4/1 deadline: Brooklyn Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Scholarship Awards for Graduating Seniors

Jack and Jill of America, Inc. is the premier African-American family organization founded in 1938 to provide children with educational and cultural opportunities needed to enrich and strengthen their character and personal commitment toward the betterment of their communities. One of the objectives of the Brooklyn Chapter is to assist youth in the Brooklyn/Staten Island community through chapter programs aimed at increasing academic success and educational opportunities. You may visit our website at: http://brooklyn.jackandjillonline.org.

The Brooklyn Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. is offering two $5,000 awards ($1,250 annual award over four years) to African-American students. The Gwendolyn Bourne Scholarship will be awarded to high scholastic students and the Karen Marshe Scholarship will be awarded to high achieving or talented students. The applicant must:
• Be a graduating high school senior who attends a Brooklyn or Staten Island high school
• Reside in Brooklyn or Staten Island
• Have applied for college admission
• Have demonstrated exemplary achievement in the areas of leadership and service in the community
• Maintain good academic standing (B/3.0 average or better) while attending a four-year
college full-time

Students wishing to apply for the Brooklyn Chapter’s scholarship awards must complete the enclosed (Scholarship Application Web Package), which is to be accompanied by (1) a counselor recommendation, (2) an official transcript, (3) a typed personal statement, and (4) proof of community service hours, if applicable. This material must be postmarked by April 1, 2018 and mailed to:

Mrs. Chrystal Stokes Williams
Brooklyn Chapter, Jack and Jill of America
1367 Union Street
Brooklyn, New York 11213

Awardees and his/her College Advisor will be notified upon selection. Your cooperation in nominating candidates for this locally based award is very much appreciated. Please email JandJBrooklynScholarship2018@gmail.com or call 917-586-7591 with any questions.

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4/30 deadline: Melquain Jatelle Anderson Memorial Scholarship for Sociology

Melquain Jatelle Anderson was a Brooklyn Knight born and raised in Brooklyn.  He lived in Sheepshead Bay, but often traveled to Vinegar Hill (Farragut Houses) where his grandmother lived, his mother was raised, and he had a host of friends.  At 17 years old, he started helping other young men study and pass their GED.  Melquain’s aspiration was to give back to the community because he had seen so many young men give up on school.

After obtaining his Associates of Science degree from Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3), he became even more committed to making a change. Melquain transferred to John Jay College where he hoped to obtain his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and then attend law school. Melquain’s plan was to start a community center helping young men obtain their GEDs and attend college. Although Melquain’s life was cut short before he could fulfill his dreams of giving back to the community, his family wants his dream to live on.

Founded in his loving memory, the Melquain Jatelle Anderson Memorial Scholarship for Sociology is funded through the generous support of his family, friends, and colleagues.

Award Amount:  $1,000

Eligibility:

  • Open to entering and continuing students majoring in Sociology
  • Part-time or full-time, matriculated, undergraduate students
  • Open to students with a GPA of 2.0 and below
  • Demonstrate financial need, determined through a completed FAFSA

To Apply:

  • A complete John Jay College General Scholarship Application
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • In an essay of 400-words, please describe your commitment to serving others in your community, your interest in Sociology, and how this will contribute to your academic and professional success.

4/6 deadline: Black History Month Scholarship 2018

PAB Pharmacy, Creating Legacies & Pia Raymond NYC present Black History Month Scholarship 2018
Awarded to a high school senior or a student currently enrolled in an institution of higher learning who demonstrates purpose, prowess and persistence in the face of adversity.

Student must be:
• A resident of New York City
• At least 16 years old and not more than 23 years old
• High school senior or enrolled in an institution of higher learning

Student must:
• Submit a completed application
• Submit copies of his/her 2 most recent report cards
• Submit Typewritten, double-spaced, 500-word essay

Prizes:
• 1st Prize – $500
• 2nd Prize – $400
• 3rd Prize – $300

Submission must be received by, Friday, April 6, 2018 at 11:59pm

Download the application!

February-May deadlines: DYCD Spotlight on Grants, Scholarships, and an Essay Contest

Grow to Learn Mini Grant
Receive up to $2,000 for your school garden! When you register your school garden with Grow to Learn you become eligible to receive materials and expert assistance from GreenThumb, and can also apply for a Grow to Learn Mini Grant of between $500 and $2,000 to start or expand your school garden. Grow to Learn has two funding cycles each year: Fall and Spring. The Fall Request for Proposals is typically open for applications from September to November, and the Spring Request for Proposals is open from January to February. Please submit your application by February 23, 2018.

