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Skylar Young

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Sky Young is an accomplished undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology and Public Policy at New York University. With a GPA of 3.33, Sky excels in coursework like Research Methods, Politics of Public Policy, and Psychology and Social Change. His Social Work and Nonprofit Management minor reflects his commitment to positively impacting society. As a Summer Intern at the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, Sky researches various backgrounds and identities to develop better culturally aware training to be implemented across the Defense Finance and Accounting Service and Department of Defense. His work as a Seasonal Tutor at America Reads demonstrates his dedication to education and community. In student leadership, Sky serves as the President of the Steinhardt Student Government E-Board, organizing events and fundraising. He also mentors returning students and actively participates in committees and conferences, such as the Dean's Advisory Committee (Social Impact) and The Washington Journalism and Media Conference. With exceptional academic achievements, research and writing skills, and a commitment to social causes, Sky is poised for success in applied psychology, public policy, social work, or nonprofit management, making a meaningful impact in his field.

Education

New York University

Bachelor's degree program
2021 - 2023
  • Majors:
    • Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology
    • Public Policy Analysis
  • Minors:
    • Social Work

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Doctoral degree program (PhD, MD, JD, etc.)

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Civic & Social Organization

    • Dream career goals:

      Psychologist

    • President

      Steinhardt Undergraduate Student Government
      2021 – Present3 years
    • Student Employment Specialist

      NYU Wasserman
      2023 – Present1 year
    • Tutor

      America Reads
      2022 – 20231 year
    • Executive Assistant

      Upward Bound
      2024 – 2024
    • Campaign Staffer

      Cruz4NY
      2022 – 20231 year
    • Journalist Intern

      European Values
      2023 – Present1 year
    • Peer Mentor

      New York University
      2022 – Present2 years
    • Copy Editor

      Washington Square News
      2022 – 20231 year
    • Usher

      92Y
      2021 – 20221 year
    • Department Lead

      Old Navy
      2020 – 2020

    Sports

    Fencing

    Club
    2012 – 20131 year

    Research

    • Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology

      NYU Steinhardt Applied Psychology Undergraduate Department — Researcher
      2024 – 2024
    • Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology

      NYU Steinhardt Applied Psychology Undergraduate Department — Researcher
      2024 – 2024

    Arts

    • International Thespian Society Troupe No. 8508

      Theatre
      Mary Poppins, Bad Auditions by Bad Actors, One Acts, Spelling Bee, The Theory of Relativity
      2019 – 2021

    Public services

    • Public Service (Politics)

