Apply for the Emilie Pickens Scholarship

Are You a HS Senior Who Resides in Queens?

The Queens Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. is dedicated to the development of young African-American leaders. We are seeking three students with academic success, strong work ethic and career aspirations who demonstrate drive and leadership to award $1,000 (each) to as our prestigious 2020 Emilie Pickens Scholarship winners.

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, visit

About the Emilie Pickens Scholarship

The Queens Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. was chartered in June 1952. The chapter was established under the guidance of Emilie Pickens. Mrs. Pickens was the first Vice President of the national organization, as well as the organization’s second National President. In 2016, the Queens Chapter established the Emilie Pickens Scholarship Program in honor of her contributions and to support deserving high school students entering a four-year college as a freshman in the Fall.

Scholarship Prize

The Queens Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. will award up to $1,000.00 in scholarship money to three (3) eligible high school graduates who meet the following eligibility requirements.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Currently enrolled high school senior of African and/or Caribbean descent
  • Resides in Queens County, New York
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Applied and has been accepted to an accredited college or university by May 15, 2020
  • Submit application and all materials by the deadline.

Submission Details

Please submit the following items electronically to
with the subject line 2020 Scholarship Application (YOUR NAME)

  • A 500-word typed essay introducing yourself and your interests, your chosen field of study/career goals and why you think you should receive the Emilie Pickens scholarship.
  • A completed and signed application
  • TWO letters of recommendation submitted via email as a PDF from 1) a community service or public service leader (i.e. church leader, community leader, coach, mentor) and 2) a teacher, advisor or guidance counselor on official letterhead or sent directly from a school account (with your name in the subject).
  • High School Transcript - An unofficial transcript is acceptable for submission with your application, however an official transcript will be required if you are selected for an interview.
  • ***Any missing items will result in an incomplete application and will not be considered.***

Deadlines & Important Dates

  • March 2, 2020: Application and required documents must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST
  • March 8, 2020: Finalists will be notified and interviews will be scheduled.
  • March 14, 2020: Finalist interviews held. (Time and location will be confirmed for candidates.)
  • March 16, 2019: Scholarship winners will be notified.
  • March 29, 2020: Scholarship winners will be recognized (attendance mandatory) at the Queens Jack and Jill of America, Inc.'s 2nd Art and Jazz Fundraiser at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center,Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, NY from 3-7 p.m.)

Scholarship Awards

Notification of scholarship award winners will take place on March 16, 2020. Scholarships will be financially awarded to each winner after receipt of written verification from an accredited college or university that the awardee is officially enrolled for Fall 2020.

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