Applications open for scholarship for future Black leaders

The scholarship will support one Black or African-American student wanting to become a future leader

Communications agency Team One through its think tank The Legacy Lab has announced that submissions for its third annual scholarship programme are now open.

The firm based in Los Angeles, US, launched the scholarship to support a student who represents “the next wave of legacy makers and future leaders” and wants to create lasting change in their communities.

Applicants from African-American and other Black backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply where the recipient will receive $10,000 to put towards school-related expenses to help them develop as a future business leader or entrepreneur.

According to a released statement on the news by Team One, an ideal applicant would be an undergraduate or graduate-level student attending college within the United States who is studying with the intent of creating positive and enduring change whether they want to “revolutionise an industry, change social norms, build a long-lasting brand solution in culture, or create opportunities that will support generations to come.”

The application asks students to submit a video response to the following questions:

  • What is your dream for a better world and what contribution will you make toward achieving that dream?
  • Academically, what are you studying? Why have you chosen this path of study? What do you love about it?
  • What makes you exceptional in your chosen field of study? What is it about you that makes you good at it?
  • How will you apply your studies after graduation? Or how are you already applying your studies? How will your ideas create value (earn money) and yield a solution, such as a business idea, that is built to last?
  • Why are your intended contributions—your creative, social, and/or commercial contributions post-graduation—something the world needs more of? How will your idea(s) impact people’s lives for the better and for the long-term?

Last year’s winner was Gianna White, a Sustainable Urban Environments undergraduate at New York University. The scholarship also recognised five additional recipients with the Rising Star Award. The Legacy Lab named Alaysia Barker-Vaughn, N’maya Bryant, Deveraux Mackey, Jennie Nwokoye, and Marie-Chantal Nyirahategekimana as The Rising Stars of 2020.

White said: “It was an honour to receive the Legacy Lab Scholarship. This scholarship financed my final year at NYU and has given me the opportunity to focus on academics without the added weight of student loans. Winning has allowed me to focus on applying to graduate school, continuing to pursue research related to food security, and exploring potential career options.

“When looking at my generation, I see courage. I see young people speaking up, voting and getting involved in local government. And when that doesn’t work, I see them protesting and organising. People have always had to fight to lift themselves up and build the world as they see fit. There’s a lot of courage out there.”

The deadline for submission is November 5, 2021, and the chosen scholar will be selected on December 17, 2021. For more information about the scholarship and requirements, click here.
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