This application may be used for both graduating high school seniors and college applicants who reside in Monterey County. Applicants must be a high school graduate going to a two-year or four-year accredited college/university OR a student transferring from a junior college to a four-year accredited college/university OR
a graduate student enrolled in a Teacher Credential Program.
All applicants MUST:
- Have a grade point average of 3.0 and above.
- Enroll full-time and maintain 12 units or more, in the Fall session
- Be involved in community activities.
- Disclose financial need.
- Priority is given to NAACP Youth Council Members
(Special circumstances will be considered)
- Submit a completed scholarship application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please double check to include all required attachments. This application can be downloaded from the Branch website at:
- Provide an official transcript of your high school or college work.
- Submit two letters of recommendation. Recommendations may be from your pastor, a current/former teacher, or community leader. No family members please.
- Applicants must attend a mandatory 15-20 minute interview with the scholarship committee.
- Be prepared to recite the history, accomplishments or the mission of the NAACP.
- Provide proof of acceptance to an accredited college or university.
- Recipients of an NAACP Scholarship are encouraged to attend the Annual Scholarship
Breakfast honoring awardees. The awards ceremony is sponsored by the Coalition of Scholarship Organizations (COSO) and is complimentary for the recipients. Family members are invited to attend, but must purchase a ticket.
Prior to the disbursement of the scholarship check, you MUST send proof of college enrollment to the NAACP Branch office.
LATE and/or INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED & MUST BE “POSTMARKED” TO THE BRANCH P.O. BOX NO LATER THAN APRIL 1st.
PLEASE TYPE YOUR RESPONSES TO THE FOLLOWING 18 QUESTIONS:
APPLICANT’S PERSONAL INFORMATION:
- Name of Applicant: Last, First, MI.
- Mailing Address: Street Address, City, State & Zip
- Telephone Numbers: Parent’s Number, Student’s Cell Number
- Date of Birth; E-mail: Address
- Provide the Full names and occupations of parents/guardians
- State the number of household members & children, including yourself.
- Are you the first member of your family to attend college?
- If not, please state the name of the family member(s) and the college(s) they attended:
- Do you have a family member who is a member of the NAACP?
- Present School, Current Grade, GPA
- Name of College/University you plan to attend and intended college major
- List Awards /Memberships/Offices/Leaderships held or honors you may have received.
- List any activities or community service related projects in which you have been involved.
- In a brief statement, describe your educational and career goals.
- Please attach a 500-word essay incorporating your thoughts and opinions about (1) what you will do with your education to make society a better place for all people; and/or (2) describe any volunteer work or contributions you have made to your community and explain how your contributions impacted the community; and/or (3) describe personal life accomplishments or challenges you have encountered.
- Write a 100-word biography. If awarded a scholarship, you are encouraged to attend the annual scholarship awards breakfast in the early part of June. Your biography will be publicly printed in the program of the scholarship awards breakfast. Be sure to include the name of the college/university you plan to attend, your intended major interest, goals, GPA, a favorite quote and/or your philosophy on the importance of education and giving back to the community.
FINANCIAL NEED STATEMENT:
- Provide any financial circumstances that exist in your family which will explain your financial need. Please also include ANY financial sources you may obtain to assist you in completing your college goals.
- In a brief statement, add any additional information that you would like the committee to know in considering your scholarship application (i.e. disabilities, special needs, foster care, etc.).
- SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 1ST
Mail Completed Application to: NAACP Scholarship P.O. 782 Box, Seaside, CA 93955