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Jude Servius

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Bio

Hello, My name is Jude Servius! I am a dedicated father, student, and former collegiate athlete maintaining a 4.0 GPA at Bethune-Cookman University. I study Mass Communication with a focus on Multi Media Production. I am the founder of Raising Mindset, a motivational YouTube channel, Voices of the Future, a public speaking club, and Random Topics, a podcast. In addition to my academic pursuits, I run a photography side business and serve as the only certified personal trainer at my university. I am deeply involved in my community and school activities. In July 2024, I will host a fitness camp and back-to-school drive, donating over 200 backpacks filled with supplies. My achievements include: 2018 Miami-Dade County Public Schools District 1 Student of the Year 2020 Immaculate La Salle Track and Field MVP 2020 NFTE Entrepreneurship Biz Camp 1st Place Winner 2021 NFTE Start Up Entrepreneur Business Pitch 1st Place Winner 2021 Immaculata-La Salle Football Offensive Most Improved 2022 Immaculata-La Salle Track and Field MVP 2022 Immaculata-La Salle Male Student Athlete of The Year 2022 Miami Dade District Champion for 400m 2022 Florida Regional Track and Field Champion for 400m 2022-2023 Mister Bethune 2023 Male Highest GPA (Track and Field) 2023 Elite 8 Award Recipient (Football) 2024 UNCF Empower Me Tour Scholarship Recipient 2024 Mr. Progressive Black Men, Inc. 2024 Bethune-Cookman University Pre Alumni Council Vice President 4-time President's List 4-time Dean's List 2-time Eminent Scholar

Education

Bethune-Cookman University

Bachelor's degree program
2024 - 2026
  • Majors:
    • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other

Tuskegee University

Bachelor's degree program
2022 - 2023
  • Majors:
    • Communication, General

Immaculata Lasalle High School

High School
2018 - 2022

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Bachelor's degree program

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication
    • Psychology, General
    • Marketing
    • General Sales, Merchandising and Related Marketing Operations
    • Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management
    • Business/Corporate Communications
    • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Broadcast Media

    • Dream career goals:

      Company Leader/ Founder

    • Food Runner

      Boucher Brothers
      2020 – 20211 year

    Sports

    Track & Field

    Varsity
    2017 – Present7 years

    Awards

    • 2020 MVP

    Football

    Varsity
    2013 – Present11 years

    Awards

    • 2018 Coaches Award, 2019 South Florida Conference Honorable Mention

    Arts

    • Raising Mindset

      Videography
      The Raising Mindset Project [https://youtu.be/ieOcgwShDTs]
      2020 – Present

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      Progressive Black Men, Inc. — Bethune-Cookman's Mr. Progressive Black Men, Inc.
      2024 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Immaculate-La Salle Tricky Tray — volunteer
      2018 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Immaculate-La Salle Environmental Club — volunteer
      2018 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Immaculate-La Salle Angel Tree — volunteer
      2018 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Immaculate-La Salle Basketball — Manager
      2018 – 2018
    • Volunteering

      Immaculate-La Salle National Arts Honor Society — volunteer
      2018 – 2018
    • Immaculate-La Salle Drama Club — volunteer
      2019 – 2019
    • Volunteering

      Immaculate-La Salle Fun Days By The Bay — Junior counselor
      2019 – 2019
    • Volunteering

      Immaculate-La Salle Wishbone — volunteer
      2020 – 2020
    • Volunteering

      Immaculate-La Salle Football Team — volunteer
      2018 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Immaculate-La Salle — volunteer
      2020 – 2020
    • Volunteering

