Apr 1, 2011

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Inc. has announced that applications for six of its 2011 scholarships are available online.

Scholarships are offered to students through the various CBC members' district offices and are available to high school seniors or full-time undergraduate, graduate or professional school students with a minimum 2.5 grade point average.

Application deadlines range from Thursday, April 14 through Wednesday, June 1, 2011, depending on the scholarship.

To apply, interested students should submit their application materials online to http://www.cbcfinc.org/scholarships. All packages should include:

• A completed application form.

• Personal statement (500 words or more) that addresses all four of the topics listed on the application in one essay.

• Letter of acceptance from intended

• Two letters of recommendation (i.e. one from a community or public service leader). Email addresses will be requested of each recommender.

• One-page resume listing extracurricular activities, honors, employment, community service and special skills.

• A recent photograph in cap & gown or professional dress (No group or social photos).

• Official high school or college transcripts are to be mailed to the following address, with the name of the scholarship the student is applying for as the addressee: Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc., 1720 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20036.

Scholarships assist students in a variety of academic concentrations, including environmental studies to health, performing arts and visual arts.

A review of the foundation's scholarship system was ordered last year by then-CBC Foundation Chairman Rep. Donald Payne (D-N.J.) after The New York Times reported that of $55 million the foundation raised from 2004 to 2008, only $1 million went to its nonprofit network.

Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.) admitted he awarded three scholarships from the program to his stepdaughter and wife's niece between 2003 and 2005. Bishop's admission followed that of Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), who admitted she had awarded eight scholarships in 2009 to her grandsons, great-nephews and a top aide's children in violation of the program's eligibility rules.

Both Bishop and Johnson repaid the program.

Payne then ordered an audit of the scholarship program and vowed to tighten regulations.

The foundation and Howard University also will host a day-long symposium to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Congressional Black Caucus on Tuesday, April 5 from 9 to 5:30 p.m., at Howard University's Ira Aldridge Theatre, located at 2455 Sixth Street, in NW Washington.

The CBC was founded in 1971 when 13 African-American congressional members joined together to address the legislative concerns of black and minority citizens.


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