Topeka NAACP $1,000 Scholarships

The Mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.

September 15, 2014

To: Graduating High School Seniors

From: Topeka Branch NAACP Education Committee

Re: McKinley Langford Burnett College Scholarship

The Topeka Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is sponsoring an essay scholarship opportunity for 2015 graduating seniors. Our organization is encouraging our young people to strive for academic excellence in their writing skills through essays. Contest winners will be awarded a financial scholarship. The theme of the essay is Achieving My Personal Goals through Education.

The objectives for the essays are stated below.
v To demonstrate effective written communication skills;
v To provide an opportunity for students to express how they have participated in community service, shown leadership qualities, possess good work relationships, and academic achievement;
v To explain the value of participating in extra curricular activities; and
v To promote academic excellence through financial incentive.

Please read the information and requirements included below, necessary for entry. Please follow the directions as outlined.


¨ Applicant must be a full – time student.
¨ Applicant must be a graduating senior.
¨ Applicant must possess a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (C+) on a 4.0 system.
¨ An official copy of transcript.
¨ A wallet size picture.
¨ Applications not accepted after deadline.


¨ Three letters of recommendation. Two must be from non-family members and one can be from a relative.
¨ Include the objectives in your writing.
¨ Essay should be typed (double space) in 500 words or more and submitted by Friday, October 17, to Ms. Betty Young, Education Chair, Topeka Unit NAACP, P.O. Box 1451 , Topeka , KS 66601 and must be postmarked no later than Friday, October 17, 2014.
¨ Provide a title page that includes the following:
Address, City, State, Zip code

Home telephone number
Cell number
E-mail address
Title of Essay

¨ Name should appear only on the title page.
¨ Interview component of the selection process will be held Saturday, October 25, at 9:00 a.m. at the NAACP office, 501 SE Jefferson Suite 31
¨ Attach the title page and your essay to the enclosed entry form.


The essays will be screened to assure that they meet the criteria. Each essay is then given a number and the cover sheet with the writer’s name removed. Two members from the NAACP Executive Committee and the Education Committee will judge the essays. The judges will not know the names of the writers as they read, evaluate, and determine the five best essays in the group. The five chosen individuals will be contacted to come for the interview.


¨ The winner will be notified by letter or email and confirmed by
Wednesday, October 29th.


¨ Award three $1,000.00 scholarships.
¨ Invited, along with parents, to the Freedom Fund Banquet on Saturday, November 1, 2014, at the Ramada Convention Center.

The Topeka Unit of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
McKinley Langford Burnett
College Scholarship
Student Essay Competition Entry Form

THEME: “Achieving My Personal Goals Through Education”

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