Madison S., 17 – FUNDED

You might just be voting for Madison S.! The 1,000 Dreams Fund Scholarship recipient is passionate about running for elected office in the future. But, in the meantime, she will attend St. John’s University in New York to study business marketing and political science.

What is your professional dream?

I hope to serve my community, impact change, and address critical issues by running for elected office.

How will you use the 1,000 Dreams Scholarship?

I will use the scholarship to attend The Campaign School at Yale University, one of the most prestigious and selective candidate training and campaign management programs in the country.

How is this scholarship helping you get closer to your dream?

This scholarship has given me the opportunity to attend The Campaign School at Yale, which teaches future candidates how to run successful campaigns. I will learn how to develop a platform, communicate with voters, fundraise, and, ultimately, win on Election Day — all because of this program.

What advice do you have for other young women who are wanting to pursue their dreams?

Never underestimate yourself or your abilities. You have no idea just how much you are capable of! Find a mentor who you can trust and who has your best interest at heart — and prove to them that you’re dedicated to reaching your dreams.

​Have you had any setbacks? How did you move past them?

While I’ve had many challenges, how I’ve chosen to overcome them has had a greater impact on my life. I’ve learned to accept — and be comforted by the fact — that everything happens for a reason. If one opportunity doesn’t pan out the way you intended it to, a better fit is on the way —even if you don’t feel that way in the present moment. Always remember, if something won’t affect you in a year or two, why are you letting it affect you now?

What’s next for you? What is your next goal?

In college, I hope to gain more experience working in government and serving on political campaigns. I also plan to explore the field of journalism and learn about how Americans access information about their government.