursue my career. Like Mrs. Walker, I have a passion for providing a space for people of color to have business success. Black women have struggled for decades to have a seat in the world of business. There are many issues with the equal pay rate for women of color. Black women make nearly $1 million less than white men during their careers. Madame C.J Walker can be labeled the first female black millionaire. That alone is a goal that I have for myself and an example that I want to be for the generations after me. I am on the journey to live out my ancestors' wildest dreams. We have a mission as young black women to use our strength from our struggles and to let nobody knock down our crowns. Adversity did not define who C.J Walker was. She continued to pursue her dreams despite the doubters and those who even tried to sabotage her business. Like her, I know my worth and I am passionate about creating a better life for the generations to come after me.
    Bold Simple Pleasures Scholarship
    Confidence is being able to not worry about others understanding you, but your ability to understand yourself. The biggest commitment that you can have is the one to yourself. Confidence can be intimidating but overall, as long as you can make a turnaround for yourself the reward is greater. The sun will continue to shine whether people understand where you are coming from or not, so it is most critical that you make every day count most importantly for yourself. The confidence that I have in myself is a simple pleasure. The impact that confidence has for me is my journey of self-love and not comparing myself to others. Because of the time that we live in and in a society that revolves around social media, I found myself trying to make a journey based on someone else just to feel a sense of acceptance. My insecurities drowned my mental health. Something that I learned about myself that was the most valuable was, to be happy I had to simply take the path to become my person and stand true to my identity without the outside influences telling me to be something else. Social media tended to impact the decisions that I was making. I also witnessed the growth of anxiety amongst my peers to portray a certain image. Instead of following the trends around me, I made a turnaround and started to create my own.
    Lo Easton's “Wrong Answers Only” Scholarship
    This scholarship will not help me become a powerful female in the fashion industry. I have the perseverance to become that, but I am not worried about having the financial stability of having what it takes to accomplish these goals. This financial aid will not allow me to have more stability in the university experience by having more flexibility in the ways to work towards my future. As a little girl, I haven't always dreamed of being the head of a table and pointing out on my pie chart why my ideas are the recipe for a change. Five years from now, I don't see myself being employed at a global company, sitting in a conference room with the head of marketing and sales. I will not work for the biggest name brands. More than 40% of black kids in my area attend college. I have not broken that barrier and made more of myself than what the others in my area expect me to be. It hasn't shaken me in the most positive way that the younger age group looks to me in my community as an inspiration.
    Bold Passion Scholarship
    After college I hope to be in the beginnings of my career, or should I say my dreams coming true. I have always been one to handle my business and have a great style while doing so. In other words, I hope to be a powerful female in the fashion industry handing strategic marketing in the fashion industry. I have always been one for dreaming big and playing dress-up at the same time. I know that the same passion that I had as a little girl still lives inside of me. I have what it takes to be the next educated businesswoman in the fashion marketing industry. This is because I believe this is where I belong. I have always been sure in my heart that the fashion industry is what I’ve wanted to do. Fashion has always been my outlet to express myself and it's where I come to life. My happiness is in the clothes that I wear. I want to be the networking and connections side of that expression for others. I have what it takes to become the next chief marketing officer at one of the largest high-end name-brand fashion companies in the world.
    Bold Driven Scholarship
    My lifelong dreams have been a part of fashion. It is something that has kept me going many times when I wasn't sure what direction to go in. It is my way to express myself and where I live my truths. After college, I want to be working in a marketing position and living out those dreams. I feel like I was born with success in my bones. I have a drive and determination that is hard to explain. Fashion and my community are my passions. If I have the opportunity to combine the two in any way, then that's what I am set on doing. I hope to take the knowledge that I have used from my education at my university and the experiences and opportunities that they have presented me and take my career abroad. I have always been inspired by the behind-the-scenes of the accredited brand in Paris. Working alongside the view of the Eifel Tower would only be a dream come true. This is something that is number one on my bucket list. It would be hard to recognize myself. I have opportunities that can take me places. I have endured labs, work studies, and internships that will give me a feel of what it’s like to be in the career of my dreams. With my college-level courses and interactive moments in the classroom, l have a sense of the challenges that I will face in my line of work. My goal is to set an example for the younger generations that identify with me. There is another world outside of the one where you came from. I am on the journey to live out my ancestors' wildest dreams.
    Bold Longevity Scholarship
    As a little girl, I always dreamed of being the head of a table and pointing out on my pie chart why my ideas are the recipe for a change. That little girl still lives inside. My assertiveness, motivation, and persistence have only grown stronger. These characteristics have allowed me to continue to work hard and have tunnel vision to my end goal. The best way to live a long, healthy life is to find your dreams and chase them until you achieve them. When you have a dream and begin to chase it, that becomes the meaning to your life. Your dreams are the things that bring you happiness and allow you to look forward and begin creating your best self. I am in love with who am I because I know the person that I am growing to become for my dreams. Five years from now, I see myself being employed at a global company, sitting in a conference room with the head of sales, and marketing the biggest name brands in the world. I can prove that not I do not only have what it takes to become a successful student, but I also have what it takes to become the next leader in the fashion industry. This happiness I have to chase my dream will lead to a long, healthy life.
    Bold Turnaround Story Scholarship
    Confidence is being able to not worry about others understanding you, but your ability to understand yourself. The biggest commitment that you can have is the one to yourself. Confidence can be intimidating but overall, as long as you can make a turnaround for yourself the reward is greater. The sun will continue to shine whether people understand where you are coming from or not, so it is most critical that you make every day count most importantly for yourself. The impact that confidence has for me is my journey of self-love and not comparing myself to others. Because of the time that we live in and in a society that revolves around social media, I found myself trying to make a journey based on someone else just to feel a sense of acceptance. My insecurities drowned my mental health. Something that I learned about myself that was the most valuable was, to be happy I had to simply take the path to become my person and stand true to my identity without the outside influences telling me to be something else. Social media tended to impact the decisions that I was making. I also witnessed the growth of anxiety amongst my peers to portray a certain image. Instead of following the trends around me, I made a turnaround and started to create my own.
    Bold Make Your Mark Scholarship
    The human cost of fast fashion at a level of cheapness can result in environmental impacts around the world. Fast fashion can impact the environment because of the ingredients and the fabrics used in the product that may not result in the best quality and become harmful to the environment to obtain such low-quality inclusions in fast fashion. Fashion is something that has been a passion of mine ever since I was a little girl. That is why I chose the Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles major at The University of Kentucky. Apparel is a part of everyone’s every day, and as human’s fast fashion is expensive to the world around us. The future of fashion is expected to be creative, sustainable, inclusive, and exciting. It is up to us to save it from being diminished by the human cost of fast fashion. With my platform in the fashion industry on the marketing team, I can spread the brands that are better for us, and warn about the ones that are hurting our earth. Although fast fashion is cheap and the easy way out, our world deserves more. Fast fashion is all about the less that has to be spent on the making of a product. A cheaper alternative than cotton can be known as viscose. Viscose is a rayon that is responsible for emitting chemicals that are harmful to earth and humans. Because I have seen what the toxins that go into fast fashion are doing to the environment, I will be a voice of change. When it comes to fashion, it shouldn't be about the dollar. It should be about earth-friendly fashion and wearing cleaner clothes for our earth.
    Freddie L Brown Sr. Scholarship
    So over school; Life as a wildcat: I’m over school. I hit the emergency brake because I need a break. There’s only so much I can take. I’m in a trance, please awake. There’s no way that you can compensate. The teacher's smile is more than fake. I’m over school. I’m done with the classroom. My teachers were part of the baby boom. You see me smile but don't assume. It never ends. The day stays gloom Where is the sun? Is this my doom? I’m over school. Can they stop with all the tests? The late-night studying doesn’t let me rest. I want to scream on a mountain crest. I convince myself I am the best. Because failing would mean cardiac arrest. I’m over school. It must be known that Mondays are the worst. Getting up at 8 am makes my head want to burst. I often think would it be better if I just jumped headfirst. What did I do? Have I been cursed? I know my teachers would think the same if the roles became reversed. I’m over the school. On Wednesday, I beg to Friday hurry please come quick. Back-to-back classes mean I should have made a better pick. I pack my calculator for arithmetic. All I hear in my head is the sound of the mouse click. This never-ending cycle makes me quite homesick. I’m over school. Friday comes I feel sudden relief. I gather my friends one by one because I’m the weekend chief. I never sleep, as I am the nighttime thief. If only parents knew my weekends, they’d be in such disbelief. I could never tell my mother what I do and put her in so much grief. I’m over school. Saturday and Sundays are focused on the game. If you stay in your room, then you must be lame. Don’t look to me, you’re the only one to blame. If you’re going to be a prisoner, then tell me why you came. I’ll never waste my weekend because that would be the biggest shame. I’m over school. It’s all on repeat. I go to my lectures and take a seat. As soon as I sit, I feel defeat. It’s been proven I need a retreat. I need a beach and the summer’s heat. Is it too much to ask for sand under my feet? I’m over school. I’m filled with stress. The responsibilities create a mess. The weeks are a long and slow process. All I hear is “mask up cats” nonetheless. I hate this place; I want a new address. I’m over school. I’m in a cycle of the big blue nation. The basketball team and their standing ovations. It’s always Coach Cal to be the topic of conversation. His work with the team is under great admiration. But, can we talk of something else? It would be with great appreciation. I’m over school. I’m ready to take off this heavy backpack. My unrested eyes make me look like in on crack. I live the life of an insomniac. I sleep in class; I’m starting to fall back. Okay, I’m sorry. What is this, payback? I’m over school. I want nothing more but just to graduate. I can no longer concentrate. Get out of my face, I have no time to conversate. With corona, there’s no way to conglomerate. I’ve done my part I choose to participate. Get me out of here before my brains obliterate.
    Giving Back to the Future Scholarship
    Hi, my name is Aminah and my dream is to be a powerful female in the fashion industry. As a little girl, I always dreamed of being the head of a table and pointing out on my pie chart why my ideas are the recipe for a change. That little girl still lives inside. My assertiveness, motivation, and persistence have only grown stronger. These characteristics have allowed me to continue to work hard and have tunnel vision to my end goal. Five years from now, I see myself being employed at a global company, sitting in a conference room with the head of sales, and marketing the biggest name brands in the world. I can prove that not I do not only have what it takes to become a successful student, but I also have what it takes to become the next leader in the fashion industry. At my high school in rural Kentucky, there is only a small percentage of students who pursue post-secondary education because they feel discouraged to broaden their horizons outside of the farming lifestyle. More than 40% of black kids in my area do not attend college. I have broken that barrier and made more of myself than what the others in my area expect me to be. It has shaken me in the most positive way that the younger age group looks to me in my community as an inspiration. I am so excited to further my journey and surprise my people and the diverse community at the University of Kentucky with what the future holds for me. My diverse background from where I am from and the adversities that I’ve faced will allow me to contribute to the educational diversity at the University of Kentucky by allowing the university to see my mission and my journey through the work that I put in at the University of Kentucky. So far here at the university, only 6.7% of the students here at the University of Kentucky are African American. "Don't sit down and wait for opportunities to happen, make them happen." These are the wise words from the late and the great Madame C.J Walker. She has always been someone that I admire. Her determination and persistence are something that I aspire to keep with me as I continue to pursue my career. Like Mrs. Walker, I have a passion for providing a space for people of color to have business success. Black women have struggled for decades to have a seat in the world of business. There are many issues with the equal pay rate for women of color. Black women make nearly $1 million less than white men during their careers. Madame C.J Walker can be labeled the first female black millionaire. That alone is a goal that I have for myself and an example that I want to be for the generations after me. I am on the journey to live out my ancestors' wildest dreams. We have a mission as young black women to use our strength from our struggles and to let nobody knock down our crowns. Adversity did not define who C.J Walker was. She continued to pursue her dreams despite the doubters and those who even tried to sabotage her business. Like her, I know my worth and I am passionate about creating a better life for the generations to come after me.
    Robert Lee, Sr. and Bernice Williams Memorial Scholarship
    At my high school in rural Kentucky, there is only a small percentage of students who pursue post-secondary education because they feel discouraged to broaden their horizons outside of the farming lifestyle. More than 40% of black kids in my area do not attend college. I have broken that barrier and made more of myself than what the others in my area expect me to be. It has shaken me in the most positive way that the younger age group looks to me in my community as an inspiration. I am so excited to further my journey and surprise my people and the diverse community at the University of Kentucky with what the future holds for me. My diverse background from where I am from and the adversities that I’ve faced will allow me to contribute to the educational diversity at the University of Kentucky by allowing the university to see my mission and my journey through the work that I put in at the University of Kentucky. So far here at the university, only 6.7% of the students here at the University of Kentucky are African American. "Don't sit down and wait for opportunities to happen, make them happen." These are the wise words from the late and the great Madame C.J Walker. She has always been someone that I admire. Her determination and persistence are something that I aspire to keep with me as I continue to pursue my career. Like Mrs. Walker, I have a passion for providing a space for people of color to have business success. Black women have struggled for decades to have a seat in the world of business. There are many issues with the equal pay rate for women of color. Black women make nearly $1 million less than white men during their careers. Madame C.J Walker can be labeled the first female black millionaire. That alone is a goal that I have for myself and an example that I want to be for the generations after me. I am on the journey to live out my ancestors' wildest dreams. We have a mission as young black women to use our strength from our struggles and to let nobody knock down our crowns. Adversity did not define who C.J Walker was. She continued to pursue her dreams despite the doubters and those who even tried to sabotage her business. Like her, I know my worth and I am passionate about creating a better life for the generations to come after me.
    Bold Speak Your Mind Scholarship
    Speaking your mind is being able to not worry about others understanding you, but your ability to understand yourself. The biggest commitment that you can have is the one to yourself. Speaking your mind can be intimidating but overall, as long as you can make peace for yourself the reward is greater. The sun will continue to shine whether people understand where you are coming from or not, so it is most critical that you make every day count most importantly for yourself. The impact that is committing to speaking my mind has on me is my journey of self-love and not comparing myself to others. Because of the time that we live in and in a society that revolves around social media, I found myself trying to make a journey based on someone else just to feel a sense of acceptance. Something that I learned about myself that was the most valuable was, to be happy I had to simply take the path to become my person and stand true to my identity without the outside influences telling me to be something else. Social media tended to impact the decisions that I was making. I also witnessed the growth of anxiety amongst my peers to portray a certain image with words. It was as if they had to get permission to say the things that weren't even true to them. Speaking my mind for me is instead of repeating the trending quotes around me I started to create my own.
    Bold Meaning of Life Scholarship
    As a little girl, I always dreamed of being the head of a table and pointing out on my pie chart why my ideas are the recipe for a change. That little girl still lives inside. My assertiveness, motivation, and persistence have only grown stronger. These characteristics have allowed me to continue to work hard and have tunnel vision to my end goal. The meaning of life is finding your dreams and chasing them until you achieve them. When you have a dream and begin to chase it, that becomes the meaning to your life. Your dreams are the things that bring you happiness and allow you to look forward and begin creating your best self. I am in love with who am I because I know the person that I am growing to become for my dreams. Five years from now, I see myself being employed at a global company, sitting in a conference room with the head of sales, and marketing the biggest name brands in the world. I can prove that not I do not only have what it takes to become a successful student, but I also have what it takes to become the next leader in the fashion industry. That is what brings me meaning to my life.
    Bold Encouraging Others Scholarship
    It's not about how you arrive at the end to me, but it's about the thing that was being done to build you up in the process. Encouragement is something that gives me hope that humanity isn't as bad off, as we oftentimes like to make it. A kind spirit and compassionate giving are what this world needs more of. Being selfless is when you give, but within that giving, you are receiving a sense of peace and accomplishment in your efforts. I was raised around women that showed me that selflessness was the best self-investment. I carry that mentality around today, and that is the foundation of my relationships. When I encourage others, there is no price tag on the feeling of knowing that I could have made a situation better than what it started to be. Acts of encouragement are my favorite way to show selflessness. My grandmother was the first person to show me that type of selfless love. She was diagnosed with cancer when I was six years old. But despite being sick, she still encouraged me to grow up and be the strong girl she knew I could be even without her around. That for her was a way of healing through her sickness. That selflessness is something that I am unable to wrap my head around, but it's a feeling that I want to pass to everyone that I meet. I want people to know that my love, compassion, and kindness for them are simultaneous feelings for me.
    Snap Finance “Funding the Future” Scholarship
    Hi, my name is Aminah and my dream is to be a powerful female in the fashion industry. As a little girl, I always dreamed of being the head of a table and pointing out on my pie chart why my ideas are the recipe for a change. That little girl still lives inside. My assertiveness, motivation, and persistence have only grown stronger. These characteristics have allowed me to continue to work hard and have tunnel vision to my end goal. Five years from now, I see myself being employed at a global company, sitting in a conference room with the head of sales, and marketing the biggest name brands in the world. I can prove that not I do not only have what it takes to become a successful student, but I also have what it takes to become the next leader in the fashion industry. This is why I have chosen to get my bachelor's degree in Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles. At my high school in rural Kentucky, there is only a small percentage of students who pursue post-secondary education because they feel discouraged to broaden their horizons outside of the farming lifestyle. More than 40% of black kids in my area do not attend college. I have broken that barrier and made more of myself than what the others in my area expect me to be. It has shaken me in the most positive way that the younger age group looks to me in my community as an inspiration. I am so excited to further my journey and surprise my people and the diverse community at the University of Kentucky with what the future holds for me. "Don't sit down and wait for opportunities to happen, make them happen." These are the wise words from the late and the great Madame C.J Walker. She has always been someone that I admire. Her determination and persistence are something that I aspire to keep with me as I continue to pursue my career. Like Mrs. Walker, I have a passion for providing a space for people of color to have business success. Black women have struggled for decades to have a seat in the world of business. There are many issues with the equal pay rate for women of color. Black women make nearly $1 million less than white men during their careers. Madame C.J Walker can be labeled the first female black millionaire. That alone is a goal that I have for myself and an example that I want to be for the generations after me. I am on the journey to live out my ancestors' wildest dreams. We have a mission as young black women to use our strength from our struggles and to let nobody knock down our crowns. Adversity did not define who C.J Walker was. She continued to pursue her dreams despite the doubters and those who even tried to sabotage her business. Like her, I know my worth and I am passionate about creating a better life for the generations to come after me.
    Bold Fuel Your Life Scholarship
    The thing that I love most about the great outdoors is the peace that comes with it. When I go outside, I feel like everything is going to be alright and that my problems just escape with the wind. Coming from a rural area, I am constantly surrounded by open land. I have had many experiences with lakes, rivers, and many trails that lead into the unknown. Because of this, I have to learn to maintain a healthy balance between the motions of life and serenity. The peace and tranquility of being with nature and the freedom of everything around it make that me less fearful of that unknown. Taking advantage of nature is my way of fueling my life. The great outdoors is truly a space where you can bring everything that you are going through and clear your headspace with the help of the Earth. Where life may hurt, there is nature to help heal. The warmth of the sun is like a hug that I can't get anywhere else. Being outside makes me feel like I'm living rather than existing. When I am within nature, there is beauty everywhere that I look. So far, I can't seem to find that feeling anywhere else. The air outside gives my soul a calm stillness. As much as we try, humans can never recreate what nature has to offer.
