The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is conducting a scholarship contest for those who are high school seniors and will graduate in the year 2022. In this contest, the NURFC is spotlighting the stories of ancestors who suffered and battled against slavery in the United States. This contest provides an opportunity for students to share their thoughts and actions, which they will take today and tomorrow, and leave an inspiration or model for future generations so that they can follow them and get inspired to do something good for others. For that, students need to answer a question stating what kind of ancestor they will be. So that people could get lessons from their stories and try to apply the patch in their lives and explore it even better so that the generation next to them get inspired from their goodwill. This will form a chain from generation to generation, and with all, it will get even better.
Students will get awarded for sharing their creativity, personality, and thoughts of who they want to become through their videos and will be evaluated based on the lesson of their story, explanation, action plan, video length, and video quality. The best three video creators will get awarded as first place, second place, and third place winners and will receive award amounts of $1,000, $750, and $250, respectively. The amount will get utilized for the winner’s educational purposes, which will help them in pursuing their goals and becoming what they want to be in the future.
The NURFC was founded in the year 2004 and is a museum in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, based on the history of the Underground Railroad. Their mission is to reveal stories of freedom’s heroes, from the era of the Underground Railroad to contemporary times, challenging and inspiring everyone to take courageous steps of freedom today.
Have a look at the below table to get an idea about this scholarship contest:
|Organization||National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (NURFC)|
|Education Level||High school seniors|
|Number of Awards||3|
|Contest Deadline||April 01, 2022|
Who Is Eligible?
- The applicant must be a high school senior who will graduate in 2022
How to Apply?
All participants who want to be a part of this scholarship contest should create a video explaining what kind of ancestors will they be? Also, should explain the lesson future generations will learn from their story, their intention to do in their life that will set an example for others to follow, may they will continue upon a path or may they will change the path they are currently taking, they must not focus on their past actions as the contest believes in knowing their future intentions. The video must be of 2 minutes using their creativity, and it should reflect who they are and who they want to become in the future. Students should consider the following concepts to be eligible for the contest and awards.
- The lesson of their story: identify the lesson they want future generations to learn from their story and what will others learn from their life?
- Explanation: include a clear and detailed explanation of why this lesson will be important for future generations. How will this lesson help other people?
- Action plan: identify actions they intend to take in their life that will set an example for future generations. How will these actions illustrate the lesson of their story?
- Video length: videos longer than two minutes in length will be disqualified
- Video quality: evaluators must be able to hear and see the applicant.
With the video, applicants must provide their current school transcript as proof of their projected 2022 graduation and a letter of recommendation from an educator, coach, or youth leader. All the materials, including videos and other two documents, must be submitted to the below email address:
(Note: The Freedom Center strives to be inclusive. If the applicant requires accommodations to participate, they want to assist them. Perhaps applicants are unable to upload a video or need to submit in sign language or Spanish. They want to hear their story, so email firstname.lastname@example.org and let them know how they can accommodate you.)
The winners for this scholarship program will be selected on the basis of their creativity, personality, and thoughts of who they want to become through their videos and will be evaluated based on the lesson of their story, explanation, action plan, video length, and video quality. The top 3 participants who share the best videos possessing all the required content will get eligible for awards. The award will be given as first place, second place, and third place winners, and they will receive award amounts of $1,000, $750, and $250, respectively. The amount will be used for their educational purposes, such as in managing their tuition assistance, library fees, books, and other supplies, and other related and required expenses so that the student will be able to pursue their education and their goals that will leave a lesson for the future generations.
All the applicants are requested to send all the materials required to be eligible for this scholarship contest before the deadline of April 01, 2022. Applications received after this date will not be considered eligible, and they will eventually lose this opportunity.