      Immaculate-La Salle — leader
      2020 – 2020

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Volunteering

    Philanthropy

    Entrepreneurship

    Ethel Hayes Destigmatization of Mental Health Scholarship
    Navigating Mental Health Challenges and Building Resilience My journey with mental health began during my junior year of high school. I had founded Raising Mindset, a platform aimed at empowering individuals to surpass their perceived limitations. Ironically, it was during this time that anxiety crept into my life. Verbal abuse from my coach triggered deep-seated anxieties, exacerbated by the gang activity in my neighborhood. Fearing stigma, I didn't seek help until my senior year, when I finally sought therapy to address these issues. The news of becoming a father reshaped my priorities. Wanting to be closer to my son, I transferred to Bethune-Cookman University, where I continued to excel academically with a 4.0 GPA. However, transitioning from a student athlete to solely a student brought unforeseen challenges. The shift in identity and the pressures of balancing fatherhood, academics, and finances weighed heavily on me, plunging me into a period of uncertainty and self-doubt. Today, as I prepare to host a fitness camp, I am integrating mental health breakout sessions for middle schoolers. These sessions aim to equip young minds with coping mechanisms and resilience strategies, preparing them for the challenges they may encounter. My experience has profoundly shaped my goals, relationships, and worldview. It taught me empathy and resilience, fostering a deep understanding of the importance of mental health support. Through my journey, I've learned to navigate adversity, advocate for mental health awareness, and support others facing similar challenges. Becoming a father has added another layer of responsibility. Ensuring my son's well-being motivates me to prioritize my mental health. I want him to grow up in a nurturing environment where mental wellness is valued and openly discussed. Taking care of myself emotionally and psychologically is crucial so that I can be the best role model and caregiver for him. Looking forward, I am committed to continuing my advocacy and expanding my impact. I aspire to create a supportive community where mental health is prioritized and stigma is eradicated. My ultimate goal is to empower others to overcome obstacles, achieve their dreams, and thrive despite adversity. In conclusion, my journey with mental health has been transformative, shaping my goals and relationships while deepening my understanding of the world. Through advocacy, personal growth, and community support, I am dedicated to making a positive impact and fostering resilience in others, especially for the sake of my son's future.
    DK Memorial Sports Broadcasting Scholarship
    Winner
    Pursuing Sports Broadcasting to Highlight Hidden Gems and Inspire Change From a young age, sports have been my passion. Growing up in North Miami, they were not just a way to past time, but a source of inspiration and a gateway to opportunities. This passion for sports has driven my desire to study Mass Communications with an emphasis in Sports Broadcasting, allowing me to combine my love for athletics with my ability to tell compelling stories. Through this field, I aim to highlight remarkable hidden gems in underrepresented communities, giving them the exposure they need to pursue their dreams of playing college sports. Sports are stories of triumph, perseverance, and teamwork. My journey from a student athlete to an aspiring student athlete at a new school without scholarship support taught me resilience and dedication. Balancing financial strain, academic pressure, and the responsibilities of preparing for fatherhood, I maintained a 4.0 GPA. This experience reinforced my belief in the power of sports to transform lives and inspired me to use my voice to spotlight talented athletes who may otherwise go unnoticed. In underrepresented communities, many athletes have incredible talent and determination but often lack the resources and opportunities to showcase their abilities. My goal in Sports Broadcasting is to uncover these hidden gems and share their stories with the world. By highlighting their achievements and potential, I hope to open doors for them to play college sports and beyond. I want to be the bridge that connects these athletes to the opportunities they deserve, helping them to break through barriers and achieve their dreams. One aspect I am most passionate about in this field is the ability to make a tangible impact on the lives of young athletes. By sharing their stories, I can inspire not only the athletes themselves but also their communities and future generations. I envision creating content that entertains, educates, and motivates. Whether through documentaries, interviews, or live broadcasts, I aim to use my storytelling skills to highlight the hard work, dedication, and resilience of these athletes. A long-term goal of mine is to host an academic all-star game for high GPA student-athletes. This event would celebrate academic achievements alongside athletic excellence, providing a platform for dedicated student-athletes to gain the recognition they deserve. By emphasizing the importance of education and sports, this all-star game would encourage young athletes to excel both on the field and in the classroom. It would be a showcase of talent, dedication, and the power of sports to drive academic success. In conclusion, my passion for sports and my storytelling ability drive my decision to study Mass Communications with an emphasis in Sports Broadcasting. I am committed to uncovering and highlighting hidden gems in underrepresented communities, providing them with the exposure they need to pursue their dreams. By sharing their stories, I hope to inspire change and create opportunities for talented athletes to shine. Hosting an academic all-star game is one of the ways I plan to make a lasting impact, celebrating the achievements of student-athletes and promoting the importance of education. This scholarship will enable me to further my education and pursue my passion, ultimately contributing to a more inclusive and inspiring world of sports.
    Harry & Mary Sheaffer Scholarship
