Lucile Bluford Journalism Scholarship
This scholarship was named for Lucile Bluford, a famous journalist and opponent of segregation in America's education system. Ms. Bluford applied to the Master of Journalism program at the renowned Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia, Missouri and was accepted. However, during the ensuing enrollment process, she was dismissed because of her race. In 1989 the University of Missouri awarded her an honorary degree which she accepted, “not only for myself, but for the thousands of black students” who had faced discrimination. Applicants must be a declared Journalism major.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 15, 2018
- Missouri resident
- Full-time student, currently enrolled, or plans to be enrolled, at an accredited college/university in 2018-2019
- Minimum of 3.0 cumulative GPA
- Declared Journalism as major
SELECTION CRITERIA FOR SCHOLARSHIPS
Selection is based on academic performance, community service, leadership skills and financial need. Applications from the entire state of Missouri will be considered.
WHEN TO APPLY
Applications must be post-marked no later than May 15, 2018. Late applications will NOT be accepted and incomplete applications will be denied. Before submitting your application, we strongly recommend that you give careful consideration to the application process and its requirements.
PROCEDURE FOR RE-APPLYING
Students in good standing are eligible to receive an MLBCF scholarship for up to four (4) years. Students are required to re-apply each year to receive a scholarship.
□ A completed application - certifying that all information provided is true and correct.
□ Picture ID - Proof of Missouri residency (Drivers License or State Identification).
□ College transcript (Unofficial transcript will be accepted; however, MLBCF reserves the right to require submission of an Official Transcript, if necessary).
□ Two (2) letters of recommendation from a church/pastor, business person, teacher/principal, counselor, MLBCF member or Missouri legislator.We strongly discourage recommendations from family and peers.
□ A personal statement that contains a brief biographical profile. It should explain your demonstrated commitment to excellence and any community or civic service. You may include anything additional you feel should be considered in reviewing your application.
□ Typed narrative of how your education will assist you in achieving your goals (maximum of 200 words please).
□ A writing sample.
*MLBCF reserves the right to request a copy of the Student Aid Report (SAR) from The student FAFSA.
SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL ALSO BE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE
- Proof of Enrollment in an accredited college or university (Class schedules or other documents will be accepted as evidence of enrollment)
- May be asked to participate in Missouri Legislative Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. activities, if available.