    Bold Reflection Scholarship
    At my high school in rural Kentucky, there is only a small percentage of students who pursue post-secondary education because they feel discouraged to broaden their horizons outside of the farming lifestyle. More than 40% of black kids in my area do not attend college. I have broken that barrier and made more of myself than what the others in my area expect me to be. It has shaken me in the most positive way that the younger age group looks to me in my community as an inspiration. I am so excited to further my journey and surprise my people and the diverse community at the University of Kentucky with what the future holds for me. I have a passion for providing a space for people of color to have business success. Black women have struggled for decades to have a seat in the world of business. There are many issues with the equal pay rate for women of color. Black women make nearly $1 million less than white men during their careers. Madame C.J Walker can be labeled the first female black millionaire. That alone is a goal that I have for myself and an example that I want to be for the generations after me. I am on the journey to live out my ancestors' wildest dreams. We have a mission as young black women to use our strength from our struggles and to let nobody knock down our crowns.
    Bold Relaxation Scholarship
    The thing that I love most about the great outdoors is the peace that comes with it. When I go outside, I feel like everything is going to be alright and that my problems just escape with the wind. Coming from a rural area, I am constantly surrounded by open land. I have had many experiences with lakes, rivers, and many trails that lead into the unknown. Because of this, I have to learn to maintain a healthy balance between the motions of life and serenity. The peace and tranquility of being with nature and the freedom of everything around it make that me less fearful of that unknown. Taking advantage of nature is my way of relaxing and taking care of my mental health. The great outdoors is truly a space where you can bring everything that you are going through and clear your headspace with the help of the Earth. Where life may hurt, there is nature to help heal. The warmth of the sun is like a hug that I can't get anywhere else. Being outside makes me feel like I'm living rather than existing. When I am within nature, there is beauty everywhere that I look. So far, I can't seem to find that feeling anywhere else. The air outside gives my soul a calm stillness. As much as we try, humans can never recreate what nature has to offer.
    Bold Confidence Matters Scholarship
    Confidence is being able to not worry about others understanding you, but your ability to understand yourself. The biggest commitment that you can have is the one to yourself. Confidence can be intimidating but overall, as long as you can make peace for yourself the reward is greater. The sun will continue to shine whether people understand where you are coming from or not, so it is most critical that you make every day count most importantly for yourself. The impact that confidence has for me is my journey of self-love and not comparing myself to others. Because of the time that we live in and in a society that revolves around social media, I found myself trying to make a journey based on someone else just to feel a sense of acceptance. Something that I learned about myself that was the most valuable was, to be happy I had to simply take the path to become my person and stand true to my identity without the outside influences telling me to be something else. Social media tended to impact the decisions that I was making. I also witnessed the growth of anxiety amongst my peers to portray a certain image. Confidence for me is instead of following the trends around me I started to create my own.
    Bold Success Scholarship
    After college, I hope to be in the beginnings of my career. I should say my dreams coming true. I have always been one to handle my business and have a great style while doing so. I hope to be a powerful female in the fashion industry I have the perseverance to become that, and I know that the same passion that I had as a little girl still lives inside of me. This is because I believe this is where I belong. I hope to take the knowledge that I have used from my education at my university and the experiences and opportunities that they have presented me and take my career abroad. I have always been inspired by the behind-the-scenes of the accredited brand in Paris. Working alongside the view of the Eifel Tower would only be a dream come true. This is something that is number one on my bucket list. It would be hard to recognize myself. A college education has helped me achieve those goals by giving me the knowledge that I need to succeed in the industry. My teachers and professors are highly knowledgeable and have information that I can apply to my career. Through their careers, they have made connections, and it will allow me to network with the people that they know in the fashion industry. I have opportunities that can take me places. I have endured labs, work studies, and internships that will give me a feel of what it’s like to be in the career of my dreams. With my college-level courses and interactive moments in the classroom, l have a sense of the challenges that I will face in my line of work.
    Bold Bucket List Scholarship
    After college, I hope to be in the beginnings of my career. I should say my dreams coming true. I have always been one to handle my business and have a great style while doing so. I hope to be a powerful female in the fashion industry I have the perseverance to become that, and I know that the same passion that I had as a little girl still lives inside of me. This is because I believe this is where I belong. I hope to take the knowledge that I have used from my education at my university and the experiences and opportunities that they have presented me and take my career abroad. I have always been inspired by the behind-the-scenes of the accredited brand in Paris. Working alongside the view of the Eifel Tower would only be a dream come true. This is something that is number one on my bucket list. It would be hard to recognize myself. A college education has helped me achieve those goals by giving me the knowledge that I need to succeed in the industry. My teachers and professors are highly knowledgeable and have information that I can apply to my career. Through their careers, they have made connections, and it will allow me to network with the people that they know in the fashion industry. I have opportunities that can take me places. I have endured labs, work studies, and internships that will give me a feel of what it’s like to be in the career of my dreams. With my college-level courses and interactive moments in the classroom, l have a sense of the challenges that I will face in my line of work.
    Bold Goals Scholarship
    After college, I hope to be in the beginnings of my career. I should say my dreams coming true. I have always been one to handle my business and have a great style while doing so. I hope to be a powerful female in the fashion industry I have the perseverance to become that, and I know that the same passion that I had as a little girl still lives inside of me. This is because I believe this is where I belong. As a little girl, I always dreamed of being the head of a table and pointing out on my pie chart why my ideas are the recipe for a change. That little girl still lives inside. My assertiveness, motivation, and persistence have only grown stronger. These characteristics have allowed me to continue to work hard and have tunnel vision to my end goal. I hope to take the knowledge that I have used from my education at my university and the experiences and opportunities that they have presented me and take my career abroad. I have always been inspired by the behind-the-scenes of the accredited brand in Paris. Working alongside the view of the Eifel Tower would only be a dream come true. It would be hard to recognize myself. Five years from now, I see myself being employed at a global company, sitting in a conference room with the head of sales, and marketing the biggest name brands in the world. I can prove that not I do not only have what it takes to become a successful student, but I also have what it takes to become the next leader in the fashion industry.
    Bold Selfless Acts Scholarship
    It's not about giving to me, but it's about how much difference was made with the amount that was given. Generosity is something that gives me hope that humanity isn't as bad off, as we oftentimes like to make it. A kind spirit and compassionate giving are what this world needs more of. Being selfless is when you give, but within that giving, you are receiving a sense of peace and accomplishment in your efforts. I was raised around women that showed me that selflessness was the best self-investment. I carry that mentality around today, and that is the foundation of my relationships. When I give to others, there is no price tag on the feeling that I could have made a situation better than what it started to be. Acts of generosity are my favorite way to show selflessness. My grandmother was the first person to show me that type of generous love. She was diagnosed with cancer when I was six years old. But despite being sick, she still made the effort to do anything to take care of me, and that to her was her healing. That selflessness is something that I am unable to wrap my head around, but it's a feeling that I want to pass to everyone that I meet. I want people to know that my love, compassion, and kindness for them are simultaneous feelings for me.
    Bold Career Goals Scholarship
    After college, I hope to be in the beginnings of my career. I should say my dreams coming true. I have always been one to handle my business and have a great style while doing so. I hope to be a powerful female in the fashion industry I have the perseverance to become that, and I know that the same passion that I had as a little girl still lives inside of me. This is because I believe this is where I belong. As a little girl, I always dreamed of being the head of a table and pointing out on my pie chart why my ideas are the recipe for a change. That little girl still lives inside. My assertiveness, motivation, and persistence have only grown stronger. These characteristics have allowed me to continue to work hard and have tunnel vision to my end goal. I hope to take the knowledge that I have used from my education at my university and the experiences and opportunities that they have presented me and take my career abroad. I have always been inspired by the behind-the-scenes of the accredited brand in Paris. Working alongside the view of the Eifel Tower would only be a dream come true. It would be hard to recognize myself. Five years from now, I see myself being employed at a global company, sitting in a conference room with the head of sales, and marketing the biggest name brands in the world. I can prove that not I do not only have what it takes to become a successful student, but I also have what it takes to become the next leader in the fashion industry.
    Elevate Mental Health Awareness Scholarship
    My journey with depression and anxiety began with my oppressions and experience of racism. My struggle started with the hate from rioting by my neighbors and members of my family when their eyes were being filled with gas. The issue with this is that law enforcement seems to be punishing innocent people for the way that they look. I looked like those that were in caskets on my television. It was hard to wrap my head around. Why does my skin color make people hate me? There have been multiple instances where I was ready to end it all before the police did it for me. I thought that I was supposed to die. It was meant for me to be dead. The killings of African Americans were becoming a public event. The controversy surrounding the African American community and the police force has been a string of violent events during the past and present periods. As a female African American, that puts me at a vulnerability against the police force because of my identity. This has challenged me to be afraid of growing up and living in my skin because there would be no one to protect me against my vulnerability. African Americans are three times more likely to be killed than whites in America. It's a constant battle between me and the police, who is going to kill me first. I was in a whirlwind of confusion, and I figured I might as well do it myself because I didn't want to draw any attention. My funeral wasn't going to be the next on television or a vigil outside my school like the other black kids I know. Growing up in a predominantly white community, I have been exposed to fear by my people. I have often questioned, why does the judgment for the color of my skin still live? When will it end? My aspirations lie for the safety of my family and the kids that I hope to have one day. I struggled because I didn't know how to protect them if I couldn't even save myself. The anger and sadness just took over my entire being. Being from Kentucky and going to the same university where Breonna Taylor was once on her journey to pursue her dreams just like me, has been very difficult. Her name was being repeated right outside my dorm room window. Even though I didn't know Breonna, I felt as if my sister was taken from me. If I were ever in encounters by the police I was taught to say, "My name is Aminah Darden, I am 19 years old, I have nothing in my possession to hurt or harm you.'' She didn't have time. Who is to say I will one day. There needs to be time. Life is short and that saying was no stranger to me. I needed to do something with the time I have. There is no accountability with law enforcement because most people see them as doing their job. I do my job as a young black female and I use my voice in the streets and march in an account of my people. I say their names. I am on the journey to live out my ancestors' wildest dreams. With everything going on, I always say how can anybody raise a daughter in a world like the one today. There was the thought on my mind that no black child should ever live in the fear that I have or the people before me. This is when I realized my mission. I was about to climb out of my corner of fear. I had to learn to use my voice. I learned that silence was just as much violence. I turn to my parents and elders because they have lived through the eras presented by the area that I grew up in and can help me better understand the people of my surroundings. They have experienced encounters with law enforcement that could have. I am captivated because it kills me inside that my father could have been George Floyd. But because of this, our relationship only grows stronger. Future generations must know that living your truth will set you free. This is especially in a world where just because of the color of your skin, everybody else thinks you have limits. Little boys and girls after me must not be afraid of speaking out. If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. The legacy that I want to leave behind will be based on what I am passionate about. I want my legacy to continue to live in my community for generations to come.
    Bold Acts of Service Scholarship
    It's not about giving to me, but it's about how much difference was made with the amount that was given. Generosity is something that gives me hope that humanity isn't as bad off, as we oftentimes like to make it. A kind spirit and compassionate giving are what this world needs more of. Generosity is when you give, but within that giving, you are receiving a sense of peace and accomplishment in your efforts. I was raised around women that showed me that generosity was the best self-investment. I carry that mentality around today, and that is the foundation of my relationships. When I give to others, there is no price tag on the feeling that I could have made a situation better than what it started to be. Acts of generosity are my favorite way to help others. My grandmother was the first person to show me that type of generous love. She was diagnosed with cancer when I was six years old. But despite being sick, she still made the effort to do anything to take care of me, and that to her was her healing. That generosity is something that I am unable to wrap my head around, but it's a feeling that I want to pass to everyone that I meet. I want people to know that my love, compassion, and kindness for them are simultaneous feelings for me.
    Bold Passion Scholarship
    "Don't sit down and wait for opportunities to happen, make them happen." These are the wise words from the late and the great Madame C.J Walker. She has always been someone that I admire. Her determination and persistence are something that I aspire to keep with me as I continue to pursue my career. Like Mrs. Walker, I have a passion for providing a space for people of color to have business success. Black women have struggled for decades to have a seat in the world of business. There are many issues with the equal pay rate for women of color. Black women make nearly $1 million less than white men during their careers. Madame C.J Walker can be labeled the first female black millionaire. That alone is a goal that I have for myself and an example that I want to be for the generations after me. I am on the journey to live out my ancestors' wildest dreams. We have a mission as young black women to use our strength from our struggles and to let nobody knock down our crowns. Adversity did not define who C.J Walker was. She continued to pursue her dreams despite the doubters and those who even tried to sabotage her business. Like her, I know my worth and I am passionate about creating a better life for the generations to come after me.
    Bold Driven Scholarship
    After college I hope to be in the beginnings of my career, or should I say my dreams coming true. I have always been one to handle my business and have a great style while doing so. In other words, I hope to be a powerful female in the fashion industry handing strategic marketing in the fashion industry. I have always been one for dreaming big and playing dress-up at the same time. I know that the same passion that I had as a little girl still lives inside of me. I have what it takes to be the next educated businesswoman in the fashion marketing industry. This is because I believe this is where I belong. As a little girl, I always dreamed of being the head of a table and pointing out on my pie chart why my ideas are the recipe for a change. That is why I chose the Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles major at The University of Kentucky. Five years from now, I see myself being employed at a global company, sitting in a conference room with the head of marketing and sales, and to be marketing for the biggest name brands in the world. I have always had this dream. I have come this far into my life and I have always been sure in my heart that the fashion industry is what I’ve wanted to do. Fashion has always been my outlet to express myself and it's where I come to life. My happiness is in the clothes that I wear. I want to be the networking and connections side of that expression for others. I have what it takes to become the next chief marketing officers at one of the largest high-end name-brand fashion companies in the world.
    Bold Loving Others Scholarship
    It's not about giving to me, but it's about how much difference was made with the amount that was given. Generosity is something that gives me hope that humanity isn't as bad off, as we oftentimes like to make it. A kind spirit and compassionate giving are what this world needs more of. Generosity is when you give, but within that giving, you are receiving a sense of peace and accomplishment in your efforts. I was raised around women that showed me that generosity was the best self-investment. I carry that mentality around today, and that is the foundation of my relationships. When I give to others, there is no price tag on the feeling that I could have made a situation better than what it started to be. Acts of generosity are my favorite way to help others. My grandmother was the first person to show me that type of generous love. She was diagnosed with cancer when I was six years old. But despite being sick, she still made the effort to do anything to take care of me, and that to her was her healing. That generosity is something that I am unable to wrap my head around, but it's a feeling that I want to pass to everyone that I meet. I want people to know that my love, compassion, and kindness for them are simultaneous feelings for me.
    Bold Giving Scholarship
    It's not about giving to me, but it's about how much difference was made with the amount that was given. Generosity is something that gives me hope that humanity isn't as bad off, as we oftentimes like to make it. A kind spirit and compassionate giving are what this world needs more of. Generosity is when you give, but within that giving, you are receiving a sense of peace and accomplishment in your efforts. I was raised around women that showed me that generosity was the best self-investment. I carry that mentality around today, and that is the foundation of my relationships. When I give to others, there is no price tag on the feeling that I could have made a situation better than what it started to be. Acts of generosity are my favorite way to help others. My grandmother was the first person to show me that type of generous love. She was diagnosed with cancer when I was six years old. But despite being sick, she still made the effort to do anything to take care of me, and that to her was her healing. That generosity is something that I am unable to wrap my head around, but it's a feeling that I want to pass to everyone that I meet. I want people to know that my love, compassion, and kindness for them are simultaneous feelings for me.
    Bold Simple Pleasures Scholarship
    The thing that I love most about the great outdoors is the peace that comes with it. When I go outside, I feel like everything is going to be alright and that my problems just escape with the wind. Coming from a rural area, I am constantly surrounded by open land. I have had many experiences with lakes, rivers, and many trails that lead into the unknown. Because of this, I have to learn to maintain a healthy balance between the motions of life and serenity. The peace and tranquility of being with nature and the freedom of everything around it make that me less fearful of that unknown. Taking advantage of nature is something that makes me happy. The great outdoors is truly a space where you can bring everything that you are going through and clear your headspace with the help of the Earth. Where life may hurt, there is nature to help heal. The warmth of the sun is like a hug that I can't get anywhere else. Being outside makes me feel like I'm living rather than existing. When I am within nature, there is beauty everywhere that I look. The air outside gives my soul a calm stillness. As much as we try, humans can never recreate what nature has to offer.
    Bold Joy Scholarship
    I found myself lacking joy throughout my teenage years because of social media and the impacts of peer pressure The impact that joy has for me is my journey of self-love and not comparing myself to others. Because of the time that we live in and in a society that revolves around social media, I found myself trying to make a journey based on someone else just to feel a sense of acceptance. Social media tended to impact the decisions that I was making. I also witnessed the growth of anxiety amongst my peers to portray a certain image. Joy for me is instead of following the trends around me I started to create my own. Coming from a rural area, I am constantly surrounded by open land. I find joy at home. I have had many experiences with lakes, rivers, and many trails that lead into the unknown. Because of this, I have to learn to maintain a healthy balance between the motions of life and serenity. The peace and tranquility of being with nature and the freedom of everything around it make that me less fearful of that unknown. Taking advantage of nature is something that brings me joy. The great outdoors is truly a space where you can bring everything that you are going through and clear your headspace with the help of the Earth. Where life may hurt, there is nature to help heal. The warmth of the sun is like a hug that I can't get anywhere else. Being outside makes me feel like I'm living rather than existing. When I am within nature, there is beauty everywhere that I look. The air outside gives my soul a calm stillness. As much as we try, humans can never recreate what nature has to offer.
    Bold Perseverance Scholarship
    My journey with mental health began with my oppressions and experience of racism. My struggle started with the hate from rioting by my neighbors and members of my family when their eyes were being filled with gas. I looked like those that were in caskets on my television. It was hard to wrap my head around. Why does my skin color make people hate me? There have been multiple instances where I was ready to end it all before the police did it for me. I thought that I was supposed to die. It was meant for me to be dead. The killings of African Americans were becoming a public event. The controversy surrounding the African American community and the police force has been a string of violent events during past and present periods. As a female African American, that puts me at a vulnerability against the police force because of my identity. My greatest achievement has been learning how to turn fear for myself and others into optimism and advocacy. I do my job as a young black female, and I use my voice in the streets and march in the account of my people. I say their names. This experience had taught me that I can be a vessel for those afraid to use their voices. I want my experience with mental health to show others that there is a light at the end of it all, and no matter how dark of a place it may be, somebody may need you just as much as you need them.
