The “Become Your Own Dream” Scholarship, created by Hooman Tavakolian and co-founded along with Lorelei Martin and Jon Tush, is a 1-year award that goes to help a New York City student-athlete who has overcome hardship, graduated from high school, and plans to wrestle in college.
This scholarship will be decided annually based on the following criteria:
To apply for this scholarship, a high school student must submit the following materials prior to the March 30th deadline.
Once the submission period is closed, all applications will be reviewed by the selection committee and the one candidate who best represents the above criteria will be chosen to receive the scholarship. The winner will be announced at the Beat the Streets Annual Gala. Once the scholarship winner enrolls in a college program, arrangements will be made to transfer the funds directly to that institution on the winner's behalf.
Contributions to the “Become Your Own Dream Scholarship” can be made by check payable to “Beat the Streets Wrestling” with “Become Your Own Dream” written in the memo. These can be mailed to:
Beat the Streets Wrestling
“Become Your Own Dream Scholarship”
252 West 37th Street, Suite 400
New York, NY 10018
Hooman Tavakolian grew up in poverty among the affluent. He immigrated at the age of 9 to America from a war-torn Iran to living in a 3 bedroom home with one bathroom for 12 people. As a boy, he delivered papers to help make ends meet for his family, where even the small amount he made doing odd jobs was vital to keeping his family afloat. Throughout all this, he found wrestling to be a constant and consistent source of respite, encouragement, and direction. He escaped all his worries when wrestling. Hooman truly believes that what he learned in life from wrestling helped him make it out of poverty to the financially independent and successful life he has today.
Beat the Streets thanks Hooman Tavakolian, Lorelei Tavakolian, Jon Tush, and all those who donate to this fund for helping other New York City girls and boys to achieve their dreams built upon hard work and determination in the face of financial and social challenges!