George Floyd Social Justice Scholarship (Deadline Extended)

The George Floyd Social Justice Scholarship Committee is inviting NEIU students to submit an application for the George Floyd Social Justice Scholarship. The committee will award a combined total of $5,000 to one or more recipients. The scholarship will be applied to the recipient(s) student aid account to assist recipient(s) with the costs associated with attending Northeastern Illinois University, including tuition, books, or fees.

- Black/African American students are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Must not be in enrolled in their last semester at NEIU
- Open to all undergraduate and graduate students regardless of citizenship status and academic major/minor
- Must be currently enrolled at NEIU for at least 6 credit hours
- Must be in a good academic standing (at least 2.00 for undergraduate students or 3.00 for graduate students)
- Demonstrate a commitment to social justice/anti-Black racism
- Experience leading and/or organizing programs, events, and projects that serve to create and advance a racially-just, and equitable society
- An understanding of Socio-historical Black experiences, in the United States and Black diaspora
- Although not required, students are strongly encouraged to submit a letter of recommendation from an NEIU faculty or staff member, or a mentor from the community that is familiar with the student’s experiences promoting, and commitment to racial justice/anti-Blackness.
- The scholarship recipient(s) will be given the opportunity to give a presentation
highlighting their work and activism at an event to be determined for the Spring 2023 semester.

Supplemental Questions
  1. Is this your last semester at NEIU?
  2. Are you currently enrolled at NEIU for at least 6 credit hours.
  3. Anti-Blackness is the name of the specific kind of racial prejudice directed towards Black people. Anti-Blackness devalues Blackness, while marginalizing Black people, the issues that affect Black people, and the institutions created to support Black people. The first form of anti-Blackness is upheld by structural (policies and institutions) and systemic racism (wealth gap, housing discrimination, incarceration) that predetermines the socio-economic status of Blacks in this country. The second form of anti-Blackness is unethical disregard for Black people, as seen in the cases of police, or civilian, brutality against Black bodies.
  4. Please describe any involvement in leadership or volunteerism in the Anti-Blackness movement or Anti-Black racism, either at school (high school or college) or within your community.
  5. What type of support and/or mentorship can NEIU provide to enhance your development as a student?
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