Mark A. Jefferson Teaching Scholarship

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mark jefferson
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$2,212
1st winner$1,106
2nd winner$1,106
Awarded
Winners
2
Finalists
4
Application Deadline
Jan 1, 2022
Winners Announced
Feb 1, 2022
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
6
Contributions
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Ethnicity:
Black
Gender:
Male
GPA:
2.8 or higher
Ethnicity:
Gender:
GPA:
Black
Male
2.8 or higher

Diversity in education is vital to the success of upcoming generations and the progression of the human race. 

In all sectors, educators are needed to foster an inclusive environment for students both young and old that also manifests a deep love for learning, lasting throughout their lifetime. 

In public school education, the educator workforce is staggeringly homogenous, as 82 percent of teachers in that sector are white. Black men make up only 2% of the teaching force.

It’s essential for educators to have backgrounds often left out of the history books to truly unravel the multiple complexities present in all sectors of our world today and to break apart many of the systemic barriers seen in communities of color. 

To support the needs of prospective Black male educators who want to fight for a more equitable tomorrow for their students and the world, the Mark A. Jefferson Teaching Scholarship exists and will support one extremely ambitious African-American male in his pursuit to become an educator for the future.

To apply, you must be:

  • Aspiring Educator
  • African American
  • Male
  • Minimum of 2.8 GPA
  • Answer an essay that tells us a bit about yourself and how you plan to make a positive impact on the world through your career as an educator.
Selection Criteria:
Essay, Ambition, Vision, Purpose
Published August 24, 2021
$2,212
1st winner$1,106
2nd winner$1,106
Awarded
Winners
2
Finalists
4
Application Deadline
Jan 1, 2022
Winners Announced
Feb 1, 2022
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
6
Contributions
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

Please tell us a little bit more about yourself. How do you plan to make a positive impact on the world through your career as an educator?

400–600 words

Winning Applications

Marlon Morris
Florida Memorial UniversityFort Lauderdale, FL
Ever since I decided to return to school, changing my major from Business Administration to Elementary Education, I noticed the phenomenon in my class sessions that has mirrored the entire educational system across the country. The lack of male presence in the classroom. Particularly in the primary grades. Throughout my studies, I am usually the only one or one of two or three men in Elementary Education. Majority of the men in this field of study normally steer towards the Secondary grade levels or specialize in STEM programs, Music, or Physical Education. Unfortunately, being a Black male in Elementary Education is a rare and endangered species. This is something I wish to address and reverse. Prior to my return to school, I have been employed and have volunteered in afterschool programs as well as interscholastic athletics and Ministerial education as an instructor/mentor since graduating high school. Even then I realized that one of the biggest challenges children face in developing into well rounded adults is due to the vacancy of positive male presence and guidance. The only time I saw a male teacher in K-5 was at PE and as a dean or principal. And did not see a black male teacher until seventh grade. As a result, I attempt to fill that void as as much as possible. In obtaining my degree in Elementary Education, my goal is to continue providing a positive black male presence in the early grades when development is most crucial, in addition to inspiring young boys to pursue the profession as well. The more male teachers children are exposed to the greater the likelihood more young men will enter the profession. My ultimate goal is to establish my own K-12 institution and develop a more comprehensive curriculum for our children. A curriculum that provide skills that will be utilized throughout their lifetime. I believe that kind of impact is needed and worth nurturing.
Deshaun jackson
University of Michigan-FlintDavison, MI
December 14, 2018 will be permanently burned into my memory as it was the day of my God-mother Gloria Jean Bailey passed away from MDS cancer. Though not my biological mother she brought me home from the hospital day one and would continue to raise and have a monumental influence in my life. Prior to Gloria passing away her last two weeks were spent at home comfortably around family Despite my emotional distress, I shelved my despair and sadness to stay strong for Glo. How I found the emotional fortitude during this incredibly stressful time to help change Glo’s diaper when she became unable to walk to the bathroom or swab her mouth with water when she struggled to swallow, I don’t know. I do know that the death of my godmother was the direct catalyst that propelled me to apply for the Nursing program. The financial stress of paying for college and fear of failure are my two biggest concerns currently in the nursing program at the University of Michigan-Flint. Winning a scholarship would effectively reduce my stress by half and allow myself and my family to more comfortably make this transition while I’m in the nursing program. Since 2013 I have systematically increased my knowledge staying current as a Physical Therapy Assistant while studying nursing education. Successful completion of my previous degree and entrance into the nursing program required passing Chemistry, Human Anatomy and passing rigorous clinical rotations. Currently at The University of Michigan-Flint, I have passed Computers in Healthcare, Health Assessment, Introduction to Nursing, Pathophysiology. I am at the point in my collegiate career where I am concerned about my ability to secure loans to complete the nursing program. I love being a clinician and to be able to carry that affinity across multiple disciplines is a dream of mine. This scholarship is essential for my academic and professional goals. Prior to graduating from Mott C.C. with my Physical Therapist Assistant degree and enrolling in the nursing program at The University of Michigan-Flint I was a Sous Chef. Returning to college for my associate’s and currently enrolled for my bachelor’s is having a profound impact on the quality of care I deliver as a clinician to my patients. This collegiate journey is a contract between myself and my patients—to deliver the best evidence-based practice and compassionate care. A passion of mine is the research and clinical application of STEM with physical therapy and nursing. The interprofessional partnership between nurses, scientists, physical therapists, engineers and mathematicians are directly impacting the quality of patient care. Prosthetics that allow paraplegics to walk are examples of the future of biomechanical technology. May 8th, 2015 in Lansing Michigan was the day I received The Breaking Traditions Awards. The award required recipients to demonstrate success in CTE programs that are nontraditional to their gender. I am currently making a second attempt to demonstrate the same qualities needed to win this award by graduating from The University of Michigan-Flint nursing program. I have maxed out my current federal loans and am concerned about my financial ability to complete the program. My future academically is to achieve my master’s degree as a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) and begin mentoring or teaching students at Mott C.C. or The University of Michigan-Flint. The University of Michigan-Flint hasn’t had an African American male instructor in the nursing program since its inception, I hope to change that and become the first. Professionally I aspire to blur the current boundary between nursing and physical therapy and demonstrate how one clinician can excel in both roles.

FAQ

When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Jan 1, 2022. Winners will be announced on Feb 1, 2022.

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