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
- 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
- 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.