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Men Of Excellence Scholarship

1 winner$500
Application Deadline
May 31, 2024
Winners Announced
Jun 30, 2024
Education Level
High School
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school senior
3.0 or higher

Excellence isn’t something you are born with. It needs to be cultivated through persistence, strength, and determination.

By pursuing excellence, students hold themselves to high standards, ensuring that they give 100% to every aspect of their lives. The Men of Excellence College Scholarship will support a male high school senior in Texas who has demonstrated excellence in school and wishes to continue this pattern of greatness in college and beyond.

Male high school seniors in Texas are eligible to apply if they have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and come from a low-income background. Preference will be given to students who are pursuing careers in the tech, media or arts fields. To apply, write about how you give back to your community outside of school, what your academic journey has been like, and how you will continue pursuing excellence in your future education.

Selection Criteria:
Essay, Excellence, Boldest Profile
Published February 23, 2024
Essay Topic

How do you give back to your community outside of school? What has your academic journey looked like thus far, and how do you plan on continuing to pursue excellence in college?

400–600 words

Winning Application

Jeffery Baker
Howard UniversityDALLAS, TX
From my earliest moments into volunteerism to the present day, the journey of community service has been marked by moments of inspiration, learning, and growth. Through engagements with diverse organizations and causes, ranging from local shelters to global humanitarian initiatives, I have witnessed firsthand the transformative impact of acts of service, both on individuals and communities at large. My favorite community service assignments always revolve around the elderly. They remind me of my grandparents. We are fortunate enough to be able to keep them in their home with assistance, but I recognize everyone is not as blessed. This past holiday season, I was able to volunteer to serve holiday dinner to the elderly from varies retirement homes within our community. It was a wonderful way to spread holiday cheer and ensure that everyone feels included and cared for during the holiday season. I was able to help collect food donations, prepare the food, serve the food, and interact with the residents. Community service also provided a rich environment for me to help cultivate my leadership skills. It provided skill, qualities, and experiences, that I could easily transfer to my extracurricular activities and leadership roles. In the future I would love to combine my love for Theatre with my passion for serving. I would love to host free masterclasses for local community kids. I want to be able to provide opportunities for them to perfect their craft. There are several talented kids who can’t afford private performing arts lessons. My passion for theater developed in elementary school with the production of Beauty and the Beast. From there my love for the arts soared to new heights. In 2020, I was accepted into the most prestigious performing & visual arts high school in Dallas, TX. I found myself in a community of people who were like me, shared the same dreams and aspirations, but there was a small margin of people who looked like me. Not due to lack of talent, but lack of exposure. That’s why I want to give back to my community. By volunteering and giving back to my community, I not only make a positive impact but also experience personal growth. My goal is to major in Theater and minor in playwriting and film. After graduation, my dream is to create a BIPOC-led production company that allows people of color to create media that positively depicts and uplifts their culture. I believe this is a way we can see the true definition of representation. The goal is also to create productions that address social issues, human rights, and environmental concerns. I would love to explore more humanities courses as well to help reach this goal. I want to create a safe space to choose scripts or create original works that highlight and challenge social injustices. This will allow us to control the narrative of how people of color are portrayed in the media. It’s an avenue to explore identity, self-discovery, and the complexities of being a minority. I desire to expand beyond our communities and promote cultural exchange. I want to participate in international festivals and programs that promote cultural understanding. Lastly, I would love to have aspects of the company geared towards educational development. I want to create educational theater programs for schools and communities.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is May 31, 2024. Winners will be announced on Jun 30, 2024.

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