Gary "G" Goldstein Scholarship

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Goldstein
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$1,000
1 winner$1,000
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
3
Application Deadline
Apr 4, 2022
Winners Announced
May 4, 2022
Education Level
High School
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Gary “G” Goldstein, an extremely appreciative and generous man, is a person to remember. 

As an avid wrestling supporter, he regularly attended sporting events and took pictures of the athletes to create memories. Through his appreciation and love for sports, he truly believed that with hard work and dedication, anyone could excel in anything. 

As an attorney, he also had a passion for higher education.

As a way to commemorate Gary’s love and dedication to life, the Gary "G" Goldstein Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to two wrestlers in Tennessee who are planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree. One will go to an athlete competing in men's wrestling and one in women's wrestling.

To apply, please write about the biggest challenge you’ve overcome and what you learned from that experience.

Selection Criteria:
Essay, Ambition, Impact
Athletic
Wrestling
Published February 2, 2022
$1,000
1 winner$1,000
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
3
Application Deadline
Apr 4, 2022
Winners Announced
May 4, 2022
Education Level
High School
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

Tell me about the biggest challenge you've overcome and what you learned from that experience?

300–500 words

Winning Application

Peyton Pridemore
Science Hill High SchoolJohnson City, TN
For the majority of my life, I had never suffered a major injury such as broken bone, torn muscle, or similar injuries. The thought of getting such injuries always nestled itself in my mind anytime I was doing physical activities. This caused a great sense of fear of the pain that could realistically happen at any time. However, this all changed at the beginning of my high school wrestling career. These injuries and their recovery are the biggest challenges I have faced. Small bumps or bruises and even pulled muscles were nothing to worry about. The pure physicality of the sport guaranteed that something was always hurting. If someone was hurt, they would be taken to the athletic trainer and typically be back the next day. It became quickly apparent that it was not acceptable to complain about non-serious injuries since many of us were “toughing it out” anyway. It is important to clarify this is only the case for minor injuries, not ones that put the wrestler in danger. This environment made me take in the perspectives of those around me, which in turn allowed me to continue and become used to the grit required. After adjusting to the toughness that was required of me, I became somewhat prone to injuries on the more serious side of the spectrum. These included torn intercostals, torn MCL, a double sprained ankle, and a broken rib. These injuries were spread out in my last 3 years of high school with at least one per season. The pain itself was not unbearable, especially after a few days. The challenging part was coping with the fact that you are not allowed certain physical activities, and watching those around you progress while you cannot. These injuries often put me out of the sport for months at a time, meaning that I would be falling behind while also losing my physical progress. Unfortunately, all of the mentioned injuries have little to no rehab available that will improve recovery. This means that the only option I had to recover was to sit back and wait. When it was finally time to return to the mat, I was always both scared and excited. The fear was from knowing that I would be terribly out of shape and extremely out of practice; however, with each injury, it became easier to face head-on. The lesson these injuries have taught me is that sometimes one has no choice but to push forward. Despite the lost progress, the torment of waiting, and dread, I had to work even harder to come back and seek the results I wanted. To finish my wrestling career, I was able to become a state qualifier and exerted every ounce of effort I had left. I learned to accept that some things are completely out of my control, and it is my own decision of whether or not to continue. While the pain and torment from my injuries are not ideal, they taught me these valuable lessons.
Brittney Lopez
Science Hill Jonesborough, TN
If someone were to tell me my freshman year wrestling would change my life I would have blatantly laughed in their face, but fortunately enough that was the case, wrestling did change my life. I struggled a lot with my first two years of high school with my appearance and being someone I am not. My constant thought my freshman and sophomore year was “I’ll never be like those other girls, athletic, smart and pretty”. To backtrack a little bit I struggled so much at the beginning of high school with anxiety and not having many friends and then on top of that my confidence and self esteem was way down low. I experienced panic attacks to the point where I couldn’t go to school for three days and nonstop for a whole semester. To get back to the point, the biggest challenge I’ve overcome is self esteem and confidence. To be honest when I started wrestling I didn’t know what it was about or what I was getting myself into. But what helped me overcome my internal challenge was my Coach, he never accepted a small shy response from me but to raise my voice, would never accept anything half-done, as well as not accept the word “try” to him that wasn’t “done”. He would say you can’t get anywhere in life if you don’t speak up and go obtain what you want. The first year I joined wrestling my family noticed a change in me, I wasn’t this shy, sensitive, naive girl anymore that anyone could push around. After the first year I didn’t care if I wasn’t like the other popular girls or wasn’t as pretty as they were because I was happy with myself. If it wasn’t for my Coach and a friend who encouraged me to join I wouldn’t be who I am today. Overall, I’ve learned that change is possible, it just might take a little time and motivation from others to achieve what you want. At the end of the day it is what you get out of life and accept the challenges life throws at you.

FAQ

When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Apr 4, 2022. Winners will be announced on May 4, 2022.

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