It’s never too early to start making GOOD TROUBLE, and Luvvie Ajayi Jones wants to make sure young disruptors have everything they need to fight fear, spark change, and speak truth to power. 

This is why the New York Times bestselling author, speaker and CEO of Awe Luv Media has created the 2022 RISING TROUBLEMAKER SCHOLARSHIP, awarding graduating high school seniors with $5,000 to further their education.

The scholarship is named after her latest book RISING TROUBLEMAKER: A Fear-Fighter Manual for Teens (out May 17, 2022). 

A RISING TROUBLEMAKER is committed to doing their part, using their power and voice to leave the world better than they found it. They are future changemakers and trailblazers. They show up as their whole selves, regardless of their age.

The book, geared towards 12-19 year olds, loans young adults the courage to thrive in a world that can make you feel powerless and voiceless. 

The RISING TROUBLEMAKER scholarship will be awarded to TWO high school seniors in the Class of 2022.

  • 1 for a graduating high school senior anywhere in the United States
  • 1 to a graduating senior at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School in Chicago, IL (Luvvie’s alma mater!)

Award: One-time award of $5,000

To qualify, candidates must:  

  • Be a graduating high school senior
  • Be accepted to a 2-year college, 4-year college/university, or trade school
  • Reside in the United States
  • Submit a 200-250 word response to the required prompt by the deadline of Tuesday, May 20th at 11:59 pm Central Time

Essay Prompt: 

A Rising Troublemaker is a truth-teller, a disruptor for good, and committed to leaving the world better than they found it, even in their young age. They want to use their voice and their power for those who might not be heard or seen. In 200-250 words, explain how you plan on being a RISING TROUBLEMAKER, making good trouble in the real world. Consider: How will you create positive change? 

Submission Guidelines: 

We will accept online submissions only at The deadline to submit your application is Friday, May 20th at 11:59pm CT.  Recipients will be notified via email, and announced on Tuesday, May 31, 2022 via @ProfessionalTroublemaker on Instagram / @Luvvie on Instagram.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Team Awe Luv at [email protected]

Award is non-renewable.

Please fill out all required information, including contact information like email. We will not share your email address with third parties. By submitting to this scholarship opportunity, you are providing your personal information for purposes of the scholarship entry and you also will be included on our general newsletter subscriber list. You may opt out of any communication from us at any time. 

About Luvvie Ajayi Jones

Luvvie Ajayi Jones is a two-time New York Times bestselling author, speaker and podcast host who thrives at the intersection of humor, media, and justice.

Her critically acclaimed books Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual (2021) and I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual (2016) were instant bestsellers and established her as a literary force with a powerful pen.

Her renowned TED talk “Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable” has over 8.1 million views, has been transcribed into 23 languages, and has placed her in the Top 1% of TED Talks of all time. Luvvie has taken the stage at some of the world’s most innovative and disruptive brands, such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, Spotify, Nike, Bank of America, Salesforce, Deloitte, and Clif Bar. She’s been a featured speaker at noted conferences such as: Cannes Lions, SXSW, Leadercast, 3% Conference, and MAKERS Conference. She is also co-creator of the #SharetheMicNow global movement.

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