    Bold Friendship Matters Scholarship
    It's not about giving to me, but it's about how much difference was made with the amount that was given. The quality/characteristic that I value most is my generosity. Generosity is something that gives me hope that humanity isn't as bad off, as we often-times like to make it. A kind spirit and compassion are things this world needs more of. Generosity is when you give, but within that giving, you are receiving a sense of peace and accomplishment in your efforts. I was raised around a woman that showed me that generosity was the best self-investment. I carry that mentality around today, and that is the foundation of my friendships. When I give to my friends, there is no price tag on the feeling that I could have made a situation better than what it started to be. My grandmother was the first person to show me that type of generous love. She was diagnosed with cancer when I was six years old. But despite being sick, she still made the effort to do anything to take care of me, and that to her was her healing. She was my very first best friend. That generosity is something that I am unable to wrap my head around, but it's a feeling that I want to pass to share with my friends. I want my friends to know that my love, compassion, and kindness towards them are giving me those same feelings at the same time.
    A Push Forward Scholarship
    Winner
    After college, I hope to be in the beginnings of my career, or should I say my dreams coming true. In other words, after college, I hope to be a powerful female in the fashion industry handling strategic marketing for a high-quality brand. High-quality is key to our environment, and this especially applies to our wardrobes. I have the perseverance to become that, and I know that the same passion that I had as a little girl still lives inside of me. That is why I chose the Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles major at The University of Kentucky. I have high hopes to combine the fashion industry and bringing about change to the environment at the same time. With my marketing, I will be able to show the world the truth. I will spread the word about how the clothes that we wear are affecting our environment. I can do this while being an advocate for a better earth. The human cost of fast fashion is ultimately in definition, what humans are doing to obtain quick, and easy fashion. The human cost of fast fashion at a level of cheapness can result in environmental impacts around the world we live in. Fast fashion can impact the environment because of the ingredients and the fabrics used in the product that may not result in the best quality and become harmful to the environment to obtain such low-quality inclusions in fast fashion. Because I have seen what the toxins that go into fast fashion are doing to the environment, I will be a voice of change. With my position in marketing in the fashion industry, I will be an advocate and let people know which products are sustainable and a better selection for our earth. When it comes to fashion, it shouldn't be about the dollar. It should be about earth-friendly fashion and wearing cleaner branded clothes for our earth. This scholarship is an amazing way to give me push forward to get me where I'm going. I am already in debt of loans that equal up to $10,000, and this is just the beginning. I am serious about pursuing my dreams and going the educational route to do so. There is a heavy financial burden throughout this journey. This scholarship will eliminate me from taking out a larger amount of a loan than preferred. It can be estimated that the ending loan balance upon graduation is going to be near $25,000. That amount is something that I will struggle to come up with and maintain with my new adjustments. I have created a budget that spells out all estimated expenses for obtaining my degree. The budget plan breaks down an estimated total billable cost of $24,606 per academic year, including tuition, housing, and meal plans. The estimated non-billable cost totals $5,358 per academic year including books, travel, and personal supplies. This estimates to equal a cost of $29,964 per academic year. The income I will receive from my family is little to none. I am now on the uprising of becoming an independent young woman who must support herself financially and has an active role in keeping student debt to a minimum and this scholarship will get me closer to my goal.
    Focus Forward Scholarship
    In my school, there is only a small percentage of students who pursue post-secondary education, because they feel discouraged to broaden their horizons outside of the farming lifestyle. More than 40% of black kids in my area do not attend college. I intend to move past that statics and make more of myself than the others in my area expect me to be. I have the power to show them that they can do the same with no hesitation. I will continue this by being a minority face in the fashion industry. I will do this by studying Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles at the University of Kentucky. I want to be at a global company and make a difference for myself and the fashion industry as a whole. There needs to be more diversity in the world of apparel and business as a whole. My goal is to set an example for the younger generations that identify with me. There is another world outside of the one where you came from. I want to be a great example and advocate for the kids who aren't sure of their voice. A college education will help me do that by giving me the knowledge and a platform to set a foundation for my community. I am on the journey to live out my ancestors' wildest dreams. We have a mission as young black kings and queens to uplift each other and reach for the stars. My lifelong dreams have been a part of fashion. It is something that has kept me going many times when I wasn't sure what direction to go in. It is my way to express myself and where I live my truths. After college, I want to be working in a marketing position and living out those dreams. I feel like I was born with success in my bones. I have a drive and determination that is hard to explain. Fashion and my community are my passions. If I have the opportunity to combine the two in any way, then that's what I am set on doing. This scholarship is an amazing way to give me push forward to get me where I'm going. I am already in debt of loans that equal up to $10,000, and this is just the beginning. I am serious about pursuing my dreams and going the educational route to do so. There is a heavy financial burden throughout this journey. This scholarship will eliminate me from taking out a larger amount of a loan than preferred. It can be estimated that the ending loan balance upon graduation is going to be near $25,000. That amount is something that I will struggle to come up with and maintain with my new adjustments. A college education will increase my chances of success in finding a career in my intended major. I want to be a businesswoman. It is no doubt that higher education will expand much more than my knowledge and understanding of my major, but it will broaden and help me develop as a person. This comes with a price. A price that I am committed to paying for a dream that has never left my side. With the help of this scholarship, it can allow me to see out the plan that I have always had with more financial ease. You will be helping me and who I am meant to be.
    Theresa Lord Future Leader Scholarship
    Having a college education will increase my chances of success in finding a career in my intended major. I want to be a businesswoman. Employers are not going to hire someone who doesn’t have the proper understanding of the job. I what to show that I am more capable and qualified to be a leader in my intended career and that all begins with obtaining a college degree. I can prove that not I do not only have what it takes to become a successful student, but I also have what it takes to become the next leader in the fashion industry. Education is the key needed for my success in the worlds of business and also fashion. I can connect my passion for education with my passion for the world of business. It is no doubt that higher education will expand much more than my knowledge and understanding of my major. But it will broaden and help me develop as a person. An obstacle that I have faced in my life is my journey with mental health. My struggle started with the hate from rioting by my neighbors and members of my family when their eyes were being filled with gas. I looked like those that were in caskets on my television. It was hard to wrap my head around. Why does my skin color make people hate me? There have been multiple instances where I was ready to end it all before the police did it for me. I thought that I was supposed to die. It was meant for me to be dead. The killings of African Americans were becoming a public event. The controversy surrounding the African American community and the police force has been a string of violent events during the past and present periods. As a female African American, that puts me at a vulnerability against the police force because of my identity. My greatest achievement has been learning how to turn fear for myself and others into optimism and advocacy. I do my job as a young black female, and I use my voice in the streets and march in the account of my people. I say their names. This experience has taught me that I can be a vessel for those afraid to use their voices. In the future, I plan to encourage others to not let the fear of others and those who are armed with oppression stop them from living their dreams and carrying out the full potentials of the strength that they carry. I want my experience with mental health to show others that there is a light at the end of it all, and no matter how dark of a place it may be, somebody needs you just as much as you need them. We are in this together. More than 40% of black kids in my area do not attend college. I intend to move past those statics and make more of myself than the others in my area expect me to be. My goal is to set an example for the younger generations that identify with me. I want to be a great example and advocate for the kids who aren't sure of their voice. A college education will help me do that by giving me the knowledge and a platform to set a foundation for my community. I am on the journey to live out my ancestors' wildest dreams. We have a mission as young black kings and queens to uplift each other and reach for the stars.
    You Glow Differently When You're Happy Scholarship
    As we loaded the car, I grabbed my mom's face and wiped her tears. I smiled and looked into her deep brown eyes and said, "I'll be back before you know it." I got into the car and grabbed the rusted leather gear shift and put it into drive. The smell of fresh lemon hanging from my rearview mirror was followed me into my new home. I had the taste of cinnamon rolls still lingering in my mouth from breakfast. Driving to college was my new beginning. A new chapter of my life that I had long awaited for.
    Bold Best Skills Scholarship
    I have seen my peers make the mistake of not knowing the full cost of adult life. A person will likely live paycheck to paycheck when they're young. Teens are typically blind to the price tag of everyday life. Food, housing, and healthcare all add up in the blink of an eye. It can be easy to miss this information because these costs are often covered by parents. If you’ve never known the costs of these things, it’s easy to undervalue them or forget to factor them into your expenses entirely. Unfortunately, this can lead to under-saving. When my friends and I describe our wildest dreams together, it often includes traveling the world, having a fancy wedding, or raising our kids with a huge backyard. This cannot be made possible if our paychecks are going towards unessential things. I want to be ready when life throws me a curveball. I am a believer that money makes the world turn. The world does not stop turning when you can’t afford it. My best skill is my ability to properly invest in my future. Real-life is coming whether we like it or not. It should not be taboo to discuss money with your parents. I am improving my investing skills by creating budget plans for myself and my friends. As teenagers, it's vital to know where the money goes every single month. Some costs will transfer into adulthood, such as a cell phone plan, paying for gas, or paying for auto registration or insurance if they have their car. It's good to get used to having a reduced portion of pay available for fun money and is realistic for the future. Plus, what is saved can go towards building a healthy emergency savings fund or a special goal savings account.
    Bold Helping Others Scholarship
    It's not about giving to me, but it's about how much difference was made with the amount that was given. Generosity is something that gives me hope that humanity isn't as bad off, as we oftentimes like to make it. A kind spirit and compassionate giving are what this world needs more of. Generosity is when you give, but within that giving, you are receiving a sense of peace and accomplishment in your efforts. I was raised around women that showed me that generosity was the best self-investment. I carry that mentality around today, and that is the foundation of my relationships. When I give to others, there is no price tag on the feeling that I could have made a situation better than what it started to be. Acts of generosity are my favorite way to help others. My grandmother was the first person to show me that type of generous love. She was diagnosed with cancer when I was six years old. But despite being sick, she still made the effort to do anything to take care of me, and that to her was her healing. That generosity is something that I am unable to wrap my head around, but it's a feeling that I want to pass to everyone that I meet. I want people to know that my love, compassion, and kindness for them are simultaneous feelings for me.
    Bold Motivation Scholarship
    My family and I are quite close. There is no relationship that I can find as strong as the one that I have with them. This is because they are all I have. I am an only child and they fill my void of having no siblings. Even though I don’t have a brother or sister, there is never a dull moment when I am with them. We laugh, fight, and confide in each other just like siblings would do. Everything I do I do for them. I make good grades to get into a good school. I go to a credible school that can offer me a good degree to repay them for all they have given me. They have shaped me to give back to those who have looked out for me and given me the resources that I need to succeed. When they were teaching me this lesson, they are the type of people that were not including themselves in those scenarios. But they don’t know that I have savings for them to give when I get older. Just like I found out their secret savings for me for my post-secondary education. Their drive to achieve their goals and become educated in the fields they are passionate about motivates me to do the same. As I see my mother and father growing older, I want to be caretakers in their lives. This motivates me every day to strive for success and stay focused on the path towards my degree and a better life for my family.
    Bold Know Yourself Scholarship
    Independence is being able to not worry about others understanding you, but your ability to understand yourself. The biggest commitment that you can have is the one to yourself. Independence can be intimidating but overall, as long as you can make peace for yourself the reward is greater. The sun will continue to shine whether people understand where you are coming from or not, so it is most critical that you make every day count most importantly for yourself. The impact that independence has for me is my journey of self-love and not comparing myself to others. Because of the time that we live in and in a society that revolves around social media, I found myself trying to make a journey based on someone else just to feel a sense of acceptance. Something that I learned about myself that was the most valuable was, to be happy I had to simply take the path to become my person and stand true to my identity without the outside influences telling me to be something else. Social media tended to impact the decisions that I was making. I also witnessed the growth of anxiety amongst my peers to portray a certain image. Independence for me is instead of following the trends around me I started to create my own.
    Bold Wisdom Scholarship
    "Don't sit down and wait for opportunities to happen, make them happen." These are the wise words from the late and the great Madame C.J Walker. She has always been someone that I admire. Her determination and persistence are something that I aspire to keep with me as I continue to pursue my career. Like Mrs. Walker, I have a passion for providing a space for people of color to have business success. Black women have struggled for decades to have a seat in the world of business. There are many issues with the equal pay rate for women of color. Black women make nearly $1 million less than white men during their careers. Madame C.J Walker can be labeled the first female black millionaire. That alone is a goal that I have for myself and an example that I want to be for the generations after me. I am on the journey to live out my ancestors' wildest dreams. We have a mission as young black women to use our strength from our struggles and to let nobody knock down our crowns. Adversity did not define who C.J Walker was. She continued to pursue her dreams despite the doubters and those who even tried to sabotage her business. She knew her worth, and she teaches me to realize the value in mine.
    Bold Legacy Scholarship
    It's not about giving to me, but it's about how much difference was made with the amount that was given. Generosity is something that gives me hope that humanity isn't as bad as we often-times like to make it. A kind spirit and compassionate giving are what this world needs more of. Generosity is when you give. But within that giving, you are receiving a sense of peace and accomplishment in your efforts. I was raised around women that showed me that generosity was the best self-investment. I carry that mentality around today, and that is the foundation of my relationships. My generosity will be the legacy that I leave behind. When I give to others, there is no price tag on the feeling that I could have made a situation better than what it started to be. My grandmother was the first person to show me that type of generous love. She was diagnosed with cancer when I was six years old. But despite being sick, she still made the effort to do anything to take care of me, and that to her was her healing. That generosity is something that I am unable to wrap my head around, but it's a feeling that I want to pass to everyone that I meet. That feeling that I had when I felt like I was healing my grandmother changed my life. I want people to know that my love, compassion, and kindness for them are simultaneous feelings for me.
    Bold Happiness Scholarship
    The thing that I love most about the great outdoors is the peace that comes with it. When I go outside, I feel like everything is going to be alright and that my problems just escape with the wind. Coming from a rural area, I am constantly surrounded by open land. I have had many experiences with lakes, rivers, and many trails that lead into the unknown. Because of this, I have to learn to maintain a healthy balance between the motions of life and serenity. The peace and tranquility of being with nature and the freedom of everything around it make that me less fearful of that unknown. Taking advantage of nature is something that makes me happy. The great outdoors is truly a space where you can bring everything that you are going through and clear your headspace with the help of the Earth. Where life may hurt, there is nature to help heal. The warmth of the sun is like a hug that I can't get anywhere else. Being outside makes me feel like I'm living rather than existing. When I am within nature, there is beauty everywhere that I look. The air outside gives my soul a calm stillness. As much as we try, humans can never recreate what nature has to offer.
    Bold Books Scholarship
    The Bible has always been a part of me since I was a little girl. This book has been my pathway throughout life. A quote that is special to me can be found in Luke 1:45. This verse says, "Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her." The Bible teaches lessons, provides guidance, and is the most inspiring book I've read. I am constantly overthinking and worrying about the things that are out of my control. My faith in Jesus Christ and the words in The Bible bring me peace. I feel exceptionally blessed to be presented with the positive things in my life that have brought me this far. I am even blessed to have the negative things that have taught me to trust more in him and bring me lessons in the outcomes. In school, we are taught to treat others the way we want to be treated. I have faith in the Lord and his words throughout The Bible that he will fulfill his promises and for that, I am blessed. Life has its way of taking me through trials and tribulations, and my mental health has withstood many tests. Despite those times, it is up to me to be content in every circumstance and believe the light at the end of that tunnel is my blessings waiting for me. I am already loved more than I could imagine. Just simply knowing that there is something greater than myself that has the best waiting for me and has a purpose for me keeps me feeling blessed. That never goes away because God follows me as I walk different paths throughout my life. I can always refer to The Bible for guidance.
    Lillian's & Ruby's Way Scholarship
    After college, I hope to be in the beginnings of my career, or should I say my dreams coming true. I have always been one to handle my business and have a great style while doing so. In other words, after college, I hope to be a powerful female in the fashion industry working for a high-quality brand. High-quality is key to our environment, and this especially applies to our wardrobes. I have the perseverance to become that, and I know that the same passion that I had as a little girl still lives inside of me. That is why I chose the Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles major at The University of Kentucky. I have high hopes to combine the fashion industry and bringing about change to the environment at the same time. With my degree, I will be able to show the world the truth. I will spread the word about how the clothes that we wear are affecting our environment. The human cost of fast fashion is ultimately in definition, what humans are doing to obtain quick, and easy fashion. The human cost of fast fashion at a level of cheapness can result in environmental impacts around the world. Fast fashion can impact the environment because of the ingredients and the fabrics used in the product that may not result in the best quality and become harmful to the environment to obtain such low-quality inclusions in fast fashion. The development of technology allows us a platform to spread the word loud and clear and how it affects our surroundings. Apparel is a part of everyone’s every day, and as human’s fast fashion is expensive to the world around us. The future of fashion is expected to be creative, sustainable, inclusive, and exciting. There is a future in fashion. It is up to us to save it from being diminished by the human cost of fast fashion. Although fast fashion is cheap and the easy way out, our world deserves more. Innovation policy changes that could help curb the climate crisis would be a complete elimination of toxins that are used in fast fashion brands and the textile dyeing that involves the emission of those toxic chemicals. Fast fashion is all about the less that has to be spent on the making of a product. Some of my favorite books that I have read about fast fashion are "Fashionopolis" and "Overdressed." These books discuss the price of fast fashion and the future of clothing. These books discuss what makes fast fashion as well as alternatives to reduce fast fashion. A cheaper alternative that is discussed in these readings can be known as viscose. Viscose is a rayon that is responsible for emitting chemicals that are harmful to earth and humans. The wood pulp that viscose is made from creates carbon disulfide that is emitted as a result. This means that the greenhouse gas percentage is higher because of the viscose fiber. A ban on viscose can make for a greener environment because there will be no waste streams or harmful chemicals. I have read what the toxins that go into fast fashion are doing to the environment. I will be a voice of change. With my position in the fashion industry, I will be an advocate and let people know which products are sustainable and a better selection for our earth. When it comes to fashion, it shouldn't be about the dollar. It should be about earth-friendly fashion and wearing cleaner clothes for our earth.
    Bold Art Scholarship
    My favorite art piece celebrates the former first lady of the United States. This art piece is none other than the Michelle Obama portrait. This portrait symbolizes that success is possible for people who look like me, especially women. Amy Sherald uses her signature gray shades to invite the viewer to see Mrs. Obama as a human first, rather than the color of her actual skin. The gray shades also reference African American history when photos of free slaves begin to emerge onto the scene. In this portrait, the former first lady can be seen looking directly into the eyes of the spectator, with a confident demeanor, as she rests her hand under her chin. That particular pose for me is striking and inspiring. Michelle Obama worked hard to live her ancestor's wildest dreams and made them all come true. That is what I hope to do one day. I want to be an inspiration to the black community and the generations that come after me. Michelle Obama is a woman of color that carries herself with grace and elegance. That is something that many people didn't think go together. She is a role model for little black girls all over. The former first lady Michelle Obama is living proof that adversity can not stop you from accomplishing your dreams. Just like the subject of this piece, this portrait is truly a statement.
