Since my early years, my mother wanted me to attend college. Attending college was a dream she had for herself that was just not an option for a poor girl from the rural south who attended a single-room schoolhouse during her most formative years.
She encouraged me to attend college even though we knew nothing about what "attending" higher education meant. Thankfully, we learned together. My mother supported me throughout undergrad, completing my master's, and cheered me on when I enrolled in a doctoral program.
I lost my 63 year old mother to a three year battle with A-typical Parkinson's disease and dementia in 2016. In her memory, the Louise Speller Cooper Memorial Scholarship will support one African American female student who dreams of attending college. Although this scholarship is small, I hope it will help with the unexpected expenses for a first year undergraduate student.
To apply, please write about how your relationship with your mother has influenced your decision to attend college.
How has your relationship with your mother influenced your decision to attend college?
The application deadline is Oct 1, 2021. Winners will be announced on Oct 31, 2021.
The scholarship award is $1,036 per winner.
The winner will be publicly announced on Oct 31, 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.
Award checks will be sent to the financial aid office of the winner's academic institution or future academic institution in their name to be applied to their tuition, and in the name of their institution (depending on the school's requirements). If the award is for a qualified educational non-tuition expense, we will work with the winner directly to distribute the award and make sure it goes towards qualified expenses.
Before we award the scholarship, the winner will be required to confirm their academic enrollment status. Depending on the circumstances, verification of Student ID and/or their most recent transcript will be required.
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