Applications are now being taken for student scholarships through the local chapter of 100 Black Men of Bradley County, according to Demetrius Ramsey, program chairman.
Local students attending high school in Cleveland and Bradley County are eligible for the scholarships, he said.
There are two available scholarships for any approved educational institution. The applicant will accrue $1,550 per year while in high school. In addition, they will receive $1,800 per year while attending the college of their choice.
These scholarships are for grades 10 through 12, for the coming school year.
Ramsey emphasized this announcement is for area churches, or community residents, who might be aware of a potential applicant.
The potential maximum payout for a 100 BMBC scholarship is $13,650, for a student accepted as a sophomore. It would have a payout of $12,100 for a junior, and $10,550 for a student accepted as a senior.
Eligibility criteria include:
• The applicant must maintain a cumulative 2.5 or higher GPA (attach official transcripts with seal);
• The applicant must be free of gang-involvement, alcohol, tobacco and illegal substance abuse at the time of application, and must remain so.
• The applicant must agree, as a condition of acceptance into the program, to perform a minimum of 25 hours of documented community service work annually in approved projects for nonprofit organizations.
• The applicant must be a citizen of the United States.
• The applicant must be a resident of Bradley County.
• The applicant must have resided in Bradley County for a minimum of 24 months consecutively.
• While past participation in the 100 BMBC mentoring program is not a requirement, preference is given to students who benefited from the program with regular attendance.
• To receive funds upon graduation, an applicant for the 100 BMBC Scholarship Program must be accepted at an accredited technical school, college or university.
In the application process, the following materials should be submitted:
• Completion of an application form, signed by the student and parents or guardians.
• Official high school transcript with seal.
• A typed 500-word essay by the student titled “What Participation in the 100 Black Men Scholarship Program Means To Me" (double spaced), including the following topic: "Why I need financial assistance in the form of a scholarship."
• An explanation of the factors, obstacles or challenges (within family, school or community) that have placed them at risk for failure and how they and/or their family are striving to overcome them.
• Include letters of recommendation from any of the following (minimum of two): A member of the 100 Black Men of Bradley County (only one member can submit a letter on the applicant's behalf); teacher or counselor; or employer, supervisor, organization or community leader.
The 100 Black Men of Bradley County also reserves the right to request additional information to confirm eligibility for the program, Ramsey explained.
The application period began Nov. 15, and will continue through Jan. 15.
Applicants can apply by visiting www.100bmbc.com\form.html,
download an Accrued Scholarship Program application, then mail it to the following address: 100 Black Men of Bradley County Inc., Attn: Scholarship Chairman, P.O. Box 5677, Cleveland TN 37320.
Recipients will be selected by the Accrued Scholarship Program Selection Committee, which will include unbiased representatives from the business community who have made financial contributions to the scholarship program.
The selection committee will award points for academic performance, financial need, at-risk index, extracurricular activities and special talent.
The Accrued Scholarship Program Selection Committee will recommend to 100 Black Men of Bradley County the acceptance of the applicants for admission into the program.
All scholarship applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision, and payment will be made to the recipient’s school of choice upon notification, and in accordance with the school’s scholarship guidelines.
To date, 100 Black Men of Bradley County has awarded more than $900,000 through its Accrued Scholarship Program, and its College Tuition Assistant Program, during the past 25 years.