The Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice will award up to 12 $500 scholarships to Sussex County seniors graduating in the Class of 2019.
Scholarships will be awarded based on demonstrated concern for furthering racial understanding and justice, citizenship and service in the school community, and financial need. Applicants must be currently attending a public high school in Sussex County and planning to attend a two-year or four-year nonprofit college or university in the fall.
“We designed the scholarship program to lend support to students who understand that racial justice requires a commitment to community involvement and action,” said Gwendolyn Miller, SDARJ education committee chair. “Students applying for a scholarship must submit an essay or a work of art on the theme ‘A Just World.’”
The work of art may take the form of dance choreography, film production, poetry or prose, music composition, photography, or visual arts (two- or three-dimensional). The work requires a title and date of completion, together with a statement of no more than 100 words about how the work relates to the theme. The applicant must be the sole creator of the piece.
The successful applicant will also demonstrate understanding of racial justice through action, such as peer mentoring or participation in SDARJ events during their senior year in high school. Alliance events include forums and town hall meetings held in Lewes, book and film group discussions in Georgetown and Lewes, and enrichment modules on African-American literature and history co-sponsored by Pathways to Success or local libraries. Other eligible events will be posted on the SDARJ website.
To be eligible for a scholarship award, the applicant must be a resident of Sussex County and a student in good standing with a grade point average of 2.50 or higher. Scholarship awards may be used for study in any qualifying institution, regardless of location. The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, March 29, and successful candidates will be notified by Friday, May 3.
For more specific information on eligibility and requirements, as well as the application form, see high school guidance counselors, go to the Delaware Scholarship Compendium 2018-19 at www.scholarships.delawaregoestocollege.org, or go to www.sdarj.org.