    Bold Self-Care Scholarship
    The thing that I love most about the great outdoors is the peace that comes with it. When I go outside, I feel like everything is going to be alright and that my problems just escape with the wind. Coming from a rural area, I am constantly surrounded by open land. I have had many experiences with lakes, rivers, and many trails that lead into the unknown. Because of this, I have to learn to maintain a healthy balance between the motions of life and serenity. The peace and tranquility of being with nature and the freedom of everything around it make that me less fearful of that unknown. Taking advantage of what nature is my way of practicing self-care. The great outdoors is truly a space where you can bring everything that you are going through and clear your headspace with the help of the Earth. Where life may hurt, there is nature to help heal. The warmth of the sun is like a hug that I can't get anywhere else. Being outside makes me feel like I'm living rather than existing. When I am within nature, there is beauty everywhere that I look. So far, I can't seem to find that feeling anywhere else. The air outside gives my soul a calm stillness. As much as we try, humans can never recreate what nature has to offer.
    Bold Patience Matters Scholarship
    A quote that is special to me and is part of the foundation that I follow for my life can be found in Luke 1:45. This verse says, "Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her." I am constantly overthinking and worrying about the things that are out of my control. My faith in Jesus Christ and the plans that he has for me brings me allows me to have patience. I feel exceptionally blessed to be presented with the positive things in my life that have brought me this far. I am even blessed to have the negative things that have taught me to trust more in him and bring me lessons in the outcomes. I live by this quote. I know that he already has things in store for me, so that patient mentality allows me to let go and let God while knowing I did all I could do in every situation. Life has its way of taking me through trials and tribulations, and my mental health has withstood many tests. Despite those times, it is up to me to be content in every circumstance and believe the light at the end of that tunnel is my blessings waiting for me. I am already loved more than I could imagine. Just simply knowing that there is something greater than myself that has the best waiting for me and has a purpose for me keeps me feeling patient. That never goes away because God follows me as I walk different paths throughout my life.
    Bold Growth Mindset Scholarship
    I am on the journey to live out my ancestors' wildest dreams. With everything going on in the world of racial injustices and inequalities, I always say how can anybody raise a daughter in a world like the one today. We have a mission as young black women to use our strength from our struggles and to let nobody knock down our crowns. I keep a growth mindset by realizing that I have no other choice but to grow. My pursuit of being one of the few African Americans in my area to pursue post-secondary education is an example that you are in control of your future. There is nowhere is else to go but up from here. More than 40% of black kids in my area do not attend college. I have broken that barrier and made more of myself than what the others in my area expect me to be. I have already accomplished such great things and dodged multiple statistics. Knowing that I am an example to future generations after me, will motivate me to keep going on the pursuit of my dreams. I am so excited to further my journey and surprise my people at the University of Kentucky, everyone back home, and the African American community with what the future holds for me. My story and the rest of the stories of my people rest on my shoulders.
    Bold Turnaround Story Scholarship
    My journey with mental health began with my oppressions and experience of racism. My struggle started with the hate from rioting by my neighbors and members of my family when their eyes were being filled with gas. I looked like those that were in caskets on my television. It was hard to wrap my head around. Why does my skin color make people hate me? There have been multiple instances where I was ready to end it all before the police did it for me. I thought that I was supposed to die. It was meant for me to be dead. The killings of African Americans were becoming a public event. The controversy surrounding the African American community and the police force has been a string of violent events during the past and present periods. As a female African American, that puts me at a vulnerability against the police force because of my identity. My greatest achievement has been learning how to turn fear for myself and others into optimism and advocacy. I do my job as a young black female, and I use my voice in the streets and march in the account of my people. I say their names. This experience had taught me that I can be a vessel for those afraid to use their voices. I am living my last legacies based on the experiences that I have had in my life thus far. I want my experience with mental health to show others that there is a light at the end of it all, and no matter how dark of a place it may be, somebody may need you just as much as you need them.
    Bold Longevity Scholarship
    The thing that I love most about the great outdoors is the peace that comes with it. When I go outside, I feel like everything is going to be alright and that my problems just escape with the wind. Coming from a rural area and being surrounded by land, I have had many experiences with lakes, rivers, and many trails that lead into the unknown. Because of this, I have to learn to maintain a healthy balance between the motions of life and serenity. The peace and tranquility of being with nature and the freedom of everything around it make that me less fearful of that unknown. Taking advantage of what nature has to offer is the best way to live a long, healthy life. The great outdoors is truly a space where you can bring everything that you are going through and clear your headspace with the help of the Earth. Where life may hurt, there is nature to help heal. The warmth of the sun is like a hug that I can't get anywhere else. Being outside makes me feel like I'm living rather than existing. When I am within nature, there is beauty everywhere that I look. So far, I cant seem to find that feeling anywhere else. The air outside gives my soul a calm stillness. As much as we try, humans can never recreate what nature has to offer.
    Bold Investing Scholarship
    I have seen my peers make the mistake of not knowing the full cost of adult life. A person will likely live paycheck to paycheck when they're young. Teens are typically blind to the price tag of everyday life. Food, housing, and healthcare all add up in the blink of an eye. It can be easy to miss this information because these costs are often covered by parents. If you’ve never known the costs of these things, it’s easy to undervalue them or forget to factor them into your expenses entirely. Unfortunately, this can lead to under-saving. When my friends and I describe our wildest dreams together, it often includes traveling the world, having a fancy wedding, or raising our kids with a huge backyard. This cannot be made possible if our paychecks are going towards unessential things. I want to be ready when life throws me a curveball. I am a believer that money makes the world turn. The world does not stop turning when you can’t afford it. One investing tip that I take to heart is the creation of a monthly budget plan. Real-life is coming whether we like it or not. It should not be taboo to discuss money with your parents. It is important to have someone help with a budget plan. As teenagers, it's vital to know where the money goes every single month. Some costs will transfer into adulthood, such as a cell phone plan, paying for gas, or paying for auto registration or insurance if they have their car. It's good to get used to having a reduced portion of pay available for fun money and is realistic for the future. Plus, what is saved can go towards building a healthy emergency savings fund or a special goal savings account.
    Bold Be You Scholarship
    Independence is being able to not worry about others understanding you, but your ability to understand yourself. The biggest commitment is that you can have it to yourself. Independence can be intimidating but overall, as long as you can make peace for yourself the reward is greater. The sun will continue to shine whether people understand where you are coming from or not, so it is most critical that you make every day count most importantly for yourself. The impact that independence has for me is my journey of self-love and not comparing myself to others. Because of the time that we live in and in a society that revolves around social media, I found myself trying to make a journey based on someone else just to feel a sense of acceptance. I had to realize to be happy I had to simply take the path to become my person and stand true to my identity without the outside influences telling me to be something else. Social media tended to impact the decisions that I was making. I also witnessed the growth of anxiety amongst my peers to portray a certain image. I stay true to myself in my daily life by not following the trends around me but instead create my own.
    Bold Memories Scholarship
    My experience as a black woman has been a journey with self-love and acceptance for the color of my skin. My struggle began with the hate from rioting by my neighbors and members of my family when their eyes were filled with gas. I looked like those that were in caskets on my television. It was hard to wrap my head around. Why does my skin color make people hate me? There have been multiple instances where I was ready to end it all before the police did it for me. This has challenged me to be afraid of growing up and being independent because there would be no one to protect me against my vulnerability. I felt as if I had no one to turn to and that the friends that I had were to never understand how those statistics relate to our connections. It's a constant battle between me and the police who is going to kill me first. Growing up in a predominantly white community, I have been exposed to fear by my people. I’ve often questioned why the judgment for the color of skin still lives on and is it ever going to end. Being from Kentucky and going to the same university where Breonna Taylor was once on her journey to pursue her dreams just like me, has been very difficult. Her name was being repeated right outside my dorm room window. Even though I didn't know Breonna, I felt as if my sister had been taken. I am on the journey to live out my ancestors' wildest dreams. I use this experience and the strength that I gained from it to never stay neutral in times of injustice and choose the opposition of the oppressor.
    Bold Influence Scholarship
    Independence is being able to not worry about others understanding you, but your ability to understand yourself. The biggest commitment is that you can have it to yourself. Independence can be intimidating but overall, as long as you can make peace for yourself the reward is greater. The sun will continue to shine whether people understand where you are coming from or not, so it is most critical that you make every day count most importantly for yourself. If I were a highly influential figure, the main thing that I would stand for is Independence and self-reliance in the journey you create. The impact that independence has for me is my journey of self-love and not comparing myself to others. Because of the time that we live in and in a society that revolves around social media, I found myself trying to make a journey based on someone else just to feel a sense of acceptance. I had to realize to be happy I had to simply take the path to become my person and stand true to my identity without the outside influences telling me to be something else. Social media tended to impact the decisions that I was making. I also witnessed the growth of anxiety amongst my peers to portray a certain image. Independence for me is instead of following the trends around me I started to create my own.
    Bold Independence Scholarship
    Independence is being able to not worry about others understanding you, but your ability to understand yourself. The biggest commitment is that you can have it to yourself. Independence can be intimidating but overall, as long as you can make peace for yourself the reward is greater. The sun will continue to shine whether people understand where you are coming from or not, so it is most critical that you make every day count most importantly for yourself. The impact that independence has for me is my journey of self-love and not comparing myself to others. Because of the time that we live in and in a society that revolves around social media, I found myself trying to make a journey based on someone else just to feel a sense of acceptance. I had to realize to be happy I had to simply take the path to become my person and stand true to my identity without the outside influences telling me to be something else. Social media tended to impact the decisions that I was making. I also witnessed the growth of anxiety amongst my peers to portray a certain image. Independence for me is instead of following the trends around me I started to create my own.
    Bold Love Yourself Scholarship
    It's not about giving to me, but it's about how much difference was made with the amount that was given. The quality that I love most is my generosity. Generosity is something that gives me hope that humanity isn't as bad off, as we often-times like to make it. I was raised around a woman that showed me that generosity was the best self-investment. When I give to others, there is no price tag on the feeling that I could have made a situation better than what it started to be. My grandmother was the first person to show me that type of generous love. She was diagnosed with cancer when I was six years old. But despite being sick, she still made the effort to do anything to take care of me, and that to her was her healing. That generosity is something that I am unable to wrap my head around, but it's a feeling that I want to pass to everyone that I meet. I want people to know that my love, compassion, and kindness towards them are giving me those same feelings at the same time. John 15:12 says, "Love each other as I have loved you." My grandmother taught me that being generous doesn’t cost a thing and that in return we will gather many blessings for the things we have done for others. Life has its way of taking me through trials and tribulations, and my mental health has withstood many tests. Millions of people suffer from anxiety and depression, and that is a road that I have been down. I am already loved more than I could imagine, so I try my best to remind others that they are too.
    Bold Learning and Changing Scholarship
    The human cost of fast fashion at a level of cheapness can result in environmental impacts around the world. Fast fashion can impact the environment because of the ingredients and the fabrics used in the product that may not result in the best quality and become harmful to the environment to obtain such low-quality inclusions in fast fashion. Fashion is something that has been a passion of mine ever since I was a little girl. That is why I chose the Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles major at The University of Kentucky. Apparel is a part of everyone’s every day, and as human’s fast fashion is expensive to the world around us. The future of fashion is expected to be creative, sustainable, inclusive, and exciting. It is up to us to save it from being diminished by the human cost of fast fashion. With my platform in the fashion industry on the marketing team, I can spread the brands that are better for us, and warn about the ones that are hurting our earth. Although fast fashion is cheap and the easy way out, our world deserves more. Fast fashion is all about the less that has to be spent on the making of a product. A cheaper alternative than cotton can be known as viscose. Viscose is a rayon that is responsible for emitting chemicals that are harmful to earth and humans. Because I have seen what the toxins that go into fast fashion are doing to the environment, I will be a voice of change. When it comes to fashion, it shouldn't be about the dollar. It should be about earth-friendly fashion and wearing cleaner clothes for our earth.
    Bold Optimist Scholarship
    My journey with mental health began with my oppressions and experience of racism. My struggle started with the hate from rioting by my neighbors and members of my family when their eyes were being filled with gas. I looked like those that were in caskets on my television. It was hard to wrap my head around. Why does my skin color make people hate me? There have been multiple instances where I was ready to end it all before the police did it for me. I thought that I was supposed to die. It was meant for me to be dead. The killings of African Americans were becoming a public event. The controversy surrounding the African American community and the police force has been a string of violent events during the past and present periods. As a female African American, that puts me at a vulnerability against the police force because of my identity. My greatest achievement has been learning how to turn fear for myself and others into optimism and advocacy. I do my job as a young black female, and I use my voice in the streets and march in the account of my people. I say their names. This experience had taught me that I can be a vessel for those afraid to use their voices. I am living my last legacies based on the experiences that I have had in my life thus far. I want my experience with mental health to show others that there is a light at the end of it all, and no matter how dark of a place it may be, somebody may need you just as much as you need them.
    Bold Climate Changemakers Scholarship
    I have high hopes to combine the fashion industry and bringing about change to the environment at the same time. This is why I chose to study Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles at the University of Kentucky. The human cost of fast fashion is ultimately in definition, what humans are doing to obtain quick, and easy fashion. Fast fashion is at a level of cheapness that can result in environmental impacts around the world. Fast fashion can impact the environment because of the ingredients and the fabrics used in the product that may not result in the best quality and become harmful to the environment to obtain such low-quality inclusions in fast fashion. Apparel is a part of everyone’s every day, and as human’s fast fashion is expensive to the world around us. The future of fashion is expected to be creative, sustainable, inclusive, and exciting. There is a future in fashion. It is up to us to save it from being diminished by the human cost of fast fashion. A cheaper alternative than cotton can be known as viscose. Viscose is a rayon that is responsible for emitting chemicals that are harmful to earth and humans. This means that the greenhouse gas percentage is higher because of the viscose fiber. I will advocate for a ban on viscose so we can make for a greener environment because there will be no waste streams or harmful chemicals that will affect our climate. Because I have seen what the toxins that go into fast fashion are doing to the environment, I will be a voice of change. With my position in marketing in the fashion industry, When it comes to fashion, it shouldn't be about the dollar. It should be about earth-friendly fashion and wearing cleaner branded clothes for our earth.
    Sloane Stephens Doc & Glo Scholarship
    It's not about giving to me, but it's about how much difference was made with the amount that was given. The quality/characteristic that I value most is my generosity. Generosity is something that gives me hope that humanity isn't as bad off, as we often-times like to make it. A kind spirit and compassion are things this world needs more of. Generosity is when you give, but within that giving, you are receiving a sense of peace and accomplishment in your efforts. I was raised around women that showed me that generosity was the best self-investment. I carry that mentality around today, and that is the foundation of my relationships. When I give to others, there is no price tag on the feeling that I could have made a situation better than what it started to be. My grandmother was the first person to show me that type of generous love. She was diagnosed with cancer when I was six years old. But despite being sick, she still made the effort to do anything to take care of me, and that to her was her healing. That generosity is something that I am unable to wrap my head around, but it's a feeling that I want to pass to everyone that I meet. I want people to know that my love, compassion, and kindness towards them are giving me those same feelings at the same time. John 15:12 says, "Love each other as I have loved you." I always do my best to help people who are in need, even if I don't know them. My grandmother taught me that being generous doesn’t cost a thing and that in return we will gather many blessings for the things we have done for people who are troubled. Her strong faith in God has led me to believe that he is watching over me and my family as we take care of each other and do the best that we can for the rest of his children. My faith in Jesus Christ and the plans that he has for me brings me peace. I feel exceptionally blessed to be presented with the positive things in my life that have brought me this far. I am even blessed to have the negative things that have taught me to trust more in him and bring me lessons in the outcomes. In school, we are taught to treat others the way we want to be treated. I have faith in the Lord that he will fulfill his promises and for that, I am blessed. Life has its way of taking me through trials and tribulations, and my mental health has withstood many tests. Despite those times, it is up to me to be content in every circumstance and believe the light at the end of that tunnel is my blessings waiting for me. Millions of people suffer from anxiety and depression, and that is a road that I have been down. I am already loved more than I could imagine, so I try my best to remind others that they are too.
    Bold Art Matters Scholarship
    My favorite piece of art celebrates the former first lady of the United States. This art piece is none other than the Michelle Obama portrait. This portrait symbolizes that success is possible for people who look like me, especially women. Amy Sherald uses her signature gray shades to invite the viewer to see Mrs. Obama as a human first, rather than the color of her actual skin. The gray shades also reference African American history when photos of free slaves begin to emerge onto the scene. In this portrait, the former first lady can be seen looking directly into the eyes of the spectator, with a confident demeanor, as she rests her hand under her chin. That particular pose for me is striking and inspiring. Michelle Obama worked hard to live her ancestor's wildest dreams and made them all come true. That is what I hope to do one day. I want to be an inspiration to the black community and the generations that come after me. Michelle Obama is a woman of color that carries herself with grace and elegance. That is something that many people didn't think go together. She is a role model for little black girls all over. The former first lady Michelle Obama is living proof that adversity can not stop you from accomplishing your dreams. Just like the subject of this piece, this portrait truly knows how to make a statement.
    Bold Impact Matters Scholarship
    At my hometown school, there is only a small percentage of students who pursue post-secondary education, because they feel discouraged to broaden their horizons outside of the farming lifestyle. More than 40% of black kids in my area do not attend college. I intend to move past the statistics and make more of myself than the others in my area expect me to be. I have the power to show them that they can do the same with no hesitation. My goal is to set an example for the younger generations that identify with me. I want to leave a positive impact on the world by helping to change the census amongst my community. I want to be a great example and advocate for the kids who aren't sure of their voice. A college education will help me do that by giving me the knowledge and a platform to set a foundation for my people back home who are counting on me. I am on the journey to live out my ancestors' wildest dreams. We have a mission as young kings and queens to uplift each other and reach for the stars. I want my impact in my community will spread around the world and will touch the lives of other brown skin children. I dream that one day they will believe that the impossible does not exist for them. No matter what you've been through or where you come from, you are more than capable to be anything your heart desires.
    Bold Science Matters Scholarship
    When Karl Benz began making the first car, it would be in his wildest dreams that it would be powered by anything else except man. As times have changed and technology has advanced, so has the power of artificial intelligence. Artificial intelligence is a 21st-century advancement in vehicles that have done the most to improve safety while driving. Artificial ​intelligence is the theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence. People are no longer the only ones in the car. The power of artificial intelligence is my favorite scientific discovery. Driver monitoring is a key feature in today's automobiles. The driver monitoring can tell whether the driver is inactive. If the driver is feeling symptoms of drowsiness or has fallen asleep under the wheel, the monitor can alert the driver with sensor alarms. The car can back up the alerts by sending the driver information about supporting navigation and points of interest that can get the driver to a safe place at times of vulnerability. Information about weather and traffic updates can also be sent along with information about navigation. This can also contribute to lowering the rates of car accidents. Artificial intelligence is changing the game in the automotive industry. The next ten years are approaching quickly and transforming all around us. The way that AI assistance drivers are like no other and makes driving more accessible than it has ever been. The high technology in cars puts roadside assistance to a minimum. Drivers are now becoming safe and aware of their surroundings because of the way AI can sense activity from a geographical standpoint. That accessibility keeps marketers on their toes and ready for the car business and keeps the safety of all drivers at bay.