    Building a More Empathetic and Understanding Global Community Through Leadership and Community Engagement As a first-generation college student and resident of North Miami, I have faced many challenges, but these experiences have equipped me with unique talents and skills that I am committed to using to build a more empathetic and understanding global community. One pivotal moment was transitioning from a student athlete to an aspiring student athlete at a new school without scholarship support. Balancing financial strain, preparing for fatherhood, and maintaining a 4.0 GPA taught me resilience and the power of leading by example. My determination to overcome obstacles has been a source of inspiration for those around me. My passion for community service drives my efforts to create positive change. I am organizing a camp at Turie T. Small Elementary School, where I have raised funds to donate 200 backpacks to kids in need. This project is about more than just school supplies; it’s about showing these children that their community supports them and values their education. By organizing this event, I aim to inspire others to take similar actions, fostering a sense of empathy and collective responsibility. Additionally, my vision to expand my father's landscaping business and open a private gym with onsite daycare reflects my commitment to creating inclusive spaces where people can thrive. The gym will not only promote physical health but also serve as a community hub where parents can focus on their well-being while their children are cared for in a safe environment. This initiative reflects my commitment to understanding and addressing the needs of diverse community members, promoting a culture of empathy and support. As an aspiring public speaker, I am dedicated to motivating young Black men to overcome challenges and strive for excellence. I plan to share my journey to inspire others, emphasizing the importance of education, resilience, and community involvement. Through my story, I hope to encourage others to become leaders in their own right, contributing to a more understanding and supportive society. One of my long-term goals is to host annual events such as a backpack drive/fitness camp and an academic all-star football game for seniors with high GPAs. These events will celebrate academic achievements and bridge the gap between education and fitness. By organizing these initiatives, I aim to create opportunities for young individuals to connect, learn from one another, and develop a sense of community. These events will not only provide practical support but also foster a spirit of empathy and mutual respect among participants. In conclusion, my leadership, community service, and ability to inspire others are key to building a more empathetic and understanding global community. This scholarship will enable me to further my education and expand my efforts, contributing to a world where empathy and understanding are at the forefront of our actions. By leading by example, inspiring others through community service, and creating inclusive spaces and events, I am committed to making a positive impact and fostering a culture of empathy and mutual respect.
    Delories Thompson Scholarship
    Attending both Tuskegee University and Bethune-Cookman University has been profoundly empowering, instilling a deep sense of pride in my identity and community. Being Black means embracing resilience, strength, and cultural heritage, and defying stereotypes to rewrite narratives of success. These HBCUs provided not only a supportive community but also a safe haven where I could celebrate the beauty of being Black and feel fully accepted. At these institutions, I've had the opportunity to expand my skills and knowledge beyond academics. I've learned photography, became a certified personal trainer, and developed mechanical skills. HBCUs are truly the mecca of Black excellence, nurturing not just academic achievement but also cultural pride and professional growth. As a first-generation college student and a father committed to being a role model for my son and other young Black children, I emphasize that success comes through hard work and perseverance. My 4.0 GPA and athletic achievements have reinforced this message, alongside my dedication to giving back through initiatives like hosting a back-to-school fitness camp and advocating for mental health awareness. Participating in HBCU homecomings has further enriched my cultural connection and underscored the importance of celebrating Black excellence. Winning this scholarship would enable me to continue my education and expand my impact, advancing initiatives that uplift and empower young people in my community. My journey is one of resilience, empowerment, and dedication to shaping a brighter future for my family and community, inspired by the rich legacy and supportive environment of HBCUs.
    Mental Health Empowerment Scholarship
    Essay Title: The Importance of Mental Health and Advocacy in My Community Mental health is crucial for students balancing academic pressures, personal responsibilities, and future goals. As a first-generation college student, I understand its importance firsthand, shaping my resilience and determination to succeed. In high school, I faced intense anxiety, worsened by verbal abuse from my football coach. Despite my dedication and hard work, his constant criticism made me doubt my abilities, leading to severe stress. This experience showed me the critical need for mental health support, especially in demanding environments. In my senior year, I sought therapy, a decision that was transformative. Therapy provided me with tools to manage my anxiety and taught me the value of mental health care. It allowed me to face challenges head-on and led to personal growth and academic success. This journey inspired me to advocate for mental health in my community. This summer, I am hosting a back-to-school fitness camp at Turie T. Small Elementary School. While the primary focus is on physical health, I have included a mental health session for middle school students. By addressing mental health early, I hope to equip young students with the tools to handle their emotional challenges effectively. As a certified personal trainer, I emphasize the connection between physical activity and mental well-being, promoting exercise as a way to manage stress and improve mood. My role as a father has deepened my commitment to mental health advocacy. I want to ensure a bright future for my son, where mental health is understood and supported. Balancing my responsibilities as a student and a parent has its challenges, but it has also given me a greater appreciation for the importance of mental well-being. My experiences drive me to create a supportive environment for others, especially young people who may be struggling as I once did. Mental health is a cause I am deeply passionate about. It has shaped my academic and personal life, teaching me resilience and empathy. By advocating for mental health, I aim to create a supportive community where individuals feel empowered to seek help and prioritize their well-being. Winning this scholarship would enable me to continue my education and expand my advocacy efforts. It would provide the resources to further support mental health initiatives and promote the importance of mental well-being in my community. My goal is to break the stigma around mental health and ensure that everyone, especially students, has access to the support they need to succeed.
