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Bishop Ron O. Beazer Sr. Scholarship

1 winner$500
Application Deadline
Nov 4, 2023
Winners Announced
Dec 4, 2023
Education Level
High School
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school senior
African American
Community service, non-profit, or volunteering experience

Bishop Ron O. Beazer Sr. was a beloved father who passed away in November 2022 after his second courageous fight against cancer. 

Ron spent over 20 years in the Baltimore City Public School System, started his organization One More One Less, and founded the Restored Faith in God Church. He taught Sunday school, led choirs, and was a teacher, a preacher, a friend, and a true definition of what it means to be a leader. Ron had a heart for his community and a dedication to the success of young people. 

This scholarship aims to honor the life of Bishop Ron O. Beazer Sr. by continuing his legacy of helping others reach heights that they were told were not possible.

Any African American high school senior in Maryland who has community service, non-profit, or volunteering experience may apply for this scholarship.

To apply, tell us why community service is important to you, what type of service you’re involved in, and how you plan to help others using your degree.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Drive, Impact
Published August 4, 2023
Essay Topic

Why is community service important to you? What kind of community service are you involved in currently? How do you intend to use your degree to help others?

400–600 words

Winning Application

Mikel Smith
Friends School Of BaltimoreRandallstown, MD
"Allow me to assist you," my mom kindly offered to the stranger—an elderly woman struggling to load her groceries into her car. Despite the woman's initial refusal, my mom persisted, saying, "I don't mind at all." The woman's beaming smile in response resonated deeply with me. In that instant, my heart matched the smile, for this seemingly small act was a testament to my mom's unwavering willingness to aid anyone in need. While it may have been a modest gesture, it was at home where the values of community and helping others were instilled in me. As I reflect on why community service is essential, I am compelled to delve into the journey that led me to actively contribute to its betterment and explore my deep-rooted connections within my community. One of my earliest ventures involved collaborating with a local hospital for a coat drive initiative. While most were excitedly planning gift exchanges, I opted to use my resources to buy coats for those in need. Hand-selecting each coat, I envisioned the smiles they would bring and the warmth they would provide during colder months. Engaging in the distribution process was more than just a task; it was an opportunity to impact lives directly and to offer warmth and support where it was needed most. I had the privilege of collaborating with a local food pantry that provides aid to families and individuals facing crises in Baltimore City. This experience opened my eyes to the realities of food insecurity and ignited a more profound sense of empathy. As I helped prepare baskets filled with essentials, I recognized the value of dignified assistance – knowing that a simple act could alleviate burdens and inspire hope. My involvement in Habitat for Humanity's Restore and Reuse program was another avenue through which I contributed to the community's well-being. Assisting customers in finding needed items, pricing and packaging donations, and ensuring an organized store environment became integral parts of my routine. This experience taught me the significance of resourcefulness and sustainability. By extending the life of donated goods, we reduced waste and provided affordable options for those seeking everyday products. My dedication extended to working with middle school kids from public and private schools. By volunteering my time and knowledge, I sought to empower young minds to navigate the world of academia. Guiding them in subjects like math, I witnessed their growth and development. This experience reiterated that community is about interconnection and mutual support. Through these experiences, I've learned that community is a two-way street. The more I invest, the more I receive – not in material gains but in the bonds forged, lessons learned, and growth. Looking ahead, I am inspired to continue this journey of community commitment while also pursuing my goals to become a chemical engineer. As I aspire to play an active role in shaping a community that is inclusive, supportive, and driven by compassion, I also envision utilizing my engineering knowledge to create innovative solutions that address real-world challenges my community faces. My journey has solidified my belief in the transformative power of community connections. Just as Bishop Ron O. Beazer Sr. dedicated his life to improving the lives of others, I'm driven to continue fostering these connections, sharing experiences, and working hand in hand with my community to shape a brighter, more promising future for all. Through unity, empathy, and determination, I can contribute meaningfully to my community, positively impact the world, and ultimately create a scholarship to help others reach once unattainable heights.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Nov 4, 2023. Winners will be announced on Dec 4, 2023.

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