Dr. Lillian Adams Parks Scholarship RENEWAL - The Links, Incorporated – Gateway (IL) Chapter

This application is ONLY open to students who previously received the Dr. Lillian Adams Parks Scholarship. Do not apply if you have not already received this scholarship.

A past recipient of a Dr. Lillian Adams Parks Scholarship is eligible to apply for a scholarship renewal in subsequent year(s), provided the recipient meets these eligibility guidelines:

1. Is a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.
2. Is African-American or significantly participates in and promotes organizations and activities in the African-American community.
3. Is a permanent resident of: St. Louis City, St. Louis County or St. Charles County in Missouri; or St. Clair County or Madison County in Illinois.
4. Is a current full-time or part-time college freshmen, sophomore or junior who is a past recipient of a Dr. Lillian Adams Parks Scholarship.
5. Attends or plan to attends an accredited two or four-year college, university or vocational/technical school in one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia.
6. Has a college grade point average of 2.50 or above on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent thereof.
7. Is not be an immediate family member or IRS dependent of a member of The Links, Incorporated

The final year of eligibility to apply for a subsequent scholarship is the year in which an applicant is classified as a college junior. The maximum number of years a recipient may receive a scholarship is four (4) years. Renewal is competitive – students will be selected based on the quality of their application.

Questions? Email Maxine Birdsong at maxxmusu@gmail.com

The Links, Incorporated – Gateway (IL) Chapter
Supplemental Questions
  1. This application is only for students who previously received the Dr. Lillian Adams Parks Scholarship. Have you received this scholarship in the past?
  2. TRANSCRIPT: Upload your college transcript (including grades through fall 2020)
  3. Please share the highlights of your past academic year. How did the Dr. Lillian Adams Park Scholarship help you?
  4. Write an essay (not more than 400 words) on *ONE* of the following topics. Beware of plagiarism.

    1. In January 2021, President Joe Biden appointed 16 people to serve in his Cabinet. If you were to select a position in the President's Cabinet what position would it be and why? Please provide three specific points to support your position selection.

    2. Jason Reynolds, National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and best selling author of GHOST (2016) and the New York Times best-selling Track series (2016-2019), talked with high school students about how they were coping with COVID19 as well as with the insurrection at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021. Comments during the conversation included "It's sad and exhausting"; "It's okay to be okay"; "Give yourself grace"; "Continue to talk". What does either comment mean to you? What are your positive and/or negative take-aways from the pandemic and insurrection experiences?

    3. The St. Louis region has a rich heritage of producing notable African American athletes, musicians/artists, business women/men, and community leaders. Select one of the following individuals and detail the extraordinary achievements they contributed to the world. Upon learning of these accomplishments, what impact do they have on you as an emerging leader?

    Annie Malone

    Arthur Ashe

    Miles Davis

    Margaret Bush Wilson

    4.What motivated your decision to pursue higher education, the university and what inspired your major area of study?

  5. By typing my full name below, I hereby certify that, to the best of my knowledge, the information contained in this application is true, complete and accurate. I understand that any alteration, concealment or falsification of any information or material will result in my disqualification as a recipient or potential recipient of the Dr. Lillian Adams Parks Scholarship. I understand it is my responsibility to make sure that the application is completed and submitted by the required deadline. If not, my application may be disqualified from the awards competition and may not be considered for an award. This application, upon receipt, becomes the property of The Gateway (IL) Chapter of Links, Incorporated. To comply with the provisions of the Family Educational and Privacy Act of 1974, I hereby grant permission for school officials to release my school records and other requested information, if necessary.