    Finesse Your Education's "The College Burnout" Scholarship
    Playlist Name: By way of UK Artist: Sinking Sophmore Tracklist: 1. Wildcat Wayz 2. Dorm Room Dreamz 3. Caturdayz 4. Big Blue Bluez 5. New Friendz 6. 18 Creditz
    #Back2SchoolBold Scholarship
    My #Back2SchoolBold moment is inspired by balance and tranquility, as I tackle this new semester. I continue to practice mindfulness and center myself. I do this so, I can prevent becoming overwhelmed by my classes and the workload that I have this year. I have created spaces in my room that remind me to stay calm over the pressure. The colors in my room have my favorite color, and that reminds me of home. The color purple keeps me grounded in the reason why I came to college and to finish. The flowers in my room are calming and helps to reduce my anxiety. The first thing I do every morning is open both of my windows. This keeps me feeling productive and gives me the motivation to start my day. My room is my sanctuary, and I love that I get to make it my own and produce the best environment for my success.
    Loan Lawyers 2021 Annual Scholarship Competition
    I know that education is important, and I’ve never seen myself not attending a university. There are other parts of my life that I plan to invest in. That is starting a path of financial stability I have seen my peers make the mistake of not knowing the full cost of adult life. It is likely to live paycheck to paycheck when you’re young. Teens are typically blind to the price tag of everyday life. Food, housing, healthcare, utilities, education, entertainment, and more. It all adds up and, often, is totally covered by parents If you’ve never known the costs of these things, when you’re gearing up to handle life as an adult, it’s easy to undervalue them, or forget to factor them into your expenses entirely. Unfortunately, this can lead to under-saving and When my friends and I describe our wildest dreams together it often includes traveling the world, having a fancy wedding, or raising our kids with a huge backyard. This cannot be made possible if our paychecks are going towards other need-based things. I want to be ready when life throws me a curveball. I am a believer that money makes the world turn. The world does not stop turning when you can’t afford it. I am not afraid to ask questions. Real-life is coming whether we like it or not. It should not be taboo to discuss money with your parents. It is important to have someone help with a budget plan. As teenagers, it's vital to know where money goes every single month. There are costs that will transfer into adulthood such as a cell phone plan, paying for gas, or paying for auto registration or insurance if they have their own car. It's good to get used to having a reduced portion of pay available for fun money and is realistic for the future. Plus, what is saved can go towards building a healthy emergency savings fund or a special goal savings account. I want to gain money and be the one who sets out ten percent of my earnings and when the time comes, I will have what I need to buy the things that are essential to me. I have seen the struggles of not being overdue on an important bill or missing out on an experience because I couldn’t afford it. I remember very clearly what I asked for on my 18th birthday. That request was stock in a successful company. I didn’t want a new phone, shoes, or a car like all my other friends. When we are all thirty, those gifts will be silly gifts. When they are driving their car from years ago. I will gather the stock that has been waiting on me to be successful. I am very interested in developing financial stability at a young age. I never thought that working tiring ten-hour shifts at 18 years old would motivate me to want to work more.
    Jillian Ellis Pathway Scholarship
    My journey with mental health began with my oppressions and experience of racism. My struggle started with the hate from rioting by my neighbors and members of my family when their eyes were being filled with gas. I looked like those that were in caskets on my television. It was hard to wrap my head around. Why does my skin color make people hate me? There have been multiple instances where I was ready to end it all before the police did it for me. I thought that I was supposed to die. It was meant for me to be dead. The killings of African Americans were becoming a public event. The controversy surrounding the African American community and the police force has been a string of violent events during the past and present periods. As a female African American, that puts me at a vulnerability against the police force because of my identity. My greatest achievement has been learning how to turn fear for myself and others into optimism and advocacy. I do my job as a young black female, and I use my voice in the streets and march in the account of my people. I say their names. This experience had taught me that I can be a vessel for those afraid to use their voices. I am living my last legacies based on the experiences that I have had in my life thus far. I want my impact in my community and the ground that I have laid for myself to be an inspiration to generations after me. In the future, I plan to encourage others to not let the fear of others and those who are armed with oppression stop them from living their dreams and carrying out the full potentials of the strength that they carry. I want my experience with mental health to show others that there is a light at the end of it all, and no matter how dark of a place it may be, somebody may need you just as much as you need them. At my hometown school, there is only a small percentage of students who pursue post-secondary education, because they feel discouraged to broaden their horizons outside of the farming lifestyle. More than 40% of black kids in my area do not attend college. I intend to move past that statics and make more of myself than the others in my area expect me to be. I have the power to show them that they can do the same with no hesitation. My goal is to set an example for the younger generations that identify with me. There is another world outside of the one where you came from. I want to be a great example and advocate for the kids who aren't sure of their voice. A college education will help me do that by giving me the knowledge and a platform to set a foundation for my community. I am on the journey to live out my ancestors' wildest dreams. We have a mission as young black kings and queens to uplift each other and reach for the stars.
    Bold Financial Literacy Scholarship
    Teens are typically blind to the price tag of everyday life. This includes food, housing, healthcare, utilities, education, entertainment, and more. It all adds up and, often, is covered by parents. Unfortunately, this can lead to under-saving. When my friends and I describe our wildest dreams together, it often includes traveling the world, having a fancy wedding, or raising our kids with a huge backyard. This cannot be possible if all of a paycheck is going towards one thing. I want to be ready when life throws me a curveball. I am a believer that money makes the world turn. The world does not stop turning when you can’t afford it. Real-life is coming whether we like it or not. The most helpful piece of financial advice that I ever received is having a budget plan based on 10% of your earnings every month. It's good to get used to having a reduced portion of pay available for fun money and is realistic for the future. Plus, what is saved can go towards building a healthy emergency savings fund or a special goal savings account. I have seen the struggles of being overdue on an important bill or missing out on an experience because I couldn’t afford it. I remember very clearly what I asked for on my 18th birthday. That request was stock in a successful company. I didn’t want a new phone, shoes, or a car like all my other friends. I am very interested in developing financial stability at a young age. I never thought that working tiring twelve-hour shifts at 18 years old would motivate me to want to work more.
    Bold Dream Big Scholarship
    As a little girl, I always dreamed of being the head of a table and pointing out on my pie chart why my ideas are the recipe for a change. I hope to take the knowledge that I have used from my education at my university and the experiences and opportunities that they have presented me and take my career abroad. My dream is to be a powerful female in the fashion industry. I have always been inspired by the behind-the-scenes of the accredited brand in Paris. Working alongside the view of the Eifel Tower would only be a dream come true. It would be hard to recognize myself. I want my name attached to fashion capitals such as New York, Milan, and Italy. Some say it is not ideal, and it is far-fetched from reality. But to me, it is more than ideal and very possible to achieve. I see myself speaking to companies all over Europe. I have an eye for detail, and I can balance creativity with business. The fashion industry is quite a competitive space, and you have to stand out to companies to land the job. Luckily for me and everyone in the industry, I am not afraid of a challenge. Ten years from now, I see myself being employed at a global company, sitting in a conference room with the head of marketing and sales. I plan to be marketing for the largest name brands in the world. I have always had this dream. I have come this far into my life, and I have always been sure in my heart that the fashion industry is what I’ve wanted to do.
    Bold Generosity Matters Scholarship
    It's not about giving to me, but it's about how much difference was made with the amount that was given. Generosity is something that gives me hope that humanity isn't as bad off, as we oftentimes like to make it. A kind spirit and compassionate giving are what this world needs more of. Generosity is when you give, but within that giving, you are receiving a sense of peace and accomplishment in your efforts. I was raised around women that showed me that generosity was the best self-investment. I carry that mentality around today, and that is the foundation of my relationships. When I give to others, there is no price tag on the feeling that I could have made a situation better than what it started to be. My grandmother was the first person to show me that type of generous love. She was diagnosed with cancer when I was six years old. But despite being sick, she still made the effort to do anything to take care of me, and that to her was her healing. That generosity is something that I am unable to wrap my head around, but it's a feeling that I want to pass to everyone that I meet. I want people to know that my love, compassion, and kindness towards them are giving me those same feelings at the same time.
    Deborah's Grace Scholarship
    My experience as a black woman has been a journey with self-love and acceptance for the color of my own skin. My struggle began with the hate from rioting by my neighbors and members of my family when their eyes were filled with gas. The issue with this is that law enforcement seems to be punishing innocent people for the way that they look. I looked like those that were in caskets on my television. It was hard to wrap my head around. Why does my skin color make people hate me? There have been multiple instances where I was ready to end it all before the police did it for me. The controversy surrounding the African American community and the police force has been a string of violent events during the past and present time periods. As a female African American, that puts me at a vulnerability against the police force because of my identity. This has challenged me to be afraid of growing up and being independent because there would be no one to protect me against my vulnerability. African Americans are three times more likely to be killed than whites in America. 99% of killings by police from 2013-2020 have not resulted in officers being charged with a crime. I felt as if I had no one to turn to and that the friends that I had were to never understand how those statistics relate to our connections. It's a constant battle between me and the police who is going to kill me first. Growing up in a predominantly white community, I have been exposed to fear by my people. I’ve often questioned why the judgment for the color of skin still lives on and is it ever going to end. Being from Kentucky and going to the same university where Breonna Taylor was once on her journey to pursue her dreams just like me, has been very difficult. Her name was being repeated right outside my dorm room window. Even though I didn't know Breonna, I felt as if my sister had been taken and a queen was gone. If I were ever in encounters by the police I was taught to say, "My name is Aminah Darden, I am 19 years old, I have nothing in my possession to hurt or harm you.'' She didn't have time. Who is to say I will one day. There is no accountability with law enforcement because most people see them as doing their job. I do my job as a young black female and I use my voice in the streets and march in the account of my people. I say their names. I am on the journey to live out my ancestors' wildest dreams. With everything going on, I always say how can anybody raise a daughter in a world like the one today. We have a mission as young black women to use our strength from our struggles and to let nobody knock down our crowns. My pursuit of being one of the few African Americans in my area to pursue post-secondary education is an example that you are in control of your future. Knowing that I am an example to future generations after me, will motivate me to keep going on the pursuit of my dreams. I am so excited to further my journey and surprise my people and the diverse community at the University of Kentucky with what the future holds for me. My story and the rest of the stories of my community rest on my shoulders.
    Bold Wise Words Scholarship
    "Don't sit down and wait for opportunities to happen, make them happen." These are the wise words from the late and the great Madame C.J Walker. She has always been someone that I admire. Her determination and persistence are something that I aspire to keep with me as I continue to pursue my career. This Madame C.J Walker quote is the wisest thing I have ever heard. It truly changed my approach to my career and life. Like Mrs. Walker, I have a passion for providing a space for people of color to have business success. "I am not merely satisfied in making money for myself. For I am endeavoring to employ hundreds of women of my race." Black women have struggled for decades to have a seat in the world of business. Opportunities don't come easy to us, so I make them. There are many issues with the equal pay rate for black women. Black women make nearly $1 million less than white men during their careers. Madame C.J Walker can be labeled the first female black millionaire. That alone is a goal that I have for myself and an example that I want to be for the generations after me. I am on the journey to live out my ancestors' wildest dreams. With everything going on, I always say how can anybody raise a daughter in a world like the one today. We have a mission as young black women to use our strength from our struggles and to let nobody knock down our crowns. Adversity did not define who C.J Walker was. She continued to pursue her dreams despite the doubters and those who even tried to sabotage her business. She knew her worth, and he teaches me to know the value in mine.
    Bold Technology Matters Scholarship
    When Karl Benz began making the first car, it would be in his wildest dreams that it would be powered by anything else except man. As times have changed and technology has advanced, so has the power of artificial intelligence. Artificial intelligence is a 21st-century advancement in vehicles that have done the most to improve safety while driving. Artificial ​intelligence is the theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence. People are no longer the only ones in the car. This new technology is something that I'm excited about and will save the lives of many. Robots and computer systems ride with us. Artificial intelligence could change the automotive industry in the next ten years through permanent driver's assistance, predictive maintenance, and driver security. Artificial intelligence can identify dangerous situations, and it can then alert the driver or take emergency control of the vehicle to avoid an accident. These are some things humans can not react to quickly enough sometimes to save a life. Emergency braking, cross-traffic detectors, blind-spot monitoring, and driver steering assistance can save lives in the process. Powerful deep learning algorithms in the system can accurately predict what the objects in the vehicle's travel path are likely to do. In urban areas where there are many school zones, The car can save the lives of children by altering the driver that the child is about to cross the street. Because of the lifesaving statistics, the car marketing industry is fighting to have the best and most powerful artificial intelligence in cars. When it comes to artificial intelligence in cars, the security of the driver is taken into consideration. Driver monitoring is a key feature in today's automobiles. The driver monitoring can tell whether the driver is inactive. If the driver is feeling symptoms of drowsiness or has fallen asleep under the wheel, the monitor can alert the driver with sensor alarms. The car can back up the alerts by sending the driver information about supporting navigation and points of interest that can get the driver to a safe place at times of vulnerability. Information about weather and traffic updates can also be sent along with information about navigation. This can also contribute to lowering the rates of car accidents. Artificial intelligence is changing the game in the automotive industry. The next ten years are approaching quickly and transforming all around us. The way that AI assistance drivers are like no other and makes driving more accessible than it has ever been. The high technology in cars puts roadside assistance to a minimum. Drivers are now becoming safe and aware of their surroundings because of the way AI can sense activity from a geographical standpoint. That accessibility keeps marketers on their toes and ready for the car business and keeps the safety of all drivers at bay.
    Bold Hope for the Future Scholarship
    When Karl Benz began making the first car, it would be in his wildest dreams that it would be powered by anything else except man. As times have changed and technology has advanced, so has the power of artificial intelligence. Artificial intelligence is a 21st-century advancement in vehicles that have done the most to improve safety while driving. Artificial ​intelligence is the theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence. People are no longer the only ones in the car. This extra security blanket is something that gives me hope that the future of driving will be better and will save the lives of many. Robots and computer systems ride with us. Artificial intelligence could change the automotive industry in the next ten years through permanent driver's assistance, predictive maintenance, and driver security. Artificial intelligence can identify dangerous situations, and it can then alert the driver or take emergency control of the vehicle to avoid an accident. These are some things humans can not react to quickly enough sometimes to save a life. Emergency braking, cross-traffic detectors, blind-spot monitoring, and driver steering assistance can save lives in the process. Powerful deep learning algorithms in the system can accurately predict what the objects in the vehicle's travel path are likely to do. In urban areas where there are many school zones, The car can save the lives of children by altering the driver that the child is about to cross the street. Because of the lifesaving statistics, the car marketing industry is fighting to have the best and most powerful artificial intelligence in cars. When it comes to artificial intelligence in cars, the security of the driver is taken into consideration. Driver monitoring is a key feature in today's automobiles. The driver monitoring can tell whether the driver is inactive. If the driver is feeling symptoms of drowsiness or has fallen asleep under the wheel, the monitor can alert the driver with sensor alarms. The car can back up the alerts by sending the driver information about supporting navigation and points of interest that can get the driver to a safe place at times of vulnerability. Information about weather and traffic updates can also be sent along with information about navigation. This can also contribute to lowering the rates of car accidents. Artificial intelligence is changing the game in the automotive industry. The next ten years are approaching quickly and transforming all around us. The way that AI assistance drivers are like no other and makes driving more accessible than it has ever been. The high technology in cars puts roadside assistance to a minimum. Drivers are now becoming safe and aware of their surroundings because of the way AI can sense activity from a geographical standpoint. That accessibility keeps marketers on their toes and ready for the car business and keeps the safety of all drivers at bay.
    Bold Mental Health Awareness Scholarship
    In today’s world, amidst all the chaos and uncertainty everyone needs some form of outlet. Writing is a perfect option. The thoughts and questions about why the world is the way it is in the world, and how it affects the lives among us, can be put to pen and paper. Writing things down can connect the thoughts and feelings of a person that may not be comfortable speaking those thoughts and feelings aloud. For those struggling with mental health, journaling is one of the best practical solutions. Behind everything that is written down is a unique voice. Writing is becoming a more popular form of communication amongst and across all cultures. Social media posting is writing of the new age. Writing, or as the new term posting, can have the ability to motivate, inspire, or change the opinion of a person. It is practical not for only the author who is struggling, but for many readers who can relate. The simple act of writing can encourage another person to do the same, and the increase of thoughts and ideas begins to flourish. Writing urges a chain reaction that can shed positivity on one another. Those who struggle with mental health often have trouble finding their voice. The ability to share experiences on social media and different written outlets can show those people that they are not alone. Social media is one of the most influential and expressive forms of communication outlets that reach millions at once. It can be compared to a virtual diary. The positivity and support that can come from the many people who relate to your story can be the saving grace that everyone needs.
    Bold Great Books Scholarship
    A quote that is special to me and is part of the foundation that I follow for my life can be found in Luke 1:45. This verse says, "Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her." This quote lies in my favorite book. That book is The Bible. I am constantly overthinking and worrying about the things that are out of my control. My faith in Jesus Christ and the plans that he has for me brings me peace. The Bible reminds me that I am exceptionally blessed to be presented with the positive things in my life that have brought me this far. I am even blessed to have the negative things that have taught me to trust more in him and bring me lessons in the outcomes. I live by this quote. In school, we are taught to treat others the way we want to be treated. I have faith in the Lord that he will fulfill his promises and for that, I am blessed. Everything that has happened in my life allows me to turn to my bible and relate to the stories within. Life has its way of taking me through trials and tribulations, and my mental health has withstood many tests. Despite those times, it is up to me to be content in every circumstance and believe the light at the end of that tunnel is my blessings waiting for me. I am already loved more than I could imagine. Just simply knowing that there is something greater than myself that has the best waiting for me and has a purpose for me keeps me feeling blessed. That never goes away because God follows me as I walk different paths throughout my life.
    Bold Great Minds Scholarship
    "Don't sit down and wait for opportunities to happen, make them happen." These are the wise words from the late and the great Madame C.J Walker. She has always been someone that I admire. Her determination and persistence are something that I aspire to keep with me as I continue to pursue my career. Like Mrs. Walker, I have a passion for providing a space for people of color to have business success. "I am not merely satisfied in making money for myself. For I am endeavoring to employ hundreds of women of my race." Black women have struggled for decades to have a seat in the world of business. There are many issues with the equal pay rate for black women. Black women make nearly $1 million less than white men during their careers. Madame C.J Walker can be labeled the first female black millionaire. That alone is a goal that I have for myself and an example that I want to be for the generations after me. I am on the journey to live out my ancestors' wildest dreams. With everything going on, I always say how can anybody raise a daughter in a world like the one today. We have a mission as young black women to use our strength from our struggles and to let nobody knock down our crowns. Adversity did not define who C.J Walker was. She continued to pursue her dreams despite the doubters and those who even tried to sabotage her business. She knew her worth, and he teaches me to know the value in mine.
