Program Description: The UNCF/Sylvia M. Young Smith Scholarship provides a $100,000 merit-based scholarship ($25,000 annually renewable) each for six high-achieving African American students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Two students – one male and one female –will be chosen from Paul Laurence Dunbar Senior High School in Washington, D.C.; East High School in Denver, C.O. and George Washington High School in Denver, C.O. This scholarship is made possible by brothers Robert F. Smith and Allan Smith─ who are graduates of East High School─ in honor of their mother Sylvia M. Young Smith, a graduate of Dunbar Senior High School and former principal of George Washington High School.
Program Open Date: March 4, 2016
Program Close Date: May 6, 2016
To qualify, applicants must:
* Be African American/Black
* Be a citizen, legal permanent resident or national of the United States
* Have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 on an unweighted 4.0 scale
* Attend George Washington Senior High School (Denver, CO), East High School (Denver, CO), Dunbar SHS (Washington, DC)
* Be enrolled for the first time at a U.S.-located, accredited Historical Black College or University (HBCU) in the fall of 2016. Exceptions are made to students concurrently enrolled in a college program while pursuing a high school diploma.
* Complete the application essay
* Arrange for one letter of recommendation to be submitted
* Complete and submit the application by the deadline
The first commitments to the UNCF Sylvia M. Young Smith Scholars Program will be made to high school students planning to enter college as first time freshmen for the 2016-17 academic year.
The application process requires the student to:
- Meet all eligibility criteria and complete the student application. The application will open on March 4, 2016 and close on May 6, 2016.
- Submit the official letter of acceptance from the intended HBCU of choice
- Submit an official high school transcript with their midterm grades
- Prepare a well thought out personal statement of career interest
- Submit one letter of recommendation from an educational or community member familiar with the candidates academic and community strengths.
Candidates for the Sylvia M. Young Smith Scholarship will be evaluated on the basis of positive personal qualities, their commitment to academic excellence and their demonstrated willingness to pursue a collegiate education. Applicants’ essay and recommendations will be evaluated for evidence of a student’s leadership abilities, academic performance, resiliency, goal setting and determination.
If you have any questions, please email Kenya Gray.