      Adams County Election Office — Poll worker
      2020 – 2020

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Politics

    Volunteering

    Philanthropy

    So You Want to Be a Mental Health Professional Scholarship
    In my sophomore year of high school, I was outed by someone I trusted. Overnight, I went from having control of my narrative and sexuality to having my perception be in the hands of other people. I had no one to help me navigate through the chaos of confusion and pain. It felt like I was thrown into the cockpit of an airplane during a violent storm with no air traffic control to guide me. In my junior year of high school, I wanted to create this space I was deprived of. I started my high school’s Gender-Sexuality Alliance. While the work I did was satisfying and made an impact, the bureaucracy of starting an organization was something that was taxing. Much of my job was creating guidelines and filing paperwork with my school, preventing me from making the space I desperately needed. I had a second opportunity to continue this passion for creating spaces for marginalized communities when I moved to New York to attend New York University in 2021. I joined NYU Steinhardt’s Undergraduate Student Government, allowing me to work on projects that would better the student body without red tape holding me back. Whether it was putting together a fundraiser for Ukraine or working with the deans to create community integration projects, I learned that being on the field engaged with hands-on projects that got me in the community was what I needed. Whether it is social work, journalism, or another field, my volunteer work has taught me to strive for results. Theorizing and academia can only go as far as their presence in the community. I want to pursue a path of bringing communities together because this is how we solve problems. Without this communication, ideas stay ideas and never become more. Entering my senior year at NYU, I take this message to heart. When I entered the school, I wanted to be a teacher. Now, I want to delve into social work and policy. I want to use my education in psychology to advocate for those who are marginalized. In particular, I want to explore working with marginalized youth within a social work setting. To be able to do this it will take a significant amount of time and money. I intend to continue after graduation by pursuing a PhD in psychology and social intervention. This degree would equip me to help individuals on a clinical level and provide the skills I need to research improving conditions in the communities around me. This scholarship would greatly help me pursue this advocacy dream as it would equip me with the monetary resources I need to thrive and continue my education without sacrificing my basic needs. I am a low-income student who relies heavily on Medicaid and SNAP. Having the opportunity to receive this scholarship would help me and ensure those less fortunate receive the help they need in the future. I plan to use this scholarship to further my education and continue my work in the community through student government and volunteering in the larger NYC community.
    Elevate Mental Health Awareness Scholarship
    In my sophomore year of high school, I was outed by someone I trusted. Overnight, I went from having control of my narrative and sexuality to having my perception be in the hands of other people. I had no one to help me navigate through the chaos of confusion and pain. It felt like I was thrown into the cockpit of an airplane during a violent storm with no air traffic control to guide me. In my junior year of high school, I wanted to create this space I was deprived of. I started my high school’s Gender-Sexuality Alliance. While the work I did was satisfying and made an impact, the bureaucracy of starting an organization was something that was taxing. Much of my job was creating guidelines and filing paperwork with my school, preventing me from making the space I desperately needed. I had a second opportunity to continue this passion for creating spaces for marginalized communities when I moved to New York to attend New York University in 2021. I joined NYU Steinhardt’s Undergraduate Student Government, allowing me to work on projects that would better the student body without red tape holding me back. Whether it was putting together a fundraiser for Ukraine or working with the deans to create community integration projects, I learned that being on the field engaged with hands-on projects that got me in the community was what I needed. Whether it is social work, journalism, or another field, my volunteer work has taught me to strive for results. Theorizing and academia can only go as far as their presence in the community. I want to pursue a path of bringing communities together because this is how we solve problems. Without this communication, ideas stay ideas and never become more. Entering my senior year at NYU, I take this message to heart. When I entered the school, I wanted to be a teacher. Now, I want to delve into social work and policy. I want to use my education in psychology to advocate for those who are marginalized. In particular, I want to explore working with marginalized youth within a social work setting. To be able to do this it will take a significant amount of time and money. I intend to continue after graduation by pursuing a PhD in psychology and social intervention. This degree would equip me to help individuals on a clinical level and provide the skills I need to research improving conditions in the communities around me. This scholarship would greatly help me pursue this advocacy dream as it would equip me with the monetary resources I need to thrive and continue my education without sacrificing my basic needs. I am a low-income student who relies heavily on Medicaid and SNAP. Having the opportunity to receive this scholarship would help me and ensure those less fortunate receive the help they need in the future. I plan to use this scholarship to further my education and continue my work in the community through student government and volunteering in the larger NYC community.
    Robert F. Lawson Fund for Careers that Care
    In my sophomore year of high school, I was outed by someone I trusted. Overnight, I went from having control of my narrative and sexuality to having my perception be in the hands of other people. I had no one to help me navigate through the chaos of confusion and pain. It felt like I was thrown into the cockpit of an airplane during a violent storm with no air traffic control to guide me. In my junior year of high school, I wanted to create this space I was deprived of. I started my high school’s Gender-Sexuality Alliance. While the work I did was satisfying and made an impact, the bureaucracy of starting an organization was something that was taxing. Much of my job was creating guidelines and filing paperwork with my school, preventing me from making the space I desperately needed. I had a second opportunity to continue this passion for creating spaces for marginalized communities when I moved to New York to attend New York University in 2021. I joined NYU Steinhardt’s Undergraduate Student Government, allowing me to work on projects that would better the student body without red tape holding me back. Whether it was putting together a fundraiser for Ukraine or working with the deans to create community integration projects, I learned that being on the field engaged with hands-on projects that got me in the community was what I needed. Whether it is social work, journalism, or another field, my volunteer work has taught me to strive for results. Theorizing and academia can only go as far as their presence in the community. I want to pursue a path of bringing communities together because this is how we solve problems. Without this communication, ideas stay ideas and never become more. Entering my senior year at NYU, I take this message to heart. When I entered the school, I wanted to be a teacher. Now, I want to delve into social work and policy. I want to use my education in psychology to advocate for those who are marginalized. In particular, I want to explore working with marginalized youth within a social work setting. To be able to do this it will take a significant amount of time and money. I intend to continue after graduation by pursuing a PhD in psychology and social intervention. This degree would equip me to help individuals on a clinical level and provide the skills I need to research improving conditions in the communities around me. This scholarship would greatly help me pursue this advocacy dream as it would equip me with the monetary resources I need to thrive and continue my education without sacrificing my basic needs. I am a low-income student who relies heavily on Medicaid and SNAP. Having the opportunity to receive this scholarship would help me and ensure those less fortunate receive the help they need in the future. I plan to use this scholarship to further my education and continue my work in the community through student government and volunteering in the larger NYC community.
    Simon Strong Scholarship
    In my sophomore year of high school, I was outed by someone I trusted. Overnight, I went from having control of my narrative and sexuality to having my perception be in the hands of other people. I had no one to help me navigate through the chaos of confusion and pain. It felt like I was thrown into the cockpit of an airplane during a violent storm with no air traffic control to guide me. In my junior year of high school, I wanted to create this space I was deprived of. I started my high school’s Gender-Sexuality Alliance. While the work I did was satisfying and made an impact, the bureaucracy of starting an organization was something that was taxing. Much of my job was creating guidelines and filing paperwork with my school, preventing me from making the space I desperately needed. I had a second opportunity to continue this passion for creating spaces for marginalized communities when I moved to New York to attend New York University in 2021. I joined NYU Steinhardt’s Undergraduate Student Government, allowing me to work on projects that would better the student body without red tape holding me back. Whether it was putting together a fundraiser for Ukraine or working with the deans to create community integration projects, I learned that being on the field engaged with hands-on projects that got me in the community was what I needed. Whether it is social work, journalism, or another field, my volunteer work has taught me to strive for results. Theorizing and academia can only go as far as their presence in the community. I want to pursue a path of bringing communities together because this is how we solve problems. Without this communication, ideas stay ideas and never become more. Entering my senior year at NYU, I take this message to heart. When I entered the school, I wanted to be a teacher. Now, I want to delve into social work and policy. I want to use my education in psychology to advocate for those who are marginalized. In particular, I want to explore working with marginalized youth within a social work setting. To be able to do this it will take a significant amount of time and money. I intend to continue after graduation by pursuing a PhD in psychology and social intervention. This degree would equip me to help individuals on a clinical level and provide the skills I need to research improving conditions in the communities around me. This scholarship would greatly help me pursue this advocacy dream as it would equip me with the monetary resources I need to thrive and continue my education without sacrificing my basic needs. I am a low-income student who relies heavily on Medicaid and SNAP. Having the opportunity to receive this scholarship would help me and ensure those less fortunate receive the help they need in the future. I plan to use this scholarship to further my education and continue my work in the community through student government and volunteering in the larger NYC community.
    Priscilla Shireen Luke Scholarship
    In my sophomore year of high school, I was outed by someone I trusted. Overnight, I went from having control of my narrative and sexuality to having my perception be in the hands of other people. I had no one to help me navigate through the chaos of confusion and pain. It felt like I was thrown into the cockpit of an airplane during a violent storm with no air traffic control to guide me. In my junior year of high school, I wanted to create this space I was deprived of. I started my high school’s Gender-Sexuality Alliance. While the work I did was satisfying and made an impact, the bureaucracy of starting an organization was something that was taxing. Much of my job was creating guidelines and filing paperwork with my school, preventing me from making the space I desperately needed. I had a second opportunity to continue this passion for creating spaces for marginalized communities when I moved to New York to attend New York University in 2021. I joined NYU Steinhardt’s Undergraduate Student Government, allowing me to work on projects that would better the student body without red tape holding me back. Whether it was putting together a fundraiser for Ukraine or working with the deans to create community integration projects, I learned that being on the field engaged with hands-on projects that got me in the community was what I needed. Whether it is social work, journalism, or another field, my volunteer work has taught me to strive for results. Theorizing and academia can only go as far as their presence in the community. I want to pursue a path of bringing communities together because this is how we solve problems. Without this communication, ideas stay ideas and never become more. Entering my senior year at NYU, I take this message to heart. When I entered the school, I wanted to be a teacher. Now, I want to delve into social work and policy. I want to use my education in psychology to advocate for those who are marginalized. In particular, I want to explore working with marginalized youth within a social work setting. To be able to do this it will take a significant amount of time and money. I intend to continue after graduation by pursuing a PhD in psychology and social intervention. This degree would equip me to help individuals on a clinical level and provide the skills I need to research improving conditions in the communities around me. This scholarship would greatly help me pursue this advocacy dream as it would equip me with the monetary resources I need to thrive and continue my education without sacrificing my basic needs. I am a low-income student who relies heavily on Medicaid and SNAP. Having the opportunity to receive this scholarship would help me and ensure those less fortunate receive the help they need in the future. I plan to use this scholarship to further my education and continue my work in the community through student government and volunteering in the larger NYC community.
    Trinity Lodge 127 PH Scott Heckstall Scholarship
