Emilie Pickens 2017-2018 Scholarship Fund

 

The Emilie Pickens Scholarship Program was established in 2016 to support high school students entering a four-year college as a freshman in the Fall who meet the following eligibility requirements.
 
Candidate Profile 

 

Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Queens Chapter is dedicated to the leadership development of young African American people. We are seeking students with aspirations to succeed by demonstrating drive and strong work ethic towards career goals. Upon the completion of reviewing your essay, we should have a clear understanding of your goals and your chosen educational journey.
 
Scholarship Amount:  The Queens Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., will award up to $500.00 in scholarships to eligible High School Graduates residing in the County of Queens New York. 
 
Eligibility Requirements: 

 

•African-American (includes African and Caribbean American Descent)

• Current High School Senior 

• Resides in the County of Queens, New York

• Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
 
Applicants will complete and secure the following documents to be submitted electronically by email to jjscholarshipcommittee@gmail.com, Subject line: Scholarship Committee  
 
The Emily Pickens Scholarship Fund 
 

Application Form – Should be typed and submitted as a Word Document or PDF. 

 

Essay Topic - 500 words on “Royalty: Past, Present and Future" and include community service.

Choose one (1) from any of the three (3):

  1. -As a descendant of Kings and Queens, which historic royal figure(s) do you identify with and what about them do you admire and wish to emulate today? (Past) 
  2. -Rapper Kendrick Lamar rhymes in his song, “Loyalty,” that he’s “got royalty inside my DNA.” Describe how you have royalty inside your DNA, what those qualities are and how does possessing it shape and influence who you are today? (Present) 
  3. -Is there someone who represents modern-day royalty to you now that you would like emulate in the future? Describe who and how you would represent in your own way in the future. (Future) 

 

An Unofficial High School Transcript can be submitted electronically however, an Official High School Transcript is required on the day of the interview and must be submitted in a sealed envelope.
 
Deadlines & Important Dates 

 

1. February 15, 2018: Application and supplemental documents must be received by 11:59pm Eastern Time.
 
2. March 1, 2018: Date of electronic notification for interview for selected candidates
 
3. March 18, 2018: Interview date, time and location will be shared in the March 1, 2018 notification.
 
4. March 29, 2018: Scholarship winners will receive an electronic notification. 
 
5. April 2018 (TBD): Mandatory Scholarship Recipient Recognition
 
About Jack and Jill of America, Inc.  Founded in 1938, Jack and Jill is a nationwide organization with over 230 chapters in 35 states and the District of Columbia, representing over 40,000 family members. It is dedicated to nurturing future African American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty. For more information on the national organization, visit www.jackandjillinc.org
 
Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Queens Chapter Chartered in June 1952, the Queens, N.Y. Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. was established under the guidance of Emilie Pickens. Mrs. Pickens was also the first Vice President of the national organization and the organization’s second National President. Our chapter is an organization of mothers whose objective is to impart constructive educational, cultural, civic, recreational and social programming to stimulate growth and development in our African-American children. We strive to nurture future leaders through outstanding chapter programming, community service, legislative advocacy and philanthropic giving. Every year, beginning this year, the Queen’s Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. will award scholarships.  For more information on the Queens Chapter, visit our website at www.jackandjillqueens.org.
 
Jack and Jill Foundation

 

The Jack and Jill Foundation awards an annual scholarship.  This scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who will enroll in and maintains full-time status at an accredited, four year post-secondary institution beginning in the fall of the year working toward a bachelor’s degree.  Applicants will be notified in February.  The application and The Emily Pickens Scholarship Fund additional information can be found by visiting the Jack and Jill Foundation website.   

 

Application Check List  
 
- Completed and signed application   Letters of Recommendation (All letters should be reflective of activities that occurred during the academic year 2016 -2017 or 2017-2018. All letters must be dated and submitted by the person making the recommendation.)  
 
- One letter from a community service organization or other institution, on official letterhead, describing your community involvement. Community involvement must be of a voluntary nature without receiving monetary compensation.  
 
- One letter from a high school official, on official school letterhead, regarding your performance in school and extra-curricular activities.  
 
- One character reference letter from someone other than a relative.  
 
- An unofficial school transcript, however an Official School Transcript will be required on the day of the interview: 
 
Transcript must include the FALL 2017 TERM and must be received by February 15, 2018. 
 
 Official proof of registration (a bursar’s receipt or other school specific documentation) from the college you are attending – due March 15, 2018.  An essay in your own words with a minimum of 500 words preferably typed on one of the “Royalty: Past, Present and Future” questions.  Please use the essay form provided below.
 
***Any missing items will result in an incomplete application and will not be considered for the award. ***

 

The Emily Pickens Scholarship Fund
 
Student’s Name:         

Student’s Signature:         

Date of Birth:           

Address:                         

Email Address:          

High School Name:          
 
500 Word Essay single spaced on one of the three questions on “Royalty: Past, Present and Future.”

  • As a descendant of Kings and Queens, which historic royal figure(s) do you identify with and what about them do you admire and wish to emulate today? (Past)  
  • Rapper Kendrick Lamar rhymes in his song, “Loyalty,” that he’s “got royalty inside my DNA.” Describe how you have royalty inside your DNA, what those qualities are and how does possessing it shape and influence who you are today? (Present) 
  • Is there someone who represents modern-day royalty to you now that you would like emulate in the future? Describe who and how you would represent in your own way in the future. (Future)

Any questions about the scholarship application procedures should be directed to the Scholarship Committee at jjscholarshipcommittee@gmail.com.