Mary Jo Liljedahl Memorial Scholarship

$1,000Award Amount
1Number of Awards
4/11/2023Submission Deadline

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Project Impact Mississippi is a nonprofit organization focused on changing the narrative of education in Mississippi. It aims to empower children and youth with education to help them achieve their dreams. It offers the Mary Jo Liljedahl Memorial Scholarship to support undergraduate studies of Mississippi residents.

The annual Mary Jo Liljedahl Memorial Scholarship offers $1,000 to a university student pursuing studies in counseling, psychology, or other majors related to mental health. The scholarship is open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The minimum GPA requirement is 2.5.

Applicants are required to submit a 2-4 minute video answering a couple of questions. Applicants are to give a personal story that has shaped their mental health development. Transcripts may be required after shortlisting.

Key Information of Mary Jo Liljedahl Memorial Scholarship

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Area of Study

  • Counseling
  • Psychology

Country of Study

United States

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Mary Jo Liljedahl Memorial Scholarship Timeline

February 2023

Application Opening Date

Applications open on February 1.

April 2023

Submission Deadline

Submission deadline is on April 11.

June 2022

Award Announcement

Winners will be announced in June.

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the following criteria.

  • Eligible Grade: Undergraduate
  • Maximum Age: Any
  • Required GPA: 2.5
  • Geographic Eligibility: Mississippi
  • Gender: Any
  • Race/Ethnicity: Any

Application Requirements

Here’s what you need to submits besides your application.

  • Grade transcript
  • Video Submission

How to ace the Mary Jo Liljedahl Memorial Scholarship


Prepare your answers

Even though you won’t write an essay, you need to prepare your answers. This is best done in writing. Read through the prompts and introspect. Jot down your findings and use them as guides in your practice sessions.


Do several trial versions

With your points as a guide, proceed to do several recording sessions. You can do your practice with voice recordings. The recording sessions will help you get your words right. With each subsequent session, you’ll perfect your presentation.


Dress well and light it up

Your appearance in the video will matter a lot since it will give the first impression of you. Dress in smart casual clothing and ensure you are in a well-lit, silent area. Use a neutral background. Record your video in landscape mode and use the back camera of your phone. Do several video recordings checking for sound quality, visibility, and right camera angles.


Take it easy

You need not be anxious when doing the recording. Assume you’re talking to a friend and speak freely. It’s okay if some words slip. Just be yourself and you’re good to go. Take some deep breaths and some water before you do your final recording.

How the Mary Jo Liljedahl Memorial Scholarship is Judged

Applications are judged based on the awareness of the applicants on mental health matters. The ability to assess both their growth journey and the challenges that society faces are critical and why they chose to pursue their career path. The video quality is also assessed.

Why We Love the Mary Jo Liljedahl Memorial Scholarship


No essay requirement

Applicants are not required to write essays.


You get to show your personality

The video submission enables you to showcase your personality so just be yourself.


Winners meet the sponsors

The winner will meet the sponsor virtually and get to engage with them.

5 Facts About Mental Health


Investment in mental health pays quadruple

$4 is gained in better health and work engagement for every dollar invested towards treatment for anxiety and depression.


Depression and anxiety cost the economy billions

About $1 trillion is lost yearly from the global economy due to anxiety and depression in the workforce.


20% of children and adolescents are affected

Approximately 20% of children and adolescents around the world have a mental health condition.


Poverty and mental health issues are linked

Poverty creates anxiety and depression which limits people’s ability to work and further worsens poverty.


50% of mental illnesses surface before 14

Signs of mental health issues begin to show before people are 14 years old.

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