Background

Since 2012, The Legacy Lab has been researching, writing and publishing on the topic of business leaders who are creating enduring change: celebrating the long-term thinkers in a short-term world. Core to our thinking is the idea of treating legacy as a forward-looking concept, something that is passed forward versus something that is simply left behind. In March 2018, McGraw-Hill Education published a best-selling book based on our work called Legacy in the Making: Building a Long-Term Brand to Stand Out in a Short-Term World.

The Legacy Lab has granted bursaries to both established leaders and young leaders who are making enduring contributions through their work: Yvon Chouinard (founder of Patagonia), David Remnick (editor and refounder of The New Yorker), Ashley Edwards and Alina Liao (advocates and cofounders of MindRight), Naomi Wadler and Carter Anderson (activists in leading the #neveragain movement), and Carmen LoBue (social activist and filmmaker). In 2020, The Legacy Lab recognized Gianna White, a Sustainable Urban Environments undergraduate at New York University, as the recipient of our second annual Legacy Lab Foundation Student Scholarship.

This year, The Legacy Lab will again be awarding a $10,000 scholarship to a Black or African American student who represents the next-generation of legacy-makers – future leaders who are dedicating time and energy to create lasting social impact.  Scholarship funds are intended as an investment in ongoing education to help a student achieve a personal ambition. In turn, scholarship funds will be paid directly to the student’s institution and can only be used toward school-related items such as tuition, books, etc.

Applications are due by 9am PT on Monday, November 8, 2021.

Criteria

Powered by The Giving Back Fund, The Legacy Lab Foundation Scholarship is inviting applications from Black or African American undergraduate or graduate-level students attending colleges, universities or similar accredited institutions (such as technical schools) in the United States. We are searching for a future leader studying with the intent to revolutionize an industry, challenge social norms, and/or build a long-lasting brand solution in culture. We will champion one of tomorrow’s leaders working toward making progress today.

To qualify, you must be a Black or African American student with a strong sense of personal purpose—who is studying with the intent of creating positive, enduring change. Specifically, we are asking applicants to reveal something meaningful about their ikigai  (“reason for being”)  by responding to these questions:

  1. What is your dream for a better world and what CONTRIBUTION will you make toward achieving that dream?
  2. Academically, what are you studying? Why have you chosen this path of study? What do you LOVE about it?
  3. What makes you exceptional in your chosen field of study? What is it about you that makes you GOOD at it?
  4. How will you apply your studies after graduation? Or how are you already applying your studies? How will your ideas CREATE VALUE (e.g., earn money) and yield a solution, such as a business idea, that is built to last?
  5. Why are your intended contributions—your creative, social and/or commercial contributions post-graduation—something the world needs more of? How will your idea(s) IMPACT PEOPLE’S LIVES for the better and for the long-term?

How To Apply

Please answer the five questions posed above in the form of a video response of five minutes or less.

Please send (A) your video response, (B) proof of enrollment at your accredited school, and (C) answers to the “Fast Facts” form in the online application no later than 9am PT on Monday, November 8th, 2021. In response to students requests, we have extended the original deadline from November 5th to November 8th. All applications must be submitted by the new deadline for consideration. 

This year’s Legacy Lab Scholar will be determined by December 17, 2021.

For more information, please contact [email protected].