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Minerva Education and Development Foundation Scholarships

Apply For Minerva Education and Development Foundation Scholarships & Funds by June 1, 2021

MEDF funds a number of scholarships for college students who are or who will be matriculating at area colleges and universities. Applications can be completed on-line or mailed in. If Applications are mailed in, they must be typed and all supporting documentation must be sent together in one envelope and postmarked by June 1, 2021. If you want to donate to a scholarship, see donation form at the bottom of this page.

Scholarship & Special Funds: Description and Process

The purpose of MEDF’s Scholarship and Fund opportunities is to provide financial resources for college students who ARE or who will be matriculating at various colleges and universities.  This year, MEDF has two new, specific funds for Teachers and Pastors working on social justice (see the special application’s at the bottom of the page for the Joyce Gallant Literacy Fund and the Rev. Dr. Joseph R. Jordan Fund). The criteria for Scholarships is described in the General application.  Please pay special attention to ALL requirements.  We will receive applications via online or traditional mail.  Applications must be received no later than June 1, 2021. We strongly encourage submitting applications on-line.

 

TIMELINE

March 22, 2021  Applications available on-line

June 1, 2021  Application Deadline

August 1, 2021  Winners notified

ONLINE APPLICATION for General Scholarships
DOWNLOADABLE APPLICATION for General Scholarships
2021 Media Release Form (Online)
Download 2021 Media Release Form

Doris B. Corsey Arnold Scholarship

Stipend awarded to a single mother enrolled in a college or university. Award must be used to assist with payment of childcare expenses. Applicants will need to provide documentation from childcare provider with their application.

Dr. Barbara Coulter Scholarship

Scholarship that will support an African American student who attended high school in the Wayne, Oakland, or Macomb County and has been accepted to and will attend a trade/technical school or a two- or four-year college. Applicants must have at least a 2.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).

Dr. Bernadine N. Denning Delta Beta Scholarship

Merit scholarship of $500 for up to four (4) full-time students matriculating at Eastern Michigan University who are members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Delta Beta Chapter. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale).

Bobby G. Jenkins Memorial Scholarship

Merit scholarship of $500 that will assist an African American student actively enrolled in the Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University. Applicant must have an overall GPA of at least 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale).

Dr. Bernice Morton Scholarship

Merit scholarship of $1,000 that will assist an African American student actively enrolled in Wayne State University’s College of Nursing. Applicant must have an overall GPA of at least 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale).

Diane Hurd Muirhead Scholarship

Merit scholarship that will assist an African American student majoring in English or journalism at a Historically Black College or University. Applicant must have an overall GPA of at least 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale).

James and Patricia Solomon Memorial Scholarship

A $100 book scholarship awarded to two student applicants that attend Plymouth Congregational Church (Plymouth United Church of Christ), located at 600 East Warren in Detroit.

Robin H. Sowell Scholarship

Merit scholarship of $1,200 that will assist an African American student who lives in or is actively enrolled in a metro Detroit (Wayne, Oakland, or Macomb county) area college or university and who maintains an overall GPA of at least 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale). Applicant must write a 300-500 word essay on the topic, “How My Academic Pursuits Will Help Me Positively Impact My Community,” which should also include a brief description of his or her community service involvement.

Michelle Watson Memorial Scholarship

Book award of $500 given to assist students actively enrolled in a college or university. This fund provides financial assistance to students who have shown uncommon determination to overcoming obstacles impeding the pursuit of education and preparation for life. The scholarship will be awarded to applicants with diabetes, deceased parents, or are living in a single parent home. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) and submit a personal statement describing the challenges they have overcome or difficulties they are working to address.

Wayne County Community College District Scholarship

Financial aid scholarships awarded to students actively enrolled in and attending Wayne County Community College and pursuing an Associate’s degree or completing a certification program. Applicants must have a minimum 2.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale). Applicant must write a 300-500 word essay on the topic, “How My Academic Pursuits Will Help Me Positively Impact My Community,” which should also include a brief description of his or her community service involvement. The applying student must have two letters of recommendation; one should be from a college counselor, and the other should be from a teacher, administrator, community leader, or mentor.

Dr. Judith T. Jackson Scholars Fund

Financial aid scholarship of $1,000 awarded to a student transitioning from a Detroit Public Schools Community District high school to a two- or four-year college. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 (on a 4.0 scale), 30 hours of community service in his/her senior year of high school and have been accepted to attend a two- or four- year college. The scholarship is renewable for three years if student maintains a 3.2 GPA in college as evidenced by college transcript – for a total scholarship award of $4,000.

Dr. Judith T. Jackson GEMS Scholarship

Book award of $500 given to assist a student who actively participated in the GEMS youth program through Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Detroit Alumnae Chapter for at least three years and has been accepted to attend a two- or four-year college. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 (on a 4.0 scale). The scholarship is renewable for three years if student maintains a 3.2 GPA in college as evidenced by college transcript – for a total scholarship award of $2,000.

Dr. Tosha Padgett Scholarship Fund

Award to matriculating college student who is a current member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated at a Michigan college and is majoring in Business, Technology, Science or Engineering

2021 Rev. Dr. Joseph R. Jordan Fund Application

Established in 2016, The Rev. Dr. Joseph Ralph Jordan endowment fund was established by family members and friends to perpetuate the legacy of a beloved pastor and community leader. The fund will provide a stipend of $1,000 to a senior pastor that is seeking to obtain a graduate degree at an accredited institution.   The applicant must be a member of the Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit and Vicinity, Inc., an organization where Rev. Jordan served as a president.  Rev. Jordan served as the Senior Pastor of Corinthian Baptist Church in Hamtramck for over 40 years from 1973-2004.  While he was married with a family, in the early years of his pastorate he was bi vocational and supplemented his income as a licensed electrician.    He was committed to education and ultimately obtained a doctorate degree from Drew University in New Jersey.

 

CRITERIA:

  • A senior pastor that is seeking to obtain a graduate degree at an accredited institution
  • The applicant must be a member of the Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit and Vicinity, Inc.
  • Candidates should demonstrate how their ministry advocates social justice and demonstrates concern for the welfare of others.

2021 Joyce Gallant Literacy Fund Application

This grant is available to African American female classroom teachers in Detroit Public Schools Community District who teach in grades K-6. This fund is used to promote teaching and learning around literacy.  Two (2) $500 grants will be awarded to:

  • provide an in-classroom library/resources or
  • provide books/resources that can be given to students to take home or
  • purchase resources for virtual learning
2021 Joyce Gallant Literacy Fund Application
2021 Rev. Dr. Joseph R. Jordan Fund Application

*Please note that the Minerva Education and Development Foundation may request an interview with you as part of the application process.

Completed paper applications should be submitted by mail to:

Scholarship Committee
Minerva Education and Development Foundation
P.O. Box 21655
Detroit, MI 48221

QUESTIONS?

Send an e-mail to grants@medf.net or call 313.438.MEDF (6333).