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2019 Scholarship Application Form 

01 Instructions
02 Personal Information
03 High School Information
04 College Information
05 Essay
06 Signature
General Criteria
1. Must be a student of a Baltimore County Public High School
2. A cumulative GPA of at least 2.5
3. Entering college (two or 4 year), trade or vocational school Fall 2019
4. Must demonstrate a commitment to volunteer and community Involvement
5. Incomplete and inaccurate applications will not be considered

PACKET MUST INCLUDE
1. Completed Online Application. 
2. Mail the following doucments in sealed official envelope from your school.. 
    a. Offical copy of combined SAT scores. 
    b. Official copy of high school transcript. 
3.The following documents can be uploded or mailed. 
    a. Signed authorization allowing scholarship committee to obtain updated GPA. 
    b. Copy of acceptance letter from College or University, trade or vocational school. 
    c. Two Letters of Recommendation - (one must verify volunteer or community service). 
  

DEADLINE
All scholarship packets must be submitted and received by March 29, 2019. 

MAILING ADDRESS Send scholarship packets to:
Baltimore County African American Cultural Festival, Inc.
ATTN: 2017 SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE
P.O. Box 5518
Towson, MD 21285

FOR QUESTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS CONTACT:
Cynthia T. deJesus,
Chairperson 2019 Scholarship Committee
443-212-8026 
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 ESSAY GUIDELINES
Choose One of the Following Topics, and Answer in 1000 Words or Less

1.       Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

This year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day many people around the country participated in a day of service, while others had celebrations or parades, and still others participated in protests or demonstrations on behalf of causes they believe Dr. King would support.  What do you think is the most appropriate way to commemorate Dr. King’s life?  Explain.

 

2.       The Super Bowl

NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick sparked controversy when he kneeled during the National Anthem as a protest against racial injustice.   Since 2017, he has not had an opportunity to play in the NFL, even though most people think he is still a very good player.  Many observers have been critical of the NFL because they seem to have blackballed Kaepernick because of his political stance.  There have been reports that a number of musical artists were invited to perform at this year’s Super Bowl, but turned down the invitation because of the league’s treatment of Kaepernick.  Some artists, including Maroon 5 and Travis Scott,  accepted the invitation to perform at the Super Bowl.  They were then criticized for that decision.  Are the critics right?  Should these artists have also refused to perform at the Super Bowl?  Is it fair to criticize them for their decision?  Explain your position on this issue.

 

3.       The Border Wall

The President has insisted that the US needs to build a wall along the border with Mexico in order to prevent undocumented immigrants from entering the US, and ensuring the security of the nation.  His opponents argue that a wall is unnecessary and would be ineffective.  They claim that, in reality, a wall would just be a monument to xenophobia and racism.  Think about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  What would he think about this issue?  Write an essay exploring what you think Dr. King would say about the border wall.  Explain.

 

4.       Political Compromise

In a democracy like the United States, there are often major issues on which political leaders disagree.    As a result, the opposing sides will often have to negotiate a compromise in order to move forward.  But compromising is hard to do, and there are some issues on which one side may feel so strongly that they cannot compromise.  We have seen this challenge recently with the disagreement between President Trump and the Democratic party leaders.  The two sides could not come to an agreement to fully fund the federal government because the President wanted the Congress to provide $5.7 billion to build a wall along the US – Mexico border, and the Democrats oppose the wall.  Let’s say there was a proposal  to provide ½ of the money the president wanted for the wall.  Given your position on this issue, would you have accepted this compromise?  Is this one of those issues where you would refuse to compromise even if it meant keeping the government open?  Explain your position.   

 

5.       Mass Incarceration

Over the last 30 years, the number of people incarcerated in the United States grew significantly.  The United States has the highest number of people incarcerated in the world, and the highest rate of incarceration by far.  The numbers are even more drastic when you look at African Americans.  Currently, African Americans make up about 12% of the total US population, but comprise 33% of the prison population.   African Americans are almost six times as likely to be incarcerated as whites.  Some people argue that this mass incarceration African Americans is a product of discriminatory policies.  They argue that there are systems in place (such as discriminatory criminal justice policies, discriminatory economic policies, and broad array of racist practices) that cause these results.  Others say that is not the case.  They argue that these rates are due to individual decisions, and are ultimately about personal responsibility.  What do you think?  Is the high rate of incarceration among African Americans due to systemic reasons (e.g., racism and the economy) or is it purely due to poor individual decisions?  Explain your answer. 



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Please remember to do the following by the deadline April 26, 2018 or your application will be rejected.

Mail the following doucments in sealed official envelope from your school
a. Offical copy of combined SAT scores
b. Official copy of high school transcript.

MAILING ADDRESS Send scholarship packets to:
Baltimore County African American Cultural Festival, Inc.
ATTN: 2017 SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE
P.O. Box 5518
Towson, MD 21285


I declare that all of the above statements are true. I am also willing to appear for a personal interview or to forward any additional information, if necessary. I further understand that this scholarship will be awarded in a lump sum for one year (2018). I agree to accept the decision of the Baltimore County African American Festival Cultural Association, Inc.