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PHONE:

803.200.1910 (SC Office)

518.212.7202 (NY Office)

 

FAX:

803.936.0149 (SC Office)

347.578.8810 (NY Office)

 

EMAIL:

info@southernscholars.org

ADDRESSES

The Dr. Doretha Pressey Southern Scholars Initiative, Inc.

SC Office:

197 Viking Circle
Denmark, SC  29042

NY Office:

PO Box 298

New Lebanon, NY 12125

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Our 2020 Scholarship Applications are now open! Read on to learn more and to apply now.  The application deadline is

May 1st 2020!

APPLY NOW!

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Southern Scholar!

 

The Dr. Doretha Pressey Southern Scholars Initiative, Inc. was developed to honor the life and further the legacy of Dr. Doretha Pressey and Mrs. Clara Mae Coleman. Dr. Pressey was a graduate of Denmark-Olar High School and a successful, passionate, and committed educator. Mrs. Coleman was Dr. Pressey’s mother and the woman who most inspired and encouraged her success; she was also a longtime Denmark resident and an active supporter of Denmark's public schools. Dr. Pressey’s daughters, her husband, and Mrs. Coleman’s family developed Southern Scholars after these two great women passed away in late 2018. The family hopes that these scholarships will help inspire and assist hard working committed students of color from the rural South get into college, graduate on time, become successful in their chosen careers, and give back to those in need.

Southern Scholars Initiative offers two types of awards:
1.
The Dr. Doretha Pressey Academic Scholarship and
2.
The Mrs. Clara Mae Coleman Technical School Award

Please carefully read through the below eligibility requirements for each award before you apply.  Please note, you will only be allowed to apply for one type of award. 

The Dr. Doretha Pressey Academic Scholarship

 

Eligibility Requirements:

All students who will be graduating from a Bamberg County Public School in June of 2020 with at least a 2.5 GPA and who intend to pursue higher education at a fully accredited four-year college or university (not a trade school or technical college) are eligible to apply for The Dr. Doretha Pressey Academic Scholarship. Qualifying post-secondary institutions must be eligible to receive Title IV funding (Federal Financial Aid). If you are interested in attending a community college or a trade school or technical college, please apply for the Clara Mae Coleman Technical Award.

Specifically, the ideal 2020 Dr. Doretha Pressey Scholarship recipient will be:

  • Graduating from a high school in Bamberg County, SC in 2020.

  • Accepted as a full-time undergraduate student at a not-for-profit four-year college or

    university

  • A person of African descent

  • Able to demonstrate financial need with Student Aid Report from FAFSA

  • Have a minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale

  • Exhibit determination in the pursuit of goals

  • Have a commitment to and demonstrated history of giving back and helping those in need

  • Willingness to commit to and participate in each of Southern Scholars’ programs including: College Coaching, Mentorships, Community Service, and Travel Opportunities.

Award Amount:

The Dr. Doretha Pressey Scholarship provides the selected scholar with a total of $18,000 (evenly distributed over the course of four years) Students who meet the eligibility criteria, complete the application requirements on time, and are chosen to become scholarship recipients by the Scholarship Selection Committee are eligible for a scholarship. Payment is typically renewable each year and is disbursed per semester as long as the Scholar is enrolled full-time (at least nine credits) and submits a complete scholarship renewal request by the applicable deadline.

The Mrs. Clara Mae Coleman Technical School Award

 

Eligibility Requirements:

All students who will be graduating from a Bamberg County Public School in June of 2020 with at least a 2.5 GPA and who intend to pursue higher education at a trade school or technical school or a community college (not a fully accredited four year college or university) are eligible to apply for the Clara Mae Coleman Technical School Award. Qualifying post-secondary institutions must be eligible to receive Title IV funding (Federal Financial Aid). If you are interested in attending a four-year college or university, please apply for the Dr. Doretha Pressey Academic Scholarship.

  • Graduating from a high school in Bamberg County, SC in 2020.

  • Accepted as a full-time undergraduate student at a trade school or a technical school or

    college

  • A person of African descent

  • Able to demonstrate financial need with Student Aid Report from FAFSA

  • Have a minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale

  • Exhibit determination in the pursuit of goals

  • Have a commitment to and demonstrated history of giving back and helping those in need

  • Willingness to commit to and participate in each of Southern Scholars’ programs including: College Coaching, Mentorships, Community Service, and Travel Opportunities.

Award Amount:

The Mrs. Clara Mae Coleman Technical School Award provides the selected scholar with a total of $6,000 (evenly distributed over the course of two years) Students who meet the eligibility criteria, complete the application requirements on time, and are chosen to become scholarship recipients by the Scholarship Selection Committee are eligible for a scholarship. Payment is typically renewable each year and is disbursed per semester as long as the Scholar is enrolled full-time (at least nine credits) and submits a complete scholarship renewal request by the applicable deadline.

 

 

 

How to Apply

(Please note the below application instructions pertain to both the Pressey Scholarship and the Coleman Award.)


Applications must be submitted by May 1st 2020. Late applications will not be considered. Applications may be either mailed or submitted electronically.

 

To submit applications via mail:

Please send the completed form accompanied by all supplementary materials (see list below) to:

Southern Scholars Initiative, Inc. P.O. Box 298
New Lebanon, NY 12125

To submit the application electronically, please follow these steps:

  1. Carefully read through the eligibility requirements for the Pressey Scholarship and the Coleman Award and determine which award you want to apply for.

  2. Click the below "APPLY" button for the scholarship of your choice.

  3. After clicking the "APPLY" button you will be taken to the scholarship application form.  Please complete the form and submit it.

  4. Use this link or the "Submit Supplementary Materials" Button below to forward all of your supplementary materials to us.  When you click the "Submit Supplementary Materials" you will be prompted to upload your materials via email to apply@southernscholars.org.  Alternatively you may also send your materials to us directly by emailing them to: apply@southernscholars.org.

 

Required Supplementary Materials:

  • Three letters of recommendation – Two of your recommendation letters should be written by your current or former high school teachers. The third recommendation letter should be written by either an employer or a community service supervisor.

  • High school transcript

  • Student Aid Report from FAFSA

  • One typed double-spaced 200-300-word essay that answers the following questions (If you choose to submit your application electronically, please use the allotted space on the online application form to submit your essay.)

 

 

Where do you see yourself in the next 10-20 years? What goals do you hope to achieve within this time period and how do you plan to achieve them? How will this scholarship help you achieve these goals?