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. Include an update of what you are actively involved in as a college student and answer the question, “How did the Dr. Lillian Adams Park Scholarship help you?”
  3. OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT: Upload your OFFICIAL college transcript (including grades through fall 2023)
  4. Write an essay (not more than 400 words) on *ONE* of the following topics. Beware of plagiarism and use citations.

    Option 1: Some CRT theorists say Critical Race Theory (CRT) is identified (1) as ideas/concepts that race is a sociological rather than a biological designation, and (2) CRT attempts to reveal how racial oppression shaped the legal fabric of the U.S. In you opinion, is either or both of the statements relevant to an equally diverse classroom? Explain why or why not.

    Option 2: In January 2024 a sophomore student in a Francis Howell School (St. Charles, MO) led a student group in protest of the school board's Dec. 21, 2023 decision to remove Black history and Black literature classes at the high school level. Should Black History and Black Literature be a mandatory or elective part of the high school curriculum, and should scholars and parents have a voice in making the decision? Explain why or why not.

    Option 3: A SIX WORD STORY. In settings such as in boardrooms, classrooms, staff retreats, and conferences, Six-Word Memoirs is a simple concept that’s become an effective tool to spark conversation, crystallize goals, and boil anything down to its core. Copy and paste the link below to view a video where the author uses the technique: https://www.cbsnews.com/video/author-michele-norris-talks-unspoken-aspects-of-race-in-america/. In six words, create a story describing your life and who you aspire to be. Additionally, add a detailed explanation (within the word count) of what the story means.

  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.