    In my sophomore year of high school, I was outed by someone I trusted. Overnight, I went from having control of my narrative and sexuality to having my perception be in the hands of other people. I had no one to help me navigate through the chaos of confusion and pain. It felt like I was thrown into the cockpit of an airplane during a violent storm with no air traffic control to guide me. In my junior year of high school, I wanted to create this space I was deprived of. I started my high school’s Gender-Sexuality Alliance. While the work I did was satisfying and made an impact, the bureaucracy of starting an organization was something that was taxing. Much of my job was creating guidelines and filing paperwork with my school, preventing me from making the space I desperately needed. I had a second opportunity to continue this passion for creating spaces for marginalized communities when I moved to New York to attend New York University in 2021. I joined NYU Steinhardt’s Undergraduate Student Government, allowing me to work on projects that would better the student body without red tape holding me back. Whether it was putting together a fundraiser for Ukraine or working with the deans to create community integration projects, I learned that being on the field engaged with hands-on projects that got me in the community was what I needed. Whether it is social work, journalism, or another field, my volunteer work has taught me to strive for results. Theorizing and academia can only go as far as their presence in the community. I want to pursue a path of bringing communities together because this is how we solve problems. Without this communication, ideas stay ideas and never become more. Entering my senior year at NYU, I take this message to heart. When I entered the school, I wanted to be a teacher. Now, I want to delve into social work and policy. I want to use my education in psychology to advocate for those who are marginalized. In particular, I want to explore working with marginalized youth within a social work setting. To be able to do this it will take a significant amount of time and money. I intend to continue after graduation by pursuing a PhD in psychology and social intervention. This degree would equip me to help individuals on a clinical level and provide the skills I need to research improving conditions in the communities around me. This scholarship would greatly help me pursue this advocacy dream as it would equip me with the monetary resources I need to thrive and continue my education without sacrificing my basic needs. I am a low-income student who relies heavily on Medicaid and SNAP. Having the opportunity to receive this scholarship would help me and ensure those less fortunate receive the help they need in the future. I plan to use this scholarship to further my education and continue my work in the community through student government and volunteering in the larger NYC community.
    Ethel Hayes Destigmatization of Mental Health Scholarship
    In my sophomore year of high school, I was outed by someone I trusted. Overnight, I went from having control of my narrative and sexuality to having my perception be in the hands of other people. I had no one to help me navigate through the chaos of confusion and pain. It felt like I was thrown into the cockpit of an airplane during a violent storm with no air traffic control to guide me. In my junior year of high school, I wanted to create this space I was deprived of. I started my high school’s Gender-Sexuality Alliance. While the work I did was satisfying and made an impact, the bureaucracy of starting an organization was something that was taxing. Much of my job was creating guidelines and filing paperwork with my school, preventing me from making the space I desperately needed. I had a second opportunity to continue this passion for creating spaces for marginalized communities when I moved to New York to attend New York University in 2021. I joined NYU Steinhardt’s Undergraduate Student Government, allowing me to work on projects that would better the student body without red tape holding me back. Whether it was putting together a fundraiser for Ukraine or working with the deans to create community integration projects, I learned that being on the field engaged with hands-on projects that got me in the community was what I needed. Whether it is social work, journalism, or another field, my volunteer work has taught me to strive for results. Theorizing and academia can only go as far as their presence in the community. I want to pursue a path of bringing communities together because this is how we solve problems. Without this communication, ideas stay ideas and never become more. Entering my senior year at NYU, I take this message to heart. When I entered the school, I wanted to be a teacher. Now, I want to delve into social work and policy. I want to use my education in psychology to advocate for those who are marginalized. In particular, I want to explore working with marginalized youth within a social work setting. To be able to do this it will take a significant amount of time and money. I intend to continue after graduation by pursuing a PhD in psychology and social intervention. This degree would equip me to help individuals on a clinical level and provide me with the skills I need to research improving conditions in the communities around me. This scholarship would greatly help me pursue this advocacy dream as it would equip me with the monetary resources I need to thrive and continue my education without sacrificing my basic needs. I am a low-income student who relies heavily on Medicaid and SNAP. Having the opportunity to receive this scholarship would help me and ensure those less fortunate receive the help they need in the future. I plan to use this scholarship to further my education and continue my work in the community both through student government and volunteering in the larger NYC community.
    John F. Rowe, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
    In my sophomore year of high school, I was outed by someone I trusted. Overnight, I went from having control of my narrative and sexuality to having my perception be in the hands of other people. I had no one to help me navigate through the chaos of confusion and pain. It felt like I was thrown into the cockpit of an airplane during a violent storm with no air traffic control to guide me. In my junior year of high school, I wanted to create this space I was deprived of. I started my high school’s Gender-Sexuality Alliance. While the work I did was satisfying and made an impact, the bureaucracy of starting an organization was something that was taxing. Much of my job was creating guidelines and filing paperwork with my school, preventing me from making the space I desperately needed. I had a second opportunity to continue this passion for creating spaces for marginalized communities when I moved to New York to attend New York University in 2021. I joined NYU Steinhardt’s Undergraduate Student Government, allowing me to work on projects that would better the student body without red tape holding me back. Whether it was putting together a fundraiser for Ukraine or working with the deans to create community integration projects, I learned that being on the field engaged with hands-on projects that got me in the community was what I needed. Whether it is social work, journalism, or another field, my volunteer work has taught me to strive for results. Theorizing and academia can only go as far as their presence in the community. I want to pursue a path of bringing communities together because this is how we solve problems. Without this communication, ideas stay ideas and never become more. Entering my senior year at NYU, I take this message to heart. When I entered the school, I wanted to be a teacher. Now, I want to delve into social work and policy. I want to use my education in psychology to advocate for those who are marginalized. In particular, I want to explore working with marginalized youth within a social work setting. To be able to do this it will take a significant amount of time and money. I intend to continue after graduation by pursuing a PhD in psychology and social intervention. This degree would equip me to help individuals on a clinical level and provide the skills I need to research improving conditions in the communities around me. This scholarship would greatly help me pursue this advocacy dream as it would equip me with the monetary resources I need to thrive and continue my education without sacrificing my basic needs. I am a low-income student who relies heavily on Medicaid and SNAP. Having the opportunity to receive this scholarship would help me and ensure those less fortunate receive the help they need in the future. I plan to use this scholarship to further my education and continue my work in the community through student government and volunteering in the larger NYC community.
    Let Your Light Shine Scholarship
    In my sophomore year of high school, I was outed by someone I trusted. Overnight, I went from having control of my narrative and sexuality to having my perception be in the hands of other people. I had no one to help me navigate through the chaos of confusion and pain. It felt like I was thrown into the cockpit of an airplane during a violent storm with no air traffic control to guide me. In my junior year of high school, I wanted to create this space I was deprived of. I started my high school’s Gender-Sexuality Alliance. While the work I did was satisfying and made an impact, the bureaucracy of starting an organization was something that was taxing. Much of my job was creating guidelines and filing paperwork with my school, preventing me from making the space I desperately needed. I had a second opportunity to continue this passion for creating spaces for marginalized communities when I moved to New York to attend New York University in 2021. I joined NYU Steinhardt’s Undergraduate Student Government, allowing me to work on projects that would better the student body without red tape holding me back. Whether it was putting together a fundraiser for Ukraine or working with the deans to create community integration projects, I learned that being on the field engaged with hands-on projects that got me in the community was what I needed. Whether it is social work, journalism, or another field, my volunteer work has taught me to strive for results. Theorizing and academia can only go as far as their presence in the community. I want to pursue a path of bringing communities together because this is how we solve problems. Without this communication, ideas stay ideas and never become more. Entering my senior year at NYU, I take this message to heart. When I entered the school, I wanted to be a teacher. Now, I want to delve into social work and policy. I want to use my education in psychology to advocate for those who are marginalized. In particular, I want to explore working with marginalized youth within a social work setting. To be able to do this it will take a significant amount of time and money. I intend to continue after graduation by pursuing a PhD in psychology and social intervention. This degree would equip me to help individuals on a clinical level and provide the skills I need to research improving conditions in the communities around me. This scholarship would greatly help me pursue this advocacy dream as it would equip me with the monetary resources I need to thrive and continue my education without sacrificing my basic needs. I am a low-income student who relies heavily on Medicaid and SNAP. Having the opportunity to receive this scholarship would help me and ensure those less fortunate receive the help they need in the future. I plan to use this scholarship to further my education and continue my work in the community through student government and volunteering in the larger NYC community. My dream is to one day open a private practice that not only dedicates itself to helping individuals who would otherwise not have the resources to have support but also engages in critical research in the community to prevent individuals from reaching these same points.
    HM Family Scholarship
    In my sophomore year of high school, I was outed by someone I trusted. Overnight, I went from having control of my narrative and sexuality to having my perception be in the hands of other people. I had no one to help me navigate through the chaos of confusion and pain. It felt like I was thrown into the cockpit of an airplane during a violent storm with no air traffic control to guide me. In my junior year of high school, I wanted to create this space I was deprived of. I started my high school’s Gender-Sexuality Alliance. While the work I did was satisfying and made an impact, the bureaucracy of starting an organization was something that was taxing. Much of my job was creating guidelines and filing paperwork with my school, preventing me from making the space I desperately needed. I had a second opportunity to continue this passion for creating spaces for marginalized communities when I moved to New York to attend New York University in 2021. I joined NYU Steinhardt’s Undergraduate Student Government, allowing me to work on projects that would better the student body without red tape holding me back. Whether it was putting together a fundraiser for Ukraine or working with the deans to create community integration projects, I learned that being on the field engaged with hands-on projects that got me in the community was what I needed. Whether it is social work, journalism, or another field, my volunteer work has taught me to strive for results. Theorizing and academia can only go as far as their presence in the community. I want to pursue a path of bringing communities together because this is how we solve problems. Without this communication, ideas stay ideas and never become more. Entering my senior year at NYU, I take this message to heart. When I entered the school, I wanted to be a teacher. Now, I want to delve into social work and policy. I want to use my education in psychology to advocate for those who are marginalized. In particular, I want to explore working with marginalized youth within a social work setting. To be able to do this it will take a significant amount of time and money. I intend to continue after graduation by pursuing a PhD in psychology and social intervention. This degree would equip me to help individuals on a clinical level and provide the skills I need to research improving conditions in the communities around me. This scholarship would greatly help me pursue this advocacy dream as it would equip me with the monetary resources I need to thrive and continue my education without sacrificing my basic needs. I am a low-income student who relies heavily on Medicaid and SNAP. Having the opportunity to receive this scholarship would help me and ensure those less fortunate receive the help they need in the future. I plan to use this scholarship to further my education and continue my work in the community through student government and volunteering in the larger NYC community.
    TEAM ROX Scholarship
    In my sophomore year of high school, I was outed by someone I trusted. Overnight, I went from having control of my narrative and sexuality to having my perception be in the hands of other people. I had no one to help me navigate through the chaos of confusion and pain. It felt like I was thrown into the cockpit of an airplane during a violent storm with no air traffic control to guide me. In my junior year of high school, I wanted to create this space I was deprived of. I started my high school’s Gender-Sexuality Alliance. While the work I did was satisfying and made an impact, the bureaucracy of starting an organization was something that was taxing. Much of my job was creating guidelines and filing paperwork with my school, preventing me from making the space I desperately needed. I had a second opportunity to continue this passion for creating spaces for marginalized communities when I moved to New York to attend New York University in 2021. I joined NYU Steinhardt’s Undergraduate Student Government, allowing me to work on projects that would better the student body without red tape holding me back. Whether it was putting together a fundraiser for Ukraine or working with the deans to create community integration projects, I learned that being on the field engaged with hands-on projects that got me in the community was what I needed. Whether it is social work, journalism, or another field, my volunteer work has taught me to strive for results. Theorizing and academia can only go as far as their presence in the community. I want to pursue a path of bringing communities together because this is how we solve problems. Without this communication, ideas stay ideas and never become more. Entering my senior year at NYU, I take this message to heart. When I entered the school, I wanted to be a teacher. Now, I want to delve into social work and policy. I want to use my education in psychology to advocate for those who are marginalized. In particular, I want to explore working with marginalized youth within a social work setting. To be able to do this it will take a significant amount of time and money. I intend to continue after graduation by pursuing a PhD in psychology and social intervention. This degree would equip me to help individuals on a clinical level and provide the skills I need to research improving conditions in the communities around me. This scholarship would greatly help me pursue this advocacy dream as it would equip me with the monetary resources I need to thrive and continue my education without sacrificing my basic needs. I am a low-income student who relies heavily on Medicaid and SNAP. Having the opportunity to receive this scholarship would help me and ensure those less fortunate receive the help they need in the future. I plan to use this scholarship to further my education and continue my work in the community through student government and volunteering in the larger NYC community.
