© 2017-2019 by The Tywanza Sanders Legacy Foundation

P.O. Box 13632

Charleston, SC 29422

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Essay Scholarships

Purpose

The Tywanza Sanders® Legacy Scholarship was established in 2017 to honor the legacy and commitment to education of Tywanza Sanders®.  Tywanza was a victim of the Emanuel Church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina.    The mission of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance to individuals enrolling in undergraduate study at a four-year college or university in the United States in the Fall of 2019. 

 

Awards

One (1) applicant will receive a one-time scholarship award in the amount of $5,000.  The scholarship award will be in the form of a check made payable directly to the accredited post-secondary institution of higher education attended by the scholarship recipient (once the scholarship recipient has enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education and submitted proof of enrollment to the Foundation).

One (1) applicant will receive a one-time scholarship award in the amount of $2,000.  The scholarship award will be in the form of a check made payable directly to the accredited post-secondary institution of higher education attended by the scholarship recipient (once the scholarship recipient has enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education and submitted proof of enrollment to the Foundation).

One (1) applicant will receive a one-time scholarship award in the amount of $1,000.  The scholarship award will be in the form of a check made payable directly to the accredited post-secondary institution of higher education attended by the scholarship recipient (once the scholarship recipient has enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education and submitted proof of enrollment to the Foundation).

Applicants will be eligible to win only one scholarship award per year from this foundation.

 

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Applicants must have permanent residency in South Carolina, and must be a United States citizen.

  2. Applicants must be a graduating high school senior from a South Carolina high school.

  3. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

  4. Applicants must be accepted into an accredited 4-year college or university in for the Fall 2019 academic semester.

  5. Applicants must demonstrate a financial need using this form.

  6. Applicants must submit a completed scholarship application along with the required supporting documentations.

  7. Applicants must complete a 500-800 word written essay.

 

Selection Criteria

The Tywanza Sanders® Legacy Scholarship awards scholarship on the basis of a comprehensive review process.  The review committee will assess the following areas: written or video essay, academic performance, and financial need.  Scholarships are awarded upon the availability of funds and additional qualifying criteria.

 

The Tywanza Sanders® Legacy Foundation awards scholarships without regard to race, sex, religion, age, national origin, or sexual orientation.  Scholarships will not be awarded to applicants who do not meet the qualifications.  The Tywanza Sanders® Legacy Foundation reserves the right not to award a scholarship in a given year.

 

Timeline

  • Applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm (EDT) on April 15, 2019.

  • Award notification will be given by May 17, 2019.

  • Award will be formally presented during a Tywanza Sanders® Legacy Foundation recognition ceremony on or around July 20, 2019.

Application Process

 

To be considered for the Tywanza Sanders® Legacy Scholarship applicants must submit the application via the secured online application system by April 15, 2019.  Incomplete applications and applications submitted after this date will not be considered. Please note that the online application will close and not allow any more submissions after 11:59 pm on April 15, 2019.

 

Applicants MUST provide:

  • Completed application

  • High school transcript (unofficial copies are acceptable)

  • Identification verification (copy of state-issued ID or official school photo ID)

  • Proof of acceptance at an accredited 4-year college/university in the United States (enrollment will be verified upon award distribution)

  • A 500-800 word essay.

  • Complete the financial needs worksheet.

 

ESSAY QUESTION

How has Tywanza’s story impacted your outlook on racism?  What is your recommendation on improving race relations among your peers? How will you use your education to help dissolve racial barriers?