    Social Anxiety Step Forward Scholarship
    Title: Overcoming Anxiety and Pursuing Higher Education Anxiety has been a persistent companion throughout my life, peaking during my junior year of high school. Despite being one of the hardest workers and most loyal players on my football team, my coach subjected me to relentless verbal abuse. His harsh words often made me doubt my worth and abilities, leading to intense anxiety that affected every aspect of my life. Balancing the demands of academics, sports, and personal responsibilities felt insurmountable, leaving me mentally and emotionally drained. In my senior year, I sought therapy in secret to prevent my anxiety from following me to college. Therapy provided coping mechanisms and a safe space to express my fears. Yet, the journey was far from easy. I often walked in the rain to hide my tears, feeling the weight of my struggles. As someone who speaks publicly with confidence, the irony of feeling anxious in large, unfamiliar crowds was not lost on me. Despite these challenges, I persevered. In my senior year, I was awarded Male Athlete of the Year and led my team to an undefeated regular season. This achievement proved that my hard work and dedication could triumph over negativity. Now, my anxiety centers around paying for college while providing for my newborn son. The financial burden is daunting, and the uncertainty often keeps me up at night. Yet, I remain committed to my belief that pursuing a college degree is crucial for my future. Higher education is not just a path to a better career; it's a means to secure a stable and prosperous life for my family and fulfill my parents' dreams. In addition to my academic and personal goals, I am committed to giving back. This summer, I am hosting a back-to-school fitness camp at Turie T. Small Elementary School. The camp promotes physical health and wellness among students but also includes a mental health breakout session for middle school students. By addressing mental health early, I hope to equip them with the tools to navigate their challenges effectively. As a first-generation college student, I carry my family's hopes and aspirations. My father’s landscaping business and my desire to open a private gym are more than career goals; they symbolize my commitment to providing opportunities for others. My studies in mass communication and business will equip me with the skills and knowledge to achieve these ambitions, breaking the cycle of financial insecurity and setting a positive example for my son. In the face of adversity, I have learned to trust in God and believe in my own strength. Every challenge has fortified my resolve, and every setback has taught me the value of perseverance. Winning this scholarship would alleviate my financial anxiety and reaffirm my belief that hard work and faith can overcome any obstacle. It would enable me to continue my education and fulfill my promise to myself and my family, turning my aspirations into reality.
    Grand Oaks Enterprises LLC Scholarship
    Creating Opportunity: Overcoming Financial Obstacles through Education You’re hungry, but there’s only two pieces of bread and a scoop of peanut butter. Either you eat them, or you starve; this isn't about bread. Education is critical for earning a stable income. However, education can be inaccessible for first generation students like myself. As a result of my financial circumstances, I depend on FAFSA, loans, and the generous scholarship donations of others. With the Grand Oaks Enterprises LLC Scholarship, I will be granted the opportunity to graduate as the first student-athlete in my family, better equipped to take care of my son, and have the resources needed to help the underfunded youth in my community. I live my life grateful for everything because missing meals, having our water and power cut off, and having to walk everywhere was a normal occasion for me. I grew up wearing hand-me-downs, and learning how to stretch $1.50 across three days. At such an early age I hated poverty so much that I swept floors of barber shops to make money. While my friends were in the house playing games, I was with my dad cutting grass. To live in the “hood” means to always be alert; any given breath could be your last. I genuinely hate living like this. I was blessed with admission into LaSalle, a predominantly white private school, under the conditions that I kept good grades and played sports. Focusing solely on football, I nearly flunked out; at the same time my brother got shot, and my mother caught a stroke. I dedicated my sophomore year to excellence. I woke up every morning at 5 am, took my two hour bus/train commute, and went to class. Humility really kicked in when I had to walk through rain puddles while my classmates rode past in their Bentleys; instead of me breaking, I earned straight A’s and a scholarship to Tuskegee University. At Tuskegee I played two sports, maintained a 4.0 GPA, and lead multiple community service projects. “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great” -John D. Rockefeller. I transferred to Bethune-Cookman University for the chance to play Division 1 football. Despite my GPA, the school had no scholarships for me. Although going from a scholarship to taking out loans may seem like a failure, I know the opportunities that await me are limitless. In my first semester at Bethune, I joined our pre alumni council, UNCF ambassador program, and even became a brother of Progressive Black Men, Inc. Attending an HBCU brings me pride because where I'm from, black students aren't portrayed to be intelligent, hard working and leaders of the community. At both of the HBCU's I've attended, I've seen nothing but greatness from my peers. I joined Progressive Black Men to be surrounded by black men that love doing community service, and along the way, I made some brothers that I can truly connect with. My days at Cookman are now spent studying, training clients, and preparing for tryouts. My degree in Mass Communications will be used to become a multimedia communication specialist. In doing this I can ensure more African Americans are represented in the media and shun light on young go-getters like myself. With help from this scholarship, I can focus more time into raising money for my son and applying for internships. The challenges I faced developed me into a mentor not just for my son, but for the children that look just like me. Through my struggles, black adolescents can see that the NFL and NBA isn't the only way to a successful life. I am on route to becoming the first in my entire family to graduate with a 4.0 GPA and Summa Cum Laude, on top of being an athlete. I can only aspire that Jude Servius Jr. will do the same. Thank you for the opportunities your scholarship allows students like me to achieve.
