$1000 AAMF Social Justice Scholarship
Who We Are: African American Memorial Fund (AAMF) provides assistance to African American families whose unarmed loved ones were killed by law enforcement officers. AAMF provides resources to help these families to ease the burden of such a tragic loss. The AAMF also supports initiatives and organizations aimed at creating greater awareness and understanding of social inequity and diversity in the community.
Purpose of Scholarship: The purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance to African-Americans seeking to continue post-secondary education. The scholarship also serves as a vehicle to spread awareness of the social injustices that exist against African-Americans.
Eligibility of Scholarship: The scholarship is open to any student who self-identify as African-American high school or GED graduate with plans to pursue higher education – community college, 4-year college or university, or trade/vocational school.
Criteria of Selection: The Social Justice Scholarship steering committee will make the final decision using the following criteria (each criterion is worth 20 points):
- Essay – Candidate will submit an essay addressing the question “What can be done to prevent police brutality against the African American community?” (500 word limit)
- Personal Statement – Candidate will submit a personal statement to help us get to know him/her better. For example, who is the student and where do they come from, what are their dreams, goals, and aspirations, strengths, and why do they deserve the scholarship. (350 word limit)
- Grade Point Average – Candidate will provide GPA using a 4.0 scale. If candidate’s school uses a 5.0 scale or no scale (pass/fail), score will be adjusted.
- Extracurricular Activities – Candidate will provide activities pursued outside of the classroom. Examples include: being a member of a sports team, serving as chief editor of the school newspaper, playing in a regional orchestra, or working a part-time job and volunteering.
- Honors & Awards – Candidate will list any honors, achievements, or awards for exceeding average standards in academics, athletics, the work environment, or community (including volunteering and religious-based organizations).
- Optional: Candidate may upload resume, portfolio or any supporting document that might help the committee in making a decision.
How to apply: Applications must be submitted online at https://www.aamfund.org/ by Monday, May 17, 2021.