Alex Austin's Overcoming Adversity Scholarship

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    Alex Austin Scholarship

    Scholarship details

    Alex Austin, Long Beach native and defensive back for the Oregon State University Beavers, is no stranger to overcoming adversity.

    "This scholarship is important to me because I know that everyone battles with adversity at some point in their life. I myself had to overcome adversity to get me to where I am today. This is why I want to give back to students who have shown resilience in overcoming their own challenges."

    Now, Alex is partnering with Access Scholarships and Hirect to do exactly that! Three scholarships (one $1,000 award and two $500 awards) will be awarded to students who have overcome hardship throughout their lives.

    High school and undergraduate students of all years are encouraged to apply. Special consideration will be given to minority students, as well as students who are or will be the first in their family to attend college. 

    Scholarship overview

    Total amount: $2,000

    Number of awards: 3

    Breakdown of awards: (1) $1,000, (2) $500

    Deadline: September 1

    Winners announced: October 15

    Open to: High school & undergraduate students

    Apply now!

    Our Overcoming Adversity Scholarship is now closed, and no longer accepting applications. If you were selected as a finalist, you can expect to hear from us via email by October 1st, so keep your fingers crossed!

    In the meantime, head on over to our Featured Scholarships page to check out more awesome opportunities.

    Essay question

    Please read and respond to the following prompt:

    Overcoming adversity and hardships of all shapes and sizes are often what help us to build resiliency. In 500 words or less, tell us about a time that you encountered an obstacle or challenge. How did you navigate this situation, and what lessons did you learn from it? 

    Frequently asked questions AND important notes about this scholarship

    Who can apply for the Overcoming Adversity Scholarship?

    The Overcoming Adversity Scholarship is open to high school and undergraduate students of all years who are 13 years of age and older who have at least a 2.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale). 

    Students of all majors/areas of study are welcome to apply. 

    What is the deadline to apply? Are there any exceptions?

    The deadline to apply is September 1, 2022 at 11:59pm EST. Applications that are not submitted by this date will not be considered.

    What are the application requirements?

    To apply, you must upload:

    • A written submission (as a PDF file)

    Note: If you are selected as a finalist for the scholarship, you will be required to send in a copy of your transcript to verify that you meet the 2.5 minimum GPA requirement.

    Do I have to be a US citizen to apply?

    This scholarship is open to US citizens/permanent residents, as well as DACA recipients and international students currently studying in the US. International students outside of the US are not eligible to apply for this scholarship.

    What is the breakdown of the scholarship award amounts?

    One award in the amount of $1,500

    Two awards in the amount of $500

    How are scholarship winners chosen?

    Winners will be chosen primarily based on the written submission. 

    If I win, how will I receive my scholarship?

    If you are selected as a winner, you will be contacted by Access Scholarships via email to coordinate mailing the scholarship check directly to you.

    If I have questions about the scholarship or about my application, who can I contact?

    Great question! If you have questions, please reach out to [email protected].

    About the sponsors

    Access Scholarships

    Access Scholarships is a free scholarship search engine and college resource platform for students.


    Hirect is a chat-based direct-hiring app that focuses on top tech startup hiring.

    Photo credits: Hirect, OSU Athletics, Sean Meagher/The Oregonian

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