Bold.org, the scholarship platform to fight student debt through philanthropy, continues its Year of Giving campaign with a new $ 10,000 scholarship. For the April chapter of the campaign, Bold.org is partnering with MMA fighter Cat Zingano for a Cat Zingano Scholarship to help overcome losses of $ 10,000. The scholarship debuts days before Cat’s upcoming fight against Olivia Parker at Bellator 256 on April 9th. The Cat scholarship is awarded to a student who is battling the loss of a loved one and who needs financial assistance for his / her education when he or she moves further developed.
We’re proud to partner with #MMA fighter @CatZingano for a $ 10,000 scholarship! 🥊
The Cat Zingano Overcoming Loss Scholarship helps a student who has lost a loved one and needs financial support for their education.
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– Bold.org (@BoldDotOrg) April 5, 2021
The Cat Zingano Overcoming Loss Scholarship is inspired by the support Cat has received through times of severe loss and grief. When Cat was in college, her mother was diagnosed with stage four brain cancer. Her mother’s declining health deeply affected Cat and her family. When her mother passed away in 2005, she was hit by a devastating loss at an already stressful time. Cat had just gotten pregnant with her son. She juggled a job, her college courses, and prepared for parenting while grieving over the loss of her mother.
After college, Cat achieved incredible success early on in her MMA career. She rose and blossomed professionally. Suddenly her life was again affected by traumatic losses. In 2014, her husband, who helped shape her career as a coach, committed suicide. The unexpected devastation and loss of her husband forever changed her and her son’s life. Both continue to feel the immense loss and make accommodation every day. Just like Cat after losing her mother, she and her son had no choice but to adapt and move forward.
Despite facing such tragedies, Cat continues to fight on and off the mat to show her son that trouble will not conquer her life. As an inspiration and role model, Cat has survived the darkest times. She continues to fight for her son and is deeply grateful to the many people who supported her during her grief process. Cat launched their $ 10,000 Overcoming Loss Scholarship to pay it forward – to provide assistance to someone else who faces losses but is determined not to let them conquer them.
Bold.org CEO and Founder Dror Liebenthal says, “Cat’s experience in overcoming losses has moved all of us at Bold.org. She is an incredible role model for anyone battling the loss of a loved one. Cat has had traumatic life experiences and has somehow become a beacon of strength and endurance after everything she has been through. We are honored to work with her on our Year of Giving Campaign, and we will all stand up for her during her great battle ahead! “
Cat Zingano says, “The effects of losing loved ones have changed my life. I am so grateful for the support and resources that many have offered me over the years. Struggling with loss is never easy and never goes away. Now I want to be that support to someone else through a $ 10,000 Overcoming Loss Scholarship available on Bold.org. This scholarship is for students who have lost a loved one and are still focused on their education. I know I needed help sometimes, so now I am passing it on to someone who has suffered a loss and needs help, just like me. “
The Year of Giving campaign began in January 2021 after a philanthropic 2020 year at Bold.org, when the organization created hundreds of brand new scholarships with partner organizations and individual donors to help tackle student debt. The campaign is Bold.org’s commitment to partnering with high impact public figures and brands to create $ 10,000 grants each month. Previous campaign partners include EDM producer and DJ 3LAU, NFL wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, NASCAR driver, Bubba Wallace and Grammy-winning band Imagine Dragons. Later this year, the campaign will announce Bold.org’s largest $ 100,000 grant to date. To work with Bold.org to tackle the American student debt crisis, donors can create their own scholarship by creating a profile at www.bold.org.