    Morgan Levine Dolan Community Service Scholarship
    In my sophomore year of high school, I was outed by someone I trusted. Overnight, I went from having control of my narrative and sexuality to having my perception be in the hands of other people. I had no one to help me navigate through the chaos of confusion and pain. It felt like I was thrown into the cockpit of an airplane during a violent storm with no air traffic control to guide me. In my junior year of high school, I wanted to create this space I was deprived of. I started my high school’s Gender-Sexuality Alliance. While the work I did was satisfying and made an impact, the bureaucracy of starting an organization was something that was taxing. Much of my job was creating guidelines and filing paperwork with my school, preventing me from making the space I desperately needed. I had a second opportunity to continue this passion for creating spaces for marginalized communities when I moved to New York to attend New York University in 2021. I joined NYU Steinhardt’s Undergraduate Student Government, allowing me to work on projects that would better the student body without red tape holding me back. Whether it was putting together a fundraiser for Ukraine or working with the deans to create community integration projects, I learned that being on the field engaged with hands-on projects that got me in the community was what I needed. Whether it is social work, journalism, or another field, my volunteer work has taught me to strive for results. Theorizing and academia can only go as far as their presence in the community. I want to pursue a path of bringing communities together because this is how we solve problems. Without this communication, ideas stay ideas and never become more. Entering my senior year at NYU, I take this message to heart. When I entered the school, I wanted to be a teacher. Now, I want to delve into social work and policy. I want to use my education in psychology to advocate for those who are marginalized. In particular, I want to explore working with marginalized youth within a social work setting. To be able to do this it will take a significant amount of time and money. I intend to continue after graduation by pursuing a PhD in psychology and social intervention. This degree would equip me to help individuals on a clinical level and provide the skills I need to research improving conditions in the communities around me. This scholarship would greatly help me pursue this advocacy dream as it would equip me with the monetary resources I need to thrive and continue my education without sacrificing my basic needs. I am a low-income student who relies heavily on Medicaid and SNAP. Having the opportunity to receive this scholarship would help me and ensure those less fortunate receive the help they need in the future. I plan to use this scholarship to further my education and continue my work in the community through student government and volunteering in the larger NYC community.
    Elizabeth Schalk Memorial Scholarship
    As I reflect on my health journey, it becomes evident that it has been a transformative path marked by resilience, self-discovery, and a commitment to fostering a healthier lifestyle. Living with depression, ADHD, PTSD, anxiety, autism, and an eating disorder has presented unique challenges, but it has also motivated me to make significant changes to improve my well-being physically, mentally, and emotionally. Living with multiple mental health conditions has been a part of my life since adolescence, and it has shaped my perspective on health and self-care. Acknowledging the importance of addressing these conditions proactively, I sought professional support, including therapy and counseling. These therapeutic interventions have provided me with the tools to navigate through my emotions and better understand my triggers, ultimately empowering me to manage my mental health effectively. Along my health journey, I have learned the significance of adopting a balanced and holistic lifestyle. To promote physical well-being, I have embraced regular exercise routines, incorporating activities such as yoga, jogging, and swimming into my daily life. Engaging in physical activities not only boosts my mood but also helps me manage stress and anxiety, enabling me to feel more energized and focused. To support my mental and emotional health, I prioritize self-care practices such as meditation, mindfulness, and journaling. These practices allow me to cultivate a deeper sense of self-awareness, fostering a positive mindset and promoting emotional resilience in the face of life's challenges. Furthermore, my health journey has involved making changes to my dietary habits. As someone with an eating disorder, I have worked with healthcare professionals to develop a balanced and nourishing meal plan that supports both my physical health and mental well-being. By adopting a more mindful and intuitive approach to eating, I have been able to restore a healthier relationship with food and cultivate a greater sense of self-compassion. Living with autism has also inspired me to develop a deeper understanding of my sensory needs and embrace sensory regulation techniques. Creating an environment that caters to my sensory preferences has been essential in reducing stress and improving my overall sense of well-being. As I pursue a healthier lifestyle, I recognize the importance of community and support networks. Engaging with others who share similar health experiences has been instrumental in fostering a sense of belonging and reducing feelings of isolation. Whether through support groups or community events, connecting with others has provided me with valuable encouragement and inspiration to keep moving forward on my health journey. Looking ahead, my health journey will continue to be a dynamic and evolving process. I am committed to maintaining open communication with my healthcare team and implementing new strategies to support my health. I aim to explore alternative therapies, such as art therapy and animal-assisted interventions, to complement my existing wellness practices and promote overall healing. In conclusion, my health journey has been a testament to the power of resilience and self-empowerment. Living with depression, ADHD, PTSD, anxiety, autism, and an eating disorder has motivated me to make significant changes to my lifestyle, prioritizing physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Through therapy, exercise, self-care practices, and dietary adjustments, I have embraced a holistic approach to health that allows me to navigate life's challenges with greater strength and positivity. My health journey will continue to be a journey of growth, learning, and self-discovery, as I strive to create a healthier and more fulfilling life for myself.
    Healing Self and Community Scholarship
    As a college student passionate about mental health, I am committed to making mental health care affordable and accessible to all. Drawing from my experiences in applied psychology, public policy, and social work, I would advocate for the expansion of teletherapy and remote mental health services. This would enable individuals in remote or underserved areas to receive quality treatment from their homes. Additionally, I would work to remove the subjective criterion of "medical necessity" imposed by private insurance organizations for mental health care. By pushing for legislation that provides more in-network treatment options, financial barriers can be reduced, making mental health care more attainable. Destigmatizing mental illness is another priority. I would champion comprehensive mental health education in schools and workplaces, promoting open conversations about mental well-being. By creating supportive environments, individuals will be encouraged to seek help proactively. Given my personal experiences, I aim to share my story and connect with others, inspiring resilience and hope. Through a dual major in applied psychology and public policy with a social work minor, I am determined to promote legislative changes and discussions for affordable and accessible mental health care. My ultimate goal is to break down barriers and ensure that everyone in need of mental health support can access it without constraints.
    So You Want to Be a Mental Health Professional Scholarship
    As a college student passionate about mental health, my own journey with anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, and an eating disorder has deeply influenced my advocacy efforts. I believe there are essential steps I can take to create a positive impact on individuals' well-being and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health. Joining mental health clubs or organizations will allow me to collaborate with like-minded individuals, raise awareness, and provide resources for students facing similar struggles. Through open dialogues and educational campaigns, we can destigmatize mental health issues and create a more inclusive and supportive environment for everyone. Advocating for increased funding and support for counseling centers on campus is crucial to ensure that students have easy access to professional help when needed. Pushing for innovative solutions, such as teletherapy options, will make mental health support more accessible, particularly for those in remote or rural areas. My internship at European Values equipped me with valuable research and writing skills that I can now use to contribute to mental health awareness. Writing articles and op-eds for campus publications will enable me to share information, research, and personal stories of resilience and recovery, inspiring others to prioritize their mental well-being. Engaging with policymakers and advocating for mental health reform will be a priority. My background in political research methods and public policy coursework empowers me to navigate the legislative process effectively, contributing to shaping policies that prioritize mental health care and address systemic issues in the healthcare system. As Vice President in the Steinhardt Student Government, I will create mental health-focused initiatives on campus, collaborating with student affairs and diversity offices to ensure cultural competence and sensitivity to diverse student populations. Working towards normalizing conversations about mental health and destigmatizing mental illness, I can participate in mental health education programs and workshops to increase awareness and understanding of mental health challenges. Maintaining my own mental wellness is essential to sustaining my advocacy efforts. Regular exercise, mindfulness, and therapy set an example for others and demonstrate the importance of self-care in achieving a balanced and fulfilling life. In conclusion, as a college student passionate about mental health, my own journey with mental health challenges drives me to actively engage in mental health advocacy, expand access to resources, use my writing to raise awareness, collaborate with policymakers, and prioritize self-care. Through these efforts, I aim to foster a more inclusive and supportive environment for mental health on campus and beyond, ensuring that every individual feels heard, respected, and empowered in their mental health journey.
    Trever David Clark Memorial Scholarship
    My experience with mental health has profoundly influenced my beliefs, relationships, and career aspirations, shaping every aspect of my life and guiding me towards a path of compassion, resilience, and advocacy. Living with depression, ADHD, PTSD, anxiety, autism, and an eating disorder has given me a unique perspective on the significance of mental health. Through my personal struggles, I have come to believe that mental health is just as vital as physical health and should be treated with the same level of importance and care. This belief has fueled my dedication to promoting mental health awareness and reducing the stigma surrounding mental health conditions. My journey with mental health has also profoundly impacted my relationships. Through support groups and open conversations, I have found a sense of belonging and understanding among others facing similar challenges. These connections have taught me the value of empathy and compassion, as well as the importance of creating safe and supportive spaces for individuals to share their experiences without judgment. My relationships have grown stronger and more meaningful, and I am committed to being a source of support for others in their mental health journeys. Moreover, my experience with mental health has influenced my career aspirations. As a student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology and Public Policy with a concentration in Social Work and Nonprofit Management, I am passionate about using my education and experiences to make a positive impact on the lives of individuals with mental health conditions. I aspire to become a social worker and advocate for mental health support, education, and accessible resources, working towards a more compassionate and inclusive society. Academically, I have delved into courses that deepen my understanding of mental health, the human psyche, and the impact of public policies on individuals with mental health conditions. My concentration in Social Work and Nonprofit Management has allowed me to explore effective strategies for supporting those with mental health challenges and creating inclusive and supportive environments. I am determined to utilize my knowledge and skills to contribute to initiatives that prioritize mental health support and advocacy. Beyond the classroom, I have actively sought out extracurricular experiences that align with my mental health journey. Engaging in activities such as yoga, meditation, and journaling has been instrumental in maintaining emotional balance and navigating the ups and downs of life. As a Peer Mentor At Large, I have had the privilege of reaching out to returning undergraduate students and providing them with essential resources, including mental health support, to help them thrive in their college journey. Professionally, my journey with mental health has deeply shaped my career aspirations as a social worker. I am committed to using my education and experiences to make a positive impact on the lives of individuals with mental health conditions. I hope to contribute to initiatives that prioritize mental health support, education, and advocacy, working towards a more compassionate and inclusive society. In conclusion, my experience with mental health has been a transformative journey that has influenced my beliefs, relationships, and career aspirations. Through my struggles and growth, I have developed a profound understanding of the importance of mental health and the need for increased awareness and support. I am dedicated to being an advocate for mental health, fostering meaningful relationships, and pursuing a career that positively impacts the lives of individuals facing mental health challenges.
