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 seven 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 apply to and attend college.
Once a father, Homer ensured that his sons were afforded every chance to pursue their goals. Sean was the first in his family to attend college. When tuition funds became tight, Homer quietly took a loan out of his hard-earned 401k to ensure that Sean’s educational journey would not be interrupted.
Years later, Sean is a proud Howard University alum with a notable career in finance. Homer would go on to watch two generations of Grahams – Trevor, Trevor Jr., and Joel's son, Jordan – obtain their degrees and advance in their chosen fields as well.
The Homer L. Graham Memorial Scholarship exists to honor the legacy of pairing hard work with opportunity which was so important to him. As Homer did with his son Sean, this scholarship is designed to provide a helping hand to 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.
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.
The application deadline is Jul 15, 2021. Winners will be announced on Aug 15, 2021.
The scholarship award is $1,500.
The winner will be publicly announced on Aug 15, 2021. Prior to the announcement date, we may contact finalists with additional questions about their application. We will work with donors to review all applications according to the scholarship criteria. Winners will be chosen based on the merit of their application.
We will send the award check to the financial aid office of the winner’s academic institution or future academic institution in their name, and in the name of their institution (depending on the school’s requirements). If the student's academic institution does not have a financial aid office, the student will receive the funding directly.
Before we award the scholarship, the winner will be required to verify their academic enrollment status by providing a copy of their most recent transcript.
If you have any questions about this scholarship or the Bold.org platform, just email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you as quickly as we can.
Yes. The terms and conditions for this scholarship can be found here.