Side Hustle: 10 Scholarships for February

If you made a new year’s resolution to apply for more scholarships this year, you’re not alone! Luckily for you this month there is a long list of scholarship applications that you don’t want to miss out on. Remember: if you think you won’t win because a lot of people are applying, “a lot of people” are thinking that too so you might as well apply!

The JRC Insurance Group Scholarship – Due Feb. 1st

One $1,000 scholarship for Spring semester will be awarded for those who write the best essay explaining why life insurance is important and how to put your family first when it comes to finances in 1,000 words. Open to undergraduate students and high school seniors.

Black Note Smoke-Free World Scholarship – Due Feb. 1st

One $2,000 scholarship award for writing a 750 word essay on how to create a smoke-free world. Open to full-time college students.

Internet Security Scholarship – Due Feb. 1st

One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to the best written essay that answers the question: Where do you see internet security in five years? You must post your essay on your website or blog and it must be between 400-600 words. Open to high school seniors, undergraduate students, and grad students.

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Why Wavy Girls?

I’ve practiced my elevator speech at least a hundred times and yet I still never know how to introduce myself, but I always start out with the fact that I’m a Latina; it’s something I have so much pride for and that has defined every step of my trajectory. My parents and I moved to Houston from Mexico when I was really little. I am a low-income student and the first in my family to attend college in the united states, yet I still moved hundreds of miles away from home to attend New York University aka one of the most expensive institutions in the United States. Wait… what? Those things don’t correlate much at all, right? I always saw college education as a luxury and with that price tag I thought it was nearly unattainable in my case. Nearly.

Raised in an immigrant family you always feel a strong responsibility to contribute as much as you can at home. I was too little to get a job so I took agency over the only thing I had complete control over: my education. I was determined to go above and beyond the expectations my parents set and I understood that one day in the future my academic endeavors would allow me to pay my parents back for all the sacrifices they’ve made. Imagine thinking all of this at an age where all my other peers were solely focused on Lizzie McGuire and Tamagotchis (which I sadly never had the privilege of owning. Shocking, I know!) In middle school I became fully aware of how difficult it was not being financially secure. Even if my merits warranted invitations to prestigious programs and trips I would feel heavy disappointment when I had to turn these offers down due to my inability to afford them, now imagine turning down an invitation to a friend’s birthday party because you were too hesitant to ask your parents to give you money for a birthday gift. This anxiety pushed me to do some research and figure out what I could do at my age; this is when my Etsy shop, Pofibon, was born. Through YouTube videos I taught myself how to crochet, and in the years following I created a business out of my hobby all while still maintaining straight A’s in school and helping my parents around the house. I owe my work ethic and perseverance to my background, and seeing positive results pushed me to work even harder and do even better than I believed I was capable of doing.

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