    Elevate Mental Health Awareness Scholarship
    My experience with mental health has profoundly influenced my beliefs, relationships, and career aspirations, shaping every aspect of my life and guiding me towards a path of compassion, resilience, and advocacy. Living with depression, ADHD, PTSD, anxiety, autism, and an eating disorder has given me a unique perspective on the significance of mental health. Through my personal struggles, I have come to believe that mental health is just as vital as physical health and should be treated with the same level of importance and care. This belief has fueled my dedication to promoting mental health awareness and reducing the stigma surrounding mental health conditions. My journey with mental health has also profoundly impacted my relationships. Through support groups and open conversations, I have found a sense of belonging and understanding among others facing similar challenges. These connections have taught me the value of empathy and compassion, as well as the importance of creating safe and supportive spaces for individuals to share their experiences without judgment. My relationships have grown stronger and more meaningful, and I am committed to being a source of support for others in their mental health journeys. Moreover, my experience with mental health has influenced my career aspirations. As a student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology and Public Policy with a concentration in Social Work and Nonprofit Management, I am passionate about using my education and experiences to make a positive impact on the lives of individuals with mental health conditions. I aspire to become a social worker and advocate for mental health support, education, and accessible resources, working towards a more compassionate and inclusive society. Academically, I have delved into courses that deepen my understanding of mental health, the human psyche, and the impact of public policies on individuals with mental health conditions. My concentration in Social Work and Nonprofit Management has allowed me to explore effective strategies for supporting those with mental health challenges and creating inclusive and supportive environments. I am determined to utilize my knowledge and skills to contribute to initiatives that prioritize mental health support and advocacy. Beyond the classroom, I have actively sought out extracurricular experiences that align with my mental health journey. Engaging in activities such as yoga, meditation, and journaling has been instrumental in maintaining emotional balance and navigating the ups and downs of life. As a Peer Mentor At Large, I have had the privilege of reaching out to returning undergraduate students and providing them with essential resources, including mental health support, to help them thrive in their college journey. Professionally, my journey with mental health has deeply shaped my career aspirations as a social worker. I am committed to using my education and experiences to make a positive impact on the lives of individuals with mental health conditions. I hope to contribute to initiatives that prioritize mental health support, education, and advocacy, working towards a more compassionate and inclusive society. In conclusion, my experience with mental health has been a transformative journey that has influenced my beliefs, relationships, and career aspirations. Through my struggles and growth, I have developed a profound understanding of the importance of mental health and the need for increased awareness and support. I am dedicated to being an advocate for mental health, fostering meaningful relationships, and pursuing a career that positively impacts the lives of individuals facing mental health challenges.
    Mental Health Importance Scholarship
    Maintaining good mental health is of utmost importance to me due to its profound impact on every aspect of my life. As a junior at New York University pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology and Public Policy, I have come to understand that prioritizing my mental wellness is essential for overall well-being and success. Being a student living with depression, ADHD, PTSD, anxiety, autism, and an eating disorder, I have learned to be resilient, proactive, and compassionate towards myself. These conditions have taught me the significance of acknowledging and addressing mental health challenges openly and without stigma. By valuing my mental health, I can better navigate life's complexities, manage stress, and maintain focus on my academic pursuits. To maintain my mental wellness, I have adopted various strategies and practices that support my emotional well-being. Seeking professional support through therapy and counseling has been pivotal in my journey. Therapy provides a safe space for self-exploration and understanding the underlying causes of my challenges. It equips me with valuable coping mechanisms and insights that empower me to effectively manage my mental health, fostering emotional resilience and stability. Physical activity plays a vital role in promoting my mental wellness. Engaging in regular exercise routines, such as yoga, jogging, and swimming, not only enhances my physical fitness but also positively impacts my mood and stress management. Exercise serves as a crucial outlet for releasing pent-up emotions and regaining focus during demanding college semesters. In addition to physical activity, I prioritize self-care practices like mindfulness and meditation. These techniques help me maintain emotional balance, increase self-awareness, and navigate anxiety-inducing situations with greater ease. Mindfulness, in particular, has been instrumental in grounding me during times of stress and enabling me to remain present and focused. Recognizing the significance of a balanced diet on mental health, I pay careful attention to the foods I consume. Proper nutrition significantly impacts my mood and energy levels, and it has played a key role in restoring a healthier relationship with food and promoting positive body image. As an individual on the autism spectrum, I have also learned to accommodate my sensory needs to reduce stress and create a harmonious environment for myself. Taking breaks in serene locations or using sensory tools has become an integral part of my daily routine to maintain my mental well-being. Equally essential is the role of community and support networks in fostering a sense of belonging and reducing feelings of isolation. Connecting with like-minded individuals through support groups has provided invaluable encouragement and inspiration to persevere in my mental health journey. This sense of belonging has also translated to my college experience, where I have found a supportive community that understands and respects the challenges I face. In conclusion, I firmly believe that mental health is vital for overall well-being and success. By proactively addressing my mental health challenges and adopting various strategies like therapy, exercise, self-care practices, and community engagement, I maintain my mental wellness. As a junior at NYU, I am committed to promoting mental health awareness and advocating for accessible resources on campus to support the well-being of students and foster a healthy, inclusive community.
    Your Health Journey Scholarship
    As a junior at NYU, my college experience has been deeply intertwined with my health journey, where I have confronted and embraced my mental health challenges while striving for a balanced and transformative well-being. Being a student living with multiple mental health conditions, including depression, ADHD, PTSD, anxiety, autism, and an eating disorder, I have learned to be resilient, proactive, and compassionate towards myself. Since adolescence, I have been proactive in addressing my mental health through therapy and counseling, gaining valuable coping mechanisms and insights that have empowered me to effectively manage my mental well-being, promoting emotional resilience and overall stability. To enhance my physical health, I have embraced regular exercise routines that encompass activities like yoga, jogging, and swimming, positively impacting my mood and stress management. In addition to physical activity, I prioritize self-care practices such as meditation, mindfulness, and journaling, helping maintain emotional balance and self-awareness during life's challenges. Furthermore, I have adopted a balanced dietary plan that nourishes my body and supports my mental well-being, restoring a healthier relationship with food and promoting positive body image. As an individual on the autism spectrum, I have also recognized the significance of sensory regulation techniques. Being in a bustling city like New York can sometimes be overwhelming, but by accommodating my sensory needs, I reduce stress and create a more harmonious environment for myself. Taking breaks in serene locations or using sensory tools has become an integral part of my daily routine. Throughout my health journey, community and support networks have played a vital role in fostering a sense of belonging and reducing feelings of isolation, providing valuable encouragement and inspiration to persevere. Looking ahead, I remain committed to my health journey, exploring alternative therapies such as art therapy and animal-assisted interventions to enhance my well-being and personal growth. As I continue my academic journey at NYU, I plan to use my education and experiences to raise awareness about mental health and advocate for more accessible resources on campus. In conclusion, my health journey exemplifies the power of resilience and self-empowerment, embracing a holistic approach to health. Through therapy, exercise, self-care practices, dietary adjustments, and the support of my community, my health journey continues to be a path of growth, learning, and self-discovery. As a junior at NYU, I am determined to create a healthier and more fulfilling life, nurturing a balanced and transformative well-being that will positively impact my college experience and beyond.
    Mind, Body, & Soul Scholarship
    As a junior at New York University, I am excited about the opportunities that lie ahead and the continued growth and impact I can achieve during the remaining time in my college journey. The prospect of delving deeper into my major, Applied Psychology and Public Policy, and engaging in meaningful community initiatives fills me with anticipation. Despite the challenges I may face, I am determined to maintain a healthy mind, body, and soul to ensure I make the most of my time at NYU and beyond. As I progress in my studies, I look forward to exploring advanced coursework, participating in stimulating discussions, and conducting research that contributes to addressing real-world problems. NYU's vibrant academic community provides the perfect environment to further hone my skills and passion for understanding human behavior and advocating for social change. Additionally, I plan to take advantage of my junior status to engage in more leadership roles within the Student Government, focusing on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, to foster a welcoming campus environment for all students. To navigate the academic challenges, I will continue to employ effective time management strategies, collaborate with peers, and seek guidance from professors. By maintaining an open and proactive approach to my studies, I aim to balance academic rigor with a genuine enthusiasm for learning. Physical well-being remains a priority as I progress through my junior year. By participating in regular physical activities, utilizing NYU's recreational facilities, and engaging in club sports, I will ensure a healthy lifestyle that promotes physical fitness and stress reduction. Amidst the demands of college life, nurturing my soul through self-care practices is essential. Mindfulness exercises, meditation, and journaling will continue to serve as powerful tools for reflection and self-discovery, helping me maintain resilience during busy times and promoting overall well-being. As a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, I understand the importance of finding inclusive spaces on campus. Engaging with the LGBTQ+ community at NYU, and contributing to student government work focused on diversity and inclusion will allow me to create an impact and foster a supportive and accepting environment for all students. NYU's diverse and vibrant community offers endless opportunities to contribute to positive change. I am committed to utilizing my education, experiences, and passion to address societal challenges and work towards a more equitable and inclusive world. By engaging in community outreach initiatives, such as Project Outreach, I will have the chance to connect with others, serve those in need, and make a difference beyond the campus walls. In conclusion, as a junior at NYU, I am excited to embrace the remaining time in my college journey and continue to pursue my passion for making a positive impact on society. Balancing academic pursuits, leadership roles, physical well-being, and soulful self-care will enable me to thrive during this transformative chapter. By utilizing the resources and support available at NYU, I am confident that I can create meaningful change and contribute to a better world.
    I Can Do Anything Scholarship
    The dream version of my future self is a compassionate and influential advocate, using my education, experiences, and passion to drive transformative change and create a more equitable and inclusive society, especially for marginalized communities like the LGBTQ+ community, while leveraging my leadership skills to enact institutional change and dismantle systemic barriers, making a meaningful difference in the lives of others.
    Bright Lights Scholarship
    As a junior at New York University (NYU), I have shaped a clear vision for my future, centered on making a positive impact on society. My concentration in Applied Psychology and Public Policy, focusing on Social Work and Nonprofit Management, equips me to address complex social challenges and advocate for marginalized communities. My experiences within the LGBTQ+ community have fueled my commitment to fostering inclusive spaces and driving institutional change. The Bright Lights Scholarship will play a pivotal role in supporting my journey towards creating lasting social change and empowering others. My academic journey at NYU has exposed me to the transformative power of policy analysis, research, and community-driven change. I envision utilizing my education to delve deeper into social work and nonprofit management, enabling me to develop innovative strategies that empower marginalized communities. Internships and research opportunities will provide invaluable hands-on experience, enhancing my skills and understanding of effective practices for driving equitable change. Being a member of the LGBTQ+ community has deeply impacted my life and instilled a passion for advocacy. Founding our school's Gay-Straight Alliance during high school allowed me to advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and the importance of embracing diversity. In college, my involvement in student government focused on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging initiatives. I plan to leverage my leadership skills to enact institutional change, ensuring that educational environments and policies are welcoming for all. The Bright Lights Scholarship is not only a financial aid but also a validation of my potential to make a difference. It will grant me the freedom to engage in extracurricular activities, internships, and research projects without financial burden, allowing me to focus on creating impactful change. The recognition and support provided by the scholarship will strengthen my commitment to fostering a more equitable and inclusive society. Looking ahead, I plan to pursue graduate studies in a field that aligns with my passion for advocacy, such as social work, public policy, or nonprofit management. Advanced studies will equip me with the necessary tools and knowledge to drive transformative change on a larger scale. I aim to collaborate with like-minded professionals, engage in research and policy development, and dismantle systemic barriers that perpetuate social inequalities. The Bright Lights Scholarship will open doors to conferences, workshops, and leadership programs focused on social justice and advocacy. These experiences will further develop my skills, expand my network, and broaden my perspective on global challenges. Continuous learning and growth are essential in my journey as an advocate and change-maker. In conclusion, the Bright Lights Scholarship will illuminate my path towards creating a more equitable and inclusive society. My concentration in Applied Psychology and Public Policy, coupled with my experiences within the LGBTQ+ community, drive my passion for advocacy and social change. The scholarship's support will empower me to drive impactful initiatives, engage in transformative experiences, and contribute to a brighter future for marginalized communities. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity this scholarship presents, as it serves as a guiding light towards a purposeful future where I can make a meaningful difference in the lives of others.