    Bold Financial Freedom Scholarship
    Teens are typically blind to the price tag of everyday life. This includes food, housing, healthcare, utilities, education, entertainment, and more. It all adds up and, often, is covered by parents. Unfortunately, this can lead to under-saving. When my friends and I describe our wildest dreams together, it often includes traveling the world, having a fancy wedding, or raising our kids with a huge backyard. This cannot be possible if all of a paycheck is going towards one thing. I want to be ready when life throws me a curveball. I am a believer that money makes the world turn. The world does not stop turning when you can’t afford it. Real-life is coming whether we like it or not. The most helpful piece of financial advice that I ever received is having a budget plan based on 10% of your earnings every month. It's good to get used to having a reduced portion of pay available for fun money and is realistic for the future. Plus, what is saved can go towards building a healthy emergency savings fund or a special goal savings account. I have seen the struggles of being overdue on an important bill or missing out on an experience because I couldn’t afford it. I remember very clearly what I asked for on my 18th birthday. That request was stock in a successful company. I didn’t want a new phone, shoes, or a car like all my other friends. I am very interested in developing financial stability at a young age. I never thought that working tiring twelve-hour shifts at 18 years old would motivate me to want to work more.
    Bold Deep Thinking Scholarship
    The human cost of fast fashion is ultimately in definition, what humans are doing to obtain quick, and easy fashion. Fast fashion can impact the environment because of the ingredients and the fabrics used in the product that may not result in the best quality and become harmful to the environment to obtain such low-quality inclusions in fast fashion. The development of technology allows us a platform to be able to spread the word loud and clear and how it affects our surroundings. The clothes may be cheap, but the cost to the environment is quite pricey. The future of fashion is expected to be creative, sustainable, inclusive, and exciting. There is a future in fashion. It is up to us to save it from being diminished by the human cost of fast fashion. Although fast fashion is cheap and the easy way out, our world deserves more. An innovative policy that could help curb the climate crisis would be a complete elimination of toxins that are used in fast fashion brands and the textile dyeing that involves the emission of those toxic chemicals. Fast fashion is all about the less that has to be spent on the making of a product. A cheaper alternative than cotton can be known as viscose. Viscose is a rayon that is responsible for emitting chemicals that are harmful to earth and humans. The wood pulp that viscose is made from creates carbon disulfide that is emitted as a result. This means that the greenhouse gas percentage is higher because of the viscose fiber. A ban on viscose can make for a greener environment because there will be no waste streams or harmful chemicals. When it comes to fashion, it shouldn't be about the dollar. It should be about earth-friendly fashion.
    A Push Forward Scholarship
    In my school, there is only a small percentage of students who pursue post-secondary education, because they feel discouraged to broaden their horizons outside of the farming lifestyle. More than 40% of black kids in my area do not attend college. I intend to move past that statics and make more of myself than the others in my area expect me to be. I have the power to show them that they can do the same with no hesitation. I will continue this by being a minority face in the fashion industry. I will do this by studying Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles at the University of Kentucky. I want to be at a global company and making a difference for myself and the fashion industry as a whole. There needs to be more diversity in the world of apparel and business as a whole. My goal is to set an example for the younger generations that identify with me. There is another world outside of the one where you came from. I want to be a great example and advocate for the kids who aren't sure of their voice. A college education will help me do that by giving me the knowledge and a platform to set a foundation for my community. I am on the journey to live out my ancestors' wildest dreams. We have a mission as young black kings and queens to uplift each other and reach for the stars. My lifelong dreams have been a part of fashion. It is something that has kept me going many times when I wasn't sure what direction to go in. It is my way to express myself and where I live my truths. After college, I want to be working in a marketing position and living out those dreams. I feel like I was born with success in my bones. I have a drive and determination that is hard to explain. Fashion and my community are my passions. If I have the opportunity to combine the two in any way, then that's what I am set on doing. This scholarship is an amazing way to give me push forward to get me where I'm going. I am already in debt of loans that equal up to $10,000, and this is just the beginning. I am serious about pursuing my dreams and going the educational route to do so. There is a heavy financial burden throughout this journey. This scholarship will eliminate me from taking out a larger amount of a loan than preferred. It can be estimated that the ending loan balance upon graduation is going to be near $25,000. That amount is something that I will struggle to come up with and maintain with my new adjustments. A college education will increase my chances of success in finding a career in my intended major. I want to be a businesswoman. It is no doubt that higher education will expand much more than my knowledge and understand of my major, but it will broaden and help me develop as a person. This comes with a price. A price that I am committed to paying for a dream that has never left my side. With the help of this scholarship, it can allow me to see out the plan that I have always had with more financial ease. You will be helping me and who I am meant to be.
    Mental Health Movement x Picmonic Scholarship
    My journey with mental health began with my oppressions and experience of racism. My struggle started with the hate from rioting by my neighbors and members of my family when their eyes were being filled with gas. I looked like those that were in caskets on my television. It was hard to wrap my head around. Why does my skin color make people hate me? There have been multiple instances where I was ready to end it all before the police did it for me. I thought that I was supposed to die. It was meant for me to be dead. The killings of African Americans were becoming a public event. The controversy surrounding the African American community and the police force has been a string of violent events during the past and present periods. As a female African American, that puts me at a vulnerability against the police force because of my identity. My greatest achievement has been learning how to turn fear for myself and others into optimism and advocacy. This experience had taught me that I can be a vessel for those afraid to use their voices. I am living my last legacies based on the experiences that I have had in my life thus far. I want my impact in my community and the ground that I have laid for myself to be an inspiration to generations after me. In the future, I plan to encourage others to not let the fear of others and those who are armed with oppression stop them from living their dreams and carrying out the full potentials of the strength that they carry. I want my experience to show others that you are there is a light at the end of it all, and no matter how dark of a place it may be, somebody may need you just as much as you need them.
    AMPLIFY Environmental Policy Scholarship
    After college, I hope to be in the beginnings of my career, or should I say my dreams coming true. I have always been one to handle my business and have a great style while doing so. In other words, after college, I hope to be a powerful female in the fashion industry handling strategic marketing for a high-quality brand. High-quality is key to our environment, and this especially applies to our wardrobes. I have the perseverance to become that, and I know that the same passion that I had as a little girl still lives inside of me. That is why I chose the Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles major at The University of Kentucky. I have high hopes to combine the fashion industry and bringing about change to the environment at the same time. With my marketing, I will be able to show the world the truth. I will spread the word about how the clothes that we wear are affecting our environment. I can do this while being an advocate for a better earth. The human cost of fast fashion is ultimately in definition, what humans are doing to obtain quick, and easy fashion. The human cost of fast fashion at a level of cheapness can result in environmental impacts around the world we live in. Fast fashion can impact the environment because of the ingredients and the fabrics used in the product that may not result in the best quality and become harmful to the environment to obtain such low-quality inclusions in fast fashion. The development of technology allows us a platform to be able to spread the word loud and clear and how it affects our surroundings. Apparel is a part of everyone’s every day, and as human’s fast fashion is expensive to the world around us. The future of fashion is expected to be creative, sustainable, inclusive, and exciting. There is a future in fashion. It is up to us to save it from being diminished by the human cost of fast fashion. With my platform in the fashion industry on the marketing team, I can spread the brands that are better for us, and warn about the ones that are hurting our earth. Although fast fashion is cheap and the easy way out, our world deserves more. Innovation policy changes that could help curb the climate crisis would be a complete elimination of toxins that are used in fast fashion brands and the textile dyeing that involves the emission of those toxic chemicals. Fast fashion is all about the less that has to be spent on the making of a product. A cheaper alternative than cotton can be known as viscose. Viscose is a rayon that is responsible for emitting chemicals that are harmful to earth and humans. The wood pulp that viscose is made from creates carbon disulfide that is emitted as a result. This means that the greenhouse gas percentage is higher because of the viscose fiber. A ban on viscose can make for a greener environment because there will be no waste streams or harmful chemicals. Because I have seen what the toxins that go into fast fashion are doing to the environment, I will be a voice of change. With my position in marketing in the fashion industry, I will be an advocate and let people know which products are sustainable and a better selection for our earth. When it comes to fashion, it shouldn't be about the dollar. It should be about earth-friendly fashion and wearing cleaner branded clothes for our earth.
    Education Matters Scholarship
    My journey with depression and anxiety began with my oppressions and experience of racism. My struggle started with the hate from rioting by my neighbors and members of my family when their eyes were being filled with gas. I looked like those that were in caskets on my television. It was hard to wrap my head around. Why does my skin color make people hate me? There have been multiple instances where I was ready to end it all before the police did it for me. I thought that I was supposed to die. It was meant for me to be dead. The killings of African Americans were becoming a public event. The controversy surrounding the African American community and the police force has been a string of violent events during the past and present periods. As a female African American, that puts me at a vulnerability against the police force because of my identity. My greatest achievement has been learning how to turn fear for myself and others into optimism and advocacy. This experience had taught me that I can be a vessel for those afraid to use their voices. I am living my last legacies based on the experiences that I have had in my life thus far. I want my impact in my community and the ground that I have laid for myself to be an inspiration to generations after me. In the future, I plan to encourage others to not let the fear of others and those who are armed with oppression stop them from living their dreams and carrying out the full potentials of the strength that they carry. After college, I hope to be in the beginnings of my career. I should say my dreams coming true. I have always been one to handle my business and have a great style while doing so. In other words, after college, I hope to be a powerful female in the fashion industry handling strategic marketing for a high-quality brand. I have the perseverance to become that, and I know that the same passion that I had as a little girl still lives inside of me. I have what it takes to be the next educated businesswoman in the fashion marketing industry. This is because I believe this is where I belong. As a little girl, I always dreamed of being the head of a table and pointing out on my pie chart why my ideas are the recipe for a change. My assertiveness, motivation, and persistence have only grown stronger. A college education will help me achieve those goals by giving me the knowledge that I need to succeed in the industry. My teachers and professors will be highly knowledgeable and have information that I can apply to my career. Through their careers, they have made connections, and it will allow me to network with the people that they know in the fashion industry. I have opportunities that can take me places. The environment of a college education is completely hands-on, and that is not sonneting that they provide in high school. I will endure labs, work studies, and internships that will give me a feel of what it’s like to be in the career of my dreams. With my college-level courses and interactive moments in the classroom, I will have a sense of the challenges that I will face in my line of work.
    I Am Third Scholarship
    After college, I hope to be in the beginnings of my career. I should say my dreams coming true. I have always been one to handle my business and have a great style while doing so. In other words, after college, I hope to be a powerful female in the fashion industry handling strategic marketing for a high-quality brand. I have the perseverance to become that, and I know that the same passion that I had as a little girl still lives inside of me. I have what it takes to be the next educated businesswoman in the fashion marketing industry. This is because I believe this is where I belong. As a little girl, I always dreamed of being the head of a table and pointing out on my pie chart why my ideas are the recipe for a change. My assertiveness, motivation, and persistence have only grown stronger. These characteristics have allowed me to continue to work hard and have tunnel vision to my end goal. I hope to take the knowledge that I have used from my education at my university and the experiences and opportunities that they have presented me and take my career abroad. I have always been inspired by the behind-the-scenes of the accredited brand in Paris. The fashion marketing industry is quite a competitive space, and you have to stand out to companies to land the job. Luckily for me and everyone in the industry, I am not afraid of a challenge. Ten years from now, I see myself being employed at a global company, sitting in a conference room with the head of marketing and sales. I plan to be marketing for the largest name brands in the world. I have always had this dream. I have come this far into my life, and I have always been sure in my heart that the fashion industry is what I’ve wanted to do. A college education will help me achieve those goals by giving me the knowledge that I need to succeed in the industry. My teachers and professors will be highly knowledgeable and have information that I can apply to my career. Through their careers, they have made connections, and it will allow me to network with the people that they know in the fashion industry. I have opportunities that can take me places. The environment of a college education is completely hands-on, and that is not sonneting that they provide in high school. I will endure labs, work studies, and internships that will give me a feel of what it’s like to be in the career of my dreams. With my college-level courses and interactive moments in the classroom, I will have a sense of the challenges that I will face in my line of work. Having a college education will increase my chances of success in finding a career in my intended major. I want to be a businesswoman. Employers are not going to hire someone who doesn’t have the proper understanding of the job. I what to show that I am more capable and qualified to be a leader in my intended career and that all begins with obtaining a college degree. Education is the key needed for my success in the worlds of business and also fashion. I can connect my passion for education with my passion for the world of business. It is no doubt that higher education will expand much more than my knowledge and understand of my major. But it will broaden and help me develop as a person.
    Nervo "Revolution" Scholarship
    Winner
    After college I hope to be in the beginnings of my career, or should I say my dreams coming true. I have always been one to handle my business and have a great style while doing so. In other words, I hope to be a powerful female in the fashion industry handing strategic marketing in the fashion industry. I have always been one for dreaming big and playing dress-up at the same time. I know that the same passion that I had as a little girl still lives inside of me. I have what it takes to be the next educated businesswoman in the fashion marketing industry. This is because I believe this is where I belong. As a little girl, I always dreamed of being the head of a table and pointing out on my pie chart why my ideas are the recipe for a change. That is why I chose the Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles major at The University of Kentucky. Five years from now, I see myself being employed at a global company, sitting in a conference room with the head of marketing and sales, and to be marketing for the biggest name brands in the world. I have always had this dream. I have come this far into my life and I have always been sure in my heart that the fashion industry is what I’ve wanted to do. Fashion has always been my outlet to express myself and it's where I come to life. My happiness is in the clothes that I wear. I want to be the networking and connections side of that expression for others. I have what it takes to become the next chief marketing officers at one of the largest high-end name-brand fashion companies in the world. This scholarship will help me become a powerful female in the fashion industry. I have the perseverance to become that, but I am worried about having the financial stability of having what it takes to accomplish these goals. Even Though I do not have the proper funds to help me get where I am going, I won't stop there. I have what it takes to be the next educated businesswoman in the fashion marketing industry. Education is the key needed for my success in the marketing industry. I can connect my passion for education with my passion for the world of business. This financial aid will allow me to have more stability in the university experience by having more flexibility in the ways to work towards my future. I have created a budget that spells out all estimated expenses for obtaining my degree. The budget plan breaks down an estimated total billable cost of $24,606 per academic year, including tuition, housing, and meal plans. The estimated non-billable cost totals $5,358 per academic year including books, travel, and personal supplies. This estimates to equal a cost of $29,964 per academic year. The income I will receive from my family is little to none. I am now on the uprising of becoming an independent young woman who must support herself financially and has an active role in keeping student debt to a minimum and this scholarship will get me closer to my goal.
    "Wise Words" Scholarship
    A quote that is special to me and is part of the foundation that I follow for my life can be found in Luke 1:45. This verse says, "Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her." I am constantly overthinking and worrying about the things that are out of my control. My faith in Jesus Christ and the plans that he has for me brings me peace. I feel exceptionally blessed to be presented with the positive things in my life that have brought me this far. I am even blessed to have the negative things that have taught me to trust more in him and bring me lessons in the outcomes. I live by this quote. In school, we are taught to treat others the way we want to be treated. I have faith in the Lord that he will fulfill his promises and for that, I am blessed. Life has its way of taking me through trials and tribulations, and my mental health has withstood many tests. Despite those times, it is up to me to be content in every circumstance and believe the light at the end of that tunnel is my blessings waiting for me. I am already loved more than I could imagine. Just simply knowing that there is something greater than myself that has the best waiting for me and has a purpose for me keeps me feeling blessed. That never goes away because God follows me as I walk different paths throughout my life.
    Act Locally Scholarship
    An idea or concept that I am passionate about is one that I identify with personally. It is a concept that is becoming more and more popular as more of my people die. It is the topic of the Black Lives Matter Moment. Specifically, I am speaking about the injustices between the African American community and law enforcement. The issue with this is that law enforcement seems to be punishing innocent people for the way they look. There have been multiple instances where I have been personally afraid of authority because of their careless acts of brutality on the black community. If there were a change in the law that restricted the forces used by law enforcement, my people would not be as scared. There has been controversy surrounding the African American community, and the police force has been a string of violent events during the past and present periods. As an African American, that puts me at a vulnerability against the police force because of my identity. This has challenged me to be afraid of growing up and being independent because there would be no one to protect me against my vulnerability. African Americans are three times more likely to be killed than whites in America. There is no accountability when these heinous acts take place. 99% of killings by police from 2013-2019 have not resulted in officers charged with a crime. When an officer holds down a victim to the ground using a body part or strangles them with an intense force puts the victim's life in danger and then defeats the purpose of serving or saving the community. I have great fear for my safety as I grow up surrounded by these violent occurrences from the police force onto the African American community. I am captivated by this. Growing up in a predominantly white area, I am exposed to the fear of my people. I have often questioned why the judgment for the color of my skin still lives on. Is it ever going to end? I am supposed to trust the police. It is hard for me when those same officers are the reason why people who look like me are in caskets. My passions lie for the safety of my family and the kids that I hope to have one day. My parents and I came up with a saying, if I were ever stopped by police with no valid reasoning, or if I felt threatened in any way. I would proceed by carefully placing my hands on the wheel and saying, "My name is Aminah Darden, and I am 19 years old, and I have nothing in my possession to hurt or harm you.'' George Floyd was trying to tell the man in uniform that he was harmless, but it was not enough. It should have never come to this. My parents have experienced encounters with law enforcement that could have put them in this exact situation. I am captivated because it kills me inside that my father could have been George Floyd and having a funeral on live television that captures America. There is no accountability with law enforcement because most people see them as doing their job. When will these ugly chapters in our history be put to rest? Law enforcement is said to be the United States' largest gang. There is no accountability with law enforcement because most people see them as doing their job. They see themselves doing justice to the system. The same system that was being set to oppress African Americans. Not every cop is racist, but the law enforcement system is. Dr. Martin Luther King said, “If you tell a black person that the police are your friend, they will laugh at you." We need to hold those in uniform accountable and change the laws to make the statistics rise in safe communities instead of the increasing numbers in the loss of black lives. I do my job as a young black female, and I use my voice in the streets and march in the account of my people. I say their names. I am on the journey to live out my ancestor's wildest dreams. With everything going on, I always say how is someone supposed to raise a child in a world like the one today. We have a mission as young black people to use our strength from our struggles and to let the police know with the law changes that they are not our masters and we are free.
