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 cumulative 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.

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Questions? Email Dr. Aretha Hardrick at arethahardrick@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. Please share the highlights of your past academic year. How did the Dr. Lillian Adams Park Scholarship help you?
  3. OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT: Upload your OFFICIAL college transcript (including grades through fall 2022)
  4. Write an essay (not more than 400 words) on *ONE* of the following topics. Beware of plagiarism and use citations.

    1) During her service as wife of a POTUS (President of the United States), Attorney and author Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama, FLOTUS 2009-2017, was the first African American Woman to serve as First Lady. A motto she stated during the Democratic National Convention in 2016, "When they go low, we go high." has become a mantra for many. In your opinion why should going 'high' when faced with a challenge be important to you? Explain.

    2) Actor Chadwick Boseman was superhero King T'Challa in the 2018 futuristic movie Black Panther. In the wake of King T'Challa's death, the 2022 sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever the super powers banned together to fight for their beloved kingdom. Likewise in the 2022 movie The Woman King, all-female warriors of the African Kingdom of Dahomey fought a foreign enemy determined to destroy their kingdom's way of life. Each movie had a strong female presence. Do these movies reflect a rallying cry for diversity and representation in performance arts? Explain how positive African American presence is important.

    3) Should student debt be forgiven? There are pros and cons suggesting that universal loan cancellation requires discussions of who the policy would help, and that the burden of student loans should fall on borrows rather than taxpayers. If one word can make a difference, select a pro or con position to explain which will be most beneficial. Why or why not?

    4) Title 42 of the USA includes sections dealing with public health, social welfare and civil rights. Since 2020, Title 42 has allowed USA Border Agents to prevent migrants from entering the US Border in the name of Covid-19 prevention. Noting the words on the Statue of Liberty penned by Emma Lazarus in 1883: Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore -- address the concerns of Title 42 as they relate to that declaration welcoming all those who want to start a new life in the United States. Explain.

  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.