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Juanita Robinson English Book Scholarship

Funded by
Picture of the donor
English Family
1st winner$1,055
2nd winner$1,050
3rd winner$1,050
4th winner$1,050
Application Deadline
Sep 1, 2024
Winners Announced
Oct 1, 2024
Education Level
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
Undergraduate student
Howard University
Non-profit or volunteering experience

Juanita Robinson English was a proud 1949 graduate of Howard University who moved from Aliceville, AL to attend Howard.

While a student, Juanita was active on campus and valued her friendships. She enjoyed being part of the Howard Players and got involved with local community organizing. She met her husband Dr. Leo Victor English (Howard Medical School, 1944) while playing bridge at a Howard Alumni event in Detroit. In 1954, they moved to San Jose, CA where they raised their family. They continued to be active with the Howard University Alumni Association and cherished their friendship with their Howard community. 

Later in life, Juanita became a Licensed Marriage, Family, and Child Therapist. She worked with Alum Rock Counseling Center in San Jose, CA. She especially loved working with children. Juanita was an avid reader who dreamed of writing a children’s book about her own childhood in Alabama. She often said, “I’m very blessed. And I hope I have given something in return.” 

This scholarship was made possible by the sorors of R.E.F.I.N.E.D. (Spring 2007), Alpha Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the generosity of family and friends of Juanita Robinson English. It aims to honor the memory of Juanita Robinson English by assisting Howard University undergraduate students with the costs of books and tuition.

Any undergraduate student attending Howard University who has non-profit or volunteering experience may apply for this scholarship, but applicants majoring in education or the fine arts are preferred. Students who are passionate about community service, racial justice, and working with children are strongly encouraged to apply. 

To apply, tell us about a social issue you’re passionate about and how you plan to address this issue through your future career.

Selection Criteria:
Drive, Ambition, Impact
Published March 22, 2024
Essay Topic

What is a social issue that you care about? How do you dream of addressing this issue through your career?

400–600 words


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Sep 1, 2024. Winners will be announced on Oct 1, 2024.