BHMS Purpose StatementThe Bragg, Harvard, Muhammad-Smith Why We Can’t Wait Scholarship seeks to positively impact public service in a variety of communities by supporting civic engagement, educational attainment, philanthropy in the seven following ways:• Encourage people to develop cultural competency skills that increase their understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion• Encourage people to be active citizens in the communities they serve through their work• Provide financial support to people pursuing degrees and public service careers in law enforcement/criminal justice, education, and healthcare• Encourage people to think creatively about how their area of study may result in a public service career• Support degree completion by establishing these funds as a renewable scholarship• Support educational ownership and financial planning by allowing recipients to decide how to disburse funds• Encourage scholarship recipients to support education scholarships in the future
Recipients decide how they would like the scholarship disbursed – e.g. - at once or each semester. However, an award must be disbursed within the academic year it awarded.
The committee reserves the right not to make an award and all committee decisions are final.
This is a renewable scholarship, for which you must reapply each year.
2. One short Response (100 words) - Prompt: Tell the scholarship committee how your educational plans connect to your plans for a career in public service.
3. One Personal Statement (500 words) - Prompt: Write a personal statement that shares your understanding of equity, inclusion, and cultural awareness as these ideas apply to your personal experiences, educational choices, and plans to work in a specific public service career – e.g. law enforcement/criminal justice, education, healthcare, other. Need Writing Help? a) Loyola University: http://www.loyno.edu/success/sites/loyno.edu.success/files/WAC%20PERSONAL%20STATEMENT%202-11_0.pdf b) Purdue OWL: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/642/1/ c) Take your ideas & writing to the GRCC Language Arts Lab & talk with a writing tutor
4. One Reference Letter - This letter should be from someone who can comment on your awareness of equitable and inclusive social behaviors.