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Hakim Mendez Scholarship

Funded by
2 winners, $575 each
Application Deadline
Dec 4, 2023
Winners Announced
Jan 4, 2024
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school or undergraduate
2.5 or higher
Type of School:
Historically black college or university (HBCU)

Hakim Mendez spent over 20 years as an educator, impacting the lives of countless students.

He was a man of many passions, with a great love for his family, friends, and community. He lived his life exploring the things he was interested in and cared about, making the most of every day. As a way to continue Hakim’s legacy, the Hakim Mendez Scholarship will support the next generation of BIPOC leaders.

High school and undergraduate BIPOC students are eligible to apply if they attend or are planning to attend a historically black college or university (HBCU) and have a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students with a record of community service are strongly preferred. To apply, write about why you’ve chosen to pursue higher education and how this scholarship will help you fulfill your future goals.

Selection Criteria:
Essay, Passion, Boldest Profile
Published September 4, 2023
Essay Topic

Why have you chosen to pursue higher education? How will this scholarship help you fulfill your future goals?

400–600 words

Winning Applications

Cheryl-Devon Twyman
Thomas Sprigg Wootton High SchoolRockville, MD
Taking the plunge into further education was a life-changing decision motivated by my intrinsic interest in cybersecurity and a strong desire to tear down barriers for poor pupils. As a first-generation college student navigating the complexity of academia, I've faced financial difficulties and one-of-a-kind hurdles that have driven my determination to achieve in cybersecurity. Growing up on a low income, the value of education was instilled in me as a source of hope and empowerment. Knowledge's transforming power became my driving force, propelling me to conquer adversity. My journey into cybersecurity began with an early fascination with technology and an intense curiosity about how things function, and it has evolved into a goal to protect individuals and instill security-aware behaviors. I am pursuing a Cybersecurity Associates degree through dual enrollment while finishing my high school diploma, and I see a path beyond personal accomplishments. My ultimate goal is to create opportunities for impoverished pupils so they do not endure the same difficulties I had. This scholarship is critical to accomplishing this objective, as it provides the financial support I need to pursue a bachelor's and master's degree, expanding my knowledge and capacities. In my pursuit of greatness, I know cybersecurity is more than simply a job; it is a commitment to safeguard and empower people. The difficulties inherent in this profession, from identifying vulnerabilities to prioritizing risks, have formed the bedrock of my interest. Each certification I hope to obtain while in school is a step toward a future in which I can significantly contribute to the cybersecurity environment. Being a member of a Cybersecurity Club has already given me insight into the practical sides of the field. This club's hands-on experience has given me the skills and insights required for a competitive edge in the market. This scholarship would not only help with the financial load of my studies but also act as recognition of my dedication and promise in cybersecurity. In my case, the importance of higher education goes beyond personal development. It is a means of breaking the cycle of imposed constraints by circumstance and paving the path for a more inclusive future. My story, impacted by financial difficulties, homelessness, and the obstacles of being a first-generation college student, exemplifies tenacity and determination. Higher education is my ticket to making a real difference, not just in my own life but also in those suffering systemic impediments. This scholarship represents more than simply a financial investment in my education; it is also an investment in the empowerment of underprivileged students and a monument to the notion that education can transcend circumstances. With this assistance, I hope to accomplish my aspirations and create chances for others, encouraging a good ripple effect through the knowledge and skills gained in cybersecurity.
Kevin McGhee, Jr
Greenville UniversityMelrose Park, IL


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Dec 4, 2023. Winners will be announced on Jan 4, 2024.

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