Marcarelli Community Spirit Scholarship

Funded by
Justin Marcarelli
Learn more about the Donor
$2,000
1st winner$1,000
2nd winner$1,000
Open
Application Deadline
Mar 30, 2023
Winners Announced
Apr 30, 2023
Education Level
High School
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school senior
Location:
Maryland
Community Involvement:
Athletics, volunteer work, etc.
Education Level:
Location:
Community Involvement:
High school senior
Maryland
Athletics, volunteer work, etc.

Giving back to your community not only makes it a better place to live but is also personally rewarding. Especially in recent times, it is more important than ever to support each other and help those in need.

Volunteering can give you a sense of accomplishment and can even help you land a job. Applicants who have volunteering experience are 82% more likely to be chosen for a job than candidates without experience. This scholarship aims to support high school seniors in Maryland who are involved in their communities and are passionate about giving back.

Any high school senior who lives in Maryland and is active in their school or community through athletics, volunteer work, or related activities may apply for this scholarship. 

To apply, please tell us about yourself, your educational goals, and what you would like to be remembered for and why.

Published May 6, 2022
$2,000
1st winner$1,000
2nd winner$1,000
Open
Application Deadline
Mar 30, 2023
Winners Announced
Apr 30, 2023
Education Level
High School
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

Please tell us about yourself, your educational goals, and what you would like to be remembered for and why.

400–600 words

Winning Application

Amy Hwang
Harvard CollegeWest Friendship, MD
From vaulting onto the piano bench during my elementary school recital to performing at Carnegie Hall on the flute, I have always carried music through my life. However, while performing has been rewarding, I find far more fulfillment and would like to be remembered for sharing my passion for music with others. I serve as founder and CEO of the Do Re Mi Project (doremiproject.org), an international nonprofit which strives to make music education more accessible by connecting high school volunteers with elementary/middle school students. I’m involved in several groups that perform at nursing homes and schools, but due to our busy schedules, we often couldn’t coordinate performance times or transportation. So, in January 2020, I came up with Do Re Mi as a way to help the community which eliminates the need for transportation and allows for flexibility. Since then, we’ve grown to more than 1,000 members and provided more than 10,000 free online music lessons and $4,000 in musical scholarships to kids from 37 states and 10 countries! Through our free masterclass program, we’ve invited professional musicians from Broadway, the Berlin Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra, and more top orchestras to teach our volunteers. We have also been featured on NPR’s “From the Top,” the Baltimore Sun, the Capital Gazette, the US Army Band’s Broadcast, and the World Journal. Serving the community through Do Re Mi has been a magical experience. What makes Do Re Mi so special to me are the recitals where our students proudly perform for their first time, the masterclasses where our volunteers become inspired to pursue music education, and the meaningful connections that form between our participants. It’s the diverse community we’ve built and the sense of togetherness that continues to persist, even throughout the COVID pandemic. I want Do Re Mi’s impact to be remembered so youth around the world can understand that music and community are very powerful things. Music naturally draws people together and forges connections beyond words. When we share the ability to make music with others, we can impact them for the rest of their lives. A story that embodies this inspirational energy centers around my first flute student. While I was helping her with sound production, she eventually figured out how to play a note. Within seconds, she jumped out of her chair and screamed, “oh my gosh!” The priceless look on her face, my sense of immediate fulfillment, and the email from her gushing mother afterwards: these magical moments are what drive me. They are the memories I’d like to be remembered for helping create. Through devoting myself to serving Do Re Mi, I’ve learned that my dream career bridges orchestral performance and orchestral administration. After conversing with professional musicians, I’ve learned when administration doesn’t have a musical background, business is sometimes prioritized over artistry, leading to canceled concerts and orchestra size reductions. To become a leader in the field of music, I dream of attaining both an academic and musical education in college. At Harvard, I will attain an organizational and entrepreneurial education, and I also hope to participate in the dual-degree program with New England Conservatory to attain a world-class music education. The Do Re Mi Project and music have inspired me to become a future leader in music, and the Marcarelli scholarship will help fund my education and allow me to pursue my dream.
Danielle Kosowsky
Kent Island High SchoolGrasonville, MD
I am a high school senior at Kent Island High School in Stevensville Maryland where I participate in varsity soccer and softball, hold the position of Vice President of my senior class and the board secretary for our chapter of the National Honor Society. I am also an active member of my Girl Scout troop, play travel softball and like to spend time volunteering in my community. My first educational goal is to earn my bachelors degree with a major in environmental engineering and a minor in international studies. I aspire to continue to learn from fellow conservationists as well as taking on new experiences like traveling to natural treasures such as the Great Barrier Reef to learn how to best preserve them. I’ll ensure that even outside the classroom, I’ll never stop educating myself. I would like to be remembered for being kind, compassionate and my volunteering efforts. During my time in high school I have volunteered at the following organizations: KIHS Beach Cleanups → Cleaning trash in local beaches and parks. Wonder in the Wild → Environmental school where we teach responsible outdoorsmanship. Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center → Promote environmental stewardship and awareness. Night to Shine → Attend prom organized for special needs teens as their date or “buddy”. Anthony's Run → Local 5k dedicated to ending opioid and drug abuse in our community. Rowan’s Run → Local 5k event to promote awareness for those with special needs. Thanksgiving Food Bank and Delivery → Collection and distribution of nonperishable goods. I have learned the most from the Night to Shine organization. They give people who are differently abled a true prom that they may have never had before. This community of people have inspired and changed my life more than I could have ever imagined. Year 1: Constince was a charming boy who you would never know experienced the world differently from the rest of us. While he was shy at first, once on the dance floor, he lit up like a beam in the night. Constince showed me sometimes even the quietest people can tell the funniest jokes and the best stories if you give them a chance to. Year 2: Sheila had a wheelchair and was older than most of the guests. When I asked if she wanted to dance, she smiled and shook her head. We may have only said two words to each other, but she seemed content watching the young people enjoy their evening. Sheila taught me that some experiences transcend words. Year 3: Joe was the life of the party and known as the king of the prom. He was never afraid to try a new dance move or sing karaoke. He made a girl like me sing Journey in front of 100+ people and not regret it to this day. Joe taught me to live life to the fullest and never fear embarrassment. Night to Shine changed my perspective on volunteering. Before, I thought volunteering was all about how I could help my community and make a difference but I now see that the opposite is just as true; they helped me just as much as I hope I helped them. All of the people that I met through this event taught me something different and brought me a new sense of empathy, growth, and perspective. I would like people to remember me this way in hopes of being an inspiration for them to find an organization to volunteer with and learn first hand that you get so much more than you give.

FAQ

When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Mar 30, 2023. Winners will be announced on Apr 30, 2023.