Finesse Your Education's "The College Burnout" Scholarship

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$1,200
1 winner$1,200
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
12
Application Deadline
Mar 22, 2022
Winners Announced
Apr 22, 2022
Education Level
Undergraduate
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Eligibility Requirements
Identity:
First-generation minority student
Identity:
First-generation minority student

Many first-generation college students go through the entire college process alone. And when they do make it through those doors, they rarely have anyone whose struggle they can relate to.

Burnout is almost inevitable for college students to face at some point in time, but it can hit even deeper for first-generation students that lack strong support systems.

The Finesse Your Education’s “The College Burnout” Scholarship is designed to raise awareness about burnout while giving students a chance to reflect on their college experience for the past year.

The scholarship is loosely based on “The College Dropout” by Kanye West. To apply, students will create their own “album” by:

  • Listing 5 to 7 songs that describe the “vibes/mood” of their college experience so far
  • Creating a name for the playlist that captures this experience
  • Bonus points: They can also create their own artist name
Selection Criteria:
Published September 2, 2021
$1,200
1 winner$1,200
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
12
Application Deadline
Mar 22, 2022
Winners Announced
Apr 22, 2022
Education Level
Undergraduate
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

The scholarship is loosely based on “The College Dropout” by Kanye West. To apply, students will create their own “album” by:

  • Listing 5 to 7 songs that describe the “vibes/mood” of their college experience so far
  • Creating a name for the playlist that captures this experience
  • Bonus points: They can also create their own artist name
0–1000 words

Winning Application

Elizabeth Carrillo
Fordham UniversityLong Beach, CA
Hidden Truths by Águila A glimpse at the life of a first generation - latinx college student, who has moved cross country in the hopes of accomplishing her dreams of being a lawyer one day. Follow her through the trials and tribulation of her guilt, her freedom, her doubt, and her excitement of the freshman year experience. 1. Empire State of Mind (explicit)→ JAY-Z, Alicia Key West coast living all the way, but in order to pursue my dreams I have the privilege of studying in New York. Coming through New Jersey in order to enter the Lincoln Tunnel and seeing the skyline of the city, was a feeling I will never forget. Those three days straight driving from California with my family was all worth it after seeing that skyline. To just be there in that moment, all the emotions just gathered up in your throat ready to release the minute you open your mouth, was definitely a core memory. This song definitely encapsulates that moment and what it’s like to be in New York City. 2. Just Me and You → Dreamliners This song has a sense of longing and immediate tug in your heart, especially with those deep sorrow vocals. That’s immediately how I felt the moment my parents left me at school. I just felt so alone and wanted them to come back so desperately to relive those moments before college. I wanted to feel like there were people supporting me, I didn’t want to feel alienated. 3. Hasta La Raíz → Natalia Lafourcade I just wanted to connect so badly in school, but couldn't because I was so shy when I first got here. Instead I started to reminisce and long for a sense of connection once again. This song really encapsulates that you will keep culture or family close to your heart no matter how far you travel and no matter how much time has passed. 4. When The Sun Goes Down → Arctic Monkeys The structure of this song really speaks to the anxiety and rollercoasters of emotions I experience in one day. That it can go from 0 to 100 really quick and you just have to keep marching on. 5. Champagne Problems → Taylor Swift The piano along with the vocals just make this an amazing ballad. It’s the type of song I play while lying face down on my bed to unwind. Sometimes all you need is a good cry to unleash those unspoken thoughts you can never say out loud because if you do they'll become true and that is something you are deeply terrified of. 6. Escucha a tu corazón → Laura Pausini This is a song every child of an immigrant needs to hear. It talks about the feeling of feeling lost, that no one will understand what you are going through, and how your pride keeps you in situations that just destroy you mentally. That after all your hard work you feel you don’t belong and start self doubting everything you do. Really speaks to the imposter syndrome of it all. This song simply states how all you need to do is pause, sit in that silence and pain, and your heart will tell you where to go. That it may not see like the ideal choice at the moment but in the long run you will never regret that decision. 7. Pepas → Farruko After a long day, there is always room to have fun and treat yourself. This song really encompasses just letting loose and feeling free. It is a moment of self care everyone must allow themselves, otherwise the cycle of bad emotions begins to grow deeper and those happy moments will fade away.

FAQ

When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Mar 22, 2022. Winners will be announced on Apr 22, 2022.

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