    VNutrition & Wellness’ Annual LGBTQ+ Vitality Scholarship
    As a junior at New York University (NYU), my journey through education, experiences, and passions continues to shape my dedication to making a positive impact on society. My education thus far has been a catalyst for personal growth, and I am determined to utilize the remaining time at NYU to further refine my skills and deepen my understanding of social issues. Through my concentration in Applied Psychology and Public Policy, with a focus on Social Work and Nonprofit Management, and my experiences within the LGBTQ+ community, I am poised to effect meaningful change and contribute to a more inclusive and equitable world. My coursework at NYU has provided me with a solid foundation in understanding the complex interplay of psychological and social factors impacting individuals and communities. As I enter my junior year, courses such as Politics of Public Policy and Microeconomics have given me valuable insights into policy analysis and the socioeconomic determinants that shape people's lives. Armed with this knowledge, I am eager to explore further courses that delve deeper into social justice issues and advocacy. Being a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I understand firsthand the unique challenges faced by marginalized individuals. My experiences growing up have taught me resilience, empathy, and the importance of fostering inclusivity. Founding our school's Gay-Straight Alliance during high school allowed me to create a safe and supportive space for LGBTQ+ individuals and allies to gather and advocate for acceptance. Through this initiative, I witnessed the positive impact of community-building, reinforcing my passion for advocacy. As a junior at NYU, I plan to continue advocating for the rights and well-being of the LGBTQ+ community while also expanding my involvement in student government. I will focus on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging initiatives to create a more inclusive campus culture, ensuring that every student feels valued and represented. My engagement as a poll worker, along with my participation in Project Outreach and America Reads, has provided me with a hands-on understanding of community needs and the impact of direct service. Moreover, my time as an analyst intern at European Values has honed my research and fact-checking skills, which I plan to leverage for evidence-based advocacy and policymaking. As I advance into my junior year at NYU, I will remain proactive in seeking out internships and networking opportunities within the nonprofit sector. These experiences will provide me with valuable insights into the inner workings of nonprofit organizations and the various ways they address social challenges. Additionally, I aim to apply my concentration's principles in Social Work and Nonprofit Management to develop programs that empower marginalized communities and create lasting change. Looking ahead, I am eager to make the most of my time as a junior at NYU to deepen my commitment to social impact. By engaging in research, policy analysis, and advocacy, I aim to contribute to the development of equitable policies that address societal inequalities. Moreover, I intend to use my voice and platform to raise awareness, challenge stereotypes, and amplify the voices of underrepresented communities. In conclusion, as a junior at NYU, I am energized and driven to continue harnessing my education, experiences, and passion for societal impact. My concentration in Applied Psychology and Public Policy, along with my experiences within the LGBTQ+ community, have cultivated a strong commitment to fostering inclusivity, advocacy, and social change. Throughout my time at NYU, I aspire to contribute to a more compassionate and equitable world, where every individual can thrive and be celebrated for their unique identity.
    PRIDE in Education Award
    As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, my personal journey has been profoundly shaped by the unique experiences, challenges, and perspectives that come with embracing my identity. Being a part of this vibrant and diverse community has deepened my understanding of myself and ignited a passionate commitment to advocating for equality, fostering inclusivity, and empowering positive change. Growing up as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I navigated a world where acceptance, visibility, and equality are not always guaranteed. My journey of self-discovery taught me the importance of resilience, empathy, and compassion. One pivotal moment was during my sophomore year when I was unexpectedly outed, losing control over my personal narrative and sexuality. This challenging experience instilled in me an unwavering determination to create safe and inclusive spaces for individuals to embrace their identities without fear of judgment. My involvement in the establishment of our school's Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) during my sophomore year was a direct response to the need for a safe and inclusive space for LGBTQ+ individuals and their allies to gather, share resources, and receive support. Witnessing the positive impact of this community-building initiative has reaffirmed my passion for advocacy and my commitment to creating spaces where LGBTQ+ individuals can flourish. Moreover, my LGBTQ+ experience has fueled my desire to actively engage in advocacy and support for the LGBTQ+ community. I have volunteered at local LGBTQ+ support centers, participated in awareness campaigns, and organized events that promote acceptance and understanding. These experiences have instilled in me a profound sense of responsibility to amplify the voices of LGBTQ+ individuals and contribute to creating positive change. My commitment to fostering inclusivity and empowering marginalized communities extended into my college years, where I became actively involved in student government work focusing on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. As a member of the student government, I collaborated with various campus organizations and offices to develop initiatives that promote diversity and create a more inclusive environment. The profound impact of my LGBTQ+ experience and my student government involvement has led me to pursue a major in Applied Psychology and Public Policy with a concentration in Social Work and Nonprofit Management. I am deeply committed to addressing the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals and other marginalized communities and contributing to the development of inclusive policies and programs. By studying Applied Psychology, I hope to gain a deeper understanding of the psychological and social factors influencing individuals within the LGBTQ+ community and other underrepresented groups. Public Policy will equip me with the knowledge and skills to create lasting change on a systemic level, influencing policies that protect and empower these communities. Furthermore, the concentration in Social Work and Nonprofit Management aligns perfectly with my aspiration to work directly with marginalized communities, including LGBTQ+ individuals. I believe that social work is a powerful tool for fostering inclusivity, empowering individuals to overcome barriers, and building resilient communities. In conclusion, my journey as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, along with my experiences of being outed during my sophomore year and my student government work focusing on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, has significantly impacted me, shaping my core values, and guiding my career path. I am passionate about utilizing my education and experiences to make a meaningful impact in the lives of LGBTQ+ individuals and other marginalized communities, working towards a more equitable and just society where everyone can thrive and be celebrated for their unique identities.
    Reasons To Be - In Memory of Jimmy Watts
    Volunteering has been a transformative experience that has deeply influenced my core values and shaped my career and life goals. Through my various volunteer experiences, I have developed a profound commitment to social justice, community engagement, and making a positive impact on the lives of others. As a poll worker during elections, I witnessed firsthand the power of democracy and the importance of active citizen participation. This experience instilled in me a deep appreciation for the democratic process and the fundamental rights and responsibilities that come with it. It reinforced my core value of fairness, transparency, and the belief that every voice should be heard. As a result, I am dedicated to promoting civic engagement and advocating for the rights of individuals to participate in shaping their communities and governments. My involvement in Project Outreach, where I provided support to marginalized individuals experiencing homelessness, further solidified my commitment to social justice. Through this initiative, I witnessed the harsh realities faced by those living on the margins of society. It taught me the importance of compassion, empathy, and the need to address systemic inequalities. This experience deeply impacted my core value of equality and ignited a passion for working towards a more inclusive and just society. It has inspired me to pursue a career where I can contribute to creating meaningful change and advocating for the rights and well-being of vulnerable populations. Another significant volunteer experience that has shaped my core values is my time with America Reads as a seasonal tutor. Working closely with students from diverse backgrounds, I realized the transformative power of education. This experience highlighted the importance of equal access to quality education and the potential it has to break cycles of poverty and inequality. It reinforced my belief that education is not just about imparting knowledge but also about empowering individuals to reach their full potential. As a result, I am dedicated to working towards educational equity and ensuring that every child has the opportunity to thrive academically and personally. Additionally, my experience with European Values as an analyst intern broadened my horizons and deepened my understanding of global issues. Working on political and economic analyses of Ukraine and Russia, I witnessed the complexities of international relations and the impact of policy decisions on people's lives. This experience highlighted the importance of diplomacy, cooperation, and informed decision-making in addressing global challenges. It solidified my commitment to working in the field of government and policymaking to contribute to building a more peaceful, just, and sustainable world. In conclusion, my volunteer experiences have greatly influenced my core values and have shaped my career and life goals. Through my involvement as a poll worker, engagement in Project Outreach, participation in America Reads, and experience with European Values, I have developed a deep commitment to social justice, civic engagement, educational equity, and global cooperation. These experiences have guided me in working towards a career that allows me to make a positive impact, advocate for marginalized communities, and contribute to creating a more equitable and just society. I am dedicated to utilizing my skills, knowledge, and experiences to address systemic issues, promote equality, and empower individuals and communities to thrive.
    Kim Moon Bae Underrepresented Students Scholarship
    As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, my journey has been shaped by unique experiences, challenges, and perspectives. Embracing my LGBTQ+ identity has not only deepened my self-understanding but has also profoundly influenced my personal and professional aspirations. In this essay, I will explore the significant impact that my LGBTQ+ experience has had and will continue to have on my growth. Growing up in a world where acceptance, visibility, and equality are not guaranteed for LGBTQ+ individuals, I have faced moments of self-doubt, societal stigma, and the need to forge my own path. These experiences have instilled in me resilience, empathy, and a commitment to fostering inclusivity and social change. A powerful example of how my LGBTQ+ experience has shaped my path is through my involvement in establishing our school's Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) during my sophomore year. Taking the initiative, I created a safe and inclusive space for LGBTQ+ individuals and allies to gather, share resources, and receive support. With a small group of friends and a dedicated teacher sponsor, we worked diligently to foster an environment where everyone felt seen, heard, and valued. Witnessing the positive impact of this community-building initiative has fueled my passion for advocacy and reinforced my commitment to creating spaces where LGBTQ+ individuals can flourish. Moreover, my LGBTQ+ experience has fueled my desire to actively engage in advocacy and support for the LGBTQ+ community. Volunteering at local LGBTQ+ support centers, participating in awareness campaigns, and organizing events promoting acceptance and understanding have been transformative. For instance, I vividly recall marching in a pride parade alongside fellow LGBTQ+ individuals, allies, and activists, proudly standing up for our rights and visibility. These experiences have not only strengthened my connection to the community but have also instilled in me a profound sense of responsibility to amplify the voices of LGBTQ+ individuals and drive positive change. Additionally, my LGBTQ+ experience has played a pivotal role in shaping my leadership philosophy. Recognizing the significance of representation and inclusive policies, I actively seek leadership roles within LGBTQ+ organizations and initiatives. As a leader within the GSA, I have tirelessly worked to ensure the club serves as a catalyst for change, fostering acceptance and understanding throughout our school. Through workshops, discussions, and educational campaigns, I strive to nurture empathy, challenge stereotypes, and create a more inclusive environment for all students. Looking ahead, I am determined to continue embracing my LGBTQ+ experience as I pursue future endeavors. Advocating for LGBTQ+ rights, advancing policies that protect and empower our community, and fostering inclusive spaces where individuals can thrive are driving forces in my life. Pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology and Public Policy, with a concentration in Social Work and Nonprofit Management, will equip me with the tools to address the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals and contribute to the development of inclusive policies and programs. In conclusion, my LGBTQ+ experience has had a profound impact on my personal and professional growth. It has taught me resilience, empathy, and the importance of inclusivity. Through my involvement in the GSA, community engagement, and leadership roles, I am dedicated to creating a world where LGBTQ+ individuals can live authentically, free from discrimination and prejudice. Using my voice, experiences, and passion, I am committed to promoting acceptance, understanding, and equality for all. As I embark on my future path, I am inspired to contribute to the ongoing fight for LGBTQ+ rights, drive social change, and create a society where everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, can thrive.
