Dr. Melissa Ivers Scholarship

for Overcoming Adversity

Welcome to the Dr. Melissa Ivers Scholarship, a beacon of support for individuals who have triumphed over adversity. Celebrating resilience and determination, this $1,000 scholarship is more than a financial award—it’s an acknowledgment of your strength and an opportunity to inspire others through your story.

Scholarship Overview

The Dr. Melissa Ivers Scholarship for Overcoming Adversity is a prestigious $1,000 award created to honor and support individuals who have faced and conquered life's challenges with resilience and courage. Dr. Melissa Ivers, an accomplished professional in dental medicine and Associate Chief Medical Officer at UNM Medical Group, believes in the transformative power of personal stories and their ability to inspire positive change.


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Open to students, professionals, and community members who have faced and overcome adversity.
  • Applicants must demonstrate resilience, determination, and a commitment to personal growth.
  • Individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to apply.

Application Requirements:

  • Submission of a compelling essay sharing a personal journey of overcoming adversity.
  • Clear demonstration of how the adversity has shaped personal growth and resilience.
  • High school seniors, undergraduates, graduates, and non-traditional students are all eligible to apply.
  • The essay should be original, well-written, and submitted by the specified deadline.

Selection Criteria:

  • Adherence to the essay prompt and guidelines.
  • Clarity and coherence in conveying the story of overcoming adversity.
  • Demonstration of personal growth, resilience, and a positive outlook for the future.

Essay Prompt:


“In 500-750 words, share your personal journey of overcoming adversity. Reflect on the challenges you have faced, the lessons learned, and how these experiences have shaped your resilience and personal growth. Discuss how overcoming adversity has influenced your goals, aspirations, and outlook on life. We encourage you to be authentic, reflective, and convey the strength that arises from confronting challenges.

Submit your essay to [email protected]


One time award of $1,000


The deadline to apply for the scholarship is October 15, 2024.

Winner Announced

The winner of the scholarship will be announced on November 15, 2024.

How to Apply

We’re excited to learn about your journey of resilience and triumph! Follow these simple steps to apply for the Dr. Melissa Ivers Scholarship for Overcoming Adversity:

  • Craft Your Story

Write a compelling essay of 500-750 words that shares your personal journey of overcoming adversity. Reflect on the challenges you’ve faced, the lessons learned, and how these experiences have shaped your resilience and personal growth.

  • Prepare Your Submission

Ensure your essay is well-written, original, and adheres to the application guidelines. We value authenticity and encourage you to express your unique perspective.

  • Submit Your Entry

Send your essay as a PDF attachment to [email protected]. Include your full name, contact information, and a brief bio in the body of the email.

  • Deadline Reminder

Be sure to submit your application before the specified deadline to ensure your story is considered. Late submissions will not be accepted.

  • Await Announcement

Once the application period concludes, stay tuned for the winner announcement on mentioned dates above. We look forward to celebrating the strength, resilience, and unique stories of all applicants.

If you have any questions or need further assistance, feel free to contact us at [email protected].

Along with the essay, please provide the following information:

  • Full Name
  • Phone Number
  • Address
  • Email Address
  • Name of High School and Graduation Date
  • The University that you are currently enrolled in.
  • Personal Bio
  • GPA