The Rashawn BRazell Memorial Scholarship: Empowering the Next Generation fo Scholars and Activists
The Rashawn Brazell Memorial Scholarship
Empowering the Next Generation of Scholars and Activists
The Rashawn Brazell Memorial Scholarship aims to provide a sustainable
tribute to Rashawn Brazell, a 19-year-old Brooklyn native who was brutally
murdered in February 2005. With each year the award is offered, we encourage
a new wave of New York City high school students to reflect upon Brazell¹s
legacy of selfless service and to think critically about the impact of
intolerance and violence on their communities.
The scholarship will be awarded annually to a college-bound student of color
who resides in New York City. Although the award is not need-based, it is
need-sensitive, meaning we strongly encourage applications from students who
experience financial hardship. The scholarship is available to high school
seniors, recently graduated students (within 1 year of graduation) and
recent GED attainees (within 1 year) who have been accepted to an accredited
Selection will be based on the student’s interest in the struggle against
racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of oppression, as well as their
commitment to creating peace in the community by affirming and celebrating
Scholarship winners will receive a one-time award of $1500 in the summer
prior to their freshman year. Because this award is paid directly to the
selected scholar, the student (and his/her family) may decide to apply it to
tuition, living costs, books or other college-related expenses.
In addition to the monetary award, selected scholars also have the
opportunity to be paired with a RBMS mentor. Throughout the year, mentors
and students maintain regular contact to establish an ongoing dialogue about
how to face the challenges that students often encounter in their community
service and scholarly pursuits. Moreover, mentors provide emotional support
at a crucial time in the lives of our scholars, as they begin to develop
both their professional and personal visions.
Applications must be postmarked by June 15, 2008.
Late applications will not be considered.
DF Files available for download:
* Application Form: