We're awarding one $500 scholarship in August 2020.
DEADLINE TO APPLY: MAY 22, 2020
1. Mississippi resident students must be accepted into an accredited 2 or 4-year school anywhere in the U.S.
2. Will be starting college or returning to college in August 2020.
3. Must have at least 3.0 overall high school or overall college GPA.
4. Graduated from a public high school in Mississippi, preferably the Delta region.
5. All majors welcomed, specifically interested in those majoring in English, History or communications.
6. Adults (to age 45) returning to school or single parents are encouraged to apply.
7. All required materials must be received via email by May 22, 2020. No exceptions given.
Scholarship application will be made public in March 2020. Winner will have $500 deposited into college
bursar account in August 2020. No monies will be given directly to student or their family members.
Student can only be awarded one scholarship in their lifetime, and only one application per academic year.
Winner will be announced on June 20, 2020.
HOW TO APPLY
1. Please follow directions. If directions aren't followed, applicant will be notified via email and will not be considered for scholarship. Following directions is part of the application process.
2. Complete our application.
3. Proof of local address, copy of high school diploma (photo ok) and/or most current official college transcript.
4. Conduct and record one oral history interview with an elder (age 55+), who is special to you - family or friend.
On the audio include: date of interview, location (city/state), name of person interviewed in their voice, name of person conducting in their voice, interviewee giving permission to be recorded and the full audio interview - all in one audio file (mp3 is preferred). No edited audio will be accepted for consideration. It's okay if it's not perfect quality, but we must be able to hear what is being said, and we must have the full raw interview.
5. Type a 600-800 essay (single spaced, 12 pt. font with person's name on the essay). Make sure font is legible. Include student name at top of paper, date typed essay, along with name of person interviewed and their relationship to student. Grammar and punctuation are evaluated. Include in essay: what student learned from interviewee that impacted them the most and why, why interviewee was chosen, why they're important to you and what this experience meant to you/what you learned from this experience. It is okay to describe the location and set the scene so we can imagine the environment. Do not embellish the story. Just write factual information from the heart. No more than 800 words.
6. On a separate sheet of paper: list major and college, college bursar contact information (phone number and email), student ID number, why you chose this school and major, why you applied for this scholarship and what you plan to do upon college graduation. Short and direct replies for this component, please.
7. Include all required materials in one email, including raw original audio interview file to:
Missing information will not be considered for scholarship.