    Robert F. Lawson Fund for Careers that Care
    Creating Opportunity: Overcoming Financial Obstacles through Education You’re hungry, but there’s only two pieces of bread and a scoop of peanut butter. Either you eat them, or you starve; this isn't about bread. Education is critical for earning a stable income. However, education can be inaccessible for first generation students like myself. As a result of my financial circumstances, I depend on FAFSA, loans, and the generous scholarship donations of others. With the Robert F. Lawson Scholarship, I will be granted the opportunity to graduate as the first student-athlete in my family, better equipped to take care of my son, and help the underfunded youth in my community. I live my life grateful for everything because missing meals, having our water and power cut off, and having to walk everywhere was a normal occasion for me. I grew up wearing hand-me-downs, and learning how to stretch $1.50 across three days. At such an early age I hated poverty so much that I swept floors of barber shops to make money. While my friends were in the house playing games, I was with my dad cutting grass. To live in the “hood” means to always be alert; any given breath could be your last. I genuinely hate living like this. I was blessed with admission into LaSalle, a predominantly white private school, under the conditions that I kept good grades and played sports. Focusing solely on football, I nearly flunked out; at the same time my brother got shot, and my mother caught a stroke. I dedicated my sophomore year to excellence. I woke up every morning at 5 am, took my two hour bus/train commute, and went to class. Humility really kicked in when I had to walk through rain puddles while my classmates rode past in their Bentleys; instead of me breaking, I earned straight A’s and a scholarship to Tuskegee University. At Tuskegee I played two sports, maintained a 4.0 GPA, and lead multiple community service projects. “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great” -John D. Rockefeller. I transferred to Bethune-Cookman for the chance to play Division 1 football. Despite my GPA, the school had no scholarships for me. Although going from a scholarship to taking out loans may seem like a failure, I know the opportunities that await me are limitless. In my first semester at Bethune, I joined our pre alumni council, UNCF ambassador program, and even became a brother of Progressive Black Men, Inc. My days are now spent studying, training clients, and preparing for tryouts. My degree will be used to become a multimedia communication specialist. In doing this I can ensure more African Americans are represented in the media and shun light on young go-getters like myself. With help from this scholarship, I can focus more time into raising money for my son and applying for internships. The challenges I faced developed me into a mentor not just for my son, but for the children that look just like me. Thank you.
    Janean D. Watkins Overcoming Adversity Scholarship
    Creating Opportunity: Overcoming Financial Obstacles through Education You’re hungry, but there’s only two pieces of bread and a scoop of peanut butter. Either you eat them, or you starve; this isn't about bread. Education is critical for earning a stable income. However, education can be inaccessible for first generation students like myself. As a result of my financial circumstances, I depend on FAFSA, loans, and the generous scholarship donations of others. With the Janean D. Watkins Overcoming Adversity Scholarship, I will be granted the opportunity to graduate as the first student-athlete in my family, better equipped to take care of my son, and help the underfunded youth in my community. I live my life grateful for everything because missing meals, having our water and power cut off, and having to walk everywhere was a normal occasion for me. I grew up wearing hand-me-downs, and learning how to stretch $1.50 across three days. At such an early age I hated poverty so much that I swept floors of barber shops to make money. While my friends were in the house playing games, I was with my dad cutting grass. To live in the “hood” means to always be alert; any given breath could be your last. I genuinely hate living like this. I was blessed with admission into LaSalle, a predominantly white private school, under the conditions that I kept good grades and played sports. Focusing solely on football, I nearly flunked out; at the same time my brother got shot, and my mother caught a stroke. I dedicated my sophomore year to excellence. I woke up every morning at 5 am, took my two hour bus/train commute, and went to class. Humility really kicked in when I had to walk through rain puddles while my classmates rode past in their Bentleys; instead of me breaking, I earned straight A’s and a scholarship to Tuskegee University. At Tuskegee I played two sports, maintained a 4.0 GPA, and lead multiple community service projects. “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great” -John D. Rockefeller. I transferred to Bethune-Cookman for the chance to play Division 1 football. Despite my GPA, the school had no scholarships for me. Although going from a scholarship to taking out loans may seem like a failure, I know the opportunities that await me are limitless. In my first semester at Bethune, I joined our pre alumni council, UNCF ambassador program, and even became a brother of Progressive Black Men, Inc. My days are now spent studying, training clients, and preparing for tryouts. My degree will be used to become a multimedia communication specialist. In doing this I can ensure more African Americans are represented in the media and shun light on young go-getters like myself. With help from this scholarship, I can focus more time into raising money for my son and applying for internships. The challenges I faced developed me into a mentor not just for my son, but for the children that look just like me. Thank you.
    Kalia D. Davis Memorial Scholarship
