I was recently chosen as one of multiple winners of a $10,000 scholarship. It was one that was open to anyone, and the selection criteria was just a resume, recommendation letter, and personal statement about why you are applying. The scholarship has no specific mission (i.e. "to help students who cannot afford college"). In my personal statement, I wrote about how I wish to use this scholarship to purchase supplies in aid of my research.
Following my initial joy after finding out I was selected, I read through some of the biographies of the past winners. After doing so, however, I'm now in a conundrum: I don't know whether it'd be moral for me to accepted this award. My reasons are as follow:
All of the past winners seemed to come from low-income families and/or overcame major hardships. They've explained how they wish to use the money to afford tuition and books that they otherwise couldn't afford.
I, on the other hand, am already able to afford my education due to a past academic scholarship. Furthermore, I'm only hoping to use the money for my research, which I believe is not as important of a reason compared to someone who's trying to simply afford the chance to attend college.
For these reasons, I feel that, should I accept my scholarship, I might be taking the money away from someone who needs it more. The scholarship would play a critical role for my project, which I will not be able to complete without. However, not completing it will not impact my grades in any way - it's only a lost opportunity (albeit a big one for me).
Therefore, I'm uncertain on whether or not it'd be right for me to accept the scholarship. Given my circumstances, I wonder if I should be morally obligated to reject this offer.
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