    Art of Giving Scholarship
    I am applying for this scholarship because it will help me become a powerful female in the business industry. I have the perseverance to become that, but I am worried about having the financial stability of having what it takes to accomplish these goals. Even Though I do not have the proper funds to help me get where I am going, I won't stop there. I have what it takes to be the next educated businesswoman in the fashion marketing industry. This is because I believe this is where I belong. I am pleased to have this opportunity to be given the resources that will help me achieve my dreams. As a little girl, I always dreamed of being the head of a table and pointing out on my pie chart why my ideas are the recipe for a change. That little girl still lives inside. My assertiveness, motivation, and persistence have only grown stronger. These characteristics have allowed me to continue to work hard and have tunnel vision to my end goal. This scholarship can open the door to educational and employment opportunities. Education is the key needed for my success in the marketing industry. I can connect my passion for education with my passion for the world of business. This financial aid will allow me to have more stability in the university experience by having more flexibility in the ways to work towards my future. I have created a budget that spells out all estimated expenses for obtaining my degree. The budget plan breaks down an estimated total billable cost of $24,606 per academic year, including tuition, housing, and meal plans. The estimated non-billable cost totals $5,358 per academic year including books, travel, and personal supplies. This is estimated to equal a cost of $29,964 per academic year. The income I will receive from my family is little to none. I am now on the uprising of becoming an independent young woman who must support herself financially and has an active role in keeping student debt to a minimum. Five years from now, I see myself being employed at a global company, sitting in a conference room with the head of sales, and marketing the biggest name brands in the world. I feel exceptionally blessed to be allowed to fill out an application that would help me fulfill my dreams. I can prove that not I do not only have what it takes to become a successful student. I also have what it takes to become the next chief fashion marketing officers at one of the largest companies in the world.
    WCEJ Thornton Foundation Low-Income Scholarship
    My journey with depression and anxiety began with my oppressions and experience of racism. My struggle started with the hate from rioting by my neighbors and members of my family when their eyes were being filled with gas. The issue with this is that law enforcement seems to be punishing innocent people for the way that they look. I looked like those that were in caskets on my television. It was hard to wrap my head around. Why does my skin color make people hate me? There have been multiple instances where I was ready to end it all before the police did it for me. I thought that I was supposed to die. It was meant for me to be dead. The killings of African Americans were becoming a public event. The controversy surrounding the African American community and the police force has been a string of violent events during the past and present periods. As a female African American, that puts me at a vulnerability against the police force because of my identity. This has challenged me to be afraid of growing up and living in my skin because there would be no one to protect me against my vulnerability. African Americans are three times more likely to be killed than whites in America. There is no accountability when these heinous acts take place. 99% of killings by police from 2013-2020 have not resulted in officers being charged with a crime. It's a constant battle between me and the police, who is going to kill me first. I was in a whirlwind of confusion, and I figured I might as well do it myself because I didn't want to draw any attention. My funeral wasn't going to be the next on television or a vigil outside my school like the other black kids I know. Growing up in a predominantly white community, I have been exposed to fear by my people. I have often questioned, why does the judgment for the color of my skin still lives? When will it end? My aspirations lie for the safety of my family and the kids that I hope to have one day. I struggled because I didn't know how to protect them if I couldn't even save myself. The anger and sadness just took over my entire being. Being from Kentucky and going to the same university where Breonna Taylor was once on her journey to pursue her dreams just like me, has been very difficult. Her name was being repeated right outside my dorm room window. Even though I didn't know Breonna, I felt as if my sister was taken from me. If I were ever in encounters by the police I was taught to say, "My name is Aminah Darden, I am 19 years old, I have nothing in my possession to hurt or harm you.'' She didn't have time. Who is to say I will one day. Future generations must know that living your truth will set you free. This is especially in a world where just because of the color of your skin, everybody else thinks you have limits. Little boys and girls after me must not be afraid of speaking out. If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. The legacy that I want to leave behind will be based on what I am passionate about. I want my legacy to continue to live in my community for generations to come. My greatest achievement has been learning how to turn fear for myself and others into optimism and advocacy. This experience had taught me that I can be a vessel for those afraid to use their voices. I am living my last legacies based on the experiences that I have had in my life thus far. As I build on that legacy that I am empowering from the past, I want to lift the people around me by educating them on how to live a life of positivity and optimism in a life of fear. I want my impact in my community and the ground that I have laid for myself to be an inspiration to generations after me. In the future, I plan to encourage others to not let the fear of others and those who are armed with oppression stop them from living their dreams and carrying out the full potentials of the strength that they carry.
    Ethel Hayes Destigmatization of Mental Health Scholarship
    My journey with depression and anxiety began with my oppressions and experience of racism. My struggle started with the hate from rioting by my neighbors and members of my family when their eyes were being filled with gas. The issue with this is that law enforcement seems to be punishing innocent people for the way that they look. I looked like those that were in caskets on my television. It was hard to wrap my head around. Why does my skin color make people hate me? There have been multiple instances where I was ready to end it all before the police did it for me. I thought that I was supposed to die. It was meant for me to be dead. The killings of African Americans were becoming a public event. The controversy surrounding the African American community and the police force has been a string of violent events during the past and present periods. As a female African American, that puts me at a vulnerability against the police force because of my identity. This has challenged me to be afraid of growing up and living in my skin because there would be no one to protect me against my vulnerability. African Americans are three times more likely to be killed than whites in America. There is no accountability when these heinous acts take place. 99% of killings by police from 2013-2020 have not resulted in officers being charged with a crime. It's a constant battle between me and the police, who is going to kill me first. I was in a whirlwind of confusion, and I figured I might as well do it myself because I didn't want to draw any attention. My funeral wasn't going to be the next on television or a vigil outside my school like the other black kids I know. Growing up in a predominantly white community, I have been exposed to fear by my people. I have often questioned, why does the judgment for the color of my skin still lives? When will it end? My aspirations lie for the safety of my family and the kids that I hope to have one day. I struggled because I didn't know how to protect them if I couldn't even save myself. The anger and sadness just took over my entire being. Being from Kentucky and going to the same university where Breonna Taylor was once on her journey to pursue her dreams just like me, has been very difficult. Her name was being repeated right outside my dorm room window. Even though I didn't know Breonna, I felt as if my sister was taken from me. If I were ever in encounters by the police I was taught to say, "My name is Aminah Darden, I am 19 years old, I have nothing in my possession to hurt or harm you.'' She didn't have time. Who is to say I will one day. There needs to be time. Life is short and that saying was no stranger to me. I needed to do something with the time I have. There is no accountability with law enforcement because most people see them as doing their job. I do my job as a young black female and I use my voice in the streets and march in an account of my people. I say their names. I am on the journey to live out my ancestors' wildest dreams. With everything going on, I always say how can anybody raise a daughter in a world like the one today. There was the thought on my mind that no black child should ever live in the fear that I have or the people before me. This is when I realized my mission. I was about to climb out of my corner of fear. I had to learn to use my voice. I learned that silence was just as much violence. I turn to my parents and elders because they have lived through the eras presented by the area that I grew up in and can help me better understand the people of my surroundings. They have experienced encounters with law enforcement that could have. I am captivated because it kills me inside that my father could have been George Floyd. But because of this, our relationship only grows stronger. Future generations must know that living your truth will set you free. This is especially in a world where just because of the color of your skin, everybody else thinks you have limits. Little boys and girls after me must not be afraid of speaking out. If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. The legacy that I want to leave behind will be based on what I am passionate about. I want my legacy to continue to live in my community for generations to come. I am living my last legacies based on the experiences that I have had in my life thus far. As I build on that legacy that I am empowering from the past, I want to lift the people around me by educating them on how to live a life of positivity and optimism in a life of fear. I want my impact in my community and the ground that I have laid for myself to be an inspiration to generations after me. I plan to encourage others to not let the fear of others and those who are armed with oppression stop them from living their dreams and carrying out the full potentials of the strength that they carry.
    Elevate Mental Health Awareness Scholarship
    My journey with depression and anxiety began with my oppressions and experience of racism. My struggle started with the hate from rioting by my neighbors and members of my family when their eyes were being filled with gas. The issue with this is that law enforcement seems to be punishing innocent people for the way that they look. I looked like those that were in caskets on my television. It was hard to wrap my head around. Why does my skin color make people hate me? There have been multiple instances where I was ready to end it all before the police did it for me. I thought that I was supposed to die. It was meant for me to be dead. The killings of African Americans were becoming a public event. The controversy surrounding the African American community and the police force has been a string of violent events during the past and present periods. As a female African American, that puts me at a vulnerability against the police force because of my identity. This has challenged me to be afraid of growing up and living in my skin because there would be no one to protect me against my vulnerability. African Americans are three times more likely to be killed than whites in America. There is no accountability when these heinous acts take place. 99% of killings by police from 2013-2020 have not resulted in officers being charged with a crime. It's a constant battle between me and the police, who is going to kill me first. I was in a whirlwind of confusion, and I figured I might as well do it myself because I didn't want to draw any attention. My funeral wasn't going to be the next on television or a vigil outside my school like the other black kids I know. Growing up in a predominantly white community, I have been exposed to fear by my people. I have often questioned, why does the judgment for the color of my skin still lives? When will it end? My aspirations lie for the safety of my family and the kids that I hope to have one day. I struggled because I didn't know how to protect them if I couldn't even save myself. The anger and sadness just took over my entire being. Being from Kentucky and going to the same university where Breonna Taylor was once on her journey to pursue her dreams just like me, has been very difficult. Her name was being repeated right outside my dorm room window. Even though I didn't know Breonna, I felt as if my sister was taken from me. If I were ever in encounters by the police I was taught to say, "My name is Aminah Darden, I am 19 years old, I have nothing in my possession to hurt or harm you.'' She didn't have time. Who is to say I will one day. There needs to be time. Life is short and that saying was no stranger to me. I needed to do something with the time I have. There is no accountability with law enforcement because most people see them as doing their job. I do my job as a young black female and I use my voice in the streets and march in an account of my people. I say their names. I am on the journey to live out my ancestors' wildest dreams. With everything going on, I always say how can anybody raise a daughter in a world like the one today. There was the thought on my mind that no black child should ever live in the fear that I have or the people before me. This is when I realized my mission. I was about to climb out of my corner of fear. I had to learn to use my voice. I learned that silence was just as much violence. I turn to my parents and elders because they have lived through the eras presented by the area that I grew up in and can help me better understand the people of my surroundings. They have experienced encounters with law enforcement that could have. I am captivated because it kills me inside that my father could have been George Floyd. But because of this, our relationship only grows stronger. Future generations must know that living your truth will set you free. This is especially in a world where just because of the color of your skin, everybody else thinks you have limits. Little boys and girls after me must not be afraid of speaking out. If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. The legacy that I want to leave behind will be based on what I am passionate about. I want my legacy to continue to live in my community for generations to come. I am living my last legacies based on the experiences that I have had in my life thus far. As I build on that legacy that I am empowering from the past, I want to lift the people around me by educating them on how to live a life of positivity and optimism in a life of fear. I want my impact in my community and the ground that I have laid for myself to be an inspiration to generations after me. I plan to encourage others to not let the fear of others and those who are armed with oppression stop them from living their dreams and carrying out the full potentials of the strength that they carry.
    Cocoa Diaries Scholarship
    My experience as a black woman has been a journey with self-love and acceptance for the color of my own skin. My struggle began with the hate from rioting by my neighbors and members of my family when their eyes were filled with gas. The issue with this is that law enforcement seems to be punishing innocent people for the way that they look. I looked like those that were in caskets on my television. It was hard to wrap my head around. Why does my skin color make people hate me? There have been multiple instances where I was ready to end it all before the police did it for me. The controversy surrounding the African American community and the police force has been a string of violent events during the past and present time periods. As a female African American, that puts me at a vulnerability against the police force because of my identity. This has challenged me to be afraid of growing up and being independent because there would be no one to protect me against my vulnerability. African Americans are three times more likely to be killed than whites in America. 99% of killings by police from 2013-2019 have not resulted in officers being charged with a crime. I felt as if I had no one to turn to and that the friends that I had were to never understand how those statistics relate to our connections. It's a constant battle between me and the police who is going to kill me first. Growing up in a predominantly white community, I have been exposed to fear by my people. I’ve often questioned why the judgment for the color of skin still lives on and is it ever going to end. Being from Kentucky and going to the same university where Breonna Taylor was once on her journey to pursue her dreams just like me, has been very difficult. Her name was being repeated right outside my dorm room window. Even though I didn't know Breonna, I felt as if my sister had been taken and a queen was gone. If I were ever in encounters by the police I was taught to say, "My name is Aminah Darden, I am 18 years old, I have nothing in my possession to hurt or harm you.'' She didn't have time. Who is to say I will one day. There is no accountability with law enforcement because most people see them as doing their job. I do my job as a young black female and I use my voice in the streets and march in account for my people. I say their names. I am on the journey to live out my ancestors' wildest dreams. With everything going on, I always say how can anybody raise a daughter in a world like the one today. We have a mission as young black women to use our strength from our struggles and to let nobody knock down our crowns.
    Undiscovered Brilliance Scholarship for African-Americans
    My family and I are quite close. There is no relationship that I can find as strong as the one that I have with them. This is because they are all I have. I am an only child and they fill my void of having no siblings. Even though I don’t have a brother or sister, there is never a dull moment when I am with them. We laugh, fight, and confide in each other just like siblings would do. They have taught me that I can be independent and not have to rely on anybody. I am a mixture of my mother because I have the heart of gold. I will go to the ends of the earth for the people that I don’t even know. We both were taught that kindness doesn’t cost a thing and that in return we will gather many blessings for the things we have done for people who are in need. Their strong faith in God has led me to believe that he is watching over our family as we look after each other here on earth and have each other’s back until the end. I am like my father because I am very protective of what is mine. I will defend my pack and other packs that I feel are in danger. After college I hope to be in the beginnings of my career, or should I say my dreams coming true. I have always been one to handle my business and have great style while doing so. In other words, after college, I hope to be a powerful female in the fashion industry handing the strategic marketing for a high-quality brand. I have the perseverance to become that, and I know that the same passion that I had as a little girl still lives inside of me. I have what it takes to be the next educated businesswoman in the fashion marketing industry. This is because I believe this is where I belong. As a little girl, I always dreamed of being the head of a table and pointing out on my pie chart why my ideas are the recipe for a change. My assertiveness, motivation, and persistence have only grown stronger. These characteristics have allowed me to continue to work hard and have tunnel vision to my end goal. I hope to take the knowledge that I have used from my learnings at my university and the experiences and opportunities that they have presented me and take my career abroad. I have always been inspired by the behind-the-scenes of the accredited brand in Paris. Working alongside the view of the Eifel Tower would just be a dream come true. It would be hard to recognize myself. I want to be giving the brand that I work for the credit that they deserve. I will work hard to put their labels in every store across the United States and stores in other countries. I want my name attached to fashion capitals such as New York, Milan, and Italy. Some say it is not ideal and it is far-fetched from reality. But to me, it is more than ideal and very possible to achieve. Five years from now, I see myself being employed at a global company, sitting in a conference room with the head of marketing and sales, and to be marketing for the biggest name brands in the world. I have always had this dream. I have come this far into my life and I have always been sure in my heart that the fashion industry is what I’ve wanted to do. It started from playing dress-up every day and convincing my parents that I was a fashion model. I grew older and I began to design some of my own products and lay those ideas into sketchbooks. I carry those same sketchbooks around with me in my backpack to remind myself of the goal that I have set and there is no reason to give up because it’s where my true happiness is going to be. I am a small-town girl; and I know with this career, my traveling opportunities are bound to be endless. I can prove that not I do not only have what it takes to become a successful student, but I also have what it takes to become the next chief marketing officers at one of the largest high-end name brand fashion companies in the world. I am bettering myself as well as those around me by making a difference by not becoming static in my community here in Kentucky and in the black population. In my community school, there is only a small percentage of students who pursue post-secondary education because they feel discouraged to broaden their horizons outside of the farming lifestyle. More than 40% of black kids in my area do not attend college. I am moving past that statics and make more of myself than the predominantly non-minority in my area expect me to be. I have become the first black to win multiple community awards, as well as hold office in my school's extracurriculars such as band and our schools’ chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America. It has shaken me in the most positive way that the younger age group in my area looks to me as an inspiration. I am so excited to further my journey and surprise my town with what the future holds for me.
    A Push Forward Scholarship
    After college I hope to be in the beginnings of my career, or should I say my dreams coming true. I have always been one to handle my business and have great style while doing so. In other words, I hope to be a powerful female in the fashion industry handing strategic marketing in the fashion industry. I have always been one for dreaming big and playing dress-up at the same time. I know that the same passion that I had as a little girl still lives inside of me. I have what it takes to be the next educated businesswoman in the fashion marketing industry. This is because I believe this is where I belong. As a little girl, I always dreamed of being the head of a table and pointing out on my pie chart why my ideas are the recipe for a change. That is why I chose the Merchandising, Apparel and Textiles major at The University of Kentucky. Five years from now, I see myself being employed at a global company, sitting in a conference room with the head of marketing and sales, and to be marketing for the biggest name brands in the world. I have always had this dream. I have come this far into my life and I have always been sure in my heart that the fashion industry is what I’ve wanted to do. Fashion has always been my outlet to express myself and it's where I come to life. My happiness is in the clothes that I wear. I want to be the networking and connections side of that expression for others. I have what it takes to become the next chief marketing officers at one of the largest high-end name brand fashion companies in the world. This scholarship will help me become a powerful female in the business industry. I have the perseverance to become that, but I am worried about having the financial stability of having what it takes to accomplish these goals. Even Though I do not have the proper funds to help me get where I am going, I won't stop there. I have what it takes to be the next educated businesswoman in the fashion marketing industry. Education is the key needed for my success in the marketing industry. I can connect my passion for education with my passion for the world of business. This financial aid will allow me to have more stability in the university experience by having more flexibility in the ways to work towards my future. I have created a budget that spells out all estimated expenses for obtaining my degree. The budget plan breaks down an estimated total billable cost of $24,606 per academic year, including tuition, housing, and meal plans. The estimated non-billable cost totals $5,358 per academic year including books, travel, and personal supplies. This estimates to equal a cost of $29,964 per academic year. The income I will receive from my family is little to none. I am now on the uprising of becoming an independent young woman who must support herself financially and has an active role in keeping student debt to a minimum and this scholarship will get me closer to my goal.
    SkipSchool Scholarship
    My favorite artist is J-Cole. He is my favorite because he is a poet and speaks the truths of society. Instead of talking about things to distract people from the chaos we live in, he puts the oppressions of people in his community in perspective. J-Cole is one of the few lyricists that uses his platform to talk about subjects other than materialism.