    Michael Rudometkin Memorial Scholarship
    As I reflect on my personal experiences and the various roles I have taken on, it becomes evident that embodying selflessness has been a fundamental value in my life. Through acts of compassion and extending a helping hand, I have strived to prioritize the needs of others above my own. Allow me to share some specific examples where I have demonstrated selflessness and provided assistance to those in need. During my time as a seasonal tutor with America Reads, I had the opportunity to make a meaningful impact on the lives of students in need. Coordinating with teachers, I presented lessons and activities to a class of over 35 students, utilizing Microsoft PowerPoint to enhance their learning experience. Additionally, I provided one-on-one or small group tutoring to students, ensuring they understood the content and helping them overcome academic challenges. By dedicating my time and expertise, I aimed to empower these students and help them realize their full potential. Beyond my involvement in education, I have actively engaged in volunteer work and offered assistance to those in need. One notable example is my commitment to the LGBTQIA+ community through the establishment of our school's Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA). Being unexpectedly outed during my sophomore year, I faced significant personal challenges and a loss of control over my narrative and sexuality. Determined to create a safe and inclusive space, I gathered a group of friends and secured a sponsor to establish the GSA. Through this initiative, we provided support, resources, and a platform for LGBTQIA+ individuals and allies to gather and express themselves freely. By dedicating my time, energy, and resources, I aimed to empower others and help them regain control of their narratives. Moreover, my commitment to selflessness extends to my involvement in global causes. As an analyst intern at European Values, I presented pitches, conducted research, and drafted articles on political and economic circumstances in Ukraine and Russia. Through my work, I aimed to contribute to informed discussions and shed light on important issues. Additionally, I have been actively involved in a nonprofit organization that supports education in underprivileged communities worldwide. Through fundraising efforts and awareness campaigns, we provide educational resources, scholarships, and mentoring programs to children in need. By contributing to these initiatives, I have witnessed firsthand the transformative power of education and the impact it can have on the lives of individuals and communities. My experiences have allowed me to develop leadership skills and deepen my commitment to selflessness. Whether it is supporting students in their educational journeys, providing assistance to the LGBTQIA+ community, or contributing to global causes, I strive to prioritize the needs of others above my own. Through various roles, such as serving as a vice president of the Steinhardt Student Government E-Board and working as a peer mentor, I have coordinated meetings, organized events, and provided resources to help others thrive. In conclusion, embodying selflessness has been a guiding principle in my journey. Through my involvement in education, the establishment of the GSA, volunteer work, and various leadership roles, I have demonstrated my commitment to helping others. Moving forward, I am dedicated to continuing my path of selflessness, seizing opportunities to make a difference, and fostering a more compassionate and inclusive society. By embodying selflessness, I hope to inspire others to join me in creating a world where acts of kindness and support are valued and celebrated.
    Elijah's Helping Hand Scholarship Award
    During my sophomore year of high school, I encountered a profound personal challenge that significantly shaped my journey. I was unexpectedly outed, an experience that stripped away my agency and control over my own narrative and sexuality. Being the first gay person in my family and community, this revelation left me feeling invisible and dismissed. This unexpected outing shattered the carefully constructed walls I had built around my identity. It forced me to confront the reality of being seen in a way I wasn't prepared for. The loss of control over my personal narrative was deeply unsettling, as it exposed me to the judgments and biases of those around me. I grappled with a mix of emotions—fear, confusion, and a profound sense of vulnerability. In the aftermath of being outed, I experienced a rollercoaster of emotions and struggled to find my footing. But within that struggle, I discovered resilience and a determination to reclaim my identity on my own terms. It was during this period that I recognized the power of support and community. Through connecting with LGBTQIA+ organizations, I found solace and a sense of belonging. These spaces provided me with the support and understanding that I longed for, allowing me to embrace my true self and begin the process of healing. This personal journey not only shaped my understanding of LGBTQIA+ experiences but also deepened my empathy for others facing similar challenges. I became acutely aware of the importance of creating safe and inclusive spaces where individuals can freely express their identities without fear of judgment or rejection. This realization sparked my passion for advocacy and drove me to take action. Founding our school's Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) became a pivotal moment in my journey. Together with a group of friends and our science teacher as the sponsor, we established a platform where LGBTQIA+ individuals and allies could gather, share resources, and find support. Witnessing the transformative power of advocacy, empathy, and inclusivity within the GSA further solidified my commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of others. My personal struggles with mental health, including autism, PTSD, anxiety, ADHD, and depression, further influenced my journey. These challenges heightened my awareness of the intersectionality between mental health and LGBTQIA+ experiences. They reinforced the urgent need for comprehensive support systems and resources that address the unique struggles faced by individuals within this community. In conclusion, the unexpected outing I faced during my sophomore year brought both immense challenges and invaluable lessons. It compelled me to confront my identity, embrace my true self, and advocate for others. This experience deepened my understanding of the LGBTQIA+ community, fueled my dedication to fostering inclusivity, and heightened my commitment to mental health advocacy. Moving forward, I am resolute in my mission to create a world where individuals can freely express their identities, where their voices are heard, and where no one feels invisible or dismissed. Through empathy, understanding, and support, we can build a society that celebrates diversity and empowers everyone to thrive.
    Dr. Alexanderia K. Lane Memorial Scholarship
    Why is it important to help others? This question lies at the core of my values and beliefs, shaping my perspective on the world and guiding my actions. Throughout my life, I have witnessed the transformative power of helping others, and I firmly believe that it is not only an ethical imperative but also a source of personal fulfillment and collective progress. First and foremost, helping others is important because it cultivates empathy and compassion. When we extend a helping hand to those in need, we open ourselves up to their experiences, challenges, and triumphs. By empathizing with others, we develop a deeper understanding of their perspectives and gain insight into the diverse realities that exist beyond our own. This heightened sense of empathy fosters compassion, creating a more inclusive and caring society. Moreover, helping others is an effective way to address social inequality and injustice. In a world marked by disparities and systemic barriers, reaching out to those who are marginalized or disadvantaged can bring about positive change. By providing support, resources, and opportunities, we can empower individuals and communities to overcome obstacles and fulfill their potential. This can break the cycle of poverty, discrimination, and inequality, creating a more equitable society where everyone has a chance to thrive. Additionally, helping others promotes social cohesion and strengthens the bonds within our communities. When we come together to support and uplift one another, we build a sense of unity and solidarity. Acts of kindness and generosity create ripple effects, inspiring others to do the same. By fostering a culture of helping, we foster a spirit of cooperation and collaboration, leading to stronger and more resilient communities. Helping others is not only beneficial to those receiving assistance but also to the helpers themselves. It provides a sense of purpose, fulfillment, and personal growth. Through volunteering, community service, or simply lending a helping hand, we gain a deeper understanding of our own capabilities, strengths, and values. We develop skills such as empathy, active listening, and problem-solving, which are essential for personal and professional growth. Additionally, the joy and satisfaction derived from making a positive impact on someone else's life are immeasurable. Furthermore, helping others contributes to the well-being and happiness of society as a whole. Numerous studies have shown that acts of kindness and altruism have positive effects on mental health and overall life satisfaction. By prioritizing the well-being of others, we create a more caring and supportive environment where individuals can thrive. This, in turn, fosters a sense of interconnectedness and belonging, enhancing the overall quality of life for everyone. In conclusion, helping others is of paramount importance for several reasons. It promotes empathy, compassion, and understanding, addressing social inequality and injustice, fostering social cohesion, and strengthening communities. It brings personal fulfillment and growth to those who engage in acts of kindness, and it contributes to the well-being and happiness of society as a whole. As I reflect on my own experiences and values, I am deeply committed to helping others and making a positive difference in the world. By extending a helping hand, we can create a more compassionate, inclusive, and harmonious society, where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.
    Strong Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship
    Throughout my journey, I have come to understand the essence of leadership and the qualities that make me a leader. Leadership is not defined by a title or position, but by the actions, values, and impact one brings to a team or community. I firmly believe that my commitment to service, my ability to inspire and empower others, and my dedication to fostering collaboration are the key elements that make me a leader. First and foremost, leadership is rooted in service. I have always had a deep-seated desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Whether it was founding the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) in my high school or advocating for mental health support, my actions have always been driven by a genuine passion for creating inclusive spaces and amplifying the voices of marginalized individuals. I am motivated by a sense of responsibility to contribute to the well-being and growth of my community. Leadership is also about inspiring and empowering others. I believe in the potential of individuals and their ability to achieve great things. By leading with empathy, active listening, and mentorship, I strive to create an environment where others feel supported, valued, and encouraged to reach their full potential. Through my experiences as a student council member and involvement in various community engagement projects, I have witnessed the transformative power of inspiring others to become leaders in their own right. Collaboration is another fundamental aspect of leadership. I recognize that true progress and meaningful change are achieved through collective efforts. I actively seek opportunities to bring diverse perspectives together, fostering an inclusive and collaborative environment. By promoting open communication, respecting different viewpoints, and leveraging the strengths of each team member, I aim to create synergistic outcomes that benefit the entire group. I believe that collaboration not only generates innovative ideas but also builds strong bonds and fosters a sense of ownership among team members. Furthermore, my leadership is characterized by continuous learning and personal growth. I understand that leadership is a journey, and it requires a commitment to self-reflection, acquiring new skills, and embracing feedback. I actively seek opportunities to expand my knowledge, refine my abilities, and challenge myself. By remaining open-minded and adaptable, I strive to stay ahead of evolving needs and effectively address complex issues in an ever-changing world. In conclusion, what makes me a leader is my commitment to service, my ability to inspire and empower others, my dedication to fostering collaboration, and my relentless pursuit of personal growth. Leadership is not determined by a title or position, but by the impact one has on others and the community. I am driven by a genuine desire to make a positive difference, and I am passionate about creating inclusive environments where everyone's voice is heard and valued. I believe that through my leadership, I can contribute to the betterment of society, inspire others to reach their full potential, and collectively work towards a brighter future.
    McClendon Leadership Award
