There is so much on the web today regarding scholarships. But one place that has unique scholarships is Unified Caring Association’s website. UCA has designed their scholarship program to reward and celebrate kind, caring hearts. The program acknowledges and promotes students’ acts of kindness while encouraging and supporting them to advance their education. These scholarships are nationwide and program specific. Students are invited to write 500-word essays answering a prompt that involves caring. Some of the prompts that can be asked are:
-If you were the “Caring Ambassador” at your school, what would you do to inspire other students to be more caring? -How do you plan to live a life that promotes peace and unity? And, how will you create the journey to fulfill this purpose? -How can caring and kindness be implemented more in your personal life and in your school? -If you were the President of the United States, what would you do to promote Peace and Unity?
Many people can attest to the comment that the UCA scholarship program is often celebrated and encouraged by school guidance counselors, teachers, and students. These essays are heartwarming and ingenuitive while reminding others and themselves of kindness. There are so many submissions, that the UCA scholarship team has a hard time picking its top choices. They often wish they could reward more applicants each time based on the beautiful hearts and minds behind each essay. The most interesting thing is they essays are scored on a “caring rubric” instead of a traditional academic rubric. This allows for the students to submit their talent in caring and kindness.
When you hover over the scholarships tab, a drop down menu allows options to see all of individual winners and some of their essays. One of these is from Sarah Cline, who wrote on how “Genuine kindness is one of the most valuable traits a person can possess.” Having real concern for those around you and caring about how they feel makes you stand out among everyone else.”
The rest of the essay tell her story and the lessons she has learned about how acts of kindness make all the difference. This is such an inspirational and heartfelt essay, as well as the rest of the essays you can read on UCA’s website. You could spend hour upon hour reading these, and have a brighter day from it! If someone you know or you yourself are looking to continue your education, check out these scholarships!