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Pearlie M. Westbrooks Memorial Scholarship

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Erin Branson
1 winner$1,100
Application Deadline
Apr 15, 2024
Winners Announced
May 9, 2024
Education Level
High School
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school senior
Community service involvement

A passion for community service is a fundamental characteristic of a student dedicated to societal improvement. This passion fosters responsibility, empathy, and leadership, enriching personal growth and enhancing the academic journey. It is vital to recognize and nurture this passion through scholarships, encouraging more students to engage in community service, thereby shaping a socially conscious future generation.

The Pearlie M. Westbrooks Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of a beloved activist, educator and grandmother. Pearlie was passionate about giving back to her community however she could. This scholarship is open to high school seniors from the state of Mississippi who personify Pearlie's deep-seated passion for community service.

To apply, candidates must submit an essay detailing their participation in community activities.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Bold Points, Essay
Published December 21, 2023
Essay Topic

How have you given back to your community thus far? How do you plan to continue to make a difference in your community through your college degree?

400–600 words

Winning Application

Ella-Katherine Havelin
Starkville High SchoolStarkville, MS
I am a part of many clubs and organizations that give back to the community, the most important one to me is Crown Club. I joined Crown Club because I knew their cause was very important, the club gives back to less fortunate families in our city. I have built beds for kids who do not have beds at their houses, have gone Christmas shopping for kids, donated hygienic products for families, done backpacks for kids, had princess tea parties, reading railroads, and so much more. Witnessing the joy and gratitude of these children when receiving these items is truly heartwarming and reinforces my dedication to the club's cause. Apart from Crown Club, my involvement in other clubs has also left a profound impact on me. Whether it involves supporting my school or participating in community clean-ups, I am deeply passionate about giving back to our incredible city and making it a better place for everyone. This commitment extends to my future aspirations as well. I aspire to pursue a career in landscape architecture, which aligns perfectly with my desire to continue contributing to my community. Being a landscape architect will let me be able to give back to my city by helping my city grow into something amazing. I mostly want to design parks and public spaces where everyone can enjoy something. I want to create playgrounds, city pools, and spacious park spaces for people of all ages to enjoy. Another one of my focuses is helping out poorer neighborhoods, I want people to be proud of where they live. I want my city to grow and prosper from the work I do. Being involved in a number of organizations and clubs has had an impact on my view of the importance of community service. These experiences not only changed me into a more selfless and empathic person, but it has also taught me vital skills like leadership, teamwork, and management. These skills are bound to be useful for me in the future. The possibilities to participate in my community have been beneficial. I have witnessed first-hand the great influence we can have on the lives of others, especially those who are less fortunate. I am excited to continue my community service activities and use my skills and drive to benefit my society. In conclusion, my involvement in these groups has not only enhanced my life but also spurred my desire to continue giving back to my community in meaningful ways.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Apr 15, 2024. Winners will be announced on May 9, 2024.

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