    Brynn Elliott "Tell Me I’m Pretty" Scholarship
    A woman in my life that I admire is the one that gave me my life. They have taught me that I can be independent and not have to rely on anybody. I am like my mother because I have the heart of gold. I will go to the ends of the earth for the people that I don’t even know. We both were taught that kindness doesn’t cost a thing and that in return we will gather many blessings for the things we have done for people who are in need. Her strong faith in God has led me to believe that he is watching over our family as we look after each other here on earth and have each other’s back until the end. I will these life lessons into my career by living in the moment and not worrying about the things that I can't control. The fashion industry is very competitive and requires a lot of strong will. She has always taught me that trouble does not last always and that difficult times were not given to us by the Lord to destroy us. They are sent to promote and strengthen us as well as to test our faith. As a little girl, I always dreamed of being the head of a table and pointing out on my pie chart why my ideas are the recipe for a change. That little girl still lives inside. My assertiveness, motivation, and persistence have only grown stronger. These characteristics have allowed me to continue to work hard and have tunnel vision to my end goal. I will lead in the footsteps of my mother to let go and let God.
    Darryl Davis "Follow Your Heart" Scholarship
    After college I hope to be in the beginnings of my career, or should I say my dreams coming true. I have always been one to handle my business and have great style while doing so. In other words, I hope to be a powerful female in the fashion industry handling strategic marketing in the fashion industry. I have always been one for dreaming big and playing dress-up at the same time. I know that the same passion that I had as a little girl still lives inside of me. I have what it takes to be the next educated businesswoman in the fashion marketing industry. This is because I believe this is where I belong. As a little girl, I always dreamed of being the head of a table and pointing out on my pie chart why my ideas are the recipe for a change. That is why I chose the Merchandising, Apparel and Textiles major at The University of Kentucky. Five years from now, I see myself being employed at a global company, sitting in a conference room with the head of marketing and sales, and to be marketing for the biggest name brands in the world. I have always had this dream. I have come this far into my life and I have always been sure in my heart that the fashion industry is what I’ve wanted to do. Fashion has always been my outlet to express myself and it's where I come to life. My happiness is in the clothes that I wear. I want to be the networking and connections side of that expression for others. I have what it takes to become the next chief marketing officers at one of the largest high-end name brand fashion companies in the world. I want to be able to help brands get in touch with society. I also want to help small name brand businesses grow and develop. I have a soft spot for small businesses, given the tiny community that raised me. I love to see a fashion brand grow from pen and paper to a model. I have witnessed that myself and to see someone’s imagination come to life is truly amazing. People in my circle have designs and ideas that they are afraid are not worthy to be publicized. I am here to say that is never true. Through my networking, knowledge, and multiple communications, I want to market the designs that my friends have and turn a hobby into a name brand. I can chase my goals to be successful in the fashion world and change the lives of my fellow friends back home at the same time. I never forget the people that lead me to this point. Together, we will make a name for ourselves and our community.
    Misha Brahmbhatt Help Your Community Scholarship
    I have impacted my community by making a difference by not becoming static in my community here in Kentucky and in the black community. In my school, there is only a small percentage of students who pursue post-secondary education because they feel discouraged to broaden their horizons outside of the farming lifestyle. More than 40% of black kids in my area do not attend college. I intend to move past that statics and make more of myself than the predominantly white in my area expect me to be. I have become the first black to win multiple community scholarships as well as hold office in my school's extracurriculars such as band and our schools’ chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America. It has shaken me in the most positive way that the younger age group looks to me in my community as an inspiration. I am so excited to further my journey and surprise my town with what the future holds for me. In the future, I hope to leave my community better than the way that I entered it by educating and raising awareness on the topic of black lives matter. Growing up in a predominantly white community, I have been exposed to fear by my people. I’ve often questioned why the judgment for the color of skin still lives on and is it ever going to end. My passions lie for the safety of my family and the kids that I hope to have one day. With the help of my parents, we came up with a saying that I could say to the police if I were ever stopped with no valid reason or if I felt threatened in any way. I would proceed by carefully placing my hands on the wheel and saying, "My name is Aminah Darden, I am 18 years old, I have nothing in my possession to hurt or harm you.'' It should have never come to this. I turn to them because they have lived through the eras presented by the area that I grew up in and can help me better understand the people of my surroundings. They have experienced encounters with law enforcement that could have I am captivated because it kills me inside that my father could have been George Floyd. There is no accountability with law enforcement because most people see them as doing their job. I do my job as a young black female and I use my voice in the streets and march in account for my people. I say their names. The legacy that I want to leave behind will be based on what I am passionate about. I want my legacy to continue to live in my community for generations to come. I am living my last legacies based on the experiences that I have had in my life thus far. As I build on that legacy that I am empowering from the past, I want to lift up the people around me by educating them on how to live a life of positivity and optimism in a life of fear. I want my impact in my community and the ground that I have laid for myself to be an inspiration to generations after me to be encouraged to not let the fear of others and those who are armed with oppression stop them from living their dreams and carrying out the full potentials of the strength that they carry.
    Charles R. Ullman & Associates Educational Support Scholarship
    It is important for people to be involved in their communities because the compassion and the impact of the people within the community truly shape who you are. It is important to be a part of that atmosphere of love and compassion to leave footprints for the next generation to follow. I have impacted my community by making a difference by not becoming static in my community here in Kentucky and in the black community. In my school, there is only a small percentage of students who pursue post-secondary education because they feel discouraged to broaden their horizons outside of the farming lifestyle. More than 40% of black kids in my area do not attend college. I intend to move past that statics and make more of myself than the predominantly white in my area expect me to be. I have become the first black to win multiple community scholarships as well as hold office in my school's extracurriculars such as band and our schools’ chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America. It has shaken me in the most positive way that the younger age group looks to me in my community as an inspiration. I am so excited to further my journey and surprise my town with what the future holds for me. With my knowledge in the fashion industry, I want to be able to help brands get in touch with society. I also want to help small name brand businesses grow and develop. I have a soft spot for small businesses, given the tiny community that raised me. I love to see a fashion brand grow from pen and paper to a model. I have witnessed that myself and to see someone’s imagination come to life is truly amazing. People in my circle have designs and ideas that they are afraid are not worthy to be publicized. I am here to say that is never true. Through my networking, knowledge, and multiple communications, I want to market the designs that my friends have and turn a hobby into a name brand. I can chase my goals to be successful in the fashion world and change the lives of my fellow friends back home at the same time. I never forget the people that lead me to this point. Together, we will make a name for ourselves and our community.
    "Your Success" Youssef Scholarship
    Pursuing higher education would mean, I have impacted my community by making a difference by not becoming static in my community here in Kentucky and in the black community. In my school, there is only a small percentage of students who pursue post-secondary education because they feel discouraged to broaden their horizons outside of the farming lifestyle. More than 40% of black kids in my area do not attend college. I intend to move past that statics and make more of myself than the predominantly white in my area expect me to be. I am continuing to be involved in extracurriculars at the Univerisity of Kentucky. I use the extracurriculars at the university to be a voice for my people. My diverse background from where I am from and the adversities that I’ve faced will allow me to contribute to the educational diversity at the University of Kentucky by allowing the university to see my mission and my journey through the work that I put in at the University of Kentucky. So far here at the university, only 6.7% of the students here at the University of Kentucky are African American. I will continue to join and add my perspectives to diverse organizations such as Black is Gold University and UK’s Minority Business Professionals. Having an executive board position in the minority business professionals program contributes to the university, by being the face of a rising businesswoman. Only 2.2% of African Americans own business of the nation’s 6 million businesses with employees. I am currently passionate about is one that I identify with. It is a concept that is becoming more and more popular as more of my people die. This is the topic of the Black Lives Matter Moment and specifically the injustices between the African American community and law enforcement. The issue with this is that law enforcement seems to be punishing innocent people for the way that they look. There have been multiple instances where I have been personally afraid of authority because of their careless acts of brutality on the black community. The controversy surrounding the African American community and the police force has been a string of violent events during the past and present time periods. African Americans are three times more likely to be killed than whites in America. There is no accountability when these heinous acts take place. 99% of killings by police from 2013-2019 have not resulted in officers being charged with a crime. I have great fear for my safety as I grow up surrounded by these violent occurrences from the police force onto the African American community. I am captivated by this because for as long as I could remember I have been exposed to the worlds of black and white living. Growing up in a predominantly white community, I have been exposed to fear by my people. I’ve often questioned why the judgment for the color of skin still lives on and is it ever going to end. My passions lie for the safety of my family and the kids that I hope to have one day. "My name is Aminah Darden, I am 18 years old, I have nothing in my possession to hurt or harm you.'' This is what I say in hopes to keep myself alive. My father could have been George Floyd. There is no accountability with law enforcement because most people see them as doing their job. I do my job as a young black female and I use my voice in the streets and march for my people. I say their names.
    Sander Jennings Spread the Love Scholarship
    My journey with self-love and acceptance began with my oppressions and experience of racism. My struggle began with the hate from rioting by my neighbors and members of my family when their eyes were filled with gas. The issue with this is that law enforcement seems to be punishing innocent people for the way that they look. I looked like those that were in caskets on my television. It was hard to wrap my head around. Why does my skin color make people hate me? There have been multiple instances where I was ready to end it all before the police did it for me. The controversy surrounding the African American community and the police force has been a string of violent events during the past and present time periods. As a female African American, that puts me at a vulnerability against the police force because of my identity. This has challenged me to be afraid of growing up and living in my skin because there would be no one to protect me against my vulnerability. African Americans are three times more likely to be killed than whites in America. There is no accountability when these heinous acts take place. Only 99% of killings by police from 2013-2019 have not resulted in officers being charged with a crime. It's a constant battle between me and the police who is going to kill me first. Growing up in a predominantly white community, I have been exposed to fear by my people. I’ve often questioned why the judgment for the color of skin still lives on and is it ever going to end. My aspirations lie for the safety of my family and the kids that I hope to have one day. With the help of my parents, we came up with a saying that I could say to the police if I were ever stopped with no valid reason or if I felt threatened in any way. I would proceed by carefully placing my hands on the wheel and saying, "My name is Aminah Darden, I am 18 years old, I have nothing in my possession to hurt or harm you.'' It should have never come to this. I turn to my parents and elders because they have lived through the eras presented by the area that I grew up in and can help me better understand the people of my surroundings. They have experienced encounters with law enforcement that could have I am captivated because it kills me inside that my father could have been George Floyd. But because of this, our relationship only grows stronger. There is no accountability with law enforcement because most people see them as doing their job. I do my job as a young black female and I use my voice in the streets and march in account for my people. I say their names.
    Impact Scholarship for Black Students
    I am a strong, determined, black woman who has big dreams and tunnel vision to her goals. In my Kentucky school, there is only a small percentage of students who pursue post-secondary education because they feel discouraged to broaden their horizons outside of the farming lifestyle. More than 40% of black kids in my area do not attend college. I intend to move past that statics and make more of myself than the predominantly white in my area expect me to be. I have become the first black to win multiple community scholarships as well as hold office in my school's extracurriculars such as band and our schools’ chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America. It has shaken me in the most positive way that the younger age group looks to me in my community as an inspiration. I am so excited to further my journey and surprise my town with what the future holds for me. In my life, I hope to be a powerful female in the fashion industry handing the strategic marketing for a high-quality brand. I have the perseverance to become that, and I know that the same passion that I had as a little girl still lives inside of me. I have what it takes to be the next educated businesswoman in the fashion marketing industry. This is because I believe this is where I belong. As a little girl, I always dreamed of being the head of a table and pointing out on my pie chart why my ideas are the recipe for a change. My assertiveness, motivation, and persistence have only grown stronger. These characteristics have allowed me to continue to work hard and have tunnel vision to my end goal. I hope to take the knowledge that I have used from my learnings at my university and the experiences and opportunities that they have presented me and take my career abroad. I have always been inspired by the behind-the-scenes of the accredited brand in Paris. Working alongside the view of the Eifel Tower would just be a dream come true. It would be hard to recognize myself. I want to be giving the brand that I work for the credit that they deserve. I will work hard to put their labels in every store across the United States and stores in other countries. I want my name attached to fashion capitals such as New York, Milan, and Italy. Some say it is not ideal and it is far-fetched from reality. But to me, it is more than ideal and very possible to achieve. The billboards that you see as you drive down the street of clothes that you can only imagine wearing are my work. I put that billboard there and as your witnessing it; I am speaking to companies all over to get that same brand in a store near you. I have an eye for detail, and I can balance creativity with business. The career just meshes with my skills and abilities. The fashion marketing industry is quite a competitive space and you have to stand out to companies in order to land the job. Luckily for me and everyone in the industry, I am not afraid of a challenge. Five years from now, I see myself being employed at a global company, sitting in a conference room with the head of marketing and sales, and to be marketing for the biggest name brands in the world. I have always had this dream. I have come this far into my life and I have always been sure in my heart that the fashion industry is what I’ve wanted to do. It started from playing dress-up every day and convincing my parents that I was a fashion model. I grew older and I began to design some of my own products and lay those ideas into sketchbooks. I carry those same sketchbooks around with me in my backpack to remind myself of the goal that I have set and there is no reason to give up because it’s where my true happiness is going to be. I am a small-town girl; and I know with this career, my traveling opportunities are bound to be endless. I can prove that not I do not only have what it takes to become a successful student, but I also have what it takes to become the next chief marketing officers at one of the largest high-end name brand fashion companies in the world. I am preparing myself to achieve this goal by networking with that staff at my school who have had a great experience in this industry. I am on the lookout for internships that can help me further my knowledge about fashion and how I can contribute to the industry. I know I am young and that dream seems years away, but to me, I want to be prepared as possible. I am on the lookout for apartment prices that are close to proximity to the Garment District. This is a place that I hope to locate after graduation. I am preparing myself every day spiritually by praying for strength and clarity that my desired direction is the path that is meant for me no matter how deep I feel in my heart that it is for me.
    Brady Cobin Law Group "Expect the Unexpected" Scholarship
    To me, a legacy is something you are remembered by and the impact that you've made. I have impacted my community by making a difference by not becoming static in my community here in Kentucky and in the black community. In my school, there is only a small percentage of students who pursue post-secondary education because they feel discouraged to broaden their horizons outside of the farming lifestyle. More than 40% of black kids in my area do not attend college. I intend to move past that statics and make more of myself than the predominantly white in my area expect me to be. I have become the first black to win multiple community scholarships as well as hold office in my school's extracurriculars such as band and our schools’ chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America. It has shaken me in the most positive way that the younger age group looks to me in my community as an inspiration. I am so excited to further my journey and surprise my town with what the future holds for me. There are different kinds of valuable legacies. There are the legacies that you have from your past self and your experiences. You can have a living legacy for yourself that is valuable to how you carry in with your future. Growing up in a predominantly white community, I have been exposed to fear by my people. I’ve often questioned why the judgment for the color of skin still lives on and is it ever going to end. My passions lie for the safety of my family and the kids that I hope to have one day. With the help of my parents, we came up with a saying that I could say to the police if I were ever stopped with no valid reason or if I felt threatened in any way. I would proceed by carefully placing my hands on the wheel and saying, "My name is Aminah Darden, I am 18 years old, I have nothing in my possession to hurt or harm you.'' It should have never come to this. I turn to them because they have lived through the eras presented by the area that I grew up in and can help me better understand the people of my surroundings. They have experienced encounters with law enforcement that could have I am captivated because it kills me inside that my father could have been George Floyd. There is no accountability with law enforcement because most people see them as doing their job. I do my job as a young black female and I use my voice in the streets and march in account for my people. I say their names. The legacy that I want to leave behind will be based on what I am passionate about. I want my legacy to continue to live in my community for generations to come. I am living my last legacies based on the experiences that I have had in my life thus far. As I build on that legacy that I am empowering from the past, I want to lift up the people around me by educating them on how to live a life of positivity and optimism in a life of fear. I want my impact in my community and the ground that I have laid for myself to be an inspiration to generations after me to be encouraged to not let the fear of others and those who are armed with oppression stop them from living their dreams and carrying out the full potentials of the strength that they carry.
    JuJu Foundation Scholarship
    My family is my home. They are my backboned my inspiration. Everything I do I do for them. I make good grades to get into a good school. I go to a credible school that can offer me a good degree in a solid degree to repay them for all they have given me. They have shaped me to give back to those who have looked out for me and given me the resources that I need to succeed. When they were teaching me this lesson, they are the type of people that were not including themselves in those scenarios. But, they don’t know that I have a savings for them to give when I get older. Just like I found out their secret savings for me for my post-secondary education. Growing up, I was taught that no matter the circumstance education was always an option for everyone. As a child, both of my parents were in school and studying for their online classes, learning how to raise their first newborn child together, all the while both working overtime at their jobs to provide for their family. Because of this, I have seen the financial strain on someone going to college and having another life outside of school. They wanted to make sure that I was not going through the same thing when it was my time to go to school. Their drive to achieve their goals and become educated in the fields they are passionate about inspires me to reach out where the resources are to help me achieve the same. Hearing my father talk about his passions and seeing excitement in his eyes about criminal justice and hearing my mother speak about saving lives in the medical field, makes me be more expressive about my passions too. I speak openly about my excitement about my future and my career in the fashion industry. Because of their continuous belief in me and my capabilities, I believe in myself that I can make anything that I put my mind to come true. Even though the difficulties of school, they never looked back. After their graduations, it was then in the past. I was taught that the only time I should ever look back is to see how far I’ve come. They show me how far I’ve come by expressing their love and support in telling me how proud they are of me. I do the same for them and to people around me.
    Future Black Leaders Scholarship
    An idea or concept that I am passionate about is one that I identify with. It is a concept that is becoming more and more popular as more of my people die. This is the topic of the Black Lives Matter Moment and specifically the injustices between the African American community and law enforcement.I am captivated by this because for as long as I could remember I have been exposed to the worlds of black and white living. In my spare time, me and my friends the to the streets or local businesses in our neighborhoods and talk about why Black Lives Matter and let people see that we bleed the same blood. I do my job as a young black female and I use my voice in the streets and march in account for my people. I say their names. This financial aid will allow me to have more stability in the university experience by having more flexibility in the ways to work towards my future. I have created a budget that spells out all estimated expenses for obtaining my degree. The budget plan breaks down an estimated total billable cost of $24,606 per academic year, including tuition, housing and meal plans. The estimated non billable cost totals to $5,358 per academic year including books, travel, and personal supplies. This estimates to equal a cost of $29,964 per academic year. The income I will receive from my family is little to none. I am now on the uprising of becoming an independent young woman who must support herself financially and has an active role in keeping student debt to a minimum. Five years from now, I see myself being employed at a global company, sitting in a conference room with the head of sales, and marketing the biggest name brands in the world. I feel exceptionally blessed to be given the opportunity to fill out an application that would help me fulfil my dreams. I can prove that not I do not only have what it takes to become a successful student, but I also have what it takes to become the next chief fashion marketing officers at one of the largest companies in the world. I have what it takes to be the next educated businesswoman in the fashion marketing industry. This is because I believe this is where I belong. As a little girl, I always dreamed of being the head of a table and pointing out on my pie chart about why my ideas are the recipe for a change. That little girl still lives inside. My assertiveness, motivation and persistence has only grown stronger.