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YWCA Greater Cincinnati seeking applicants for Mamie Earl Sells Scholarship for high school seniors

The YWCA Greater Cincinnati is offering a scholarship opportunity for African American female high school seniors who have overcome significant obstacles. 

Ten local, female, African American female students will be selected to receive the YWCA Mamie Earl Sells Scholarship. 

2017 Scholarship winner Malika Muhammad of Fairfield High School and Career Women of Achievement keynote speaker Robin Givens (Photo provided)

The scholarship recognizes young African-American women who have been successful despite having to overcome significant hardships. The YWCA not only offers financial support to the students, but also an opportunity to meet and learn from some of Greater Cincinnati’s most successful, empowered career women, as the young women are invited to attend the 39th Annual YWCA Career Women of Achievement Luncheon on Wednesday, May 9, 2018.
The YWCA Mamie Earl Sells Scholarship Fund was established in 1993 to provide financial assistance and support to an outstanding African-American female high school senior entering a post-secondary institution.

The scholarship is offered annually in conjunction with the YWCA Career Women of Achievement Luncheon. A committee of community volunteers selects ten finalists, which include two runners-up, and one winner. Evaluation criteria include academic record, personal challenges and hardships, ACT and/or SAT scores, letters of recommendation, class rank, honors and awards, involvement in extracurricular activities and community service, and employment history.

Applicants are required to write two brief essays, one describing their greatest challenge and how it has affected them, and one explaining what Mamie Earl Sells’ philosophy, “to lift as we climb,” means to them.

The application deadline is Friday, January 19, 2018. Applications are available at the website.

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