Tailon Leitzsey's "Perseverance Is Key" Scholarship

Perseverance Is Key Scholarship Details

Tailon Leitzsey is an athlete, entrepreneur, community leader and father. Throughout his academic, athletic, and personal journeys, he has experienced ups and downs of all shapes and sizes.

"Adversity helped shape me into the person I am today. Throughout my life, I have been faced with obstacle after obstacle, and sometimes wondered why but I made the decision to keep going. It wasn't until I got to the other side that I realized I was being prepped for greater. Nothing worth having comes easy."

To add on to his long list of endeavors centered around giving back to his community, Tailon is excited to be partnering with Access Scholarships to do exactly that once again! For the Perseverance is Key Scholarship, we will be awarding 4 scholarships worth $1,000 each will be given to students who have demonstrated perseverance throughout their lives.

High school and undergraduate students of all years studying in the US are encouraged to apply. Special consideration will be given to minority students, students who have experienced foster care, and students who are or will be the first in their family to attend college. 

 Scholarship overview

Total amount: $4,000

Number of awards: 4

Breakdown of awards:
(4) $1,000 awards

Deadline: December 15

Open to: High school & undergraduate students

Perseverance Is Key Scholarship: Our Winners!

Shaams N - College Freshman

I am delighted and thankful to have the honor of accepting the Perseverance is Key Scholarship! The financial support that the scholarship provides me with will allow me to focus more time on my endeavors within education equity. Throughout my work, I will be sure to always have grit as I navigate through any hardships. Regardless of what avenue of life you are in, I believe perseverance is truly the key to success.

Sara J - High School Senior

Wow! This is amazing! Words cannot express how grateful I am to have been selected as a recipient of my very first scholarship award. I plan to use this award towards my college expenses. With this, I will be one step closer to being able to afford my dreams of becoming a successful lawyer. Thank you Access Scholarships and Tailon Leitzsey for this incredible opportunity. 

Gustavo V - High School Senior

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It’s phenomenal to have won this scholarship. I feel extremely thankful knowing my story about perseverance matters to someone out there. Coming from an immigrant household that has faced numerous hardships in the United States, winning this scholarship makes me feel validated for those months and years I spent pushing through. I’ll use the scholarship to directly purchase books I’ll need for college as an engineering major. 

The Perseverance Is Key Scholarship closed on December 15, 2023. Applications are currently in review and a winner will be announced by February 1.

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Essay question

Please read and respond to the following prompt:

In 500 words or less, reflect on a lesson you have learned from a failure, setback, or hardship. 

Frequently asked questions AND important notes about this scholarship

The Perseverance Is Key Scholarship is open to high school and undergraduate students of all years who are 13 years of age and older and studying in the United States. Students of all majors/areas of study are welcome to apply. 

Special consideration will be given to minority students, students who have experienced foster care, and students who are or will be the first in their family to attend college. 


“Even if it’s one in a million, there’s still that 1% chance that I can do it. Why not shoot for it?”

- Tailon Leitzsey

About the sponsors

Access Scholarships

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

Leitzsey Family Foundation

The Leitzsey Family Foundation was founded on 3 key pillars to serve, educate, and empower. Its mission is to serve, educate, and empower the youth through utilizing sports programs geared to developing their confidence to pursue their passion, and their ability to be innovative leaders.

Interested in giving back to the community through scholarships?

“Because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” ‭‭

James‬ ‭1:3‬ ‭NIV‬‬