    Creating Opportunity: Overcoming Financial Obstacles through Education You’re hungry, but there’s only two pieces of bread and a scoop of peanut butter. Either you eat them, or you starve; this isn't about bread. Education is critical for earning a stable income. However, education can be inaccessible for first generation students like myself. As a result of my financial circumstances, I depend on FAFSA, loans, and the generous scholarship donations of others. With the Kalia D. Davis Memorial Scholarship, I will be granted the opportunity to graduate as the first student-athlete in my family, better equipped to take care of my son, and help the underfunded youth in my community. I live my life grateful for everything because missing meals, having our water and power cut off, and having to walk everywhere was a normal occasion for me. I grew up wearing hand-me-downs, and learning how to stretch $1.50 across three days. At such an early age I hated poverty so much that I swept floors of barber shops to make money. While my friends were in the house playing games, I was with my dad cutting grass. To live in the “hood” means to always be alert; any given breath could be your last. I genuinely hate living like this. I was blessed with admission into LaSalle, a predominantly white private school, under the conditions that I kept good grades and played sports. Focusing solely on football, I nearly flunked out; at the same time my brother got shot, and my mother caught a stroke. I dedicated my sophomore year to excellence. I woke up every morning at 5 am, took my two hour bus/train commute, and went to class. Humility really kicked in when I had to walk through rain puddles while my classmates rode past in their Bentleys; instead of me breaking, I earned straight A’s and a scholarship to Tuskegee University. At Tuskegee I played two sports, maintained a 4.0 GPA, and lead multiple community service projects. “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great” -John D. Rockefeller. I transferred to Bethune-Cookman for the chance to play Division 1 football. Despite my GPA, the school had no scholarships for me. Although going from a scholarship to taking out loans may seem like a failure, I know the opportunities that await me are limitless. In my first semester at Bethune, I joined our pre alumni council, UNCF ambassador program, and even became a brother of Progressive Black Men, Inc. My days are now spent studying, training clients, and preparing for tryouts. My degree will be used to become a multimedia communication specialist. In doing this I can ensure more African Americans are represented in the media and shun light on young go-getters like myself. With help from this scholarship, I can focus more time into raising money for my son and applying for internships. The challenges I faced developed me into a mentor not just for my son, but for the children that look just like me. Thank you.
    John J Costonis Scholarship
    Creating Opportunity: Overcoming Financial Obstacles through Education You’re hungry, but there’s only two pieces of bread and a scoop of peanut butter. Either you eat them, or you starve; this isn't about bread. Education is critical for earning a stable income. However, education can be inaccessible for first generation students like myself. As a result of my financial circumstances, I depend on FAFSA, loans, and the generous scholarship donations of others. With the John J Costonis Scholarship, I will be granted the opportunity to graduate as the first student-athlete in my family, better equipped to take care of my son, and help the underfunded youth in my community. I live my life grateful for everything because missing meals, having our water and power cut off, and having to walk everywhere was a normal occasion for me. I grew up wearing hand-me-downs, and learning how to stretch $1.50 across three days. At such an early age I hated poverty so much that I swept floors of barber shops to make money. While my friends were in the house playing games, I was with my dad cutting grass. To live in the “hood” means to always be alert; any given breath could be your last. I genuinely hate living like this. I was blessed with admission into LaSalle, a predominantly white private school, under the conditions that I kept good grades and played sports. Focusing solely on football, I nearly flunked out; at the same time my brother got shot, and my mother caught a stroke. I dedicated my sophomore year to excellence. I woke up every morning at 5 am, took my two hour bus/train commute, and went to class. Humility really kicked in when I had to walk through rain puddles while my classmates rode past in their Bentleys; instead of me breaking, I earned straight A’s and a scholarship to Tuskegee University. At Tuskegee I played two sports, maintained a 4.0 GPA, and lead multiple community service projects. “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great” -John D. Rockefeller. I transferred to Bethune-Cookman for the chance to play Division 1 football. Despite my GPA, the school had no scholarships for me. Although going from a scholarship to taking out loans may seem like a failure, I know the opportunities that await me are limitless. In my first semester at Bethune, I joined our pre alumni council, UNCF ambassador program, and even became a brother of Progressive Black Men, Inc. My days are now spent studying, training clients, and preparing for tryouts. My degree will be used to become a multimedia communication specialist. In doing this I can ensure more African Americans are represented in the media and shun light on young go-getters like myself. With help from this scholarship, I can focus more time into raising money for my son and applying for internships. The challenges I faced developed me into a mentor not just for my son, but for the children that look just like me. Thank you.
    Redefining Victory Scholarship
    Creating Opportunity: Overcoming Financial Obstacles through Education You’re hungry, but there’s only two pieces of bread and a scoop of peanut butter. Either you eat them, or you starve; this isn't about bread. Education is critical for earning a stable income. However, education can be inaccessible for first generation students like myself. As a result of my financial circumstances, I depend on FAFSA, loans, and the generous scholarship donations of others. With the Redefining Victory Scholarship, I will be granted the opportunity to graduate as the first student-athlete in my family, better equipped to take care of my son, and help the underfunded youth in my community. I live my life grateful for everything because missing meals, having our water and power cut off, and having to walk everywhere was a normal occasion for me. I grew up wearing hand-me-downs, and learning how to stretch $1.50 across three days. At such an early age I hated poverty so much that I swept floors of barber shops to make money. While my friends were