What can be more natural than the intersection Taylor Swift fandom and college students? Well, this is exactly what went down for fans of Swift’s amazing album, 1989. The Swifties were entitled to have some of their tuition fees waived, as it turned out.
According to heavy.org, a website dedicated to connecting students with scholarships, the application deadline was August 1st and the announcement date was September 1st. The scholarship was actually funded by Bold.org itself. It’s the result of what they call a “March Madness Album of the Year” contest.
What was the 1989 scholarship worth, and who won it?
It seems that students voted during the month of March and “Taylor Swift is the crown for them 1989 as [their] Album of the Year,” the site said. It’s no surprise that one of Swift’s albums was chosen, considering that the artist continues to break Billboard chart records to this day. The website lists broad eligibility criteria for the scholarship as follows:
“Any student at any level of education with any GPA is eligible to apply for this scholarship. The only requirement is that you are a fan of Taylor Swift’s 1989 album!”
Bold.org lists the amount of $1,989 for the scholarship. It also lists that one winner has already been chosen.
The winner of the contest has been announced as Hannah Kelcourse, a master’s student at Florida State University. She spoke candidly about her relationship with Swift and her music i his essaywriting:
“I find solace in the lyrics and tunes of Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ album. Among his masterpieces, “Clean” stands out to me because it parallels my journey of self-discovery and growth, especially after grieving the loss of my brother, who left this world at only 33 year old. The same age I am today.”
Why is that 1989 so important to fans?
Whether she’s dishing on her past relationship with John Mayer or eagerly anticipating a rumored Eras Tour documentary in the works, it’s clear there’s no end to what Swifties will do to show their devotion to the artist , including applying for scholarships in her name!
Although Swift’s influence has grown in recent years, her 2014 album 1989 a milestone in cementing her as the modern queen of pop music. The artist who started making country music blew the world away with something that sounded like Talking Heads on their way. The series of songs is mainly about the complex emotions that arose from her complex romantic relationship.
The album was so popular that singer-songwriter Ryan Adams did a cover version of it, which is also pretty good. The album’s influence only continues to grow, as Swift recently re-released it. This is her fourth re-recorded album and fans had a great day listening to the album and enjoying it again. The reissue also features new songs including “Slut!”, “Say Don’t Go”, “Now That We Don’t Talk”, and “Is It Over Now?”.
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