Blacks at Microsoft Scholarship

Blacks at Microsoft (BAM) is a company-sponsored employee network dedicated to supporting the continued growth and development of black employees at Microsoft Corporation. This year, BAM will award two US $5,000 scholarships to outstanding high school seniors who are interested in pursuing careers in technology. The scholarships are renewable, so winners who continue to meet the criteria can receive an annual $5,000 award for up to four years. To view the scholarship requirements and to apply for a BAM Scholarship, visit their website.

2018 National High School Essay Contest

The 2018 National High School Essay Contest has begun, and you have until March 15, 2018 to enter. This is the 20th year of this prestigious contest, which encourages high school students to think about important international issues and learn about one of America’s best kept secrets: The United States Foreign Service. This year, in a 1,000-1,250-word essay, identify two cases, one you deem successful and one you deem unsuccessful—where the U.S. pursued an integrated approach to build peace in a conflict-affected country. Analyze and compare these two cases, addressing the following questions:

What relative strengths did members of the Foreign Service and military actors bring to the table? What peacebuilding tools were employed? Ultimately, what worked or did not work in each case?
How was each situation relevant to U.S. national security interests?
What lessons may be drawn from these experiences for the pursuit of U.S. foreign policy more broadly?

For additional information, contact Perri Green at (202) 719-9700 or essaycontest@afsa.org.

Sweet and Simple Scholarship

Big things come in small packages and now, those simple gifts can really pay off in Unigo’s Sweet and Simple Scholarship! Think back to a time when you received a special gift that seemed so unassuming yet made such a strong impact in your life. Was it a present you could open in a box or a humble gesture from a stranger? Your gift will forever be priceless, but their Sweet and Simple Scholarship can help sweeten that present with a $1,500 award towards your college education.

Superpower Scholarship

Have you ever wondered where you’d go if you could fly around downtown? Or maybe you daydream of secretly taking over the world—to each his own. For all of those hero lovers and villain enthusiasts, this super scholarship can give you the power to win free college money. Use your imagination and become the superhero, or perhaps supervillain, you’ve always wanted to be. Would you live a life in a comic book universe or use your powers here in the real world? We want to know how you would use your super powers for good, or bad, even if it was just for the day. While Unigo can’t give you the ability to walk through walls or read minds, their Superpower Scholarship can help increase your brainpower with $2,500 to use towards education.

YouthBridge-NY Bridging the Gap Grant

The YouthBridge-NY youth-led grant committee is accepting applications from organizations working in Women’s Issues, Sexual Health, and/or After School Programming for grants up to $2000. Click here to view the request for proposals or apply. Deadline for applications is April 5.

Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity

This scholarship from the Renee B. Fisher Foundation is not a traditional scholarship focused on rewarding academic achievement and financial need. Its specific goal is to reward and encourage innovative and creative problem solving. The scholarship aims to honor students who excel as creative problem-solvers and to help make their higher education goals more accessible. $1,000 to $5,000 are awarded annually, renewable for three additional years. The award amount is based on the financial need of the recipient. Applicants must be a high school junior or senior, any person entering an undergraduate degree program in the fall after the application deadline or the following spring, or a student in the first year of an undergraduate degree program. Applicants are also required to be a current resident of Connecticut or New York City or enrolled or planning to enroll in a Connecticut or a New York City institution. Visit the Renee B. Fisher Foundation to apply for the scholarship by May 1, 2018.

10/28 Event: College Fair & Career Day

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The Congressional Award: Amercia’s Award For Youth

The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ award for young Americans. Our Foundation remains Congress’ only charity. The program is open to all youth ages 14 to 23 and is non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive. Young people may register when they turn 13 1/2 years old and must complete their activities before their 24th birthday.

Participants earn Bronze, Silver, and Gold Congressional Award Certificates and Bronze, Silver, and Gold Congressional Award Medals. Each level involves setting goals in four program areas: Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration. Earning The Congressional Award is a fun and interesting way to get more involved in something you already enjoy or something you’d like to try for the first time. You move at your own pace – on your own or with your friends. This is not an award for past accomplishments. Instead, you are honored for achieving your own challenging goals after registering for the program.

Regardless of your situation, you can earn The Congressional Award. The Congressional Award has no minimum grade point average requirements. It accommodates young people with special needs or disabilities who are willing to take the challenge.

For more information or to register online, please visit www.congressionalaward.org

MCU 2017 Scholarship Program

This year, MCU will award $66,000 in scholarship grants to college-bound graduating high school seniors, including eight memorial scholarships worth $5,000 each and thirteen grants of $2,000 each respectively. The deadline for scholarship submissions is end of business day on Friday, January 6, 2017.

Click here for more information.