in the house playing games, I was with my dad cutting grass. To live in the “hood” means to always be alert; any given breath could be your last. I genuinely hate living like this. I was blessed with admission into LaSalle, a predominantly white private school, under the conditions that I kept good grades and played sports. Focusing solely on football, I nearly flunked out; at the same time my brother got shot, and my mother caught a stroke. I dedicated my sophomore year to excellence. I woke up every morning at 5 am, took my two hour bus/train commute, and went to class. Humility really kicked in when I had to walk through rain puddles while my classmates rode past in their Bentleys; instead of me breaking, I earned straight A’s and a scholarship to Tuskegee University. At Tuskegee I played two sports, maintained a 4.0 GPA, and lead multiple community service projects. “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great” -John D. Rockefeller. I transferred to Bethune-Cookman for the chance to play Division 1 football. Despite my GPA, the school had no scholarships for me. Although going from a scholarship to taking out loans may seem like a failure, I know the opportunities that await me are limitless. In my first semester at Bethune, I joined our pre alumni council, UNCF ambassador program, and even became a brother of Progressive Black Men, Inc. My days are now spent studying, training clients, and preparing for tryouts. My degree will be used to become a multimedia communication specialist. In doing this I can ensure more African Americans are represented in the media and shun light on young go-getters like myself. With help from this scholarship, I can focus more time into raising money for my son and applying for internships. The challenges I faced developed me into a mentor not just for my son, but for the children that look just like me. Thank you.
    Julius Quentin Jackson Scholarship
    Creating Opportunity You’re hungry, but there’s only two pieces of bread and a scoop of peanut butter. Either you eat them, or you starve; this isn't about bread. Education is critical for earning a stable income. However, education can be inaccessible for first generation students like myself. As a result of my financial circumstances, I depend on FAFSA, loans, and the generous scholarship donations of others. With the Julius Quentin Jackson Scholarship, I will be granted the opportunity to graduate as the first student-athlete in my family, better equipped to take care of my son, and help the underfunded youth in my community. I live my life grateful for everything because missing meals, having our water and power cut off, and having to walk everywhere was a normal occasion for me. I grew up wearing hand-me-downs, and learning how to stretch $1.50 across three days. At such an early age I hated poverty so much that I swept floors of barber shops to make money. While my friends were in the house playing games, I was with my dad cutting grass. To live in the “hood” means to always be alert; any given breath could be your last. I genuinely hate living like this. I was blessed with admission into LaSalle, a predominantly white private school, under the conditions that I kept good grades and played sports. Focusing solely on football, I nearly flunked out; at the same time my brother got shot, and my mother caught a stroke. I dedicated my sophomore year to excellence. I woke up every morning at 5 am, took my two hour bus/train commute, and went to class. Humility really kicked in when I had to walk through rain puddles while my classmates rode past in their Bentleys; instead of me breaking, I earned straight A’s and a scholarship to Tuskegee University. At Tuskegee I played two sports, maintained a 4.0 GPA, and lead multiple community service projects. “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great” -John D. Rockefeller. I transferred to Bethune-Cookman for the chance to play Division 1 football. Despite my GPA, the school had no scholarships for me. Although going from a scholarship to taking out loans may seem like a failure, I know the opportunities that await me are limitless. In my first semester at Bethune, I joined our pre alumni council, UNCF ambassador program, and even became a brother of Progressive Black Men, Inc. My days are now spent studying, training clients, and preparing for tryouts. My degree will be used to become a multimedia communication specialist. In doing this I can ensure more African Americans are represented in the media and shun light on young go-getters like myself. With help from this scholarship, I can focus more time into raising money for my son and applying for internships. The challenges I faced developed me into a mentor not just for my son, but for the children that look just like me. Thank you.
    Bold New Beginnings TikTok Scholarship
    Bold Growth Mindset Scholarship
    I constantly think of life as a relay race, because you get motivated, and pass the motivation on to someone else. As a motivational speaker, I'm constantly in pursuit to "Raise Mindsets"; the phrase tied to my youtube channel: Raising Mindset. For me to continue helping others, and reach new audiences, I have to keep a growth mindset. Growth to me is going to be different from everyone else, and the same applies to you. What makes sense to me, probably won't make sense to you. For me to keep growing, I constantly set expectations for myself. When I grow beyond those expectations, I consider myself Raising my Mindset, because I did something that I couldn't yet do. I constantly surround myself with competition to force me to get uncomfortable. In this life, the second you get comfortable, competition builds upon you. I run the 400-meter dash. At the start of the race, there will be the competition that starts extremely fast. Trying to sprint past them at the beginning of the race may often tire you out or discourage you to finish the race. I like to take my coach's advice of "run your race", no matter what the completion does. With my relentless pursuit of trying to better myself, I don't believe that my mindset will ever stop growing. As for this scholarship, although many thousands are applying to it, I still believe that I have a shot at being a winner, and if that doesn't happen, I won't give up. I'll keep applying, keep looking for other ways to fund my education, for as long as I am living, every day there is an opportunity to Raise my Mindset and find some source of gratifying success.
    Bold Self-Care Scholarship
