Private (PVT) Henry Walker Minority Scholarship

Funded by
Steven Franklin
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$2,000
2 winners, $1,000 each
Open
Application Deadline
Dec 11, 2023
Winners Announced
Jan 11, 2024
Education Level
Undergraduate
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
Undergraduate student
Race:
African American
School Type:
HBCU
Background:
Volunteer experience
GPA:
2.8 or above
Education Level:
Race:
School Type:
Background:
GPA:
Undergraduate student
African American
HBCU
Volunteer experience
2.8 or above

This scholarship was created in memory of Henry Walker Sr of Batchelor (Pointe Coupee Parish), Louisiana. Though he never obtained any former education, he didn’t allow that to stop him from achieving so much with so little.

Henry was born in the small town of Pinckneyville, Mississippi between 1888-1894. He was the youngest of seven children. He later moved to Batchelor, (Pointe Coupee Parish), Louisiana at an early age and remained there until his death in 1974.

Growing up in Batchelor, he worked as a farm laborer as most African Americans did at that time in the rural south. Henry was drafted to participate in World War 1 (WW1), also known as the Great War. He served in the 530th Engineer Service Battalion. On July 31st, 1918, Henry boarded the SS Maui and set sail to France for a one-year tour of duty. On June 9, 1919, after a year in combat, Henry boarded the SS Ohian and set sail from Bordeaux, France and arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 19,1919. He served his country with honor though the times were horrendous for African Americans. He remained steadfast and loyal by demonstrating selfless service to serve something greater than himself. He knew this act of courage and resiliency would have a profound effect on his family for many generations.

He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army on July 2, 1919. Coming from the small town of Batchelor, this was an awesome feat for a black man in the deep south. It was this act of selfless service, duty, and personal courage that left a mark on his family. He served with honor and dedication for something bigger than himself.

This scholarship seeks to support students attending HBCUs so they can complete their higher education journeys and achieve their career goals.

Any African American, undergraduate student, with a GPA of 2.8 or above, who is attending an HBCU and has volunteering experience may apply for this scholarship.

To apply, tell us what you would do to improve your community and why.

Selection Criteria:
African American, Financial Need, Community Service, Written Essay
Published September 6, 2023
$2,000
2 winners, $1,000 each
Open
Application Deadline
Dec 11, 2023
Winners Announced
Jan 11, 2024
Education Level
Undergraduate
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

If given the opportunity, what would you do to improve your community and why is that important to you?

400–600 words

Winning Application

Ashleigh Jackson
Texas Southern UniversityHouston, TX
If given the opportunity, I would start a community project focused on providing education and resources for mental health. This is important to me because mental health is a topic that is often stigmatized and ignored, which can lead to serious consequences. Mental health is a crucial aspect of overall well-being, but it is often overlooked in our society. In my community, there is a lack of resources and education about mental health, which contributes to a larger issue of people not seeking help or feeling ashamed to do so. I believe that by creating a support system, people will be more likely to seek help when they need it and will feel more empowered to take control of their mental health. My community project would involve organizing workshops and events focused on mental health education. These events would provide information on what mental health is, the common disorders, and treatment options. Additionally, I would look to collaborate with local mental health professionals to provide access to free resources, such as counseling and therapy. Another critical aspect of the project would be to focus on breaking the stigma surrounding mental health. It would be essential to create a welcoming environment where individuals feel comfortable sharing their experiences and seeking help. Through various events, I want to promote that it is okay not to be okay. My vision is to create a sustainable network and community that prioritizes mental health and well-being. One way to do this is by creating peer support groups where individuals can connect with others who have had similar experiences and feels supported. This can start the healing process and prevent people from feeling isolated or alone. These support groups can also encourage individuals to seek medical attention and consistent mental health check-ups. Overall, this project's impact would extend beyond my immediate community; it would also contribute to a larger societal shift in prioritizing mental health. Providing education and resources for mental health will decrease the stigma surrounding mental health disorders and encourage individuals to get help. In turn, this can lead to improved well-being and productive communities. In conclusion, I believe that investing in mental health is essential to building healthier and more productive communities. Providing education, resources, and peer support will not only help individuals but will also create better, more compassionate societies. If given the opportunity, I will be grateful to be able to implement this project and create a positive change in my community.

FAQ

When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Dec 11, 2023. Winners will be announced on Jan 11, 2024.