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CEW IV Foundation Scholarship Program

1 winner$1,000
Application Deadline
Jul 5, 2024
Winners Announced
Aug 5, 2024
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school senior or undergraduate student
3.0 or higher

The CEW IV Foundation is dedicated to helping minority students who demonstrate academic achievement and financial need.

BIPOC students still face many barriers to accessing higher education, leading to a degree attainment gap, underrepresentation in many advanced fields, and a wealth gap as a result. In order to create a more equal society, minority students must be prioritized.

This scholarship aims to support underrepresented students so they can pursue higher education, regardless of financial status.  

Any BIPOC high school senior or undergraduate student may apply for this scholarship. 

To apply, please tell us what social justice issues mean the most to you and why you think it is important to get involved.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Need, Boldest Profile
Published April 2, 2024
Essay Topic

What social justice issues mean the most to you and why do you think it is important to get involved?

400–600 words

Winning Application

Jace Beard
Texas Tech UniversityMesquite, TX
Liam Frackelton-Figueroa
Berkeley Carroll SchoolBrooklyn, NY
The impact felt by the covid-19 pandemic world-wide has left no stone unturned, whether in direct mortality or significant economic devastation, no one can debate the way we move forward has forever changed. However, the racial injustice and power inequities unveiled in the United States has further left an indefinable awareness and change in how we understand race, poverty, systemic discrimination. This shift has made us all ask the inevitable questions, "what do we do?" and "how can I make a difference?" The reality of how separate a nation we really are has come to light and in the details of that separateness we have felt the radical nature of a people lost in false ideology of isolation, marginalization, segregation, and entitlement. Further, what has been unearthed is the ridiculously tragic and embarrassing reality that the issues we are still protesting and fighting for - from climate change to body autonomy - are the same injustices and problems of our past. Yet, while the pull to feel overwhelmed is real, this generation seems to carry a vitality and belief that there can be answers to our problems and that injustices can end with one singular action that lead to a movement of change. As a native Brooklynite, I have witnessed a wave of gentrification that has aesthetically affected the infamous neighborhoods of Bedford-Stuyvesant and Bushwick but has also inspired organizations to support its native inhabitants to stay and keep their homes and enjoy the fruits of their labor. Through programs like Neighborhood Lift and IMPAACT, residents of historical sites in all five boroughs have been granted opportunities to become viable contenders in their own neighborhoods and keep outsiders or investors from overtaking and reclaiming family history and legacy. The pandemic highlighted our country's fragile and inequitable healthcare system with sky rocketing numbers of Black, Latino, and poor people dying from the disease over other social economic and racial groups. This disparity in healthcare, which includes mental wellness has mobilized communities in all boroughs to create greater access and facility to clinics, counseling, rehabilitation, and basic wellness centers for families and young children. Only two weeks ago, our mayor announced an initiative to treat diabetes holistically by incorporating both nutritionists and medical doctors, rather than continuous methods through the pharmaceutical realm, which, in fact, has proven to worsen conditions and overall progress. I’ve seen the youth caring and lending a watchful eye on their elders – from volunteering to accompanying them on errands to sweeping or snow shoveling during the winter. Seeing such compassion and empathy bolsters my faith in this generation who seek social justice for all people the world around. Perhaps the greatest social justice emphasis, for me, has been the awareness and need for agency in climate change and the need to act globally to protect what remains of mother earth. It is the reason I am on a pre-law track to study environmental law and someday soon advocate for protection of the earth. Extreme weather across the country and world-wide has cost lives and basic ways of life for billions of people and native animals. Rising sea levels are already approaching communities and shifting and changing land mass affecting the survival of vegetation, animals and the cycle of life. Local jurisdictions are not as effective as federal ones, but recent reductions in emissions and greater uses of natural gas has made significant impacts in larger cities like New York. The optimism is palpable and invigoratingly contagious. I know that I will contribute to finding answers and being part of the solution to social justice everywhere.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Jul 5, 2024. Winners will be announced on Aug 5, 2024.