    Leadership holds a profound meaning for me as it encompasses the art of guiding, inspiring, and empowering others to reach their full potential. It extends beyond personal ambition and embraces the responsibility of fostering growth, collaboration, and positive change. Throughout my academic journey, I have embraced numerous leadership roles and initiatives, recognizing their immense impact on individuals and communities. Leadership not only drives progress but also shapes the future of our society. To me, leadership means leading with purpose and a genuine desire to make a difference. Whether founding the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) in my high school or advocating for mental health support, my focus has always been on creating inclusive spaces and amplifying the voices of marginalized individuals. Through these initiatives, I have sought to address societal challenges, dismantle barriers, and foster a sense of belonging for all. One of the core tenets of leadership is empowering others to recognize their own potential and take ownership of their growth. By fostering an environment of trust, support, and mentorship, I have witnessed individuals blossom and achieve remarkable feats. As a student council member, I have emphasized active listening, collaboration, and inclusivity to ensure that every voice is heard and valued. Through this approach, I aim to inspire and empower others to become leaders in their own right. Leadership plays a pivotal role in driving positive change at both micro and macro levels. Through community engagement projects and my participation as a poll worker during elections, I have understood the importance of civic participation and ensuring that every voice is represented in decision-making processes. Leadership serves as a catalyst for progress, inspiring individuals to take action and work towards a more equitable and just society. Leadership is not merely about giving orders or delegating tasks; it is about leading by example and modeling the behavior you wish to see in others. By embodying integrity, empathy, and inclusivity, I have fostered environments where individuals feel supported, valued, and empowered to contribute their unique perspectives and talents. This approach to leadership builds trust and inspires others to become leaders in their own right. Leadership is a lifelong journey of growth, learning, and self-reflection. It requires a commitment to personal development, acquiring new skills, and embracing feedback. As I look to the future, I am eager to deepen my understanding of leadership principles and expand my impact on a larger scale. Through pursuing studies in applied psychology and public policy, I aim to address systemic issues, advocate for marginalized communities, and enact lasting social change. In conclusion, leadership embodies the ability to guide, inspire, and empower others towards positive change. It extends beyond personal ambition and embraces the responsibility of creating inclusive environments, amplifying marginalized voices, and fostering collaboration. Through my experiences in founding the GSA, advocating for mental health support, and engaging in community initiatives, I have witnessed the transformative power of leadership. It drives progress, cultivates empathy, and shapes a brighter future for all. As I embark on my academic and professional journey, I am committed to honing my leadership skills, advocating for social justice, and leaving a lasting impact on individuals and communities. Leadership is not merely a title; it is a call to action, a catalyst for change, and an opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the world.
    Rev. and Mrs. E B Dunbar Scholarship
    Throughout my higher education journey, I have conquered obstacles that have shaped me into a determined individual. These challenges have equipped me with the tools and drive to use my education to give back to my community and effect positive change. During my sophomore year of high school, I faced a significant personal challenge. I was unexpectedly outed, which resulted in losing control over my personal narrative and sexuality. As the first gay person in my family and community, I felt invisible and dismissed. This experience motivated me to ensure that others don't go through the same ordeal. Pursuing a degree in Applied Psychology and Public Policy, with a concentration in Social Work and Nonprofit Management, empowers me to advocate for marginalized communities, foster inclusivity, challenge stereotypes, and promote equality within my community. Another significant obstacle emerged while organizing a Ukrainian fundraising event. Initially, our team faced coordination issues and struggled to meet deadlines. However, I took the initiative to restructure tasks based on team members' strengths and interests. This adjustment allowed us to secure support from local businesses and successfully raise over $500 for humanitarian efforts. This experience reinforced the value of effective teamwork, innovative problem-solving, and adaptability when overcoming challenges. In the future, I will utilize my education to give back to my community in impactful ways. As a Peer Mentor and Vice President of the Steinhardt Student Government E-Board, I have actively created opportunities for students to voice their concerns, organized cultural events, and led successful fundraising initiatives. Leveraging my research, technical writing, and policy drafting skills, I will address social issues and advocate for positive change. Collaborating with organizations focused on educational empowerment, mentoring underprivileged students, and promoting equal access to education will be my priorities. Moreover, I will work alongside community stakeholders to develop inclusive spaces and initiatives that celebrate diversity and promote social justice. My passion for creating positive change extends beyond academics. I have also been involved in community service initiatives, volunteering at local shelters and organizing donation drives to support individuals in need. By utilizing my skills and knowledge gained through my studies, I aim to create sustainable programs that empower individuals and provide resources for their personal and professional development. In conclusion, my higher education journey has been defined by overcoming obstacles and seizing opportunities for personal and community growth. Equipped with determination, adaptability, and problem-solving skills, I am ready to navigate challenges and contribute to positive change. With a deep commitment to empowering marginalized communities, fostering inclusivity, and advocating for social justice, I am poised to make a significant difference in my community and beyond.
    DRIVE an IMPACT Today Scholarship
    The DRIVEN scholarship's mission to create equal opportunities for deserving students, regardless of their background, geographic location, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status deeply resonates with my own journey. Throughout my educational path, I have encountered obstacles that have required me to demonstrate determination, respect, innovation, versatility, equality, and a nurturing spirit. These experiences have shaped my commitment to making a lasting impact in the lives of others. During my high school years, I aspired to become my school's student body president. Although I faced disappointment when a friend won the election, this setback taught me a valuable lesson about determination. I redirected my efforts towards addressing mental health and communication issues within the school community. By designing a new system for students to reach guidance counselors and creating a newsletter to foster community engagement, I discovered the power of innovative solutions in making a lasting impact. Founding our school's Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) exemplified my respect for inclusivity and equality. Overcoming initial challenges in establishing an efficient club structure, I fostered growth and reached out to students through effective communication. By redefining our purpose and adopting a council-like structure, the GSA flourished, promoting a safe and accepting atmosphere for all students. Through this experience, I demonstrated both respect for diverse identities and the importance of nurturing an inclusive community. Transitioning from high school to college, I embraced versatility in overcoming obstacles. Planning a Ukrainian fundraising event presented unexpected challenges in team coordination. Recognizing the importance of understanding each teammate's skills and interests, I restructured the tasks accordingly. This innovation allowed us to secure support from a local bakery, gain widespread backing from NYU, and successfully execute the event. The experience taught me the value of adaptability and versatility in achieving goals. Moreover, I faced a setback in my pursuit of higher education when initially denied clearance for a required year of field experience. Instead of succumbing to frustration, I approached the situation with respect and determination. Seeking clarification through open communication with the field service office, I advocated for myself and engaged in a departmental appeal meeting. This experience taught me the importance of respectful advocacy while recognizing areas for personal growth. Looking ahead, I am committed to making an impact by leveraging my education. Equipped with knowledge and skills, I plan to advocate for equality and social justice. Whether through raising awareness about marginalized communities, promoting inclusive policies, or actively participating in initiatives that foster equal opportunities, I will strive to create a more equitable society. I firmly believe in nurturing a sense of belonging and empowering individuals from all backgrounds to thrive. In conclusion, my journey from high school to college has been defined by my determination, respect, innovation, versatility, commitment to equality, and a nurturing spirit. Through experiences such as my involvement in the GSA, the planning of the Ukrainian fundraising event, and navigating setbacks with determination and respect, I have developed the qualities necessary to effect meaningful change. With a focus on creating equal opportunities and nurturing inclusivity, I am dedicated to making a lasting impact in the lives of others and contributing to a more just and equitable society.
    Walking In Authority International Ministry Scholarship
    In my sophomore year of high school, I found myself thrust into a disorienting whirlwind when I was outed by someone I trusted. Suddenly, the control over my personal narrative and sexuality slipped from my grasp, leaving me vulnerable to the perception of others. I became the first openly gay person in a community and family where queer individuals were virtually unheard of. It felt as though my existence was being denied, as if everyone was pretending that gay people didn't exist, and by extension, like I didn't exist. In the chaos and pain that ensued, I lacked guidance and support to navigate this turbulent journey. It felt as if I had been unceremoniously placed in the cockpit of an airplane during a violent storm, without air traffic control to guide me. I barely made it out alive. This personal journey has become the driving force behind my desire to get involved in my community. My motivation to learn about Identity, Diversity, and Belonging Education (IDBE) stems from a deep-rooted conviction that no one else should have to endure what I experienced. By acquiring knowledge and understanding in IDBE, I aim to educate others within my community, broadening their perspectives and cultivating empathy. The process of learning about identities different from our own fosters open-mindedness, empathy, and ultimately, happiness. While complete comprehension may not always be attainable, acknowledging and embracing the existence of diverse identities serves as a vital starting point. Although my hometown predominantly holds homogenous views, I recognize that the world at large is characterized by diversity. Since relocating to the vibrant mosaic of cultures and ideas in New York City, my mission has been to engage with the views and experiences around me, and create safe spaces where all identities and ideas can thrive. Pursuing an education in IDBE empowers me to make these spaces the very best they can be. I have actively worked towards influencing change in my community through various endeavors. One impactful initiative took shape last year, shortly after Russia's invasion of Ukraine. In response, I organized a fundraising bake sale with the goal of supporting humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. By sourcing baked goods from local Ukrainian bakeries, we not only raised approximately $500 for the nonprofit organization Razom for Ukraine but also spread awareness about these culturally significant establishments to the hundreds of thousands of NYU students. This experience reinforced the understanding that public service extends beyond distant lands. It illuminated the significance of providing assistance to our neighbors and family members when they need it most. Little Ukraine, a neighborhood located a stone's throw away from NYU, became a testament to the fact that impactful change begins with supporting our immediate community. In conclusion, my inspiration to get involved in my community emerges from the profound journey I undertook after being outed in high school. By immersing myself in IDBE, I strive to cultivate empathy, foster connection, and create inclusive environments where all individuals can thrive. Through initiatives like the fundraising bake sale, I have actively worked to influence change within my community by promoting understanding, supporting local establishments, and spreading awareness. As I continue to pursue my education and engage with diverse perspectives, I am committed to making a lasting impact by nurturing a community that celebrates and respects all identities and ideas.
    Pride in Diversity Scholarship
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    #Back2SchoolBold Scholarship
    Never be afraid to attend club meetings. Not only are they one of the best ways to connect to others and pursue passions. More often than not, these meetings will help you find your group, especially in large schools. They also give you the chance to explore outside your comfort zone. Not to mention, they often give you free food and swag as well!! Handle: @sky_young0521
    Olympians Academy Leadership Wings Scholarship
    Growing up, my family believed that mental health was an exaggerated topic used to justify the misdeeds of others. However, struggling with depression, ADHD, and anxiety, I understood exactly how significant providing assistance and treatment is for those who struggle with mental disorders. This belief has led me on my path of advocacy for mental health awareness. Whether it was providing LGBTQ students like myself a safe space by founding a sexuality-gender alliance at my high school or simply joining inclusion and diversity committees, I strive to make sure that mental health receives the attention it deserves and ensures my peers who struggle are heard and respected. For this reason, my primary goal in attending NYU is to continue my passion for giving back to my community. Through the social work, public policy, and psychology programs I am taking, I am learning the skills I need to help marginalized communities and advocate for equity and inclusion. However, my purpose goes beyond the classroom. I have taken a variety of opportunities since freshman year to become more involved within NYU and my community as a whole. In this last year alone, I became a leading member of Steinhardt’s undergraduate student government, serving as the diversity, equity, and inclusion committee chair as well as a designated representative of Steinhardt for the all-university government. These experiences have allowed me to speak up for those who are often overlooked and push for those around me to utilize their privilege to empower those around them. Working as an advocate in the mental health field has ultimately led me to declare a dual major in applied psychology and public policy with a minor in social work. I believe there remains significant progress to be made to provide mental health care across the nation as well as reduce the stigma surrounding treatment. I believe by combining these three fields, I feel that I will be the best equipped to enter a career of promoting more discussion around mental health and ensuring those struggling have their place at the table when it comes to determining the implications of societal expectations and legislation on their care.
    Pettable Pet Lovers Scholarship Fund