The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has teamed up with Vans to launch the NAACP Creative Sole Scholarship Powered by Vans, a scholarship program that aims to support African American students with monetary aid.
The scholarship program will benefit 50 college students who are pursuing a creative career across a variety of disciplines such as art, music, journalism, marketing, design, communications or architecture. Recipients will be selected by the NAACP committee N-SPIRE, and these 50 students will receive $5,000 USD to use for their tuition fees every year they are enrolled up until four years, totalling to $20,000 USD. Vans hopes that the program will motivate the students to finish their college education and graduate.
Applicants must meet a set of eligibility requirements: they must be African American and a member of the NAACP, be currently enrolled full-time or accepted to an accredited college or university in the United States, be either a graduating high school senior or an undergraduate student, posses a GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 system, demonstrate an interest in pursuing creative careers and be a U.S. resident.
“Vans’ commitment to tackle racism while ensuring diversity and inclusion become a mainstay across communities and industries is an essential step in the fight against institutional racism,” Yumeka Rushing, Chief Strategy Office of the NAACP said in a statement. “We look forward to a sustained partnership that brings about change for the Black community.”
Interested applicants can visit the NAACP website for more information. Applications are open until June 18.
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