Tanya C. Harper Memorial SAR Scholarship

Funded by
Gail Saunders
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$1,000
1st winner$500
2nd winner$500
Awarded
Winners
2
Finalists
5
Application Deadline
Apr 15, 2022
Winners Announced
May 15, 2022
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school senior or undergraduate student
Career Field:
Medical
Race/Ethnicity:
Black
Education Level:
Career Field:
Race/Ethnicity:
High school senior or undergraduate student
Medical
Black

The United States population is 13.4% Black Americans, and yet only 5% of physicians in the US are Black. 

It is important to bring attention to this disparity and seek to encourage the future of Black students in the medical field. The Tanya C. Harper Memorial SAR Scholarship aims to help fund the education of Black students who plan to make a difference through their career in the medical field. 

Black high school seniors or undergraduate students pursuing a degree in some aspect of the medical field are encouraged to apply. In order to apply, tell a little bit about yourself and how you plan to use your medical degree to make a positive impact on the world.

Published November 29, 2021
$1,000
1st winner$500
2nd winner$500
Awarded
Winners
2
Finalists
5
Application Deadline
Apr 15, 2022
Winners Announced
May 15, 2022
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

Tell us a bit about yourself and how you plan to make a positive impact on the world through your medical career.

400–600 words

Winning Applications

Treyvon Cobb
University of HoustonHouston, TX
I grew up in a dysfunctional, broken family that was severely damaged. Even though I love my mom and she loves me, she wasn’t ready to take care of her 4 kids. She’s remarried multiple times and my stepparents were as broken as anyone else. They weren’t ready for kids either, so me and my siblings, my older sister and two younger brothers grew up in an emotionally, and physically abusive environment. As of right now my immediate family is split up and I haven’t seen my siblings in person in over a year. My brothers are with their father, and I text them to know if they are safe and okay. They are 16, and 14. My older sister moved out of the house and went to live back in Michigan where we are from when she was 16, she is 20 now. The last time I saw her was last Christmas, and my I haven’t seen my little brothers since before that. From my experience with how I was raised and how I have lived my life up until now I have decided to get a PhD in psychology and become a therapist. That way I can help other families to stick together and spare some kids the pain of living apart from their families, being both emotionally and physically distant. I have made a vow to myself that I will help as many people as possible in my field, and I plan on starting some businesses to generate income that can be used for charity. That way I can extend help to even more people. In a workplace setting I plan on giving more affordable mental health care with an income-based plans, so that more people can afford my healthcare. I will also advocate for mental health awareness in the black community so that more and more people understand that getting help doesn’t make you weak. I believe that I will continue to do more and more for the mental health of this generation. I will help to teach the importance of mental health in this generation. Even further than that I plan on saving millions of people from losing to their mental issues such as depression, suicidal thoughts, mental illnesses, and more. I will make sure to devote my entire life to helping people. That’s my goal and I have faith and dedication to achieve it.
Christina Wells
Temple UniversityPhiladelphia, PA
The statement, "Tell me about yourself" always seems to stump me. Not because I don't have anything to say, but because I have entirely too much to say! I get a bit anxious and begin to ponder about what I should tell them. Should I tell them that I'm currently majoring in Biology at Temple University, or maybe that I graduated from the Community College of Philadelphia with a 4.0 GPA and highest honor? Should I tell them that I used to work at the Philadelphia Zoo and the Please Touch Museum, which have honestly been two of the most fun jobs that I've ever had? Or maybe I should tell them that I used to volunteer and eventually worked at the Free Library of Philadelphia. No. Maybe I should tell them that I used to work at an urgent care, registering patients for their virtual doctor's appointments and verifying medical insurances. I think I should probably tell them that I have a new job at the eye doctor, instead. Wait! I know what to tell them. I'll tell them that I recently completed an Emergency Medical Technician training course, obtained my CPR certification, and am now actively pursuing my EMT certification. I'll tell them about how I just recently completed my first semester at Temple University, and how I'm actively seeking a new part-time role as an Emergency Department Technician to enhance my clinical skills. I'll tell them about how I'm aspiring to go to medical school to become a primary care physician. Ever since I was a little girl, I knew that I wanted to become a doctor. Even now at 21 years old, my dreams for the future have not changed. People would always ask me, "What type of doctor do you want to be?," and all I knew was that I wanted to become a doctor to hep save lives. As I became older, though, I eventually realized that I want to go into primary care. I want to become a primary care doctor for multiple reasons. One of the greatest reasons why I am interested in primary care is because I not only want to treat health conditions, but I also would love the opportunity to help prevent sickness. Of course I want to help my patients get better and live as comfortably with their conditions as they possibly can, but I also wish to use my position to keep people from living unhealthy lives. I am a big supporter of vaccinations, so I look forward to vaccinating my patients against diseases that are easily preventable. I look forward to examining them and catching a lump, mole, or rash which they initially may not have thought was a big deal. My goal is to be the person who patients can look up to and put their trust in when it comes to their health. Whenever I think about my future career, it makes me happy to think about all the hope I will be able to give people as well as all of the pain that I can relieve. As a primary care physician, I will usually be the patient's main source of guidance in terms of their health. I am also typically going to be one of the first people that they come to with medical issues, and it is going to be my job to make the best decisions and come up with a treatment plan for that patient or refer them to the correct individual. I am very excited to make a positive impact on my patient's lives through my medical career.

FAQ

When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Apr 15, 2022. Winners will be announced on May 15, 2022.

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