    "Be aware of the naked man who offers you a shirt, for it may be winter, and he tends to freeze himself" - Jude Servius and Navjot Singh Sidhu. As a motivational speaker, and someone who is constantly giving others advice, I cannot neglect my own mental health, because there are days where I'm feeling absolutely drained and lost. I get pestured about the thought of being trapped in my crooked neighborhood, and not being able to handle my emotions best. Having these mental challenges are what makes me human, no different you, and anyone else. To ensure maximum mental health, I must first take care of my mental health. I am a two sport athlete, and I probably excessive more than anyone you know. Im always moving around, jumping, flipping, and being so animated. It makes me feel so great, so alive. If you think you have had bad day, go to an open field if you don't have a yard, and run around like you don't care, and watch that frown turn upside down. When I'm not exercising physically, I'm exercising my brain mentally. I like to read self-help books, listen to motivational speeches, and then make own. I set small goals everyday that I set out. Something as little as making my bed takes me a long way, because I'm I came home not accomplishing anything, at least I have a made bed to come home to. I myself, have created a youtube/ instagram platform for everyone that needs self care. It's called Raising Mindset. On there, I constantly challenge others to do their very best, and push beyond any obstacle they may encounter. My little phrase "Raise Your Mindset" has gone along way around my school, community, and maybe even yours. Remember to Raise Your Mindset!
    Bold Friendship Matters Scholarship
    Life is a journey best not traveled alone. In your life, my life, and the life of someone you know, there has, and will be difficulties affecting the mental health, that will forever be beyond the world's understanding. Raised by immigrant parents in a wore down house, surrounded by a not so polite neighborhood, I faced many challenges. In reference to the topic of this essay, finding the right group of friends. Up until the spring of my sixth grade year, you could not stop me from going to my local park. I was there from sun up, to sundown; rain pouring, or sun shinning. All until the big fight. I was at the park one day after school playing basketball, when me and what used to be my friend, got into an argument, which quickly escalated when the other kids on the court enticed us to fight. Now I wasn't a bad kid, nor was looking to start that fight, but in the heat of the moment, it was fight or flight, and surely I decided to fight. After that fight, I really started questioning why did I have to fight. What did that prove? Nothing. It was just bad for my mental health. Those group of kids were bad for my mental health. I knew that I change friend groups, focus on my future, and overall just better myself. I started lifting weights, making motivational speeches, spending more time training for sports, and even won the Student Of The Year Award back in 8th grade. With me living live like this, I met friends that push(ed) me remarkably further. Till this day those same kids who were instigating the fight, are still causing havoc to the neighborhood, being delinquents, and getting into fights with kids from other "gangs".
    Jameela Jamil x I Weigh Scholarship
    One day I decided to look in the mirror, and the person looking back at me frightened me. It wasn’t the color of his skin, the size of his nose, or the texture of his hair. It was a young black man with a head full of dreads, anger in his eyes, and the posture of your average thug; at least that’s the conventional image I saw. This young man was in fact angry, not about the status in which he was classified, but at the status in which he classified himself. Anger turned in into tears, which were used to wipe the mirror clear enough for me to recognize the face looking back. It was my past self, challenging me to change my complacent lifestyle. I grew up with the helpless perception of being poor because I was the youngest of ten kids from a Haitian family, surviving off father’s less than 15k a year income. Days and nights were charged, not from the villainous heat pouring down on our rigged roof, although that was our reality, but from the conflicts I witnessed through my naked eyes. The west side of North Miami, the place I’ve forever called home, is filled with drug-dealing, gang-banging, trouble-causing adolescents. All, just like me, share the same menacing-face, masking off the hidden years of struggle, malnourishment, and insufficient-love. With no good role-models around, and the instantaneous race of being the head of the neighborhood, conflicts sparked, turning the area into a battleground. Trenches we call it, with guns going off more than fireworks, transforming once crowded-streets into a ghost-town I could hardly recognize, if not for the fading memories of what I call home. Many of the adolescents that I was born and raised around have fallen into the distinctive trap of becoming a prisoner to their circumstances. Chained down by the possessive-codes of the neighborhood, many of those same adolescents, become helpless-sheep, belligerently converting others to share their same destiny. Not me though. When I looked myself in the mirror that day, I knew it was time to change something. The summer of 2020, when most of America was skeptical about the return of what was once a normal-lifestyle, leaving every gym and park, closed, I decided to make a difference. At 5 am, every morning, my two friends and I (Josh and Ervenson), would workout in my backyard: weight-lifting, cardio, and abs. This was very hard, but it brought us together. These mornings were very bleak, and it sometimes rained, but that didn’t matter because we were motivated. Every morning, we would blast motivational speeches by Tom Bilyeu, Inky Johnson, Les Brown, and Eric Thomas. Doing this repeatedly kept me on my grind, shifting my focus away from all the dreadful-things happening around me. After receiving that much needed spark of motivation, I decided that it was my time to light the fuse. On August 1, 2020, I aired my first motivational video on Instagram, and to my surprise, received nearly 2k views. A month later, I’ve launched my YouTube platform under the name Raising Mindset, where I have been actively posting a variety of videos, to encourage adolescents. Nine months down the line, I produced my most famous video: The Raising Mindset Project [https://youtu.be/ieOcgwShDTs]. In there, I’ve spoken about the journey to where I am now. Those who know me describe me as powerful, tenacious, driven, optimistic, motivational, ambitious, and passionate. I aspire to continue raising mindsets as well as stepping up to the plate when my name is called. I come courage and dedication to be so much more.