Homer L. Graham Memorial Scholarship

Funded by
Graham Family
Learn more about the Donor
$1,500
1 winner
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
10
Application Deadline
Jul 15, 2021
Winners Announced
Aug 15, 2021
Education Level
High School
Eligibility Requirements
Colleges of Interest:
Looking to attend/accepted into an HBCU
Colleges of Interest:
Looking to attend/accepted into an HBCU

Homer L. Graham was a hard-working husband and father determined to provide his three sons, Joel, Trevor, and Sean, with the opportunity to reach their fullest potential.

Homer grew up in rural Georgia, on his family’s farm with six siblings. Naturally bright, and a diligent student, Homer was the valedictorian of his high school class. 

Despite his academic achievement, Homer was a victim to his environment; class and racial inequities resulted in his lack of access to the resources required to attend college.

Once a father, Homer ensured that his sons were afforded every chance to pursue their goals. Through the example of his work ethic, he stressed the importance of taking pride in every task, big or small, not only as a means to take advantage of any presented opportunities, but to also allow for consistency and resilience when encountering obstacles. 

Before he passed away, he proudly witnessed two generations of Grahams – his sons Trevor and Sean, and eldest grandsons, Trevor Jr., and Jordan – attend college, obtain degrees, and advance in their chosen fields. 

The Homer L. Graham Memorial Scholarship exists to continue the legacy of pairing hard work with opportunity which was so important to him. 

In his honor, this scholarship is designed to reward a hard-working Black male who is graduating from high school and planning to attend an HBCU in the fall of 2021.

To apply, please tell us more about your story, and how your hard work and diligence has resulted in your matriculation to college.

Diversity and Inclusion
Selection Criteria:
Essay, HBCU, Selfless, Vision, Purpose
Essay Topic

Tell us more about your story. Provide an example of when your hard work aligned with an opportunity. Alternatively, provide an example of when a lack of opportunity prevented you from benefiting from your efforts.

400–600 words

Winning Application

Cameron McMaster
Westchester Country Day SchoolHigh Point, NC
This scholarship caught my attention because I get to attend a HBCU college due to my hardworking father. My father is the sole provider and he insured that if I stay the course of hard work in school/college, he would do what it took for me to further my education endeavors. The hard work of striving to do my best in school work aligned me with being on the Honor Roll my entire elementary, middle and high school year(s). My GPA for my senior year was 4.31! I'm all in with doing my very best with everything I set my mind to. There was a time in my high school as a Junior that I thought I would not make the honor roll due to a torn labrum. Surgery on my right shoulder, out of school for 2 weeks and 6 months of therapy, made my world seem so dim. Determination and hard work paid off, still made it on the Honors Roll with all A's! Also, later in the year I was in the ICU for 1 week and 2 days with Perimyocarditis but God! I am 100% out of any scarring or fluid around the heart and troponin levels are back to normal. While my Junior year was rough and yet again with determination, hard work and grateful that I have a father (who did not get the opportunity to go to college) making sure I have the opportunity to attend NCA&T! I Cameron Joshua McMaster is so elated at attending a HBCU, will make me and my father PROUD! My goal is Computer Science with a concentration in Cyber Security. Let's Go!

FAQ

When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Jul 15, 2021. Winners will be announced on Aug 15, 2021.

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