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Albright, Carter, Campbell Ohana Scholarship for Academic Excellence

Funded by
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George Albright
1st winner$4,068
2nd winner$4,066
3rd winner$4,066
Application Deadline
Jun 1, 2023
Winners Announced
Jul 1, 2023
Education Level
Undergraduate, Graduate
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
Undergraduate or graduate student
Financial Status:
Field of Study:
Related to education or law

In order to create a more level playing field, it’s crucial that underprivileged students with limited family support are able to access the financial aid they need. 

Economic resources can be a key factor in a student’s ability to achieve their goals. Limited financial support can make college an impossible expense or can lead to students working long hours to afford to stay in school, often making it difficult to excel in the classroom.

This scholarship aims to support minority students who need financial assistance to pursue their dreams of higher education. 

Any low-income BIPOC student pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree related to education or the legal field may apply for this scholarship.

To apply, tell us about your experience with education or the legal system, how you’re working to address an important social issue, and how you’ve overcome hardship in your life.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Need, Boldest Profile
Published January 12, 2023
Essay Topic

How has your experience with education or the legal system influenced your beliefs, relationships, and career aspirations? How are you working to address an important social issue? How have you overcome hardship in your life to arrive at your current state?

400–600 words

Winning Applications

Maria Ekwoge
University of San FranciscoOakland, CA
As an African American, I have overcome many life experiences that have left a deep engraving mark on me. I have witnessed and experienced the numerous racial disparities not only in my community but around the world as well. I have seen stigmatization of minorities, more specifically African Americans. African Americans in my community are constantly treated unfairly in comparison to White Americans. These occurrences have caused me not only to reflect on my own identity but also how societal norms impact African Americans. In America, our Constitution, laws, courts, decisions, and regulations not only attest to the fact that racial inequality has extraordinarily deep roots in American culture, but it is frequently its underlying cause as well. These systemic issues, in great measure, fail to adapt and adequately serve the communities dependent on them. This misfortune has shaped not only my identity but has also manifested my desire to be an agent of change. After graduating with my bachelor's in political science, I will be pursuing a Juris Doctorate to become a lawyer. I believe studying the law is the best way to understand how society functions, the rules and regulations, how political issues are involved, and how these issues affect individuals in a society. To familiarize myself with law and government, I am currently majoring in pre-law political science. This major allows me to familiarize myself with the necessary skills for becoming a lawyer, which are analytical reasoning, interpersonal skills, and reading comprehension. Furthermore, to gain experience in the legal field, I have been a part of internship programs focusing on law. As an intern, I had the opportunity to work with legislators at the Maddy Institute. This internship allowed me to work directly with government officials and also allowed me to familiarize myself with public policy and civil litigation. When I graduate from university, I want to continue to offer people in my community access to legal resources that they can use in their future endeavors. After being victims of unjust cases, African Americans believe that the law targets them. As a minority, I understand the feeling of hopelessness and helplessness. More minorities than ever before are incarcerated in our prisons. Exonerations and civil suits are becoming more frequent, which indicates that the judicial system is unstable. Major cases of erroneous convictions have damaged not only the reputation of our justice system but the lives of innocent men and women. Becoming a layer will allow me to actively help people and make a difference in their lives. By advancing justice through a just process, I will be able to uphold my ethics and integrity in my practice. I believe it is imperative to remove the barriers put in place by racial inequalities if we are to advance both as individuals and in society. As an aspiring civil rights lawyer, I want to use the law to cultivate opportunities for children and families to thrive, thus creating more stable communities. I want to create tangible resources for individuals who have been deemed by society as undeserving. I want to know the law on a deeper level, so I can use the law to its full extent. Furthermore, I want to acquire the skills to defend the unrepresented and bridge the enormous gap between minorities and the judicial system.
Nolan Dietz
University of MiamiMiami, FL
Angela Scerni
University of BaltimoreElkton, MD


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Jun 1, 2023. Winners will be announced on Jul 1, 2023.

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