Wanda I. McLaurin HBCU Scholarship

Funded by
McLaurin Family
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$1,000
1 winner
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
4
Application Deadline
Aug 1, 2021
Winners Announced
Sep 1, 2021
Education Level
Graduate, Undergraduate
Eligibility Requirements
Current Enrollment:
Attends an HBCU
Residency:
Currently lives in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, or surrounding areas in New York
Current Enrollment:
Residency:
Attends an HBCU
Currently lives in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, or surrounding areas in New York

Since their founding, Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the United States have battled the issue of systemic racism head-on. By providing black and other disadvantaged students with a safe, relatable, and culturally harmonized environment to continue their education, HBCUs are the spearhead of social justice in education for the future.

We, the McLaurin Family, are heavy supporters of the contributions made by HBCUs across the nation and would like to help provide opportunities for students attending one of these institutions. 

In honor of our mother Wanda, the Wanda I. McLaurin HBCU Scholarship will support ambitious students from Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, or surrounding areas in New York who currently attend an HBCU. This annual scholarship will support one student who fits the criteria and who wants to dedicate their studies to advance their own career as well as the livelihoods of disadvantaged people across the country. 

To apply, please tell us why you decided to attend an HBCU, what your career aspirations are, and why you are interested in the things you are.

Diversity and Inclusion
Selection Criteria:
Essay, HBCU attendee, Ambition, Purpose, Impact
$1,000
1 winner
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
4
Application Deadline
Aug 1, 2021
Winners Announced
Sep 1, 2021
Education Level
Graduate, Undergraduate
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Essay Topic

Why did you decide to attend an HBCU? What are your career aspirations after obtaining your degree? How do you believe this career will positively impact the lives of people in the US and or across the globe?

400–700 words

Winning Application

Jeniah Emmanuel
Morgan State UniversityLiverpool, NY
Creating change with one person In a community can start a trend of new behaviors and better Morals Introduced. Creating change can wash away terrible traditions that have held our strong black men and black women back from reaching their highest potential. Creating change can start with you and I, to liberate our community from the shackles of bondage and rape that has swept our young Black girls and boys of their innocence. Finally, Creating change can stop mental Health from being a heavy topic that is Overlooked In the Black community. Hi, My name Is Jeniah Emmanuel, A survivor Of Mental, Physical, and Sexual Abuse and Im here to tell my story and how I can bring CHANGE. Throughout My childhood, I was battered and abused by my stepmother and raped by my father's Mistresses' son. I began acting out in school by stealing and lying but clung to my education as it has kept me sane. My mother was in nursing school, so I never got the proper up bringing with her. I felt lost and abandoned. In addition to feeling that way, I grew up in Brooklyn, New York and was ripped away to a predominantly white area as where I felt my identity slowly being ripped away along with my culture. As my stepmom was asian, and loudly expressed her hate for black people, it made me hate myself because she was supposed to be the closest figure to a mother raising me. After an alter motive of me or her my dad sent me to live with my mom by 5th grade and, I was brought back to the "hood". I was made fun of for what I know now as being white washed. With careful observation I became myself again and mastered the art of code switching by age 12. Throughout my elementary and middle school experience, I acquired multiple accomplishments but they were only to gain the attention of my parents as they were caught up in their life drama. As I progressed through High School, I began relieving my childhood everyday. Moving to Syracuse, New York did not aid with that, especially since it was very rural. It was a constant battle between myself and my brain. In and out of therapy and social worker offices, I was classified as a "lost cause" and was diagnosed with Severe depression. Further Growing up in a Jamaican Household, they resorted my cry for help with prayer and to "get over it". During that time I had lost my youngest brother and aunt as well. I was feeling hopeless and began hitting rock bottom. I Began contemplating suicide and made several attempts, which failed through the grace of God. God has a purpose for me and it is to help people. I want to attend my HBCU, Morgan State University, to prove that Black people, Black women, can make a change and a big one at that. My major is Nursing and I would love to become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. My overall career goal is to start a foundation for Black adults to get affordable/free mental health support along with a safe haven/shelter. With the help of my friend attending her HBCU, Texas southern University; majoring in Social work, we want to make a difference and CHANGE in the black community. I want to make this a global foundation that touches every corner and every country. With this foundation, I want to help provide jobs, a house, and scholarships. In addition, all of my doctors, healthcare providers, social workers, lawyers will all be Black. We as black people need help from people that understand us and what better way than hiring each other. In conclusion, change is inevitable. It can be good or bad. Us as a community can make a positive change and unite as one. I want to contribute as much as I can to my community. From marching in rallies to becoming a Psychiatrist, I believe that my change can impact the lives of people across the globe. Don't you? Jeniah Emmanuel, Future Founder of The organization "BLK CHANGE"

FAQ

When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Aug 1, 2021. Winners will be announced on Sep 1, 2021.

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