Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation Scholarship

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The Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation works to make the dream of a better life a reality by championing equity and empowering underserved communities around the world. Across its work in advocacy and access, the Foundation directly funds and fosters programs that champion diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) initiatives, including collegiate scholarships.

Administered by UNCF, the Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation Scholarship reflects the Foundation’s commitment to support the educational endeavors of Black college students throughout the United States.  This year, the program will award 30 need-based scholarships, up to $3,666.66, per year for two years, pending satisfaction of renewal requirements. This program is open to Black, African, or African American students, who share a passion for and a dream of pursuing excellence, a commitment to inspiring and enacting meaningful social change and a devotion to the service of others. 

For consideration applicants must have a minimum 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and plan to be enrolled full-time as a college undergraduate junior at one of the following colleges/universities for the 2022-2023 academic year:

  1. Bennett College
  2. Cheyney University
  3. Florida A&M University
  4. Norfolk State University
  5. North Carolina A&T State University
  6. North Carolina Central University
  7. Saint Augustine’s University
  8. Tennessee State University
  9. Tuskegee University
  10. Wiley College

Recipients of the Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation Scholarship must have a demonstrated, unmet financial need as verified by their college or university. (U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents are required to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (“FAFSA”) form.)

Applicants who have submitted complete applications will be sent an email confirming that your application has been received. If you do not receive this email, the application was probably not submitted correctly.

For an application to be considered complete, the following must be submitted:

  1. A response to all required fields (noted by an *).
  2. A current academic transcript.
  3. A 500-word essay responding to the following prompt:
    “How will you make the dream of a better life for others a reality for people in your community of choice?”
  4. A Letter of Recommendation (LOR).

The LOR should:
     - Be submitted by a current or previous supervisor*. (Can NOT be a family member.)
     - Provide key details about the relationship between the recommender and the applicant.
     - Highlight the applicant’s personality, work habits and skills.
     - Document the applicant’s fulfillment of at least ten (10) hours of community service.

*Applicants should give the recommender ample time to complete the LOR by entering all recommender information (name and email) as early as possible. LOR must be made through the online Applicant System and must be received by the application due date. Emailed LORs will not be accepted.

Final awards are also announced by email within 10 - 12 weeks of the application closing date.

If you have questions about this scholarship, contact Jeff Darden (jeff.darden@uncf.org).

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